Milwaukee Irish Fest Summer School Location
The Milwaukee Irish Fest Summer School takes place in the village of Wauwatosa, headquartered in the historic CelticMKE Center! Classes will be held at three locations, nestled within easy walking distance of each other and the village itself:
- The CelticMKE Center, home of Milwaukee Irish Fest, the Irish Fest School of Music, and the Ward Irish Music Archives.
- Wauwatosa Woman’s Club
- St. Matthew’s Evangelical Lutheran Church
Free parking is available at St. Matthew’s, the CelticMKE Center, and St. Bernard's, as well as ample free public parking in Wauwatosa lots.
The Wauwatosa village is just a short walk away from our class locations. Students will be able to enjoy lunch at a number of fine restaurants, do some shopping between classes, or grab a snack and coffee with new friends.
We’re excited to bring the Summer School community to this great location!
2017 Parking and Construction Update
Construction continues in the Wauwatosa Village, so we highly recommend giving yourself extra time to navigate and secure parking.
The CelticMKE Center's parking lot will be prioritized for students with mobility issues and Summer School staff that have classes at the CelticMKE Center.
Please note that Harwood Avenue is closed to through traffic due to construction. Those exiting the CelticMKE Center parking lot may experience delays as construction vehicles are operating.
Students can park in St. Bernards' lot just to the south of the CelticMKE Center on Wauwatosa Ave.
We recommend that students in classes at the Wauwatosa Woman's Club and St. Matthew's make use of St. Matthew's parking lot. Students with mobility issues can park in the Wauwatosa Woman's Club parking lot as well.
(formerly known as the Milwaukee Irish Fest Center)
1532 N. Wauwatosa Ave. (North 76th Street), Milwaukee, WI 53213
Parking: Parking lot behind building accessible via Lincoln Place
In 1998, Milwaukee Irish Fest opened its doors to the CelticMKE Center to provide a year-round facility dedicated to Irish-related activities including concerts, workshops, rehearsals and Gaelic language lessons.
The historic CelticMKE Center has been home to the Irish Fest School of Music since 2002, affording a beautiful space for private lessons, group classes, workshops. family sessions, rehearsals and concerts for musicians of all ages.
In addition, the center also houses the Ward Irish Music Archives, a collection of sound recordings, and other music-related items related to Irish and Irish-American music. Named after the late father of the festival's founder, Ed Ward, the archives promotes, preserves and celebrates Irish music in all forms.
Wauwatosa Woman's Club
1626 North Wauwatosa Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53213
Parking: Parking available at St. Matthew's Parking Lot
The Wauwatosa Woman’s Club is a historic clubhouse and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1998.
St. Matthew’s Evangelical Lutheran Church
1615 Wauwatosa Ave., Wauwatosa, WI 53213
Parking: Parking lots located off Milwaukee Avenue and Underwood Avenue
Eat and Drink
The Wauwatosa Village has a number of great spots to grab a coffee or a bite to eat -- and it's within easy walking distance of our class locations! Check out the handy map below to sample what's available.