This weekend, the nation's largest free Irish Fair will return to Minnesota for three days of fun things to see and do. Onstage will be a variety of musical groups showcasing Irish music both past and present, including the Sweet Colleens, the Tim Malloys, Manran, and Altan. Elsewhere on the fairgrounds, visitors will discover storytellers, dance troupes, and readings from local authors. There will be places to enjoy beer (or tea, if you prefer), workshops and activities for kids, sporting events like tug of war and log tossing, and cultural exhibits and traditional marketplaces to explore. Saucy contests held during the festival include the "Best Legs in a Kilt" contest and baking competitions for soda bread and scones. For more info, visit www.irishfair.com.
Fri., Aug. 8, 3-11 p.m.; Sat., Aug. 9, 10 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sun., Aug. 10, 9 a.m.-7 p.m., 2014