Things to Do This Memorial Day Weekend: May 24-May 27

It’s the unofficial start to summer in Milwaukee, and boy have we earned it.

Summer Season

Kick-Off Party at Bradford Beach

If there’s one thing Milwaukeeans know, it’s that when Bradford Beach is popping, summer must be underway. Bradford Beach (2400 N. Lincoln Memorial Dr.) is ready to start off the summer season with their Kick-Off Party on Sunday, May 27, starting at 11 a.m. There will be DJs, cabana and bar tab giveaways and a free burger with every drink purchase from noon-1 p.m.

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10 Year Anniversary Party for Milwaukee Brat House

Summer in Milwaukee may just not be possible without brats, and Milwaukee Brat House knows that. Celebrate Milwaukee Brat House’s 10 Year Anniversary (1013 N. Old World St.) all day Sunday, May 27, starting at noon. There will be DJs, appetizers, full pigs from Bunzel’s, prime rib and a delicious anniversary cake.


Wilde-Subaru Flying Kite Festival

Once again, the Wilde-Subaru Flying Kite Festival will take place at Veterans Park (1010 N. Lincoln Memorial Dr.) on Saturday, May 26 and Sunday, May 27. The event is free and begins at 10 a.m. with a grand launch of 600 kites on Saturday at noon. There are also various professional kite teams performing throughout the weekend.


Bark at the Park

We all know and love Hank, the unofficial mascot for the Brewers, but there’s definitely no dog more special than your own. Bring your favorite four-legged pup to the Brewers game this Thursday, May 24, for their Bark at the Park event at Miller Park (1 Brewers Way) as they play the Mets. Fans who buy the ticket package can attend a pre-game dog parade and receive a Brewers dog leash. Still not convinced? A portion of the proceeds will go to the Wisconsin Humane Society and Animal Rescue Foundation.

photo by Scott Paulus


S/V Denis Sullivan Welcome

Feel the wind through your hair and hear the waves crash against your boat. Well, maybe later. Welcome back the S/V Denis Sullivan sailing vessel on Saturday, May 26, starting at 10 a.m. at Discovery World (500 N. Harbor Dr.). Their maritime crew will be there showing you all the sailing musts: navigation, knot tying and flag decoding. If the event inspires you to get your sailing on this summer, they will also be selling tickets for their summer sailing trips.

Honoring Memorial Weekend

Honor Celebration at Wisconsin Harley-Davidson in Oconomowoc and Great Wisconsin Cornhole Tourney

Celebrate this Memorial Day by honoring those who have served our country. Wisconsin Harley-Davidson in Oconomowoc (1280 Blue Ribbon Dr.) will be hosting an Honor Celebration for WWII, Korean War and all U.S. Veterans on Saturday, May 26, starting at 10 a.m. The free event will feature an opening ceremony with “Echoes of Camp Randall,” a ride at the Milwaukee County War Memorial, live music from the 484th rock band “Zeroed In” and plenty more. Stay until 2 p.m. to watch (or play) the 2nd annual Great Wisconsin Cornhole Tournament. 

Milwaukee Memorial Day Parade

Join the city of Milwaukee this Memorial Day at the 153rd Annual Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 28, starting at 2 p.m. The parade will start at 4th and Wisconsin and end at Veterans Park with Memorial Day activities, such as a Wreath Laying Ceremony, following the end of the parade.

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Rusty Pelicans at Gilraltar Milwaukee

Gibraltar MKE (538 W. National Ave.) is hosting the Rusty Pelicans with Fortune on the Decks this Friday, May 25, starting at 10 p.m. The event is 21+ for a $5 cover, but whether you want to dance all night or just lounge around, the Rusty Pelicans is bound to keep you entertained.

Parsonsfield at the Backroom at Colectivo

The string band Parsonsfield is coming to Milwaukee Thursday, May 24, at the Back Room at Colectivo (2211 N. Prospect Ave.) with doors opening at 7 p.m. and the show starting at 8 p.m. Tickets are on sale now ($12 in advance or $15 day of).


Third Space Brewing Beer Garden Grand Opening

Grand opening of a Beer Garden and a new IPA release? Yes, please. Third Space Brewing (1505 W. St. Paul Ave.) is opening their Beer Garden for the summer this Saturday, May 26, starting at noon. They will also be releasing their new Juicy IPA, It Was All A Dream. If that isn’t enough, they will also be having various food trucks throughout the weekend.

RiverWest FemFest Keg Stand Up

Beer plus laughing plus food (cheese curds) equals an amazing night. Milwaukee Comedy and Lakefront Brewery host Keg Stand Up this Sunday, May 27, starting at 7 p.m. at Lakefront Brewery (1872 North Commerce St.). Chastity Washington is headlining the show, with other hilarious acts before her. Laughing never hurt anyone, so tickets are on sale now.



Caroline Blair is a digital marketing intern for Milwaukee Magazine. She just finished her sophomore year at Syracuse University studying magazine journalism and marketing. She grew up in Milwaukee and is excited to be spending her summer here interning at Milwaukee Magazine.