Friday, July 26
Henry W. Maier Festival Park
It’s never been easier enjoying a stein of beer and a strudel or kartoffel pfannekuchen (potato pancake) or a good ol' frankfurter than it is this year. On Friday only, admission is just $3. Eat like the Germans, listen to live music, and finish off your evening by having a shot of Bärenjäger (German honey liqueur) before heading onto the Skyglider to watch the fireworks at 10:30pm.
Cost: $3 (Friday only)
Tuesday, August 6
Doesn’t it seem like the early 2000s were just yesterday? Especially when you can still recite all the words to “Your Body Is a Wonderland” and “Gravity.” Whether you can’t get enough of his old tunes or really dig his recent recordings, who can pass up that voice?
Cost: $75 and up
Thursday, August 8
Wisconsin State Fair Park
Comedian, ventriloquist, three-time winner of the Billboard Top Comedy Tour award, a Jeff Dunham show is quite the experience and obviously full of laughs. Don’t worry, all of your favorite puppet characters like Peanut and Bubba J will be there too. Go early and eat your way through all the contenders for this year’s Sporkie awards. Or try some of the winners from last year: French Onion Soup-On-a-Stick (Slim’s PBR Park) still has my mouth watering. The Wisconsin State Fair runs from August 1 - 11.
Cost: $39 and up
Friday, August 9
The Riverside Theater
Wu-Tang Clan is coming to Milwaukee, do I have to say more? Well, it’s also their 25th anniversary celebration tour, and they’re pretty much a big deal in the hip-hop scene. Stop at Lost Whale in Bayview for a pre-concert drink or a nightcap. Hint hint: Lost Whale loves Wu-Tang Clan, so it might just be the perfect pre/post jam spot.
Cost: $80 and up
Saturday, August 10 - Sunday, August 11
Fiserv Forum Plaza
Morning Glory Art Fair has taken place in Downtown Milwaukee for over 40 years. They brand themselves as a destination art fair, and no wonder. There’s over 130 but hundreds more apply. They strive to provide quality art and challenge you to “look for the unexpected,” which shouldn’t be too difficult as you’ll find ceramics, fiber, glass, jewelry, wood, and much more.
Wednesday, August 14
Did you read Kitchens of the Great Midwest? If not, you should, and purchase your book from a local bookstore, preferably Boswell Books. The book is great, and Stradal’s newest novel The Lager Queen of Minnesota is sure to be, too. Interact with artists, creators, writers, etc. Boswell constantly has authors in, so check out their other events listed on their website.
Cost: Free, but it’s preferred if you register