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

Jan 1

Polar Bear Plunge

Bradford Beach

Jan 1

Cool Fool Kite Festival

Veterans Park

Jan 18-19

Gallery Night and Day

Downtown Milwaukee

Feb 2

Burnhearts Mitten Fest

Bay View

Feb 15-17

Anime Milwaukee

Wisconsin Center

Feb. 15-17

Mama Tried Motorcycle Show

Harley-Davidson Museum

Feb. 16

Food and Froth Fest

Milwaukee Public Museum

Feb. 16-17

Winter Festival

Cedarburg

Feb. 23 - March 3

Greater Milwaukee Auto Show

Wisconsin Center

March 9

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

Downtown Milwaukee

April 11-14

Art in Bloom

Milwaukee Art Museum

April 14-20

Black Restaurant Week

Downtown Milwaukee

April 26-27

Gallery Night and Day

Downtown Milwaukee

May 30 - June 6

Downtown Dining Week

Downtown Milwaukee

May 31 - June 2

Midwest BrewHaHa

Milwaukee Panther Arena

May 31 - Aug 31

Jazz in the Park (Thursdays)

Cathedral Square Park

June 1

Scottish Fest/Milwaukee Highland Games

Hart Park, Wauwatosa

June 2

Brewtown Rumble

Walker's Point

June 2

UPAF Ride for the Arts sponsored by Miller Lite

Downtown Milwaukee

June 2 - 9

Bead & Button Show 2016

Wisconsin Center

June 6-9

PrideFest

Festival Park

June 8

Firkin Fest

East Town

June 9

Locust Street Festival & Beer Run

Riverwest

June 12, July 10, Aug 14, Sept 11

NEWaukee Night Market

Downtown Milwaukee

June 12 - Aug 28

River Rhythms (Wednesdays)

Pere Marquette Park

June 14–16

Polish Fest

Festival Park

June 19

Juneteenth Day

Martin Luther King Drive

June 20-30

Tour of American's Dairyland

Various locations

June 21-23

Lakefront Festival of Art

Milwaukee Art Museum

June 22-23

Strawberry Festival

Cedarburg

June 23

Garlic Fest

Walker’s Point

June 26-30, July 2‑7

Summerfest

Festival Park

June–August TBD

Tosa Tonight (Select Wednesdays)

Hart Park, Wauwatosa

TBD

Pabst Street Party

Bay View

July 3

Downtown Milwaukee Fireworks

Milwaukee Lakefront

July 11-14

Bastille Days

East Town

July 12-13

Gathering on the Green

Mequon

July 19-20

Gallery Night and Day

Downtown Milwaukee

July 19-21

Festa Italiana

Festival Park

July 20

Port Fish Day

Port Washington

July 16

Garfield Avenue Blues, Jazz, Gospel & Arts Festival

Garfield Ave to King Drive

July 22-28

EAA AirVenture

Oshkosh, WI

July 26–28

German Fest

Festival Park

July 27-28

Air & Water Show

Bradford Beach

July 26-27

Riverwest 24

Riverwest

July 27

Brady Street Festival

Farwell to Van Buren Streets

July 27

Milwaukee Brewfest

McKinley Park

July 31-Aug 4

Milwaukee Comedy Festival

Downtown Milwaukee

August 1-11

Wisconsin State Fair

State Fair Park

August 2

Urban Island Beach

Lakeshore State park

August 10

Dragon Boat Festival

Lake Shore State Park

August 10-11

Morning Glory Fine Craft Fair

Marus Center

August 15-18

Irish Fest

Festival Park

August 15-18

Milwaukee A La Carte

Milwaukee County Zoo

August 17

India Fest

Humboldt Park

August 23-25

Mexican Fiesta

Festival Park

Sept. – October

Oktoberfest

Various Venues

August 30 - Sept. 2

Milwaukee Rally

Dealerships in Milwaukee

August 31 - Sept. 1

Third Ward Art Festival

Third Ward

Sept. 7-9

Indian Summer Festival Henry W. Maier

Festival Park

Sept. 8

Harbor Fest

Harbor District

Sept. 12–21

10 Days in Tosa

Wauwatosa

Sept. 21

Bay View Bash

Bay View

Sept 21 - 22

Wine & Harvest Festival

Cedarburg

Sept 27, Oct 7, Nov 15

LGBT Film/Video Festival

Milwaukee

Sept. 28

Brewers Mini Marathon

Miller Park

Sept. 28-29

Doors Open Milwaukee

Downtown Milwaukee

TBD

Milwaukee River Challenge

Schlitz Park

October 6

Lakefront Marathon

Lakefront

October 17-31

Milwaukee Film Festival

Various Venues

TBD

Harvest Fair/Maker Faire

Wisconsin State Fair Park

Oct. 19-20

Gallery Night and Day

Downtown Milwaukee

TBD

Hunting Moon Pow Wow

UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena

TBD

Dia De Los Muertos Festival

Walkers Point

Nov. 9

Veterans Day Parade

Downtown Milwaukee

Nov. 9-10

Trainfest

Wisconsin State Fair Park

Nov. 15 - Jan 1

Milwaukee Holiday Lights Festival

Downtown Milwaukee

Nov 23-24

Holiday Folk Fair International

State Fair Park

Nov 29 - Dec 1, Dec 6-31

Country Christmas

Pewaukee

TBD

Christkindlmarkt

Best Place at Pabst Brewery

TBD

MillerCoors Holiday Lites

Miller Valleys

Dec 6

Christmas in the Ward

Historical Third Ward

Nov. 18

Holiday Folk Fair International

Wisconsin State Fair Park

Dec 31

MKE NYE Eve

Potawatomi Hotel & Casino

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