TradFest Dublin Showcase, chef and more at Irish Fest next week

By TimeOut Staff

August 10, 2017


The Aoife Scott Band will be among the performers from TradFest Temple Bar in Dublin that will be featured at Milwaukee Irish Fest, which runs from Aug. 17 to Aug. 20 at Henry Maier Festival Park.

MILWAUKEE - Performers from the renowned TradFest Temple Bar in Dublin will take on their first engagement on U.S. soil at Milwaukee Irish Fest as five more city landmarks turn green during the world’s largest Irish festival.

Created in collaboration with the Dublin City Council, the TradFest Dublin Showcase will include Aoife Scott, Goitse, Frankie Gavin, The Maguires, Dermot & Flo, The Young Folk, Paddy Keenan and Cœig.

Additional acts set to debut at Irish Fest include Celtica Pipes Rock, The East Pointers, The Fitzgeralds and Open the Door for Three. They are among the 15 new acts at Irish Fest.

In addition to contemporary acts, festival favorites will return to the festival running from Aug. 17 to Aug. 20, including Gaelic Star, We Banjo 3, JigJam, Skerryvore, Dervish and The High Kings.

Special shows will include the Gaelic Storm Throwback Thursday show, the TradFest Dublin All-stars show and The Beatles - Celtic Style. For the entertainment schedule, visit


The city will welcome performers and fair goers alike as businesses and other participants turn their lights green as part of Turning Milwaukee Green.

“It has been tremendous to see the Turning Milwaukee Green effort grow, and we’re excited to have five new landmarks turning green for this year’s festival,” said Catherine Ward, interim executive director of CelticMKE, home of Milwaukee Irish Fest.

New green sites for 2017:

n Holey Moley Donuts, 316 N. Milwaukee St.

n Lakefront Brewery, 1872 N. Commerce St.

n Milwaukee Historical Society, 910 N. Old World 3rd St.

n Harley-Davidson Museum, 400 W. Canal St.

n The Pfister Hotel, 424 East Wisconsin Ave.

Returning “green” participants range from Potawatomi Hotel & Casino, 1721 W. Canal St., to the Mitchell Park Domes, 524 S. Layton Blvd., and from Mitchell International Airport, 5300 S. Howell Ave., to the Marquette Interchange.

While there will be plenty of green at the lakefront festival grounds, there will be new cultural highlights.

Northern Ireland author, Tony Macaulay, will launch the American publication of his memoir “Little House on the Peace Line” at Irish Fest. Macaulay will also appear in the Hedge School to discuss the work he and his wife do toward the reconciliation in Northern Ireland.

Failte Ireland food ambassador P‡draic îg Gallagher, chef of Boxty House, Temple Bar, Dublin, will share lively Irish stories, delicious food and recipes in the Celtic Kitchen.

Also new to the festival, Mulligan's Irish Pub will offer guests award-winning Irish Lamb Stew, Reuben Quesadilla and an Irish banger sandwich. Two new whiskeys, the Yellow Spot and Green Spot, will make their Milwaukee Irish Fest debut at The Jameson Lounge.

There will be daily parades, a search for gold at the Leprechaun Villages, highland games and more.

General admission is $20, $15 for seniors 60 and up, and free for 12 and younger. Promotions include a two-day pass for $30 for Aug. 19 and Aug. 20, available online.

Gate specials abound. Admission is $5 Aug. 17 but free with a donation of school supplies that day and it’s half price Aug. 18. On Aug. 20, college students get $3 off admission with a student ID between 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Military get in free plus one guest with valid ID on Aug. 20. A food donation before 11 a.m. Aug. 20 get anyone in free.

Hours are 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Aug. 17, 4 p.m. to midnight Aug. 18, noon to midnight Aug. 19 and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Aug. 20.