Everyone gets to be Irish for a day in March, but why not for a whole weekend? There's plenty to keep you entertained for three days - cultural exhibits, Celtic sports, contests, three days of live music and even a petting zoo with Irish wolfhounds and bog ponies.

Why you should go:

Everyone gets to be Irish for a day in March, but why not for a whole weekend? There's plenty to keep you entertained for three days - cultural exhibits, Celtic sports, contests, three days of live music and even a petting zoo with Irish wolfhounds and bog ponies.

What to eat & drink:

All of your favorite local Irish eateries - Digger & Finch, Claddagh and Old Bag of Nails, just to name a few - will be serving fish and chips, bangers and mash and more. Libations, you say? Take your pick from multiple beer varieties, including the official Festival Stout, along with wine, margaritas, and vodka and whiskey drinks.

Entertainment:

Irish folk- rock group Gaelic Storm always puts on a raucous show using instruments from around the world - from accordions and bagpipes to African drums and spoons. Fresh off their recently released album "Cabbage," Gaelic Storm is one of the festival's most popular acts. Catch them at 10 p.m. Friday.

Don't miss:

The Bushmills Darts and Whiskey Snug. True, liquor and sharp objects may not seem like the best mix, but there'll be professionals on hand teaching the finer points of darts. Plus, Bushmills reps will offer multiple tastings each day.