As the luck of the Irish would have it, Irish Fest returns each year with bigger and better ways to celebrate Irish pride and culture. Taking place along the shores of Lake Michigan at Henry Maier Festival Park August 16-19, 2018, this year’s event will keep many traditions alive while giving festivalgoers plenty of new sights and sounds to experience that explore Ireland’s diverse history and culture. You’ll find everything from an Irish dog show and whiskey tastings to a Nova Scotia: Celtic Heart of North America showcase and celebrity chef workshops with so much more in between!
Irish Music and Dance
With over 100 acts on 17 stages of Irish music and dance, including 30 Milwaukee performers and six local dance groups, you’ll discover the perfect mix of world and local flavor. The sounds of Nova Scotia take center stage this year with the Nova Scotia: Celtic Heart of North America!
For dog lovers, Celtic Canines brings something truly unique to the festival scene. Featuring nine Irish breeds — from Irish Wolfhounds to Kerry Beagles – learn everything there is to know about these special breeds, as well as demos that feature everything from obedience and hunting to agility and conformation.
Whiskey Fans, Rejoice!
The Jameson Lounge is the perfect spot to try a number of famous Irish whiskeys. Expect to find limited batch varieties, as well as specialty cocktails, while learning all about this fine spirit straight from a Jameson Irish Whiskey Brand Ambassador all the way from the motherland itself.
Saz’s at the Fest
What would a festival be without food? As with all the big festivals in Milwaukee, you’ll find us serving up all our signature festival-famous platters at the Miller Lite area of the park, from our sampler combo platter to our signature BBQ pulled pork sandwich.
The list of things to see and do goes on and on. There’s a marketplace to grab yourself some Irish crafts and plenty of family fun and learning to be had at the Cultural Village. Just take a look at the official Irish Fest activities page for all the details and their entertainment page for the full schedule of performances. So, mark your calendars and get ready for what Irish Fest proudly claims is “the biggest celebration of Irish music and culture in the world!”