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.