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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 2023 festival hours?

Thursday is a Preview Night - only partial grounds open
5 PM to 10 PM

4 PM to 12 AM

12 PM to 12 AM

11 AM to 9 PM

Hours may be subject to change.

Are there ATMs on the grounds?

Yes, there are ATMs on the grounds.

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.

Are wheelchairs and strollers allowed?


May I bring my camera?

Yes, we encourage you to bring your camera. Tag us @mkeirishfest on Facebook, TwitterInstagram, and Tiktok!

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 over 35 food vendors available.

Empty reusable water bottles are permitted.

What's your bag policy? Are backpacks allowed?

No purse or backpack larger than 9 inches by 10 inches by 12 inches will be allowed in the grounds.

All bags will be checked at the gates and go through metal detectors. Food and drinks are NOT permitted to be brought in to the Festival grounds.

Can I bring my water bottle?

Empty reusable water bottles are permitted inside the grounds. There are multiple water stations throughout the 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 is 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 Alcohol
  • No Illegal Drugs or Substances
  • No Firearms
  • No Knives
  • No Weapons or Objects that could be used as Weapons
  • No Fireworks
  • No drones
  • No Camelback Style Hydration Packs
  • No Picnic Baskets
  • No Cans or Glass Bottles
  • No Aerosol Cans
  • No Pets (except documented service animals)
  • No Selfie Sticks
  • No Banners or Flags on Poles
  • No Laser Pointers
  • No Skateboards, skates or bicycles
  • No Kites
  • No Hula-Hoops
  • No Wagons or carts
  • No unauthorized solicitation and materials including handbills, flyers, stickers, give-aways, samples, etc.
Are there private party rentals available?

Please reach out to us at to check 2022 availability.

Is there a bus shuttle service?

Yes! Milwaukee Irish Fest is providing FREE shuttle services to the festival, all weekend long, from select Park and Ride locations throughout the Greater Milwaukee Area.

There will be 3 shuttle routes, with stops at Brown Deer Road lot, College Avenue lots, State Fair Park & Ride lot, and Watertown Plank Road lot. More details available here.

I lost something at Irish Fest! 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 CelticMKE Center in Wauwatosa. 1532 N. Wauwatosa Avenue, Wauwatosa, WI 53213. Please fill out this form to report a lost item. Lost items will be held for 30 days and then donated to a local charity. CelticMKE (Irish Festivals, Inc.) will not be held liable for any unclaimed items. If we locate your item, Milwaukee Irish Fest will reach out to you as soon as possible. All patrons will be required to fill out an additional sign and release form upon retrieval of lost item.

You can also give us a call at 414-476-3378 during regular business hours to see if your lost item was turned in.

Report Lost Items

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 2023?

August 15 - 18, 2024

August 14 - 17, 2025

Do you accept Cash and Debit/Credit Cards?

Yes! All admission gates, food, drinks, and shopping vendors accept both cash and debit/credit cards.

Admission & Tickets

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How much are tickets?

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 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.

Are there group ticket discounts available?

Yes! Save some green with group ticket sales available through July 31, 2023. Call our offices at CelticMKE at 414-476-3378 for more information.

How do I get the Senior Citizen discount?

Senior Citizen General Admission tickets are $17 each, at the gates only. To receive the Senior Citizen discount, go to any gate ticket window at Irish Fest to purchase. Senior tickets are not avaliable online. 

Do I need an admission ticket for my child?

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.

How can I request for a ticket donation for my community event?

To request for a donation of Milwaukee Irish Fest tickets for your community event, please send an official donation request letter through our Donation Form, here.

Please note we receive a high volume of requests and are unable to accommodate every one that comes in. Once a form is submitted, we will review and determine next steps. Please allow time for us to be able to go through each form and respond. If you have any additional questions, you can send an email at

If a request form comes in for an event that takes place the week of our festival, or after, and your request is approved, please note that we issue tickets for the following year's festival.

Health & Safety

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What changes will be made due to COVID-19?

We will follow any health and safety restrictions and recommendations that are in place at the time of our festival.

We have enhanced cleaning protocols, hand sanitizing stations installed and have modified parts of the grounds to better accommodate for social distancing.

Will face coverings be required?

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.

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

Will I have to be vaccinated or show proof of a negative COVID-19 test to attend?

At this time we are NOT requiring proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result 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. 

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

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


Ireland Bluffs

Aer Lingus Milwaukee Irish Fest Sponsor

Arena Americas at Milwaukee Irish Fest

Associated Bank Milwaukee Irish Fest Sponsor

Audio Biz

Catholic Financial Life

CiderBoys Milwaukee Irish Fest Sponsor

Epic Creative Milwaukee Irish Fest Sponsor

Five Farms Irish Cream

Habush Habush Rottier


Tourism Ireland - Milwaukee Irish Fest Sponsor

Lakefront Brewery

Miller Lite

Northwoods Web Solutions

Parkview-Senior Living Community Center

Vizzy Hard Seltzer

  • 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


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