Irish Days: Labor Day Weekend in Long Grove

Historic Downtown Long Grove celebrates the return of Irish Days! St. Patrick’s Day is no longer the only time to revel in the cultural traditions from the land of shamrocks and Guinness. Back by popular demand and hosted by Paddy’s on the Square, The Irish Boutique, and the Long Grove Business and Community Partners, Irish Days will take place Labor Day weekend, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, August 30 through September 1, from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

A three day long fest that can’t be missed, Long Grove invites you to bring the whole family and enjoy all the best that the Irish culture offers including: live music, dancers, best legs in a Kilt competition, traditional Irish food and drink, activities for the “wee” folk including Arts and Crafts, Coloring, and a Leprechaun Hunt, an Irish dog competition and a village-wide Leprechaun Hunt. This family-friendly Irish bash will be stationed in Fountain Square in the heart of Downtown Long Grove.

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Schedule of Events:

Saturday August 30

11:00am-12:00pm Irish Band
12:20-12:50 McNulty Irish Dancer
1:10-1:40 Shannon Rovers Bagpipe Band
2:00-3:10 Gavin Coyle 3:30-3:50 Irish Dog Competition Awards
4:10-4:40 Dillon Gavin Irish Dancers 5:00-5:20 Best Looking Men’s Legs in a Kilt Competition
5:40-6:50 Larkin & Moran Brothers

Sunday August 31

10:00am Morning Mass celebrated by Father David Ryan of St. Francis de Sales Lake Zurich
11:00am-12:00pm Irish Band
12:20-12:50 McNulty Irish Dancers
12:20-12:50 McNulty Irish Dancers
1:10-1:40 Shannon Rovers Bagpipe Band
2:00-3:10 Jeff Ward
3:30-3:50 Irish Dog Competition Awards
4:10-4:40 Irish Dancers
5:00-5:20 Best Looking Men’s Legs in a Kilt Competition
5:40-6:50 Joe Cullen & Kathleen Keane

Monday September 1

11:00am-12:00pm Academy of Irish Music
12:20-12:50 Dillon Gavin Irish Dancers
1:10-1:40 Shannon Rovers Bagpipe Band
2:00-3:10 Baal Tinne 3:30-3:50 Irish Dog Competition Awards 
4:10-4:40 McNulty Irish Dancers

5:00-5:20 Best Looking Men’s Legs in a Kilt Competition
5:40-6:50 Gavin Coyle

Irish Days’ entertainment:

  • Gavin Coyle: Gavin Coyle was born in Derry, Northern Ireland. An accomplished singer and songwriter, Gavin’s musical range covers pop, folk, and traditional music from his homeland. His performances often reflect this versatility as he mixes traditional and original compositions.
  • Baal Tinne: Chicago’s Baal Tinne takes traditional Irish music and respectfully arranges it to suit the talents of each band member. Formed by County Offaly’s Noel Rice, the band features the self-taught talents of Rice on flute, and his son Kevin, a world-class bodhran player.
  • Jeff Ward: Jeff’s music includes a mix of Irish & Scottish ballads, drinking songs and acoustic American folk songs that display a broad palette of people’s musical talents.
  • The McNulty Irish Dancers: From humble beginnings in Naperville Illinois, the McNulty School of Irish Dance has grown into one of the largest, most active dance schools in the Midwest.
  • The Shannon Rovers Bagpipe Band & many more: The Shannon Rovers “Club” was organized in 1926 by Tommie Ryan and a group of Irishmen, most of whom emigrated from Ireland in the 1920’s, an historical period in Ireland. Today, the band is made up of seventy plus pipers, drummers and color guard.
  • Irish Dog Competition– All Dogs are Irish during Irish Days!  Any dog can enter this special competition.  A panel of 10 children judges will pick a King, Queen, Prince and Princess winner each day.  Register outside the Long Grove Information Center any time from 11am-2:30pm.  Judging for the Princess category begins at 2:45.  Prince category judging will be at 2:55 The Queen competition judging will be at 3:05 The Kings will be judged at 3:15.   Dog Parade will begin at 3:25 promptly.  All competitors will be brought onto the main stage at 3:30 and winners will be announced and crowned at 3:30 each day. Event sponsor: Skycrest Animal Hospital
  • Best Looking Men’s Legs in a Kilt Competition— Reserve your spot Wear your kilt or borrow one of ours.  Judges will be randomly selected festival patrons. Trophy will be awarded each day. Competition takes place at 5:00pm each day
  • Pint Glass Giveaway–Collect all receipts from Long Grove shops and restaurants during the Irish Days weekend. Show them at the Long Grove Info Center and for each group of receipts totaling over $150, receive a free Long Grove Irish Days Pint Glass.
  • Irish Traditional Food and Drink:  Winston’s will be serving Toasted Corned Beef Sandwiches, Whiskey Glazed Chicken, Irish Sausage and Chips, Shepherd’s Pie, Fish and Chips, Irish Egg Rolls, and more.  Guinness Stout, Harp Lager and various Irish Brews will be on tap.
  • Where’s Paddy? Town-wide Leprechaun Hunt— Paddy is headed to Downtown Long Grove during Irish Days.  He will be hiding out in 32 businesses around town.  Find Paddy in 7 of the stores or restaurants and get a wee bit of the Leprechaun’s gold!  So pick up your Paddy Passport and start hunting August 30, 31 and September 1.