African World Festival
Annual celebration of African heritage and culture. The event is held each year at Maier Festival Park, August 2-7. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the gate; opening times vary.
The event is known for the impromptu street performers, roaming minstrels, a variety of musical entertainment, and the signature 43-foot Eiffel Tower replica. Takes place July 10th-13th in the streets near Cathedral Square; admission is free.
Bay View Bash
A festival of music, food, and art on Kinnickinnic Avenue, between Potter and Clement Avenues. September 15th at 11am-10pm.
Brady Street Festival featuring “Cheese Fest”
Sample or buy local and regional cheese makers, organic farmers, and a variety of delicious family friendly fare. Held Saturday, July 28th at 10am-10pm on Brady Street; admission is free.
Brady Street Days featuring “Buskerfest”
Area merchants showcase goods with “sidewalk sale” offerings while street performers, called Buskers, entertain up and down Brady Street. Held on Saturday, October 6th on Brady Street; admission is free.
Brady Street Days featuring “A Very Brady Festivus”
If Christmas isn’t your thing, or even if it is, come to Brady Street to spread holiday cheer to the “restofus.” Competitions will take place along with photo opportunities with Santa (if he shows.) Takes place on Friday, December 7th on Brady Street; admission is free.
Brady Street Days featuring "Flower Power Green Day"
Bristol Renaissance Fair
Your Faire day will be topsy-turvy full of unexpected surprises. Jugglers, jesters, stilt walkers and other foolish folk will have you spinning into their midst. Held July 7th-September 3rd at 10am-7pm in Kenosha, WI; tickets are $15.75.
East Side Summer Soulstice
Milwaukee’s celebration of the longest day of sun, music, drink, and play. Located on North Avenue on Milwaukee’s East Side (from Oakland to Prospect) on Saturday, June 23rd from Noon to Midnight; admission is free.
Select from over 2,000 original handcrafted bowls, sample delicious soups and breads from over 50 local chefs while listening to live music. Proceeds from your donation ($20 minimum per bowl including the Grab Bag Express, four bowl limits per person and $10 Kids’ Bowls, no limit) will benefit food pantries and meal programs in the greater Milwaukee area. http://www.milwaukeeemptybowls.org/
Includes Italian food, Italian music, Italian fireworks, and Italian family fun. Runs July 19th-22nd at Meier Festival Park; tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the gate.
Food & Froth Fest
Sample beer from the hottest international and local breweries and food from Milwaukee’s best restaurants at the 10th Annual Friends of the Milwaukee Public Museum Food & Froth Fest, February 9, 2008. Must be 21 to attend; tickets go on sale September 1, 2007.
An Annual celebration of German music and entertainment accompanied by great food. The festival is held July 27th-29th at Meier Festival Park; tickets are $9 in advance and $12 at the door.
Ghost Ships Festival
Annual festival featuring films, seminars, and classes on the Great Lakes wreck driving and history. Takes place March 23rd-24th at the Four Points Sheraton Conference Center. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door; times and events will vary.
Celebrate Greek tradition with music, dancing, and of course, a variety of Greek food. Held July 15th-17th on the Henry Maier Festival Park; ticket prices are $12.
Wisconsin’s largest Celtic games feature Scottish and Irish heavy athletics, men’s and women’s rugby, the majesty of the pipes and drums, the sounds of the hard, Highland dancing, live music, and much more. Runs August 31st-September 2nd at the Waukesha Expo Center; tickets $8 at the door and $3 parking.
An entertaining, fun and first hand experience with American Indian traditions and culture in a family friendly atmosphere. Takes place September 7th-9th at the Henry Maier Festival Park; tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door.
Emerged into a thriving organization that celebrates the music, culture and history of Ireland during this four day festival. Takes place August 16th-19th at the Henry Maier Festival Park; tickets are $15.
Jazz in the Park
Outdoor musical series that features acts originating locally, regionally and nationally. Takes place Thursday evenings at 6:30 pm, June through September on the streets surrounding Cathedral Square Park; admission is free.
Celebrate the end of slavery in the U.S. Parade with a street festival featuring entertainment and food following. Starts at 10am, June 19th on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Driver between Center Street and Burleigh.
Kiwanis Brew Fest
This event includes beer samplings from numerous vendors, appetizer samplings, and raffle auction. It will be held November 6th at the War Memorial Center in Milwaukee; tickets may be purchased online or at Discount liquor.
This family-oriented festival is the largest Labor Day event in southeastern Wisconsin. It’s got a children’s area, a classic car show, a parade from Zeidler Union Square to the festival grounds, entertainment by a host of acts on two stages and food galore. Held September 3rd at the Henry Maier Festival Park; admission is free.
Lakefront Festival of the Arts
More than 170 leading artists from around the world will exhibit and sell their work June 15-17 along Art Museum Drive, directly in front of the Milwaukee Art Museum’s Santiago Calatrava-designed addition; free admission, parking $3.
Locust Street Festival
Don’t miss the Beer Run/Walk where participants run or walk 1.8 miles through the streets of Riverwest, making four mandatory stops to slam beer along the way. Starts Sunday, June 10 at 11am-8pm on Locust Street, between Humboldt and Holton; free admission.
A three day festival that brings the sound, culture and taste of Mexico to Milwaukee’s lakefront. Takes place August 24th-26th at the Henry Maier Festival Park; tickets are $12.
Milwaukee Ale House serves up fresh music, live beer and great food to the good people of Wisconsin and travelers from all over the world. For the past 10 years, they have been hosting this event to raise money for the MACC foundation. Held February 5th in Milwaukee; buy tickets in advance.
Milwaukee Mile Indy CarSeries
A race track in West Allis, Wisconsin that is exactly 1 mile long and the oldest operating motor speedway in the world, hosting at least one auto race every year since 1903. Check out the Series June 2nd-3rd; prices rang from $75-$300.
This event is free and open to the general public and motorcycle enthusiasts worldwide. In addition to the musical entertainment, rally attendees will be the first to preview the brand new Harleys. It will run August 30th-September 1st at all four of their vendors throughout Milwaukee.
The celebration of Milwaukee’s German heritage will incorporate family fun during the day and nightlife featuring live music, German food and beer. It will run September 29th-30th on Old World Street in Milwaukee; admission is free.
Three day Polish heritage festival with storytellers, strolling minstrels, life-sized Polish legends, old-world crafts and demonstrations, food, exhibits, dance classes and contests, and Polish Lowland Sheepdogs. Takes place June 22nd-24th at the Maier Festival Park; tickets are $10.
The largest gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender event in the state. Takes place June 8th-10th at the Henry Maier Festival Park; tickets are $15.
Racine Harbor Fest
Held at the Racine on the Lake Festival in Racine, Harbor Fest now boasts more than 25 live musical performances of three modern stages, 12 regional restaurants, a children’s area, and numerous special events and displays. It runs June 21st-24th, tickets are $10.
A free outdoor music concert series held annually at Pere Marquette Park in downtown Milwaukee. It takes place Wednesday evenings from June through September and showcases a wide variety of music entertainment; free admission.
The kickoff to the Milwaukee festival season. This three day affair features food, music, children’s activities and fireworks. Takes place June 1st-June 3rd in downtown Milwaukee at the Pere Marquette Park; admission is free.
One of the largest music festivals in the Midwest; 8 days of sun, fun and entertainment. Held at the Henry Maier Festival grounds on June 28th-July 8th; tickets are $15.
the two day annual festival, the weekend after Labor Day, celebrates active urban living in Milwaukee and donates 100% of proceeds to Milwaukee’s recreation opportunities. September 7th & 8th on Historic Downer Avenue; register online, event prices vary.
Wisconsin State Fair
Eleven days filled with thousands of animals, stages of entertainment, and hundreds of rides. Takes place August 2nd-12th at the Wisconsin State Fair Park; ticket prices vary from $8-$12. http://www.wsfp.state.wi.us/home/wsfp/