Events

Every Single Thing to Do in Milwaukee This Summer

Updated On 06/12/2017 at 06:52PM EST Updated On 06/12/2017 at 06:52PM EST
June
Milwaukee Pride
Milwaukee Pride

June

Friday - Sunday
Jun 16-18
Milwaukee Art Museum grounds
Shop for art of all kinds at this curated art festival, plus kids can do art activities. If you don’t already like art, you’re about to.
Friday - Sunday
Jun 16-18
Summerfest grounds
Eat all the kielbasa you possibly can, and then check out the Non-stop Polka Stage.
Friday - Sunday
Jun 23-25
State Fair grounds
Whatever you do, do NOT miss the loukoumades donuts at this festival full of great food and cultural exhibits.
Saturday
Jun 24
North Ave.
Three stages of local music, plus a maker's market of arts and crafts, are what make this festival great.
July
Left Hand Brewing Company
Left Hand Brewing Company

July

Thursday - Sunday
Jul 13-16
Cathedral Square Park
Eat crepes, drink wine, and be scared by street performers who act like statues under a giant replica Eiffel Tower.
Friday - Sunday
Jul 21-23
Summerfest grounds
Play bocce ball, eat calamari, listen to some opera, and watch some fireworks. What could be more Italian?
Saturday
Jul 22
Cathedral Square Park
This beer fest boasts over 50 casked firkins, which are small wooden barrels often used to condition beer. That’s really all you need to know.
Friday - Saturday
Jul 28-29
Riverwest
Teams race around a 4.6-mile route, scoring as many points as they can at checkpoints in 24 hours. If that sounds exhausting… well, that’s because it probably is.
Saturday
Jul 29
Lakefront
Sample beer, cider, and mead from over 100 breweries, and then high-five yourself for leaving your car at home.
August
Wisconsin State Fair
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August

Thursday - Sunday
Aug 3-13
State Fair grounds
Bacon-wrapped water chestnuts… beer-battered brat bites… what crazy concoctions will the food vendors come up with this year?
Saturday
Aug 5
Summerfest grounds
Follow the parade from Zeidler Square Park to the festival grounds, and enter a raffle for a chance to win the grand prize (last year’s was a brand new Harley).
Friday - Sunday
Aug 17-20
Milwaukee County Zoo
No, you won’t be feasting on endangered beasts; there’ll be food stalls set up all around the zoo, which is probably a lot better than biting a zebra.
Thursday
Aug 10
Summerfest grounds
Expect amateur boxing, native art, and plant walks on Lakeshore Park.
Thursday - Sunday
Aug 17-20
Summerfest grounds
This music-focused cultural party is the largest Irish festival outside of Ireland.
Saturday
Aug 19
Humboldt Park
Buy your own sari or dhoti in the marketplace, grab a masala dosa for lunch, and get ready for some serious synchronized dance moves.
Wednesday - Monday
Aug 30-Sep 4
Various locations
This annual meeting of Harley-Davidson riders includes festivals, rides, music, and BBQ. Oh, and a crap-ton of bikes in all shapes and sizes.
September
Iron Grate BBQ Co.
Iron Grate BBQ Co.

September

Saturday
Sep 16
Kinnickinnic Ave in Bay View
It’s everything you could ever want in a street festival: shops, books, art, food, beer, and entertainment.