Michigan’s Irish Music Festival returns to the shores of Lake Muskegon

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MUSKEGON, MI — Irish culture, heritage, food and music will once again be celebrated in person on the shores of Lake Muskegon this week with the launch of the Michigan Irish Music Festival on Thursday, September 15.

From September 15-18, festival-goers can return to Heritage Landing in downtown Muskegon, where more than 25 musical acts will perform on six indoor stages.

The 2021 event was canceled due to the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic with rising cases in Michigan and in 2020 the festival was held virtually.

This year’s event, sponsored by the Family Financial Credit Union, will kick off with the pub preview on Thursday with food, drink and music in the pub tent only. Three bands will be featured starting at 5:15 p.m.

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The full festival will open on Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Organizers say the festival has activities for all ages, including a cultural and dance stage, the Wee Ones area and shopping at two locations – the Irish Market and the Irish Store. There will be a new whiskey service in the expanded craft beer area.

On Sunday, September 18, admission to the festival will be free from 10:30 a.m. to noon. A Catholic Mass will be held at 11 a.m., followed by a traditional Irish breakfast.

Attendees can also attend cultural performances, storytelling and educational seminars on stage at Blarney, Galaway and Hedge School.

The Celtic Kitchen, adjacent to the pub overlooks Lake Muskegon, provides easy access for festival patrons. Tent vendors will serve a variety of Irish favorites including corned beef and bangers & mash.

Advance tickets and festival passes are available online to Wednesday, September 14. Tickets are $10 for Thursday, $15 for Friday, $25 for Saturday, and $10 for Sunday. Children 12 and under enter free.

See the schedule of bands performing below:

Thursday September 15

pub scene

5:15 p.m. – Crossbow

7:00 p.m. The Friel sisters

9:00 p.m.old blind dogs

friday september 16

cork stage

5:15 p.m. – The Friel Sisters

7:15 p.m. – Old blind dogs

9:30 p.m. – Scythian

Kerry Stadium

5:30 p.m. – One for the Foxes

7:15 p.m. – Aife Scott

9:15 p.m. – The Elders

Belfast Stage

5:30 p.m. – RUNA

7:30 p.m. – Barley Saints

9:45 p.m. – Launchers

pub scene

5:00 p.m. – Kennedy’s Kitchen

6:45 p.m. – Moxie Strings

8:30 p.m.Rory Makem

10:00 p.m.Shane Hennessy

Galway Scene

6:00 p.m. – Holey

7:15 p.m. – Ian Gould

8:15 p.m. – Sound Writers in the Round

Saturday September 17

cork scene

11:15 a.m. – Crossbow

12:45 p.m. – Irish Music All Stars

3:00 p.m. – Tiónol

5:15 p.m. – Aifé Scott

7:30 p.m. – Scythian

9:30 p.m.old blind dogs

Kerry Stadium

11:30 p.m. – Enda Reilly

1:30 p.m. – Moxie Strings

3:45 p.m. – The Alt wsg Kevin Burke

5:30 p.m. – Kittel and Co.

7:15 p.m. – Shane Hennessy

9:15 p.m. – The Elders

Belfast Stage

11:15 am – Conklin Ceili Band

1:00 p.m. – Black Murray

2:30 p.m. – Blackthorn

4:30 p.m. – One for the Foxes

6:15 p.m. – Barley Saints

8:00 p.m. – Connla

10:00 p.m. – Launchers

pub scene

11:15 p.m. – Rough terrain

1:00 p.m. – Toby Bresnahan

2:45 p.m. – Kennedy’s Kitchen

4:30 p.m. – Rory Makem

6:15 p.m. – The Sleepy Boys

8:15 p.m. – The Friel Sisters

10:00 p.m. – RUNA

Sunday September 18

cork scene

11:00 a.m. – Catholic Mass / Kennedy’s Kitchen / CG Music

1:00 p.m. – Kittel and Co.

2:45 p.m. – Aoife Scott

4:30 p.m. – Old blind dogs

Kerry Stadium

11:00 am – Ian Gould

12:30 p.m. – Shane Hennessy

2:15 p.m. – The Alt wsg Kevin Burke

4:15 p.m. – Scythian

Belfast Stage

11:30 a.m. – The Sleepy Boys

1:15 p.m. – All Stars of Irish Music

3:00 p.m. – Blackthorn

4:45 p.m. – Connla

pub scene

11:00 a.m. – Toby Bresnahan

12:15 p.m. – Enda Reily

1:30 p.m. – The Friel Sisters

3:15 p.m. – Rory Makem

5:00 p.m. – One for the Foxes

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