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Over 100 Acts Across 16 Stages!
We look forward to welcoming you home August 18 - 21 at the Henry Maier Festival Park!

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 Meet Danny, the Dobhar-chú 

(pronounced: do-war coo)

Meet Danny the Dobhar-chú

To understand what a Dobhar-chú is (pronounced do-war-coo, the "b" is silent), you first need to understand what a cryptid is. Quite simply, it's any animal whose existence is unsubstantiated. Nessie in Scotland, the Hodag here in Wisconsin and Bigfoot are all cryptids. You’ll find them in any culture with a rich history rooted in storytelling—and there are no greater storytellers than the Irish.

The Dobhar-chú—also known as a King Otter—is a cryptid that first showed up in Ireland (Conwall cemetery in Glenade, County Leitrim, to be precise) during the 17th Century. Carved into a headstone, historians have uncovered a relief featuring an animal with the body and legs of a dog, but the head and tail of an otter. Dobhar-chús are thought to live in the water and be about 10-15 feet in length with dark fur and black-tipped ears.

Our Dobhar-chú (we’ve named him Danny) is believed to have swum the length of the North Atlantic Ocean; across the Gulf of St. Lawrence; through the St. Lawrence River; across Lakes Ontario, Erie and Huron; then down Lake Michigan before arriving in our harbor. He’s been spotted paddling around Lakeshore State Park, occasionally sunning himself on the rocks, and taking in the sights and sounds of our festival at dawn and dusk. If you’re lucky, you might catch a glimpse of him. And fortunately, in addition to being great storytellers, we Irish are thought to be lucky as well.

2022 Festival Sponsors

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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

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  • 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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