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Hello Lawler Irish Fest Fans!

Dates are 14-16 JUNE, 2019-  make sure you mark it on your calendar!  We’ve got more entertainment planned than ever and more family friendly events to make our 7th spectacular!

 This year’s theme is EAT. DRINK. DANCE.  (‘Cause you know that’s what we do & we’re good at it!)

We welcome you to Lawler Irish Fest 2019!  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 14th,  we are proud to welcome back past friends with   Mike McAbee, featuring Nori Hadley.  New for 2019,  Blame Not the Bard and  Cory Farley.

Mike McAbee & Lori Hadley – You might know Mike from his numerous engagements in our area but did you also know he’s a talented Irish singer as well?  Combined with the fiddle skills of Lori, they delight audiences young and young at heart!  They’ll have you clapping, toe tapping, laughing and maybe even bring a tear to your Irish eyes!  You’ll see a side of Mike you’ve not seen before!

New for 2019, Blame Not the Bard is on a mission: to bring the stories of Ireland alive…and to have fun doing it!

Featuring a broad range of Irish songs, fiery fiddling, and their very own one-man-band, this young eastern Iowa trio plays with the kind of energy that makes it tough to believe they’re not a bigger group. Whether you fancy a jazzy twist on “My Son John,” an energetic take on “Finnegan’s Wake,” or the more traditional stylings of the classic, “Whiskey in the Jar,” Blame Not the Bard is sure to have something for everyone.

Cory Farley  –  Cory  was born in  Decorah, Iowa. He was raised on a large Beef farm that his parents  operate just north of town. His first taste of country music was through the speakers of an old radio that hung from a post in the middle of his grandfather’s barn , where the cattle were only permitted to listen to country music while being milked!  From those humble beginnings, Cory now resides in Nashville and has his own band that has since opened up for artists such as the Legendary Marty Stuart, Toby Keith, Jason Aldean, Rascal Flatts, James Otto, Joe Nichols and many more. With his signature voice, drive, and unforgettably wild shows, Cory Farley will have us rocking the night away!


Saturday, June 15th, the fun continues with The Grand Parade at 1:00pm.   The Main Stage entertainment starts at 12N with The Guilty Kilts then after the parade  The Droughty Duck Pipe Band,  more from The Guilty Kilts, Blame Not the Bard, The Foy Irish Dancers  & SuperFly.

A crowd favorite,  Buck Towne & The Guilty Kilts 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!

The Droughty Duck Pipe Band kicks off the music  immediately following the parade.  They entertain and delight with traditional pipes. This group was formed through the bonds of Scottish music and lasting friendships.   

Spend the afternoon with great music from The Guilty Kilts and  Blame Not the Bard.  Be entertained with The Foy Irish Dancers, always a crowd favorite!

Then close out the night with  SuperFly, the ultimate party band!  Their high energy and versatility will keep you on your toes and make you dance the night away, delivering non-stop party and dance hits from a variety of musical styles and eras, including classic rock, pop rock, funk, disco, country and southern rock. Don’t be surprised if SuperFly’s frontman Kid Sparkle brings you on stage to take the famous line “More cowbell!” to a whole other level.

Sunday,  June 16 at 11am, finish out the weekend with Bags & Beers!  Double elimination Bag Tournament !  100% payback at only $20.00 per team. Sign up starts at 10 am. Rain or shine under the tent.  Tournament starts at 11:00 am.  Discounted beverages till gone, food available and music too!

Activities throughout the weekend include Golf, Adult Kickball, 35 yrs. and up Softball, 5K Run/Walk,  Lawler Historic Photo Gallery,  Children’s Activities, New inflatables, The Leprechauns of Lawler with  balloon art & FREE caricatures by a real Leprechaun! Waterball & Face painting,  Dig for treasure & other kid friendly games,  Iowa Big Outdoor Movie Theater both evenings!

Food and Merchandise Vendors throughout the weekend!  Lynch BBQ will be back with all proceeds to Lawler Irish Fest!

PIVO BREWERY serving a special selection just for our Event!

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 2019 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!