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Irish American Heritage Festival July 11-13

Date : July 2, 2014

irish step dancerEnjoy the finest in local and international Irish and American music, dance, and family activities at the 29th annual Irish American Heritage Festival. This exciting event features more than 100 performers for three days on five stages.

In addition to the great music lineup, the weekend is packed with the regular festival favorites, including Irish and American food and drink from vendors such as the Abbey Pub, Harrington’s Catering and Deli, Winston’s Market and the Irish American Heritage Center; shopping; step dancers; cultural exhibits; children’s activities; the Mashed Potato Eating Contest; the ShamROCK Stars singing contest for kids; and the Hooley Hook-Up for singles on Friday night.

The Folk Tent returns with hands-on activities with demonstrations of Irish instruments, dances, and sing-alongs. Irish and American food is available throughout the weekend, dozens of vendors and artisans will be selling Irish clothing, music, and jewelry. Cultural offerings include poetry readings, language lessons, one-act plays, and art and museum exhibits. The Tea Room returns as a respite for folks looking to cool off with live harp and piano music, a proper cup of tea and sandwiches, and an air-conditioned Shamrock American Room.

Returning favorite activities include the Fine Spirits Tasting Tent with whiskey, beer and mead tastings, visits from Irish Wolfhound dogs, the Men in Kilts Contest, the Craft Beer Tent, the Irish Soda Bread Contest, and the Freckle Contest. New activities this year include Sunday Mass in the Main Tent, Bingo, and an outdoor Irish BreakFEST on Sunday.

July 11, 6 p.m. – 1 a.m.; July 12, noon – 1 a.m.; July 13, 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. Advance ticket sales end on July 9 — check website for pricing.

 

 

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