JUNE 10-12 | SAINTS CONSTANTINE & HELEN GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH
This festival’s greeting is the mouth-watering scent of charcoal-roasted chickens – get one before they’re gone.
JULY 17 | ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST ARMENIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH
What started as a casual summer picnic for sharing family recipes is now a full-fledged fest with traditional music and dancing.
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AUG. 26-28 | HENRY MAIER FESTIVAL PARK
This is the one with the tacos … and the burritos, pastelillos and raspados (shaved ice), making it arguably the tastiest of the Summerfest grounds’ ethnic festivals.
JUNE 18 | 1531 N. FARWELL AVE.
A musical block party to mark the summer solstice on Milwaukee’s East Side. Expect local bands, tons of dancing and good eats.
AUG. 5 | THE RAVE/EAGLES BALLROOM
Not to be confused with Summerfest. This one’s for the ’90s kids – or anyone who loves pop-punk music and emo vibes.
AUG. 26-27 | THE PABST THEATER
This fest brings world-class talent to Milwaukee for a jazz showcase. Hitmaker Adam Hawley is headlining alongside hometown all-star Marcus Adams.
Food & Drink Festivals
JUNE 25-26 | DOWNTOWN CEDARBURG
Start your visit with a slice of shortcake (topped with a mountain of whipped cream), then make your way to the strawberry shandy and wine. Yum!
July 30 | MCKINLEY PARK
A hot summer day, a welcomed lake breeze and a cold beer. Tickets get you unlimited pours from the 100+ breweries repped at the event.
Aug. 20 | FISERV FORUM PLAZA
Take your civic duty seriously and get your tastings in because by the festival’s end, you’ll be casting a vote for the title of “Best Bloody Mary in Wisconsin.”
JUNE 12 | RIVERWEST
We originally included Locust Street Festival in our Summer Guide (you will see it in the June issue), but it was unfortunately, canceled after our issue went to press. But that won’t stop the Riverwest community from celebrating this summer! Read our guide to alternatives, here.
JULY 30 | BRADY STREET
This one’s been running since
the ’70s. Stretching across nine blocks of Brady, the spotlight’s on new bars and restaurants, area shops and Milwaukee bands.
AUG. 13 | CENTER STREET
A Riverwest favorite for its community-oriented events. The pushcart race and classic car show are just a couple of the beloved traditions.
JUNE 11 | VETERANS PARK
Personalize your lantern then release it with hundreds of others to light the lake. They’re made with rice paper, wood and reusable LED candles – all of which is cleaned up, along with other litter.
AUG. 13 | LAKESHORE STATE PARK
Come for the dragon boat races, stay for the celebration of Chinese culture and tradition, including traditional dance, folk music and martial arts.
15. Art & Chalk Fest
AUG. 20-21 | MUSEUM OF WISCONSIN ART
Glass blowing, plein air painting, ceramics and, of course, chalk art are display at this celebration of live art. Your memento will be a festival t-shirt, screen printed right in front of you.