Why You Need to Check Out the Irish Fest La Crosse

The annual Irish Fest La Crosse crams one weekend full of Irish food, entertainment, and fun. So all you lads and lassies looking for a good time need to come on out for La Crosse’s Irish Fest!

For more information on Irish Fest La Crosse and other great local events, be sure to download our complimentary Vacation Guide. And we’ve also written about other great Wisconsin festivals, and some of the best La Crosse events on our blog.


Irish Fest La Crosse

Irish Fest is a fun way for the whole family to enjoy the luck o’ the Irish in La Crosse, WI. From Friday – Sunday in August, you can experience authentic Irish dancing, food, drink, storytelling, and more. You can even win a trip to Ireland, or watch border collies herd sheep. It’s the perfect way to wrap up another great summer in the Driftless region! Here are some more details on things you’ll enjoy at La Crosse’s Irish Fest.


1. Unique Contests and Games

If you like to play, the Irish Fest offers lots of opportunities. To compete in feats of strength, the Highland games include stone throwing and sheaf tossing. Or try your luck in the raffle and win a grand prize trip to Ireland or other prizes. Test your skills in Irish road bowling, which is just what it sounds like. And the fiddle competition keeps feet tapping. Hungry for more? Maybe you can win the mashed potato eating contest!


2. Irish Food and Drink

Even if you only came for the food and drink, we don’t think you’d be disappointed. You’ll find classic Irish favorites like fish and chips, corned beef, cabbage, and mash, and Reubens. And have the opportunity to try something new, like a Banger Sandwich, or Bailey’s Irish Cream Cheesecake. And the beer flows freely with all your Irish favorites!


3. Great Music and Performances

The performances at Irish Fest take place across four stages: the Main Stage, the Cultural Tent, the Harp Stage, and the Arts Tent. This ensures that you’ll always be able to find something fascinating to enjoy. Irish music and dancing abounds, plus lessons on clogging, Irish dance, and Irish baking! Check out the full schedule of events for more information.


Can’t Get Enough of Irish Fest La Crosse?

When you can’t quite quench the thirst for Guinness and all things Irish, consider another Irish Fest trip to the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in La Crosse. Put on your green and have a great time at this annual St. Patrick’s Day parade, followed by live music, dancing, and more Irish food and drink.


The End of The Rainbow at Westby House

At Westby House, we love a good time, but our passion is hospitality: making sure you are comfortable, welcomed, and taken care of. Our nine well-appointed rooms offer luxury in all forms, from cozy to spacious. And our gourmet breakfasts and are created with your enjoyment in mind.

There’s so much to do in the Driftless area, like the Irish Fest La Crosse, and Westby is the perfect location to stay while you explore. Don’t forget to download our complimentary Vacation Guide, and we hope we will see you dancing a jig soon!