For the week of August 15-21…
Milwaukee Irish Fest, August 17-20, Maier Festival Park (irishfest.com)
The Wisconsin State Fair wrapped up another successful run on Sunday, but there’s a palpable sense of anticipation in the air around Milwaukee this week. That’s because the world’s largest showcase of Celtic culture gets underway on Thursday at Milwaukee’s lakefront! “Live & Legendary” is the theme for the 37th edition of the festival, with over 100 acts performing on 17 stages! Many Irish Fest favorites will be back, including Gaelic Storm (including a special Thursday evening performance!), Eileen Ivers, We Banjo 3, Skerryvore, Liz Carroll, JigJam, the High Kings, Makem & Clancy, along with local acts Frogwater, Whiskey of the Damned, Leahy’s Luck, Athas, 3 Pints Gone and Myserk. All of the local Irish dance academies will be represented of course, and there are several special treats in store for the 2017 fest! The world’s largest trad fest is heading for Irish Fest as the famous Dublin TradFest brings eight acts for a special showcase during the entire weekend! And on Sunday night, Leinie’s Celtic Rock stage comes alive with “The Beatles-Celtic Style,” a one-time special show featuring We Banjo 3, Skerryvore…”and friends!” The Celtic Canines will be back to delight dog lovers of all ages, and the Jameson flavored Gilles custard is back by popular demand! Several huge marketplaces, plenty of food options (baked potatoes, fish & chips and Irish stew in abundance!), and the Irish Cultural Village will be returning as well. And there are several ways you can save a bit o’green on fest admission too! Check the website listed above for more details!
Cead mile failte!!