Summerfest, the Fourth of July and a Kayak Crawl, oh my! You won't want to stay inside this weekend.
If you know even the bare minimum about Milwaukee, you still know that the annual Summerfest begins this week and runs from June 27 to July 1 and July 3 to July 8. There’s no way you can attend the world’s largest music festival and not have a great time. Some musical artists include Halsey, Florida Georgia Line, Journey, J. Cole and over 800 other bands. Sip on a beer, sample the delicious local food vendors and have a day (or 11).
What’s better than supporting a cause while having a great time doing it? The Better Project Awareness Foundation hosts a fundraising concert Make a Difference Milwaukee on Saturday, June 30, starting at 7:30 p.m. at the Wilson Theater at Vogel Hall (929 N. Water St.). The money raised will go to scholarships for private lessons as well as for free music camps for kids ages 6-16.
If you’re in the Bay View area, spend a lovely evening meeting your neighbors and socializing at the Bay View Block Party on Friday, June 29, starting at 5 p.m. All attending will be able to get a great view of the Cafe Centraal Bay View Classic bike race that night at The Muse Gallery Guesthouse (602 E. Lincoln Ave.). In true block party fashion, feel free to bring any refreshments or homemade deliciousness.
Wine and Beer
There’s nothing like a lovely evening outside sipping on a glass of your favorite vino. The Mason Street Grill ‘Sip Series’ returns this Thursday, June 28, where all fellow winos can enjoy downtown views on the patio while tasting some wonderful wines. The event is free to all and begins at 6 p.m. The Sip Series takes place the last Thursday of every month, so mark your calendars now.
Hit the water this weekend with some friends and explore a new side of Milwaukee, the fun way. MKE Tours is hosting a Milwaukee River Kayak Crawl on Friday, June 29 at 4 p.m. and Sunday, July 1, at noon. This guided tour kicks off with complimentary brats and beverages and then takes you to 4-5 pubs and restaurants. Views and beer? Yes please.
There’s no better way to work off those Summerfest calories than yoga with a view. Embody YOGA hosts a beginner yoga session on the roof of Casablanca (728 E Brady St.) on Saturday, June 30, from 9:45 a.m. to noon. Enjoy beats from D.J. Adamocity along with a delicious brunch after the workout. Tickets are $35 and you can purchase them here.
For those looking for a more cultured weekend, An American in Paris, a Tony Award-winning musical comes to the Marcus Center for Performing Arts (929 N. Water St.) at Uihlein Hall from Tuesday, June 26, to Sunday, July 1. The musical takes audience members to a European city where an American soldier meets a mysterious French girl. Tickets are on sale now, but come before the performance leaves Milwaukee!
As summer rolls on, spice up your dinner selection with a Korean BBQ class taught at the Milwaukee Public Market (400 N Water St.) on Thursday, June 28, from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Chef Saehee Chang will teach the class how to make the perfect Korean BBQ beef and fresh lettuce wraps. Make a delicious dinner and learn the meal to impress all your friends later on.
Fourth of July
Let’s be real: the Fourth of July is a big deal in Milwaukee, and nobody is mad about it. Depending on where you are in the Milwaukee area, you’ll find activities ranging from kite festivals to fireworks to parades and everything in between. Our suggestion? Wake up early (just before 9 a.m.) and attend a parade at Humboldt Park (3000 S. Howell Ave.), Lake Park (3233 E. Kenwood Blvd.), Mitchell Park (2600 W. Pierce St.) or one near you. Afterwards, either stay and listen to music and grab some bites or head over to Summerfest to celebrate with the rest of Milwaukee. End the day with Fourth of July fireworks at Lincoln Park (1301 W. Hampton Ave.) at 9:15 p.m. However, if you plan on celebrating just a little early, come to Veterans Park (1010 N. Lincoln Memorial Dr.) for a kite festival during the day and the legendary fireworks starting at 9 p.m.