Frequently Asked Questions

I want to hold a family reunion or corporate event at the Fest. Can I? 

Of course. In fact, we’ve been hosting family reunions and corporate events at KCIF for years. We can host groups of pretty much any size. 

If you’re looking for a unique, fun setiing for your event, please consider Kansas City Irish Fest! There are opportunities for private hospitality areas on the grounds of the Fest, and group rates are available at our host hotels!

Group event perks include the opportunity to purchase single-day tickets at a reduced rate versus the gate price!

Looking for more?  Our amazing group event team can customize a package for you including any of the following:

  • Private Space on Fest Grounds
  • Private Space, Gate Tickets, Beverages & Snacks (Packages from $1500 for 50 people)
  • Discount Fest Gate & Special Event Tickets
  • Hotel Room Block & Restaurant Discounts
  • Hotel Banquet/Gathering Space
  • Family Genealogy Presentation
  • Specially Designed T-Shirts, Hats &/or Koozies
  • Registration Table & Bags
  • Discount Coupons for Nearby Attractions
  • Activity Suggestions & Transportation Resources
  • Planning & Communication Resources

Please complete and submit our GROUP GOOGLE FORM and a festival representative will contact you. Questions? You can email

I can’t make it ALL three nights. What do you have for me the nights I can’t be there? 

It's not the same as being there, but you can follow our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages for updates all weekend long. We'll do our best to put you right in the middle of the action!

Where Do I Park? 

Parking is easy at Crown Center. Crown Center is located in the heart of Kansas City at 2450 Grand Blvd.

The retail parking garage may be accessed from Grand Blvd, just south of the Crown Center Shops main entrance. Parking at the Crown Center garages is FREE on the weekends.

Bus Parking:

There are several surface lots available for bus parking to the south of the Crown Center Shops, east of the 27th and Grand Blvd. intersection.

Hotel Parking

If you are staying at the Sheraton or Westin, they have parking garages as well.

Take the Bus

Another option is to take the Max bus and get off at the Union Station stop. Our front gates are a hop, skip and jump away.

Street Car

Hop on the Street Car at any of the stops between the River Market and Union Station. Visit to check out where the stops are along the Street Car Route.

What can I bring? 

Bring your favorite blanket and/or a small umbrella. You can even bring your own empty refillable water bottle. There are water refill stations throughout the site.

Sorry to say, no picnic baskets, outside coolers, outside food or drinks or pets of any kind (unless service animals) are allowed to be brought in to the festival grounds. 

Bags being brought inside the festival are subject to inspection at the gates.

We'll have plenty to eat and drink at the fest, promise.

Are weapons allowed? 

Weapons, firearms, fireworks and any explosives are not allowed at the festival. 

Guests with Disabilities? 

While designated handicap parking spaces are available on levels 2A and 3A of the Crown Center Shops parking garage, we would like to get you as close to the festival grounds as possible. We encourage guests requiring wheelchair access to park in the garage directly underneath the festival grounds, at Pershing and McGee. You can enter the garage from either from the McGee street entrance on the North, or the Grand street entrance to the South.

Our festival takes place on two different levels, so you’ll need to utilize the garage elevators or our ramp to move between levels. We also have a ramp for strollers and wheelchair users to get between levels. Look for special handicapped parking spaces on the following levels to get you closer to the parts of the festival you want the most:

Gold Level = Street level, Boulevard Stage, craft vendors, food vendors, beverage tents, heritage area and stage, children's area and stage, and more.

Blue Level = Terrace Stage, beverage tents, Irish Fest merchandise, and more.

Oversized Vans (higher than 6 feet 5 inches)

All underground garages have a max height of 6’5” so if you have an oversized van, you’re not going to fit. We have secured a limited number of slots in front of the American Restaurant entrance, where the valet parking is situated. Look for the specific handicap parking signs within the turnaround. These slots are available on a first come, first served basis; and only to oversized vans that have handicapped license plates or hanging state-issued handicap tags. If the lot is full, please utilize some of the above ground parking located further south on Grand.

I’m cheap. Can I get in for free? 

You’re not cheap, you’re thrifty and that’s a fine quality. Yes, you can get in free if you volunteer to work at the festival - OR if you stay in one of our two official Irish Fest hotels, at the special Irish Fest rates.

What times do the gates open and close? 

Friday from 5 to 11 pm

Saturday from 11 am to 11 pm

Sunday from 11 am to 11 pm

Can I bring a lawn chair? I hate sitting on the ground. 

Absolutely. We’d never ask you to sit on the ground, unless you really wanted to.

Can I buy tickets in advance or online? 

Yes, as well as paying with cash or charge at the gate on the day, tickets are available online right here.

How much does admission cost? 

2019 General Admission tickets - 2020 pricing coming soon:

If you're wanting to just go one day, you get the best deal if you buy early!

  • Through midnight Aug. 26: Friday $10 and Saturday or Sunday $12
  • Aug. 27 - Aug 30 (until 11:59 PM): Friday $12  and Saturday or Sunday $15  
  • Aug. 31 and beyond: Friday GA $15 and Saturday or Sunday $18 On Site

Want to spend the weekend with us? Of course you do!! 

  • Weekend passes are only available online Aug. 30 (until 11:59 PM) - $35

You're special, so treat yourself to a VIP, special experience or group package.

Check out and BUY all our ticket and special deals HERE.

Anyway you look at it, it’s a small price to pay for all that entertainment and fun.

Why isn’t my favorite band playing? 

Well, we hope they are. And if not, please let us know who you’d like to see at future Irish Fests. But trust us, we’ve got plenty of great performers lined up. Maybe your new favorite!

Where is the Festival? 

At Hallmark’s beautiful Crown Center Square, just south of downtown Kansas City, Missouri - at 25th and Grand Boulevard.

Who is performing at this year’s Festival? 

Irish Fest features more than 30 world-class acts. There is a Culture tent & stage for music and dance performances, demonstrations and readings, a children’s stage, and a comedy stage for those looking for a laugh. See the Music and Dance page for details of performers and check out the full schedule to see when your favorite band is playing.

When is the Festival? 

The Kansas City Irish Fest will run on Labor Day weekend, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Is there a map? 

There is! It's on our app, the program you'll get at the gate when you enter, and you can begin planning your festival HERE: Map 2019