Irish Fest returns to downtown Kalamazoo

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Photo of Irish Fest sign at Old Dog Tavern.

Irish Fest at Old Dog Tavern June 23-24

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Kalamazoo's 17th annual Irish Fest will be Friday and Saturday, June 23-24, at Old Dog Tavern, 402 E. Kalamazoo Ave., in downtown Kalamazoo.

The festival will kick off at 5 p.m. Friday with live entertainment on Old Dog's outdoor stage until 1 a.m. Festivities will continue the following day at noon with bands and dancers on outdoor and indoor stages concurrently until 1 a.m.

Irish Fest

Baskets filled with gift certificates, Irish beverages, sports themes and many more will be raffled. Raffle tickets are $5 each or three for $10. Must be 21 or older to win.

Entertainment will include a variety of Celtic bands and performers in addition to Irish Step dancers, a kilt contest, and the greenest eyes, reddest hair, and most freckles contests.

Tickets are $10. Children under 12 are free if accompanied by an adult.

The Irish American Club of Kalamazoo organizes the annual event, which is sponsored by Dimplex Thermal Solutions, Kalsee Credit Union and Paw Paw Wine Distributors.

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