9 Things to Do This Weekend: August 8-11

Summer may be winding down, but there’s still plenty of festivals, beer events, music, art shows and more!


Dragon Boat Festival

This is a wonderful opportunity to experience the Chinese culture with people in the community. The 2019 Dragon Boat Festival takes place on Saturday, August 10 at Lake Shore State Park (500 N Harbor Ave.). Expect to enjoy all things Chinese culture, including martial arts, Chinese folk music and traditional dances, Dragon Boat Festival races and more. 

Fiesta Dominicana MKE

This weekend, come celebrate the culture of the Dominican Republic in style. Fiesta Dominicana MKE takes place Saturday, August 10 beginning at 3 p.m. and going all night at Points View Boîte (1619 S 1 St.). Guests can experience international dancing and singing, DJs, delicious food, Bachata a la Bacana and more. 

Center Street Daze Festival

This festival is celebrating its 22nd year in the Riverwest neighborhood and Milwaukee community. The annual Center Street Daze Festival runs Saturday, August 10 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Center Street from Holton to Humboldt Ave. This year, expect all the favorites, like several stages of live music and delicious local food vendors, along with art cart races, a classic car show, arts vendors, children’s activities and more.

Wisconsin State Fair

It’s still here! For those of you who were busy last weekend or had to work this week, do not fret. The Wisconsin State Fair runs all weekend until Sunday, August 11 at the Wisconsin State Fair Grounds (640 S 84 St.). All the delicious food and games will still be there, but this weekend, guests can listen to live entertainment from Jeff Dunham, Melissa Etheridge, Old Dominion with Brandon Lay and more.


Great Tasting Friends

Would it be a true Milwaukee weekend without a few beer samplings? We’re not sure. Get a taste of a few Wisconsin and Minnesota breweries at Great Tasting Friends on Thursday, August 8 starting at 6 p.m. at Sugar Maple (441 E Lincoln Ave.). Some of the brews come from 1840 Brewing and Eagle Park, and two breweries from Minneapolis and more.

Two beers at 1840 Brewing Company
Photo courtesy of 1840 Brewing Company


West Vliet Street Sidewalk Sale

It can always be fun to change up your usual shopping routine every now and then. Vliet Street will turn into a Street Sidewalk Sale on Saturday, August 10 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Businesses will clear out their goods to make way for new inventory, so you’ll have a wide variety of new items to explore. There will also be pop-up vintage shops, food trucks and more.


SculptureMKE Artist Meet-Up and Photoshoot

As many of us know, Milwaukee has a major up and coming arts and music scene. So why not meet other people with the same passion? Meet with other local Milwaukee photographers, videographers, models and creatives on Friday, August 9 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. along the Wisconsin Ave. Sculptures. The event encourages artists to take photos of others, have others take photos of you and explore the Milwaukee Sculptures. 

Legend of the White Snake by Jason S. Yi, part of Sculpture Milwaukee
Legend of the White Snake by Jason S. Yi

Morning Glory Art Fair

If you’re feeling a little artsy this weekend, luckily there is a two-day art fair. The Morning Glory Art Fair runs from Saturday, August 10 through Sunday, August 11 both beginning 10a.m. on the plaza in front of Fiserv Forum (1111 Vel R. Phillips Ave.). The free Art Fair will feature over 130 artists in 12 categories, including ceramics, digital art, jewelry, photography, sculpture and more. 


Sarah McLachlan and the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra

For one night, two musical entities will come together. Grammy Award-winning artist and Lilith Fair founder Sarah McLachlan will join a special performance with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra on Friday, August 9 at 8 p.m. at the BMO Harris Pavilion (200 N Habor Dr.). Sarah’s live musical skills combined with the talent from the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra may be a night to remember.



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.