Music, food and culture at the Milwaukee Irish Fest

This year, Milwaukee Irish Fest is bigger than ever, with over 100 performers on 16 stages. The lineup features familiar names from the Celtic music world including Socks in the Frying Pan, Scythian, Eileen Ivers, The Elders, We Banjo 3, Lisa Canny and many more.

Hunger? This year’s Irish Fest features over 35 food vendors as well as cooking demonstrations throughout the weekend by chef Mike Hanrahan at the Callen Celtic Kitchen. There will be over 45 Irish and Celtic themed vendors in addition to the cultural space, featuring Irish authors, genealogy experts, presentations on historical and contemporary Ireland, language learning workshops Irish and more.

A new Jameson Brewery is opening this year at the northern end of the grounds. There will be new Jameson cocktail options and the return of the Jameson Cool Zone with Jameson slushies and Five Farms/Jameson root beer.

Irish Fest can also be experienced in an exclusive setting at Fáilte Club’s VIP Deck, with round-trip access to a VIP upper deck that offers an elevated view of the Miller Lite headlining stage. Enjoy performances from Socks in the Frying Pan, Scythian, Red Hot Chilli Pipers (Thursday only), Dervish and more. Tickets are available at Limited quantities available.

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Save on admission / How to get in for free

  • Milwaukee Irish Fest is partnering with Associated Bank this year for their Thursday Grand Hooley (a festival preview night). Associated Bank customers get in for free! An express entry lane to the festival will be available exclusively to Associated Bank cardholders. Present your Associated Bank Mastercard or Visa credit card at the designated Mid-Gate turnstile, and you and your party will receive free entry.
  • Active military members get free admission each day of the festival and veterans get free admission on Sundays; present your valid service ID at any counter to get your free ticket. Irish Fest thanks you for your service!
  • Children 12 and under enter free and do not need a ticket to enter
  • College students get $3 off gate admission on Friday, August 19, at any ticket office
  • Find out more ways to save on admission and how to get in free on Sundays at

For more information

  • Download the free Milwaukee Irish Fest app to view and create your own schedule, view food and beverage menus, vendors, and more. Available on Android and Apple devices
  • Free Shuttle Services: Milwaukee Irish Fest offers FREE, yes, free shuttle services to the festival throughout the weekend from Milwaukee-area Park and Ride locations such as Watertown Plank Road, State Fair Park, College Avenue and Brown Deer Route. See more details of the shuttle service at

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