Go Green

The annual Colorado Irish Festival kicks off tonight, proving once again that practically everybody’s got a little Irish in them — or wishes they had. “It’s going to be kind of like a TGIF party, Irish-style,” explains the fest’s Pat McCullough. Get there early (admission is free from 5 to 6 p.m., $10 after 6) to hear the sounds of Gaelic Storm and celebrate the opening of the three-day fest.

On top of the usual vendors, music, dance performance, athletic and cultural exhibits, this year there’s a brand-new exhibit on Irish surnames. “They don’t have all the surnames, but they have quite a few,” notes McCullough. “It gives a lot of history about the surnames and where the families lived and how they lived.”

Claim your heritage! The fest, which takes place at Clement Park, 7306 West Bowles Avenue in Littleton, goes from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. tomorrow and Sunday; admission is $12, free for kids twelve and under. Visit www.coloradoirishfestival.org or call 303-777-0502.
Fri., July 11, 5-10 p.m.; July 12-13, 10 a.m.-10 p.m., 2008