11 Things to Do This Weekend: July 12-15

Haircuts, kayak rides, bicycle trivia and a block party are just a few things to do in Milwaukee this weekend.


Delafield Block Party

Spend the weekend, or just grab a bite to eat at the 2018 Delafield Block Party on July 13 and July 14 from 5 p.m. to midnight in the downtown district of HWY C and Main St. Not only will there be delicious food options from 10 local restaurants, but there will also be a large beverage tent with portable bars throughout the party with beer, wine and other beverages. Did we mention live music from some top-notch bands? Yes, please.

Photo by Delafield Block Party

Bastille Days

French or not, you won’t want to miss this Milwaukee tradition. The 37th Annual Bastille Days takes place in Cathedral Square Park from July 12 through July 15. Storm the Bastille on Thursday with the nighttime 5K, celebrate ‘Mardi Gras’ on Friday, bring out the kiddies for Kids Day on Saturday, and of course visit our MKE Cutest Frenchie Tent on Sunday (and vote for THE cutest Frenchie in all of Milwaukee). Still not convinced? Here are 8 reasons why this event is a must-do.

2018 African Cultural Festival

Enjoy a wonderful community cultural event that brings all people together to celebrate the rich African cultural heritage. The 2018 African Cultural Festival occurs on Saturday, July 14, starting at 11 a.m. at Brown Deer Park (7835 N Green Bay Rd.). Some exciting activities taking place during the festival include African music, drumming, poetry, delicious food, soccer games, children activities, a fashion show and more.


MOWA Vintage

Photo by the Museum of Wisconsin Art

Imagine tasting some of the best vino while supporting arts education (nope, not a dream). The Museum of Wisconsin Art (205 Veterans Ave.) hosts its biennial fundraiser Vintage: Pedals, Plates, and Pours on Saturday, July 14 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Some signature attractions include Kyle Cherek, host of Wisconsin Foodie, a live and silent auction, tastings from world-class vintners and food parings by chefs from all over the country.

Milwaukee Podcast Meetup at the Hive

Join other local podcasters and creatives for the 2nd Volume of the Milwaukee Podcast Meetup on Thursday, July 12 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Hive Offices (720 N Milwaukee St.). During the event, Milwaukee podcasters will lead a discussion on the prevention of substance and/or alcohol abuse in Milwaukee. After the discussion, network and meet some of your favorite Milwaukee creatives.

Midwest Barber Competition

Let’s cut to the chase. The 4th Annual Midwest Barber Competition takes place on Sunday, July 15, starting at noon at the Wisconsin Center (400 West Wisconsin Ave.). Barbers from across the Midwest come to Milwaukee to compete in 5 categories to claim the “Best in the Midwest” title. The event also flies in celebrity barbers to judge the competition. Tickets are $15 to watch, and there will also be over 40 vendors and plenty of entertainment.

Photo by the Midwest Barber Competition

Two Wheels

Wild Ones: Vintage Motorcycle Rally

Calling all Harley fans! Celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Harley-Davidson Panhead Engine with a vintage 1940’s style Motorcycle Rally on Saturday, July 14, starting at 9 a.m. at the Harley-Davidson Museum (400 W Canal St.). In addition to the 70th celebration, H-D will also feature an antique motorcycle ride-in show for the 16th Annual Knucklehead Reunion.

Bicycle Trivia Ride

If you’re looking for a balanced and well-rounded evening, we’ve got you covered. Start off your Thursday, July 12, with a bike ride through the Hank Aaron Trail and Milwaukee Oak Leaf Connector Trail with fellow bikers (meet at 5:30 p.m. at Purple Door Ice Cream – 205 S 2nd St.). But this isn’t just any normal bike ride. Take mental notes of all the places you pass, because when the ride is over, the group will split into two at Transfer Pizza around 7:30 p.m. for a trivia contest of all the places you passed on the ride.

Dog Friendly

Dog Day at Drexel

Finally, the festival for pups has arrived! Dog Day at Drexel Park (361 W Town Square Way) returns to Oak Creek on July 13 at 4 p.m. and July 14 at 10 a.m. Some activities include a canine costume contest, agility demonstrations, Pier Pups Dock Diving and over 40 vendors with doggie treats and toys. Bring the whole pack for a day of fun and new friends. 

Photo by Visit Oak Creek

On the Water

Late Night Kayak

Experience Milwaukee nightlife a little differently this weekend. The Urban Ecology Center hosts a Downtown Milwaukee Late Night Kayak endeavor on Thursday, July 12, starting at 7 p.m. down the Milwaukee Rowing Club Boathouse (1990 N Commerce St.). Tickets are $20 for members and $25 for nonmembers, but space is limited and you won’t want to miss on this different kind of kayak ride.

Photo by Company Brewing


ZEP x MKE: A Tribute to Led Zeppelin

Milwaukee is celebrating Led Zeppelin, need we say more? Company Brewing (735 E Center St.) hosts a musical tribute to the legendary English rock band on Friday, July 13, starting at 10 p.m. Some musicians include guitarist Kevin Topel, drummer Dan Dahl, bassist James Sauer, vocalist Katie Lyne, guitarist Nathan Pflughoeft, keyboardist and vocalist Al Kraemer and more. Tickets are $7 advance, $10 at the door or $8 at the door with a groovy outfit.



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.