12 Things to Do in Milwaukee This Weekend: 12-14

Check out State Fair, Morning Glory Art Fair, Bronzeville Art Walk and more this weekend.

1. Wisconsin State Fair 

ALL WEEKEND | WISCONSIN STATE FAIR PARK

The iconic Wisconsin State Fair will be going strong all weekend and wrapping up on Sunday. The fair features carnival rides and games, live music, livestock barns and shows, shopping and, of course, plenty of fried food. Tickets can be purchased online ahead of time or at the state fair gates. 

State Fair ferris wheel; Photo by Brianna Schubert

2. Generations Together Gala

FRIDAY AT 5:30 P.M. | THE WISCONSIN CLUB

The Wisconsin Club is hosting St. Ann Center’s 18th annual gala “Generations Together” on Friday at 5:30 p.m. You’ll get to sip, snack, admire the stunning gardens and enjoy live music all while bidding on auction prizes. Speakers from the center will inform attendees about the work they do everyday and encourage you to join. 

3. Milwaukee Dragon Boat Festival

SATURDAY AT 7 A.M. | LAKESHORE STATE PARK

Rise and shine for the 2022 Milwaukee Chinese Community’s Dragon Boat Festival. Starting at 7 a.m., teams can register for the event and everything will kick off. There will be boat races, a dragon parade, traditional games, arts and crafts and more.

Dragon Boat Festival; photo courtesy of Visit Milwaukee

4. Bronzeville Art Walk

SATURDAY FROM NOON TO 5:30 P.M. | BETWEEN MEINECKE AVE. AND GARFIELD AVE. BETWEEN VEL PHILLIPS AVE. AND 2ND ST.

Take a stroll and look at local art and vendor goods at this family-friendly and free event. There will be live entertainment, interactive demonstrations, face painting, caricature drawings, giveaways and more. This year, the walk is also introducing a “Carnival Fete” to celebrate Afro-Caribbean culture that will have traditional food, drinks and performances. 

5. Summer Park Jam

SATURDAY FROM NOON-7 P.M. | MARCUS CENTER 

True Skool’s Summer Park Jam has a packed lineup of musical artists, DJs, graffiti muralists and more. Fun for all ages, this free all-afternoon event will also feature the “Dueces Wild” 2v2 Bboy Battle with a $1,000 cash prize. 

6. ‘Field of Sweet Dreams’

SATURDAY AT 4:30 TO SUNDAY AT 8 A.M. | AMERICAN FAMILY FIELD

If you’ve ever dreamt of sleeping under the stars on a baseball field, the ‘Field of Sweet Dreams’ at American Family Field is exactly what you’re looking for. This Saturday, fans can bring camping and sleeping gear to spend the night surrounded by fellow Brewers die–hards. The away Brewer-Cardinals baseball game will be played on the scoreboard, followed by a family-friendly film later in the evening. The racing sausages and Bernie Brewer will also make appearances! Tickets can be purchased at this online. 

7. SONSET: An Intimate Performance and Book Reading 

SATURDAY AT 7 P.M. | FOR MARTHA WELLNESS CENTER IN MILWAUKEE

Author of the The Milwaukeean: A Tale of Tragedy and Triumph, Joey Grihalva, will do book reading, featuring an intimate performance by Klassik, the artist who the biography is about. The book begins as a biography and descends into topics including trauma, substance abuse, gun violence, racism and other topics. Tickets are $25 and include admission and a copy of the book. There will also be merchandise as well as non–alcoholic drinks and snacks available. 

8. Lord Huron Concert at the Miller High Life Theatre 

SATURDAY AT 8 P.M. | MILLER HIGH LIFE THEATRE

Alternative/indie artist Lord Huron is coming to the Miller High Life Theatre on Friday. The band will be joined by Ada Lea. Make your way downtown – or to the “Ends of the Earth” – to hear some beautiful tunes and enjoy the spirit of this band. 

9. Morning Glory Art Fair

SATURDAY AND SUNDAY FROM 10 A.M. TO 5 P.M. | FISERV FORUM PLAZA

Milwaukee’s Morning Glory Art Fair will take over the Fiserv Forum’s plaza area, hosting about 130 artists and featuring pieces of fine art, mixed media, jewelry and more. The event is free and open to the public. 

Photo courtesy of Fiserv Forum

10. First Stage Hidden Heroes

SATURDAY AT 1 AND 3 P.M. AND SUNDAY AT 2 P.M. | MULTIPLE LOCATIONS

As part of the Milwaukee Black Theater Festival, First Stage will begin their Amplify BIPOC Play Series with a play reading of HIDDEN HEROES. On Saturday at 1 and 3 p.m., the play reading will show at the Milwaukee Youth Arts Center, and on Sunday at 2 p.m., the play reading will show at the Wisconsin Black Historical Society Museum. The play is based on the book Hidden Human Computers: The Black Women of NASA by Sue Bradford Edwards and Duchess Harris. Attendance is free, but attendees must register on the First Stage website. 

11. MKE Music Night

SUNDAY AT 6 P.M. | ANODYNE COFFEE ROASTING CO. 

Although you may know the Anodyne Coffee Roasting Co. for their brews and beverages, the Milwaukee location also boasts live music performances. On Sunday, the MKE Music Night at Anodyne will feature Tlalok (6:30), Death is a Business (7:15, Scam Likely (8:15), OnlyKapriceMusic (9:15) and Cream City Players (10:15). Admission is $10 if purchased in advance and $15 at the door.

12. We are Water with Milwaukee Water Commons

SUNDAY FROM 6:30 TO 9 P.M. | SOUTH SHORE PARK BEACH

This free, family-friendly event put on by the Milwaukee Water Commons will have interactive displays about how to restore Milwaukee’s beaches, including how to keep waterways, drinking waters and beaches healthy and safe. Food and beverages will be available at the South Shore Terrace Beer Garden, and participants are encouraged to walk or bike to the event, to bring an unbreakable, refillable water bottle and to bring a blanket or chair to sit on. 

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