Activities for kids at Irish Fest this year

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.

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Family Passport

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.

Leprechaun Village

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.

Children’s Area

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.

Leprechaun Coloring Contest
Stop by the Coloring Tent in the Children’s Area and show your creativity. Kids 7 and under can draw their idea of what a leprechaun looks like. Bring your drawing to the Literary Corner in the Cultural Village to enter and display your work of art. There will be a new winner each day, announced at 7:00 p.m.

Greenwish Village

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.

Irish Food

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

Thursday, August 17, 2017

(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.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Open 4 p.m. to Midnight

Half Price Friday – Friday General Admission tickets are just $10! This deal lasts from open to close.
Saturday, August 19, 2017
Open Noon to Midnight
Arthritis Foundation Run/Walk to Milwaukee Irish Fest – Register for the 2017 Run/Walk to Irish Fest and you’ll receive free same-day entry to the festival before 3:00 P.M.!
Sunday, August 20, 2017

Open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Fests Feed Milwaukee – Anyone donating a non-perishable food item by 11 a.m. will receive free admission to the festival. Patrons are welcome to attend the Mass beginning at 9:30 a.m. and will receive free admission immediately following. Those donating food who choose not to attend the Mass will receive a hand stamp valid for free entry at any time that day during regular festival hours (11 a.m. to 10 p.m.) or are welcome to remain in the designated section of the South Gate. Ward’s and Claddagh will open at 9 a.m. to provide breakfast. All non-perishable food items will be donated to Hunger Task Force.
Military Day – On Sunday August 20, veterans and military personnel receive free admission, plus one guest. Must provide a valid proof of service at any gate ticket window to receive your free tickets. Thank you for your service to our country.

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