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Irishfest La Crosse
August 13, 2021 3:00 pm
August 15, 2021 6:00 pm
August 9, 2018
Southside Oktoberfest Grounds
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615 2nd Street, La Crosse, WI, 54603, United States
Irishfest La Crosse, August 13-15, 2021 in La Crosse, Wisconsin

La Crosse celebrates its Irish heritage and parties down at Irishfest the weekend of August 13-15, 2021! They call it “the only Irishfest under a roof,” but there’s indoor and outdoor fun to be had. Load up on great Irish food from Corned beef, cabbage and mash to a Banger sandwich, Kilkenny Coddle, or Bailey’s Irish Cream Cheesecake. Quaff beverages from Guinness, Killian’s Irish Red, Harp, and Finnegan’s to a variety of Irish teas and Leprechaun Punch. Nearby restaurants like Dublin Square in La Crosse and the Monarch Public House from Fountain City will be there to make sure you’re all fueled up.

Enjoy great music on multiple stages from performers like Gaelic Storm, Mairtin de Cogain Project, Eileen Ivers, The Byrne Brothers, The Moxie Strings, Camille and Kennerly – Harp Twins, The Prodigals, Seamus Kennedy, IanGouldMusic and many more!

You’ll find plenty of activities on the Harp Stage, in the Cultural Tent, kids can enjoy the Wee Folks Area, play Highland Games, or explore your ancestry in the Genealogy Tent. Participate in or watch the 4th Annual Fiddle Competition or Road Bowling.

Irishfest La Crosse Wee Kids tent

Participate in the Irishfest Raffle and you could win a trip to Ireland, to Scotland, or to next year’s Irishfest La Crosse (that would be the order of 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes…)

Saturday, check out the Killian’s Kilt Run/Walk Saturday morning, or participate in the Mashed Potato contest (basically, burning carbs or taking them in!) and then watch Irish Road Bowling. Fireworks will light up the sky Saturday night!

Tickets are $20 for a 3-Day Pass, and $10 online or $15 at the gate for a single day ticket. Children 17 and Under are FREE during the entire festival.

Schedule of Events:

(All schedules subject to change)
Main Stage
Friday, August 13, 2021
4:00 Opening Ceremony (w/Irish Consul General, Kevin Byrne) at Front Gate
4:30 The Moxie Strings
6:00 Consul General, Kevin Byrne
6:15 Mairtin de Cogain Project
8:00 The Prodigals
10:00 Wild Colonial Bhoys

Saturday, August 14, 2021
12:15 Amanda’s Academy of Dance
1:15 Compas
2:45 The Moxie Strings
4:30 Byrne Brothers
6:15 Mairtin de Cogain Project
8:00 The Prodigals
10:00 Gaelic Storm
Sunday, August 15, 2021
11:30 Glencastle Irish Dancers w/Compas
1:00 Byrne Brothers
3:00 Eileen Ivers
4:45 Scattering (hosted by Ian Gould)

Sheepherding Demonstration on Sunday in the Front field – Sunday 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

Cultural Tent
(All schedules subject to change)
Friday, August 13
5:30 Seamus Kennedy
7:00 Ian Gould
8:15 Derek Byrne & Paddygrass
Saturday, August 14
12:15 River City Strings
12:45 Fiddle Competition (Advance registration required)
1:30 Amanda’s Academy of Dance
2:15 Coulee Celtic
3:15 A Boy From Belfast – Ian Gould
4:30 Clog Jam
5:45 Seamus Kennedy
7:30 Compas
9:00 Derek Byrne & Paddygrass
Sunday, August 15
10:00 Mass, bring non perishable food items for admission to Irishfest
12:00 Ian Gould
2:00 Amadans


Harp Stage
Friday August 13
4:30 Kim Robertson
5:30 Harp Twins
6:30 Brett Lipshutz
7:30 Kim Robertson
8:30 Harp Twins


Saturday August 14
1:30 Brett Lipshutz & Vidar Skrede
3:00 Kim Robertson
4:00 Harp Twins
5:00 Brett Lipshutz & Vidar Skrede
7:00 Kim Robertson
8:00 Harp Twins
Sunday August 15
12:00 Kim Robertson
1:00 Harp Twins
2:00 Shari Sarazin

Arts Tent
Schedule subject to change…
Friday August 13
5:00 Ken Shonk, Role of Women in Irish History
6:30 Consul General, Kevin Byrne, Q&A on Ireland
8:15 Belfast Boys – Seamus Kennedy & Ian Gould

Saturday August 14
12:30 Mairtin de Cogain – storytelling
1:45 Instruments in Irish Music – Byrne Brothers
3:15 Mairtin de Cogain – Irish language workshop
4:30 Ken Shonk, Role of Women in Irish History
6:15 Travel to Northern Ireland – Ian Gould
6:45 Ceili Dance Lesson – Byrne Brothers
Sunday August 15
11:30 Bagpipes & Uillean Pipes – Tommy Byrne
12:45 Ken Shonk, Women in Irish History
1:45 Seamus Kennedy

Irishfest La Crosse Festival Hours:

Friday, August 13th: 4 pm – Midnight
Saturday, August 14th: Noon – Midnight
Sunday, August 15th: Mass 10am, rest of grounds 11 am – 6pm

You’ll find Irishfest right off U.S. 53 in La Crosse, about 4 miles south of I-90. U.S. 14/61 and Highways 16, 33, and 35 all bring you into town!

Irishfest La Crosse Address:

Southside Fest Grounds
2nd & La Crosse Streets
La Crosse, WI 54602
(800) 658-9424


Plenty of Irish dancing will be there for your entertainment too, like this!

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