Things to Do This Weekend: August 24-27

Still more festivals, and a “not-your-mom’s” comedy show.


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 24, for great food and live music performed by Incendio / Terra Guitarra. While the music starts at 6 p.m., get there early to grab prime seating and enjoy happy hour specials beginning at 5. 

Summer Fun

Harry & Peg Bradley’s Backyard Barbecue

From 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, August 24, the Lynden Sculpture Garden (2145 W. Brown Deer Rd.) is throwing their annual backyard benefit. Braise caters, while Brenner Brewing provides drinks. Musicians Nickel & Rose, the Nathan Hale High School orchestra and magician Matthew Teague entertain attendees with music and sleight of hand.

Photo by Craig Kroeger


Elvis Is Back! 5-Year Anniversary Dinner

Joey Gerard’s (11120 N. Cedarburg Rd., Mequon) is celebrating its 5-year anniversary with a three-course dinner, drink pairings and award-winning Elvis tribute artist Tony Rocker on Thursday, August 24, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $85 plus tax and gratuity.


An Evening With the Trailer Park Boys

You probably won’t want to bring your mom to this event, unless your mom is an ex-convict with a taste for rum on the rocks. But you can be sure that the cast members of the Canadian mockumentary will offer up an evening you won’t soon forget at the Riverside (116 W. Wisconsin Ave.) on Friday, August 25.


West Bend Germanfest

West Bend’s 32nd annual Germanfest (corner of S. 5th Ave. Walnut St., West Bend) means plenty of live polka music, cold beer and sauerkraut. Learn how to play Sheepshead or join a tournament for the chance to win prizes. On Saturday, August 26, at 9 a.m., Blue Luna Yoga & Wellness will host Yoga & Beer. The festival kicks off Thursday, August 24, and runs until Sunday, August 27. Admission is free.

Photo by Amy McNeil

Mexican Fiesta

From noon to midnight on Friday, August 25, to Sunday, August 27, taste-test tacos and listen to mariachi music at this spirited festival held at Henry Maier Festival Park (639 E. Summerfest Pl.). The celebration, which also includes educational events and awards presented by the Wisconsin Hispanic Scholarship Foundation, honors the culture of our city’s growing Hispanic community. For admission information, click here.

Saint Matthias Parish Festival

Proof that the devout can still be down to party, this neighborhood event offers live entertainment, Alpine amusement rides, bingo, food, wine and – curiously – plenty of secure motorcycle parking. The festival will take place from Friday, August 25, to Sunday, August 27, between 92nd and Oklahoma.

Wisconsin Bat Festival

These creepy flying critters have their fans, and they are sure to converge at this family-friendly event at the Mitchell Park Conservatory (524 S. Layton Blvd.) on Saturday, August 26. The festival features an inflatable cave for kids to crawl through, wildlife garden demonstrations for adults and – of course – plenty of bats.

Photo courtesy of Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources


Gin-Yasa Yoga at Great Lakes Distillery

Grab your yoga mat and ID for this hour-long vinyasa class held at Great Lakes Distillery (616 W. Virginia St.) on Sunday, August 27, at 12:30 p.m. Your $15 ticket to the class includes a cocktail post-flow. Participants must be 21 or older.