Things to Do this Weekend: June 29-July 1

Summerfest dominates this weekend, but there are plenty of other options for things to do around Milwaukee!


Burnhearts 10th Annual PBR Street Party

On Saturday, July 1, Burnhearts is hosting the 10th Annual PBR Street Party. This is the tenth year that Burnhearts will be partnering with Pabst Blue Ribbon to put on this day-long block party outside of the Bay View bar. Six local acts will be playing at the event, including Queen Hilma and AUTOMatic. There will be food, music, crafts and of course beer. The event begins at noon and is free to the public

Summer Fun

Bradford Beach Country Jam!

Photo courtesy of Bradford Beach.

Here’s hoping for warm weather on Sunday, July 2, as Bradford Beach hosts its Country Jam! There will be free live music from artist Nick Lynch from 2-5 p.m. as a music warm-up before heading down to Summerfest later in the evening. Food and drink will be available for purchase and there will be raffles throughout the night. Rent your cabanas now, as it is sure to be busy at the beach on Sunday!

4th of July

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Enjoy the fireworks, parades, performances and other activities planned all around the city. Here’s your guide for where to celebrate our nation’s independence, on Monday, July 3 and Tuesday, July 4.


Jazz in the Park

As usual, Cathedral Square will be filled with music-lovers and vendors alike on Thursday night as Jazz in the Park takes over. This Thursday, June 29, Alma Afrobeat Ensemble will be taking the stage to provide the jazz tunes. The event begins at 5 p.m. and music starts at 6 p.m. Grab a bite to eat from your fave local vendor and then find a spot on the green to enjoy the music! (Plus, enter to win a free picnic for two at next week’s (July 6) Jazz in the Park.)


2017 USA Gymnastics Championships

On the hunt for some high-flying action? The 2017 USA Gymnastics Championships are taking place at the BMO Harris Bradley Center and Wisconsin Center this weekend, Thursday, June 29-Saturday, July 1. Junior Olympic and elite level gymnasts are competing in the national championships for acrobatic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics and trampoline. Tickets to see the action can still be purchased online at Ticketmaster.


Artist Lecture: Deborah Butterfield

The Milwaukee Art Museum hosts artist Deborah Butterfield in conjunction with Sculpture Milwaukee on Thursday, June 29 as part of their artist lecture series. Butterfield is an artist best known for her sculpture work, particularly of horses. She makes her sculptures primarily of wood and metal and will be discussing her work at 6:15 p.m. The event is free for members and with museum admission.



The Big Gig is finally here! Summerfest opened its doors to its 50th anniversary festival on Wednesday and is open every day this weekend from noon to midnight. Festival-goers can enjoy music from ground stage headliners such as Andy Grammer (Sunday, July 2), Hey Violet (Saturday, July 1) and Hippo Campus (Thursday, June 29) or spend a little extra to head into the American Family Insurance Amphitheater for headliners like Luke Bryan and P!nk. As always, there will be great food and music, and if you try hard enough, you should be able to get in for free each day! Here’s our 2017 day-by-day Summerfest rankings.

Photo courtesy of Megan Otto.


Totally 90’s Party

Looking for the perfect excuse to break out your finest 90’s attire? The Totally 90’s Party hosted by Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Milwaukee has you covered. The dance party begins at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 29 at the Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Brookfield. Hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be served and classic 90’s dance moves are required. So brush up on the Sprinkler and the Carlton and you’ll fit right in.

Zeynab Ali photo by Pardeep Kaleka.



CreativeMornings is bringing author and youth activist, Zeynab Ali, to speak at Colectivo Coffee on Friday, June 30. Ali is the author of Cataclysm: Secrets of the Horn of Africa, a memoir of her family’s life experiences in Africa and in America. The current CreativeMornings theme is centered on survival, and Ali will discuss her past as a refugee from Kenya. Tickets to the event are free, but those wishing to attend should register online.



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.