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, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and strengthening Irish culture in Chicago. The festival features three days of music on five stages. For those inclined toward hands-on activity, the Folk Tent returns with various 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. Fest activities and contests include a Hooley Happy Hour with live music, matchmaking and dancing, the Mashed Potato Eating Contest and the Irish-American Idol Contest for children ages 12-18.
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