UPDATE: The following update was provided May 21 in regards to the 2020 Kansas City Irish Fest.
The board of directors and officers of The Kansas City Irish Festival have come to the difficult decision that the festival we all know and love will not be able to take place in its traditional format this year. This decision was made taking into consideration the countless moving parts it takes to plan an event of this size combined with the unknown restrictions and guidelines for large gatherings that may be in place later this year. And as always, the safety and health of our friends and patrons is foremost in our minds.
Obviously, this is not an outcome any of us wanted. However, true to our Irish heritage, we’re a resilient bunch. Our festival leadership is hard at work finding new ways to bring the soul of Ireland to the heart of America over Labor Day weekend. As Kansas City begins to reopen throughout the coming weeks and months, we will be reimagining our 18th Irish Fest as a series of smaller, Irish-themed, locally-focused community experiences in order to provide a safe and healthy environment for our patrons. We’ll keep you informed as plans develop.
If you’ve booked a hotel room at either the Westin or the Sheraton, your reservation will be automatically cancelled by your hotel. Please note: The Kansas CIty Feis has not been cancelled. If you plan on attending the feis, you will be notified by the feis with instructions on making a new hotel reservation.
Thank you sincerely for your understanding, patience, and support in these uncertain times.
The 2019 Kansas City Irish Fest is this Labor Day Weekend, August 30-September 1, 2019, in Crown Center Square. Scroll down for the latest details for the entertainment schedule.
Adult tickets are $10-$12 if you purchase your tickets in advance by Aug. 25. There’s a small window from Aug. 26-29 when they range from $12-$15. On-site they are $15 on Friday and $18 for Saturday or Sunday. Kids ages 3-12 are $7.
If you’re planning to make a weekend of it, you can buy a weekend pass for $35. You can only get this pass online and you need to buy it by Aug. 29. There’s a small convenience fee for buying tickets online, but you’ll still save a few bucks as opposed to buying them at the gate.
If you’re willing to spend more, there are a variety of VIP packages that come with extra perks like an Irish breakfast, hotel accommodations or a comedy show.
Bring a blanket, lawn chair and small umbrella. Pets and outside food or beverages can’t come in with you.
Gates are open:
- Friday from 5 to 11 p.m
- Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
- Sunday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
This festival features rock and traditional Irish bands on eight stages, a culture tent & stage for music and dance performances, demonstrations and readings, a children’s stage, and a comedy stage for big laughs. You’ll also find exhibits, genealogy, food vendors, contests, raffles, beer and whiskey tastings.
There’s even a mass (yes, as in church) being held at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday at the Miller Lite stage. Bleachers and chairs are provided. Coffee will be provided (you may need it) and tickets are available for an Irish breakfast served immediately following.
Four stages will feature various acts on Friday from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. On Saturday and Sunday, there will be five stages with acts playing from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Of special note are performances by Gaelic Storm, The High Kings, Byrne and Kelly and the Red Hot Chilli Pipers. View or print the full schedule here.
Crown Center Square is located at 25th and Grand in Kansas City, Missouri. You can park in the Crown Center parking garage (get there from Grand Boulevard) which is FREE on weekends.