Irish Fest is a celebration of Irish culture being held in Milwaukee this weekend. The festival, held at the Henry Maier Festival Park, also known as the Summerfest Grounds, opened on Thurs., Aug. 15 and runs through Sun., Aug. 18, 2013. Milwaukee, Wisc. is approximately 90 miles north of Chicago, and is a pleasant day trip or weekend getaway.
Irish Fest celebrates the culture of the people who immigrated to America from Ireland. The world’s largest celebration of Irish music and culture, showcases over 100 entertainment acts during the four day festival. There are 16 stages featuring music, dancing, drama, sports, culture, children’s activities and genealogy. The stages of entertainment include: Aer Lingus, Cedar Crest Children's Stage, Celtic Roots Stage, Coors Light/Parkview, Crossroads Area, Dance Pavilion, Gaeltacht, Harp Stage, Hedge School and the festival grounds.
This year's festival showcase is Nova Scotia, a province is best known for its folk and traditional based music, especially the music of Ireland and Scotland. Cape Breton Island is the heart of Celtic music and dance and has a strong fiddle, piping and dance tradition. Cape Breton artists as well as artists from around the province are now well established at Irish and Celtic festivals across North America. Nine different artists from Nova Scotia will participate in the 2013 showcase, including: music of Sprag Session, singer/songwriter Buddy MacDonald, Cassie and Maggie MacDonald, singer/songwriter Dave Dunning, musicians Evand and Doherty, recording and touring artists Barra MacNeils, songs and stories from Mary Jane Lamont and Wendy MacIsaac, country/bluegrass music from Modern Grass, singer-songwriter and bango player Old Man Luedecke and Nova Scotia Kitchen Party.
Dog lovers enjoy the canine area, Dog Breeds of Ireland, where Celtic Canines are shown. When not being shown, or in a parade, the canines hang out in the tent and spectators can talk to their owners and admire the dogs up close. Celtic Canines are dog breeds that originated in the Emerald Isle, including the Irish Wolfhound, Irish Setter, Irish Red and White Setter, Kerry Beagle, Irish Water Spaniel, Wheaten Terrier, Kerry Blue Terrier, Irish Terrier and Glen of Imaal Terrier.
Of course, no festival is complete without food and Irish Fest offers a bounty of Irish specialties in the stands located throughout the grounds. Enjoy the tastes of Ireland while listening to the music and taking in the sights of the Irish festival.
Ticket prices are:
- General Admission - $17, Senior (60 and Older) - $12, Children (12 and Under) - Free.
- There is a special $5 admission on Friday from 4 to 5:30.
- There are two special admission offers on Sun. Attend the Sun. morning mass(8:30 a.m.) and/or drop off a food donation between 9:30-11 a.m. and get a hand stamp for regular festival hours (11 a.m. - 10 p.m.).
- On Sunday, all Active, Reserve, Guard, and Retired Military personnel will receive two (2) free admissions to Milwaukee Irish Fest for each Military ID presented (including spouse IDs).
Please see the Irish Fest website for additional information and entertainment schedules.