Every summer, on Labour Day Weekend, Kansas City Irish Fest celebrates all things Irish promoting Celtic music and dance. One of the most favourite events of the local Irish community was named the "Best Ethnic Festival" for several years in a row. Irish Fest has eight stages of entertainment featuring over 30 bands and musicians, performers, dancers, and comedians from different countries. It attracts about 90,000 attendees every year. At least 1,500 volunteers help to organize this community event.
The festival features Art in the Park fair—dozens of artists sell their work at Washington Park, near Crown Center Square. It was modelled after Merrion Square in Dublin. Tír na nÓg or the "Land of the Young" offers fun activities for all ages. The Children’s Village is located on the Terrace of Crown Center, and there is also a play area in Washington Park. Children will love the witches and warlocks parade, a scavenger hunt, Fairy House, and the Monster Mash Dance Contest.
Kansas City Irish Fest is held at Crown Center Square in downtown. The festival was founded in 2003 when two Irish communities—Brookside and Westport—decided to hold a joint event. Since then, Irish Fest has become one of the best in the country.