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Celtic Fest Chicago 

Gaelic Storm and Leahy headline this year's Celtic celebration in Grant Park.

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The 13th annual Celtic Fest Chicago offers a range of traditional and contemporary Celtic entertainment—including music, dance, cooking demonstrations, and a "Men in Kilts" leg contest—spread across seven stages and tents in Grant Park (Jackson and Columbus). The festival runs Saturday from noon till 9:30 PM and Sunday from 11 AM till 9:30 PM. Saturday's music culminates with Canadian sibling band Leahy and Belfast foursome McPeake, who play the Petrillo Music Shell beginning at 6 PM; on Sunday the headlining slots are filled by veteran Los Angeles-based group Gaelic Storm and Pennou Skoulm from Brittany, France. Artists on the Celtic Crossroads Stage include the Katie Sullivan Band and the Larkin & Moran Brothers on Saturday and Slide, Pogey, and Poor Man's Fortune on Sunday. Among the fest's other attractions are the Harp & Uilleann Pipe Tent, the Dance Stage, the Next Generation Tent (which hosts local student performances), and the Gathering Tent (which presents Nova Scotia artists). Each day on Butler Field there are sheepherding demonstrations, a bagpipe parade, and a Scottish heavy athletics competition (caber tossing, stone putting, et cetera). The Wee Ones Play Area features miniature golf, an inflatable castle, sing-alongs, arts and crafts, and face painting, and the Celtic Cultural Tent presents storytelling and theater. For more info, call 312-744-3315 or visit celticfestchicago.us

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