Erin Feis Irish Festival

By Alyssa Donovan

August 23, 2013 Updated Aug 23, 2013 at 10:46 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill.-- The Peoria riverfront is being transformed into a mini Ireland this weekend.

The 32nd annual St. Patrick's Society Erin Feis Irish festival kicked off Friday night.

The 3 day event showcases live music, Irish dancers, food and whiskey tastings.

More than 20 bands will be playing throughout the weekend including one from Scotland and one from Ireland.

There will also be traditional ancient Scottish games being played.

Organizers say new this year is the Celtic cross, a meeting place in the middle of the festival.

Co-chair of Erin Feis Peoria John Martin said, “The Irish are about family as most nationalities are and it's a good place for people just to sit down and talk and interchange with each other. They'll get a little bit of everything but in general they are going to get an opportunity to have a good time with their family."

Erin Feis runs Friday until 11:30 pm, Saturday from 9:30 am through 11:30 pm and Sunday 9:30 am to 6 pm.