CelticMKE - Irish Music and Celtic Culture in Milwaukee, WI


If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to play a bodhrán – or what the heck one is – you’re in the right place. CelticMKE is about sharing our love of Irish music, Celtic history, and culture with people in greater Milwaukee, and all over the world! You’ll find information on events for the whole family, lectures by leading experts in Celtic culture, classes in traditional language, music and crafts, and our signature event, Milwaukee Irish Fest. Whether you want to reconnect with your roots, or explore a culture that’s new to you, CelticMKE is here to help.

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American Sheet Music Conference

American Sheet Music Conference

Join the nation's top antique sheet music dealers and collectors in a weekend of enjoyable and educational conference sessions on October 21 & 22, 2016. Sellers will be specializing in 19th century sheet music and Ragtime.


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Caillyn Costello Wins Edward J Ward Music Scholarship

Caillyn, of Whitefish Bay, WI, will be using the scholarship to study at the Junior Davey Bodhran Academy in County Sligo. She has been playing the bodhran for six years and has been active in the Irish American community as a step-dancer and as a volunteer at Irish Fest.


Experience TradFest in Dublin, Ireland!

Brighten your January and join Milwaukee Irish Fest on a very special trip to Dublin and TradFest! Limited availability so book now!


Say Hello to CelticMKE

Say Hello to CelticMKE

The new CelticMKE brand embraces the larger and expanded musical world enabling us to better compete in a multitude of Celtic nations for funds, influence and new and innovative ideas.


Etihad World Games North American Hurling Team Champions

Playing at the Croke: Etihad World Games

In August 2016, the North American Hurling Team competed in the Etihad Airways GAA World Games in Dublin, Ireland, winning the Native Championships at the infamous Croke Park!


Kevin Burke's Trips to Milwaukee

Kevin Burke's Trip to Milwaukee

The Ward Irish Music Archives revisits early trips to Milwaukee by Irish fiddler Kevin Burke and guitarist Micheal O Domhnaill.


Ed Ward - Founder's Corner

Founder's Corner

Follow Ed Ward, Founder of the Milwaukee Irish Fest, as he takes us back in time to his discoveries of Irish music, locally to internationally, and his quest to preserve Irish history.


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CelticMKE Year Round Calendar

Milwaukee Area Celtic Events

From special concerts to our annual holiday events, see what's happening throughout the year at the CelticMKE Center and in the community on our Year Round Calendar.


Paddy's Predicament

Paddy's Predicament - Interactive Cocktail Party

The famous Paddy McFest invites you to an evening of intrigue, drama, and mystery at the CelticMKE Center on October 29!


Irish Fest Center

Fáilte to Irish and Celtic Culture!

Fáilte (that means “welcome” in Gaelic) to CelticMKE, your go-to resource for all things Irish and Celtic in the Milwaukee area and around the globe! You’re probably familiar with our signature event, Milwaukee Irish Fest, but maybe you haven’t listened to historic recordings from our Ward Irish Music Archives, learned Celtic music and culture face-to-face with leading experts during the Milwaukee Irish Fest Summer School, or learned the tin whistle or Irish fiddle with faculty from the Milwaukee Irish Fest School of Music. Start exploring your Irish and Celtic heritage - or discovering your own unique love for it – with CelticMKE today!

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