11 Things to Do This Weekend: August 9-12

Milwaukee has a lot going on this weekend, from tea parties to outdoor movies to live music and plenty more.


The Bronzeville Cultural and Arts Festival

The historic Bronzeville district celebrates its rich culture, entertainment and art with the Bronzeville Cultural and Arts Festival from August 4 through August 11. Events for this weekend include a Paint-N-Sip on Thursday, a trivia night on Friday and a food truck fest and art walk on Saturday.

Fiddle Fest

The 3rd annual Fiddle Fest returns to Anodyne Coffee Roasting Company (224 West Bruce St.) at 8 p.m. on Friday, August 10, to celebrate all things fiddle. The night takes audience members through three fiddle fanatics: Georgia Rae, The Westerless Swing Band and Swing Chevron. Tickets are $8 in advance or $10 at the door.

Photo by Kym McDaniel


Morning Glory Fine Craft Fair

Over 100 artists from across the country will display their art at the 44th annual Morning Glory Fine Craft Fair on August 11 and 12 on the RiverWalk outside the Marcus Center for Performing Arts (929 N Water St.). From ceramics to 3D mixed media to sculpture to wood and everything in between, this art show is a Milwaukee classic. Admission is free and begins at 10 a.m. both days.

Vintage Flea Market

Who doesn’t love a great vintage find? BarcelonaMKE (5827 W Vliet St.) hosts a Vintage Flea Market on Saturday, August 11, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Some of the items include furniture, mugs, enamel signs, souvenir pins, ceramics and more. Vendors will line up on 59th and Vliet at Barcelona and Highland Lanes lots as well as the Milwaukee Recharge lot, Pop! and Artifactory. Did we mention sidewalk sales and food trucks?


Tea on the Terrace

Pinkies up! You won’t need to be in England to enjoy high tea on a lovely Sunday afternoon. The Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum (2220 N Terrace Ave.) hosts its 7th annual Tea on the Terrace on Sunday, August 12, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Along with delicious and healthy teas from Urban Tea, there will also be sandwiches from Shelly’s Cuisine and live music from Joshua Catania. Tickets must be purchased prior to the event.

Photo by Peter Smith


Outdoor Movie at The Goat Palace

Lie under the stars while sipping a cold one and watching a classic American film. Gathering Place Brewing Company hosts their final summer outdoor movie series on Friday, August 10, at The Goat Palace (3740 N Fratney) showing A League of Their Own. The beer garden opens at 5 p.m. and the movie begins at 8:30 p.m. Bring a blanket or chair and enjoy the summer night.


1840 Brewing Company’s 1 Year Anniversary Street Party

1840 Brewing Company

What’s better than another successful brewery in Milwaukee? A celebration for one. 1840 Brewery Company (342 E Ward St.) celebrates it’s one year anniversary with a street party and beer release on Saturday, August 11, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The party will be jam-packed with food trucks, live music and of course, beer. They’re also celebrating with releases of four new brews.

50th Free Concert Series at the Riveredge

Celebrate 50 with a bang. The Riveredge Nature Center sure is celebrating the right way with a 50th anniversary free concert on Thursday, August 9, starting at 6 p.m. Kendra Swanson will open the show for headliner the Well Pennies. Not only will there be rocking live music, but the three B’s: beer, burgers and brats.


Pete Lee

The Wisconsin-raised and now Fallon-famous Pete Lee returns to his roots. The comedian will perform at the Potawatomi Hotel and Casino (The Northern Lights Theater – 1721 W Canal St.) on Saturday, August 11, with shows at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Lee has performed on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, at over 500 colleges and was a semi-finalist on NBC’s Last Comic Standing.

Tacocat, Gymshorts and Fox Face at the Cactus Club

You probably haven’t heard a group like Tacocat before. The modern feminist punk band performs at the Cactus Club (2496 S Wentworth Ave.) on Thursday, August 9, from 8 p.m. to midnight. Four best friends make up the group Tacocat and have been rocking for eight years about “people stuff” like Plan B and night swimming.

The Avett Brothers

Grammy-nominated group the Avett Brothers take Milwaukee on August 11 and 12 at the Riverside Theater (116 W Wisconsin Ave.) with doors opening at 7 p.m. The narrative folk-band mesmerizes audiences with tales of southern life. Tickets for the Sunday show are still available.



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.