Jump into Irish Fest

Is green your favorite color? It is this weekend!

Suzanne Loomis, Reporter

Kansas City’s most loved Irish fest celebrated their 20th anniversary this past Labor Day weekend. During the three day long festival, around 80,000 Irish lovers came together at Crown Center to celebrate the Irish heritage. With over one hundred and fifty performers including concerts, Irish dancers, and even comedians, the weekend was captivating and delightful. Along with performers, many traditional vendors set up shop right in front of Crown Center.

Traditional Irish bands performed throughout the weekend coming from across the nation and even all the way from Ireland. Bands such as the Elders, Gaelic Storm, We Banjo 3 and many more came out to help celebrate. The seven different stages spread throughout the festival offered a variety of different types of music everyone could enjoy. Folk rock, traditional Irish music, Celtic tunes and even party music played throughout the long weekend.

Irish dancers from all over the Kansas City area came to the festival to showcase their talent. Some of the performers included: Heartland Irish Dancers, KC Irish Dance Company, and Driscoll School of Irish Dance. The Irish dancers put in tremendous amounts of work and it was shown through precise and coordinated movements. The unique, colorful dresses were eye-catching, and their performance was lively and engaging. Everyone is encouraged to learn a few simple dance steps to make it fun for all ages.

Along with the music and dance, there are many vendors that sell traditional Irish goods. All things Irish are available for purchase. Clothes, jewelry, and pottery are just some of the things you can buy. Art in the park was set up in Washington Square Park right next to Crown Center. Artists displayed their wonderful pieces that are available for purchase or simply to just view. Dozens of vendors from across the nation come out to sell their Irish and Celtic products. 

Once again, the Kansas City Irish fest was one for the books! The weekend was dedicated to promoting Irish history and culture while having a good time with your loved ones. Make sure to mark your calendars and bring out your green to enjoy next year’s Labor Day weekend full of Irish fun.