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The largest Irish festival in the nation, the 36th Milwaukee Irish Fest happens Thursday, August 18th through Sunday, August 21st on Milwaukee’s lakefront. An amazing array of musical artists in Irish and Celtic music fill several stages, including Gaelic Storm, We Banjo 3, Solas, The High Kings, Skerryvore, Slide, McPeake, Seamus Kennedy, Socks in the Frying Pan, Dallahan, Next Generation Leahy, The Kilkennys, and more.
The Celtic World Showcase features more bands specializing in Celtic music. Some bands include Barrule, Calan, Moya Brennan, Myserk, Ten Strings and a Ghost Skin, and the Wrigley Sisters.
Other Irish Fest activities include a Baking Contest, Photo and Poetry Contests, and “Red Hair & Freckles” Contest, a “Celtic Canines” exhibit, the Jameson Lounge (for whiskey tastings), a Marketplace filled with Irish crafts and other items from over 90 vendors, a Cultural Village, and much more.
Saturday the 20th features a 5K Run/Walk to benefit the Arthritis Foundation. Later that day you can enjoy the Lesaffre/Red Star Yeast Baking Contest. Dog lovers can check out Milwaukee Irish Fest’s Celtic Canine Area; this unique area gives you the chance to see and pet some of Ireland’s most popular dog breeds, meet and talk with some of the Midwest’s top breeders, and learn about grooming, general care and training. The Irish dog breeds include Irish Wolfhounds, Irish Terriers, Irish Red Setters, Irish Red and White Setters, Soft-Coated Wheaten Terriers, Irish Water Spaniels, Kerry Blue Terriers and Kerry Beagles. The Celtic Canines will be on display Friday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., on Saturday from noon to 7 p.m., and on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For a full lineup of activities and deals for everything else, check out the Irish Fest website!
You can reach Irish Fest at Henry Maier Festival Park (aka the Summerfest grounds) along Milwaukee’s lakefront via I-794 and U.S. 18 most directly. Highways 32, 38, 59, and 145 all bring you within a mile of the grounds.