Irish Fest is set to come to Summerfest grounds Thursday, August 17 through Sunday, August 20, and starting with free admission for kids 12 and under, there are a ton of fun (and free!) activities for the kids to do during the festival.

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You have a few opportunities to get into Irish Fest for free along with your kids.

  • On Thursday's preview night, if you bring school supplies to donate, you'll get free admission.
  • On Sunday, if you bring a non-perishable food item by 11 a.m., you'll get free admission.
  • Also on Sunday, if you are a veteran or currently in the military, you and a guest will get free admission.

And then, once you get to the festival, there are lots of free family activities to keep the kids entertained. Here are a few of them:

  • Pick up a Pirate Paddy Passport so you can travel throughout festival grounds to places like the cultural area, the Tipperary stage and Celtic canines. You can collect stamps for your passport, make crafts and gather prizes.
  • Take in a parade on Friday at 6:45 p.m., Saturday at 4:30 p.m. or Sunday at 4 p.m.
  • The Leprechaun Village is a display of tiny buildings where the kids can search for gold.
  • In the children's area, there are activities like mini golf, LEGO and Mr. Potato Head building, crafts, games, a Children's Tea Room and a children's stage with performers ranging from Irish dancers to puppeteers.

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  • Your kids can also take part in the leprechaun contest. They'll get the chance to imagine what a leprechaun looks like, draw their idea and enter them into the contest. A new winner is chosen each day.
  • At the Greenwish Village, there are lots of water activities to enjoy.

For more information, check out the Irish Fest website.

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