The Best Things to Do in Milwaukee This August

Fests, fairs and feasts will get you through the dog days of summer. 


Brewtown Rumble 

AUG. 7

Show off that vintage chopper stashed in the garage and marvel at the rides of fellow motorcycle enthusiasts. This year’s ride-in show is in the Deer District with live music, vendors and food. Aug. 7, 

Photo by Visit Milwaukee


Bronzeville Week  

AUG. 6-13

Explore this historic neighborhood for an action-packed week honoring Bronzeville’s strong arts and jazz roots. Expect art walks, Black-owned business spotlights and a celebration of African American culture. 

Mural in Bronzeville; Photo by Visit Milwaukee


Dragon Boat Festival 

AUG. 13

Come for the dragon boat races, stay for the celebration of Chinese culture, including traditional dance, folk music and martial arts. Make opera masks or lanterns and play a part in the dragon parade. There are also opportunities to learn a bit about how to write and speak the language. 

Dragon Boat FestivalPhoto courtesy of the Milwaukee Chinese Community Center



Join Milwaukee Magazine and Quad for the third-annual Unity Awards Event on March 8 from 6:30-9 p.m. at GATHER in the Deer District.


Morning Glory Art Fair  

AUG. 13-14

This massive showcase brings more than 130 artists from around the country to Milwaukee. Collect ceramics, paintings, prints, sculptures and all kinds of art to decorate your home or wear as your latest fashion find. 

Photo courtesy of Fiserv Forum


Irish Fest  

AUG. 18-21

Shamrock swag, Irish dancing and imported items like wool sweaters (plus plenty of meat and potatoes) await at this annual festival. The live music lineup is packed with Celtic acts, including an appearance from Lisa Canny, a world-class harp and banjo player from the Emerald Isle. $

Photo by Visit Milwaukee


Art & Chalk Fest  

AUG. 20-21

Glass blowing, live music and chalk art are taking over the streets by the Museum of Wisconsin Art. Also expect food trucks, a beer garden and a family activity zone. Bonus: Museum admission is free. 


Fondy Farm Feast 

AUG. 28

Drive out to the Mequon Nature Preserve for a farm-to-table dinner on the 500-acre protected property. Fill your plate family-style with dishes cooked up by all-star local chefs. Plus, farm tours, live music and a worthy cause – the Fondy Farm Project – to support. $


Ride Across Wisconsin

AUG. 20-21

Ever consider biking across Wisconsin? In this cycling event, riders trek 235 miles from La Crosse to Milwaukee in two days. Not exactly a cyclist? Maybe just congratulate the athletes with a celebratory drink at the Twisted Fisherman (Saturday’s finish line) or the Harley-Davidson Museum (Sunday’s). $

Photo courtesy of Ride Across Wisconsin


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Allison Garcia is the Digital Editor for Milwaukee Magazine.