2021 Peoria Irish Fest
Updated: Apr 9
For Embargoed Release on Wednesday March 17, 2021 at 8AM:
Event: 40th Peoria Irish Fest
Dates: Friday August 27 – Sunday August 29, 2021
Location: On the Peoria RiverFront | Downtown Peoria, Illinois
Peoria, IL (March 17, 2021) – The St. Patrick Society of Peoria and Peoria Park District are excited to announce several of the main acts for the 40th Peoria Irish Fest-Erin Feis! Scythian, Eileen Ivers, Boxing Banjo, The Gothard Sisters, Byrne Brothers, Bohola and Adam & Jon are the first acts to be announced for the festival! The event will take place on August 27th, 28th & 29th on the Peoria RiverFront in Peoria, Illinois. Discounted tickets start at just $9.00 for single day tickets and $25 for 3 Day Passes. Tickets are on sale now! More information on the bands, times, festival activities and tickets can be found at www.PeoriaIrishFest.com!
Event Co-Chair John Martin staid, “It’s too soon to know for certain when present restrictions will be eased, but with vaccines becoming ever more available, we are very optimistic, and are charging ahead full speed with our plans! We truly believe that large-crowd outdoor festivals should be able to proceed by mid to late summer, and we want to be ready. We will let our guests know if our plans change, but for now, we can hardly wait for what should be a terrific Peoria Irish Fest!”
If the event is cancelled, ticket holders will have the option for refunds, making a fest donation, or holding their tickets for the next Peoria Irish Fest.
About Peoria Irish Fest – The last weekend in August every year, St. Patrick Society of Peoria partners with the Peoria Park District to host the Peoria Irish Fest on the Peoria RiverFront. Over the years, Peoria Irish Fest (Erin Feis) has grown from a Sunday afternoon picnic to a 3-Day Irish Festival. Although the venue has changed and the scope of activities and entertainment has grown exponentially since that first picnic, we still provide a time and place for friends and families to join together and share their interest in Irish traditions.
The first day of Peoria Irish Fest is called “The Gathering,” the second is “The Day,” and last is “The Scattering.” During the three days of the event, attendees can enjoy a variety of musicians from around Peoria, the country, or the world, playing both traditional and more modern Irish music, Irish dancers from a variety of Irish Dance Schools, and learn more about Irish traditions in our Cultural Village.
Also featured during the festival, an Ancient Athletic sporting competition is conducted featuring the Sheaf Toss, Caber Toss, Stone Put, Hammer Throw, Braemar Stone/Open Stone—heavy weight for distance and light weight for distance.
On Friday, the Happy Hour 5K race goes along the riverfront, with participants getting free fest entry.
On Sunday, attendees can participate in a Catholic Mass where canned goods are collected for local food pantries.
About St. Patrick Society - The St. Patrick Society of Peoria was founded in January 1980 in downtown Peoria by Jack Cassidy, Ed Dwyer, Bob Mahoney, Bill O’Connell, and Richard Parsons who are referred to as the “Founders.” To accomplish its stated purpose, “to perpetuate the heritage and history of the Irish people and to promote their ideal, traditions, and culture,” the Society sponsors a minimum of two events each year, St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Party, and the Peoria Irish Fest, originally named Erin Feis, at the end of August.