COVID-19 forces Kansas City Irish Fest to change format

Posted at 10:24 AM, May 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-21 11:24:59-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — One of Kansas City’s largest late summer events won’t look like it normally does.

Organizers of Irish Fest, typically held at Crown Center during the Labor Day weekend, said Thursday “the festival we all know and love will not be able to take place in its traditional format this year" because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Organizers stressed that the festival has not been canceled, but said they are working to develop plans for a series of “smaller, Irish-themed, locally-focused community experiences.”

“Obviously, this is not an outcome any of us wanted,” an email from festival organizers said. “However, true to our Irish heritage, we’re a resilient bunch.”

Attendees who had booked a hotel room in the Irish Fest block at the Westin or Sheraton hotels will have their reservations automatically canceled by the hotel.

Organizers said they will post further updates on the festival’s website.