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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Newport Irish Festival Kicks Off Labor Day Weekend in Rhode Island

The 13th annual Newport Irish Festival takes place this Labor Day weekend, September 4-6, at Commerical Wharf in Newport, Rhode Island.

Featured artists this year include Eileen Ivers, the powerful fiddle player from the Bronx who has redefined Irish fiddling in her generation; Shana Morrison, blues singer and daughter of Van Morrison; and local favorites,Pendragon.  For a full schedule of performers, click here.

The festival features five stages and an array of exhibitions, cultural tents, food pavilions and children's activities throughout the weekend.  The festival opens at noon each day. Tickets are $17 per day or $35 for a three day pass, and are available online or at the gate.

The festival is located at the Newport Yachting Center in downtown Newport, with easy access to major highways.  For directions click here.

For year round Irish cultural activities in New England, visit
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