July 22, 2011

Irish Cultural Festival

Ireland is coming to Cleveland for the weekend as Celtic music, Irish dancers and pipe bands take over the Berea Fairgrounds for the 29th annual Cleveland Irish Cultural Festival.

Founded in 1982 by John O' Brien, the festival was created to celebrate the heritage and culture of Ireland. The first year brought in over 3,000 visitors and the festival continued to expand throughout the years. More than 30,000 people now attend the event each year.

This year's festival continues to highlight Irish traditions. Three different schools of Irish dance will perform, as well as Pat Campbell who spent eight years touring with "Lord of the Dance." Pipe bands and celtic rock bands will also take the stage to perform.

The event is rounded out with traditional Irish food, art exhibits and areas for children to play and make crafts.

Admission to the festival is $10. Children 10 and under will be admitted at no charge. Parking is free all weekend.

Irish Cultural Festival hours:
Friday, July 22 from 4:30 p.m.-11:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 23 from 1 p.m.-11:30 p.m.
Sunday, July 24 from 1 p.m.-10:30 p.m. (An outdoor Mass will take place at 11:30 a.m.)

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