7 Things to Do in Milwaukee This Weekend: September 10-12

Milwaukee is known for its summer festivals, but September has plenty of fest action, too – including, of course, the biggie, Summerfest! Here’s what’s on our radar for this weekend:

1. Summerfest

THURSDAY-SATURDAY | 200 N. HARBOR DR.

Summerfest continues this week with headliners like Dave Chapelle, Zac Brown Band and Sheryl Crow, and fantastic names on the free stages as well, like Wilco, Sugarhill Gang, Goo Goo Dolls, Hinder and ZZ Top. If you didn’t stop by the grounds last weekend, swing by and catch a few shows and enjoy some people-watching.

2. Re-orienting the Oriental Theatre

SATURDAY AT 10 A.M. | ORIENTAL THEATRE, 2230 N. FARWELL AVE.

At this event, part of Milwaukee Film’s Cultures & Communities Festival, local historian and storyteller Adam Carr and sociologist and pop culture expert Nancy Wang Yuen will discuss the concept of Orientalism in American cinema and pop culture and how the Milwaukee theater and its decor fits into that history. Admission is free.

3. Sad Summer Festival

FRIDAY AT 4 P.M. | THE RAVE/EAGLES CLUB, 2401 W. WISCONSIN AVE.

Celebrate nature, birds and the community by attending birding event presented by the Urban Ecology Center. This virtual event allows people from every corner of the country to participate. It is beginner friendly and encourages people to notice the beauty of nature in their own backyards and local parks.

4. Tosafest

FRIDAY AND SATURDAY | HART PARK, 70TH & STATE ST., WAUWATOSA

Wauwatosa’s annual bash calls for a trip to the Village for food, drinks and two stages of great musical acts, including Brett Newski & The No Tomorrow, Freddy Jones Band, Greg Koch, Natty Nation and Steely Dane. And at 9 a.m. on Saturday there’s 25th annual Joe’s Run, Walk and Roll 5K run supporting Broadscope Disability Services’ respite, independent-living and employment programs.

5. Milwaukee Brewing Company Oktoberfest

FRIDAY AND SATURDAY | MILWAUKEE BREWING CO., 1128 N. 9TH ST.

Milwaukee Brewing Co. takes a turn toward Munich as the brewery turns its beer garden into an Oktoberfest celebration with oom-pah-oom-pah live music, food and, of course, German beers, including a brand new hefeweizen. The event is free, but you can buy a four-hour table reservation (as well as a half-liter glass stein) with table service for $25.

6. Starving Artists’ Show

SUNDAY 10 A.M-5 P.M. | MOUNT MARY UNIVERSITY, 2900 N. MENOMONEE RIVER PKWY.

Support local artists at Mount Mary University and view art pieces made from local and national artists. This event has been running annually since 1968. Admission is $10, and artwork is priced $100 or below.

7. Occasional Artists Art Show

FRIDAY 5-8 P.M. | NORTH POINT LIGHTHOUSE AND MUSEUM, 2650 N. WAHL AVE.

This fundraiser for the historic lighthouse in Lake Park features paintings, photographs, fiber and ceramic works from nine Milwaukee working professionals who also create art in their free time. Works will be available for purchase, and the $10 admission (hors d’oeuvres, cash bar) supports the lighthouse and museum.

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