Wishing you could travel to Ireland this year but it just isn’t going to happen? Love live music, great craic , and Irish culture? Doing anything the third weekend of August?
If your answers were yes, yes, and no, make plans to get yer Irish on at Milwaukee Irish Fest – the largest Irish festival in the world, August 14-17th.
It’s a Bit of Ireland in Milwaukee
The Henry W. Maier Festival Park becomes Ireland’s 33 rd county for a weekend as Irish bands, tourism destinations, and mighty craic descend on Milwaukee. No matter what you desire, you’re likely to find it here.
Love Irish food? Dozens of vendors will be spread across the park featuring the best traditional Irish treats- like fish & chips and Irish Stew, Irish fusion- including Irish nachos and Irish egg rolls, and potato dishes of every sort – chips, baked, and even boxty!
Can’t get enough Irish Music? More than a dozen stages feature 100 acts. You’ll find your favorite bands – Gaelic Storm, We Banjo 3, and the High Kings- as well as new favorites you haven’t discovered yet. It’s likely you’ll have a hard time choosing which band to see!
Want to immerse yourself in Irish culture? The cultural village will take you back 1000 years to the Battle of Clontarf, then head again to 1914 and the Irish in World War One. History . Literature. Genealogy. And more music on the Harp Stage.
You’ve always wanted to visit a Gaeltacht. You’re in luck! You’ll find loads of native Irish speakers just waiting to share ta cúpla focal with you in the Gaeltacht at Irish Fest! Don’t have any Irish? You can fix that at one of the language workshops.
You’ll want a souvenir. The Moore Street Market inside the Cultural Village is the place to visit. You can pick up your trinkets, but also visit Irish artists who create hand knits, jewelry, and Celtic art.
If your yearning for an Irish vacation is high, but your budget is low, you can’t get much closer to Ireland in the US than Milwaukee Irish Fest. It’s sure to fill your need for the auld sod- at least for a short time.
Your Irish primer:
Craic – pronounced ‘crack’. Fun, merriment, great conversations, and an over-all good time.
Ta cúpla focal – pronounced ‘ta coop-le făc-al’. A couple of words.