The Best Things to Do This Week, According to Our Editors: July 25

Check out German Fest, Downtown Milwaukee’s Heart(beats), a new mural and more.

1. Grab Lunch at Downtown Milwaukee’s Heart(beats)


If you live or work downtown, here’s a nice perk: Every Wednesday, Downtown Milwaukee hosts a live music and food truck event at Red Arrow Park (920 N. Water St.) at noon. After checking it out last week, I can say it’s nice way to break up the work-week humdrums and grab a tasty lunch. This week expect island vibes with music from KOJO, a local Caribbean band and too many great food options like Falafel Guys, Meat on the Street and a lot more. Check out the full lineup here so that you don’t spend 10 indecisive minutes trying to choose what to eat like me.

Downtown Milwaukee Heart(beats); Photo by Alli Watters

2. Check Out the New Selena Mural in Walker’s Point


If you haven’t had the chance to go see the new six-story tall Selena mural in Walker’s point, I highly recommend that you go check it out. The bright and beautiful mural was painted by Mauricio Ramirez, who also did the new Giannis mural that opened earlier this year. The Selena mural looks over Zócalo Food Truck Park, located at 625 S 5th St, but it can be seen towering over the city even from the freeway. 

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3. Beer It Up at Brewfest


This Saturday, July 30, is Milwaukee Brewfest at McKinley Park, starting at 3 p.m. A $65 general admission ticket gets you “unlimited sampling of breweries serving craft beers, ciders and meads and more.” Plus, you’ll get a commemorative pint glass, and the chance to enjoy live music and local food vendors. They had me at “unlimited.” 

4. Visit Fool’s Errand Before It Ceases Operations 


In another week, the Third Ward’s comfort food-craving Fool’s Errand (316 N. Milwaukee St.) will not be here – yeah, it closes July 31. So, the other night I did what any rational and hungry person would do: I drowned my sorrows in a last meal. It included a wedge salad, deviled egg toast and salmon with a lovely tarragon-laced bearnaise sauce. You’ve still got a little time (Friday-Sunday) to get in there and do the same. And may I also recommend getting the smoked gouda mac and cheese with fried chicken because, well, come on! Comfort food, people.

Hours: Dinner Fri-Sat 5-9 p.m. Brunch Sat-Sun 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Fool’s Errand; Photo by Ann Christenson

5. Guten Some Tags at German Fest


Finally, the one time a year I can go out in my lederhosen without being mocked. From Friday, July 29, to Sunday, July 31, German Fest is returning to the Summerfest grounds. These festive Germans are bringing beers, frankfurters, strudels, racing dachshunds, polka music, etc. Their wurst is not the worst. That might have been the laziest, stupidest and most reprehensible pun I’ve ever thought of, and I apologize for it. Anyway, German Fest is fun. Also, I’d just like to state for the record that I do not own lederhosen. That was just a joke. I’m more of a kilt guy.