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 in Milwaukee that we can’t wait to return to after having to miss out on so many in the last couple years.
Our Favorite Milwaukee Festivals
Family Kite Festival Milwaukee Lakefront, May 28-29: See the launch of 500 kites at the free 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.
Art Walk – Festival de Arte Port Washington, May 29
Scottish Fest / Highland Games Franklin, June 4: Celebrate all things Scottish at the Milwaukee Highland Games, including food, dance, athletics…and sheepdogs!
Pride Fest Henry Maier Festival Park, Milwaukee, June 2-4: The nations largest LGBT+ festival with permanent festival grounds, owned and operated entirely by volunteers each and every year.
Jammin’ on Janesville Muskego, June 3: An event organized by the Muskego Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism.
Port Washington Pirate Festival Port Washington, June 3-5: 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.
Locust Street Festival of Music and Art Locust Street, June 12
Polish Fest Milwaukee, June 10-12: America’s Largest Polish Festival includes Children’s Activities, Youth Piano Competition, Polish Sheepdogs and learn to cook with Polish Flair!
Greek Fest Wauwatosa, June 10-12 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.
Milwaukee Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival, Waukesha, June 11: Food trucks will be rolling into the Waukesha Expo Center on Saturday, June 11th. From 12 – 5 pm there will be eating, drinking, fun….and more eating! Along with the trucks, attendees will find 30+ craft beers, activities for the family, and lawn games.
Lakefront Festival of Art Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, Cancelled for 2022: 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 25-26: 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.
Summerfest Henry Maier Festival Park, Milwaukee, June 23-25, 30, July 2, 7-9: Summerfest is The World’s Largest Music Festival, including a little something for everyone!
Bastille Days Cathedral Square Park, July 14-17: Bastille Days is one of the largest french-themed celebrations. Storm the Bastille Run and Wine Tastings!
Festa Italiana Cancelled for 2022: Traditional Italian entertainment, food, games and fireworks every night.
Fish Day Port Washington, July 15-16: The World’s Largest One Day Outdoor Fish Fry! Festivities include a car show, walk/run, parade, art and craft show.
Waukesha County Fair July 20-24: The 180th Fair (the oldest in the state). This is the largest event in Waukesha County offering something for everyone with live entertainment on 5 stages, food, games, rides, animas, shopping, special attractions like demo derby, truck & tractor pulls and more.
Milwaukee Air & Water Show July 23-24: 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.
Falls Lavender Fest at Village Park in Menomonee Falls, July 23rd
Hartland Kids Day Nixon Park, Hartland, July 27
German Fest Henry Maier Festival Park, Milwaukee, July29-31: Authentic German food and entertainment including the Annual Dachshund Derby.
North Shore Bank’s Taste of Lake Country Pewaukee, July 29-31: Food, art vendors, music, and shopping.
Brady Street Festival Brady Street, Milwaukee, July 30: Brady Street will be rockin’ the night and day away with live entertainment, including some of our fav local bands.
Wisconsin State Fair State Fair Park, August 4-14: The best eleven days of summer is BACK! Enjoy the best of fun, food, animals and shopping the state has to offer. How many items on a stick can you try?
Black Arts Fest MKE Milwaukee, August 6: 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.
Firefly Art Fair Wauwatosa, August 6-7: Held on 1.5 acres of gardens and grounds at the historic Kneeland-Walker House, the fair includes over 90 juried artists.
Kid’s Fest Fowler Park, Oconomowoc, August 9: Games, entertainment, music, inflatables, arts & crafts, food and more!
Dragon Boat Festival Veterans Park, Milwaukee, August 13: Presented by the Milwaukee Chinese Community Center the festival will include an authentic Chinese experience. Dragon boat races!
Zoo a la Carte Milwaukee, August 18-21: “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.
Sounds of Summer Whitefish Bay, August 20: A musical street festival on the east end of Silver Spring Drive.
The Bloody Mary Festival Fiserv Forum, August 20: 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.
Irish Fest Henry Maier Festival Park, Milwaukee, August 18-21: A baking contest, Celtic Canines, Cultural Village, Family activities and Jameson Lounge.
Oconomowoc Festival of the Arts – Fowler Park, Downtown Oconomowoc, August 20-21: For over 50 years, the Oconomowoc Festival of the Arts has been a juried art festival enjoyed by artists and visitors alike. The festival is held on the shores of Fowler Lake in the heart of Oconomowoc. Shop for quality artwork in all media!
Muskego DandiLion Daze Festival Muskego, August 26-28: Largest free admission festival in Southeast Wisconsin, including festival parade and carnival rides!
Mexican Fiesta Henry Maier Festival Park, Milwaukee, August 26-28: Three days of fun, food, Mariachi and Fiesta for everyone.
Third Ward Art Festival Milwaukee, September 3-4: Live music, great food and fun activities for kids.
Indian Summer Festival Henry Maier Festival Park, Milwaukee, 2022 Status is TBD: Thirty years of Native Traditions. One of Milwaukee’s most popular and memorable ethnic festivals. And as Indian Nation’s largest cultural celebration of its kind, Indian Summer Festival has become a gathering place for Native people from all over the US, Canada and beyond. Check back for updates.
Bay View Bash Bay View, September 17: A community festival of food, art, music, crafts, books and community organizations. Striving to be a zero waste festival!
Wine & Harvest Festival Cedarburg, September 17-18: 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 24: Bring your dog and/or cat. Free parking and Free admission.
Doors Open Milwaukee Milwaukee, September 24-25: Take the opportunity to see over 150 wonderful Milwaukee Buildings free of charge. Some buildings not usually open to the public.