Milwaukee Irish Fest

Annual festival transforms Milwaukee’s lakefront into a Celtic celebration August 16-19

Back for the 38th year, the largest

of the city’s lakefront ethnic festivals again brings a taste of Ireland and other Celtic nations to Milwaukee’s lakefront Aug. 16-19. With more than 100 acts on 17 stages, a variety of vendors, cultural exhibitions, sporting events and more, festivalgoers are immersed in Celtic culture and customs.



This year’s festival once again welcomes hundreds of musicians and entertainers from across the globe–from fan favorites like We Banjo 3 to emerging artists such as Talisk.

    Milwaukee Irish Fest is excited to feature the “Nova Scotia: Celtic Heart of North America” showcase at the festival this year and continues its partnership with Ireland’s TradFest Temple Bar to bring the best and the brightest in Irish and Celtic music to Milwaukee.

    Often the launching pad for artists making their U.S. debut, Milwaukee Irish Fest is pleased to host a handful of new acts, including: Connla (TradFest artist), Daoirí Farrell (TradFest artist), Doolin, Hank Cramer, Jiggy (TradFest artist), Seo Linn, Talisk and The Coronas.

    Returning fan favorites include: Gaelic Storm, Natalie MacMaster, Donnell Leahy and Family, Red Hot Chili Pipers and The Screaming Orphans.

 For more information on this year's entertainment lineup, including performer bios, or to purchase tickets, visit


fun for the family


Mascots Paddy and Molly, the Celtic Canines, pipe and drum bands, fairies, pirates and Vikings are part of the parades at 4:30pm Saturday and 4pm Sunday.

Children's Activity Area

Kids enjoy Lili-putt mini golf, highland games, arts and crafts, story time and a children’s tea room. The Celtic Canines area showcases native dog breeds of Ireland, while the Leprechaun Village has fun facts and a chance to search for gold. The Pirate Paddy’s Passport can be filled out at stops throughout the festival.

Arts, Crafts & Culture

The Cultural Village offers shopping, history, genealogy and more. Guests can learn more about their family ancestry with genealogy experts.

 An exhibition developed by the Irish government explores the Irish in Latin America. It highlights the Irish who had an impact on the history and culture of various lands, from Argentina to Mexico. It also will be featured at Mexican Fiesta this year.


Visitors can take a hands-on approach at the hurling cages or watch currach races in the lagoon. Later, guests can relax at the Irish Fest Sports Pub to play a round of trivia provided by QuizCube.



& more


Thurs. 5pm-10pm

Fri. 4pm-midnight

Sat. Noon-midnight

Sun. Noon-10pm



Adults: $20

Seniors 60+: $15

Kids 12 & Under: FREE


Milwaukee Irish Fest is fun and affordable for the whole family. Updates and special promotions at

Twitter @MKEIrishFest

Instagram @MKEIrishFest.



Try Irish favorites like: Reuben Quesadilla or Irish Lamb Stew at Mulligan’s Pub; Reuben Roll at Mader’s - The Big Kitchen;  Jameson frozen custard

at Gilles Frozen Custard; Irish Mules with Jameson Black Barrel Whiskey at The Jameson Lounge. Also, don’t miss The Celtic Kitchen which features The Kilted Chef, Chef Alain Bosse. Part of the Nova Scotia focus, he shares his expertise and love for buying, preparing and eating local ingredients.