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How to have some fun in Milwaukee without opening your wallet.

Basilica of St. Josaphat
2333 S. Sixth St., thebasilica.org.
Mass is free and so are tours of the 1901 dome.

Bastille Days
As long as you avoid the vendors, there are plenty of things to do without reaching for your wallet. The festival takes over Downtown between July 14 and 17.

Bay View Bash
Kinnickinnic Avenue between Potter and Clement avenues, bayviewbash.org.
Comedy, fun, music, dancing and feats of strength on Sept. 17.

Brady Street Festival
Brady Street between Van Buren Street and Farwell Avenue, bradystreet.org.
Music, belly dancers and a much-cherished drag show on July 30.

Burnhearts’ Pabst Street Party
2599 S. Logan Ave.
Arriving July 2, a pop-up music festival with free local acts.

Chill on the Hill
Humboldt Park, bayviewneighborhood.org.
Live music Tuesday nights from June 7 – Aug. 30. A Mecca for picnicking.

Free Shows at Potawatomi
1721 W. Canal St., paysbig.com.
Normally held in the casino’s Bar 360, these minor-yet-diverse musical acts are gratis.

Gallery Night and Day
Third Ward, historicthirdward.org.
A neighborhood-wide expo for galleries and art falling this summer on July 22-23.

Jazz in the Park
Cathedral Square Park, easttown.com.
The wine-soaked jazz series will take place on Thursday nights from June 2 – Sept. 1.

Musical Mondays
Lake Park, lakeparkfriends.com.
Escape the Downtown concert series with this low-key offering from July 11 to Aug. 29.

Optimist Theatre’s Shakespeare in the Park
Kadish Park, optimisttheatre.org.
Hillside performances of Julius Caesar are planned for Aug. 4-7, 11-14 and 18-21.

Riverwest Public House
815 E. Locust St., riverwestpublichouse.wordpress.com.
This tavern makes good on its name with free lectures, comedy, music and randomness.

UWM Manfred Olson Planetarium and Stargazing
1900 E. Kenwood Blvd., uwm.edu/planetarium.
The planetarium hosts free shows on certain nights.

Wonderful Wednesdays
Lake Park, lakeparkfriends.com.
Weekly music for kids and families from July 6 to Aug. 17.

“No-Cost Fun” is part of the “Maximum Fun” cover story that appears in the 2016 City Guide issue of Milwaukee Magazine.

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