Things to Do this Weekend: July 13-16

Festival season continues as we hit mid-July.


Diana Ross with Rhonda Ross

Summerfest may have come to an end last week, but the BMO Harris Pavilion on the Summerfest grounds is still prepared for the crowds as singer-songwriter Diana Ross and her daughter Rhonda Ross perform in Milwaukee on Friday, July 14. With Lake Michigan visible behind the amphitheater, there is no better setting to join in on Ross’s greatest hits such as “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” and “Endless Love.” Tickets are still available online starting at $74.


Bastille Days

Say bonjour to Bastille Days as the French-themed festival returns to Cathedral Square July 13-16. French and Cajun cuisine will be available to sample, as well as various chef and wine demos. Street performers roam the area, and there will be four stages of live music and entertainment. On Sunday, July 16 there will also be a Waiter/Waitress Challenge, and Milwaukee Magazine will be crowning Milwaukee’s cutest French Bulldog at 6 p.m., so be sure to go say hello to the Frenchies in attendance. For the full list of events, check out the Bastille Days Entertainment page.

Photo by Rebecca Kames

2017 Milwaukee Air and Water Show

The U.S. Navy Blue Angels return to Milwaukee for the Milwaukee Air and Water Show on July 15 and 16. The Navy Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Squadron will be performing over the lakefront at 3 p.m. both days along with other performers throughout the day. Admission to the event is free, and there will be food vendors available on site. The event will go on rain or shine! 

Photo courtesy of Jessica Huebner.

Port Fish Day

In the mood for a fish fry? Look no further — the world’s largest outdoor fish fry is happening on Saturday, July 15 at Port Fish Day in Port Washington. Apart from a great fish fry, there are plenty of other activities for the whole family to take part in, including an 8K run and 2-mile Fun Run/Walk, a car show and four stages of live music. Be sure to stay til the end, as the fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m. over the lake.

Fish Day photo courtesy of Charlie Antoine.


Ray’s 56th Anniversary Parking Lot Party

From noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, July 16, Ray’s Wine and Spirits in Wauwatosa is celebrating 56 years of business with a parking lot party. There will be food available from Marco Pollo Food Truck, Fatty Patty Burger Truck and Mr. Dye’s Pies as well as live music from The Steelheads. Ray’s legendary Booze Slushies will be available for purchase, including their newest creation, FroséAllDay.

Map for Ray’s 56th Anniversary Parking Lot Party. Photo courtesy of Ray’s Growler Gallery.


Pfister Book Club

The Pfister Hotel kicks off the start of its year-long book club on Thursday, July 13 at 7 p.m. Book enthusiasts are invited to join the Pfister Narrator, Nicole Mattke, to discuss the novel, A Gentleman in Moscow, by Amor Towles. The book, which just so happens to take place in a hotel, is a fitting start to the new book club. There will be complimentary wine, refreshments and specially themed desserts created by the Pfister Hotel’s executive pastry chef, Travis Martinez.


5K Famous Racing Sausages Run/Walk

The Brewers Community Foundation is hosting the 5K Famous Racing Sausages Run/Walk on Saturday, July 15. The run begins at 8 a.m. rain or shine and the course goes both around and through Miller Park with the start of mile three taking runners onto the Miller Park field. All participants will receive a Brewers ticket voucher, a race shirt and a post-race meal and beer (if 21+). The run benefits the Fisher House Wisconsin and is fun for the whole family! Online registration is still available.

Annual Sausage 5K run walk Saturday July 30th, 2016 at Miller Park in Milwaukee. Stephanie Moebius/Brewers.

Photo courtesy of Pizzeria 3301


Farm to Table Pizza Making Lesson 

On Friday, July 14, Palermo’s Pizzeria 3301 is hosting its first Farm to Table Pizza Making Lesson of the summer. Beginning at 10 a.m., participants will stretch and toss their own pizza dough in order to make an 11 inch wood-fired pizza with the help of the pizzeria’s head chefs. There are three different lesson packages to choose from, and all include delicious wood-fired pizza samples. Reserve your spot today to gain the skills you need to become a high-tossing pizza dough pro!



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.