|News of the Irish Sort
Milwaukee Irish Fest Again Takes Center Stage, Aug.
Milwaukee Irish Fest takes place Aug.13 – 16 at the Henry W. Maier Festival
Park on Milwaukee’s lakefront. General admission tickets to the festival
are $15 for adults; $10 for senior citizens 60+ (gate only); and kids 12
and under are free. For more information, visit
About Milwaukee Irish Fest:
Milwaukee Irish Fest is the world’s
largest celebration of Irish music and culture, showcasing more than 100
entertainment acts annually at the four-day, 16-stage event. Passionately
committed to igniting a love of Irish culture in all people, Irish Fest
teaches Ireland’s music, dance, drama, sports, culture, children’s activities,
and genealogy at the
festival and through year-long programing.
Save Your Green with Irish Fest and Wisconsin State Fair:
Festivals collaborate to offer the best summer value to Milwaukee
You don’t have to be made of green to enjoy Milwaukee Irish Fest and
Wisconsin State Fair. Both of these summer festival season favorites will
continue to feature all of the family fun, entertainment and culture fest-goers
have come to love, but with a budget-conscious twist.
Those looking for a way to enjoy opening night of Irish Fest for free
this year can save money by attending the Wisconsin State Fair the day
"Our Save Your Green admission promotion with State Fair underscores
Irish Fest’s commitment to offering value to the community throughout Milwaukee’s
festival season," said Jane Anderson, executive director, Irish Fest.
Wisconsin State Fair attendees can redeem their admission ticket for
an Irish Fest voucher at the Wisconsin Exposition Center box office at
the State Fair Park on Wednesday, Aug. 12. Guests can then use their voucher
to get in free on Irish Fest’s opening night Thursday, Aug. 13, from 5-10
p.m. Availability is limited. See irishfest.com
"Both of these great Wisconsin events are family affordable and numerous
money-saving promotions are available. We hope that visitors attend and
enjoy both events and take full advantage of these collaborative offerings,"
said Kathleen O’Leary, marketing director, Wisconsin State Fair.
Additional ways to save your green at Irish Fest include:
The Grand Hooley and opening night of Irish Fest on Thursday, August 13,
is only $5 or free with the donation of school supplies for children served
by Hope House.
Friday, Aug. 14
Guests can enjoy free admission between 4:00 and 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug.
Participate in the run/walk to Irish Fest on Saturday, Aug. 15 and receive
free admission to the festival until 3:00 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 16
Donate nonperishable food items prior to the Liturgy for Peace and Justice
on Sunday, Aug. 16, for free admission to the festival following the mass.
The College Day admission promotion returns in 2009 on Sunday, Aug.
16 from 2-7 p.m. Irish Fest is offering $3 off Sunday’s ticket price exclusively
for college students enrolled at local and regional colleges and universities.
Students must present a valid college ID at the main gate to receive the
reduced entry price.
Additionally, volunteering at Irish Fest is a great way to save your
green. Irish Fest is expanding its volunteer base to include families with
children—even the wee-est of them all. Sign up for three-hour shifts: 4:00-7:00
p.m. Friday.ust 15 and Sunday, Aug.16.
Volunteering families receive free
admission Thursday night, a parking pass and food coupons to use before
or after each shift. Plus, Irish Fest will host a Wrap Up Party in September
for volunteers ages 13-21 at the Irish Fest Center. For more information
or to volunteer, contact Liz Sanders at email@example.com or (414) 962-0865.
Fest’s Cultural Village hosts Celtic Experiences for All Ages:
From sporting demonstrations and theatre performances to Celtic
shopping and researching heritage, Milwaukee Irish Fest’s Cultural
Village has myriad activities o appeal to all ages.
Cultural Village highlights to experience at this year’s Irish Fest
include activities from the following areas:
Moore Street Market
Visitors looking for a unique Irish treasure will find it at the Moore
Street Market, offering handmade items by artisans and craftspeople from
Ireland and Celtic regions around the world.
Basket maker Vincent McCarron from the Aran Islands, and Aran knitter
Rosaleen Hegarty will feature their wares.
A group of artisans from Nova Scotia and Tipperary Arts will present
demonstrations throughout the weekend.
Cultural Exhibits Pavilion
The Cultural Exhibits Pavilion houses exhibits and displays from different
organizations around the world.
The 125th Anniversary of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) is a
focal display in the Cultural Exhibits Pavilion this year including: information
about Croke Park Stadium, the headquarters of the GAA; The Michael Cusack
Centre in Carron, Co. Clare, which honors the founding of the GAA; and
the 1947 Clare football (American soccer) final victory and the Polo Grounds
– the only football finals ever played on U.S. soil.
The Cultural Exhibits Pavilion will also present an exact replica of
the Our Lady of Knock shrine.
Artist and musician Mazz O’Flaherty, from Dingle, Ireland returns with
her landscape interpretations.
Ward Archives Gallery
An annual exhibit from the Ward Irish Music Archives, the largest collection
of Irish and Irish-American music paraphernalia in the U.S., is featured
in the Cultural Village.
This year the Gallery features Come Back to Erin – Irish Travel Posters
of the 20th Century, an exciting new exhibition featuring a selection of
vintage travel and tourism posters presented by the Ward Irish Music Archives.
The Hedge School enhances the education of Irish culture with lectures
by academic speakers.
Dr. Sean Crosson from the National University of Ireland will be speaking
throughout the festival.
Other featured areas of the Cultural Village to experience include:
the Gaeltacht, where visitors can listen to and learn the Gaelic language;
the Genealogy Pavilion, which provides various resources to research one’s
Irish roots; the Harp Tent, to take in music played on Ireland’s national
instrument; Currach races; Tug-of-War matches; Hurling demonstrations;
the Walton’s Shop, to learn how to play the bodhran (Irish drum) and purchase
instruments; the Literary Corner, a reader’s favorite Irish novel autographed
by its author; and the Dance Tent.
New to the Cultural Village this year, The Pub hosts the 2009 Trivia
Contest. Contest participants have two chances to compete for the coveted
Irish Fest Trivia Champion T-shirt. The contest begins at 1:45 p.m. Saturday,
August 15, and 3 p.m. on Sunday, August 16.
a Taste of Ireland at Irish Fest’s New Jameson Lounge:
A place to unwind and take in the festival’s sights and sounds awaits
festgoers at Milwaukee Irish Fest’s new Jameson Lounge. Located at the
Paddy O West deck near the south gate, this destination will offer visitors
the chance to mingle with friends and enjoy select marks of Jameson Irish
Guests will also have the opportunity to experience one of the Jameson
Lounge's authentic Irish Whiskey tastings held on Saturday, August 16 at
1, 3 and 5 p.m. and Sunday, August 17 at 1 p.m. nd 3 p.m. in the covered
area downstairs from the Lounge. The tastings will be led by an official
Jameson Irish whiskey ambassador from Ireland.
To participate, guests should make their Jameson Irish Whiskey tasting
reservation in person on the grounds at the Paddy O West area. Reservations
are $15 per person and will be taken on a first-come, first- served basis.
Space is limited.
"We are excited to welcome Jameson Irish Whiskey as a special part of
the festival this year," said Jane Anderson, executive director of Irish
Fest. "The Jameson Lounge is an area on the grounds where guests can taste
special marks of the centuries old Irish Whiskey through either a
a reserved tasting or in the designated Lounge space. The Jameson Lounge
is something new for Irish Fest and for all of our visitors throughout
the weekend to enjoy."
Guests must be 21 years of age and present a valid ID for entry. Patrons
must consume beverages inside the Jameson Lounge.
MCTS Serves Irish Fest:
Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) knows the easy way to get festival
attendees Straight To The Gate. MCTS offers two ways to Irish Fest, held
August 14-17 at Henry Maier Festival Park: Shuttle service along Wisconsin
Avenue and Freeway Flyers from four park-ride lots.
Downtown Shuttle Service
Shuttles provide service roughly every 15 minutes from 4:30 p.m. to
11:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 13; 3:00 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. on Friday, August
14; 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 15; and 8 a.m. to 12 a.m.
on Sunday, Aug. 16. Festival-goers can hop on the Shuttle along Wisconsin
Ave. from North 6th St. to North Jackson St. All inbound stops are on the
south side of the street.
At Jackson, buses travel south non-stop to East Chicago St. and then
directly to the festival grounds mid-gate. Stops are indicated by the Summerfest
logo. Leaving the grounds, stops will be made along Wisconsin Ave. between
Cass St. and 5th St.
Freeway Flyer Service
Festival-goers can catch a Freeway Flyer from Watertown Plank Road
(west of US Hwy. 45.), Brown Deer (Brown Deer Road and West of I-43), Holt
(Holt Avenue and west of I-94), and MATC South (Student Lot B, south end
of campus, at Jewell Avenue and Howell Avenue) Park-Ride Lots. Please note,
due to the scheduling overlap with the fair there will be no service from
the State Fair Park-Ride Lot this year.
Service operates every half hour on the half hour and the hour. Service
is provided during all hours of the festival, beginning a half hour before
the event and ending a half hour after the event.
MCTS also serves downtown with numerous local routes from all over
Milwaukee County. Many local routes connect with the Shuttle.
2009 SERVICE CHANGES
Due to construction, the College Avenue Park-Ride Lot is closed. The
MATC-South campus parking lot, Student Lot B, will serve that area. Please
Due to overlap in State Fair and Irish Fest dates, Irish Fest will
NOT be served by the State Fair Park-Ride Lot. At the Watertown Plank,
Brown Deer East and MATC South Lots there will be buses going to both events
– please pay attention to what bus you board. Please remember parking at
Park-Ride Lots is not guaranteed.
Additionally, there will be no Ozaukee County Express lakefront festival
service in 2009.
Shuttles are $3 for adults and $1.50 for children 6-11 years, seniors
(65 and over) and disabled persons with proper ID. MCTS Freeway Flyers
round-trip fare are $6.00 for adults and $3.00 for children ages 6-11,
seniors, 65 and older, and disabled persons with ID. Regular MCTS fares
apply for travel on the local routes.
For additional route, schedule or fare information, call the MCTS BusLine
414-344-6711. Automated recorded information is available 24 hours
a day while information agents are available weekdays from 6 am to 7 p.m.
and weekends and holidays from 8 am until 4:30 p.m.. Or visit RideMCTS.com.