Back for its 36th year, Milwaukee Irish Fest will kick off on August 18th

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MILWAUKEE — Back for its 36th year, Milwaukee Irish Fest will kick off on August 18th. The four-day festival showcases more than 100 entertainment acts on 17 stages at Henry W. Maier Festival Park on Milwaukee’s lakefront. The annual festival occurs every third weekend in August.

The 36th annual Milwaukee Irish Fest takes place August 18th to 21st.

General admission for the festival is $20, $15 for seniors 60+ and free for kids 12 and under.

New This Year

  • Entertainment: Milwaukee Irish Fest is excited to welcome 11 new acts to this year’s festival. New acts include international talents like Barrule, Calan, JigJam and De Barra. Special shows for this year include:
    • Solas – All These Years 20th Anniversary Tour
    • Moyá Brennan
    • Trinity Irish Dance Company
  • Culture: 100 years since the historic events took place, guests can learn about the 1916 Easter Rising from experts and exhibits commemorating the anniversary. Festivalgoers can also find out more about the Irish-Mexican connection at the San Patricio exhibit presented in collaboration with Mexican Fiesta.
  • Food & Spirits: Visitors can wet their whistle with the new Irish Mule, featuring Jameson Whiskey, ginger beer and a lime wedge, or the Cask & Craft which features Jameson Caskmates Whiskey paired with a stout beer. There is also a variety of new tasty treats including the Rueben puff, deep fried chocolate stout cake, the Reuben Boxty and the meatloaf sandwich, which includes a blend of corned beef, bacon and pork on toasted rye with cheese. New this year, festivalgoers will be able to grab a bite to eat in the Cultural Village at the Truck Meister Gourmet Burger food truck.Guests can also visit Celtic Kitchen where world-renowned chef and TV personality, Kevin Dundon, and other talented chefs, will share recipes and demonstrations about the Irish Food Revolution. Dundon, owner of Dunbrody Country House Hotel in County Wexford, hosts cooking shows on Create TV and has authored several Irish cookbooks. He is also a Signature Chef for Walt Disney World’s Raglan Road Restaurant.
  • Sports: Milwaukee Irish Fest is proud to present the traditional team sport of Gaelic Football. Dating back as early as the 1300s, Gaelic football is a key component of Irish culture and its love for sports. Stop by the pitch at Urban Park on Saturday and Sunday to take in a match.