Michigan Irish Music Festival returns in 2022 after COVID hiatus with over 20 musical acts


MUSKEGON, MI – The Michigan Irish Music Festival will return in person in September to celebrate Irish culture, food and entertainment for four days in downtown Muskegon.

For two years, festival-goers have missed one of the biggest outdoor celebrations because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The 2021 event was canceled due to the uncertainty surrounding the virus and rising cases in Michigan and in 2020 the festival was held virtually.

The festival is scheduled for September 15-18 at Heritage Landing in downtown Muskegon, featuring more than 20 musical acts on six indoor stages. The festival celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2019 with nearly 40,000 participants.

New this year, on Sunday, September 18, from 10:30 a.m. to noon, all patrons have the chance to enter the festival for free.

This year’s festival, sponsored by the Family Financial Credit Union, kicks off with the Pub Preview Party on Thursday, September 15 with food, drink and music in the Pub tent only.

The full festival will open the following day from 10:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. It is expected to feature two cultural stages, the Irish Store and Market and a new whiskey service in the expanded craft beer area, according to organizers.

‘Wee Ones’ activities will also be available, as well as a variety of Irish dishes and dishes in Celtic cuisine.

On Sunday, September 18, Catholic Mass will be held at 11 a.m., followed by a traditional Irish breakfast.

See ticket prices for each festival day and packages below:

  • Thursday September 15: $10 online, $10 walk-in
  • Friday September 16: $15 online, $20 walk-in
  • Saturday September 17: $25 online, $35 walk-in
  • Sunday September 18: $10 online, $15 walk-in
  • 4 day pass: $50 online, $65 walk-in

Advance tickets and festival passes are available online here until Wednesday, September 14. Children 12 and under enter free.

Here is an overview of the groups that will perform this year:

  • Scythian
  • old blind dogs
  • Shane Hennessy
  • Kittel and Co.
  • sleepy boys
  • Launchers
  • One for the Foxes
  • Irish Music All Stars
  • Blackthorn
  • Moxie Strings
  • Kennedy’s Kitchen
  • Enda Reilly Music
  • Ian Gould
  • Crossbow
  • Conklin Ceili Band
  • barley saints
  • murray black
  • Toby Bresnahan Music
  • Traditional Celtic group with uneven ground

Organizers warn that the live music lineup is subject to change.

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