These Are Your Locust Street Festival Alternatives This Weekend

Locust Street Festival may be canceled, but Riverwest is still celebrating!

The beloved Locust Street Festival of Music & Art was canceled yet again – and rather abruptly – this year. The quiet announcement came on May 18, marking the third year without the popular Riverwest neighborhood celebration, which is known for its stacked lineup of local musicians, food vendors and annual beer run. 

The festival was originally scheduled for Sunday, June 12, and while you won’t be able to enjoy it this year, there are still plenty of other fun offerings in Riverwest this weekend. 

Without further ado, here are a few options to make up for the lack of Locust Street Festival this year. 


 

 

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1. Worst Locust Street Festival

SUNDAY FROM 10 A.M.-6 P.M. | BLACK HUSKY BREWING 

“Riverwest will not be denied its Locust Street Festival!” That’s what the Black Husky Brewing event listing has to say about this party, which was planned in response to the cancelation. There will be live music from Sugar Bush, Mortgage Freeman and Floor Mode. Roll MKE, Scardina’s and Rockhaus Rusty’s Roasted Corn are bringing the food. And Black Husky Brewing, will of course be serving up tasty brews. 

2. Celebrate Riverwest

SUNDAY FROM 11 A.M.-6 P.M. | LINNEMAN’S RIVERWEST INN

Linneman’s is a Riverwest mainstay. The inn planned this event after the cancelation of Locust Street Festival. The party will include music, vendors and more. “We still have many reasons to celebrate our soulful, creative, diverse, colorful and spirited neighborhood,” the event listing says. 

3. Push for Peace Concert

SUNDAY FROM NOON-7 P.M. | COMPANY BREWING

This one’s a concert, not a festival, for those of you looking to get your Locust Street live music fix. The $10 cover charge will get you into performances from Bug Moment, Alley Eyes, Gold Steps, Nile X Nile, Tigera, Cozy Danger and Grego Y Nony. The event is presented by Milwaukee Music Village and promotes “peace and [the] end [of] gun violence in our neighborhoods.” 

4. Riverwest Gardeners Market

SUNDAY FROM 10 A.M.-3 P.M. | 2700 N. PIERCE ST. 

Catch up with neighbors, and on your shopping, at this local farmers market. This is only the second week it’s been open, but it runs through Oct. 30. The shopping variety includes a mix of fresh produce, prepared foods, handmade goods and art. Plus, good people and an opportunity to shop local.

5. Klinger’s East Retirement Party 

SUNDAY AT 1 P.M. | KLINGER’S EAST 

The owners of this Riverwest institution are retiring after 46 years in business. The big bash will be this weekend with entertainment from Buddy Love Milwaukee. 

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Allison Garcia is the Digital Editor for Milwaukee Magazine.