The Fleadh is just threeyears old, so there's a chance you missed its debut and successful follow-up last year. Maybe you're not quite sure what you're in for.
Patch can help!
The day will be packed with people, fun, food, drinks—and as much Irish flavor as you can handle.
So, what's this thing? The Fleadh?
The word itself is Gaelic for "festival." The event includes a 5K, some family time, a parade, with a pub and restaurant open house thrown in. It's a little bit of everything, for everyone. Not sold yet? Give this a read.
When does it start? Where is it?
5-K at 8:30 a.m., parade at 11, pub and restaurant open house from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. The whole schindig takes place on Cicero Avenue, right smack between 151st and 159th Street. It's a party so big, people ditch their cars and dance down Cicero Avenue.
Wow, this looks like fun! How much does it cost?
How does "free" sound? The only costs you incur are what you spend at the participating establishments.
Oh! Which places are in on the gig?
Eleven restaurants and pubs signed up for the event. Each offers Irish fare to mark the occasion.
That's quite a few bars. How will I get around?
The event planners have you covered. Hop aboard one of two shuttles which will cart you back and forth among the bars.
Where should I park?
Free parking will be available all day and night in the Arbor Commuter Lot at the southwest corner of 159th Street and Oak Avenue, across from the Metra train station. Park it and leave it for the night. Try out Best Western Oak Forest's deal for rooms $69.99 for the night.
What should I wear?
Pile on the green! Celebrate your Irish heritage! Stay warm for the parade. Have fun, and be sure to keep an eye out for your Patch! We'll have some stuff to give away, IF you say the magic word (Hint: It's "Patch Power!")Tell us what you thought of the event afterward! We'll be checking in at different venues throughout the day, shouting our whereabouts on the Oak Forest Patch Facebook page! Check in, find out where we are, and meet up with us! Or stop by the DJ booth at the start/finish of the Fleadh 5K! We'll be hanging out there for a bit!