Missouri Irish festivals

Sep 21, 2011 at 8:39 p.m. ET

If you're craving Irish music, merchandise, family fun and entertainment, Missouri has several events for you to choose from in the Kansas City and St. Louis areas.

Missouri River Irish Fest

Missouri River Irish Fest

Established in 2005, the Missouri River Irish Fest takes place in St. Charles, Missouri (a suburb of St. Louis) every year in May during Memorial Day weekend. In addition to a wide selection of Irish musical performers, there is a children's area, Irish dancing lessons, a fiddle competition, Irish singing workshops, storytellers, wolfhound races and vendors selling items such as Celtic jewelry, clothing, gift items and pubs.

Admission is free!

Website: moriveririshfest.com

Location: Frontier Park, 500 S. Riverside Drive, St. Charles, Missouri 63301

Kansas City Irish Fest

Late summer brings the Kansas City Irish Fest to life in downtown Kansas City, Missouri. Attendance over the course of the fest reaches upwards of 100,000 so it can be crowded but with all of the attractions it's an excellent family outing. Featured are a host of Irish-inspired musicians, but there are plenty of other delights for families and adults alike, such as Irish comedians, Irish dancers, Irish heritage education, dancing, instrument exploration, a children's activity area, food, vendors and more. There is also a huge Catholic Mass that takes place on the Sunday morning of the festival.

Admission costs vary depending on whether you purchase tickets in advance or at the gate.

Website: kcirishfest.com

Location: Crown Center Square, 2450 Grand Blvd., Kansas City, Missouri 64108

Weston Irish Festival

October and brisk fall weather means it's time for the annual Weston Irish Festival. Weston is a small community north of Kansas City nestled along the Missouri river. The festival draws nearly 10,000 and counting over the course of a three-day weekend and provides entertainment on several stages and is on the grounds of the Weston Brewing Company, established in 1842. There are tents set up around the grounds that offer food and drink as well as the best Celtic wares.

There is an admission cost for adults but children 14 and under are admitted free. There is a shuttle service offered between the festival and spots within the city of Weston.

Website: westonirish.com

Location: 500 Welt St. Weston, Missouri 64098

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