Things to Do This Weekend: August 17-20

Still lots of festivals and outdoor entertainment to enjoy as summer winds down.


Artist Lecture: Alison Saar

The Milwaukee Art Museum is welcoming Alison Saar, a Los Angeles-based artist featured in Sculpture Milwaukee, to speak about her work in its artist lecture series on Thursday, August 17 at 6:15 p.m. Sculpture Milwaukee is a free outdoor sculpture collection located on Wisconsin Avenue between 6th Street and O’Donnell Park. Saar’s work incorporates both found and traditional artistic materials and often references African and Afro-Caribbean art. The event is free for members and with museum admission.


Jazz in the Park

Cathedral Square Park’s summer outdoor concert series will soon be coming to a close. Make the most of the last Thursdays in August and head to the park on Thursday, August 17, for great food and live music performed by Fresh Faces of Milwaukee featuring Foreign Goods and Roxi Copland. While the music starts at 6 p.m., get there early to grab prime seating and enjoy happy hour specials beginning at 5. Enter to win a free picnic for two at next week’s (August 24) Jazz in the Park.


Raised Grain Pop-Up Beer Garden

On Thursday, August 17, and Friday, August 18, Raised Grain Brewing Co. will be hosting a pop-up beer garden with Matty’s Food Truck at Minooka Park. During the Pop-Up Beer Garden operation hours, there will be a daily car entrance fee of $6, which includes one beer token.


Photo by Joel Miller/Milwaukee County Zoo

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel a la Carte presented by Meijer

From Thursday, August 17, to Sunday, August 20, Meijer and the Milwaukee County Zoo are hosting the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel a la Carte. Twenty-six area restaurants will be offering delicious food options, while national and local bands will perform throughout the Zoo grounds. Some of the bands performing include Everclear, Rusted Root, The Stray Cats’ Lee Rocker and Unity. Find out more about pricing information.


Milwaukee Irish Fest 2017

Photo courtesy of Milwaukee Irish Fest

Participate in what The Smithsonian Institution has called “the largest and best Irish cultural event in North America” from Thursday, August 17, to Sunday, August 20 at Henry W. Maier Festival Park. Indulge in traditional Irish cuisine from one of the many food vendors, and check out one of the 17 stages that will showcase over 100 entertainment acts over four days. This year, internationally renowned Irish musicians Frankie Gavin, Paddy Keenan and many others take the stage. General admission tickets cost $20, but be sure to check out some of the admission deals available.

IndiaFest Milwaukee 2017

This fast-growing festival, founded in 2013, showcases Indian food, costumes, dance, music and cultural demonstrations. So channel your favorite Bollywood star and get ready for your close-up. The festival will be held Saturday, August 19, at Humboldt Park from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.


Lakefront Movies Presents Lego Batman

Can’t decide whether to spend your Saturday soaking up some sun at a park or catching another big-budget blockbuster? At this free outdoor screening on the kid-friendly hit Lego Batman on Saturday, August 19, you can do both. The movie starts at dusk, but you’ll want to arrive early to stake out a good patch of grass.


If you haven’t been to a pool party yet this summer, SplashBash! is sure to make up for it. The University Country Club is allowing exclusive access to its beautiful pool area overlooking the golf course. Complimentary appetizers will be passed from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., while DJ Shawna and DJ LoLo spin tracks throughout the night. Make a splash in the cannonball contest for the chance to win cash and prizes, or just lounge poolside and sip drinks. Tickets are $25 for general admission or $150 for four VIP tickets.

Summer Fun

Milwaukee Venetian Boat Parade

MKE’s first Venetian Boat Parade is taking place this Saturday, August 19, in the McKinley Marina. Watch creatively decorated boats sail slowly past the municipal pier, Veterans Park and the Milwaukee Community Sailing Center. For the best seats in the house, head to the Milwaukee Community Sailing Center, where the judging stand is located. Enjoy food, drinks and music as you decide which boat is your personal favorite.

Heirloom Garden Weekend at Old World Wisconsin

Explore gardens, sample organic heirloom produce and watch cooking demos on Saturday, August 19, and Sunday, August 20, at Old World Wisconsin’s Heirloom Garden Weekend. Heirloom garden experts will be hosting family activities, mini-workshops, talks and walking tours that exhibit hundreds of flowers, herbs and vegetables. Admission is $19 for adults, $16 for senior citizens and $10 for children ages 5 to 17.



Elisabeth Wallock is a contributing digital editor at Milwaukee Magazine. She graduated from Colorado State University and has interned at Marie Claire in New York and Urban Outfitters in London.