11 Things to Do this Memorial Day Weekend: May 25-28

Kite festivals, music from Bachelorette contestant Luke Pell, and National Wine Day. Memorial Weekend is in full swing.


The Wilde Subaru Family Kite Festival

Here’s hoping for a windy weekend! The Family Kite Festival returns to Veterans Park on Saturday, May 27 and Sunday, May 28. You don’t want to miss the Fast Track Grand Launch of more than 600 kites. The first 100 kids who participate in the Kaplin University “KIDS MAD DASH” will receive a free kite that can be flown after. The kite-flying action begins at 10 a.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. 

Milwaukee’s 152nd Memorial Day Parade

There’s no better way to celebrate Memorial Day than at Milwaukee’s 152nd Memorial Day Parade on Sunday May 28 at 2 p.m. The parade begins at N. 4th St. and W. Wisconsin Ave and moves east towards the War Memorial Center, 750 N. Lincoln Memorial Drive. Pull out your lawn chairs and settle in for the festivities while honoring our veterans.

Tosa Farmers Market Sneak Peek
No need to wait until June 3 to head to the Tosa Farmers Market. This Saturday, May 27, they are hosting a sneak peak of the farmers markets to come later this summer. This bonus date will take place on State Street from 8 a.m. to noon and feature local favorites. We suggest you head to the market as early as possible to get the best selection of fresh fruits and veggies. 


Summer Untapped at The Micro

Celebrate Memorial Day Weekend at the annual “Summer Untapped at The Micro.” This beer garden returns to The Micro Craft Beer Pavilion at Wisconsin State Fair Park from Friday May 26 to Sunday May 28. Welcome the start of summer with a trip to this craft beer event. Over 60 flavors from 30 different Wisconsin Breweries will be on tap from 5 to 11 p.m. on Friday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Happy beer tasting! 

The Micro. Photo courtesy of Benno’s Concessions.


National Wine Day
Thursday, May 25
is National Wine Day, and what better way to celebrate than heading out for dinner and a glass (or bottle) of wine? Head to Balzac Wine Bar for dinner and enjoy their expansive selection of wines with a few shared plates. Or, if you’re in the mood for something sweet with your wine, Indulge Restaurant has you covered. Indulge offers over 300 different wines as well as a variety of chocolates and truffles that will put you over the top on National Wine Day!

Red wine photo courtesy of GettyImages.

Luke Pell photo courtesy of Heather Blankenship/LoneStarPR.


Nashville’s Broadway at Bootz Saloon & Grill Block Party

Calling all Bachelorette fans! Luke Pell (from season 12 of “The Bachelorette”) will be performing on Saturday, May 27, at Bootz Saloon & Grill Block Party in Oak Creek. The rising country artist will be celebrating Memorial Day and sharing his latest singles, “Pretty Close” and “Best Thing You’ve Ever Done.” 

Bob Dylan 76th Birthday Tribute

Bob Dylan’s classic album, “Blonde on Blonde” will be performed by an array of musicians this Saturday, May 27, at 8:30 p.m. at Linneman’s Riverwest Inn. The performance pays tribute to Bob Dylan’s 76th birthday and all proceeds from the event go to the Alzheimer’s Association. Tickets can be purchased for $7.


Summer Fun

Bradford Beach Bash

Let’s go to the beach, beach. On Sunday, May 28, Bradford Beach is officially kicking off summer with their Beach Bash. Beginning at 11 a.m., there will be a DJ, giveaways and hopefully some sun! Take a break from the festivities and fill up on a free HCF burger with any liquor purchase from 1-2 p.m.


Julianne Hough and Derek Hough: Move – Beyond
Dynamic siblings Julianne and Derek Hough bring their electric dance show to the Riverside Theater on Saturday, May 27. Best known for ABC’s Dancing with the Stars, the Houghs will bring something for every dance-enthusiast in the crowd. Their dance repertoire ranges from salsa to hip-hop and everything in between. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the Houghs will have you moving and grooving all night, so don’t forget your dance shoes.


So Milwaukee Night

Celebrate all things Milwaukee this Friday, May 25. The Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum opens its doors for its third annual So Milwaukee Night. Listen to Milwaukee musicians while admiring  Milwaukee art and sampling Milwaukee food. Really. Its SO Milwaukee. Doors to the event open at 6 p.m. and admission is $15 and $10 for members. Proceeds from the event go towards helping preserve the Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum.

The exterior of the Villa Terrace
Photo courtesy of the Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum


Coast Guard Foundation Run to Remember 
Join a worldwide movement to honor Coast Guard heroes who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service for their country. Both kids and adults can participate in the run on Saturday, May 27 at Estabrook Park. The kids 1K starts at 7:45 a.m. and the adult 5K/10K begins at 8 a.m. Support the Coast Guard Foundation and get a great workout in. Registration is still open online.




Megan Otto is a digital and editorial intern at Milwaukee Magazine. She currently attends the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has previously interned in London.