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Summer means festivals and there is no shortage of options this weekend! From Strawberry Festival to Garlic Fest and Summer Soulstice, there's truly one for everyone. Not a festival fan? There are workout and beer options too. Or try both together, the best of both worlds!

Music

Jazz in the Park

Thursday night in Milwaukee means Cathedral Square will be filled to the brim with music-lovers of all ages out enjoying some jazz tunes. On Thursday, June 22, Legends of Milwaukee Jazz will be performing. The event begins at 5 p.m. and music starts at 6 p.m. Be sure to get there early to visit your favorite local vendor for a bite to eat and then settle in on the grass to enjoy the music and dancing!

88Nine Block Party

88Nine is celebrating their 10th anniversary in style with their 88Nine Block Party on Saturday, June 24, just outside of their Walker’s Point home. There will be food from local restaurants including Comet Cafe, Meat on the Street and Purple Door Ice Cream, as well as art and tons of live music. The day begins at 1:30 p.m. with a kick-off performance from the Latino Arts Mariachi Juvenil. The block party is free to the public but VIP tickets are also available for purchase that allow access inside the 88Nine building and to the after party.

The Little Gig

Get yourself prepared for the “Big Gig” by attending the Little Gig on Sunday, June 25, where there will be live music, beer and great food. Hosted by Dandan and Boone & Crocket, this summer celebration is part block-party, part music festival. Milwaukee artists like Whips and Dana Coppafeel will be headlining the mini music festival.  The event takes place in the parking lot next to DanDan is free to the public.


Family-Friendly

Free Outdoor Summer Movies in Veteran’s Park

Roll out your blankets and pull out your lawn chairs for the showing of Sing in Veterans Park on Saturday, June 24. The free movie showing begins at dusk and is part of the 2017 Guardian Credit Union Lakefront Movies in Veterans Park series. Food and beverages will be available for purchase from the Gift of Wings Kite Store. Its a BYOP (Bring Your Own Popcorn) kind of night, so bring the kids and settle in for a movie night beneath the stars!

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Festivals

Strawberry Festival

Cedarburg hosts its 32nd Annual Strawberry Festival on June 24 and 25. Festival goers can enjoy live music such as local favorites Life in a Tree and and Our House, peruse and purchase local artists’ work and sample delicious food. There are activities for all ages, including face painting, pony rides and even a petting zoo for the youngest attendees. If that isn’t convincing enough, local strawberry dishes will be the focal point. The strawberry shortcake is not to be missed.

Strawberry Fest photo courtesy of Aaron Czarnecki.

Garlic Fest

There truly is a festival for everything when summertime hits in Milwaukee, even garlic! Hosted by Braise Restaurant, Garlic Fest comes to Walker’s Point on Sunday, June 25, from noon to 4 p.m. Local restaurants will be dishing out their favorite garlic-inspired meals, and there will be drinks available to purchase from local brewers. There will also be live music, games and crafts available to purchase from artists.

Summer Soulstice

Featuring three stages of live music, Summer Soulstice is Milwaukee’s official celebration of the summer solstice. The music festival takes place on Saturday, June 24, from noon to midnight on North Ave. Apart from the three stages of live local music, there will be BMX bike stunt show, local crafts and plenty of food and drink choices from vendors.

Summer Soulstice in Milwaukee

Photo courtesy of Summer Soulstice


Beer

Moo & Brew

It’s Dairy Month and to celebrate, the Milwaukee Public Market is hosting Moo & Brew on Thursday, June 22, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Guests can sample favorite artisan cheeses and craft beers from local vendors. It’s a night filled with the food and drink that Wisconsin is best known for. Tickets to the event can be purchased online for $20 with proceeds going to the Hunger Task Force.

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Fitness

HIIT-N-Hops

There’s nothing better than a 45-minute, high-intensity interval training (HIIT) circuit-style workout followed by a beer! The HIIT-N-Hops workout is the first of the series hosted by bodyfuel inc, Milwaukee County Parks and Milwaukee County Parks Traveling Beer Garden. So round up your friends and get a workout and a beer on Thursday, June 22, at 5:30 p.m. in Froemming Park.

Photo by Front Room Photography.


Art

Light Keeper’s Art Show and Sale

On Friday, June 23, the Light Keeper’s Art Show and Sale begins at the North Point Lighthouse and Museum from 5 to 9 p.m. The show features watercolor works from Julia Taylor. Hors d’oeuvres will be served from Pastiche at Hotel Metro as well as a complimentary signature champagne cocktail. Tickets to the event are $10 and a portion of the proceeds go to the North Point Lighthouse.


Literary

Scott Turow at the Jewish Community Center

Boswell Book Company and the Harry and Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center bring author Scott Turow to the JCC on Sunday, June 25, at 2 p.m. Turrow is a #1 New York Times bestselling author, and he will be discussing his latest novel, Testimony, with Mitch Teich, the executive producer of WUMS’s “Lake Effect.” Tickets to the event are $30, which will cover your admission and a copy of Testimony.

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