Posts Tagged With: Irish Music

Be Irish for a Weekend

A couple of years ago we attended our first Michigan Irish Music Festival in Muskegon, Michigan and we were hooked.  This is one of the better run festivals we have attended and with the great music talent we have attended several years now.

Tickets are cheaper online and a weekend pass is the best deal.  The festival is Thursday night through Sunday.  Thursday is $5 at the gate, Friday and Sunday are $15 at the gate and Saturday is $20 at the gate.  Advance online tickets for Friday and Sunday are $10 and $15 for Saturday.  A weekend pass is $30.

On St. Patrick’s day they offered a buy one get on free weekend pass offer on their Facebook page.  We jumped on the offer to visit all weekend for $30 total for daughter and I.  In August they mailed us the two weekend passes.  Here is a link to their Facebook page:

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Don’t be Irish Only on St. Patrick’s Day

A few years back a family member invited us to an Irish musical festival. Having no plans for the Saturday we took them up on the offer and found a new genre that we loved.  Usually for one weekend in September we transfer from being Dutch to finding our Irish side.  This year we expanded our Celtic side over Labor Day weekend also.

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Fiddler’s Hearth South Bend

While staying at the Oliver Inn we took the opportunity to walk the quick few blocks to Fiddler’s Hearth.  Daughter and I love to attend the Irish Music Festival in Muskegon Michigan so we were hoping for good reels and jigs!

I had asked before hand what the policy is for minors as each state has different laws when the establishment has an alcohol license.  I was assured that Daughter being in the place after 9pm would not be an issue and no one blinked an eye on our visit.

I had planned to arrive around 8:30 and get a little dessert before the band started.  But then I misplaced our room key and that panic ate up a bit our time before we walked over.  It was a few minutes past nine when we arrived and located some open seats.  (Its group tables and seating here so everyone is a new friend.) The band was already playing and a few were dancing up front.

We were quickly served and still able to order dessert.  I was not very hungry but wanted to try their Creme Brulee.  Unfortunately it was sold out already! Daughter had the Fighting Irishman Sundae and I went with Chocolate Oblivion.  I washed it down with a great cider while we enjoyed the band.

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We stayed a little over an hour before deciding to beat the rain back to the inn.  Its a short quick walk but I would rather stay dry as I go.  We had a great time here and plan to be back again to try dinner.  They have live entertainment almost everyday as you can see here:

More information here:

South Bend at 127 N. Main St.
Telephone: (574) 232-2853
Sunday 11:00am – 9:00pm
Monday & Tuesday 11:00am – 11:00pm
Wednesday & Thursday 11:00am – Midnight
Friday & Saturday 11:00am – 1:00am

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