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Arlington Hts. Irish Fest opens July 15

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  • There's always plenty of traditional music and dancing at Irish Fest.

      There's always plenty of traditional music and dancing at Irish Fest.

  • A couple of festival goers partake of the brew.

       A couple of festival goers partake of the brew.
    photos by Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer, July

  • Opening night at Irish Fest in Arlington Heights is in full swing as the summer celebration begins.

      Opening night at Irish Fest in Arlington Heights is in full swing as the summer celebration begins.
    Daily Herald file photo

  • There's much wearin' of the green, at Irish Fest.

      There's much wearin' of the green, at Irish Fest.
    Daily Herald file photo

 

The annual two-day Irish Fest is back in its usual location: Friday and Saturday, July 15-16, at the Arlington Heights Historical Museum grounds, corner of Fremont and Vail, one block south of Euclid.

Parking is available in the commuter parking lot across the street; do not park in the library lot.

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Irish Fest is all Irish all day, with a huge lineup of Irish entertainment, food, vendors and cultural programs.

Blankets and lawn chairs are welcome; no pets.

For details, www.ahmuseum.org or (847) 255-1225.

Irish Fest schedule

FRIDAY, JULY 15

6-11 p.m. Gates open 5:30 p.m. Admission: $5; children under 15, free.

6-10 p.m. Marketplace open.

6 p.m. Finbarr Fagan: An Irish band that offers contemporary, folk and traditional Irish music.

6-8 p.m. Merry Makers: Free face painting with Irish themes.

7:30 p.m. Trinity Irish Dancers: The largest Irish dance program in the world, it has won an unprecedented 32 World Championship titles for the U.S.

8 p.m. The Glengael: Bagpipes in the grand Celtic tradition.

8:15 p.m. Lucky Lass Drawing: All ladies receive a free raffle ticket at admission for this drawing.

8:30 p.m. Larkin & Moran Brothers: One of the most followed Irish/Celtic rock bands in the Midwest.

11 p.m. Fest closes for the evening.

SATURDAY, JULY 16

4-11 p.m. Gates open 3:30 p.m. Admission: $6; $5 seniors & Historical Society members; $2 ages 3-14.

4 p.m. The Muck Brothers: Natives of Ireland, the band plays a unique style of rock steeped in traditional Irish sounds.

4-7 p.m. Wee Folk Tent open with children's activities.

4:30-7:30 p.m. Balloon Creations.

4-8 p.m. Merry Makers: Free face painting with Irish themes.

4-10 p.m. Marketplace open.

5 p.m. Bagpipes and Drums of the Emerald Society: Members of the band consist entirely of active and retired law enforcement officers.

5:30 p.m. McNulty Irish Dancers.

6 p.m. Best Legs in Kilts Contest: Gentlemen, bring your own kilt or borrow one from us for this traditional contest.

6:15 p.m. Ceili Workshop: Learn Irish social folk dance from the McNulty School of Dance.

6:30 p.m. The Kreellers: Five-piece powerhouse of a band plays high energy music steeped in traditional Irish sound, with a mix of rock, funk and even punk elements.

8 p.m. Irish Raffle: Buy your chance to win from a selection of prizes, including $500 grand prize. Tickets are $5 each or 6 for $25.

8:30 p.m. ARRA: Performing the biggest hits by the biggest bands of all times with precision and excellence.

11 p.m. Fest closes.

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