Milwaukee is best known for its Summer Fest in June, but those who love world and Irish music know the annual Irish Fest is just as awesome. Many Irish music aficionados and experts note that the Milwaukee Irish festival is perhaps the tops in the United States and one of the best in the world.
The Festival is held this weekend: August 18-21. This year the top draws include Gaelic Storm, the High Kings, The Elders, Skerryvore, and do not miss the fun and rocking Red Hot Chili Pipers. There is so much good music here, so it does not matter what time you come or which acts you see as they get the best of the best in Irish music.
The best part about Irish Fest is it flies a little under the radar when it comes to popular music festivals. You get incredible music, but you do not get the intense crowds found at Summer Fest. The crowds here are the perfect size. They are big enough where everyone has fun people watching and dancing, but not big enough where you have to wait 15 minutes to get beer tickets or even worse to go to the bathroom.
The festival is held at the Summer Fest grounds on beautiful Lake Michigan. Tickets are $5.00 on Friday between 4pm and 5:30 and after that they are $15.00 per day. This is one of the best deals around. I saw Gaelic Storm at Summer Camp music Festival and entrance to this festival was over $150.00.
There is more than music at the festival. Irish Dance, cultural activities and workshops, Irish Food, and Irish beer all make this festival one of the most fun around.
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