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Irish Fest canceled for 2020

Published April 21, 2020

Milwaukee Irish Fest, the world's largest Irish music festival, announced tonight that the event was canceled for this summer.

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Irish Fest announces 2020 music lineup

Published March 10, 2020

Irish Fest is gearing up for its 40th annual festival at the Milwaukee lakefront and it has announced the lineup of entertainers on tap for that event, which takes place Aug. 13-16 at the Henry Maier Festival Park.

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If it's March, then Gilles has Jameson frozen custard!

Published March 4, 2020

Every March, Gilles' Frozen Custard - the longest-running frozen custard stand in the area, dating to 1938 - at 7515 W. Bluemound Rd. brings back its popular Jameson Irish Whiskey custard in honor of St. Patrick's Day.

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Ed Ward, who created the world-class Irish Fest, has died

Published Oct. 15, 2019

Ed Ward, the driving force behind the founding of Milwaukee Irish Fest, the John J. Ward Irish Music Archives, the respected band Blarney and the Irish Fest Foundation, has died. Ward, who was 74, passed away on Sunday, Oct. 13 after a long battle with cancer.

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2019 Milwaukee summer festival guide

Published Aug. 30, 2019

Contrary to popular belief, summer is almost here! Here's OnMilwaukee's Milwaukee summer festivals guide for a glimpse of what the summer will bring.

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Irish Fest announces its 2019 music lineup

Published March 18, 2019

Drum roll, please. Milwaukee Irish Fest, the world's largest celebration of Irish and Celtic music and culture, has announced its star-studded 2019 entertainment lineup.

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State Fair partner promotions include deals for Irish Fest, Zoo and more

Published May 15, 2018

The Wisconsin State Fair on Tuesday announced its partner promotions for the 2018 festival, including a few favorites from years past. These promotions offer a variety of local deals, allowing visitors affordable options for attending the 2018 Wisconsin State Fair, Aug. 2-12.

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Milwaukee Irish Fest announces its 2018 musical lineup

Published March 9, 2018

The hopefully final snowfall has melted away (*knocks on wood*), which means we can finally start looking ahead to summer festival season - including Milwaukee Irish Fest, which today announced its lineup of musical entertainment.

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MKE Underground: 100 festival pick-up lines

Published July 11, 2016

For generations, outdoor festivals have served as mating grounds for randy and romantic hopefuls. However, if you're not sure how to break the ice with someone who's rocking your festival world, OnMilwaukee offers pick-up lines that might be worth a try.

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Making Paddy McFest: The creation of the iconic Irish Fest leprechaun logo

Published Aug. 8, 2015

As the 35th anniversary of Irish Fest approaches, one icon that is hard to escape in Milwaukee - and in many ways nationally - is its official logo: the smiling leprechaun known today as Paddy McFest. But Paddy's development, like other symbols of the Fest, did not come easily, since within the Irish community - and certainly within Ireland - there has long been debate on the way the country and its culture are presented to the world at large.