More than 100 acts on 17 stages are among the highlights
at Milwaukee Irish Fest on the Henry W. Maier Festival
Grounds on Milwaukee’s lakefront.
- Milwaukee Irish Fest spotlights food, culture, sport,
canines and more.
overlook the music at your own entertainment peril. It’s
hard to overlook 100 entertainment acts on 17 stages over four
it’s traditional Gaelic songs or Irish rock, serene or
energetic, the music will weave its charm on Irish and
otherwise alike at the lakefront through Sunday.
the emphasis is on heritage through the Celtic World Showcase.
festival features acts from six Celtic nations. Some will
perform in their native languages, including Welsh and Irish
groups include Dardanelles from Newfoundland, Canada; Dallahan,
whose members met in Edinburgh; Celtic Fiddle Festival, which
represents the three main branches of Celtic culture; and the
Wrigley Sisters, a fiddle and guitar duo from the Orkney
Islands of Scotland.
includes festival favorites Gaelic Storm, We Banjo 3, Red Hot
Chilli Pipers and High Kings.
festival described emerging acts that are coming back as Ten
Strings and a Goat Skin and Socks in the Frying Pan. They
qualify for some of the more quirky names.
Irish Fest will have 11 new acts this year. They include
international talents Barrule, known for its traditional Manx
music from the Isle of Man; the five young Celtic roots
musicians of Calan; the four-member JigJam from County Offaly
and County Tipperary; and De Barra, a third-generation band
that plays traditional music.
shows for this year include:
All These Years 20th Anniversary Tour: on the Aer Lingus stage
at 7:30 p.m. today, 8:30 p.m. Friday, 3:15 p.m. Saturday and
3:15 p.m. Sunday. Gaelic for “light,” the American Celtic
band has created 11 albums.
Brennan - Known as “the first lady of Celtic music,” she
will sing with De Barra on the Celtic Roots stage at 4:30 p.m.
Friday, 8:15 p.m. Saturday and 12:30 p.m. She is on the Coors
Light stage at 5 p.m. Saturday.
Irish Dance Company - The dancers will perform at 4:30 p.m
Friday at Aer Lingus and 6:30 p.m. on the Children’s Stage,
3:15 p.m. Saturday on the Coors Light stage and 6:15 p.m.
Saturday in the Crossroads Area.
General admission - $20
and older) - $15
(13 and older) - $5
(12 and younger) - Free
Free admission with a donation of school supplies for Hope
pass - $25 (Saturday and Sunday, available online only,
Friday - $10.
Foundation Run/Walk to Milwaukee Irish Fest - Register for the
run and walk to Milwaukee Irish Fest and receive free
admission before 3 p.m. Saturday.
Day - College students receive $3 off admission with a student
ID between 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday.
Day - Free admission for active, reserve, retired and guard
military personnel plus one guest, with valid military ID on
Feeds Milwaukee - Donate a nonperishable food item by 11 a.m.
Sunday and receive free admission.
Today - 5
p.m. to 10 p.m.
Friday - 4
p.m. to midnight
noon to midnight
11 a.m. to 10 p.m.