The 2nd Annual Coastal Celtic Music Festival

Photo by Kaitlynn Mann

After a dynamite launch of the Coastal Celtic Music Festival last year, Long Beach, Washington, finally answers the question “what’s the craic?”

“The fun” is watching a dozen or more artists rotate through several venues in Long Beach for a weekend of Irish music, dance and food. Each venue has a different atmosphere, from intimate and boutique to rambunctious. Hunker down in one and watch Northwest Irish music rock stars like the Sons of Malarkey, the Stout Pounders, That Irish Guy and more back to back, or hop between venues to experience the full scope of the festival.

A must-visit venue is Crown Alley Irish Pub. The pub has an authentic Irish vibe and feels like a long-established local haunt, despite opening just two years ago. With a menu full of Irish classics and a bar stocked with Irish brews and spirits, get ready for a raucous evening, or visit earlier in the day for a calmer crowd.

Be sure to visit festival vendors for both Irish and local wares. Stay at the Adrift Hotel (adrifthotel.com) and dine upstairs at [pickled fish] (pickledfishrestaurant.com) for outstanding locally sourced plates. If you want to stay in the Irish mindset, they do serve fish & chips.

The Second Annual Coastal Celtic Music Festival will take place March 6-8, 2020. For more festival information, visit facebook.com/coastalcelticmusicfestival. Learn more about a stay on Long Beach Peninsula at visitlongbeachpeninsula.com.

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