Summer is so short here in Milwaukee and we are the City of Festivals, so let’s plan out the summer, shall we? These are just a short list of the amazing festivals put on in our area, organized by date!
Chocolate Fest Burlington, May 26-30: Sounds delicious! A festival in Burlington to celebrate chocolate, in Chocolate City USA!
Community Street Festival Port Washington, May 29: Food, beverage stands, entertainment including music, dance and children’s activities.
Family Kite Festival Milwaukee Lakefront, May 28-29: See the launch of 500 kites at the free Maggiano’s 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.
Jammin’ on Janesville Muskego, June 3 and August 5: An event organized by the Muskego Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism.
Port Washington Pirate Festival Port Washington, June 3-5: An invasion is coming! Have breakfast with the Pirates! Reservations required, check the website for details, breakfast is available both June 4th and 5th.
Milwaukee Highland Games/Scottishfest Hart Park, Wauwatosa, June 4: Bagpipes, dancing, Sheepdogs at work, Parade of Tartans, Sing and Dance at the Ceilidh.
Touch a Truck Union Grove, June 11: A family friendly event introducing everyone to the construction and trades industry.
Pride Fest Henry Maier Festival Park, Milwaukee, June 10-12: The nations largest LGBT+ festival with permanent festival grounds, owned and operated entirely by volunteers each and every year.
Locust Street Festival of Music and Art Locust Street, Milwaukee, June 12: Food, Music and a Beer Run.
Juneteenth Festival Dr Martin Luther King Drive, Milwaukee, June 19: Live music, kids games, exhibits, soul food and more!
Polish Fest Henry Maier Festival Park, Milwaukee, June 17-19: America’s Largest Polish Festival. 2016 is the 35th year celebration!
Asia Fest of Milwaukee Veteran’s Park, Milwaukee’s Lakefront, June 17-19: Family friendly activities, cultural performances and food food FOOD.
Lakefront Festival of Art Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, June 17-19: Featuring over 170 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, Berry Big 5k Run/Walk and more…
Greek Fest State Fair Park, June 24-26: 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.
Summerfest Henry Maier Festival Park, Milwaukee, June 29-July 3 and July 5-July 10: The World’s Largest Music Festival, including a little something for everyone.
Jelly Belly Carnival Pleasant Prairie, July 7-10: Carnival rides, Belly Flops Deal and more!
Croatian Days Croatian Park, Franklin, July 16: Food, drinks, music, raffle prizes. Croatian Catholic Mass at 11.
Fish Day Port Washington, July 16: The World’s Largest One Day Outdoor Fish Fry! Festivities include a car show, walk/run, parade, art and craft show.
Bastille Days Cathedral Square Park, July 14-17: 35th Anniversary of Milwaukee’s french festival. Bastille Days is one of the largest french-themed celebrations. Storm the Bastille Run online registration is open now!
Waterford Balloonfest Waterford, July 15-17: Evening balloon glows on Friday and Saturday. Free admission!
Festa Italiana Henry Maier Festival Park, July 22-24: Traditional entertainment, food, games and fireworks every night.
Hartland Kids Day Nixon Park, Hartland, July 27: Bounce houses, Rock wall, food and more!
Brady Street Festival Brady Street, Milwaukee, July 30: Four stages of entertainment including local bands.
Dragon Boat Festival Veterans Park, Milwaukee July 30: Presented by the Milwaukee Chinese Community Center the festival will include an authentic Chinese experience.
German Fest, Henry Maier Festival Park, Milwaukee, July 29-31: Authentic German food and entertainment including the 11th Annual Dachshund Derby.
North Shore Bank’s Taste of Lake Country Pewaukee, July 29-30: Celebrate the 20th anniversary with food, music, art vendors and shopping.
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.
State Fair State Fair Park, August 4-14: Ten days of fun, food, animals and shopping. How many items on a stick can you try?
Kid’s Fest Oconomowoc, August 16:
India Fest Humboldt Park, Milwaukee August 20: Filled with the colors of courage, peace and happiness. A free day of culture, collaboration, history, diversity and inclusion.
Irish Fest, Henry Maier Festival Park, Milwaukee, August 18-21: A baking contest, Celtic Canines, Cultural Village, Family activities and Jameson Lounge.
Muskego Community Festival, Muskego, August 25-28: Largest free admission festival in Southeast Wisconsin, including Muskego’s got Talent.
Mexican Fiesta, Henry Maier Festival Park, Milwaukee, August 26-28: Three days of fun, food, Mariachi and Fiesta for everyone.
Indian Summer Festival, Henry Maier Festival Park, Milwaukee, September 9-11: Thirty years of Native Traditions.
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.