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Thank you to the Calmar Courier for publishing this great article on the Irish Fest just days prior to our 4th annual event. The Calmar Courier does a great job in helping us promote our festival and we so much appreciate their support. The view article, click on the following link:

Click here to view Calmar Courier article on this year’s festival.

The theme for Irish Fest 2016 is Kickin’ It Irish Style! Festivities for the annual family friendly event will provide a weekend of fun for all ages.

We welcome you to Lawler Irish Fest 2016!  Whether you’ve joined us in the past or this will be your first taste of what the community of Lawler has to present, this year will have the largest lineup of entertainment and events ever!  Friday, June 17th, following the 6pm introduction of our Grand Marshals, we are proud to welcome back past friends in Nineteen Pints from Chicago with their rousing songs and tunes to get your Celtic Rock on!!!  New friends in The Wicked Andersons  featuring Mike Cutsforth, Iowa Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member.  This Waterloo, IA based band,  have made a name for themselves as one of the area’s most entertaining acts.   Fun for all ages, TWA performs a wide range of musical styles from classic rock to pop. As Mike’s father was born and raised in Lawler, we are proud to welcome them “home”!

Sat. June 18th, Main Stage entertainment immediately following the 11:00am Parade, The Droughty Duck Pipe Band kicks off the day. They entertain and delight with traditional pipes. This group was formed through the bonds of Scottish music and lasting friendships.  New to the fest this year, The Shillelagh Lads, a foot stomping, jig dancing, mug pounding good time! This Eau Claire, Wi based band, provides a dynamic, spectacular traditional Irish show. They deliver a delightful atmosphere that feels like they just ‘got off the boat.’  You’re sure to expect perhaps the most enjoyable, fun, and engaging show you will see this year!  Then Derek Warfield & The Young Wolfe Tones, presents Irish musical tradition the way it’s meant to be.  As one of the great ballad singers of our time, Derek brings the history and story telling to present the true meaning and sentiment of the ballads to his audience. Derek and his band will have you clapping your hands and tapping your feet!  Also, welcome back a crowd favorite, Buck Towne & The Guilty Kilts. They will be entertaining throughout the weekend.  With his roots solidly planted in Irish soil, Buck loves to sing the tunes of his ancestors homeland. But, (of course) that’s not all.  As a former heavy metal rocker, bodhran player (that’s the irish drum that looks like an oversized tamborine) and a fan of every musical genre, you never quite know what Buck will pull out of his sizeable repertoire!

Then, close out the night with Sweet Siren!  The band you love to look at, dance to & listen to, they’ll have you rockin’ till the wee hours. Playing the hottest Top 40 hits along with some classic rock and edgy country, this band puts their own flare to the music with hip arrangements.

Activities throughout the weekend include Golf, Volleyball, Adult Kickball, 35 yrs. and up Softball, Bingo,  5K Run/Walk, Cake Walk, Lawler Historic Photo Gallery, Strolling Bagpiper, Children’s Activities with Waterball (Croell Park) bouncy houses, face painting, dig for treasure, Plinko and other kid friendly games!

Kickin’ It Irish Style!!! Can’t wait to see you all there! 

Contact number: 563-238-2571 or message us through our Facebook page!

If you would like to donate towards the 2016 Lawler Irish Fest, click here!

  • Click on the FORMS link above to see how you can make a tax-deductible gift at any level and participate in the Lawler Irish Fest. Ongoing support allows us to continue to provide an outstanding festival for Lawler and the surrounding communities. The more money we can raise, the more we can offer you and other visitors each year.
  • Click on the VOLUNTEER link above to see our need for volunteers. A total of 100 volunteers will be needed to make this event run smoothly. You can sign up online; each shift is scheduled for only 3 hours. You will receive FREE admission to the Beer Garden/Main Stage on the day you volunteer.

Don’t forget to visit the City of Lawler website, as well. This site is also sponsored by the Lawler Irish Fest committee and provides locals with up-to-date information through its calendar, city council meeting information (agenda and minutes), stories of interest, and obituaries. Click here to visit the city’s website.

The Lawler Irish Fest holds a 501(c)(3) status; therefore, your gifts are tax deductible! Our EIN for those making online contributions is: 46-2485674.


Thank you!