Posted on: February 15, 2017

Oak Forest hosts Irish festival on Saturday, March 4

The Oak Forest-Crestwood Area Chamber of Commerce and the City of Oak Forest will host the 8th Annual Oak Forest Fleadh on Saturday, March 4 on Cicero Avenue.  The Fleadh includes a 5K run/walk, an open streets event, a family parade, and a pub and restaurant open house. 

Fleadh 5k 2015The city will close Cicero Avenue from 151st to 159th streets at 8 a.m. to prepare for the CNB Oak Forest Fleadh 5K at 8:30 a.m.  The race starts and finishes at 159th and Cicero Avenue and takes runners through the city’s 3rd Ward.  More than 400 participants are expected to run or walk the 3.1 mile course.  Following the race, participants will enjoy refreshments and sponsor services in the Arbor Commuter Lot at 159th Street and Oak Avenue.  Register now for the 5K run/walk.

After the 5K, children and adults can bike, blade, and play a car-free Cicero Avenue until the family parade steps off at 11 a.m.  The parade, which heads north from 157th Street, includes local businesses, community and civic groups, families, and more.  The Friends of Oak Forest Animal Control Commission will serve as this year’s grand marshal.  The group is inviting residents and their dogs to walk with them in the parade.  Register to walk with the group.   

fleadh girlsThe pub and restaurant open house will take place throughout the day and night.  This year’s Fleadh sponsors include Blarney Stone Pub, Oak Forest Bowl, Marcotte’s, Beggar’s Pizza, Nite Games, and Cindy’s Pub.  Throughout the event, alcohol will be permitted only inside designated areas such as beer tents, beer gardens, pubs, and restaurants. The city's public intoxication and open containers ordinances will be strictly enforced.  

Free parking will be available all day and night in the Arbor Commuter Lot at the southwest corner of 159th Street and Oak Avenue – across from the Metra train station.

Cicero Avenue, from 151st to 159th streets, will be closed from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The city's Emergency Management Agency will allow local traffic to get through the adjacent neighborhoods between 147th Street and 151st Street.  It will redirect non-local traffic down 147th  Street to Pulaski Road. 

For more information, please call 708-687-4600, e-mail oakforestfleadh@oak-forest.org, visit www.oak-forest.org, or like us at www.facebook.com/oakforestfleadh.

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