Kansas City Irish Fest at the Crown Center for Labor Day weekend

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The crowd sang along with Gaelic Storm on Saturday August 30, 2014 during the 12th Annual Kansas City Irish Fest at the Crown Center.

The crowd sang along with Gaelic Storm on Saturday August 30, 2014 during the 12th Annual Kansas City Irish Fest at the Crown Center.

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KC Irish Fest celebrates 20 years in Kansas City and organizers are pulling out all the stops for the weekend at the Crown Center.

The festival has over 300 artists lined up, from live music and dances to Irish comedians and artists.

“You don’t have to be Irish to enjoy it,” said Keli O’Neill Wenzel, executive director of KC Irish Fest.

Tickets are still available for all days of the festival, September 2-4. If you buy tickets between today and Thursday, they are $30, and tickets are $35 on the day. Weekend passes are $70 for all three days.

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Steve Twigger with Gaelic Storm performed Saturday, August 30, 2014 at the 12th Kansas City Irish Festival at the Crown Center. Susan Pfannmuller Special to the star

MUSIC

With over 300 performers from the US, Ireland and the Celtic world over three days and seven stages, there won’t be a dull moment at the festival.

Here are some key artists to watch:

  • Kansas City-based group The elders out violins and guitars for another show on Sunday. The band retired in 2017 and will headline performances Sunday at 9:30 p.m. on the Boulevard Stage.

  • We Banjo 3, a band from Galway, are back and performing every day. They missed last year’s event due to the pandemic and are returning to Kansas City for shows at 7:30 p.m. Friday, 9 p.m. Saturday and 7:30 p.m. Sunday on the Boulevard Stage.

  • Long time favorite Gaelic Storm returns to close Friday with a performance at 9:30 p.m. on the Boulevard stage.

  • Aifé Scott and The Friel sisters make their first appearances in Kansas City this weekend. Scott performs at 8:30 p.m. Friday on the American Shaman Stage and 2:30 p.m. Saturday on the Boulevard Stage. The Friel Sisters open the festival with a performance at 5 p.m. Friday on the Miller Lite Stage. The sisters also perform at 6:30 p.m. Saturday on the American Shaman Stage.

  • Kian Byrne hits the Jameson Whiskey stage at 7:30 p.m. Friday and 5 p.m. Saturday

  • Local act Carswell and Hope bring vintage rock sounds to their show at 7:30 p.m. Friday on the Miller Lite Stage and 6:45 p.m. Saturday on the Boulevard Stage.

  • The Mixtape will take place at 7 p.m. on Sunday on the Miller Lite Stage, which will feature artists from all weekend singing well-known Irish songs like The Cranberries, Sinead O’Connor, U2 and more.

Actor Ardal O’Hanlon comes from Ireland for a show at the Musical Heritage Theater on the third floor of the Crown Center. It occurs Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. Tickets for his show are not included in the general admission ticket. They cost $20 for general admission seats or $40 for VIPs, which include reserved seating, a free cocktail, and a meet and greet with O’Hanlon.

See the full program of performances here.

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The Young Folk, Alex Borwick (left), Tony McLoughlin, Anthony Furey and Paul Bultler perform Saturday, September 3, 2016 at the Kansas City Irish Fest at the Crown Center. Susan Pfannmuller Special to the star

FOOD

The festival will have an Irish Market with traditional Irish dishes like fish and chips, meat pies and haggis.

Local food vendors will also be available during the festival, including:

  • K&C Concessions Food Trailer

  • K&C Concessions Whip Trailer

  • KC Kona Ice Cream

  • let’s take nuts

  • May’s Noodle Express

  • Minsky’s Pizza

  • Gastrobar O’Dowd’s

  • Oz Highland Farm

  • Italian sausage from Scimeca

  • Scotsfare Heritage Meat Pies

  • street wings

  • The restore point

  • twisted taters

  • Sheridan’s Ice Cream Custard

WHISKEY

Guests can take part in whiskey tasting sessions throughout the weekend.

Tickets are available separately and are set for specific times, so choose carefully. Tastings are available for Jameson, Keeper’s Heart and Gold High Mark whiskeys at the following times:

  • Friday at 6 p.m. for Jameson

  • Friday at 7:30 p.m. for Gold High Mark

  • Saturday at 2:30 p.m. for Keeper’s Heart

  • Saturday at 6:30 p.m. for Gold High Mark

  • Sunday at 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. for Jameson

  • Sunday at 6:30 p.m. for Gold High Mark

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Thousands of people will enjoy the twelfth annual Kansas City Irish Fest at the Crown Center this year. Part of Washington Park was filled with works of art. Rich Suggestions [email protected]tar.com

PURCHASES

Art in the Park will be located in Washington Square Park, right next to the Crown Center. He is inspired by the artists who sell their products in Merrion Square in Dublin.

Over 30 vendors will have their art for sale, including:

ACTIVITIES FOR CHILDREN

There are lots of activities for children. The Visit Missouri Children’s Stage will feature family performances by the Heartland Irish Dancers and the StoneLion Puppet Theater each day of the festival.

Along with this, the festival will include these child-friendly activities:

HOURS

The festival takes place at these times during the weekend:

  • Friday: 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.

  • Saturday: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

  • Sunday: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Joseph Hernandez is a member of The Star’s duty journalism team. A Kansas City native, Hernandez is a graduate of Cristo Rey Kansas City High School and the University of Missouri-Columbia. He previously wrote for the Columbia Missourian and The Pitch.

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