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Milwaukee Irish Fest

Milwaukee Irish Fest

Milwaukee Irish Fest bills itself as the world’s largest celebration of Irish music and culture. This year’s four-day fest marks the event’s 36th anniversary by showcasing more than 100 entertainment acts on 17 stages on the lakefront. The festival features the Celtic World Showcase, with musicians from six Celtic nations performing in their native languages. Other activities include a 5K run/walk to benefit the Arthritis Foundation, Lesaffre/Red Star Yeast Baking Contest, Celtic Canine Area, Celtic Kitchen, Irish Cultural Village, photo and poetry contests, red hair and freckles contests, and more.

Preview, 5–10 p.m. on Aug. 18, 4 p.m.–midnight on Aug. 19, noon–midnight on Aug. 20, and 11 a.m.–10 p.m. on Aug. 21; at Henry W. Maier Festival Park in Milwaukee. General admission is $20; seniors (60 and older), $15; children 12 and under are FREE. Two-day passes (Saturday and Sunday, available online only) are $25; Thursday only, $5 for adults and FREE for children under 12; Friday only, $10; irishfest.com

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