Michigan Irish Music Festival returns to shore of Muskegon Lake

MUSKEGON, MI -Irish culture, heritage, food and music will again be celebrated in person on the shore of Muskegon Lake this week with the Michigan Irish Music Festival kicking off Thursday, Sept. 15.

From September 15-18, festival goers will be able to return to Heritage Landing in downtown Muskegon, where over 25 musical acts will perform on six covered stages.

The 2021 event was canceled due to 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 Family Financial Credit Union, kicks off with the Pub Preview on Thursday with food, beverages and music in the Pub tent only. Three bands will be featured beginning 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, Wee Ones’ Area, and shopping at two locations – the Irish Market and Irish Store. There will be a new whiskey service at the expanded craft beer area.

On Sunday, Sept. 18, there will be free entry to the festival 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 catch cultural shows, storytelling and educational seminars at the Blarney, Galaway and Hedge School stage.

The Celtic Kitchen, adjacent to The Pub overlooks Muskegon Lake, allows providing easy access for festival patrons. Vendors under the tent will be serving a variety of Irish favorites including corned beef and bangers & mash.

Advance tickets and passes for the festival are available online through Wednesday, Sept. 14. Tickets are $10 for Thursday, $15 for Friday, $25 on Saturday and $10 on Sunday. Kids age 12 and under get in for free.

See the schedule of the bands performing below:

Thursday, September 15

Pub Stage

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 Stage

5:30 p.m. – One for the Foxes

7:15 p.m. – Aoife Scott

9:15 p.m. -The Elders

Belfast Stage

5:30 p.m. – RUNA

7:30 p.m. – Barley Saints

9:45 p.m. – The Tossers

Pub Stage

5:00 p.m. – Kennedy’s Kitchen

6:45 p.m. – The Moxie Strings

8:30 p.m.Rory Makem

10:00 p.m.Shane Hennessy

Galway Stage

6:00 p.m. – Hooley

7:15 p.m. – Ian Gould

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

Saturday, Sept. 17

Cork Stage

11:15 a.m. – Crossbow

12:45 p.m. – Irish Music All Stars

3:00 p.m. – Tiónol

5:15 p.m. – Aoife Scott

7:30 p.m. – Scythian

9:30 p.m.Old Blind Dogs

Kerry Stage

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 a.m. – 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. – The Tossers

Pub Stage

11:15 p.m. – Uneven Ground

1:00 p.m. – Toby Bresnahan

2:45 p.m. – Kennedy’s Kitchen

4:30 p.m. – Rory Makem

6:15 p.m. – The Drowsy Lads

8:15 p.m. – The Friel Sisters

10:00 p.m. – RUNA

Sunday, Sept. 18

Cork Stage

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 Stage

11:00 a.m. – 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 Drowsy Lads

1:15 p.m. – Irish Music All Stars

3:00 p.m. – Blackthorn

4:45 p.m. – Connla

Pub Stage

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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