Frequently Asked Questions
What time do the gates open?
Thursday 5 -10 p.m., Friday 5-11 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sunday 8:30 a.m. (Mass at 9:00 a.m.) until 6:00 p.m.
Thursday- $5 at the gate. No advance online ticket sales. No discounts can be applied. Children 12 and under are free.
Friday Show up between 5 & 6pm and get in FREE!!
IN ADVANCE of September 15 ONLINE
$ 10 adults ** Children 12 years of age and under FREE
Saturday $15 adults ** Children 12 years of age and under FREE
Sunday $10 adults ** Children 12 years of age and under FREE
Three Day Pass for only $30. ($40 at the gate)
****$2 off discount coupons at area businesses
**Admission is free to Mass on Sunday. Those that attend Mass will be able to purchase a wristband to stay for the remainder of the day for reduced admission. There is no other discount on Sunday(Senior Citizen etc.)
PRICES AT THE TICKET BOOTH AT THE FESTIVAL
$ 15 adults ** Children 12 years of age and under FREE
Saturday $20 adults ** Children 12 years of age and under FREE
Sunday $15 adults ** Children 12 years of age and under FREE
Three Day Pass for only $40.
****$2 off discount coupons at area businesses
**Admission is free to Mass on Sunday. Those that attend Mass will be able to purchase a wristband to stay for the remainder of the day for reduced admission. There is no other discount on Sunday (Senior Citizen etc.)
**No refunds are permitted on ticket purchases.
MILITARY DISCOUNT-Show your active or retired card at the Gate and receive the ONLINE discount price*. * No other discounts apply.
What is the best way for me to save money on tickets right now?
Ordering tickets online (with or without the $2 discount is best). The four-day weekend pass is only $30 in advance ($2 discount coupon does not apply to the 4-day pass). Single day tickets in advance are $10, $15 and $10 respectively for Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Thursday tickets are only $5 - no $2 off coupon applies.
What can I bring into the event?
Food and beverages are available at the event. Absolutely no outside beverages, coolers, alcohol, weapons, fireworks or pets (except service animals) are allowed on the festival grounds. Carry in items like bags, purses are subject to search. The Festival is not responsible for articles lost, stolen or misplaced.
How can I buy tickets?
You can purchase them online at www.michiganirish.org or at the gate. We encourage you to purchase in advance and save! **No refunds are permitted on ticket purchases.
Can I use my credit card on site?
Yes, there is an ATM for cash withdrawls. The admission ticket booth, artist merchandise tent, festival merchandise and Blarney Bucks can all accept credit cards. As do many of the market vendors.
Is there food and beverages available for sale?
Yes there is a wide variety of authentic Irish food and festival food available. Food vendors also sell, pop, water, lemonade, ice cream and other sweet treats. Blarney Bucks MUST be used for all food and beverage purchases. Cash is not accepted at food vendors or at any of the bars.
How do I purchase food and beverages?
The Festival has an easy to use Blarney Bucks system. All food and beverage purchases must be made with Blarney Bucks. There are 5 locations to purchase Blarney Bucks and they are valid all weekend long. Blarney Bucks are in $1 increments, buy $1 at a time or go ahead and purchase $30 to get you started. All food and drink items are in even $1 amounts so you won’t have to deal with any loose coins.
Can I get a refund on the Blarney Bucks I didn't use?
Sorry, refunds of any tickets (admission or Blarney Bucks) are not provided. If you have Blarney Bucks tickets left over, consider dropping them in the tip jars at the bars or at one of our golf cart shuttles. All tips will go to the local food pantry.
What is the deal with the non-perishable food drive?
We are collecting non-perishable food items for the Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry. We will be taking these donations ALL WEEKEND. Drop off at the Welcome Center near the Main Gate.
What is the deal with parking?
There is not parking on-site at Heritage Landing. We encourage you to park at Mart Dock for $5 - you are helping to raise funds for the USS LST Veteran's Museum. Courtesy Carts are available to transport patrons from the Mart Dock lot to the front gate or ticket booth as needed*. Handicapped parking is available at the Mart Dock as well. There is ample street parking in the surrounding blocks to the Festival site. The street parking is very safe, close to the Festival grounds and well lit.
*Patrons must be able to get on the Courtesy Cart and disembark unassisted.
Do I need to bring my own lawn chair?
There is a limited number of picnic tables, chairs and bleachers on the Site. Bringing your own lawn chair is always a good idea.
What if I don’t want to miss the football game?
The Notre Dame game will be shown on the big screens in the Pub. Other games will be televised during the weekend.
How do I volunteer for the Irish Festival?
MIMF is a 100% volunteer produced festival relying on more than 1000 volunteers every year and we need your help! To sign-up as a new volunteer, simply go to the "Volunteer" page of the website and click the "Volunteer Log In" link. You will be instructed to create a user name and password. Simply complete your application, select your shift preferences and click the "SAVE" button at the bottom of the page. Your application will be submitted electronically. Need to change your preferences or view you schedule? Simply log back into the Volunteer System using the same link. Make your changes and resubmit, or select "View Schedule" at the top right corner of the screen. ONE e-mail address per person is required to use the system. If you do not have an e-mail address or computer access, please call 231-683-2065. A volunteer application will be mailed to you. ** Don’t forget to CONFIRM the link in the email you receive after you complete your online application.Volunteer registration opens in May, watch our website or Facebook for updates.
Will there be Irish Dancers at the Festival?
Yes! Friday night we will feature a “HOOLEY”. Learn how to dance the traditional Ceili dance taught by experts. No previous dance experience necessary. Join us at the Galway Stage Friday evening for the Hooley. On Sunday we will have Irish Dancers performing all day long. PLUS, all day on Saturday at Muskegon Catholic Central (1145 W. Laketon) you can watch hundreds of Irish Dancers as they compete in Muskegon’s annual Irish Dance Competition (known as a FEIS (FESH). There is an admission fee to the Feis. Saturday night at the Festival the Parade of Champions will be featured at 6pm on the Galway Stage. On Sunday, Ardan Academy of Irish Dance will entertain on the Galway Stage. Festival location is 701 Shoreline Drive.
How does my band get on the list to play at the Michigan Irish Music Festival?
This years lineup is complete, however, if you would like to be considered for future festivals or other special events, send a promo packet including a CD to our office at 2374 Henry St. #231. Muskegon, MI 49441. You can also send electronic press kits to firstname.lastname@example.org
Can I bring in my own cooler?
There are no coolers, pets, firearms, fireworks or weapons of any kind allowed on the Festival grounds.Patrons that require medication or baby food to be cooled are encouraged to take those precautions. Our security at the gate are happy to allow these admissions.
Is there a Catholic Mass?
Yes, Sunday morning at 9 a.m. Admission to Mass is free and those attending can purchase a wristband immediately following Mass for a reduced rate to stay for the day.
Is there an ATM on Site?
Yes, there is an ATM on site.
How do I sign up my child to compete in the Irish Dance Competition (Feis)?
Visit our website at www.michiganirish.org and click on the register link.
How much does it cost to attend the FEIS?
For those registering to compete, there is a registration/admission fee that will allow your family to enter. Your Feis wristband DOES NOT provide you with free access to the Festival. The all event weekend pass, Feis admission is included.
Are there activities for children?
Yes, there is a full playground as well as other activities that include inflatable rides, crafts and games. Sunday is family fun day with activities from 12 - 5 pm.
Is there entertainment in any local bars/restaurants after the Festival?
Yes, The Holiday Inn features a live Irish band in their lounge on Friday and Saturday nights from 10pm until 1am.
What if I don’t drink beer, are there other choices? Yes, of course. The majority of the food vendors offer coffee, soft drinks, bottled water and / or lemonade. You can also choose from Irish Tea, Magners Irish Cider (Gluten Free), Wine, and Whiskey. The Tea is found at the Barry’s Tea Room and the Whiskey is found in the Whiskey Snug. All other alcohol is found at the bar areas.
Do you have handicap accessible bathrooms? Yes, they are located west of the G&L County Cork stage, on your way to County Kerry.
Can I “save chairs” for my friends who are going to attend? We are thrilled that your friends are coming to the show, but please don’t save chairs. We have plenty of chairs to go around and people like to get their spot in front of the stage. So until your entire group is with you, other patrons may take the seat next to you.
I want to put the Festival address in to my GPS, do you have that? Yes, please use 701 Shoreline Drive Muskegon, MI 49440 so you can get the best directions to the Festival.
What if I have a “service dog in training” or I am a Vet that has a service dog, can my dog come in? Of course, we are glad to have your service dog (in training or on the job) attend the Fest with you. Of course, you should have your “service dog” paper work with you, and don’t forget to clean up after your helper!
Why do you serve food that isn’t “Irish”? We have lots of people that attend Irish Fest, and man are they hungry. That being said, we want to make sure there is something for everyone. So of course, you’ll find a variety of different food at the Fest! Enjoy!
Why would you have this Festival in September and not in the Summer? Shucks, we are all so busy swimming in our awesome lakes in the summer, PLUS, having the Festival in September helps with our tourism efforts of bringing guests to Muskegon during a “shoulder season”. We also work with other Irish Festivals to space out the weekends so we can get the entertainers that are “on the circuit”.
Why doesn’t the Festival recycle? Oh, we do! We recycle all of the plastic drink cups, the aluminum cans and cardboard from all of the vendors. Check near the garbage cans there should be a recycle container right near by.
Can I get local Michigan Craft beer at the Festival? You bet, we will feature beer from the following breweries all weekend long, check out The Tavern! Pigeon Hill Brewing Company, Unruly Brewery, Fetch Brewery and Perrin Brewing Company. You will also find other Michigan Craft beers throughout the weekend on these taps in The Tavern.
Why don’t you have someone available to help trace my Irish heritage? We do, stop in and see Barbara Scanlon on the Paul C. Johnson pavilion next to the Ward Music Archives exhibit.