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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 the Midwest, and all over the world! You’ll find programs 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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Chuck Ward Memorial Blood Drive

Chuck Ward Memorial Blood Drives

Thursday, June 9, 2022: Appointments are encouraged, but walk-ins are welcome! 3-7 pm.


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5 Scotland Castles to Check Out

Five castles to put on your bucket list of castles to visit in Scotland! From the oldest Scottish castle to the biggest, these castles are rich with history, beauty and stunning views!


Founding of the American League by Irish Americans

The Founding of the American League by Five Irish-American Milwaukeeans

Most people do not know that the American League was founded and incorporated in Milwaukee. The fact that four of them were Irish-Americans, as well as the man who initially brought them all together, Ted Sullivan, is even less well-known.


Irish Session

What is an Irish session?

Irish sessions are fun gatherings of musicians sharing tunes and conversations in a relaxed setting...


Racing in Historic Irish Fishing Boats

Racing in Historic Irish Fishing Boats

An insight on the Irish sport, currach racing, with the Milwaukee Currach Club


Tips for Practicing Irish Music

To help make the most of your Irish music (or any style of music) practice time, we've compiled a few tips to help make getting started less daunting...


Donate to CelticMKE

Donate to CelticMKE

communitY, familY, connectivitY, ancestrY....find out how you can contribute to CelticMKE's mission of being a resource for all things Irish and Celtic.


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Upcoming Events


Sign up for music classes on Irish fiddle, bodhran, flute, whistle, guitar and more!


Great Irish Open

The Great Irish Open - Golf Outing

Wednesday, September 14, 2022: Join us for 18 holes of golf at the Ironwood Golf Course to support our Ward Irish Music Archives!


Ardal O'Hanlon

Irish Comedian Ardal O'Hanlon

Irish comedian Ardal O'Hanlon (aka Father Dougal from Father Ted!) performing at CelticMKE on September 17, 2022 at 7pm. Tickets on sale now!


Support CelticMKE on Amazon!

Are you an avid Amazon shopper? Did you know Amazon gives back to non-profit organizations like us through what they call Amazon Smile? The difference is that when you shop through Amazon Smile, they will donate to CelticMKE every time you make a purchase! All you have to do is choose "Irish Festivals, Inc." as your organization of choice to support, through the link here, and shop from the Amazon Smile website (shopping through the Smile website ensures donations go to the organization). 

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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!

Irish Fest Center

CelticMKE | 1532 Wauwatosa Avenue | Milwaukee, WI 53213-2623 | Phone: (414) 476-3378 | Email: info@celticmke.com

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