Once again, Milwaukee’s lakefront will be transformed into an Emerald Isle featuring the sounds, tastes and culture of Ireland for the 2015 Milwaukee Irish Fest.
The world’s largest Irish festival will host its biggest celebration yet by bringing in more new artists and events than ever before. Guests can expect to hear their favorite artists on the shores of Lake Michigan, while enjoying savory food, local and international merchants, riveting sport matches and the vibrant arts of Ireland.
The 2015 celebration is August 13 – 16, so come grab a pint and join us in saying cheers to 35 years of Milwaukee Irish Fest!
Milwaukee Irish Fest is offering the widest selection of Irish and Celtic music to celebrate its 35th anniversary.
More than 100 Irish and Celtic acts on 17 stages will be performing. Guests can enjoy everything from traditional folk to Celtic rock. Plus, fan favorites such as Red Hot Chilli Pipers and The Willis Clan will be returning for the 2015 festival, with new emerging artists like Flashpoint and Kilkennys joining the celebration.
The lineup also includes: Scythian, Makem & Spain Brothers, Evans & Doherty, Tom Sweeney, Brigid’s Cross, The High Kings, Celtic Tenors, Gaelic Storm and Screaming Orphans.
Since 1981, Milwaukee Irish Fest has been bringing traditional Irish music to American audiences.
This year, the festival will celebrate this tradition with a special “Living Tradition” music showcase. Performers will include: Cherish the Ladies, Dallahan, Eileen Ivers and Immigrant Soul, Flashpoint, FullSet, Goitse, John Whelan, Liz Carroll, Lúnasa, Moloney, Keane and O’Connell, Matt Molloy, John Carty and Arty McGlynn, Morga, Pride of New York, Ross Ainslie and Jarlath Henderson, Socks in the Frying Pan, Ten Strings and a Goat Skin, Tim Edey and Brendan Power, We Banjo 3, Academy of Irish Music, Áthas, Atlantic Wave, Baal Tinne, Blackthorn Folly, Ceol Cairde, Chicago Reel, Cream City Ceili Band, Cuil A’Lin, Irish Fest School of Music, Kiana Webber & Friends, Kilmaley, Myserk, Nashville Ceili Band, RiRa, The Wise Maids, and Tis.
Besides the top-notch performers featured at Milwaukee Irish Fest this year, guests can celebrate Irish culture through a variety of activities like shopping, dining, sports, arts and more. From the friendly Celtic Canines to the relaxing Jameson Lounge, there is an activity for everyone in the group.
Guests can get a taste of Ireland from cooking demonstrations at the Celtic Kitchen or show off their Irish baking skills in the baking contest.
Take a piece of Irish heritage back home with you from one of 90 merchants on the grounds. Sport enthusiasts can have their pick of tug-of-war matches, currach races, hurling matches, Lilli-Putt miniature golfing or even a 5k run/walk.
On Sunday morning festivalgoers are welcome to celebrate the Milwaukee Irish Fest Liturgy for Peace and Justice.
More than a festival
Milwaukee Irish Fest is much more than an annual festival – it’s a year-round, global organization that is dedicated to promoting Irish heritage and culture through a variety of programming, including a school of music, archives, foundation and more.
The annual Milwaukee Irish Fest Summer School features classes that showcase the rich culture, history and traditions of Ireland and Irish America, past and present.
Plus, the Milwaukee Irish Fest Center in Wauwatosa houses the Ward Irish Music Archives – the largest public collection of Irish music in America consisting of more than 40,000 Irish music recordings and pieces of memorabilia.
See you in August
The 2015 festival takes place August 13-16, 2015 at Henry W. Maier Festival Park on Milwaukee’s lakefront.
Milwaukee Irish Fest – along with its 4,000 volunteers – looks forward to celebrating 35 years with you and your family this summer.
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