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August 18 - 21, 2022

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 Milwaukee Irish Fest 

Join us for the world's largest Irish music festival, August 18 - 21 at the Henry Maier Festival Park! Four days of music, culture & craic!

Over 100 entertainment acts across 16 stages!

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Your ticket to Milwaukee Irish Fest includes access to ALL of the musical and cultural entertainment! Enjoy over 100 entertainment acts across 16 stages, plus cultural activities, sporting races and more! Browse through the daily lineup, filter by stage or genre to plan your Irish Fest expeirence!

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Order Ahead - App

Did you know that we have a new feature on our app this year?! You can now order ahead on our app at The Crossroads Wine & Beer bar! Click the Order Ahead tap on our app, view the drink menu (non-alcoholic options available as well), order what you want, and within 15 minutes your order will be available for pickup at the bar! Download our app for free on Google and Apple!

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STATEMENT REGARDING THE MILWAUKEE IRISH FEST SHUTTLE SERVICE

We have unfortunately run into an issue with the Milwaukee Irish Fest shuttle service. Due to several staffing issues from the contracted bus company, they have been unable to provide the level of service that we contracted for. We are actively looking into solutions to mitigate the problem. Once we have more information, we will post an update on our website and social media channels.

In the meantime, alternative parking and transportation options are available. We have a partnership with SpotHero, the nation's leading parking reservations app. To reserve your parking spot, visit the Irish Fest SpotHero Parking Page and book a spot with rates up to 50% off drive-up. Anyone wanting to utilize a bus service to get to Irish Fest can ride the Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) GoldLine, GreenLine, Route 15, Route 30, or Route 33. All of these stops get you within walking distance to the festival park. For more route or fare information, go to RideMCTS.com.

We apologize to all who are affected by this inconvenience and hope to see you all down on the grounds this weekend.

FAQs

Have a question for us? Click below for our frequently asked questions below to find what you're looking for. If you can't find your answer, please contact the Irish Fest office at 414-476-3378.

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Free Shuttling Service Milwaukee Irish Fest

Free Shuttles

Irish Fest will offer shuttle services from Park & Ride locations throughout the Greater Milwaukee area for FREE!

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Oral history interviews at Milwaukee Irish Fest 2022

Veterans!

If you are a veteran and plan to attend Irish Fest, please click below for details on Oral History Interviews being conducted at Irish Fest!

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Milwaukee Irish Fest 2022 Live Streams

Live Stream Shows

Can't attend Irish Fest? We'll be live streaming all weekend long! View live stream schedule below.

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Milwaukee Irish Fest Spotify Playlist

Follow our Spotify Playlist!

Our Spotify playlist is a rotating playlist. The current playlist features music from this year's 2022 festival bands and artists!

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Irish Fest Virtual Program

Irish Fest on YouTube

Check out our Irish and Celtic content on our YouTube - live streams from previous Irish Fest, performances from artists in Ireland and so much more!

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Irish Fest School of Music

Learn Irish Music 

Private lessons, group classes and workshops in Irish music for students of varying ages and abilities through our Milwaukee Irish Fest School of Music program!

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Milwaukee Irish Fest Scrapbook Site

Irish Fest Memories

Relive memories from previous Irish Fests through our Digital Scrapbook website!

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Scottish Rock Show 2022

 

A Can't Miss Show at Irish Fest - Scottish Rock!
with We Banjo 3, Skerryvore & Friends

Saturday, August 20 | 7:45pm CiderBoys Stage

Scotland's influence on rock and pop music since the 1960s has been substantial. From Rod Stewart to Annie Lennox to Lewis Capaldi, Scotland's contribution to our shared music is incredible. In the spirit of collaboration, these big production shows can only be seen at Milwaukee Irish Fest! Please join We Banjo 3, Skerryvore and Friends for this special celebration of the Best of Scottish Rock, happening on Saturday, August 20, 7:45 pm at the Cider Boys Stage!

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The Festival App

Download the FREE official Milwaukee Irish Fest app, powered by CiderBoys Hard Cider, on your Apple or Android phone. View the schedule, artists, activities, food and more all from a mobile device.

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Ways to Save

There are multiple ways to save on admission to the world's largest Irish music festival! Check out the list of ways to save or get in for free below!

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 Meet Danny, the Dobhar-chú 

(pronounced: do-war coo)

Milwaukee Irish Fest's Irish Folklore Creature - Danny the Dobhar-chu

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.

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CelticMKE is a nonprofit organization dedicated to sharing Celtic music, history and culture with people in the Midwest and all over the world! Milwaukee Irish Fest is produced by CelticMKE, an organization focused on the promotion and preservation of the Irish, Irish American, and Celtic cultures.
 
Your support enables us to produce the festival and to provide Celtic resources and programs year-round.

2022 Festival Sponsors

Thank you to our sponsors & friends! View full sponsor list.

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

Jameson

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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Milwaukee, WI

 

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