Don’t wait until the weekend to attack summer head on – there’s plenty going on Monday through Thursday, too.
Mitchell Park Conservatory
Experience the tropical rainforests of Congo, the desert cacti of Chile and the trees of Madagascar without ever leaving Wisconsin.
July 2-Aug. 27
Celebrate summer with a little DIY spirit – this eclectic concert series is BYOB, BYOF and BYOC (bring your own chair).
June 25, July 30, Aug. 27
Pack snacks, blankets and chairs for a family movie under the stars. The free movies this year include The Secret Life of Pets (June 25), Lego Ninjago (July 30) and Cars III (Aug. 27).
Lake Park Rise and shine! Start your morning off stretching and sweating at this weekly yoga series. Your first class is free.
8 a.m.-6 p.m.
June 5, July 3, Aug. 7, Sept. 4
Boerner Botanical Gardens Immerse yourself in the lush greenery and tranquil waterfalls of one of the County Park System’s best-maintained and most impressive gardens.
June 5-Aug. 21
Various locations You can learn a lot in an hour at your local library. Enjoy a light lunch while listening to experts discuss topics like gardening, green eating and creative writing.
June 5-Aug. 28
Humboldt Park Dance under the setting sun while listening to local musicians – such as the members of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra – and sampling dishes from food vendors.
June 13, July 11, Aug. 15, Sept. 12
Wisconsin Avenue between 2nd and 4th streets Live art creation, oversized games, food and crafts, local music and a beer garden all collide at Milwaukee’s open-air night market.
June 27-Aug. 29
Washington Park Party with a purpose at this concert series. Along with funky tunes, theme nights and family-friendly activities, there’ll be food trucks serving meals to children in need.
June 13, 20; July 4, 11, 25; Aug. 8, 15, 29
Rotary Performance Pavilion, Wauwatosa Even after 18 years, Tosa Tonight still takes pride in not repeating the same bands year after year, and in booking a wide-ranging assortment of acts. Spread out your blanket, either as a dance fl oor or dining area, and enjoy the show.
June 13-Aug. 29
Pere Marquette Park Rock out to the rhythms of reggae, rock, blues and country – played by local and national bands alike – while people-watching along the RiverWalk.
May 10-Sept. 27
Harley-Davidson Museum Grab your leather jacket, hop on your hog and ride over to the museum grounds for live music and lively conversation with other motorheads.
May 31-Aug. 30
Cathedral Square Park With a broad range of musical guests and participating vendors, Jazz in the Park reflects the diversity of Milwaukee.
June 14, June 28, July 12, July 26
Coffee (or beer!), concerts and cool summer breezes? Enjoy it all as the Florentine Opera Company delivers arias and ensemble numbers for your listening pleasure.