9 Things to Do This Weekend: June 15-18

Beer lover? Art lover? U.S. Open fanatic? There’s an event for you this weekend!


Wisconsin Beer Lovers Festival

Calling all beer lovers! Over 40 Wisconsin breweries will be in attendance at this year’s Wisconsin Beer Lovers Festival at the Bayshore Town Center on Saturday, June 17 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Local restaurants and cheesemakers will also be at the festival to provide samples that will pair perfectly with any brew. Beer connoisseurs, don’t forget to bring your Designated Driver or Food Lover along with you as there are nonalcoholic beverages available from select vendors as well. Tickets to the festival range from $25-$75 and can be purchased online now. 

Photo courtesy of the Wisconsin Beer Lovers Festival.


EAA Ultralight Day

On Saturday, June 17 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. the EAA Pioneer Airport in Oshkosh will be transformed into a fun fly zone. Ultralights and light planes will be there to help celebrate EAA Ultralight Day 2017 where the public can come to watch the spectacle! Pilots will conduct several pilot proficiency events, which even include bean bag drops and torpedo run contests. Admission to the day’s activities is included with regular museum admission for non-EAA members and is free for EAA members.

Polish Fest. Photo courtesy of Jim Gaffney.


Milwaukee Polish Fest

Milwaukee celebrates its large Polish heritage June 16-18 at Polish Fest. Located at the Henry Maier Festival Park, Polish Fest is the largest Polish festival in the U.S. There will be food, music, Polish forums with local historians and folk art demonstrations to educate attendees in Polish culture and history. The festival is open from noon to midnight on Friday and Saturday, and from noon to 8 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are available for purchase at the gate. 

Curd Fest

Join Drink Wisconsinbly on Saturday, June 17 for the newest (and cheesiest) addition to Milwaukee’s summer festival roster: the inaugural Curd Fest, dedicated to Milwaukee’s favorite by-product, the cheese curd. The festival begins with an optional 5(Curd)K run or walk through the streets of Walker’s Point, with cheese curd stops placed strategically throughout the route. There will also be a 0K “run,” curd-eating contest and Best Cheese Curd competition.


Don Lee at Boswell Books

Boswell Books welcomes author Don Lee on Thursday, June 15 at 7 p.m. Lee will be discussing his latest novel, Lonesome Lies Before Us,  a beautiful, heartfelt romance and memorable song. Also at the event to join Lee in discussion will be Will Johnson, a beloved indie singer-songwriter. Johnson helped to shape the lyrics of Lee’s latest novel and their talk is sure to be compelling.


Faith Hill and Tim McGraw

Tim McGraw and Faith Hill make a stop at the Bradley Center on Friday, June 16 as part of their 65-city “Soul2Soul” world tour. Their current “Soul2Sould World Tour” celebrates the 10th anniversary of their “Soul2Soul II” tour that still stands as the highest grossing country music tour of all time. Their current tour also marks the first time that Faith Hill has toured since 2007. The country-music power couple are sure to put on a great show and is not to be missed. Tickets can still be purchased from Ticketmaster starting at $22. 

The patio at The Outsider. Photo courtesy of The Outsider

U.S Open Fun

Par-Tee at The Outsider 

Come celebrate the U.S. Open at the golf-themed “Par-Tee” at The Outsider, a roof-top bar and lounge located on the 9th floor The Kimpton Journeyman Hotel. On Thursday, June 15, from 4-7 p.m., the roof-top bar will be transformed to celebrate all-things U.S. Open. From 5-6 p.m., golf pro Vince Pulizzano will be there to offer putting advice which you can then put to the test in a competition. There will also be a golden tee machine and golf-themed photo booth. Don’t forget to grab “hole-in-one” donut or a Bogey hoagie while there! Food and activities while drinks can be purchased at the bar.  

The 19th Hole at The Yard

On Friday, June 16, the Iron Horse Hotel is hosting its U.S. Open “golf-tastic” party. Beginning at 5 p.m., guests can enjoy $10 cocktail specials such as the Caddyshack (Smirnoff Red White and Berry with blue curacao, splash of lemonade, garnished with a mini baby ruth) or the Hole in One (Johnnie Walker Red, sweet Vermouth, Lemon juice, orange bitters). Guests are encouraged to wear their most ridiculous golf apparel in order to be entered for the chance to win a new Callaway golf bag. The winner will be announced at 9 p.m. and must be present to win. There will also be prizes for the runners up! So pull out your wildest golf knickers and don your flat cap for this U.S. Open celebration!


Lakefront Festival of Art

The Lakefront Festival of Art at the Milwaukee Art Museum runs from Friday, June 16 to Sunday, June 18. The three-day long fundraising event has been raising money for the Milwaukee Art Museum since it began in 1963. It is one of the top twenty art festivals in the country and showcases a range of art from paintings and metalwork to jewelry and ceramics. There will food, music and activities for the whole family and no shortage of art. Tickets can be purchased in advance online or at the festival on the day of attendance. 


Milwaukee Underwear Bike Ride

The Milwaukee Underwear Bike Ride celebrates its eight year anniversary this year and they are doing it big with an after-party presented by Voodoo Honey at Company Brewing. The bike ride takes place on Thursday, June 15 and begins at 8 p.m. from the top of Reservoir Hill. Participants are encouraged to arrive as early as 7 p.m. to hear special announcements and receive patches, stickers, spoke cards, or a wristband for the after party. This ride marks the first of the summer and more rides are to be announced.

Underwear Bike Ride. Photo courtesy of James Anderson.




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.