Ireland of the Welcomes

Releases highly anticipate­d 40th festival lineup


The world's largest celebratio­n of Celtic music and culture is making a return! The 40th Milwaukee Irish Fest will take place August 20, 21, and 22 along Milwaukee’s charming lakefront at the Henry Maier Festival Park. Since 1981, Milwaukee Irish Fest has been dedicated to sharing Celtic music and culture with people around the world. The 40th festival lineup features an array of renowned Irish, Scottish, and Irish American artists across several music genres, including:

• Ashley Davis Band

• The Byrne Brothers

• Cherish the Ladies

• Eileen Ivers

• Gaelic Storm

• JigJam

• John Whelan and Brian Conway

• The Murphy Beds

• Natalie Haas and Alasdair Fraser

• Rory Makem

• The Screaming Orphans

• Scythian

• Seamus Kennedy and much more!

“This year’s lineup puts a spotlight on the music and heritage of Irish America,” stated Melissa Ward of CelticMKE, the organizati­on that produces the festival.

“We look forward to sharing the spirit of the music and traditions that were brought over from the Emerald Isle and other Celtic nations across the centuries. There’s certainly no shortage of top-notch musicians that play Irish and Celtic music in the States. The rich cultural heritage will be on full display throughout the festival weekend.”

Irish Fest is also producing a virtual program, which will run simultaneo­usly during the festival. The program will feature Irish-themed music and cultural shows for folks who are unable to attend in person. Irish Fest will also livestream one musical performanc­e per day from the grounds to offer folks a glimpse of the festival experience. More details on the virtual component will be announced in the coming months.

“Céad míle fáilte! We can’t wait to greet our guests back with 100,000 welcomes and celebrate our love for Irish and Celtic culture together, in person,” said Ward. Tickets to the 40th Milwaukee Irish Fest are now available to purchase online at

"Céad míle fáilte! We can’t wait to greet our guests back"

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