Remember to leave early and be patient. Plan your route ahead of time. For current and up-to-the-minute road closures and traffic conditions, please visit www.511wi.gov.
Avoid the traffic by using the Amtrak Hiawatha train service between the Chicago area and Milwaukee (including Racine and Kenosha). Get on the train from Chicago's Union Station, Glenview or Sturtevant and get dropped off at the downtown Milwaukee Intermodal Station. For details, prices and timetables, visit amtrakhiawatha.com. The Milwaukee Airport Railroad Station serves rail passengers connecting to flights at General Mitchell International Airport (Milwaukee), along with rail-only passengers utilizing Amtrak's Hiawatha Service. For further information on connecting to the airport, click here.
MCTS Bus Service
MCTC bus service (Shuttle and Freeway Flyer) begins approximately a half-hour prior each day of the fest and runs until a half-hour after it ends.
MCTS Freeway Flyer service runs roughly every 30 minutes during the fest. Festival-goers can catch a Freeway Flyer from the following park-ride lots:
- Brown Deer East - Brown Deer road, west of I-43
- College - College Avenue, at I-94, north and south lots
- State Fair Park - I-94, S. 76th and W. Kearney Street
Irish Fest Freeway Flyer Round-Trip: Adults
- MCTS M-Card: $5.00
- Cash: $7.00
- MCTS M-Card 1-, 7- or 31-Day Pass OR Valid Transfer - Tap Card will be chaged an additional $2.00
Irish Fest Freeway Flyer Round-Trip: Children (ages 6-11), seniors (65 and over) and persons with disabilities with proper ID. Children under age 6 ride free when accompanied by an adult.
- MCTS M-Card or Cash: $3.00
- MCTS M-Card 1-, 7-, or 31-Day Pass OR Valid Transfer - Tap Card will be charged an additional 80 cents.
View Map of Freeway Flyer Service Spots
Shuttle (Downtown Milwaukee)
MCTS Shuttle Service runs roughly every 30 minutes and makes stops along both sides of Wisconsin Avenue, between N. 6th Street and N. Jackson Street, at all bus stops marked with the Summerfest smile logo.
Irish Fest Shuttle Fare Round-Trip: Adults
- MCTS M-Card: $2.50
- Cash: $3.00
- M-Card 1-, 7- or 31-Day Pass: Free
Irish Fest Shuttle Round-Trip: Children (ages 6-11), seniors (65 and over) and persons with disabilities with proper ID. Children under age 6 ride free when accompanied by an adult
- MCTS M-Card: $1.25
- Cash: $1.50
- MCTS M-Card with a 1-, 7- or 31-Day Pass: Free
View Map of Shuttle Service Spots
For more route or fare information, go to RideMCTS.com.
There are a variety of street parking and parking lot options near the festival grounds (note that street parking is free on the weekends). Milwaukee Irish Fest DOES NOT maintain any of the parking lots in the area. You may decide where to park based on how much you're willing to pay and how far you are willing to walk.
Many steets have parking rules that end at 6 pm on Friday and Saturday, and there are no parking limitations/fees on Sundays. If you decide to park in a nearby lot, the prices will be posted at that lot and may vary by location and time. You can also visit Park Milwaukee, a downtown parking resource, to view all of the parking lots and structures in the Milwaukee area.
Park at a nearby bar, restaurant or hotel and take a shuttle to the grounds.
Many fo the local bars, restaurants and hotels offer free shuttle rides to and from the festival grounds during Irish Fest. Call around or check online for locations that offer shuttle service (such as County Clare Inn and Pub).