Our Favorite Milwaukee Festivals

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Summer is so short here in Milwaukee and since we are the City of Festivals, let’s plan out the coming months! We’ve put together a list of some of our favorite festivals for 2019 in Milwaukee! 

Our Favorite Milwaukee Festivals

Chocolate Fest Burlington, May 24-27: Sounds delicious! A festival in Burlington to celebrate chocolate, in Chocolate City USA! A Battle of the Bands, chocolate eating contest and Culinary Competition

Family Kite Festival Milwaukee Lakefront, May 25-26: See the launch of 500 kites at the free 32nd Annual Wilde Subaru Family Kite Festival. Watch professional Flying Team performances, Stunt kite demonstrations and kite lessons. Then try flying your own! Awesome family-friendly festival on the lakefront.

Community Street Festival Port Washington, May 26: Port Washington’s downtown moves their business out onto the street, with special offers and promotions. Outdoor food and beverage stands provided by restaurants and taverns, and entertainment for all – with music, dance, children’s activities, and more. 

Scottish Fest / Highland Games Wauwatosa, June 1: Celebrate all things Scottish at the Milwaukee Highland Games, including food, dance, athletics…and sheepdogs!

Pride Fest Henry Maier Festival Park, Milwaukee, June 6-9: The nations largest LGBT+ festival with permanent festival grounds, owned and operated entirely by volunteers each and every year.

Jammin’ on Janesville Muskego, June 7: An event organized by the Muskego Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism.

Port Washington Pirate Festival Port Washington, June 7-9: This is the very best Pirate Fest in Wisconsin, located in the beautiful city of Port Washington, Wisconsin, has become the “must attend” event for boaters, bikers, Buccaneers, Revolutionary War re-enactors & families alike from all over the Midwest & beyond. The event includes: a Thieves Marketplace, a Gruel Galley, a Buccaneer Bash, Children’s activities, demonstrations, educational exhibits, musicians, comedians, a Pirate Ship & much more. 

Touch a Truck Racine County Fairgrounds, Union Grove, June 8: A family-friendly event introducing everyone to the construction and trades industry. 

Locust Street Festival of Music and Art Locust Street, Milwaukee, June 9: Food, 6 Stages of Music and a Beer Run.

Polish Fest Henry Maier Festival Park, Milwaukee, June 14-16: America’s Largest Polish Festival includes Children’s Activities, Youth Piano Competition, Polish Sheepdogs and learn to cook with Polish Flair!

Juneteenth Festival Dr. Martin Luther King Drive, Milwaukee, June 19: Parade, live music, kids games, exhibits, soul food and more! 

Fawn Fest Fiserv Forum, Every Wednesday beginning June 19th A new series of weekly kids’ activities, at the plaza in front of Fiserv Forum on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. during summer. The fest will be held each Wednesday until Aug. 28. Some things that will be featured at Fawn Fest are kid-friendly food and beverages available for purchase, the Bucks Entertainment Network, a DJ and free activities such as giant slides, games and inflatables.

Greek Fest State Fair Park, June 21-23 A free event hosted by the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church to celebrate the Greek community of Milwaukee. Authentic Greek cuisine, music, carnival rides and dance performances. 

Lakefront Festival of Art Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, June 21-23: Celebrating its 57th year, this rain or shine event features over 180 artists from around the nation, local food, beer and wine garden, PNC children’s experience and an entertainment lineup not to be missed.

Strawberry Festival Cedarburg, June 22-23: Art, vendors, strawberry everything, including wine! A pancake breakfast, pony rides, petting zoo, Strawberry Shortcake Eating Contest, Strawberry Bubblegum Blowing Contest, Strawberry Ice Cream Licking Contest and more… 

The Bloody Mary Festival Fiserv Forum, June 22-23: The Bloody Mary Festival is a celebration of the most beloved brunch cocktail and the largest event of its kind. Our mission is to bring together the most innovative and crafty bloody mary mixes, curated by our team of bloody mary aficionados.

Summerfest Henry Maier Festival Park, Milwaukee, June 26-June 30 and July 2-July 7: The World’s Largest Music Festival, including a little something for everyone. 

Bristol Renaissance Faire IL/WI Border, Weekends, July 6 through Sept 2: 30 acres of pure fun! 20 stages offer variety entertainment all day long. arts and crafts, music, dance, parades, rides and games plus a Queen and her glittering Court.

Bastille Days Cathedral Square Park, July 11-14: 38th Anniversary of Milwaukee’s French festival. Bastille Days is one of the largest french-themed celebrations. Storm the Bastille Run and Wine Tastings!

Festa Italiana Henry Maier Festival Park, July 19-21: Traditional Italian entertainment, food, games and fireworks every night. 

Fish Day Port Washington, July 20: The World’s Largest One Day Outdoor Fish Fry! Festivities include a car show, walk/run, parade, art and craft show. 

Croatian Days Croatian Park, Franklin, July 20: Food, drinks, music, raffle prizes. Come see some ethnic dancing and delicious authentic Croatian lamb, pork, and chicken off the spit.

German Fest Henry Maier Festival Park, Milwaukee, July 26-28: Authentic German food and entertainment including the 14th Annual Dachshund Derby.

North Shore Bank’s Taste of Lake Country Pewaukee, July 26-27: Food, art vendors, music, and shopping.

Milwaukee Air & Water Show July 27-28: The Grand Return of the U.S. Navy Blue Angels. Grab a lawn chair, some earplugs and head to the lakefront for an amazing show.

Brady Street Festival Brady Street, Milwaukee, July 27: Brady Street will be rockin’ the night and day away with 4 stages packed with live entertainment, including some of our fav local bands.  

Hartland Kids Day Nixon Park, Hartland, July 31: Bounce houses, Rock wall, face painting, food and more!

State Fair State Fair Park, August 1-11: Ten days of fun, food, animals and shopping. How many items on a stick can you try? 

Black Arts Fest MKE Milwaukee, August 3: This annual festival honors African and African American culture, creating a positive atmosphere that unifies all ages. Black Arts Fest MKE will expose attendees to African and African American heritage and inspire and strengthen pride in our ancestry. We hope all leave the festival with a greater understanding of our history.

Firefly Art Fair Wauwatosa, August 3-4: Held on 1.5 acres of gardens and grounds at the historic Kneeland-Walker House, the fair includes over 90 juried artists. 

Under One Moon Historic Third Ward, August 9: A full moon will rise over Catalano Square in the Historic Third Ward on Friday, Aug. 9, 2019 in the shape of a stunning artwork depicting a hyperreal view of the lunar surface. Museum of the Moon, which has been touring the world since 2016, is a 23-foot diameter, inflatable art installation by Luke Jerram using NASA photography. The Moon is the centerpiece of the pop-up festival created to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing in 1969 and all things lunar.

Dragon Boat Festival Veterans Park, Milwaukee, August 10: Presented by the Milwaukee Chinese Community Center the festival will include an authentic Chinese experience. Dragon boat races!

Kid’s Fest Oconomowoc, August 13: Games, entertainment, music, inflatables, arts & crafts, food and more!

Zoo a la Carte Milwaukee, August 15-18: “Feast with the Beasts” during the Zoo’s annual a la Carte. Satisfy your cravings with food from favorite local eateries, as you let the music of local and national bands take you away

Irish Fest Henry Maier Festival Park, Milwaukee, August 15-18: A baking contest, Celtic Canines, Cultural Village, Family activities and Jameson Lounge.

Sounds of Summer Whitefish Bay, August 17: A musical street festival on the east end of Silver Spring Drive.

India Fest Humboldt Park, Milwaukee : Filled with the colors of courage, peace and happiness. A free day of culture, collaboration, history, diversity and inclusion.

Muskego Community Festival Muskego, August 23-25: Largest free admission festival in Southeast Wisconsin, including festival parade and carnival rides!

Mexican Fiesta Henry Maier Festival Park, Milwaukee, August 23-25: Three days of fun, food, Mariachi and Fiesta for everyone.

Third Ward Art Festival Milwaukee, August 31 – September 1: Live music, great food and fun activities for kids.

Indian Summer Festival Henry Maier Festival Park, Milwaukee, September 7-9: Thirty years of Native Traditions. This year includes Indian Summer Music Awards.

Bay View Bash Bay View, September 21: A community festival of food, art, music, crafts, books and community organizations. Striving to be a zero waste festival! 

Wine & Harvest Festival Cedarburg, September 21-22: Homegrown produce and award-winning wines from Cedar Creek Winery along with a food court, shopping and kids activities. 

Petfest Henry Maier Festival Park, Milwaukee, September 21: Bring your dog and/or cat. Free parking and Free admission.

Doors Open Milwaukee Milwaukee, September 28-29: Take the opportunity to see over 150 wonderful Milwaukee Buildings free of charge. Some buildings not usually open to the public. 

Whew! Just like that, you have your whole summer planned! What are your favorite festivals to enjoy around the Milwaukee area?

 

1 COMMENT

  1. I loved open doors Milwaukee, Waterford Balloon fest, Ren Faire, Irish Fest, India Fest. Really excited to try some new ones too. 😊

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