Milwaukee’s Irish Fest is back in person in 2021 at the Henry Maier Festival Grounds.
Did you know that Milwaukee Irish Fest is the largest celebration of its kind, anywhere in the world?
After going virtual in 2020, the in-person festival is back this year to enliven Henry W. Maier Festival Park with the sights, sounds, and tastes of Ireland from August 20-22, 2021.
Children 12 & under receive free admission, and do not require a ticket for entry. General Admission tickets are available online for $21.
On Sunday, August 22, receive free admission before 11:30 a.m. at the South gate by donating non-perishable food items to the Hunger Task Force. Hunger Task Force kindly asks you to donate a minimum of 3 non-perishable food items. The festival opens on Sunday at 11:00 a.m.
Kids & Family Activities
Irish Fest has it all: Irish music, dance, sporting demonstrations, family activities, Irish cuisine and more. We’ve put together this preview 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 family’s Pirate Paddy Passport.
The family passport is a fun way for families to explore Milwaukee Irish Fest while keeping the whole family entertained. Families collect stamps for their Pirate Paddy Passports at stops throughout the festival grounds, while making crafts and gathering prizes at each stop. Some of the areas families will visit while on their quest are the Cultural Area, Tipperary Stage, Celtic Canines and more. Sponsored by Catholic Financial Life.
New this year, the parades will be flashmob-style.
This year parades will be spontaneous, held on Saturday and Sunday of the festival. Think of it like a flash mob, but parade style!
Search for gold in the tiny Leprechaun Village at Irish Fest in Milwaukee, WI.
Search for gold in the tiny Leprechaun Village, complete with a bank vault, pub, performance stage, workshop, and other tiny structures. You can even join a special “Leprechaun Kids Club” for fun prizes.
Just past the rainbow and castle are fun activities for kids and families.
Just past the rainbow and castle are fun activities, such as the Lili-Putt mini golf, and grab-and-go Irish crafts.
The take your own Irish craft toolkits will be available throughout the weekend to grab and either make at nearby picnic tables or to bring home with you.
Explore the brand new playground and a variety of interactive demonstrations at the John Byrne Stage.
The new Community Park is a colorful destination for kids and families.
Don’t miss all of the family-friendly entertainment at the newly renovated Children’s Stage sponsored by Cedar Crest Ice Cream, which features everything from musical performances to puppetry and more. The schedule for the Children’s Stage will be available later in the summer.
Greenwish Village is always a green place at Irish Fest. Come pedal, aim, create, crush and race all in the spirit of learning how to keep our planet green. Play games like Plenko, Mini-Golf, Connect Four and Slot-Car racing. The whole family will enjoy learning mixed with playing games and creating fun arts and crafts objects.
Celtic Canine Area
Milwaukee Irish Fest’s Celtic Canine Area is truly an emerald in the pot of gold. Families can pet some of Ireland’s most popular dog breeds (Irish Wolfhounds, Irish Terriers, Irish Red Setters, and more) meet and talk with some of the Midwest’s top breeders, and learn about grooming, general care and training. In the demo area, you can watch obedience, agility, hunting and conformation demos.
Other dogs, with the exception of service animals, are not permitted on the festival grounds because of health and safety regulations. The dogs in this area have received special permission and permits to gain access to the grounds.
Irish Music & Dance
The 40th festival lineup features more than 60 Irish and Irish-American artists and dance schools. See the full lineup here.
Milwaukee Irish Fest features over 35 food locations throughout the grounds. These range from permanent building booths to tents and food carts.
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
You can also purchase other types of ethnic food such as Italian and Chinese. Ward’s House of Prime in the Coors/Parkview Stage area on the south end of the grounds also serves a Sunday morning Irish breakfast special. The Tipperary Tea Room (Lilliput area) and Paddy’s Cafe (Coors area) offer a Sunday morning special with Morning Buns.
All food vendors accept credit/debit cards. Check out the menus here.
Visit irishfest.com for more details or to purchase tickets.