Irish Fest features an area on the south end of the festival grounds dedicated to Irish and Celtic culture! Check out the various cultural programs and areas in this year's Cultural Village!
Featured authors that focus on novels and stories, non-fiction and fiction, about Ireland and other Celtic nations.
The Literary Corner is now accepting submissions of books from authors for this year’s Irish Fest. Books should have an Irish theme and be sent to the CelticMKE office marked for the Literary Corner. Author’s contact information including email should be included. Notifications will be sent within a few weeks. Inquiries may be made to the CelticMKE office. Our office address is: 1532 N. Wauwatosa Ave. Milwaukee, WI 53213
The Hedge School offers a series of informal lectures covering a variety of Irish cultural topics, such as Irish and Irish American literature, food, culture, history, archaeology, geography, and music.
Steeped in tradition, brimming with talent and sweetened with native speakers, the Gaeltacht line-up is sure to hit the spot. The Gaeltacht, or Irish speaking area, will showcase the Irish language and traditional Irish culture. You can learn simple Irish phrases or challenge yourself with some flirty chat-up lines! You can stop in any time and enjoy traditional Irish humor, song, dance and language. The Gaeltacht is where the Irish go to feel at home!
Come see Genealogy in its new location along the walkway to the Celtic Roots stage and Jameson’s Lounge. We welcome you to stop in for a quick peek or an in depth consultation about your Irish roots. Watch for an announcement as to who will be this year’s featured genealogist. Together with many local genealogists, we are ready to meet with you about your genealogy research whether you are just getting started or are stymied by a ‘brick wall’.
If you prefer to explore Irish records on your own, discover resources beyond what you have found on Ancestry.com. Last year’s very popular walkup kiosks will again feature the huge records database at FindMyPast, another site focused just on Donegal records, and John Grenham’s portal to a wealth of information about Irish names and places, Type in your surname to learn where that name is found in Ireland and more. Or enter your ancestral home to learn about that area and its records. If you are lucky enough to know both a name and a place, see the Irish paper trail that this ancestor left behind – anything from a dog license to a baptismal record!
Don’t miss our free door prize offerings! We are expecting again to offer subscriptions (JohnGrenham,com, Ancestry.com, and FindMyPast), research hours and Ancestry DNA tests. Our DNA area is expanding along with interest in this hot topic. The Irish immigrant portrait gallery returns, along with the children’s area where you can get your Paddy passport stamped. As you leave, be sure to stop at “What’s Next” to plan your next steps: scan a website link or take home information about the many resources and organizations, local and Irish, available to help you in your genealogical journey.
Milwaukee Irish Fest's Celtic Canine Area is truly an emerald in the pot of gold. This unique area is unmatched by any other festival. Here, you will have the chance to see and pet some of Ireland's most popular dog breeds, meet and talk with some of the Midwest's top breeders, and learn about grooming, general care and training.
Learn about all nine of the Irish breeds - Irish Wolfhounds, Irish Terriers, Irish Red Setters, Irish Red and White Setters, Soft-Coated Wheaten Terriers, Irish Water Spaniels, Kerry Blue Terriers, and Glen of Imaal Terriers - in our display area that features more than 250 photos, prints and descriptions of Ireland's native dogs. In our demo area, we feature hourly events that demonstrate obedience, agility, hunting and conformation. We are certain you'll be both impressed and entertained by the dogs, who love to keep their owners on their toes!
Other dogs, with the exception of service animals, are not permitted on the festival grounds because of health and safety regulations. The dogs in this area have received special permission and permits to gain access to the grounds.
Irish Music, Dance, Language, Art & Craft, Culture and More!
The Milwaukee Irish Fest Summer School is held every year during the week leading into Irish Fest. The Summer School features classes that showcases the rich culture, history and traditions of Ireland and Irish America, past and present. Come learn to play the Irish fiddle, flute, tin whistle, guitar, harp, Celtic music styles, and more from master musicians. Or take a discussion class and learn about Celtic history, Irish language and culture. Our Celtic art classes offer hands-on learning for everyone!
Information about the 2021 Irish Fest Summer School is coming soon! Sign-up for the Summer School e-newsletter for updates and 2021 class information!
Most classes run either Monday through Wednesday or Tuesday through Thursday (three days of classes), but if you are unable to commit to a week, there are Friday sampler and workshop options available. Classes will be held both online and in Wauwatosa, WI. Class sizes are limited to optimize for safety and for a better learning experience, so once registration is available, register early for a guaranteed spot.