The Motor city Irish Fest is an annual event that brings together The Irish and their friends to celebrate Irish Culture with music, dance, food & drink, exhibits and activities for children. Most of all, it brings together everyone for a great weekend full of fun.
2018 Festival Preview
In 2018, the 9th annual Motor City Irish Fest June 15, 16 & 17, will feature over twenty Irish bands (see the music page for links to them), five Irish dance groups, pipe & drum bands, an wonderful cultural tent, Ring of Steel (stunt group from Ann Arbor – comedy, fire acts, swords, & audience participation) and an area especially for children of all ages. The children’s area will feature tin whistle lessons, the Kilted Magician, story telling, beginning Irish dance lessons, arts and crafts, bounce houses, face painters and more. Our cultural tent will feature Displays of our Irish heritage along with presentations on the Traveling People (Tinkers) of Ireland and the influence on they had on Irish music history and other cultural presentations.
Great grub can be found in abundance! You could enjoy traditional fish ‘n chips, bangers & mash, corned beef sandwiches, pizza, burgers, ice cream among all the other tempting possibilities.
For the more aged Irish Festival visitors, a favorite gathering place will be the beer tents, serving up ice cold Guinness, Smithwicks, Harp, and Bud Light and hard cider. New this year will be the Jameson Pallet Bar for a wonderful selection of Premium Jameson Whiskey products along with several “whiskey tastings” over the 3 day festival.
For those who like to shop and browse, there will be many booths set up that present some of the finest Irish themed items such as jewelry, clothing, gifts, novelties and edible goodies. You can see a list of the 2018 vendors on the vendors page.
New for 2018 will be a “Zero K” Run on Saturday. Yes that’s right, for all of us couch potato athletes now is our chance to compete. So start training now.
A traditional Irish Mass will be held on Sunday at noon. Bring Dad and the family for a special Father’s Day mass celebration.
Greenmead, Livonia – Popular Location
All of the above will take place on the grounds of Historic Greenmead, in Livonia. If you are familiar with the Annual St. Andrew’s Society Highland Games (where you can see the caber toss, stone put, hammer throw, etc) our Irish fest is found at the very same location a little earlier in the year. You can find out more about the exact location on the Location page.
The 2017 Motor City Irish Fest was truly an excellent, memorable festival. But wait! We aim to top it in 2018!
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