Milwaukee's 2020 Irish Fest canceled due to coronavirus concerns

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Irish Fest has canceled their 2020 festival due to concerns regarding the spread of COVID-19.

The event was scheduled to be held from August 13-16.

In a statement on social media, the festival said in part:

"After much discussion, monitoring and studying the ever-evolving COVID-19 situation, we have made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s Milwaukee Irish Fest. The decision was made now to help mitigate the growing challenges of the significant planning and upfront logistics required to successfully execute the festival. Milwaukee Irish Fest, which is the world’s largest Irish music festival, was scheduled for August 13-16 at the Henry Maier Festival Park on Milwaukee's lakefront."

The announcement comes after the cancellation of Festa Italiana and GreekFest. 

PrideFest and Polish Fest have also canceled, but say they're looking into possible dates to reschedule, while Summerfest is expected to be held in September.

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