Whether you want to spend your summer listening to live bands in Milwaukee’s many parks, or eating your way through every one of the city’s foodie festivals, you’ll find what you’re looking for here.

(Scroll down for a printable version of these can’t-miss events of the summer.)

Best of the Fests

SCOTTISH FEST AND HIGHLAND GAMES, June 1, Hart Park

PRIDEFEST, June 6-9, Henry W. Maier Festival Park

FIRKIN FEST, June 8, Cathedral Square Park

LOCUST STREET FESTIVAL OF MUSIC & ART, June 9, Riverwest

POLISH FEST, June 14-16, Maier Festival Park

LAKEFRONT FESTIVAL OF ART, June 21-23, Milwaukee Art Museum

SUMMERFEST, June 26-30, July 2-7, Maier Festival Park

BASTILLE DAYS, July 11-14, Cathedral Square Park

FESTA ITALIANA, July 19-21, Maier Festival Park

GARFIELD AVENUE FESTIVAL, July 20, Bronzeville

GERMAN FEST, July 26-28, Maier Festival Park

BRADY STREET FESTIVAL, July 27, Brady Street

MILWAUKEE BREWFEST, July 27, McKinley Park

MILWAUKEE COMEDY FEST, July 31- Aug. 4, multiple locations

BLACK ARTS FEST, Aug. 3, Maier Festival Park

DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL, Aug. 10, Lakeshore State Park

IRISH FEST, Aug. 15-18, Maier Festival Park

INDIAFEST, Aug. 17, Humboldt Park

MEXICAN FIESTA, Aug. 23-25, Maier Festival Park

THIRD WARD ART FESTIVAL, Aug. 31-Sept. 1, Third Ward

Editor’s Pick

STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL
June 22-23, Cedarburg
You’d be surprised how many foods can benefit from a strawberry boost. Shortcake, of course. But also brats, nachos and wine. And you can walk off what you’ve eaten while admiring the artisans and exhibitors who set up booths along historic Washington Avenue.

Strawberry Fest; photo by Margot Erickson

Fairs and Friends

JUNETEENTH DAY, June 19, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive

GATHERING ON THE GREEN, July 12-13, Mequon

PORT FISH DAY, July 20, Port Washington

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EAA AIRVENTURE, July 22-28, Oshkosh

RIVERWEST 24, July 26-27, Riverwest

WISCONSIN STATE FAIR, Aug. 1-11, Wisconsin State Fair Park

URBAN ISLAND BEACH PARTY, Aug. 2, Lakeshore State Park

CENTER STREET DAZE, Aug. 10, Riverwest

MORNING GLORY FINE CRAFT FAIR, Aug. 10-11, Fiserv Forum

MILWAUKEE RALLY, Aug. 29-Sept. 2, Multiple locations

Editor’s Pick

WAUKESHA COUNTY FAIR
July 17-21, Waukesha
County Fairgrounds
The Wisconsin State Fair gets a lot of attention each year. But the Waukesha County Fair has been around even longer, since 1842. And it features the same winning mix of live music, live animals and drop-dead delicious fried foods – with much more manageable crowds, to boot.

Waukesha County Fair; photo by Rebecca Bauer

Weekly Winners

MOVIES UNDER THE MOONLIGHT, Tuesdays through Sept. 17, Plaza outside Fiserv Forum

JAZZ IN THE PARK, Thursdays May 30-Aug. 29, Cathedral Square Park

CHILL ON THE HILL, Tuesdays June 4-Aug. 27, Humboldt Park

WEDNESDAY NIGHT LIVE, Wednesdays June 5-Aug. 28, Budweiser Pavilion at Wisconsin State Fair Park

TOSA TONIGHT, Wednesdays June 12-Aug. 21, Rotary Performance Pavilion

RIVER RHYTHMS, Wednesdays June 12-Aug. 28, Pere Marquette Park

WASHINGTON PARK WEDNESDAYS, Wednesdays June 12-Aug. 21, Washington Park

MUSICAL MONDAYS, Mondays July 8-Aug. 26, Lake Park

LIVE @ THE LAKEFRONT, Wednesdays July 10-Aug. 28, Rotary Amphitheater at Discovery World

SKYLINE MUSIC SERIES, Tuesdays July 9-August 20, Kadish Park


Download and Print

Keep this festival guide handy – download this printable version and hang it on your fridge all summer long.

 

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