With the longest days of the year upon us, this weekend offers plenty of live music, sangria tastings and festivals galore.
Can’t pronounce it? No problem, it’s probably still delicious. The 53rd Annual Greek Fest returns to the Wisconsin State Fair Grounds (640 S 84th St.) from June 22 to June 24 starting at 11 a.m. Tickets are free and attendees can enjoy live music, dancing, Greek pastries and the famous Greek chicken and lamb. There’s even a whole Greek chicken drive thru. Come hungry!
Celebrate the fruit of the summer, as the 33rd Annual Strawberry Festival returns to downtown Cedarburg on June 23 and 24. Not only will there be strawberries in every form, but also over 300 artists, food vendors, live music, a petting zoo and a “Berry Big” 5K run/walk. Some specialty items to look out for: strawberry brats, strawberry shortcakes, a strawberry kringle, a strawberry chicken wrap and lots more.
Get ready to break out the mints afterward, but enjoy the annual Garlic Fest while it lasts! The Walker’s Point festival will celebrate all things garlic on June 24 from noon to 4 p.m. Besides all the delicious garlic food and beverage possibilities, there will also be live music, kids games, a raffle, yoga at noon with Elle Wellness, a rowing contest and plenty of local vendors. Think you love garlic the most? Compete in the Garlic Eating Contest at 2 p.m.
We know everyone is patiently awaiting the biggest music festival of the year, but Summerfest is ready to give you a sneak peek of the new U.S. Cellular Connection Stage. Summerfest welcomes Diplo to the new stage on June 22, with gates opening at 7 p.m. Admission is completely free but on a first-come first serve basis. The new stage includes the largest video board at the festival, a brand new stage and a VIP hospitality area.
Get ready to celebrate the longest day of the year (almost) with some of the best that Milwaukee has to offer. The 18th Annual Summer Soulstice Music Festival takes place June 23 from noon to midnight on E North Ave. The festival features three stages with free live music, a kids art area, a live mural art painting, BMX stunt bikes, an Adventure Rock climbing wall, a mini-golf hole, plenty of delicious food vendors and lots of local art and vendors.
This concert pleases not only the ears, but the eyes, too. Present Music hosts its final concert of the season at the Lynden Sculpture Garden (2145 W Brown Deer Rd.) on June 23 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The garden consists of over 50 sculptures in 40 stunning acres. For the first part of the show, the audience is divided into groups where they will walk around the garden to 13 different performances. Afterward, groups come together to listen to local artists and even play some unique instruments. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased online.
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The name itself hasn’t sold you already? Hotel Madrid (600 South 6th St.) will host its first Sangria Fest on June 24 where other local restaurants will all serve up their favorite sangria recipes. Sangria Fest itself takes place from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., but there will be a ‘Pregame in the Parking Lot’ before the event from noon to 3 p.m. and an ‘After Fest Community Dinner’ from 6 p.m. to close. Tickets for Sangria Fest are $25 for various sangria tastings, with no fee for the pregame and post-dinner.
Besides festival season, our favorite season has to be beer garden season. MKE Beer Gardens will host a pop-up Beer Garden at Cooper Park (8701 W Chambers St.) June 22 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. and June 23 and 24 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. The pop-up will feature their new ‘Wisconsin AleStream’ along with four other local craft beers, sodas and snacks.
Get ready to don your nicest tux or gown for the Zoological Society’s annual fundraiser, Zoo Ball, on June 23 from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. The evening begins with cocktails and a silent auction, followed by a gourmet dinner, live music, dancing and a live auction. Some exciting items up for grabs include a Packers signed football, VIP seats to watch the July 3 fireworks on top of the Northwestern Mutual Tower and even the rights to name a future zoo animal. Tickets are available on their website and all attendees must pre-register for the event.