Tips and Tricks for Attending Two of Milwaukee’s Most Popular Festivals

Two of Milwaukee’s most popular events – Irish Fest and Mexican Fiesta – are returning to Henry W. Maier Festival Park this month!

IRISH FEST

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MEXICAN FIESTA

WHEN TO GO

IF
The event runs from Friday, Aug. 20, to Sunday, Aug. 22. You can get in free before 11:30 a.m. on Sunday if you donate three nonperishable food items to the Hunger Task Force at the gate. 

MF
The fest starts on Friday, Aug. 27 and ends on Sunday, Aug. 29. Admission is free between noon and 3 p.m. on Friday. 

 

 

WHAT TO EAT

IF
If you’re a “meat and potatoes” kind of person, you’re in luck – there’ll be more bangers and mash and stuffed baked potatoes than you can shake a shillelagh at. 

MF
Do we really need to give you permission to order as many tacos as you can carry? OK, you’ve got it!

WHO TO SEE

IF
The Scottish-born fiddler Alasdair Fraser is widely regarded as one of Great Britain’s most talented folk musicians. 

MF
The Mexican pop star Ana Bárbara has sold over 6 million records and has fans all over the world. If you’re not one yet, maybe you will be by the end of her set? 

WHAT TO BUY

IF
The lineup of vendors changes every year, but expect lots of Celtic cross jewelry, hand-knit sweaters and shamrock motifs galore!

MF
More than 150 artisans from all over Mexico flock to the festival’s Cultural Pavilion each year. It’s a great place to pick up traditional art and handicrafts. 


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Lindsey Anderson covers culture for Milwaukee Magazine. Before joining the MilMag team she worked as an editor at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and wrote freelance articles for ArtSlant and Eater.