It's a busy weekend in Milwaukee! Expect plenty of beer events, bike races, festivals and more.
Believe it or not, Oktoberfest is already here. Prost! The 7th annual Oktoberfest 2019 takes place on Friday, August 23 and Saturday, August 24 from 4p.m. to 10p.m. and noon to 10p.m. at Kegel’s Inn (5901 W National Ave.) and three blocks of National Avenue. The two-day block party will feature beers from local breweries, German food, live music and even free admission.
What’s better than socializing for a good cause? Hi-Hat Lounge (1701 N Arlington Pl.) hosts a Pink Beret Fundraiser with Lakefront Brewery taps on Friday, August 23 beginning at 3p.m. They’ll kick off the event at 4p.m. with tapping a firkin of Funnel Cake Cream Ale with cherries. All proceeds from that firkin benefit Pink Berets, an organization that helps women in the armed forces and first responders.
August in Milwaukee means parking lot parties, right? Eagle Days takes place on Saturday, August 24 from 11a.m. to 9p.m. in the parking lot of Eagle Park Brewing (823 E. Hamilton St.). The family-friendly Eagle Days includes activities like face painting, carnival games, a bounce house, carnival food and lots of live music. The event benefits Onehope27, a group that supports kids and families in Milwaukee’s foster care system.
It’s always a cause to celebrate when you’re turning one! Component Brewing Company (2018 S 1st St. #207) hosts a One Year Anniversary Party on Saturday, August 24 from 2p.m. to 8p.m. The celebration includes food from Black Sheep MKE, live music, some barrel-aged beer releases and of course plenty of other Component Brewing beers.
Bike and Beer
For those of us who prefer biking rather than running, mark your calendars. The Beer Friends Bike Pub Crawl comes to Milwaukee on Sunday, August 25 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. beginning at Three Lions (4515 N Oakland Ave.). The route is about 6.5 miles long and includes stops at various Milwaukee restaurants and bars every hour. The $25 ticket includes two free pints and all ticket sale proceeds go to Dream Bikes Milwaukee.
In our humble opinions, there can never be enough brewery bike rides. For a slightly shorter ride, you can check out the Great Milwaukee Brewery Bike Race on Sunday, August 25 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Racers can choose their starting point from either Gathering Place Brewing (811 E Vienna Ave.) or Enlightened Brewing (2020 S Allis St.). From there, you can drink a beer, ride to the opposite brewery, drink a beer there and then head back to where you started for, yes, a beer. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 on the day of the event.
Take a step away from your favorite Mexican restaurant and check out the real deal instead. Mexican Fiesta runs from Thursday, August 23 through Sunday, August 25 at various times at the Summerfest grounds (200 N Harbor Dr.). This authentic festival will give you a taste of Hispanic and Mexican culture with art, music, food, dancing and more.
If you’d like to learn more about the Milwaukee arts and culture scene, you might want to check out this festival. MKE Fringe Fest returns for its fourth year on Friday, August 24 and Saturday, August 25 at various times and locations throughout Milwaukee. The festival showcases Milwaukee’s theatrical actors, painters, musicians, tap dancers, performance artists, playwrights and more.
This festival shows that Milwaukee has a festival for everyone. MKE Punk Fest runs Friday, August 24 through Monday, September 9 at various times and locations throughout Milwaukee. This festival features plenty of punk, grunge and alternative music, among others.
If there are two things Milwaukeeans love, it’s live music and cheese curds. The Chords and Curds Festival combines both of these factors on Saturday, August 24 beginning at noon on the plaza at Fiserv Forum (1111 Vel R Phillips Ave.). Expect to listen to all kinds of music, including gospel, blues, funk and soul acts and more. In addition, there will be food trucks and local artisans.