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Frequently Asked Questions

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Where is the festival located?

Henry Maier Festival Park
200 N. Harbor Drive
Milwaukee, WI  53202

What are the 2021 festival hours?

Friday, August 20
2 p.m. to 12 a.m.

Saturday, August 21
12 p.m. to 12 a.m.

Sunday, August 22
11 a.m. to 10 p.m. (with gates opening for the Mass service starting at 8:30 a.m.)

Are there ATMs on the grounds?

Yes, there are ATMs on the grounds. There will also be reverse ATMs as Irish Fest is going cashless (except for the raffle).

With these cash-to-card machines, you can insert cash and receive a MasterCard to use. Irish Fest will accept contactless forms of payment, such as credit cards, Apple Pay and Google Pay. There is no fee for these machines. This is just one of the many safety precautions Irish Fest will put in place to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19. View all health and safety updates here.

Do you offer wheelchairs and strollers?

Wheelchairs and strollers are available to rent at the Main Gate only. They are available on a first-come, first-served basis for a minimal rental fee of $5 for the day. You must bring your driver's license to rent a wheelchair. We do not offer motorized wheelchairs. Available to rent for patrons over the age of 18.

May I bring my camera?

Yes, we encourage you to bring your camera. Make sure you share some with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

Are pets allowed?

Pets are NOT allowed. Only service animals and the Celtic Canine dogs in the Celtic Canine area are allowed on the Festival grounds.

Can I bring my service animal?

Yes. Service animals are allowed on the grounds. A service animal is one that is individually trained to perform work for a person with a disability. You may be asked if your animal is a service animal and what tasks it is trained to perform. You do not need to provide documentation of your animal's status as a service animal nor is it required to wear a vest. Your animal must be leashed unless that interferes with its work, but it must still be under your effective control at all times.

Can I bring my own food and drinks?

Food and drinks are NOT allowed to be brought into the Festival grounds. We have several food and drink vendors available.

Are backpacks allowed?

Yes, but no purse or backpack larger than 9 inches by 10 inches by 12 inches are allowed in the grounds. All bags will be checked at the gates and go through metal detectors. Food and drinks are NOT allowed in to the Festival grounds.

Is there a place to check and store items such as umbrellas, shopping purchases, etc.?

Yes, items may be taken to the UPS Truck Package check for a minimal fee. The UPS truck is located near the Aer Lingus-stage area.

What's NOT allowed inside the grounds?

The following are NOT permitted inside the grounds. There are metal detectors at each gate, so please come prepared & leave the following at home:

  • No Water Bottles
  • No Camelback Style Hydration Packs
  • No Picnic Baskets
  • No Cans or Glass Bottles
  • No Aerosol Cans
  • No Alcohol
  • No Illegal Drugs or Substances
  • No Firearms
  • No Knives
  • No Weapons or Objects that could be used as Weapons
  • No Fireworks
  • No Pets (except documented service animals)
  • No Selfie Sticks
  • No Banners or Flags on Poles
  • No Laser Pointers
  • No Skateboards or Skates
  • No Kites
  • No Hula-Hoops
  • No Wagons
Are there private party rentals available?

No private party areas available for 2021. Please reach out to us at to check 2022 availability.

Is there a place for Lost and Found items?

Yes, items can be taken to or found at the Milwaukee Irish Fest grounds office located just south of the Aer Lingus stage during the festival. After the festival, all remaining items are brought to the Irish Fest Center in Wauwatosa. Call 414-476-3378 during regular business hours to see if your lost item was turned in.

What happens if there's severe weather, like thunderstorms?

In the case of severe weather, the signage on the grounds and the grounds’ announcement system will promptly notify guests. Some  activities may be temporarily postponed or canceled until the weather clears up. Please keep an eye on social media, the website, and the Irish Fest app for updates as they come out. Keep in mind, however, that this is an outdoor music festival, and we operate rain or shine.

What are the Festival dates beyond 2021?

August 18 - 21, 2022

Admission & Tickets

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How much are tickets?

Single Day Admission tickets are $21 per day. 
View ticket information and ways to save, here.

Does my admission to the festival include all of the entertainment?

Yes! All of the musical acts, cultural performances, sports, children's activities, exhibits, and more are included in your admission fee. 

Can I exit the festival and re-enter the same day?

Yes, you may get your hand stamped upon leaving the grounds and return on the same day for free re-entry. 

 I rolled over my tickets from 2020. What do I need to know?

We sent an email to all of those who wished to transfer their tickets back in December of 2020. If you did not receive this email, or have yet to unlock your transfer tickets for 2021, please reach out to us at so we can assist you!

I purchased tickets for the 2020 Irish Fest in-person (versus online). Do those rollover?

If you purchased a ticket in person at the end of 2019 or some time in 2020, such as at our Celtic Christmas Boutique, a community event, or at the office, then those hard-stock tickets will be honored at the gate, and you do not need a transferred ticket. 

I had received a complimentary ticket for the 2020 festival. What do I do?

If you received a hard-stock complimentary ticket that was for the 2020 festival, and you received it as a winning from a raffle or community event fundraiser, for example, those complimentary tickets will be accepted at the gate this year. You do not need to have a transferred ticket.

I am having trouble purchasing a ticket online. Help!

If you are experiencing any issues during your process of purchasing tickets through our ticketing platform, eTix, please reach out to for assistance!

What do I do if I can’t find my ticket?

If you purchased your ticket online through our ticketing system, eTix, contact us at and we will re-send your confirmation information.

If you purchased your ticket online through our ticketing system, eTix, we are also able to redeem it through our system at the gates. Please visit a gate ticket window for assistance.

Are there group ticket discounts available?

Yes! Save some green with group ticket sales available through July 31, 2021. Call the Irish Fest Center at 414-476-3378 for more information.

How do I get the Senior Citizen discount?

Senior Citizen General Admission tickets are $15 each. To receive a Senior Citizen discount, go to any gate ticket window at Irish Fest to purchase. Senior tickes are not avaliable online. At the gates only.

Do I need an admission ticket for my child?

Good news! Children ages 12 and under are free with a paid adult and do not require a ticket for entry. Anyone over the age of 12 will need an admission ticket.

Health & Safety

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What changes will be made due to COVID-19?

Health and Safety updates will be available closer to the time of our festival. Updates will be available here.

We are working with and evaluating input from the City of Milwaukee and the Wisconsin Health Department, and are monitoring CDC guidelines in order to create the safest environment possible. We will follow any health and safety restrictions and recommendations that are in place at the time of our festival.

We will also have enhanced cleaning protocols, hand sanitizing stations installed throughout the grounds to promote frequene hand washing, and have also modified some of the layout of the grounds to better accommodate for social distancing.

Will face coverings be required?

As of June 1st, the City of Milwaukee no longer has a mask mandate in place for indoor or outdoor venues. We continue to monitor the latest CDC guidelines and City of Milwaukee announcements. At this time, we are not requiring face coverings in order to attend the festival.

The CDC and City of Milwaukee continue to update their suggestions, due to the ever-evolving environment of COVID-19. It is currently recommended that face coverings are worn by people whenever indoors or in crowded areas, regardless of vaccination status.

Final health and safety precautions for the festival will be published here.

Will I have to be vaccinated to attend?

We will not require people to show proof of vaccination in order to attend Milwaukee Irish Fest.

What if I become ill or injured while I'm at Irish Fest?

 We have a fully staffed first aid area on the grounds and medical teams that monitor the crowds.  Ambulance service is provided by Event Medical Services.

Is there a nursing station?

Yes! We have a family and nursing station in the Children's Area. It's located inside the new building near the Playground Area and has 4 family restroom/changing areas, a nursing room and sensory rooms.

The CDC strongly advises people to not attend an event if:

  • Within 14 days before attending the festival you have tested positive or been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19
  • You are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms or have been in close contact with someone who is experiencing symptoms (fever (100.4◦F), cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19)
  • You are immunocompromised
  • You traveled to a country that is subject to a U.S. Department of State Department Level 4 “Do Not Travel” advisory or a CDC Level 3 Travel Health Notice, within 14 days of the festival

2021 Festival Sponsors

Thank you to our sponsors & friends! View full sponsor list.

Ireland Bluffs

Aer Lingus Milwaukee Irish Fest Sponsor

Arena Americas at Milwaukee Irish Fest

Catholic Financial Life

CiderBoys Milwaukee Irish Fest Sponsor

Epic Creative Milwaukee Irish Fest Sponsor

Five Farms Irish Cream

Habush Habush Rottier


Fill Your Heart with Ireland - Milwaukee Irish Fest Sponsor

Lakefront Brewery

Miller Lite

Northwoods Web Solutions


  • Artist
  • Paddy
  • Celtic Canine & Kid
  • Artist with Violin
  • Crowd
  • Irish Fest Fans
  • Young Irish Dancers
  • Young Kid and Dad
  • Wisconsin Irish
  • Young Kids Dancing

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1532 N. Wauwatosa Ave
Milwaukee, WI
Festival Grounds
Henry Maier Festival Park
Milwaukee, WI