Whether you're in the mood for live music, a Polka dance or spending time with the kids, Milwaukee is ready for you to have a fun and busy weekend.
For over 50 years, the Lakefront Festival of Art (700 N. Art Museum Dr.) has attracted thousands of people to the beautiful lakefront to explore various artists, food and events. This year, the festival returns to the lakefront June 15 to 17 with over 170 artists from across the nation coming to display their art. With children’s activities, a sculpture garden and silent auction, there is something for everyone.
Get ready to travel to Poland this weekend with Milwaukee’s first ethnic festival of the season, Polish Fest from June 15 to June 17 at the Henry Maier Festival Park (200 N. Harbor Dr.). The festival features five stages of entertainment, ranging from Polka bands to rock and folk bands, over 30 food vendors with traditional Wisconsin and Polish food and of course the Big Boomski fireworks show on Saturday night. New this year is a Royal White Tiger Exhibit featuring live White rare Tigers.
What better way to celebrate dads and the World Cup than a beer tasting? Cafe Bavaria (7700 Harwood Ave.) wants you to experience each country the right way on June 14, so they are offering a special bier tasting of seven different kinds of beer that are all the official sponsor of that country’s futbol team. One French Kronenbourg 1664 please.
Unless you’re living under a rock, you know that the FIFA World Cup kicks off this weekend. Celebrate the right way by coming to the opening of the Nomad 2018 FanZone (625 S. 5th St.) on Thursday, June 14. While watching the Russia vs. Saudi Arabia match, enjoy a Russia Happy Hour, a ribbon cutting with Alderman Perez and DJs all night. The party continues throughout the weekend (and throughout the summer) with more live music and of course plenty of soccer.
With over 40 breweries and over 20 food vendors, it will be difficult not to immediately love the 9th Annual Wisconsin Beer Lovers Festival on June 16 at Bayshore Town Center (5800 North Bayshore Dr.) starting at 1 p.m. Bring your dad or just a group of friends and find your new favorite summer beer or sip around, because let’s face it, you can’t really go wrong with this festival.
Bring some friends and sample Pabst Brewery’s newest brew, Belgo IPA. The Pabst Milwaukee Brewery and Taproom (1037 W. Juneau Ave.) will host an in-house launch party on Friday, June 15 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Belgo IPA, a Belgian-style India Pale Ale, is part of the brewery’s World IPA series. The event will also feature live music from Mer and Friends.
What would a Milwaukee weekend be without great, live music? Come to Anodyne Coffee Roasting Co. (224 W. Bruce St.) June 14 to listen to four different musical artists throughout the night. Featuring Eliza Hanson, Syvers, Chris Haise and Fiona Blue, sip on a delicious coffee and enjoy your Thursday night the right way. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show kicks off at 7:30 p.m.
Bring your little ones and help make a difference in someone’s life. The first annual Big Bask for Kids will be held on Saturday, June 16 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Rock Sports Complex (7900 Crystal Ridge Rd.). The event features bounce houses, music, face painting and even appearances from the Milwaukee Bucks, the Milwaukee Admirals and the Milwaukee Wave. Even better? All proceeds go to Make-A-Wish Wisconsin to grant wishes for Wisconsin children battling critical illnesses.
Everyone knows the true Wisconsinite problem: to wear Brewers gear or Packers gear today? Well both teams have heard the concerns and come up with a solution. Join the Brew Crew this Saturday, June 16 for Pack at the Park with a special ticket package that features a Brewers-Packers green and gold tshirt and a ticket to the Brewers vs. Phillies game. Some Packers alumni will even be in attendance for photo opportunities throughout the afternoon.