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Metro Milwaukee’s Weekend Festivals Guide: August 17-19

Summer may be winding down, but there are still plenty of Southeast Wisconsin festivals to go around! Get in the Celtic spirit, feast with some beasts or celebrate the area’s maritime history this weekend. We tell you how right here in this week’s edition of the weekend festivals guide!


Irish Fest (Henry Maier Festival Park, Milwaukee)

For three decades, Irish Fest has been one of the largest, most popular “ethnic” festivals in Milwaukee. In fact, Milwaukee’s Irish Fest is one of the most respected Irish-heritage festivals in the world! With state-of-the-art music bookings, theater events, historical displays and other cultural features at the festival, it truly is a serious celebration of all things Irish… and a lot of fun, as well.

More than 100 acts on 16 stages will be performing throughout the weekend, include favorite Jackie Daly, Slide, McPeake and Gaelic Storm. You can’t forget the plethora of traditional and not-so-traditional Irish foods, as well. And we also heard there may be just a little bit of beer making its way around the fest, too.

Where: Henry Maier Festival Park (Milwaukee)

When: Friday 4pm-midnight, Saturday noon-midnight, Sunday 11am-10pm

How Much: $15 for adults, $10 for seniors (60 and up) and kids 12 and under are free.

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Friday – Saturday

A la Carte (Milwaukee Zoo)

The Zoo’s annual food and music “feast with the beasts” features more than 25 area restaurants, plus four entertainment stages. Musical acts this year include The BoDeans, Los Lonely Boys, Cowboy Mouth and the 52nd Street Band. Bring your appetite and your dancing shoes!

Where: Milwaukee County Zoo (10001 W Bluemound Rd, Milwaukee)

When: Friday-Sunday 9am-10pm

How much?: $14.25 for adults, $11.25 for juniors (3-12), seniors $13.25 for seniors (60+), free for children 2 and under. Parking is $12

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Maritime Heritage Festival (Port Washington)

This annual celebration of Port Washington’s rich maritime culture showcases tall ships and harbor tours, food, entertainment on two stages, artisans and family activities, including a cardboard boat regatta. You’ll definitely want to stick around for the fireworks at the night’s end, as well!

Where: Port Washington’s Lakefront

When: Friday & Saturday 10am-9pm, Sunday 10am-6pm

How much?: Admission is free!

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Did we miss one of your favorite festivals? Let us know in the comments section!



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