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FESTIVAL: Charlotte Irish Summer Festival 

Friday, Aug. 14

Just because it isn't St. Patrick's Day doesn't mean the Irish don't have cause to celebrate. It's summer, and what better time for festivities than that! Lads and lassies, make your way to the third annual Charlotte Irish Summer Festival, which will celebrate all things Irish (including beer!) with a huge two-day outdoor festival in the streets of Uptown Charlotte. This year, Irish music will be provided by acts like Dublin City Ramblers, The Prodigals, Vertigo, Trad At Heart, McLean Avenue, The Fighting 86's, My Three Kilts and more. But that's not all. Rince na h'Eireann School of Irish Dance and Walsh Kelly Irish Dance will spring forth with some serious footwork action, and there's even going to be an attempt at setting a new world record for the largest choreographed riverdance. More fun and merriment is in the mix with food, drinks and games, including a cornhole tournament. Continues on Sat., Aug. 15. Free. Begins at 6 p.m. on Friday; 12 p.m. on Saturday. Located at 3rd Street and Tryon Street. www.charlotteirishsummerfestival.com.

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