August 16-19, 2018

August 16-19, 2018

print this page Share This Page

Location & Parking

With regular summer construction in full swing, officials are encouraging fest-goers to use public transportation options as parking will be limited in downtown Milwaukee. Check out our various transportation and parking options listed below and choose what works best for you. Plan your route before you head to the grounds, and remember to give yourself a bit of extra time and patience.

Street Address

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

Transportation & Parking Options



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 


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 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. On Sunday, August 20, Shuttle and Freeway Flyer service begins at 8:00 am for early morning Mass and stops at the South Gate entrance. 

Freeway Flyer
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 Details

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 Details

For more route or fare information, go to

SpotHero Parking Reservations 

Reserve your parking in advance and get there on time, stress free! To reserve your parking for the fest, visit the Irish Fest SpotHero Parking page and book a spot with rates up to 50% off drive-up. If you're new to SpotHero, download the SpotHero iPhone | Android app and enter the promo code IRISHFEST17 for an extra $5 off your first park!

SpotHero is the nation's leading parking reservation app to book convenient and affordable parking, whether it's for an event, commute to work or even airport parking. 

Find a Parking Spot 

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 (shuch as County Clare Inn and Pub). 

  • Aer Lingus
  • Catholic Financial Life
  • Celtic, Inc.
  • Habush Habush Rottier
  • Jameson
  • Jameson
  • Lakefront Brewery
  • Miller Lite
  • Potowatomi
  • Sprecher


  • Center: 1532 N. Wauwatosa Ave, Milwaukee
  • Festival Grounds: Henry Maier Festival Park, Milwaukee
© 2018 Milwaukee Irish Festival. All rights reserved.
This site is powered by the Northwoods Titan Content Management System