Two beers at 1840 Brewing Company

9 Things to Do This Holiday Weekend: Ariana Grande, Frida Fest, 90s Dance Party and More

It’s Fourth of July weekend, but trust us, there’s much more to do. Try out a popular beer, listen to local music, dance your ’90s heart out and more.



Eleven days can go by so fast. The last weekend of Summerfest takes place Friday, July 5, through Sunday, July 7, at the Henry Maier Festival Park (200 N. Harbor Dr.). On Friday, the Killers, the Head and the Heart and Daya are a few stars to see. Saturday’s lineup includes Billie Eilish, Bleachers and Chris Lane. For the last day on Sunday, you can see Lil Wayne, Snoop Dogg, Jason Mraz and more.

Photo courtesy of Summerfest

Frida Fest

Need a different kind of festival this summer season? Frida Fest will feature various LatinX artists on Saturday, July 6, and Sunday, July 7, beginning at 8 a.m. at Farmhouse Paint and Sip (4511 S. 6th St.). This interactive cultural festival will highlight the works and writings of Frida Kahlo with local vendors, a mini petting zoo, painting classes, food and more.


SistaStrings EP Release Show

If you haven’t heard of SistaStrings, now is the time. SistaStrings will debut their EP Release Show to kick off their upcoming summer tour with Nickel&Rose on Sunday, July 7 at 7 p.m. at the Jazz Estate (2423 N. Murray Ave.). All in attendance can get a sneak preview of what’s to come and even get an advanced copy of “Lift” before its official release on July 12.

Ariana Grande

Ariana Grande fans, unite! The international pop star will take her singing skills to Milwaukee on Friday, July 5, at 7 p.m. at Fiserv Forum (1111 Vel R. Phillips Ave.). Ariana Grande comes as part of The Sweetener World Tour to showcase her latest album Thank U, Next. She’ll sing fan favorites like “7 Rings,” “No Tears Left to Cry,” “God is a Woman” and more.

Ariana Grande image via Shutterstock.
Ariana Grande. Photo via Shutterstock

Pabst Brewery and Taproom Music Showcase

Settle down from the Fourth of July hustle with some local musicians. Four different acts will perform on Friday, July 5, with doors opening at 8 p.m. at the Pabst Milwaukee Brewery and Taproom (1037 W. Juneau Ave.). The acts include Mario Lanza, a Milwaukee-based singer-songwriter; Tyler Boone, founder of Boone’s Bourbon; A Friend Called Fire, a high-octane rock trio from Chicago; and The Midnight Purchase, a group putting a unique and energetic spin on traditional Americana music.


Disc Golf Tournament

Sure, golf and tennis tournaments are great. But why not change things up every now and then? The 2019 Estabrook Disc Golf Open takes place Sunday, July 7, starting at 8 a.m. at Estabrook Park Disc Golfing (4400 N. Estabrook Dr.). All divisions are welcome to compete, with two rounds taking place on Sunday, but all must have a Milwaukee County Disc Golf Pass. Even if you’re not a disc golf pro, step out of the city and take a look at the fascinating sport. 


1840 Brewing Co. Brew Release

A Milwaukee favorite brew is returning. 1840 Brewing Company (342 E. Ward St.) is releasing the ever popular Sea Foam Fruited Sour, a blue-hued brew made with pineapple, passion fruit, lactose and blue spirulina, on Friday, July 5, beginning at 3 p.m. The beer will be available via draft on Friday, and in bottles on Saturday and Sunday. The last time Sea Foam was available, it sold out in less than two hours.


MS Relay

Imagine a race where there is no minimum or maximum length. The MS Relay encourages runners of all kinds to come together for a good cause on Sunday, July 7, beginning at 8 a.m. at Mama D’s Coffee (928 N. Hartwell Ave.) and ending at City Lights Brewery Co. (2200 W. Mt Vernon Ave.). Register yourself and your teammates and then it’s up to you to decide how you would like to race. You can swap out runners, choose your own path and hydrate whenever you’d like, as long as you finish!


All ’90s Dance Party

For those who say the ’90s weren’t quite as iconic as the ’80s, one party could prove you wrong. The Nineties By Nature – All 90s Dance Party will pop off on Saturday, July 6, from 9 p.m. until close at Mad Planet (533 E. Center St.). The Milkman and Elechronic will DJ playing the best 90s hip hop, pop, jock jams, alternative, dance and more. 



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.