Conference Info

2024 AICF Conference

Conference Details:

This year’s conference will be held October 24-26, 2024 in Chicago, IL at the Irish American Heritage Center and the Congress Plaza Hotel.

The 2024 AICF Registration is now LIVE!

Registration pricing options are listed on the form. Be sure to register as soon as possible to secure a spot at this year’s conference.

The conference schedule is coming soon. 

For the hotel booking link and more information regarding the conference, please email

Showcase Band Submission Information:

The 2024 AICF Showcase Band Submission form is now LIVE!

Complete your artist submission by July 15, 2024, via this link.

Many festivals and venues from all over North America will be traveling there to buy talent for their upcoming festivals in 2025 and beyond.  We are looking for bands that love and play Irish/Celtic music of all genres. All showcasing artists whose travel might require it, must be able to obtain visas and travel to North America for festival performances during the summer festival circuit (mostly June through September) in 2025. 

Selected artists will be notified by email by August 1, 2024. Below is the Showcase application.

For any questions regarding the showcase, please email

Past AICF Conferences

2023 Galway, Ireland (Milwaukee Irish Fest)
2022 Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX (North Texas Irish Festival)
2019 Pittsburgh, PA (Pittsburgh, PA)
2018 Milwaukee, WI (Milwaukee Irish Fest)
2017 Indianapolis, IN (Indianapolis Irish Fest)
2016 Nova Scotia (East Coast Music Association/Music Nova Scotia)
2015 Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN (Irish Fair of Minnesota)
2014 Scotland (The Visit, Showcase Scotland)
2013 Muskegon, MI (Michigan Irish Music Fest)
2012 Dublin, OH (Dublin Irish Fest)
2010 Ireland
2009 Kansas City, MO (Kansas City Irish Fest)
2008 Nova Scotia – Cape Breton (Celtic Colours)
2007 Pittsburgh, PA (Pittsburgh Irish Fest)
2005 Milwaukee, WI (Milwaukee Irish Fest)
1997 Milwaukee, WI (Milwaukee Irish Fest)