North America’s largest celebration of Irish music and culture – the Milwaukee Irish Fest from August 16 to 19 – promises to deliver all the fan favorites and traditional fun that guests have come to expect and then some.
Music is at the heart of the four-day festival and the biggest names and most popular acts will be performing on 16 stages at Henry W. Maier Festival Park on Milwaukee’s lakefront.
Every year, Milwaukee Irish Fest highlights a region of Ireland or a genre of music with direct lineage to the Emerald Isle. This year, the festival pays tribute to Ireland’s influence on Bluegrass music. A special Bluegrass music showcase will come to life on the Celtic Roots stage, as well as other areas throughout the festival. In addition, the International Bluegrass Music Museum, Owensboro, Kentucky, will bring a traveling exhibit to the Culture Village.
The Milwaukee Irish Fest offers much more than music. Guests can immerse themselves in the culture of Ireland, including its language, arts, sports and commerce. The Cultural Village is the hub for all cultural activities, including: Genealogy, the Literary Corner, Hedge School, Theater, Archives, Harp Stage, Celtic Roots Stage and the Moore Street Market. Milwaukee Irish Fest is recognized for being one of the best “family-friendly” festivals in Milwaukee.
If you love sports, Irish Fest delivers. Guest can enjoy newly expanded tug-of-war and hurling areas, as well as a brand new sports pub featuring flat screen TVs showing Celtic sports including Gaelic football.
Outside of Ireland, there’s no better place to shop for Irish goods than Milwaukee Irish Fest with more than 90 different vendors selling everything from soccer kits (jerseys) to fine art, jewelry, clothing, music and more.
Be sure to bring your appetite to Irish Fest 2012. In addition to traditional favorites like corned beef, Irish stew and baked potatoes, the festival is cooking up a variety of new entries and drink specials.
Visit www.irishfest.com for more in formation.
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