2017 Weston Irish Festival
October 13, 14, 15

HOURS / TICKETS  • ABOUT THE FEST •  ABOUT THE VENUE

 FOOD / DRINKS •  SHOPPING • LODGING / SHUTTLE • TAXI/LIMO SERVICE

DIRECTIONS • PARKING  • VOLUNTEERS

18th Annual O’Malley’s Weston Irish Festival

O’Malley’s Pub and Courtyard
500 Welt Street
Weston, Mo 64098
816.640.5235

HOURS/TICKETS:

Friday, 5pm to Midnight – $10 at the gate, $5 in advance online

Saturday, 11am to Midnight – $15 at the gate, $10 in advance online

Sunday, Noon to 10pm – $15 at the gate, $10 in advance online

Children under 14 years of age admitted free

Tickets available at the gate, call O’Malley’s Pub at 816.640.5235 for futher information

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL:

The Weston Irish Festival began in 2000 as a one-day event which drew an attendance of 1500 people. As the first act took the stage, on what had been a beautiful morning, the clouds rolled in and by the end of the day had dumped three inches of rain on the festival. In the true spirit of the Irish however, the audience stuck it out, the musicians did all they could by playing impromptu sets wherever there was a reasonably dry spot in between the rain showers, and everyone managed to still have a great time.

Since then the event has grown to a three-day festival and has featured many of the greatest acts in Irish Music including, The Dublin City Ramblers, The Makem/Spain Brothers, Young Dubliners, Seven Nations, The Elders, Screaming Orphans, Connie Dover, The Prodigals, The Mickey Finns, The Fenians, and Brigid’s Cross. The attendance has experienced a steady growth to about 10,000 people in 2010, which is a lively crowd but still retains the intimate feel of a small town festival.

Now celebrating our 17th year, we welcome you to join us for what promises to be another great weekend of all things Irish!

ABOUT THE VENUE:

The venue for the Weston Irish Festival is the underground cellars of the Weston Brewing Company at O’Malley’s Pub, the America Bowman Restaurant, and the pub’s adjacent outdoor Courtyard and Patio. The main Courtyard Stage is surrounded by a grassy area which provides a relaxed atmosphere for blankets and lawn chairs and it’s gentle slope creates a natural amphitheater offering everyone a great view of the stage as well as great sound. A large tent in the back of the area provides shade and shelter.

The three indoor cellars provide two stages of entertainment and offer a truly intimate atmosphere which allows the artists to offer a completely different pub show as compared to the festival sets that they perform on the outdoor stage.

The Weston Brewing Company
Originally established in 1842, the current configuration of the brewery boasts a modern 25-barrel brewing system and continually churns out high quality, unique libations now available on tap and in bottles at your favorite stores and restaurants.

O’Malley’s Pub
Nationally famous Irish entertainers are a regular feature at O’Malley’s 1842 Pub. Convivial publicans, Michael Coakley and Corey Weinfurt, along with their friendly staff efficiently serve patrons in three vaulted, limestone brewery cellars. There is multi-level seating in the twenty-foot high bottom cellar, fifty-five feet below ground. Those in the middle room can play darts or enjoy sporting events on the seven-foot screen. Snugs, in the top cellar, are ideal for craic (conversation) which is the very essence of a true Irish pub. Well kept draught ales, lagers and cider are offered along with wines and specialty drinks. The complete bar boasts ten Irish whiskeys.

America Bowman Restaurant
Quality Rated by both AAA and Mobil Travel Guides, the America Bowman Restaurant offers an all-day menu featuring starters, soups, salads, sandwiches, entrees, and desserts. All are homemade. House specialties include our traditional chicken salad, cheddar & ale soup, bangers & mash, beef ‘n Guinness, fish & chips, as well as our half-pound pub burger and Corned Beef sandwich. Char-grilled steaks, salmon, country ham and chicken are favorites in the evening.

FOOD/DRINKS:

In addition to the full menu offered in the America Bowman Restaurant, a selection of authentic Irish dishes, as well as traditional festival favorites will be available at the Courtyard Food tent. This year’s menu includes: Irish Stew, Dublin Coddle, and several selections offered by our first time guests, Scimeca’s

The three underground cellars of O’Malley’s Pub are each equipped with full service bars where guests are sure to find their favorite beverage. Additionally, there will be Draught Beer, Specialty Drinks, and Hot Drinks available at the Beverage Booth in the Courtyard.

Drinks being offered outdoors are:

Soft Drinks
Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, Sierra Mist, Bottled Water

Draught Beer
O’Malley’s Cream Ale, Festival Brown Ale, Dropkick Ale, O’Malley’s Stout, and 1842 Porte, Pedal Hard Ginger.

Bottled Beer/Canned Beer
Miller Lite, Bud Light

Specialty Drinks
A menu of Irish Specialty Drinks featuring premium spirits from these great distillers: McCormick Distilling Company, Bailey’s, and Jameson

Hot Drinks
Regular or Decaf Coffee, Hot Chocolate, Hot Cider, Irish Coffee, Irish Cream w/ Coffee, Peppermint Patty, Hot Cider w/ Apple Schnapps

SHOPPING:

Merchants of Irish Wares will inhabit the Courtyard for those wishing to take a wee bit ‘o the Irish home with them.

Chosen by Midwest Living Magazine as “one of the top ten antiquing towns” in the Midwest, Weston’s historic shopping district is just one short block from O’Malley’s. Featuring dozens of Antique, Home Furnishing and Specialty shops, you will quickly see why Weston is consistently awarded “best day trip in the KC area” by the readers of The Pitch, and Kansas City Magazine.

LODGING / SHUTTLE

QUALITY INN & SUITES – PLATTE CITY
1200 Hwy 92
Platte City, MO 64079
816-858-5430

BEST WESTERN INN & SUITES
2512 NW Prairie View Road
Platte City, Mo 64079
816.858.0200

SUPER 8 PLATTE CITY
2500 NW Prairie View Rd
Platte City, Mo 64079
816.858.2888

These Platte City hotels are 6-8 miles from Weston.

HOTEL SHUTTLE SERVICE AVAILABLE
The Comfort Inn is providing shuttle service to/from the hotel and the festival. Please inquire when making your reservation. Guests at the Best Western and Super 8 may also contact the Comfort Inn to check availability and rates for shuttle service to/from those hotels.

SATURDAY SHUTTLE IN WESTON
For those parking in and around the City of Weston there will be a shuttle on Saturday running from 2:00PM to 2:00AM. This shuttle has no set schedule or route, but when you see it, you can flag it down to make your walk to the festival a little shorter. The shuttle will make stops at major intersections to return you as close to your vehicle as possible. This shuttle is provided at no charge. There will be a bucket on the bus for donations.

ACCOMMODATIONS IN WESTON

Visit WestonMo.com for information on Weston’s Bed & Breakfast accommodations as well as the newly renovated St. George Hotel.

CAMPING

Weston Bend State Park (about 2 miles from O’Malley’s) features a campground offering basic and electric campsites, modern restrooms, hot showers and laundry facilities.
http://www.mostateparks.com/westonbend.htm

Basswood Country Resort (about 15 minutes from Weston) has Tent Sites available.
816.858.5556
http://www.basswoodresort.com/

TAXI / LIMOUSINESERVICES:

Taxi Cab Service
913.682.7200 Veteran’s Cab Company

Charter Bus/Limo Services
Groups of 10 or more may want to charter a limousine or bus. Here are some options:
816.471.1234 Carey Limousine of KC (Magic Bus, Limos)
816.690.6100 Kool Nites Limousine, Inc. (Theme Buses, Limos)
816.741.4023 Laidlaw Transit (School Buses) – Parkville
913.897.2347 Laidlaw Transit (School Buses) – Blue Valley
913.782.1050 Laidlaw Transit (School Buses) – Olathe
816.765.3100 Laidlaw Transit (School Buses) – South Kansas City

DIRECTIONS/PARKING:

Weston is located 35 minutes north of downtown Kansas City, Mo and 30 minutes south of St. Joseph, Mo. Take I-29 to exit 20 and follow the signs to Weston and to the festival.

For directions from your location, use Google Maps with this address as the destination:
500 Welt St.
Weston, MO 64098

Parking is available throughout the quaint 1837 town and the short stroll to the festival gives visitors a chance to see many of Weston’s antebellum homes and buildings, which are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Please be respectful of Weston’s residents and obey all parking signs to avoid being ticketed.

VOLUNTEERS:

The Weston Irish Festival would not be possible without the help of the many volunteers who help organize and put on the event. We wish to thank in advance all of the folks who are helping with this year’s festival – we really appreciate your efforts. If you would like to volunteer please visit http://www.westonirish.com/volunteerchart.htm.

STREET TEAM:

Word-of-mouth is still the best form of advertising. Please tell all of your friends and co-workers about the Weston Irish Festival. You can also help by displaying fliers, posters, and yard signs. Please let us know if you’re able so we can make arrangements to get the materials to you.