9 Things to Do this Weekend: July 5-8

Another beautiful weekend in Milwaukee means live music, movies and of course inflatables.


53212: Collective Community

Enjoy the Milwaukee art scene at the opening of 53212: Collective Community at the Jazz Gallery Center for the Arts (926 E Center St.) on Saturday, July 7, from 6-8 p.m., with over 20 artists displaying their work. Support the local art community while feeling like an art connoisseur.

Ballet Beat

The Milwaukee Ballet kicks off their Ballet Beat starting Friday, July 6, through July 27, with various dates and times. Ballet Beat aims to keep Milwaukee engaged and involved in the Milwaukee Ballet. Dancers will appear in libraries, outdoor stages and community centers. The event kicks off on Friday with a ballet storytime reading at the Slinger Public Library (220 Slinger Rd.).

Ballet Beat. Photo by Nathaniel Davaer


Shakespeare in the Park: King Lear

The free Shakespeare in the Park returns for its 9th season with King Lear starting on Thursday, July 5. The Marcus Center for Performing Arts (929 N Water St.) will host 21 free shows on their outside stage pavilion from now until July 21. Get dinner or drinks beforehand, then enjoy the classic Shakespearean play.

Fun Run

The Great Inflatable Race Milwaukee

Feel like a kid again while also getting in your workout. The Great Inflatable Race is coming to Milwaukee on Saturday, July 7, at Veterans Park (1010 N. Lincoln Memorial Dr.) starting at 9 a.m. This fun run will have inflatables throughout the course for participants to meander their way through inflatable obstacles. Bounce away.


Almost Midnight: The Goonies

Calling all night owls. Enjoy the classic film The Goonies on Friday and Saturday, July 6-7, at the Landmark’s Downer Theatre (2589 Downer Ave.) starting at 11:59 p.m. Yes, you read that right. Tickets are $8.50 and Henry’s on Belleview is even offering half off your first drink with ticket stub. Win-win.

MSO Star Wars A New Hope in Concert

In a galaxy far far away, Star Wars hit theaters and is now coming to Milwaukee. The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra will perform the score to the 1977 film from Friday, July 6, to Sunday, July 8, at the Marcus Center for Performing Arts (929 N Water St.). Listen to the most iconic songs while also enjoying the full-length movie.

Sunset Zoofari Outdoor Movies: Sing

Bring out the kiddies for a night of family fun at the zoo. The Milwaukee County Zoo (10001 W Bluemound Rd.) hosts their Sunset Zoofari Outdoor Movies on Thursday, July 5, starting at dusk (around 8:30 p.m.). This week, the movie of choice is Sing, so bring your blankets and lawn chairs to watch and sing along. Bonus: the animals will be out on exhibit from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.



It’s not over yet! The final few days of Summerfest continue this weekend, through July 8. With headliners like Shawn Mendes, Blake Shelton, The Weeknd and Arcade Fire, you’ll find something that grabs your attention. Some free performances (with entry ticket) include BØRNS, Kip Moore, Cheap Trick, Brett Young and plenty more.

Photo by Caroline Blair

Summer Concert Series at the Rock

The Rock Sports Complex (7900 Crystal Ridge Dr.) hosts its weekly live music series on Saturday, July 7, starting at 6:30 p.m. Even if you’re not the world’s largest live music fan, you’ll want to come out just for the venue and atmosphere alone. This week, listen to Katie Mack and The Moan while sipping on a delightful summer beverage (or two).



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.