For over 40 years, Peoria Irish Fest has been a staple in the community. This year, the festival is from August 26 -28 on the Peoria Riverfront. Keep reading for a complete guide to the 2022 festival!


Hours –

Friday (8/26) 4:00p – 11:30p

Saturday (8/27) 12:00p - 11:30p

Sunday (8/28) 9:30a - 6:00p

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Food and Drink – There are plenty of options for tasty food and refreshing drinks throughout the weekend at Peoria Irish Fest! Follow this link for all that’s available:


Happy Hour 5k –  The Happy Hour 5k kicks off the Irish Fest weekend! Walk or jog along a flat course following the Illinois River, and bring all your friends! The 5k admission ticket includes entry for Friday and two beverages. Registration before 8/26 is $35.00 and on 8/26 is $40.00. 


Highland Games –  The Irish Fest isn’t exclusive to those of Irish descent, made obvious by the Scottish Highland Games! The games take place on Saturday with a $25.00 registration fee. Fuel your inner competitive nature with Braemar Stone, Caber Toss, Sheaf Toss, and Weight Over Bar games! 


Irish Dance – Scottish and Irish dance will be featured throughout Saturday and Sunday on the Dance Stage! For a complete list of performances, follow this link:


Tasting Room –  Enjoy Irish whiskey the “right” way at the Tasting Room, located on the third floor of the Gateway Building, near Vince’s Whiskey Terrace. Tasting sessions will be on Friday (3:00p) and Saturday (3:00p and 7:00p). Tickets can be purchased upon entering festival grounds. The Tasting Room is even offering classes with registration information available at any of the on-site pubs. 


Wee Folks –  On Saturday and Sunday from 12:00p - 5:00p, there will be activities and games open exclusively for kids! Parents, watch your wee folks create crafts, get their faces painted, jump around in a bounce house, and more!


Cultural Village –  The root of the Peoria Irish Fest is the celebration of Irish culture and history, all of which can be enjoyed in the Cultural Village! A few highlights include Ancient Order of Hibernians, Friends of Clonmel (Ireland Sister City), and a plethora of exhibits!


Fountain Stage –  Enjoy live music on the Fountain Stage all weekend! A complete list of performances can be found by following this link:


Sunday Mass – Irish culture is largely influenced by Catholicism, which is celebrated at Peoria’s Irish Fest! The Catholic Diocese of Peoria will celebrate the Peoria Irish Fest Annual Liturgy for Peace & Justice at the North Stage. Music will begin at 10:00a, followed by the service at 10:30a.

Free admission Sunday 9:30am – 11:00am for anyone wearing a kilt or bringing a donation for the canned food drive!


Grafton Street Vendors – Enjoy craft, Irish specific vendors under the bridge all weekend! 


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