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Every Single Thing to Do in Milwaukee to Get the Most Out of Your Summer

Published On 05/31/2016 Published On 05/31/2016
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Jun 2-5

Immerse yourself in the local music scene at Tasty Fest Tasty Tapes, a local record label, and Brenner Brewing Company teamed up and decided to host a music, food, and art festival. This is your chance to discover some seriously great local bands (plus free snacks!).

Riverwest

Immerse yourself in the local music scene at Tasty Fest Riverwest Tasty Tapes, a local record label, and Brenner Brewing Company teamed up and decided to host a music, food, and art festival. This is your chance to discover some seriously great local bands (plus free snacks!).

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Jun 3 Fri

Cut a rug at the Bay View Gallery Night and Jazz Fest Hundreds of local artists, businesses, good food, live music, and a maker market in the parking lot of Colectivo... practically all of Bay View participates, so you can't miss it.

Bay View

Cut a rug at the Bay View Gallery Night and Jazz Fest Bay View Hundreds of local artists, businesses, good food, live music, and a maker market in the parking lot of Colectivo... practically all of Bay View participates, so you can't miss it.

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Jun 4 Sat

Get your schnitzel on at the World of Beer Festival It's the 13th annual beer fest you've never heard of. Held at Schwabenhof outdoor pavilion, this festival features beers from around the world and German food.

Schwabenhof

Get your schnitzel on at the World of Beer Festival Schwabenhof It's the 13th annual beer fest you've never heard of. Held at Schwabenhof outdoor pavilion, this festival features beers from around the world and German food.

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Jun 4 Sat

Grab your kilt and hit the Milwaukee Highland Games Bagpipes! Sheepdogs! Kilts! "Heavy athletics"! Axe-throwing! Haggis taco-eating contest! Neat.

Hart Park

Grab your kilt and hit the Milwaukee Highland Games Hart Park Bagpipes! Sheepdogs! Kilts! "Heavy athletics"! Axe-throwing! Haggis taco-eating contest! Neat.

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Jun 4 Sat

Check out the Spring on Brady 5th Annual Art Walk Interact with artists of all media as they create works from chalk drawings to blacksmithing at dozens of Brady St. businesses.

Brady St.

Check out the Spring on Brady 5th Annual Art Walk Brady St. Interact with artists of all media as they create works from chalk drawings to blacksmithing at dozens of Brady St. businesses.

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Jun 10-12

Get your pride on at Pridefest Headliners this year include Sarah Silverman, Blondie, and GGOOLLDD.

Summerfest grounds

Get your pride on at Pridefest Summerfest grounds Headliners this year include Sarah Silverman, Blondie, and GGOOLLDD.

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Jun 11 Sat

Knock a few back at the Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Across America Try hundreds of beers, both local and national, at this traveling beer fest organized by Sierra Nevada.

Veterans Park

Knock a few back at the Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Across America Veterans Park Try hundreds of beers, both local and national, at this traveling beer fest organized by Sierra Nevada.

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Jun 11 Sat

Fat Tire Tour of Milwaukee A 25-mile group bike ride through Milwaukee with plenty of stops at taverns along the way.

Historic Pabst Brewery

Fat Tire Tour of Milwaukee Historic Pabst Brewery A 25-mile group bike ride through Milwaukee with plenty of stops at taverns along the way.

Flickr/Matt Baran

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Jun 12 Sun

Daydrink for your health at the Locust Street Festival Start your day with the strenuous, 1.8-mile Riverwest Beer Run -- now in its 40th year -- with four mandatory beer stops, then keep the daydrinking going at six music stages.

Riverwest

Daydrink for your health at the Locust Street Festival Riverwest Start your day with the strenuous, 1.8-mile Riverwest Beer Run -- now in its 40th year -- with four mandatory beer stops, then keep the daydrinking going at six music stages.

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Jun 15 Wed

Just keep acting normal at the Newaukee Night Market, and they'll never suspect you're a vampire Wisconsin Ave turns into a pedestrian thoroughfare with music, food trucks, art installations, and vendors. Other dates this summer: July 13, Aug 17, Sept 14.

Downtown

Just keep acting normal at the Newaukee Night Market, and they'll never suspect you're a vampire Downtown Wisconsin Ave turns into a pedestrian thoroughfare with music, food trucks, art installations, and vendors. Other dates this summer: July 13, Aug 17, Sept 14.

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Jun 17-18

Throw down at HartFest Compete in a bags tournament and listen to headliners The Now, Love Monkeys, and Pat McCurdy.

Hart Park

Throw down at HartFest Hart Park Compete in a bags tournament and listen to headliners The Now, Love Monkeys, and Pat McCurdy.

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Jun 17-19

Polish off a few brats at Polish Fest Eat your way through Poland while you explore the cultural village, polka, and attempt to pronounce things.

Summerfest grounds

Polish off a few brats at Polish Fest Summerfest grounds Eat your way through Poland while you explore the cultural village, polka, and attempt to pronounce things.

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Jun 17-19

Pretend you're cultured at the Lakefront Festival of Art A juried art show featuring all kinds of mediums: photography, sculpture, painting, fibers, ceramics. Plus, it benefits the Milwaukee Art Museum.

Milwaukee Art Museum

Pretend you're cultured at the Lakefront Festival of Art Milwaukee Art Museum A juried art show featuring all kinds of mediums: photography, sculpture, painting, fibers, ceramics. Plus, it benefits the Milwaukee Art Museum.

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Jun 18 Sat

Throw down at the Milwaukee Bucks Summer Block Party and Arena Groundbreaking Enjoy local music, food, drinks, and vendors as you get ready for basketball season. Features appearances by current and former Bucks players and the new arena groundbreaking.

Bucks Arena

Throw down at the Milwaukee Bucks Summer Block Party and Arena Groundbreaking Bucks Arena Enjoy local music, food, drinks, and vendors as you get ready for basketball season. Features appearances by current and former Bucks players and the new arena groundbreaking.

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Jun 18 Sat

Drink and eat your way through the Wisconsin Beer Lovers Festival The beer and cider will be flowing, and the food is going to be substantial (you'll be able to sample everything from Mongolian barbecue to Devon Seafood).

Bayshore Town Center

Drink and eat your way through the Wisconsin Beer Lovers Festival Bayshore Town Center The beer and cider will be flowing, and the food is going to be substantial (you'll be able to sample everything from Mongolian barbecue to Devon Seafood).

Milwaukee Greek Fest

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Jun 24-26

Get your Greek Fest going This free festival highlights all things Greek with music and dancing, cultural exhibits, and most importantly, great food. Don't miss the fresh loukoumades with honey syrup. Opa!

State Fair Park

Get your Greek Fest going State Fair Park This free festival highlights all things Greek with music and dancing, cultural exhibits, and most importantly, great food. Don't miss the fresh loukoumades with honey syrup. Opa!

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Jun 25 Sat

Get down at the Summer Soulstice Music Festival Three stages of local music are the highlight of this music fest in its 16th year... plus, there's an eggroll-eating contest, for some reason (which sounds way better than hot dogs to us).

North Ave

Get down at the Summer Soulstice Music Festival North Ave Three stages of local music are the highlight of this music fest in its 16th year... plus, there's an eggroll-eating contest, for some reason (which sounds way better than hot dogs to us).

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Jun 26 Sun

Don't even bother bringing mints to the Garlic Fest Eat and drink your way through this street festival dedicated to the stinking rose.

Braise

Don't even bother bringing mints to the Garlic Fest Braise Eat and drink your way through this street festival dedicated to the stinking rose.

Summerfest

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Jun 29-Jul 5

You guys you guys you guys, it's time for Summerfest! Does this one really need an explanation? OK, fine: music from Weird Al to Pitbull, expensive beer, free energy-drink samples... and epic people-watching.

Summerfest grounds

You guys you guys you guys, it's time for Summerfest! Summerfest grounds Does this one really need an explanation? OK, fine: music from Weird Al to Pitbull, expensive beer, free energy-drink samples... and epic people-watching.

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Jul 2 Sat

Sip a brandy slush at the Burnhearts Pabst Street Party Every Burnhearts street party is fantastic, including this one. Music, food, crafts, PBR, winning all around.

Burnhearts

Sip a brandy slush at the Burnhearts Pabst Street Party Burnhearts Every Burnhearts street party is fantastic, including this one. Music, food, crafts, PBR, winning all around.

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Jul 14-17

Storm the Bastille Days Crepes and wine are the main attraction, but the replica Eiffel Tower is a curious sight to behold.

Cathedral Square Park

Storm the Bastille Days Cathedral Square Park Crepes and wine are the main attraction, but the replica Eiffel Tower is a curious sight to behold.

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Jul 15-17

Catch the fireworks show at the South Shore Frolics This is the 67th year (holy crap!) of this festival. Expect bands, classic cars, shopping, food, and lots of dudes with their shirts off.

South Shore Park

Catch the fireworks show at the South Shore Frolics South Shore Park This is the 67th year (holy crap!) of this festival. Expect bands, classic cars, shopping, food, and lots of dudes with their shirts off.

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Jul 22-24

Nibble cannoli at the Festa Italiana Performances by lots of people you've never heard of but are super-Italian, like John Michael Coppola and The Sicilian Tenors. If that's not enough enticement, there's bocce ball and that tent with all the creepy religious statues (yay).

Summerfest grounds

Nibble cannoli at the Festa Italiana Summerfest grounds Performances by lots of people you've never heard of but are super-Italian, like John Michael Coppola and The Sicilian Tenors. If that's not enough enticement, there's bocce ball and that tent with all the creepy religious statues (yay).

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Jul 23 Sat

Try some beer you've never heard of at Milwaukee Firkin Beer Fest Affectionately called Firkin Fest, this is one of the most popular beer fests around, thanks to the Downtown location and rare brews.

Cathedral Square Park

Try some beer you've never heard of at Milwaukee Firkin Beer Fest Cathedral Square Park Affectionately called Firkin Fest, this is one of the most popular beer fests around, thanks to the Downtown location and rare brews.

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Jul 24 Sun

Have the best time for free at Milwaukee's Big Taste Enjoy unlimited food samples from local restaurants while you watch the Festa Italiana fireworks from the lakefront terrace.

Pier Wisconsin

Have the best time for free at Milwaukee's Big Taste Pier Wisconsin Enjoy unlimited food samples from local restaurants while you watch the Festa Italiana fireworks from the lakefront terrace.

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Jul 29-31

Show off the pride of your stein collection at the German Fest All things German, including a million renditions of "zicke zacke zicke zacke hoi hoi hoi!"

Summerfest grounds

Show off the pride of your stein collection at the German Fest Summerfest grounds All things German, including a million renditions of "zicke zacke zicke zacke hoi hoi hoi!"

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Jul 30 Sat

Check out the Milwaukee Dragon Boat Festival Celebrate Chinese culture and traditions through dance, folk music, martial arts, food, and dragon boat races on the lake.

Lakefront

Check out the Milwaukee Dragon Boat Festival Lakefront Celebrate Chinese culture and traditions through dance, folk music, martial arts, food, and dragon boat races on the lake.

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Jul 30 Sat

Get eclectic at the Brady Street Festival An eclectic street festival with four stages, street performers, drag shows, and art.

Brady St.

Get eclectic at the Brady Street Festival Brady St. An eclectic street festival with four stages, street performers, drag shows, and art.

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Jul 30 Sat

Delight in the glory of the Milwaukee Brewfest Unlimited sampling of 200+ beers with your admission ticket. No food is included, though -- so be sure to budget for that.

Veterans Park

Delight in the glory of the Milwaukee Brewfest Veterans Park Unlimited sampling of 200+ beers with your admission ticket. No food is included, though -- so be sure to budget for that.

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Aug 4-14

Order up deep-fried, pretzel-crusted brownies on a stick at the Wisconsin State Fair Check out lots of past-their-prime music acts, like Herman's Hermits and Here Come the Mummies. But everyone comes for the fattening food, pig races, $400 blender demonstrations, and cream puffs anyway... so who cares?

Wisconsin State Fair Park

Order up deep-fried, pretzel-crusted brownies on a stick at the Wisconsin State Fair Wisconsin State Fair Park Check out lots of past-their-prime music acts, like Herman's Hermits and Here Come the Mummies. But everyone comes for the fattening food, pig races, $400 blender demonstrations, and cream puffs anyway... so who cares?

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Aug 6 Sat

Avoid injuring yourself at the Milwaukee Inflatable Obstacle Course Race A 5K course with 12 giant inflatable obstacles... what could go wrong?

Veterans Park

Avoid injuring yourself at the Milwaukee Inflatable Obstacle Course Race Veterans Park A 5K course with 12 giant inflatable obstacles... what could go wrong?

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Aug 18-21

Compete in the "red hair and freckles contest" at Irish Fest This is the largest Irish festival outside Ireland, people. The emphasis is on great music and drinking, just what it should be.

Summerfest grounds

Compete in the "red hair and freckles contest" at Irish Fest Summerfest grounds This is the largest Irish festival outside Ireland, people. The emphasis is on great music and drinking, just what it should be.

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Aug 18-21

Hang out with animals at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel a la Carte at the Zoo Why they tout Subway and Applebee's, no one knows, but you can just stick to the local eats while you gaze at the warthogs.

Milwaukee County Zoo

Hang out with animals at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel a la Carte at the Zoo Milwaukee County Zoo Why they tout Subway and Applebee's, no one knows, but you can just stick to the local eats while you gaze at the warthogs.

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Aug 20 Sat

Test your spice tolerance at IndiaFest Don't be put off by the fact that it's one of the few ethnic fests not at the lakefront; that just means it's free! Expect delicious curries and henna aplenty.

Humboldt Park

Test your spice tolerance at IndiaFest Humboldt Park Don't be put off by the fact that it's one of the few ethnic fests not at the lakefront; that just means it's free! Expect delicious curries and henna aplenty.

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Aug 26-28

Get your mariachi going at the Mexican Fiesta "Fun, food, mariachi, and fiesta for everyone." That about sums it up.

Summerfest grounds

Get your mariachi going at the Mexican Fiesta Summerfest grounds "Fun, food, mariachi, and fiesta for everyone." That about sums it up.

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