Did you know that Milwaukee Irish Fest is the largest celebration of its kind, anywhere in the world?Irish Fest will enliven Henry W. Maier Festival Park with the sights, sounds, and tastes of Ireland from August 17-20, 2017.
And, there are tons of activities to check out with your kids!
We’ve put together this comprehensive list of kid-friendly activities at Irish Fest to make it easy to enjoy with your family.
Check out Irishfest.com for the latest updates!
Collect stamps for your Pirate Paddy Passports at stops throughout the festival grounds, while making crafts and gathering prizes at each stop. Passport stops include the Cultural Area, Tipperary Stage, Celtic Canines and more.
Parades begin at the north end of the grounds, starting Friday at 6:45 p.m., Saturday at 4:30 p.m. and Sunday at 4:00 p.m. You’ll see the Celtic Canines, pipe and drum units, monks, nuns, fairies, pirates, vikings and more.
Explore tiny structures including a workshop, pub, performance stage, and bank vault. Search for gold and join the Leprechaun Kids Club to win prizes. The displays also contain interesting educational facts about leprechauns.
Just beyond the rainbow, check out Lili-Putt mini golf, the Lego/Mr. Potato Head Area, crafts, Highland games and prizes at the Pot O’ Gold. Explore the Children’s Cultural Area on the playground, including a Children’s Tea Room, the Irish Discovery Zone, and interactive demonstrations at the John Byrne Stage. There will be family-friendly entertainment every day of the festival.
Explore the wonders of water in the Greenwish Village. Use your personal power to pedal a bike and make a sailboat race, examine local water bugs, and play recycling ring toss. Games for kids also include Trash Art, Leprechaun Launch and the Recycling Fishing Wall. Take a picture of the whole family in the photo booth area, and learn about how we use and conserve water in Milwaukee.
Children’s Tea Room
Participate in arts and crafts, and enjoy story time and snacks!
Celtic Canine Area
See and pet some of Ireland’s most popular dog breeds, meet and talk with the Midwest’s top breeders, and learn about grooming, general care and training. In the demo area, check out hourly events that demonstrate obedience, agility, hunting and conformation.
For traditional Irish fare, try bridies, sausage rolls, shepherd’s pie, bangers and mash, corned beef and cabbage, and a variety of stuffed baked potatoes. For a sweet dessert, try Bailey’s cheesecake, shamrock cookies or Irish cream puffs. You can also purchase other types of ethnic food such as Italian and Chinese. Most of the permanent building booths also accept MasterCard, Visa, and Discover credit cards.
Ways to save
Regular ticket prices:
General Admission – $20Senior (60 and Older) – $15Thursday (Over 12) – $5Children (12 and Under) – FreeTwo Day Pass – $30(Saturday & Sunday. Available For Order Online Only)Half Price Friday – $10
(Preview Night – Partial grounds open this evening) Open 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Bring in school supplies for children served by Hope House and receive free admission. Thursday is our Preview Night, so please note that only a portion of our grounds will be open.
Open 4 p.m. to Midnight
Open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Visit irishfest.com for more details or to purchase tickets.
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