Irish Music and Celtic Culture in Milwaukee, WI - CelticMKE

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Our Mission

The mission of CelticMKE, home of Milwaukee Irish Fest, is to promote and celebrate all aspects of Irish, Irish American and Celtic cultures, and to instill in current and future generations an appreciation of their heritage.

Meet CelticMKE

Irish Music and Celtic Culture in Milwaukee

It all started with our one-of-a-kind festival over 35 years ago. Now, CelticMKE is thrilled to offer art and music classes, fun family events, and concerts from some of the world’s best Irish, Irish American and Celtic musicians all year long.

CelticMKE is home to a number of Celtic programs, cultural heritage projects, and events. The Ward Irish Music Archives, housed in our headquarters in Wauwatosa, contains the world’s largest collection of Irish, Irish American, and Celtic music recordings and ephemera. We’re proud to support the talented young musicians who perform in the Irish Fest Choir at the festival and on international tours. Our doors are also open to the public all year for classes in music through our School of Music, and a special weeklong series of classes in language, dance, crafts, and culture called Summer School.

In addition to offering classes, lectures, and events, CelticMKE is dedicated to giving back through our Foundation. Established in 1994, the Foundation has granted over $600,000 to non-profit entities in Ireland, Northern Ireland, Canada and the United States.

Finally, CelticMKE is thrilled to continue bringing our signature event, Milwaukee Irish Fest, to the public each August. With hundreds of musicians and artists from around the globe performing on 17 stages at Milwaukee’s Henry W. Maier Festival Park, Milwaukee Irish Fest is the world’s largest celebration of Irish music and culture.

We hope to see you soon at one of CelticMKE’s fantastic programs!




Irish Music and Celtic Culture in Milwaukee - CelticMKE

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Board & Staff

Get to know the CelticMKE Board of Directors and year-round staff.


CelticMKE Center

CelticMKE Center

In 1998, the organization opened its doors to a year-round facility dedicated to Irish-related activities.



Grants and Scholarships

CelticMKE is pleased to offer several scholarship and grant opportunities for members of our community.




What originated as the seed of an idea for an event to celebrate and promote Irish heritage, CelticMKE has emerged into a thriving organization that celebrates the music, culture and history of Ireland all year long.


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In the Community

CelticMKE has always made a strong effort to give back to the community.


Milwaukee Irish Fest Choir

Irish Fest Choir

The Milwaukee Irish Fest Choir was founded in 1988 by Pat Moschea and Ed Ward as an opportunity for young people to be involved in the rich tradition of Irish Music.


CelticMKE | 1532 Wauwatosa Avenue | Milwaukee, WI 53213-2623 | Phone: (414) 476-3378 | Email:

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