Milwaukee Irish Fest

at 200 N Harbor Dr, Milwaukee, 53202 United States

Milwaukee Irish Fest - August 16-19, 2018 Our parent brand is CelticMKE, visit at Welcome to the official Milwaukee Irish Fest Facebook page! What originated as the seed of an idea for an event to celebrate and promote Irish heritage, CelticMKE, our parent brand, has emerged into a thriving organization that celebrates the music, culture and history of Ireland during its four-day festival as well as several outreach initiatives throughout the year. In the early 1980s, members of Milwaukee's Irish community gathered to discuss opportunities to promote their Gaelic heritage in a city known for its German roots. The idea of a festival, a three-day event to promote Irish culture through music, dance, cultural exhibits, drama and sports, was born. The festival wasn't just an opportunity to feature national Irish acts but also an impetus to showcase local groups that celebrate the rich traditions of Irish music. Under the direction of Ed Ward, the first Irish Fest premiered in 1981 on a shoestring budget. Volunteers spent months planning the event, incorporating an extensive lineup of musical entertainment and cultural programming. Based on the event's success and overwhelming interest by those in attendance, the Smithsonian Institution's National Folk Life program called Milwaukee Irish Fest "the largest and best Irish cultural event in North America."

Milwaukee Irish Fest
200 N Harbor Dr
Milwaukee , WI 53202
United States
Contact Phone
P: (414) 476-3378


Our Mission is to Promote and Celebrate All Aspects of Irish Culture, and to Instill in Future Generations an Appreciation of Irish Heritage

Opening time

  • Mondays: 09:00- 17:00
  • Tuesdays: 09:00- 17:00
  • Wednesdays: 09:00- 17:00
  • Thursdays: 09:00- 17:00
  • Fridays: 09:00- 17:00

General Info

Milwaukee Irish Fest is North America’s largest celebration of Irish music and culture. The four-day festival, which occurs every third weekend in August, showcases more than 100 entertainment acts on 16-stages. More than a festival, Milwaukee Irish Fest, through it's parent organization CelticMKE, is passionately committed to igniting a love of Irish culture in all people. With the help of more than 4,000 volunteers, CelticMKE teaches Ireland’s music, dance, drama, sports, culture, children’s activities and genealogy through year-round programming. For more information, visit

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