Organizers gear up for Irish Fest in Adams Corner

More than 8,000 people came out for last October’s inaugural Adams Corner Irish Heritage Festival. The second annual event — slated for Sunday, October 10 — is likely to be an even bigger draw, with more performers, vendors and volunteers ramping up for a day-long celebration of all things Irish.

The free street festival starts at 10 a.m. and includes a packed line-up of music, dance, food and drink vendors. The full details can be viewed online at

Sean Weir, one of the volunteer organizers behind the festival expects to see an even bigger crowd turn out this year.

“We were getting calls the day after last year’s event from people who wanted to be involved,” says Weir, who also serves as president of the Cedar Grove Civic Association. “It was such a success. And that’s what we’re doing it for: to bring people back to the Adams Corner area and promote the area and have some family-oriented events here.”

This year’s event will include a three stages for performers ranging from local artists jamming in a traditional “sesiun” to last year’s headlining act, the U2 tribute band The Joshua Tree, which takes the stages on Minot Street at 7 p.m.

Weir says that the committee is still actively seeking volunteers who can spare a minimum of two hours during the event — or before and after— to help out with logistics. Volunteers can sign up at the website. The group is also staging a clean-up the day before— Saturday, Oct. 9 starting at 9 a.m.— to prepare for the festival.