As its website states, if you can’t make it to Ireland, you should go to the Colorado Irish Festival next weekend.

Whether you’re Irish or just a major fan of the color green, the Littleton, Colorado-based festival will have plenty for people to participate in from Friday evening through Sunday afternoon.

The event is family- friendly.

One of the major weekend attractions include the event’s cultural village, which will showcase Irish literature, music and language through visual exhibits, performance art dem- onstrations and interactive tools. Guests will get to see the evolution of all three of these topics; they mostly changed due to political uprisings, but it also evolved due to location and time. Those who check out the village will get the opportunity to take part in learning Irish slang.

At the village, there will be a musical showcase, celebrating the music of various Irish artists, such as U2, The Cranberries and The Dubliners. If you’re more of a fan of Irish literature, you’ll get to learn more about famed authors like James Joyce and Oscar Wilde.

Musicians such as The Young Dubliners, Avourneen and Grateful Dogs will perform at the festival all through the weekend. Bagpipe and drum bands will compete in full Highland attire on Saturday, as well.

On both Saturday and Sunday, there will be an Irish dance feis, a festival of Irish-style dance. This event will be held about five miles from the main festival site, but admission is free to the public. Guests can see traditional Irish dance, as well as hear poets and musicians.

One of the biggest and most popular activities at the festival every year is sheep herding, which has been a vital part of Celtic culture and history for centuries. Expert and “sheep whisperer” Cathy Balliu will give demonstrations on Saturday and Sunday, showing people how well-trained dogs can herd sheep.

Sunday morning, the festival will offer a Eucharistic liturgy, which will be conducted by the Rev. Jason Wallace, who is from the Archdiocese of Denver. This activity is free and open to the public, and those who attend the service can attend the festival during the day free of charge.

Following the Mass, those looking to tuck into an incredible feast of Irish food can partake in a traditional breakfast. Obviously, breakfasts will vary in Ireland from household to household, but the festival’s menu will include items such as bangers (sausage), scrambled eggs, rasher (bacon), baked beans and grilled tomatoes.

Ellen Fike is the Wyoming Tribune Eagle’s features editor. She can be reached at 307-633-3135 or efike@wyomingnews.com. Follow her on Twitter at @EllenLFike.

Ellen Fike is the Wyoming Tribune Eagle’s features editor. She can be reached at efike@wyomingnews.com or 307-633-3135. Follow her on Twitter @EllenLFike

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