Since 1981, features Irish and Irish American talent, and serves as a stage for up-and-coming local performers. Music and dance comprise a main element of Irish Fest. Top Irish and Irish American entertainers from around the world, as well as numerous regional groups perform on the festival's 15 stages. In addition, roaming performers dressed in traditional costumes entertain guests as they stroll the grounds. Plus cultural exhibits, displays, theater, poetry readings, demonstrations, raffles, and comedy shows. Grafton Street and Lilliput Marketplaces offer shoppers everything from musical selections and books to Irish fisherman's sweaters, jewelry, crafts, collectibles and artwork. For those with a competitive nature, Irish Fest offers plenty of contests. Sports such as rugby, hurling, currach racing and Gaelic football are played throughout the festival. Competitions include internationally sanctioned tug-of-war, Top O' the Morning Run/Walk, children's red hair and freckle contests, bingo, treasure hunts and a baking contest.