Pick a Festival You’re Missing This Summer and We’ll Tell You How to Celebrate

Here’s how to get your fest fix this summer.

MANY OF MILWAUKEE’S SUMMER FESTIVALS have been canceled or postponed. But that doesn’t mean your summer plans have to grind to a halt. We’ve come up with a few ways for you to celebrate whatever major July festival or event you’re missing the most this month.

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Festa Italiana

IF YOUR IDEA OF LA BELLA VITA IS FESTA ITALIANA …

Then pick up a lunch from Glorioso’s Italian Market (1011 E. Brady St.), a perennially popular Italian grocery and deli that serves hearty panini and fresh salads. And don’t forget to order tiramisu – in the spirit of Festa, indulgence is a must. You can burn off the extra calories while playing bocce at the Italian Community Center (631 E. Chicago St.).

Port Washington Fish Day

IF YOU’RE ANGLING FOR AN EVENT LIKE PORT WASHINGTON FISH DAY …

Swim with the fishes at Atwater Beach (4000 N. Lake Dr.). Or, if you’re more of a landlubber, stay dry while casting a line into Lake Michigan – those in the know say there are several great spots around Jones Island. Just want to eat some fried fish? Head to Lakefront Brewery (1872 N. Commerce St.) and wash it down with a cold one.

Bastille Days

IF YOU’RE BEAUCOUP BUMMED THAT BASTILLE DAYS WAS CANCELED …

Try taking French lessons with Alliance Française de Milwaukee (1800 E. Capitol Dr.). Private lessons and group classes are available for students of all ages and ability levels. Then blast one of local chanteuse Robin Pluer’s Francophone songs while driving to pick up an infamous opera torte from Le Rêve (7610 Harwood Ave., Wauwatosa).

Summerfest

IF JULY JUST ISN’T THE SAME WITHOUT SUMMERFEST …

Catch a smaller show in the park, like Chill on the Hill in Bay View’s Humboldt Park (3000 S. Howell Ave.). The eclectic Tuesday night concert series is slated to start on July 21, and organizers will post updates on their Facebook page leading up to it.

German Fest

IF YOU’RE AS TWISTED UP AS A PRETZEL ABOUT THE CANCELLATION OF GERMAN FEST …

Shop Usinger’s Deli (1030 N. Old World Third St.) for German-style, Milwaukee-made sausages, and bring your haul to your favorite park for grilling. Or plan ahead to rendezvous with the city’s Traveling Beer Garden serving Sprecher brews.


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Morgan is a 2020 MilMag intern. She's Minnesota born, but has a Milwaukee heart. An Alverno College undergraduate and will be graduating in December 2020 . Follow her on social media @morgan_lemner