The Fairfield County Irish Festival comes home to Fairfield this weekend.

The three-day celebration of Irish culture, which was canceled last year, for its 22nd year will take place on the campus of Fairfield University. Over its first 15 years, the festival was held in Fairfield at what is now Fairfield Ludlowe High School and, later, at Jennings Beach. More recently, it had been staged at Indian Ledge Park in Trumbull and Seaside Park in Bridgeport.

The festival is sponsored by Feile, Inc., an organization devoted to preserving and sharing Irish culture, which was founded by members of the Gaelic-American Club in Fairfield.

The festival gets under way Friday evening and runs through Sunday night with a slate of events showcasing Irish music, dance, crafts, sports and food. For detailed schedule of the attractions, check the festival website,

Festival hours are 6 to 11 p.m. Friday, noon to 11 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for students (with a valid ID), and children under 16 are admitted free as long as accompanied by a parent. Three-day passes cost $20.

Free parking for the event will be available at the downtown railroad station (New York-bound side), Tomlinson Middle School and Ludlowe High and Middle schools, all on Unquowa Road, as well as the commuter parking lot on Mill Plain Road. Free shuttle bus service from the parking lots to the festival site at Fairfield University will be provided throughout the event. Parking on campus, however, will be restricted to festival performers and workers, vendors and people with handicapped parking stickers.

For information about the Fairfield County Irish Festival, e-mail,, or check the website,