August 17-20 • at Henry W. Maier Festival Park

Milwaukee Irish Fest

Transforms Milwaukee’s Lakefront

into a Celtic Celebration

2017 Festival to celebrate Celtic culture, sights and sounds

Back for the 37th year, the largest of the city’s lakefront ethnic festivals again brings a taste of Ireland to Milwaukee’s lakefront Aug. 17-20. With more than 100 acts on 17 stages, a variety of vendors, cultural exhibitions, sporting events and more, festivalgoers are immersed in Irish culture and customs.


Special shows this year include the Gaelic Storm show, Thursday at 7pm ($5 Thursday admission); Tradfest Dublin All-Stars, Friday at 6:30pm and The Beatles – Celtic Style (featuring We Banjo 3, Skerryvore and Friends), Sunday at 7pm.

     Newcomers to the festival are TradFest showcase performers Aoife Scott, Cúig, Dermot and Flo, and The Young Folk. Other first-timers include Brave Giant, Celtica Pipes Rock, The Fitzgeralds, Glendessary Jam, Hermitage Green, Matt and Shannon Heaton, Pauline Conneely, Liz Carroll, Troy MacGillivray and Mick Conneely, The East Pointers, and Rory Makem & Donal Clancy.

    Those returning include, Dervish, Drowsy Lads, Eileen Ivers, Sweeney, Evans & Doherty, The Elders, Goitse, JigJam, The High Kings, and Scythian. Returning showcase performers are Frankie Gavin and Paddy Keenan.

    This year’s festival welcomes Dublin’s world-renowned TradFest Temple Bar for its first engagement in the U.S.

 TradFest is Ireland’s largest festival of traditional music, known for performances in historic Dublin locations.

 With this “fest within a fest,” musicians from TradFest Temple Bar perform all four days of Irish Fest.

Fun for the Whole Family

A children’s activity area features 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 explores Irish and American involvement in World War I, while “The Irish-Mexicans and the San Patricios” is a joint exhibit with Mexican Fiesta.

Food & Spirits

Festivalgoers should save room for all the tasty treats Milwaukee Irish Fest has to offer. Guests can treat their taste buds to fun fare like Reuben Quesadilla and Irish Lamb Stew offered by new vendor Mulligan’s Pub,


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 video trivia.



& more

August 17-20

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• Aug. 17, 5pm- 10pm

Aug. 18, 4pm-midnight

Aug. 19, Noon-midnight

Aug. 20, 11am-10pm

• Adults: $20

Seniors 60+: $15

Kids 12 & Under: FREE

• Milwaukee Irish Fest is fun and affordable for the whole family.

  There are various Dublin the Fun ticket packages, special promotions and ticket discounts guests can take advantage of, including discounts for college students, seniors, military personnel and their families. The festival is FREE for children ages 12 years old and under.

  Visit to learn more about discounts, ticket packages and special promotions.