The City of Kingston and the Ancient Order of Hibernians Division 1, Ulster County are proud to announce the seventeeth annual Hooley on the Hudson™ Kingston Irish Festival, to be held on Sunday, September 2, 2018.  The Festival will take place at the T R Gallo Memorial Park on the Rondout Creek from 11:30 AM until 9:00 PM.  Four main venues will feature live music, step dancing, storytelling, and traditional music for all ages.

The Ancient Order of Hibernians, Fr. Con Colbert Woulfe Division 1, Ulster County, and the City of Kingston invite you to be a member of its "Parade of Dignitaries" at its annual Hooley on the Hudson XVII™ to be held on Sunday, September 2, 2018 (the day before Labor Day) from 11:30 AM until 9:00PM at the beautiful waterfront at the T.R. Gallo Memorial Park on the Rondout Creek in historic Kingston, New York.  Our "Parade of Dignitaries" is one of the highlights of our Irish Festival and allows our marchers to meet with some of the 20,000 plus attendees from throughout the Northeast who have made "The Hooley" a place to gather and celebrate Irish culture with three stages of Irish music, and a storytelling tent (for the little ones), and numerous food and craft vendors.  Focused on family, this event is free to all, Irish or not.  Indeed, many families and school groups have made "The Hooley" their meeting venue each year.

The Hooley on the Hudson XVII™ promises to surpass last year's record- breaking attendance.  Our focus on family entertainment is crucial to our event and our free admission allows families the opportunity to enjoy our proud Irish heritage without financial burden.

The City of Kingston has advised that the Insurance Certificate needs to be as per the Sample below available for downloading.

Make sure you complete all the highlighted fields as suggested and per your insurance company guidelines

2019 Hooley on the Hudson Forms

2019 Vendor Cover Letter 20190119.pdf
2019 Hooley FOOD Vendor Form on Letterhead 3 pages 01-19-19.pdf
2019 Hooley CRAFT Vendor Form on Letterhead 3 pages 01-19-19.pdf
City of Kingston Special_Event_Application 2019-.pdf
2019 Letter to Vendors for electricity and street location 01-19-19.pdf
Hooley Sample Certificate of Insurance.pdf

UC Health Department Food Permit

UC Health Dept Temp Food App and information 2018.pdf


TARA STAGE (International and National Talent)

MC    Ken Brett

11:30      Opening Ceremonies

12:00     The Andy Cooney Band

2:00       UC AOH Pipes & Drums

2:30       The New Tommy Flynn Band

4:15       Celtic Heels School of Irish Dance

5:00       Derek Warfield and the Young Wolfetones

6:30       Farrell School of Irish Dance

7:00       Get Up Jack

9:00     Festival Ends

FEENEY STAGE (Local Talent)

MC           Bill Sutton

11:30          Opening Ceremonies

12:00          Peter McKiernan

12:45          UC AOH Pipes & Drums

1:15            Celtic Heels School of Irish Dance

1:45            Jimmy Walsh

3:15            The 317

4:45           Farrell School of Irish Dance

5:15            McGroovin

6:45           Little Creek Band

9:00           Festival Ends

THE “Trad” STAGE (Traditional Music)

MC                Bob MacDonald
12:00                Mary Courtney

12:30                Spoken Word, Karen Pillsworth

1:15                  T McCann Band

2:15                  Scottish Gaelic singing from Cape Breton

3:15                  Old Style Irish Gaelic singing

4:15                  Liam O'Neill and Steve Stanne

5:15                  Dan Gurney & Christina Dolphin

6:15                  Folk Gaelic singing (Irish & Scottish)

7:15                  Grand Finale

(all performers from overseas, plus local musicians)

The D’Amby Project dancers directed by    Leighann Kowalsky to perform during certain acts, and possibly during set change

9:00     Festival Ends

Why they love the Hooley!

The Hooley is a Fun Family Day- Kate
The Children's activities were great - Erin
We get to meet with our friends and family. It is like a big reunion every year - Corrine


Take the New York State Thruway to Exit 19 (Kingston). You will be exiting the toll booth onto the Kingston Roundabout.  Take the second exit from the Roundabout for Washington Avenue.  Proceed on Washington Avenue.

There will be signs directing you to parking venues.  The City and the AOH have arranged several parking venues for the "Hooley™” that are clearly marked.  Free Shuttle Buses will be provided to the Hooley™ site at the Rondout in Kingston.


Parking venues are:  The Kingston Plaza, The Cornell Street Public Lot and Kingston Point. Handicap Parking will be available at Kingston Point


Additional information on the Hooley on the Hudson™ Irish Festival is available by visiting the Web site at  You can email us at or by calling 845-338-6622 Monday through Friday 10 AM- 4 PM..

Three Stages of Entertainment

The Tara Stage features National and International Bands and Groups

The Feeney Stage features Local Talent from the area

The Trad Stage features Traditional Musicians and Music from across the country and Ireland