The 26th Annual Church Hill Irish Festival will take place on March 26th and 27th in historic Church Hill. The festival offers great entertainment, plenty of family fun, including children’s games, face painting and Irish-themed crafts, vendors, plus a huge children’s play area sponsored by the great folks from “Connor’s Heroes”, an organization that assists families and children who are fighting childhood cancer.
Proceeds benefit the St. Baldrick’s Society and their fight against childhood cancer, the Church Hill Association, the Church Hill Crime Watch, Richmond Hill, Child Saver’s Clinic of Richmond, St. John’s Church, the St. Peter’s Meals Program, Stone’s Circle of Friends and many other neighborhood causes. Proceeds also benefit the historic preservation of St. Patrick’s Church, a “little church with a big heart” built in the 1850′s by Irish Immigrants to Richmond, and its outreach programs.
A $2.00 donation will be collected at the gate. Sponsored in part by Guinness & Harp Beer and their friends at Loveland Distributing. They kindly ask that you leave all pets at home.
The walking parade begins on Saturday at 10:00 a.m and includes traditional Irish music and dancing. The celebration will continue with a street festival in front of St. Patrick’s Church on North 25th Street between Broad and Franklin Streets and will run from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm on Saturday and 10:00 am to 6:00 pm on Sunday.
Event Schedules for Saturday and Sunday are available on their website. Parking is free, with three shuttle buses at 17th and Broad.
Traditional Irish musicians, bagpipers and dancers will perform throughout the weekend. This year’s lineup includes Uisce Beatha; the Janet Martin Band; Andy, Cindy and Then Some; Page Wilson; the Taters, the Atkinsons; Tinkers Damn; Bart Chucker Band; Susan Greenbaum and many other local favorites. They will also have a Bluegrass Stage.
Over thirty Irish vendors will be in attendance! Food and refreshments will also be available. Enjoy wonderful “Irish Lasagna” prepared by the Ladies of St. Patrick’s, “Fish and Chips” and other favorites provided by Rare Olde Times Irish Pub, and many more.
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Church Hill Irish Festival
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