West Suburban Irish will be putting on their second annual Naperville Irish Fest this weekend.
On Friday and Saturday, Aug. 5-6, there will be live music, Irish cultural activities, Irish dancing, Hurling and Camogie demonstrations, children’s activities and more during the family-friendly festival at the Frontier Sports Complex, 3880 Cedar Glade Road in Naperville. Hours are 3 to 10 p.m. Friday and noon to 10 p.m. Saturday.
One-day tickets are $15 for anyone 16 or older. Two-day tickets are $25. Children, age 15 or younger, are free. For tickets, go to www.wsirish.org.
Free parking is available at Neuqua Valley High School; in the parking lot on the corner of Book and Conan Doyle Roads, which is on the east side of Frontier Sports Complex; and Birkett Freshman Center, 3220 Cedar Glade. There also will be bike parking near the Naperville Irish Fest entrance.
Check out the incredible live music and entertainment on tap this year.
Hurling & Camogie
Learn about the ancient Gaelic Irish team sport still played today with members of Naperville’s very own Hurling & Camogie Club.
In the Hurling Batting Cage, learn how to swing that hurley and knock the sliotar (ball) out of the park during festival hours. All ages are welcome. Hurleys and sliotars provided or bring your own.
There will be demonstrations and hands-on hurling between 3:00p – 9:30p on Friday and between 12:00p to 9:30p on Saturday
Questions About Your Irish Heritage?
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There will be many activities for children, including bounce houses and face painting, from 3p to 8:15p Friday and noon to 10p Saturday.
Click here for full kids’ schedule.