MUSKEGON, MI – Like so many summer events, the Michigan Irish Music Festival, which is typically held at Heritage Landing in downtown Muskegon, has been canceled due to coronavirus.
But next week, instead of heading to the water’s edge, Irish music fans will be able to log into their computers for a virtual event.
“Keeping Irish in Your Heart … Six Feet Apart” is the theme of the event, which will coincide with what would have been Festival 2020, from Thursday September 17 through Sunday September 20.
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It will feature music, posted on the organization’s Facebook page, by local, national and international musicians. There will also be a songwriting circle and a cooking presentation for the kids.
Festival organizers will also be selling a unique t-shirt to commemorate this year’s unique circumstances: a bright green t-shirt with the inscription “Irish There Was a Festival!” “
The Michigan Irish Music Festival typically draws thousands of people to Lake Muskegon and closes the region’s summer season, which usually hosts concerts, street fairs, and festivals every weekend. But due to the COVID-19 pandemic, nearly all of these events have been canceled, including the Lakeshore Art Festival, Electric Forest Music Festival, Unity Christian Music Festival, and Rebel Road Motorcycle Rally.
The new virtual event will take place six months after festival organizers also had to cancel their St. Patrick’s Day events, just after the virus was deemed an emergency in the state of Michigan.
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