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The success of Milwaukee Irish Fest depends on more than 4,000 dedicated volunteers. We always welcome new volunteers who are hard-working, flexible and know how to have fun! All Milwaukee Irish Fest volunteers will receive tickets to the Thursday night festival preview, an entrance pass, a discounted parking pass, food coupons and more.

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If you are 18 or older and interested in volunteering at this year’s festival, fill out the volunteer sign up form below (new form coming soon) and be sure to indicate which areas you are most interested in working. This form is for first-timers or seasoned veterans looking to change volunteer areas only! Questions? Send us an e-mail at volunteers@irishfest.com.

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We especially need volunteers willing to work Friday and Saturday evenings from 8pm to midnight. Most shifts are four hours at a time and some may require standing for long periods, but all are an integral part of making Milwaukee Irish Fest such a great experience.

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Beer, Wine & Soda Servers

Serve beer, wine or soda to thirsty fest-goers. Our most popular position, volunteers who sign up to serve beer may end up on a waitlist. We often need volunteers willing to serve drinks during the late night shifts from 8 p.m. to midnight. Of course, this position is only available to those 21 and older.

Beer and Wine Cashiers

Cashiers will work in the beer or wine areas. The beer cashiers will be working on a cash register POS system, not a cash drawer, along with handling credit and debit card sales. Training will be provided.These are 4 hours shifts (sitting down) working in teams of 2

Children's Area

Supervise children and help with fun crafts and games that expose wee ones to Irish culture, storytelling, music and more. Background checks are required for all volunteers in this area.

Cultural Village

If you are a knowledgeable lover of Irish culture, you may be able to volunteer in our Cultural Village area.

Gate Ticket Takers
  • Able-bodied, assertive volunteers are needed to work the festival entrance gates. Another popular position, volunteers are mostly needed for late night shifts.
  • Sign up to work Sunday morning before Mass, 7:30-11 a.m. and your duties will be done by the time the gates open for the festival that day. If you are interested in taking tickets before Mass, please indicate this within the comments section of your application.
Grounds Crew
  • Set Up takes place the week before Milwaukee Irish Fest begins. We need able-bodied volunteers who are willing to help set up during week day hours.
  • Take Down happens all in one day, the Monday following Milwaukee Irish Fest. A large group of volunteers are needed from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Paddy & Molly McFest

Volunteers ages 13 and up are needed during the festival and throughout the year to wear the Paddy and Molly costumes. Some height restrictions do apply.

Sales Opportunities
  • Sell CDs from our entertainment acts in one of the several Music Marts on the festival grounds.
  • Sell Milwaukee Irish Fest merchandise in the Irish Fest booth located within the festival grounds marketplace.
Tipperary Tea Room & Paddy's Cafe

Prepare and serve desserts, Irish Coffee, coffee and tea, clean tables or cashier at one of these festival favorites.

Volunteer Check In

Meet, greet and check volunteers in to their assigned areas.

Youth Volunteer Info

Youth Volunteers

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The Irish Fest youth volunteers are the future of Irish Fest, and the organization encourages kids of all ages to participate. We place volunteers in all different areas of the festival to work 3-4 hour shifts. Past jobs have included helping with the parade, performing in the Cultural area, helping with children's activities and greeting our guests.

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Youth between the ages of 13-17 can be placed in a job without a parent. Youth under 13 need to be with a parent or adult friend. Families with young children are invited to participate in a special program where they can work together in a fun, child-oriented activity for a special 3 hour shift. All volunteers will receive tickets for the Thursday night Hooley, a participant pass and food coupons.

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Anyone under the age of 18 who volunteers at the festival will need to have a permission slip. Fill out the permission slip and mail it to the Irish Fest office at 1532 Wauwatosa Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53213. Click here to view detailed information about youth volunteer area.

 

Volunteer of the Year

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Sandy Mazurek - 2018 Volunteer of the Year
Our 2018 Volunteer of the Year has only volunteered with us for the past seven years, but with the amount of work she does for it, it feels like she's been with us much longer! She carries herself with self-assuredness, knowledge and respect for our organization that would typically come from having been a part of something for decades. Her curiosity about Milwaukee Irish Fest (and later CelticMKE) began during her sessions with the Irish Song Circle at O'Donoghue's Irish Pub. 

Over the years, she has been found sorting through old files and helping us become more organized through meticulous note-taking, spreadsheets and charts. She'll jump in to do whatever is needed, no matter how seemingly small the task, always keeping the best interests of the organization at the forefront of her mind. She's counted each and every piece of supply inventory we have in this building; she helps take care of our office building, from kitchen tasks to beverage stocking. 

Recently, she's been helping with our new sponsorship platform, tackling contracts, deposits, and more to ensure that we're taking care of our various relationships! She's also in charge of the enormous, tedious task of printing up every single badge for the volunteers at the festival! In truth, Sandy performs so many tasks for us, both big and small, that we can't even begin to try to list them all here. She keeps us functioning! We're so grateful to Sandy for her dedication and bright personality. She's most certainly struck a chord in our organization, so we're delighted to congratulate this wonderful woman on this much deserved recognition!

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Volunteer Sign-Up Form

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More than 4,000 enthusiastic and generous volunteers are the cornerstone of our festival. Whether you are young or young-at-heart, we can find an opportunity suited to your interests and abilities. 

SIGN UP FORM COMING SOON. In the meantime, if you have questions, feel free to contact us at volunteers@irishfest.com.

2019 Festival Sponsors

Thank you to our sponsors & friends!

Ireland Bluffs

Aer Lingus Milwaukee Irish Fest Sponsor

Arena Americas at Milwaukee Irish Fest

Catholic Financial Life

CiderBoys Milwaukee Irish Fest Sponsor

Epic Creative Milwaukee Irish Fest Sponsor

Five Farms Irish Cream

Habush Habush Rottier

Jameson

Fill Your Heart with Ireland - Milwaukee Irish Fest Sponsor

Lakefront Brewery

Miller Lite

Northwoods Web Solutions

Potowatomi

Sprecher

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  • 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
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Henry Maier Festival Park
Milwaukee, WI

 

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