10 Things to Do This Weekend: July 26-July 29

It might be impossible to be bored this weekend, because Milwaukee has events ranging from beer festivals to cat celebrations to a founder’s day and more.


Brady Street Festival

Brady Street will be busier than normal with the annual Brady Street Festival on Saturday, July 28 from 11 a.m. to midnight. Get ready to party all day and into the night with four stages packed with live entertainment all day long. On top of the phenomenal music lineup, there will also be three Division BMX shows, a Milwaukee Flyers show, GLWC Casablanca Rumble Pro Wrestling Matches and an Adventure Rock Climbing Wall.

Photo by Andrew Lomenzo

German Fest

Photo by German Fest

The 38th annual German Fest returns July 27 through July 29 at the Henry Maier Festival Grounds. The Milwaukee tradition celebrates the German culture through various activities such as a “German Inventions” display, local German dance groups, a German Heritage Walking Tour, fireworks on Friday and Saturday night, Fritzi and the Usinger Elves, Glockenspiel, Malibaum, nearly 20 live music performances and more. For the second year, the festival hosts the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® U.S. Pro & Collegiate Championships, where top men’s, women’s and collegiate lumberjack sports athletes will participate in events like chopping and sawing competitions.

Get Moving

Riverwest 24

Spend a pleasant evening (or all day) at the annual Riverwest 24 Hour Bike Ride from June 27 to June 28 throughout various Riverwest neighborhoods. The ride starts at 7 p.m. on Friday and goes until Saturday at 7 p.m. Cyclists can participate solo, in tandems, convoys or teams. Twenty-four hours may seem intense at first, but the ride is for beginners and pros alike, as its purpose is to celebrate Riverwest and encourage all to come and cycle or support.

Animal Friendly

Feasting for Fido

The Wisconsin Humane Society will celebrate its 10th annual “Feasting for Fido” fundraiser on Thursday, July 26 starting at 5:30 p.m. at the WHS Milwaukee Campus (4500 W Wisconsin Ave.). The event will feature food and drink samples from over 20 local vendors, live music, a Kendra Scott pop-up shop and a silent auction. Tickets are $50 in advance for adults and $20 in advance for children under 10 and all proceeds support the Wisconsin Humane Society.

Photo courtesy of the Wisconsin Humane Society

Cat Conservation Day at the Zoo

Spend a purrrrrfect afternoon with your little ones on Friday, July 27 starting at 11 a.m. for Cat Conservation Day at the Milwaukee County Zoo (10001 W Bluemound Rd.). There will be plenty of activities for all the cat-loving kiddos out there, including making your own tiger mask and a behind-the-scenes tour of the lions from noon to 2 p.m. All donations go towards the Ruaha Carnivore Project. 


Drink Brew City Week

Milwaukee is home to so many brilliant breweries, but it can often be difficult to try them all and pick a favorite. From July 26 through August 5, Drink Brew City Week aims to help you pick your favorite craft brewery. For 11 days, Milwaukee Craft Brewery League will take you along to various craft breweries, beer festivals, brewery information sessions and more. For a list of the 18 breweries participating and a full list of events check out their website.

Milwaukee Brewfest

Would a weekend in Milwaukee be complete without a beer festival? Maybe, but we’re sure glad Milwaukee Brewfest will return on Saturday, July 28 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at McKinley Park (1600 N Lincoln Memorial Dr.). A general admission ticket ($55 ahead or $65 at the door) allows participants to sample unlimited brews from over 100 breweries, including Next Door Brewing Company, Uncle John’s Hard Cider, Toppling Goliath Brewing Co. and plenty more. Driving? No problem. There are designated driver tickets available, too!

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Broken Bat Brewing Company Grand (Re)Opening

Broken Bat Brewing Company may have had a slight setback after a steam pipe exploded, but that didn’t stop them. They are throwing a Grand (Re)Opening party on Friday, July 27 starting at noon and going all night at their location (231 E Buffalo St.). Not only will the space be open, but they are also introducing new beers, a new bar and an outdoor patio, but the same great beertenders and vibes.


North Shore Bank Taste of Lake Country

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A fabulous night of live music, delicious food and wine sounds good to us. The 15th annual North Shore Bank Taste of Lake Country takes place on July 27 and July 28 starting at 5 p.m. at Positively Pewaukee (120 W Wisconsin Ave.). In addition to food from local restaurants and a Corvina Wine Bar, the festival also welcomes headliners Sixteen Candles Band on Friday and Jordan Davis on Saturday night.

Chudnow Museum Founder’s Day

The Chudnow Museum of Yesteryear celebrates its 6th anniversary on Sunday, July 29 with a Founder’s Day celebration beginning at noon on site (849 N 11th St.). The day will include plenty of brats, craft soda, a ComedySportz performance and a slideshow featuring scenes from old Milwaukee. You won’t want to miss out on this opportunity to support such a unique Milwaukee institution. 



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.