August 15-18, 2019

August 15-18, 2019

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4 Days and 5 Ways to Get in Free at Irish Fest!

Published 2018

Irish Fest   Irish Fest

Thursday, August 16

1. Hope House - Bring in school supplies, such as notebooks, markers and etc. for children served by Hope House and receive FREE admission. Please note that Thursday is our Grand Hooley Preview Night, so only a portion of the grounds are open. 

Saturday, August 18

2. 5K Run/Walk to Irish Fest (Arthritis Foundation) - Register for the 2018 5K Run/Walk to Irish Fest and you'll receive FREE same-day entry to the festival before 3:00 pm. 

*Veterans receive free admission at any gate, with valid ID on Saturday, between the hours of 12:00 pm and 4:00 pm. The Vietnam Veterans Commemoration Presentation will take place at 3:45 pm on the Miller Lite stage. For details on the presentation and our Heroes Hut, visit here.


Sunday, August 19

3. Fest Feeds Milwaukee - Donate healthy non-perishable food items between 8:00 am and 11:00 am to receive free admission to the festival. The Hunger Task Force is specifically requesting for donations of canned peaches in 100% juice or with no sugar added. Patrons are welcome to attend Mass at 9:30 am. Those donating food who choose not to attend the Mass will receive a hand stamp valid for free entry at any time that day during regular festival hours (11:00 am to 10:00 pm) or are welcome to remain in the designated section of the South Gate. Ward's House of Prime and Claddagh will open at 9:00 to make breakfast available to purchase. Donations will go to the Hunger Task Force. 

4. Military Day - All veterans and military personnel receive FREE admission to the festival (all day), plus one guest. Must provide a valid proof of service at any gate ticket window to receive your free tickets. Thank you for your service to our country! 

*Any and all Active Military members will receive free admission to the festival, any day, with valid I.D., plus one guest. Please go to any Gate ticket window to receive your complimentary ticket. Thank you for your service!

Ward Irish Music Archives Free Ticket Program 

5. Archives - Earn two FREE complimentary tickets to Irish Fest with the donation of ten original Irish related music items to the Ward Irish Music Archives. Items can be dropped off at the Main Gate to receive your free tickets. See what items are accepted!

Get Your Tickets for Irish Fest! 

The Festival runs August 16 - 19 at the Henry Maier Festival Grounds, downtown Milwaukee. 


  • Aer Lingus
  • Arena Americas at Milwaukee Irish Fest
  • Catholic Financial Life
  • CiderBoys Milwaukee Irish Fest Sponsor
  • Five Farms Irish Cream
  • 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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