August 18-21, 2016

August 18-21, 2016

Festival Volunteer Opportunities

Milwaukee Irish Fest Volunteers

The success of Milwaukee Irish Fest depends on more than 4,000 dedicated volunteers. We always welcome new volunteers who are hard-working, flexible and know how to have fun! All Milwaukee Irish Fest volunteers will receive tickets to the Thursday night festival preview, an entrance pass, a discounted parking pass, food coupons and the chance to enter our volunteer raffle.

If you are 18 or older and interested in volunteering at this year’s festival, fill out the volunteer sign-up form and be sure to indicate which areas you are most interested in working. This form is for first-timers or seasoned veterans looking to change volunteer areas only! Questions? Send us an e-mail at volunteers@irishfest.com.

We especially need volunteers willing to work Friday and Saturday evenings from 8pm to midnight. Most shifts are four hours at a time and some may require standing for long periods, but all are an integral part of making Milwaukee Irish Fest such a great experience.


Click each area below to learn more:

Beer, Wine & Soda Servers

Serve beer, wine or soda to thirsty fest-goers. Our most popular position, volunteers who sign up to serve beer may end up on a waitlist. We often need volunteers willing to serve drinks during the late night shifts from 8 p.m. to midnight. Of course, this position is only available to those 21 and older.

Beer and Wine Cashiers

Cashiers will work in the beer or wine areas. The beer cashiers will be working on a cash register POS system, not a cash drawer, along with handling credit and debit card sales. Training will be provided.These are 4 hours shifts (sitting down) working in teams of 2

Children's Area

Supervise children and help with fun crafts and games that expose wee ones to Irish culture, storytelling, music and more. Background checks are required for all volunteers in this area.

Cultural Village

If you are a knowledgeable lover of Irish culture, you may be able to volunteer in our Cultural Village area.

Gate Ticket Takers
  • Able-bodied, assertive volunteers are needed to work the festival entrance gates. Another popular position, volunteers are mostly needed for late night shifts.
  • Sign up to work Sunday morning before Mass, 7:30-11 a.m. and your duties will be done by the time the gates open for the festival that day. If you are interested in taking tickets before Mass, please indicate this within the comments section of your application.
Grounds Crew
  • Set Up takes place the week before Milwaukee Irish Fest begins. We need able-bodied volunteers who are willing to help set up during week day hours.
  • Take Down happens all in one day, the Monday following Milwaukee Irish Fest. A large group of volunteers are needed from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Paddy & Molly McFest

Volunteers ages 13 and up are needed during the festival and throughout the year to wear the Paddy and Molly costumes. Some height restrictions do apply.

Sales Opportunities
  • Sell CDs from our entertainment acts in one of the several Music Marts on the festival grounds.
  • Sell Milwaukee Irish Fest merchandise in the Irish Fest booth located within the festival grounds marketplace.
Tipperary Tea Room & Paddy's Cafe

Prepare and serve desserts, Irish Coffee, coffee and tea, clean tables or cashier at one of these festival favorites.

Volunteer Check In

Meet, greet and check volunteers in to their assigned areas.