Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the event held?

Jones Park is located in downtown Appleton. The official address of the main entrance is 301 W Lawrence St, Appleton, WI. Our Cultural stage and displays are only one-block away inside McGuinness Irish Pub, 201 S. Walnut St., Appleton 54911

Can I leave the festival grounds and re-enter?

Yes. You may get your hand stamped upon leaving the festival grounds and return on that same day. There is no admission fee to visit our Cultural Area at McGuinness Irish Pub, 201 S. Walnut St, Appleton.

May I bring a camera?

Yes please! Be sure to share with our Facebook page.

Can I bring my dog?

We welcome official PRE-APPROVED Celtic Canine breeds. Please email us at by Wednesday 9/15 if you are interested in bringing your Celtic Canine. Registered service animals are also allowed on Festival grounds and should show proper documentation upon arrival. We reserve the right to refuse your animal if we feel there may be a danger to our guests or your animal.

What is not allowed within the Festival grounds?

Please leave the following items at home:

  • Aerosol Cans
  • Alcohol
  • Camelback Style Hydration Packs
  • Cans or Glass Bottles
  • Firearms
  • Fireworks
  • Hula-Hoops
  • Illegal Drugs or Substances
  • Kites
  • Knives
  • Laser Pointers
  • Pets (except approved Celtic Canines or official working service animals)
  • Picnic Baskets, any Outside Food
  • Selfie Sticks
  • Skateboards, Bikes, or Skates
  • Wagons
  • Water Bottles
Folding chairs and blankets are allowed and encouraged. There is no seating provided outiside of our pub tent.

What if I lose my child?

Lost children will be taken to and cared for within the shelter at the center of the park. Please ask any volunteer for assistance should you misplace a child.

Do I need to purchase a ticket for children?

Children 15 and younger will be granted free admission to the festival. No ticket purchase necessary, but must be accompanied with a parent or guardian.

I am traveling. Where should I stay?

We have arranged for discounted Irish Fest rates at the following hotels: Red Lion, Paper Valley - 333 W. College Ave, downtown Appleton. Reservations, 920-733-8000. $129 Irish Fest Rate Fauirfield Inn & Suites - 130 S Nicolet Rd., Appleton. Reservations, 920-939-8181. $99 Irish Fest Rate.

Additional Questions?

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Irish Fest of the Fox Cities is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization run by volunteers and overseen by an independent Board of Directors. Our mission is to produce a wonderful, family-friendly festival that will ultimately help improve the quality of life for our community. This special event is fully dependent on our sponsors, our partners, our attendees and most importantly our volunteers!  Thank you for helping us bring another amazing event to the Fox Cities!