August 16-19, 2018

August 16-19, 2018

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Family Activities

Family Passport

Family Passport

The family passport is a fun way for families to explore Milwaukee Irish Fest while keeping the whole family entertained. Families collect stamps for their Pirate Paddy Passports at stops throughout the festival grounds, while making crafts and gathering prizes at each stop. Some of the areas families will visit while on their quest are the Cultural Area, Tipperary Stage, Celtic Canines and more. Sponsored by Catholic Financial Life.


Don’t miss seeing Paddy and Molly walk the Festival grounds with their Milwaukee Irish Fest friends! Parades begin at the north end of the grounds, starting Saturday at 4:30 p.m. and Sunday at 4 p.m. From the Celtic Canines to pipe and drum units, a monk, a nun, fairies, pirates, vikings and more, each parade is sure to catch your eyes, ears and imagination! 

Leprechaun Village

Bring your little ones to visit the Leprechaun Village. They can search for gold and even join a special “Leprechaun Kids Club” for fun prizes.  The Leprechaun Village contains a bank vault, pub, performance stage, workshop and many other tiny structures. Not only is the display fun to look at, it also contains interesting educational facts about Leprechauns.

Children's Area

Just past the rainbow and castle are fun activities, such as Lili-Putt mini golf, the Lego/Mr. Potato Head Area, crafts, Highland games and prizes at the Pot O' Gold. Explore the Children's Cultural Area on the playground, complete with a Children's Tea Room, and a variety of interactive demonstrations at the John Byrne Stage. Also, be sure not to miss all of the family-friendly entertainment at the Children's Stage sponsored by Cedar Crest Ice Cream.

Leprechaun Contest

What does a leprechaun look like? Kids can get creative and win special prizes! The contest starts at the Coloring Tent in the Children's Area where children 7 and younger can show their creativity as they draw their unique ideas of just what a leprechaun looks like. The volunteers in the Children’s Area will then direct the artist (and parent) to bring this special work to the Information Cottage located in the Cultural Village to be displayed. Judges will make their decision and present a special prize - a new winner each day. Winner(s) announced and introduced Friday at 7 pm, Saturday 5 pm and Sunday at 5 pm.

Greenwish Village

Come explore the wonders of water! Use your personal power to pedal a bike and make a sailboat race, examine some local bugs from our water, and play recycling ring toss. Games for kids also include Trash Art, Leprechaun Launch and the Recycling Fishing Wall. The whole family will love taking a fun picture in our photo booth area and learning about how we use and can conserve water in Milwaukee, because Every Drop Counts!

Family Activities

Children's Stage

  • Aer Lingus
  • Catholic Financial Life
  • Celtic, Inc.
  • CiderBoys Milwaukee Irish Fest Sponsor
  • Habush Habush Rottier
  • Jameson
  • Jameson
  • Lakefront Brewery
  • Miller Lite
  • Northwoods Web Solutions
  • Potowatomi
  • Sprecher


  • Center: 1532 N. Wauwatosa Ave, Milwaukee
  • Festival Grounds: Henry Maier Festival Park, Milwaukee
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