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From sultry tangos to your choice of festivals, there are plenty of fun and (some) free things to do this weekend!

Beer

Brunch with the Barons

Hosted by Forest Home Cemetery, “Brunch with the Barons” takes participants through the cemetery’s beer path, which makes stops at the resting places of some of Milwaukee’s most famous beer families. Along the way, stories of the famous families including the Blatz, Pabst and Schlitz families will be shared by family members and re-enactors. Beer buffs can take part in the tour on Saturday, June 10 beginning at 10 a.m.


Family-Friendly

Free Summer Night Movies in Veterans Park

Grab your blankets and bring your popcorn to Veterans Park on Saturday, June 10 for the first night of Guardian Credit Union Lakefront Movies in Veterans Park. The movie of the night is The Jungle Book, and it begins at dusk, so be there in time to get a good spot. Food and beverages will be available for purchase at the nearby Gift of Wings Kite Store. 

Reptile Day at the Wehr Nature Center

Here’s your chance to get up close and personal with a variety of reptiles and amphibians. On Sunday, June 11, from 1-4 p.m. the Wehr Nature Center is hosting a variety of slithering, scaly creatures including Wisconsin’s very own Timber Rattlesnake. Apart from the chance to see and learn about the live animals, there will be kids crafts and refreshments available. Admission to the event is $3 per person and $2 for Friends of Wehr. 

Paula Zamiatowski, a Milwaukee County Parks Interpretive Educator, introduces a visitor to Terra, a Three-Toed Box Turtle, at a past Reptile Day. This year’s event is June 11, at Wehr Nature Center. Photo courtesy of Wehr Nature Center.

Splendor of the Solar System

On Friday, June 9, UWM’s Splendor of the Solar System opens for its first showing. The live, interactive production takes viewers on a tour of the solar system using their innovative UniView program. The night ends with an indoor stargazing session where you might be lucky enough to see a few popular constellations! Tickets to the show are $5 and can be purchased at the door.  

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Les Paul’s Birthday Celebration

Discovery World is celebrating the legendary Les Paul’s birthday this Saturday, June 10. Steve King and Johnnie Putman from WGN radio will be there to take part in the celebration and discuss the life of Les Paul and the impact he’s had on the music industry. The event begins at 11 a.m. and is free to the public. 


Festivals

Pridefest 

Pridefest returns to the Henry Maier Festival Park on Friday, June 9 through Sunday, June 11 to celebrate its 30th year in Milwaukee. The festival is the nations largest LGBT+ festival with permanent festival grounds and is operated entirely by volunteers. There will be great music, speakers, food and even glow in the dark yoga. Single day tickets to the festival are $15 and can be purchased online or at the gates.

Pridefest MKE 2016. Photo by Abe Van Dyke.

Locust Street Festival

The Locust Street Festival of Music and Art starts at 11 a.m. on Sunday, June 11 in Riverwest. The festival kicks off with the 41st Annual Riverwest Beer Run or Walk at 11:30 a.m. There will also be six stages with live music and food from local vendors available to purchase.  


Music

John Legend

John Legend makes a stop on his Darkness & Light Tour in Milwaukee on Thursday, June 8, at the Riverside Theatre. Legend is a nine-time Grammy Award-winning recording artist best known for his songs “All of Me” and “Love Me Now.” Doors to the show open at 7 p.m. and tickets are still on sale now starting at $78. 

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Summer Fun

Bucks Third Annual Summer Block Party

The Bucks host their Third Annual Summer Block Party in Schlitz Park on Saturday, June 10. Current and former Bucks players are set to make appearances and there will be food, beverages and live entertainment. The team is set to make a special announcement at 2 p.m. that signals the start of the Bucks 50th Anniversary celebration of calling Milwaukee home. So head out for some summer fun and party with the Bucks!


Art

Plein Air Event

The week-long Plein Air Event began on June 6 in Cedarburg and is recognized as the largest gathering of artists in Wisconsin. On Saturday, June 10, the Quick Paint Competition begins where artists disperse throughout Ozaukee County and must paint and frame a painting within two and a half hours. Many of the painters can be found  in downtown Cedarburg and its surrounding streets. Its a flurry of paintbrushes you don’t want to miss!

Plein Air Event. Photo courtesy of Cedarburg Plein Air.


Dance

Tango Caliente

Friday, June 9 through Sunday, June 11, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and Tango Caliente collaborate to present mesmerizing Tango and Latin American music and incredible dancing. Performances are at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are still available for the performances at the Marcus Center of Performing Arts


Fitness

Rock ‘n Sole Run 
Take part in Summerfest’s Rock ‘n Sole Run this Saturday, June 10. There’s a race for everyone as participants can choose to run a half marathon, quarter marathon or 5K. Each race starts and ends at the Henry Maier Festival Park and takes runners over the Hoan Bridge. Stay for the post-race party featuring live music, food and beverages. You can still register for the event online today.

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