The 27th annual Fairfield County Irish Festival -- a three-day celebration of Irish music, dance, food and, of course, beverages -- opens Friday evening on the Fairfield University campus.

The fest opens at 6 p.m. Friday and continues through 8 p.m. Sunday.

It will feature more than two dozen Irish music performers, troupes from two schools of Irish dance, Gaelic and other foods prepared by area restaurants and civic groups, plus exhibitions of Gaelic football and hurling.

Among three tents where entertainers will perform is the Pub Tent, where The Alehounds will be first to take the stage at 6 p.m. Friday.

The festival, which started in 1988, is sponsored by the nonprofit organization Feile Inc.


Friday: 6 to 11 p.m.

Saturday: Noon to 11 p.m.

Sunday: Noon to 8 p.m.



Parking will be tightly restricted, festival organizers said. Only vehicles with festival passes or handicapped passes will be allowed on the university campus.

Shuttle buses will run between the festival and parking lots at Fairfield Ludlowe High School, the downtown train station and Tomlinson Middle School, all on Unquowa Road, according to the festival website.

Buses will run from 30 minutes before festival gates open until 30 minutes after gates close.



Admission is $12 for adults; $10 for students with a valid student ID; children under 16 will be admitted free if accompanied by an adult.

Three-day passes are available for $20.

Animals are prohibited except for service animals wearing service vests, according to the website.

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