10 Things to Do This Weekend: August 15-18

Here’s to another weekend of music, festivals, beer celebrations and more!


Wilson Center Guitar Festival

It’s time to break out your favorite dancing shoes. The seventh annual Wilson Center Guitar Festival runs from Thursday, August 15 through Saturday, August 17 at various times at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center (19805 W Capitol Dr.). Festival favorites like live guitar competitions, a live headliner, displays and more will return, but this year the festival will also expand to five different genres of music: blues, classic, fingerstyle, jazz and rock.


The Great American Lobster Fest

Nothing quite screams like summer like lots of delicious lobster. The Great American Lobster Fest is coming to Milwaukee from Friday, August 16 through Sunday, August 18 on the plaza in front of Fiserv Forum (1111 Vel R Phillips Ave.). This festival dedicated to the beloved shellfish is the first time the largest lobster and seafood festival will be held in Wisconsin. The event will even fly in live lobster from the East Coast courtesy of the festival’s official seafood provider, Lobster Gram.


7th Annual IndiaFest

It’s time to take your tasted buds on a journey to India (almost). IndiaFest returns to Milwaukee on Saturday, August 17 beginning at 11 a.m. at Humboldt Park (300 S Howell Ave.). This festival celebrates Indian culture, including all things music, dancing, traditional Indian attire and plenty of delicious food.

Photo courtesy of Spindle India, Inc

Irish Fest

The Wisconsin staple is back once again. Irish Fest returns from Thursday, August 15 through Sunday, August 18 at the Summerfest Grounds (200 N. Harbor Dr.). The world’s largest celebration of Celtic music and Culture will feature all things Irish and more. Some of the things we’re looking forward to include lots of live entertainment, live Irish Dancing, family activities and even Jameson whiskey tastings, among other exciting activities.

Milwaukee a la Carte at the Zoo

Getting to eat delicious food galore while walking around the zoo is definitely not an everyday occurrence. The Milwaukee Zoo a la Carte takes place from Thursday, August 15 through Sunday, August 18 at the Milwaukee Public Zoo (10001 W. Bluemound Rd.). In addition to 27 area restaurants, live entertainment and music and kids activities, you can also feast with the beasts and wander around the zoo.

Photo by Joel Miller/Milwaukee County Zoo

Brewery Celebrations

Gathering Place Brewing 2nd Anniversary Shindig

Love Gathering Place Brewing? Love block parties? Why not combine them? Celebrate the 2nd anniversary of Gathering Place Brewing (811 E. Vienna Ave.) with a Shindig on Saturday, August 17 from noon to 10 p.m. They’ll be releasing an anniversary beer, Per Apsera Triple IPA, along with four more rare and limited beers throughout the day.

1840 Brewing Company 2nd Year Anniversary

You can make Saturday a brewery anniversary day of celebrations. 1840 Brewing Company (342 E. Ward St.) celebrates their 2nd year anniversary as well on Saturday, August 17 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. The brewery is even closing down the street in front to include games, food and music. There will be four special tappings in addition to a special bottle release. 

Weird Fest

Yes, you read the name of this event correctly. MobCraft Taproom (Walker’s Point at 505 S. 5th St.) also celebrates an anniversary, although an age of six years old on Saturday, August 17 from 10:30 a.m. to midnight. They are releasing two special bottle releases in addition to a whole weird beer and food lineup, live music and even yoga with puppies.

MobCraft Beer
Photo courtesy of MobCraft Beer.


Charity Beer Mile

Drinking beer while running and all for a good cause? Yes, please. Brew Fitness (408 W. Florida St.) hosts a Charity Beer Mile on Friday, August 16 beginning at 6 p.m. Runners will drink a 12-ounce beer every quarter mile for a mile. You can also form a team to do a relay and only run one lap. This month, the August charity is Best Buddies Wisconsin, so drinking beer and running will all go to a great cause.

Laugh Out Loud

Leslie Jones

Bring a little of Saturday Night Live into your night out. Leslie Jones, the popular SNL comedian, comes to Milwaukee on Friday, August 16 at 8 p.m. at the Pabst Theater (144 E. Wells St.). Jones has completed her third season on SNL, as well as starring in the reboot of Ghostbusters.




Caroline Blair is a digital marketing intern for Milwaukee Magazine. She just finished her sophomore year at Syracuse University studying magazine journalism and marketing. She grew up in Milwaukee and is excited to be spending her summer here interning at Milwaukee Magazine.