The Best Things to Do in Milwaukee This July

Huff and puff for a State Fair treat and more this month.


Sunset Zoofari

JULY 6, 13, 20 AND 27

Boogie down with the four-legged ones! The Milwaukee County Zoo brings in local bands for evenings with with the animals. Each night has a theme; the participating bands are Mission Accomplished, Downtown Harrison and Dirty Boogie. You get all this and more at a reduced admission price!

Photo by Visit Milwaukee


Gathering on the Green

JULY 7-10

Start your weekend early with this Mequon concert series. The festivities kick off Thursday with a tribute to Bruce Springsteen and continue for four packed days with Sammy Kershaw, Collin Raye and Aaron Tippin on Friday, and 38 Special and Night Ranger on Saturday. The weekend closes with Danny Gokey – yes, from “American Idol” – on Sunday.


Port Fish Day

JULY 15-16

Once billed as the “world’s largest one-day outdoor fish fry,” this massive event pairing fried fish and live music now extends over two days in picturesque Port Washington.

Fish Day; Photo courtesy of Charlie Antoine.




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Milwaukee Day at the East Troy Railroad


Rides in a historic Milwaukee streetcar or a newly restored Silverliner car are just part of this celebration of electric railroading history.

Photo courtesy of the East Troy Railroad Museum


Cream Puff 5K


Consider this run on the Milwaukee Mile racetrack your State Fair preview. A cream puff and a ticket to this year’s fair await at the finish line, providing an incentive to pick up your pace.

Wisconsin State Fair Original Cream Puffs. Photo by Kenny Yoo


Air Shows


Eyes to the sky this month with back-to-back air shows. Milwaukee Air & Water Show flies July 23-24 ( and EAA AirVenture takes off July 25-31 in Oshkosh ( Expect jaw-dropping aerobatics at both.

Milwaukee Air & Water Show; Photo by Visit Milwaukee


German Fest

JULY 29-31

Head to Henry Maier Festival Park for the beer, but stay for the dancing. The polka bands here are seasoned pros, and the Bavarian pretzels are good, too. Prost!

German Fest; Photo by Visit Milwaukee


Explore Local Gardens


The Milwaukee Art Museum Garden Club is participating in Open Days, a national program through the Garden Conservancy ( Three picturesque gardens will be on display July 30-31 in Bayside and River Hills. For a more personal tour on July 10, check out the not-so-secret Riverwest Secret Garden Tour, which takes you through the yards of gardeners in the neighborhood (


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Allison Garcia is the Digital Editor for Milwaukee Magazine.