Remember to leave early and be patient. Plan your route ahead of time. For current and up-to-the-minute road closures and traffic conditions, please visit www.511wi.gov.
Avoid the traffic by using the Amtrak Hiawatha train service between the Chicago area and Milwaukee (including Racine and Kenosha). Get on the train from Chicago's Union Station, Glenview or Sturtevant and get dropped off at the downtown Milwaukee Intermodal Station. For details, prices and timetables, visit amtrakhiawatha.com. The Milwaukee Airport Railroad Station serves rail passengers connecting to flights at General Mitchell International Airport (Milwaukee), along with rail-only passengers utilizing Amtrak's Hiawatha Service. For further information on connecting to the airport, click here.
MCTS Bus Service
The Milwaukee County Transit System will not be offering their seasonal festival summer service this year (no Park and Rides or Freeway Flyers). The cancellation of service is due to a labor shortage, according to MCTS.
Festivalgoers will still be able to ride the normal bus routes that operate all year long. Anyone wanting to utilize a bus service to get to Irish Fest can ride the 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. You can also plan your ride with the MCTS trip planning tool, available on their website or on their Ride MCTS app.
Irish Fest Park and Ride - 2021 | FREE
For the 2021 festival, Irish Fest is providing free shuttling services from four different Park and Ride locations in the Greater Milwaukee Area.
These shuttling services are also tied to Irish Fest's official hotel package partners. There are four different routes. Please take note that three of the four routes have more than one stop, so plan accordingly.
Park and Ride Pick Up/Drop-Off Locations:
- Watertown Plank Park and Ride (Wauwatosa)
- 10600 W Watertown Plank Rd, Wauwatosa, WI 53226
- College Avenue Park and Ride - Southwest Lot (near the airport)
- 1909 W College Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53221
- Brown Deer Park and Ride
- 43 W Brown Deer Rd, Bayside, WI 53217
- Wisconsin State Fair Park and Ride (West Allis) - note: this will go nonstop back and forth to the festival grounds, all 3 days (no hotel stops)
- 8300 W Adler St. West Allis, WI 53214
Click each of the buttons below to view each route's daily schedule.
There are a variety of street parking and parking lot options near the festival grounds (note that street parking is free on the weekends). Milwaukee Irish Fest DOES NOT maintain any of the parking lots in the area. You may decide where to park based on how much you're willing to pay and how far you are willing to walk.
Many steets have parking rules that end at 6 pm on Friday and Saturday, and there are no parking limitations/fees on Sundays. If you decide to park in a nearby lot, the prices will be posted at that lot and may vary by location and time. You can also visit Park Milwaukee, a downtown parking resource, to view all of the parking lots and structures in the Milwaukee area.
Park at a nearby bar, restaurant or hotel and take a shuttle to the grounds.
Shuttles: Many of the local bars, restaurants and hotels surrounding the festival area offer free shuttle rides to and from the festival grounds during Irish Fest. Call around or check online for locations that offer shuttle service. Irish Fest is only associated with shuttling services offered from a few of the official Irish Fest Hotel Packages.
We recommend booking convenient and affordable parking in advance through 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.