Things to Do this Weekend: July 20-23

Check out Firkin Fest at Cathedral Square this weekend, dine with the spies at SafeHouse or treat yourself to a cannoli at Festa Italiana. This weekend was made for the foodies of Milwaukee.

Juretzko and Kalugin in front of Stasi cell door at the SafeHouse. Photo courtesy of Frances Fyten.


SafeHouse Brings Espionage History to Life
On Sunday, July 23 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., SafeHouse hosts a top-secret discussion (shhh!) with the son of real-world spy Francis Gary Powers, and former prisoner of war Werner Juretzko. The two will discuss experiences and operations that happened during the Cold War. Attendees of the discussion will enjoy a catered SafeHouse buffet for $25. Those wishing to attend the event can register online.


Violent Femmes 2017 Echo & the Bunnymen
The Violent Femmes and Echo & the Bunnymen are the next artists to take the stage at the BMO Harris Pavilion on the Summerfest grounds. The rock innovators are set to perform on Friday, July 21 at 7:30 p.m. The Violent Femmes, Milwaukee natives, began in 1980 and are known for songs such as “Blister in the Sun” and “Add it Up.” Tickets for Friday night’s show can still be purchased online. 


Festa Italian
Festa Italiana celebrates 40 years when it opens its doors at the Henry Maier Festival Park beginning July 21 through July 23. Festa is fun for the whole family as activities range from taking a ride in a traditional gondola to participating in a game of Bocce ball. The delicious Italian food makes Festa one of the most anticipated ethnic festivals of the summer. Advance admission can be purchased online, and children under 12 are admitted free.  

Photo courtesy of Festa Italiana.


“Sleuth with the Proof” at Rosati’s
On Saturday, July 22, Wisconsin homicide investigator Steve Spingola will be featured in the season premiere of “Cold Justice” on the Oxygen channel at 7 p.m. Prior to the premiere, Spingola will be at Rosati’s Pizza in Pewaukee from 2-4 p.m. to sign copies of his latest book, Staggered Paths: Strange Deaths in the Badger State. Rosati’s is offering a lunch special of a slice of pizza and a drink for $4.76, and copies of Staggered Paths will be available for $10. 

Cold Justice full cast. Photo courtesy of Steve Spingola.


Milwaukee Firkin Beer Fest 
In the mood for a unique craft brew? Head to Milwaukee Firkin Beer Fest on Saturday, July 22 in Cathedral Square Park. The festival opens to VIPs at 3 p.m. and to the general public at 4 p.m. There will be over 150 brews to sample and more than 40 Firkins on the grounds. Still not sure what a Firkin is? Read up on all things Firkin Fest before attending. 

Photo by Caroline Tan.

Deschutes Brewery Pop-Up Pub
Deschutes Brewery brings the world’s biggest pop-up pub to Milwaukee on Saturday, July 22 from 2-10 p.m. The Street Pub is 400 feet long and boasts a huge selection of beers from both Deschutes Brewery and local favorites such as Third Space Brewing and Lakefront Brewery. There will be entertainment from local bands and a kids zone to keep everyone happy. Deschutes Brewery and its partners are working to raise money for the Hunger Task Force and Westown Association during the one-day event.

Photo courtesy of Deschutes Brewery.


Lombardi Walk/Run to Tackle Cancer
The 30th annual Lombardi Walk/Run to Tackle Cancer takes place on Saturday, July 22, at Festa Italiana. Hosted by Aurora Cancer Care and the Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation, funds raised go to helping more people beat cancer. All participants receive a t-shirt and free admission to Festa Italiana for the day. Individuals may still register for the event now or donate online. 


Inside Job Exhibition
The opening reception for “Inside Job,” the newest exhibition at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD), will be held on Friday, July 21 from 5-9 p.m. during Summer Gallery Night. The exhibition features MIAD alumni who worked as MIAD gallery staff members when they were students and focuses on how what they learned from working at the gallery has influenced their work today. The exhibit runs from July 20 to September 30 and is free and open to the public. 

Floaty Fruity by Claire Smith.




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.