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How to Have a Great Time with Your Family at Irish Fest!

Published 2018

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Milwaukee Irish Fest Celtic Canines Area

See the Dogs

Irish Fest’s Celtic Canine area gives your family the chance to see AND pet some of Ireland’s most popular dog breeds. We have 8 different Irish dog breeds! This unique area, unmatched by any other festival, is located on the mid-south end of the grounds, by the lagoon.

Milwaukee Irish Fest Children's Stage

Check Out the Children's Entertainment Stage


This family fun and interactive children’s stage features everything from Irish dance to puppetry! Famed Irish singer, Seamus Kennedy will perform throughout the weekend – expect sing-along songs and plentiful Irish stories!

New to the Children’s stage this year is Seo Linn, a youthful band from Ireland; they sing both in Gaelic (the Irish language) and English. In Ireland, they’ve developed programs that educate kids on Gaelic singing and recording. They’ll bring that program to this year’s Milwaukee Irish Fest Summer School at the Celtic Kids Camp. Kids who participate in the Kids Camp will be able to join the Children’s Stage with Seo Linn to perform what they learned! So if your child loves to sing, consider signing them up for this unique opportunity!

Milwaukee Irish Fest Children's Activities

Make Crafts


In the Children’s Area, just past the rainbow and behind the castle are fun activities that let your kids’ creativity shine, such as arts and crafts and coloring!

Milwaukee Irish Fest Children's Area - golf

Play Mini-Golf & Games

The Children’s Area also features putt-putt mini golf, a Lego area, a Highland games area for kids, and interactive demonstrations at the John Byrne Stage.


Sip Tea in the Children's Tea Room 

One of Irish Fest’s hidden gems is the Children’s Tea Room – sip some tea as you listen to an Irish storyteller! This is also located in the Children’s Area.

Milwaukee Irish Fest Children's Activities

Watch the Parade

Don’t miss a chance to see dogs, drummers, bagpipers, fairies, pirates, Vikings and more! The Saturday parade starts at 4:30 on the North end of the grounds along the lagoon. The Sunday parade starts at 4 pm.

Catch Irish & Scottish dance/bagpipe performances

Irish Fest’s Crossroads Area is the place to relax and see a variety of entertainment throughout the weekend. From Irish dancers (with demonstrations!) to Scottish bagpipers, the Crossroads area is a great way for the family to dive further into the Celtic culture!

Explore the Wonder of Water 

Close to the Celtic Canines area is the Greenwish Village, where kids can pedal a bike to make a sailboat race, play ring toss and other fun ‘green’ games, all while learning about water conversation! There’s also a photo booth area to get a fun family picture!

Milwaukee Irish Fest Mascots Paddy and Molly

Be Sure to Snap a Photo with Paddy & Molly!

If you’d like a great Irish Fest family photo opportunity, be sure to find Irish Fest mascots Paddy and Molly!


Quick Tips/Facts:

  • Strollers are allowed inside the gates
  • If you shop at Irish Fest but don't want to carry your items, we offer a $5 package check area
  • There is a Face Painting vendor on the grounds
  • If your kids have red hair and/or freckles, they can participate in our fun Red Hair & Freckles contest! Each winner receives a trophy or medal and is invited to be a part of the parade!


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

  • Artist
  • 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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