GLIWA Calendar 2019

Come join us and enjoy the day with your wolfhounds! 

Summer Events: 

Irish Wolfhound Club of America 90th National Specialty

May 14 - 17, 2019

Buffalo Thunder Resort
20 Buffalo Thunder Trail, 
Santa Fe, NM 87506

Conformation Judge: Mr. Chris Amoo, Sade
Sweepstakes Judge: Mr. Jonathan Harvey, Cualainn
Junior Showmanship Judge: Mr. Russell L McFadden 
Obedience Judge: Ms. Janice D Anthes 
Rally Judge: Ms. Janice D Anthes

Show Chair: Melanie Mercer
Show Superintendent: BaRay Event Services, Inc. 


~~~~ Gaelic Park Irish Fest ~~~~

Saturday, May 25

2:00 to 6:00 PM

Address: Chicago Gaelic Park

6119 147th St, Oak Forest, IL 60452

Just as Memorial Day Weekend is the first major holiday of the summer, Irish festival is the first major festival. After being cooped up all winter, the idea of enjoying great entertainment, delicious food and satisfying refreshment, in an outdoor setting is extremely attractive. The numerous exhibits, including the native Irish dogs exhibit, Irish horse exhibition and sports contests are a refreshing change from the winter hibernation. Come out and enjoy the fun! 


Chicago Gaelic Park is situated in a tranquil setting, adjacent to a Cook County Forest Preserve in Oak Forest, Illinois. We are located on 147th Street, two miles west of Cicero or one block east of Ridgeland.


Exit Cicero Avenue south to 147th Street. Turn right, and go west two miles to Chicago Gaelic Park.


Take the Dan Ryan to I-57. Exit I-57 at 147th St West. Then proceed 4 1/2 miles west to Chicago Gaelic Park.



~~~ Scottish Festival & Highland Games ~~~

Saturday, June 15

 One of the most unique and well-known festivals in the Midwest, the Annual Scottish Festival and Highland Games! The festival is held each June at Hamilton Lakes in Itasca, Illinois. This year will be hosted in an area with more shade/trees.

More details to come...


~~~~ Annual GLIWA Picnic ~~~~

Saturday June 29th

Board Meeting 10:30, Picnic begins 11:30

Pilcher Park Nature Center

2501 Highland Park Dr, Joliet, IL 60432

Pilcher Park is a beautiful 700-acre park with great walking trails and a fantastic Nature Center as well as formal gardens at Bird Haven Greenhouse. It is the perfect spot for our Great Lakes Irish Wolfhound Annual Picnic and a great way to meet fellow Wolfhound owners.
GLIWA will supply the main course. We ask that you supply salads and desserts:
If your name starts with A-G please bring a salad.
If your name starts with H-Z please bring a dessert.
Please bring enough to share.
Following lunch we will have a grooming demonstration followed by a guided nature walk at 1:30 into upper Pilcher or the Greenhouse. It should be very beautiful at the end of June. It is a different time of year for exploring than we have seen in the past.
Thank YOU to the Joliet Park District for continuing to allow us to use the Nature Center Backyard!


~~~~ Irish American Heritage Festival~~~~

July 13th- hours to be determined
Please check back at for updated info closer to the event

Get your Irish on at the 34th annual Irish American Heritage Festival 

Irish Fest showcases the finest in local and international Irish and American music, dance and family activities. The festival directly supports and is held on the grounds of the Irish American Heritage Center.

This Irish Fest showcases the finest in local and international Irish and American music, dance and family activities. The festival is held on the grounds of the Irish American Heritage Center, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and strengthening Irish culture in Chicago. The center is near Wilson Avenue exit and the Edens Expressway, at 4626 North Knox, Chicago, IL.

Water will also be available, all you need to bring is a chair for yourself.


~~~~ Will County Celtic Fest ~~~~

Saturday, August 24th
2:00- 5:00 PM
St. Joseph Park- 700 Theodore St. Joliet, IL

A fun festival with plenty of food, beer, and Irish music! The organizers always make sure our wolfhounds are able to walk around and greet all of the festival goers. We have a corner all to ourselves and are provided with hay & plenty of water for the dogs. Free parking and entry with our wolfhounds. Later in the afternoon a representative from GLIWA will get onstage and give a brief history of the breed.


~~~GLIWA Fun Match~~~

October 19th

Save the date!  More information coming very soon!


Letter to organizations that request our Irish Wolfhounds participate in their events 

Due to the many requests we receive, there are requirements we need to make the event a successful experience for all.


  • Once we receive a request for an event, we will need the date, times, and any other information that is relevant (such as parking instructions).
  • Since we are a not-for-profit club, we would appreciate it if your organization offered a donation for attending. We like to reimburse our members for any expenses, plus it helps to keep our club successful. Thank you in advance!
  • We carry a substantial insurance policy that is required by most events.
  • Irish Wolfhounds don't do very well in the extreme heat. Adequate shade and water is necessary.
  • Wolfhounds are considered one of the largest breeds. We require a larger area to set up.