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, home of Milwaukee Irish Fest, 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 such as Family Day in the Village, concerts, lectures by leading experts in Celtic culture, classes in traditional language, music and crafts, our annual Celtic Christmas Boutique 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.
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 private or group classes in music through our School of Music, and a special week long series of classes in language, dance, crafts, and culture called Summer School.