Frequently Asked Questions
What time do the gates open?
Sunday 8:30 am- 6pm (Catholic Mass is at 9am)
What are the ticket prices?
Thursday-$5 at the gate. No advance online ticket sales. Cash only sales. No discounts can be applied. Children 12 and under are free.
Friday-Show up between 5&6pm and get in FREE!
Online ticket sales will suspend after Wednesday, August 28, 2019. Box office opens 30 minutes prior to the gate opening each day.
Friday only $20 adults **Children 12 years of age and under are FREE (a free ticket must be used—order online with adult tickets)
Saturday only $25 adults. **Children 12 years of age and under are FREE (a free ticket must be used—order online with adult tickets)
Sunday only $15 adults. **Children 12 years of age and under are FREE (a free ticket must be used—order online with adult tickets)
Weekend Pass for only $50
- There are $2 discount coupons at area businesses until supplies last. This discount coupon can be used online and at the festival box office.
- Admission is free to Catholic Mass on Sunday. Those that attend Mass will be able to purchase a wristband for the remainder of the day for reduced admission.
- Military discounts (active and retired) available at the festival box office when proper identification is provided.
What is the best way for me to save money on tickets right now?
At this time, buying tickets at the box office with a $2 off discount coupon is the best option. Find the coupons around town. Check the Visit Muskegon Office (Union train depot) across from Heritage Landing.
How can I buy tickets?
The box office will open 30 minutes prior to opening on September 14 for walk up sales. No refunds on ticket sales.
Can I use my credit card on site?
Yes, all areas of the Festival accept credit cards: Festival Admission, Blarney Bucks, Festival Merchandise, and Artist Merchandise. Many of the vendors in the Market and Store also accept credit cards. You will also find 2 ATMs onsite for cash withdrawals (fees may apply).
Are there beverages and food 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. There are plenty of domestic and craft beer choices, along with others like cider, wine, Irish cream, and whiskey as well as tea. All food and beverages must be purchased using Blarney Bucks, no cash sales are permitted.
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 left over, consider dropping them in a tip jar at the bars, or on a courtesy cart shuttle. All tips will go to a local food pantry.
What is the deal with the non-perishable food drive?
We are collecting non-perishable food items for a local food pantry. Drop you donation at the Welcome Center, near the front gate.
Where do I park?
The festival parking is located at the Mart Dock. Park here for $10 and help the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex & USS LST 393 Veterans Museum. Courtesy Cart shuttles available to all. Handicapped parking is also at the Mart Dock. The Mart Dock parking is safe and well lit. There is ample street parking in the surrounding blocks of the festival site. Patrons must be able to get on the Courtesy Cart and disembark unassisted.
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 are allowed. Service dogs are allowed. Carry in items like bags, purses, backpacks are subject to search. Baby formula or medication is of course allowed. Please feel free to bring a lawn chair, we have loads of seating, but you are welcome to bring your own. The festival is not responsible for articles lost, stolen, or misplaced.
Can I bring my refillable water bottle to the festival?
You can! We have multiple water bottle-refilling stations on site. As long as you have a refillable, see-through bottle that’s empty when entering the gate, you are able to refill it at our water stations, free of charge! We also have reusable MIMF Water Bottles available for sale in the festival merchandise tent!
Should I bring my own chair?
There are a limited number of picnic tables, chairs, and bleachers on site. Bringing your own chair is always a good idea.
What if I don’t want to miss the College or Pro Football games?
The Notre Dame game will be shown on the big screens in the Pub. Other games will be televised throughout the weekend.
How do I volunteer for the festival?
MIMF is a 100% volunteer produced festival relying on over 1,100 volunteers every year. We would love your help! To sign-up, go to michiganirish.org and click the VOLUNTEER tab on the website. Complete a profile and tell us when and what you would like to do at the festival. The closer we get to the festival the more likely that jobs will be filled and we will assign you where the need is the greatest.
Will there by Irish Dancers at the fest?
Yes! Join in the Hooley on Friday night at the Galway stage and you can learn a step or two. Also, various dance groups throughout the weekend will be on the Galway stage to entertain you. On Saturday night at 6:30 pm the Parade of Champions will perform on the Galway stage. The Michigan Feis (our annual dance competition) will be held at Muskegon Catholic Central from 8:30 am until 3pm.
How does my band submit information about their interest in performing at the festival?
Send a media kit to Michigan Irish Music Festival/Entertainment Committee, 2743 Henry Street #231, Muskegon, MI 49441. Electronic kits can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Can I bring my own cooler?
Don’t even worry about it; we have plenty of great beverages available for your purchase.
Is there a Catholic Mass?
Yes, Sunday morning at 9am, Fr. Michael Olson will be the celebrant for the Celtic Mass. Admission is free and if you attend Mass you can purchase a wristband to stay the day at a reduced price.
Is there an ATM at the festival?
Yes, there is an ATM on site. (fees may apply)
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 Feis link.
Are there activities for children?
Yes, the Wee Ones’ area is open Friday from 5-7:30pm, Saturday 11am-7:30pm, and Sunday 11am-5pm. Located in County Kerry you will find free crafts, inflatables/bounce houses, storytelling, Irish Magic Show, Irish Cinderella, face painting and more. Check the schedule accordingly.
Is there music at the local bars after the festival?
Yes, the Holiday Inn features a live Irish band both Friday and Saturday night from 10pm until 1am.
What if I don’t drink beer, are there other choices?
Yes, of course. The majority of the food vendors have choices including coffee, lemonade, water, and pop. You can also find wine, Irish cream, Cider (gluten free), Tea, and Whiskey.
Do you have 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, just like you. 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 my GPS, do you have that?
Yes, please use 1051 7th street, Muskegon, MI 49440 so you can get the best directions to the festival.
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 festival! 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 touring circuit”.
Why doesn’t the festival recycle?
Oh, we do! We recycle all of the plastic drink cups, 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 Muskegon Craft beer at the festival?
You bet, Unruly, Pigeon Hill and Fetch all have beers on tap at Duff’s Tavern, plus you will find other local Michigan brews there too.
Why don’t you have someone available to help trace my Irish heritage?
We do, stop in and see Barbara Scanlon on the Cultural Exhibits area, next to the Ward Music Archives exhibit.