Oktoberfest, beer brewing, comedy tours, festivals and a margarita crawl, oh my! There's a lot going on in Milwaukee this weekend, so get your calendars out.
A month of beer activities doesn’t sound so bad to us. For its 60th year, the Bavarian Bierhaus (700 W Lexington Blvd., Glendale) hosts Oktoberfest for five weekends in a row from Friday, September 6 through Saturday, October 5 at various times. This year, Oktoberfest will feature brews from Bavarian Bierhaus, Spaten and Weihenstephan. For all the details and more, there is even an app available for iPhone and Android users.
Ever wonder how the local breweries make their oh-so-delicious beer? You can experience it firsthand with the Riverwest Backyard Hops Brew Day on Sunday, September 8 beginning at noon at Company Brewing (735 E Center St.). The Riverwest Brewery Syndicate – comprising of Company Brewing, Black Husky, Gathering Place and Lakefront – will be present to add hops, serve their own brews, talk all things beer and more.
The annual suburban festival returns for another year of fun. Tosafest runs from Friday, September 6 through Saturday, September 7 at different smart times at Hart Park (7300 W Chestnut St.). In addition to delicious local food vendors, the event also features local musicians, kids’ activities, and as a bonus, all the proceeds go to local charities.
Love fish? Love boats? How about a festival that celebrates both? Harbor Fest takes place on Sunday, September 8 from 11a.m. to 4p.m. outside the UWM School of Freshwater Sciences (600 E Greenfield Ave.). This free festival includes live music, local food, boat rides, the Milwaukee Boat Parade and more.
This isn’t your typical small festival. The St. Gregory the Great Festival runs from Thursday, September 5 through Sunday, September 8 at various times at St. Gregory the Great Festival (3160 S 63rd St.). Most notably, The Now, will take center stage on Friday. The festival also includes plenty of live music, food, beer and more.
Whether you just want to browse, or you’re coming with a full list of things you need, it doesn’t hurt to just look. The Riverwest Fall Rummage Sale and Flea Market takes place Saturday, September 7 from 9a.m. to 5p.m. at the newly expanded event space that includes the entire 3000 block of Fratney Street and the 700 block of east Burleigh St. In addition to over 150 vendors, the event also includes live music, food trucks and more.
This event is for art connoisseurs as well as for those who aren’t. The Friends of the Haggerty Museum of Art presents another lively fundraiser, the unGALA: Surrealist Ball on Saturday, September 7 at the We Energies Public Service Building (231 W Michigan St.). This year, the Surrealist Ball is inspired by “Madonna of Port Lligat” for an evening of costumes, food, drinks, music, dancing, art installations, performances, games and more.
A day full of margaritas and tacos sounds good to us. The Tags and Margs Crawl comes to Milwaukee on Saturday, September 7 from 2p.m. to 9p.m. beginning at TRIO (1023 N Old World 3rd St.). Attendees will crawl to six different bars that will have specials, deals, free cover and more.
Laugh Out Loud
We hate to say it, but summer is almost over, so we’re in need of a laugh or two. The Simply Hilarious Comedy Tour comes to Milwaukee on Saturday, September 7 at 8p.m. at the Milwaukee High Life Theatre (500 W Kilbourn Ave.). The tour stars Deon Cole and Michael Blackson, with Bruce Bruce and Red Grant hosting.