(Portland, OR) – Thousands of locals and visitors will celebrate their Irish heritage with live music, traditional Irish dancing, food and libations at the 27th annual Kells Irish Festival
The festivities begin on March 16 with Kells renowned Corned Beef and Cabbage Luncheon. That same evening, Kells downtown will host the 8th annual Black Tie Smoker – a boxing event that matches Golden Glove boxers from Ireland against the best USA amateur fighters. There will be live entertainment with traditional Irish dancing, bagpipers and Celtic inspired bands all weekend. Family Day will be on March 18, and will include arts and crafts with volunteers from Providence Child Center
Kells Brewery in Northwest Portland will have live music, dancing, bagpipers, and Irish food specials on Friday and Saturday; plus free Family Day on Sunday, with Irish dancing, bagpipers, crafts and Irish wolfhounds (minors are welcome daily until 4pm). The brewery will also present Portland’s second annual Irish Beer Festival
As a family owned business, Kells is deeply connected with the community it touches. In advance of the festival, Kells collects, matches and donates all the money – dubbed Irish Magic – on the restaurant’s ceiling to The Center for Medically Fragile Children at Providence Child Center. Kells has donated more than $300,000 over the last 24 years.
Serving the Northwest since 1983, Kells is a locally owned establishment that is consistently voted and ranked among the top Irish pubs in the nation. With locations in Seattle, Portland and San Francisco, Kells is a touchstone of each community that stays true to its Irish roots, inspired by the Northwest. For more information, visit www.kellsportland.com