8 Things to Do This Weekend: July 12-14

Just because Summerfest is over doesn’t mean there’s nothing to do! Milwaukee has lots going on this week including beer classes, book readings, concerts and more!


2019 African Cultural Festival
Dive into African culture during the 2019 African Cultural Festival on Saturday, July 13 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Brown Deer Park (7835 N. Green Bay Rd.). Admission is free and you can expect all the festival staples including delicious ethnic food, dancing, traditional African drum performances, arts and crafts, a fashion show and more.
Asia Fest
Celebrate Asian culture all weekend long. Asia Fest takes place Friday, July 12 through Sunday, July 14 at Wisconsin State Fair Park (640 S. 84th St.). With admission, guests get unlimited carnival rides and free entertainment. Asia Fest will also feature authentic food vendors, interactive kid’s activities, Taiko Drumming and face painting among other activities.
Sangria Fest
So you think you know which Milwaukee bar makes the best Sangria? Well, it doesn’t hurt to double check. Hotel Madrid (600 S. 6th St.) hosts its second annual Sangria Fest Sunday, July 14 beginning at 2 p.m. Tickets are $25 and include sangria tastings from local bars and restaurants including Lost Whale, Mothership, Movida, Tin Widow and Boone & Crocket and Merak. Hotel Madrid and Bad English will also have food stations.

Photo courtesy of Sheilah Rossow

Bar Crawls

Friends Trivia Bar Crawl
Just because Friends is leaving Netflix doesn’t mean you have to be sad. Get your group of friends together for a Friends Trivia Bar Crawl Saturday, July 13 beginning at 4 p.m. at Brother’s Bar and Grill (1213 N. Water St.). The crawl will take you to four bars with 25 trivia questions at each bar. The winning team will even receive the legendary Geller Cup.


The Hook Up Crab Boil
In need of some good old southern food? The Hook Up Crab Boil will fill all your food cravings on Friday, July 12 from noon to 9 p.m. at On the Bayou (2053 N. Martin Luther King Dr.). Try some crab clusters, andouille sausages, crawfish and more.


Women’s Speaker Series: Beatriz Williams, author of The Golden Hour
Listening to a New York Times bestseller read from her latest book is good. Talking to her beforehand – in an idyllic sculpture garden dotted with trees and ponds – is even better.  Join author Beatriz Williams on Sunday, July 14 at 2 p.m. at the Lynden Sculpture Garden (2145 W. Brown Deer Rd.). The $31 ticket for this author reading includes an autographed copy of Williams’ new novel, The Golden Hour, refreshments and admission to the gardens.

Beatriz Williams’ The Golden Hour


Wild Ones: Vintage Motorcycle Rally
A day dedicated to the history of Harley-Davidson doesn’t sound so bad at all. The daylong Harley-Davidson Vintage Motorcycle Rally takes place Saturday, July 13 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Harley-Davidson Museum (400 W. Canal St.). Some of the activities include the 17th Annual Knucklehead Company Reunion antique motorcycle ride-in show, antique motorcycle field games, performances from Victor McLaglen Motor Corps, classic games and more.


Diana Ross
The iconic musician and producer is stepping foot in Milwaukee. Diana Ross takes center stage Sunday, July 14 at 7:30 p.m. at the Riverside Theater (116 W. Wisconsin Ave.). The singer comes as part of her year-long Diamond Diana Celebration marking her 75th birthday.



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.