Wisconsin Is Home To The World’s Largest Irish Festival and You Don’t Want to Miss It

Every summer on the third weekend of August, the Milwaukee Lakefront transforms into a mini Emerald Isle. This year, it takes place on August 16-19. Since 1981, the largest celebration of Irish culture and music in the world has called Wisconsin home. The fest covers four days and features more than 100 bands on 17 different stages. The festival is so big and important that numerous high-level officials from Ireland have visited, including the president. Every year, dozens of bands, artists, authors and craftspeople cross the ocean to share a bit of their homeland with the people of Wisconsin for a weekend. It’s impossible to have a bad time at Milwaukee Irish Fest – everyone is kind and welcoming and in a brilliant mood. You’ll find it impossible to stand still while listening to the lively music. It’s the perfect way to begin to wrap up summer in Wisconsin.

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Milwaukee Irish Fest takes place at the Henry Maier Festival Park on Milwaukee’s Lakefront at 200 N Harbor Dr, Milwaukee, WI 53202.

General admission tickets for Saturday and Sunday are $20. Friday tickets are $10 and Thursday night tickets are $5. A four-day pass is available for $38. The festival runs from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Thursday, from 4 p.m. to midnight on Friday, from noon to midnight on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday.

Looking for more amazing Wisconsin summer festivals? Here’s a list of weird and wacky fests you’ll want to check out. Some may have happened already this summer, but you can just mark your calendar for next year!