Things to Do this Weekend: August 3-6

It may be the first weekend in August, but summer is still in full swing. With the largest bounce house coming to town and an island beach party, there’s no stopping the summer fun.

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The Big Bounce America

Every child’s (and adult’s) dream come true! The largest bounce house ever assembled is making its way to Milwaukee this weekend. Beginning Friday, August 4, through Sunday, August 6, bouncers of all ages, yes even mom and dad, can jump till they can’t jump anymore at The Big Bounce America Nation-Wide Tour. The tour makes a stop at Lake Park and has a varying schedule for children, families and adults over the weekend. 

Photo courtesy of The Big Bounce America.

Free Family Day at the Lynden Sculpture Garden

Free Family Day at the Lynden Sculpture Garden is happening on Saturday, August 5. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., families are invited to enjoy a day out on the grounds and visit the various art installations. Both Eliza’s Peculiar Cabinet of Curiosities by artist Fo Wilson and Lizzie’s Garden by Portia Cobb will be on display. There will even be music by Sista Strings at 4 p.m.

Eliza’s Peculiar Cabinet of Curiosities photo by Fo Wilson.


The Beach Boys with the Temptations at Wisconsin State Fair

Because one year was just not enough for The Beach Boys, they are returning to the Wisconsin State Fair to headline the Main State for the second year in a row. You can catch the Rock & Roll Hall of Famers on Sunday, August 6, at 7 p.m. Opening for The Beach Boys is three-time Grammy Award-winning Motown group, The Temptations. Its a night not to be missed and tickets are still available for purchase online beginning at $29.   


Wisconsin IPA Fest

Are you prepared to crown Wisconsin’s best IPA? Or simply enjoy some quality beer? Head to Third Space Brewing on Saturday, August 5, at 12 p.m. to get in on the judging action or sample some local brews. Admission to the event is free and sampling tickets can be purchased for $2 per 4 oz sample pour. If you’re looking for more than a sample, pints of select Third Space beers will also be on site and available for purchase. Happy tasting!

Photo courtesy of Third Space Brewing.

Summer Fun

The Urban Island Beach Party

Live music, delicious food trucks and a limbo contest. What more could you want from the seventh annual Urban Island Beach Party hosted by NEWaukee? The party is going down on Friday, August 4, from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Lakeshore State Park. The Urban Island Beach Party is kid- and dog-friendly, and there are plenty activities to take part in. The best way to get to the island? By bike. There will even be a bike valet service available! Have a luau of a good time!

Photo courtesy of NEWaukee.


18th Annual Hank Aaron State Trail 5K Run/Walk

The best way to enjoy and support the Hank Aaron State Trail? Take part in the 18th Annual 5K Run/Walk. The event is taking place on Saturday, August 5, with the race beginning at 8:30 a.m. Participants can either run or walk the race that starts and ends near Miller Park and winds through the Menomonee River Valley. Apart from the running and walking, there will also be live music, food and prizes for every 44th finisher! Online registration closes August 4, or you can register day of at the event.


Wisconsin State Fair

Fair lovers rejoice! The Wisconsin State Fair opens on Thursday, August 3, and runs through Sunday, August 13. Whether you go for the food, rides, animals, music or simply the people, there is something for everyone at the Wisconsin State Fair! On the list of new foods this year you’ll find treats like Apple Pie Nachos and Unicorn Twinkies, or savory selections like Cricket Chips and a Gator Breakfast Burrito. Yum? Regular admission is $12 for adults, $7 for seniors and youth and free for children five and younger.

Milwaukee Concours d’Elegance

Fans of cars old and new flock to Veteran’s Park for the Milwaukee Concours d’Elegance that runs Saturday, August 5 through Sunday, August 6. The classic car show is the perfect place for car lovers to enjoy an afternoon out on the lake. This year, the Concours d’Elegance hosts the feature, “Speed – Then and Now,” which will take a look at the original supercars like Stutz and Mercer and compare them to the supercars of today. Advanced tickets can be purchased online and picked up at the gate.

Photo courtesy of Milwaukee Concours d’Elegance.



Megan Otto is a digital and editorial intern at Milwaukee Magazine. She currently attends the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has previously interned in London.