Things to Do

Milwaukee, WI is full of events, but sometimes it’s so hard to keep track of them all. Here’s a comprehensive list of the most notable activities in the area.

Date

Event

Location

Date, Event and Location

Jan. 1

Polar Bear Plunge

Bradford Beach

Jan. 22–23

Gallery Night and Day

Downtown Milwaukee

Feb. 6

Burnhearts Mitten Fest

Bay View

Feb. 19–21

Mama Tried Motorcycle Show

Harley-Davidson Museum

Feb. 20

Food and Froth Fest

Milwaukee Public Museum

Feb. 20–21

Cedarburg Winter Festival

Downtown Cedarburg

Feb. 20–28

Greater Milwaukee Auto Show

Wisconsin Center

March 12

Shamrock Club of WI’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Downtown Milwaukee

April 15–16

Gallery Night and Day

Downtown Milwaukee

June 1–3

Bead & Button Show 2016

Wisconsin Center

June 2–Sept. 1

Jazz in the Park (Thursdays)

Cathedral Square Park

June 2–9

Downtown Dining Week

Downtown Milwaukee

June 4

Scottish Fest/Milwaukee Highland Games

Hart Park, Wauwatosa

June 5

UPAF Ride for the Arts sponsored by Miller Lite

Downtown Milwaukee

June 10–12

Milwaukee Pride Henry W. Maier

Festival Park

June 11

Summerfest Rock ‘n Sole Run Henry W. Maier

Festival Park

June 12

Locust Street Festival & Beer Run

Riverwest

June 17–19

Lakefront Festival of Art

Milwaukee Art Museum

June 17–19

Polish Fest Henry W. Maier

Festival Park

June 19

Juneteenth Day

Martin Luther King Drive

June 25–26

Cedarburg Strawberry Festival

Downtown Cedarburg

June 26

Garlic Fest

Walker’s Point

June 29–July 3, July 5‑10

Summerfest Henry W. Maier

Festival Park

June–August

River Rhythms (Wednesdays)

Pere Marquette Park

June–August

Tosa Tonight (Select Wednesdays)

Hart Park, Wauwatosa

July 2

Pabst Street Party

Bay View

July 3

Downtown Milwaukee Fireworks

Milwaukee Lakefront

July 14–17

Bastille Days

East Town

July 16

Garfield Avenue Blues, Jazz, Gospel & Arts Festival

Garfield Ave to King Drive

July 22–23

Gallery Night and Day

Downtown Milwaukee

July 22–24

Festa Italiana Henry W. Maier

Festival Park

July 23

Firkin Fest

East Town

July 25–31

EAA AirVenture

Oshkosh, WI

July 26–31

Washington County Fair

Washington County Fair Park & Conference Center

July 29–30

Riverwest 24

Riverwest

July 29–31

German Fest Henry W. Maier

Festival Park

July 30

Brady Street Festival

Farwell to Van Buren Streets

July 30

Milwaukee Brewfest

McKinley Park

August 4–7

Milwaukee Comedy Festival

Downtown Milwaukee

August 4–14

Wisconsin State Fair Wisconsin

State Fair Park

August 18–21

Irish Fest Henry W. Maier

Festival Park

August 18–21

Milwaukee A La Carte

Milwaukee County Zoo

August 20

India Fest

Humboldt Park

August 26–28

Mexican Fiesta Henry W. Maier

Festival Park

Sept.–Oct.

Oktoberfest

Various Venues

Sept. 1–5

Milwaukee Rally

Dealerships in Milwaukee

Sept. 9–11

Indian Summer Festival Henry W. Maier

Festival Park

Sept. 10

Brewers Mini Marathon

Miller Park

Sept. 12–21

10 Days in Tosa

Wauwatosa

Sept. 17

Milwaukee River Challenge

Schlitz Park

Sept. 17–18

Cedarburg Wine & Harvest Festival

Downtown Cedarburg

Sept. 17

Bay View Bash

Bay View

Sept. 17–18

Doors Open Milwaukee

Downtown Milwaukee

Sept. 22–Oct. 6

Milwaukee Film Festival

Various Venues

Sept. 24–25

Harvest Fair/Maker Faire

Wisconsin State Fair Park

Oct. 14–16

Hunting Moon Pow Wow

UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena

Oct. 21–22

Gallery Night and Day

Downtown Milwaukee

Nov. 5

Veterans Day Parade

Downtown Milwaukee

Nov 5–6

Savor Milwaukee

Wisconsin Center

Nov. 12-13

Trainfest

Wisconsin State Fair Park

Nov. 17–Dec. 30

Milwaukee Holiday Lights Festival

Downtown Milwaukee

Nov. 17–20

Christkindlmarkt

Best Place at Pabst Brewery

Nov. 18

Holiday Folk Fair International

Wisconsin State Fair Park

Nov. 19

Milwaukee Holiday Parade

Downtown Milwaukee

Dec 2-23

MillerCoors Holiday Lites

Miller Valley

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