Wishing you could travel to Ireland this year, but it just isn’t going to happen? Do you love live music, great craic and Irish culture? Doing anything the third weekend in August? If your answers were yes, yes and no, then make plans to “get yer Irish on” at the Milwaukee Irish Fest – the largest Irish festival in the world.
It’s a bit of Ireland in Milwaukee
The Henry W. Maier Festival Park becomes Ireland’s 33rd 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 and chips, Irish Stew, Irish fusion including Irish nachos and egg rolls as well as potato dishes of every sort.
Can’t get enough Irish music?
More than a dozen stages feature over one hundred acts. You’ll find popular Irish bands – Gaelic Storm, We Banjo 3 and the High Kings – as well as new bands 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 one thousand years to the Battle of Clontarf, then head back to 1914 and the Irish in World War I.
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 you’re 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.” Meaning – fun, merriment, great conversations and an overall good time.
Ta cupla focal – pronounced “ta coop-le fac-al.” Meaning – a couple of words.
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