Irish American Heritage Festival
Get your Irish on at the Irish American Heritage Festival July 11, 12 and 13
Tickets are now on sale for the 29th annual Irish American Heritage Festival. The IAHC is located at 4626 North Knox Avenue, Chicago.
Irish Fest is July 11, 12 and 13, 2014 and showcases the finest in local and international Irish and American music, dance and family activities. It features more than 100 performers for 3 days on 5 stages.
The festival directly supports and is held on the grounds of the Irish American Heritage Center, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and strengthening Irish culture in Chicago.
Confirmed performers include:
Gaelic Storm, Phil Coulter, the Tossers, Derek Warfield and the Young Wolfe Tones, Dublin City Ramblers, the Killdares, the Mickey Finns, Kevin Flynn and the Avondale Ramblers, the Chancey Brothers, Red Rebel County, Emish, the Academy of Irish Music, the Larkin and Moran Brothers, the Dooley Brothers, Baal Tinne, Mulligan Stew, Red Rebel County, Emish and RicoQuinn.
In addition to the great music lineup, the weekend is packed with the regular festival favorites: Irish and American food and drink from vendors such as the Abbey Pub, Harrington’s Catering and Deli, Winston’s Market, 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 activity with demonstrations of Irish instruments, dances and sing-alongs. Irish and American food is available throughout the weekend, and 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. Our 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.
Back for 2014: 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 for 2014: Sunday Mass in the Main Tent, Bingo and an outdoor Irish BreakFEST on Sunday.
Getting to the Fest: Attendees are encouraged to take public transportation on CTA trains and buses, or Metra trains. Bicycle racks will be on hand for those wishing to come by bike.
Fest hours are: 6pm to 1am on July 11, noon to 1am on July 12, and 11am to 11pm on July 13.
Tickets are $10 in advance for adults (until the end of business on July 9) and $15 at the door on Friday and Saturday.
On Sunday, tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door.
Seniors are $10 and children 10 and under are free. Tickets for Phil Coulter on Friday night are $35, which includes admission to the festival.
For more information and to purchase tickets, call 773-282-7035, ext. 10 or visit www.irish-american.org.
The Irish American Heritage Center, which occupies an 86,000 square foot building on the City's northwest side, near Wilson Avenue and the Edens Expressway, at 4626 North Knox, fosters the practice, study and celebration of Irish, Celtic, and Irish-American cultural traditions. For more information, call 773-282-7035, or visit www.irish-american.org.