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Alexandria Irish Festival

The 27th annual Alexandria Irish Festival will take place Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Waterfront Park in Old Town Alexandria. This year’s festival features a lineup of Irish musical and cultural groups. Visit www.ballyshaners.org for a complete list of entertainers. Browse Irish goods as well as arts and crafts from a wide variety of vendors, as well as food and cold refreshments. The Irish Festival is sponsored by the Ballyshaners – Gaelic for “Old Towners.” Proceeds from the festival help cover the cost of staging the annual Alexandria St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Lawn chairs are welcome. Coolers are prohibited at the festival.

The 27th annual Alexandria Irish Festival will take place Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Waterfront Park in Old Town Alexandria. This year’s festival features a lineup of Irish musical and cultural groups. Visit www.ballyshaners.org for a complete list of entertainers. Browse Irish goods as well as arts and crafts from a wide variety of vendors, as well as food and cold refreshments. The Irish Festival is sponsored by the Ballyshaners – Gaelic for “Old Towners.” Proceeds from the festival help cover the cost of staging the annual Alexandria St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Lawn chairs are welcome. Coolers are prohibited at the festival. Photo by Mike Pablo

— The 27th annual Alexandria Irish Festival will take place Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Waterfront Park in Old Town Alexandria.

This year’s festival features a lineup of Irish musical and cultural groups, including the City of Alexandria Pipes and Drums, the Washington Scottish Pipes and Drums, the Boyle School of Dance, the Culkin School of Dance, the Celtic Rhythm School of Dance, the O’Neill-James School of Dance, and local musical favorites including Mary Smith, Pat Garvey and Brook Yoder. Visit www.ballyshaners.org for a complete list of entertainers.

Festival-goers will also enjoy browsing Irish goods as well as arts and crafts from a wide variety of vendors. Numerous food vendors will be participating in this year’s festival, and food and cold refreshments will be served throughout the day.

Proceeds from the festival help cover the cost of staging the annual Alexandria St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

The Irish Festival is sponsored by the Ballyshaners – Gaelic for “Old Towners.” A not-for-profit group, the Ballyshaner’s goal is to promote and preserve Irish heritage through sponsorship of the Alexandria St. Patrick’s Day Parade, held each March, and the Alexandria Irish Festival.

Festival organizers suggest using Metro (King Street Station) and the King Street Trolley to access the festival. Lawn chairs are welcome. Coolers are prohibited at the festival.