We all know there’s one day in the year where we’re all Irish, but this weekend you can celebrate being Irish (by blood or by spirit) four straight days! After you’ve shown some Celtic pride, mosey next door for a wine enthusiast’s dream festival, and if you’re looking for even more culture to pack into your weekend, there’s an art fest at the Domes that’s not to be missed. Check it all out in this weekend’s festival guide:
Irish Fest (Henry Maier Festival Park, Milwaukee)
The nation’s largest Irish festival celebrates its 30th birthday this year with more than 300 entertainers on 17 stages, children’s activities, Irish food and spirits, canines and more! Visit the Cultural Village and be transported to Ireland without even leaving the lakefront. Here, you’ll learn about Irish heritage, gander and shop Celtic wares and crafts and of course clap, stomp and sing along to hearty Irish music.
The kids can get into the action in the Children’s Area where they can make crafts, play games, see live puppet shows and even play a round of miniature golf! Outside of the Children’s Area, the entire family will love visiting the Celtic Canines where you can see, pet and learn about nine different breeds of dog specific to Ireland.
Other highlights include daily parades, contests, sporting events, Sunday Mass, dozens of food vendors and of course beer!
The festival runs Thursday from 5-10pm, Friday from 4pm-midnight, Saturday noon-midnight and Sunday 11am-10pm. For more information, click here.
The Milwaukee Wine Festival (Milwaukee Art Museum)
The Milwaukee Wine Festival is two-day, outdoor event, which provides festival-goers an opportunity to sample more than 200 fine wines from around the globe. There will be wine seminars and cooking demonstrations conducted by event sponsors, exhibiting wineries, area chefs and restaurateurs. While sipping on wine, you can enjoy live music from the festival stage as well as taste some delicious food from local restaurants.
Adult Wine Tasting Tickets are $25 in advance and $35 at the gate. Advance tickets can be purchased through Thursday, August 19th. This ticket price includes a souvenir wine glass, 10 tastings, a Festival Program and food and wine demonstrations and musical entertainment. Additional tasting coupons may be purchased at the festival.
The Festival runs Friday from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. and Saturday from 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. For more information, click here.
Milwaukee Domes Art Festival (Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservancy Domes)
The Milwaukee Domes Art Festival features nearly 100 of the top fine artists in Wisconsin and across the country. Artists will have booths with art for sale in addition to an art auction benefiting the Milwaukee Domes. Plein Air painters will be capturing portraits of the grounds of the domes (Bid on the finished paintings at the art auction!). Aside from viewing beautiful artwork, enjoy the live bands and performance artists that will be performing throughout the weekend at the Milwaukee Domes stage. There will be a variety of activities for kids in the children’s art tent. In addition to hosting Wisconsin’s best art, the Milwaukee Domes Art Show will also be host to some of Wisconsin’s finest cuisine for any palette, from wine and cheese to burgers and beer.
Admission is $5 (children under 5 admitted free) with the availability of a discounted Mitchell Park Domes pass of just $5 (normally $6.50). The festival run Friday from noon-7pm, Saturday from 10am-7pm and Sunday 10am-4pm. For more information click here.