A Milwaukee Moms Guide to June

With June comes summer *FINALLY* which means pools and splash pads and sunshine and beer gardens and ALL THE SUMMER THINGS. We have a whole heap of resources ready and waiting for you go make your summer planning simpler! If you’re looking for some creative ideas to kick things off, start with our Ultimate Summer Bucket List – a list of over 100 fun ideas to enjoy this summer in Milwaukee! 

Berry Picking in the Milwaukee Area

Our Favorite Milwaukee Festivals

Milwaukee Splash Pads, Pools and Beaches

Our Favorite Milwaukee Area Parks

Patio and Rooftop Dining in Milwaukee

Guide to Milwaukee Beer Gardens

Summer Outdoor Music in Milwaukee

Milwaukee’s Best Ice Cream and Frozen Custard

Milwaukee Summer Reading Programs

 

Of course, what would summer in the Milwaukee area be without lots of trips to local farmers markets?!

June Local Feature – Tosa Farmers Market

Tosa Farmer's Market

June’s guide is brought to you by our sponsors, Tosa Farmers Market.

Tosa Farmers Market brings local farmers, food producers and artisans to the heart of the Wauwatosa Village. The market runs from 8 a.m. to noon every Saturday, from June 2 to Oct. 13. Pick up local produce, meats and treats for your holiday weekend cookouts — and grab a local breakfast, coffee or mimosa!


  • Join our MKE Moms Blog Community + Connection group on Facebook for local events hosted by our awesome team of Mombassadors. Last month, we got together for a morning of Mimosas in the Park and it was amazing! 
  • Make sure you are one of our MkeMB Insiders so you get all the updates each and every week, including exclusive discount codes and event ticket access, a recap of all our content from the week, and more! 
  • We also have an extensive list of local guides to help you find everything from the best place to have brunch or our favorite kid-friendly restaurants, to family-friendly day trips. 
  • For ongoing activities, story times, playgroups, and more, check out our calendar.

Here is a list of more events happening in the Milwaukee area in June 2018. Know of an event that we forgot? Leave it in the comments and we will be sure to add it to the list.


June 1st – Jammin’ on Janesville :: An event organized by the Muskego Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism to foster interaction between our businesses and the community. 

June 1st-3rd – Port Washington Pirate Festival :: An invasion is coming! Have breakfast with the Pirates! Reservations required, check the website for details, breakfast is available June 2nd . Free admission to the rest of the festival!

June 2nd – Tosa Farmers Market ::  Tosa Farmers Market brings local farmers, food producers and artisans to the heart of the Wauwatosa Village. The market runs from 8 a.m. to noon every Saturday, from June 2 to Oct. 13. Pick up local produce, meats and treats for your holiday weekend cookouts — and grab a local breakfast, coffee or mimosa!

June 2nd – Scottish Fest / Highland Games :: Celebrate all things Scottish at the Milwaukee Highland Games, including food, dance, athletics…and sheepdogs!

June 2nd-3rd – 17th Annual THE SHORE Outta Sight Kite Flight :: The event will begin at 10:00 am, through 5:00 pm on both days, with the GRAND LAUNCH of 500 plus kites at NOON. For the 17th time at this event, The Chicago Fire Precision Kite Team will be performing. They are a precision dual line kite flying team, and they will be performing three times each day. The giant Kites of Alex Dagenais from Montreal Canada, will be making another appearance with their Super Giant Octopus kite, along with a MEGA 150 ft Octopus kite. NEW THIS YEAR, A GIANT 100 FOOT KITE SHAPED LIKE A FULL SIZE WHALE WILL BE INTRODUCED FOR THE FIRST TIME IN KENOSHA. This family event is FREE to all, with FREE parking.  We will also be giving away free kites to the first 100 kids that participate in the City of Kenosha’s “KIDS MAD DASH”.

June 2nd –  Eat & Greet on the Street :: Brown Deer will be celebrating the 5th annual Eat & Greet on the Street in the Original Village. This family friendly event will include kid activities, live music, and great food!

June 2nd – E.B. Garner’s Annual Fishing Day :: Learn the art of fishing from water safety to baiting the hook to reeling the fish in at this yearly fishing extravaganza. Some equipment will be available. Bring your own if you can.

June 2nd-3rd – Holy Hill Art & Farm Market :: Over 200 Artists, Crafters and Farmers. Come meet our Market Folks See their work and talk with them about custom work. Go back to the basics… Sit and enjoy coffee,hot sandwiches, bakery and other refreshments. Bring family and friends to enjoy lunch and our live musicians while taking your time to Shop – Relax – Create on our 80 acre 160 year old farm homestead in the heart of the Kettle Moraine Always Free Parking and Admission

June 3rd – West Allis A La Carte :: Visit West Allis Downtown Sunday, June 3rd, 2018 for the 11th Annual West Allis A La Carte. Named one of Milwaukee Magazine’s “Best of the Burbs” festivals in 2017, West Allis A La Carte brings over 10,000 visitors to West Allis Downtown to enjoy live music, unique eats, local vendors, adorable animals, and more!

June 3rd-9th – Paint Cedarburg: A Plein Air Event Fresh from Cedarburg :: Cedarburg Artists Guild will host the 18th annual Paint Cedarburg: Plein Air painting event, June 3 – 9, 2018. 150 plein air artists will roam our charming city capturing your favorite historical structures, favorite coffee shops and picturesque countryside with oils, watercolors, and pastels. Recognized as the largest gathering of artists in Wisconsin, these nationally recognized and local artists will leave the comforts of their studios and spend 5 days painting outside … rain or shine. The public is encouraged to interact with the artists as they paint or simply marvel at their creativity.

June 5th – First Tuesdays – Free Entry to Milwaukee County residents to Boerner Botanical Gardens :: First Tuesdays at The Gardens, the free-admission day for Milwaukee County residents, will be offered from May through September, except major holidays. In 2018, the free days are May 1, June 5, July 3, Aug. 7, and Sept. 4. To receive free admission, residents must show ID and proof of residency.

June 7th – Kohl’s Thank You Thursday, Free Admission to the Milwaukee Public Museum :: ALL visitors receive FREE access to the permanent exhibits of MPM on the first Thursday of every month during Kohl’s Thank You Thursday.

June 7th – Free Admission to Milwaukee Art Museum :: Admission is free the first Thursday of the month, sponsored by Meijer. 

June 7th-10th – Pridefest :: The nations largest LGBT+ festival with permanent festival grounds, owned and operated entirely by volunteers each and every year.

June 7th-August 30th – Jazz In The Park :: Jazz in the Park is Milwaukee’s favorite free, outdoor, summer music series, featuring an eclectic lineup of jazz, big band, funk, R & B, reggae, blues and more. Performers come from across town or across the country. Concerts take place Thursday evenings, 5pm-9pm from May 31 through August 30th, in Cathedral Square Park. Music starts at 6pm, but stop by early for Jazz in the Park Happy Hour and get great drink specials from 5-6pm!

June 9th – Touch a Truck :: A family-friendly event introducing everyone to the construction and trades industry. Children will be allowed to touch, climb, sit in the driver’s seat, pose for photos, and ask questions about their favorite trucks in a safe, supervised environment. Accompanying personnel will teach the children about the equipment and vehicles displayed and how these machines help up and our local community.

June 9th – One World Water Lantern Festival :: One World Water Lantern Festival is an incredible experience where you, your friends, and your family will create a magical memory of life. It can be a very emotional experience, writing down some of your hopes and dreams, or a letter to a loved one, and then sending it onto the water. At One World Lantern Festival, we cherish these moments and will do our best to help you have an memorable experience that you’ll never forget. Enjoy food from local vendors, games, and the unique experience of releasing a lantern onto the water.

June 10th – Locust Street Festival and Beer Run :: The 42nd Annual Locust Street Festival kicks off with the traditional 1.8 mile beer run followed by a day of free entertainment on 6 stages with over 30 live bands, over 120 vendors of food and arts and crafts.

June 13th – Tosa Tonight Free Summer Concert :: Join your Tosa neighbors for evenings of fantastic music under the stars, featuring local, national, and international talent. Your food and beverage purchases from our local sponsors help raise money for the ongoing non-profit operation of the Rotary Performance Pavilion – home of the Tosa Tonight Summer Concert Series. Music starts at 6:00pm – Concerts are held rain or shine, but may be cancelled due to lightning or severe weather.

June 13th-August 29th – River Rhythms :: River Rhythms is Westown’s free, outdoor summer concert series in Pere Marquette Park on Wednesday nights! Every Wednesday from June 13th to August 29th, River Rhythms will play host to some of the finest local talent.

June 13th-15th – Kinder Cooks Cooking Camp :: Kinder Cooks 3 to 6 years old learn fundamental kitchen skills, focusing on measuring, mixing, working cleanly and safely in the kitchen, and exploring new foods, while following recipes geared for their age group.

June 12th-15th – Junior Chefs Cooking Class :: Travel the globe indulging your sweet tooth while learning how to make scrumptious international desserts. In this fun exploration of world treats, you’ll join a group of other Junior Bakers and… Become your family’s dessert chef and learn how to make yummy global goodies and baked treat favorites!

June 15th-17th – Polish Fest ::  America’s Largest Polish Festival includes Children’s Activities, Youth Piano Competition, Polish Sheepdogs and learn to cook with Polish Flair!

June 15th-17th – Lakefront Festival of Art :: 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.

June 16th – Father’s Day Dinner on the East Troy Railroad :: There is nothing like the romance and luxury of dining aboard first-class railroad cars the way people did a generation ago. Enjoy a great meal while traveling round-trip from East Troy to Phantom Lake. Dinner Trains feature linen tablecloths and an elegant four-course gourmet meal. Just 35 miles southwest of Lake Milwaukee on I-43. A cash bar is available. Advance reservations are required.

June 16th – Wisconsin Beer Lovers Festival :: Just in time for Father’s Day! Join fellow craft beer enthusiasts from around the World as you sample 40 of Wisconsin’s best breweries. We’ll pair each crafted beer creation with a local restaurant favorite…enhancing each flavor with the perfect edible. Enjoy live music in an outdoor venue. Spend time conversing with the makers from the Wisconsin Brewers Guild. Over 21 only. VIP, Food-Only, and designated-driver tickets are available.

June 16th – Tony’s Creepy Crawly Zoo at Discovery World :: Creeping, crawling, flying, and fantastic! Join Tony “The Bug Whisperer” and his Creepy-Crawly Zoo show just how cool the world of entomology really is. This show is perfect for young children as they’ll learn about the insects in our backyard, participate in Tony’s fun presentation, and experience bugs like never before!

June 17th – Father’s Day at The Harley-Davidson Museum :: This Father’s Day, make memories that last a lifetime at the Harley-Davidson Museum. We’ve got everything you need to create a legendary experience for dear old Dad. The H-D Museum honors dads and grandfathers by offering free admission* on Father’s Day.

June 18th-22nd – Jr. Architecture Camp :: Prepare yourself to become the next great architect! Campers will create and carry out experiments to test the strength of shapes and forms to learn where they are used in architectural design. Go home with scaled models, designs of spaces, and much more. Discovery World’s upper elementary school camps appeal to builders, creators, and explorers. From technology to the environment, campers can find a topic to keep their interest, while experiencing one-on-one interactions, hands-on activities, and optimal engagement.

June 18th-22nd – Hydro-Powered Machines Camp ::  Explore the science and physics behind hydraulic machines, generators, water squirters, and more. Harness the power of water to give life to your mechanical creations, and discover how water’s power has been used for thousands of years. Discovery World’s upper elementary school camps appeal to builders, creators, and explorers. From technology to the environment, campers can find a topic to keep their interest, while experiencing one-on-one interactions, hands-on activities, and optimal engagement.

June 19th – MKEMB presents The Greatest Showman in The Market Square :: Mark your calendars and plan to join us for an evening the entire family will enjoy! The Corners of Brookfield is proud to host a FREE outdoor showing of “The Greatest Showman” in the Market Square!

June 19th-22nd – Junior Chefs Cooking Camp :: Have fun in the kitchen over summer break! Junior chefs 7 to 11 years old learn fundamental kitchen skills, focusing on measuring, mixing, working cleanly and safely in the kitchen, and exploring new foods, while following recipes geared for their age. 

June 19th Juneteenth Festival :: Parade, live music, kids games, exhibits, soul food and more! 

June 20th – Tosa Tonight Free Summer Concert :: Join your neighbors for evenings of fantastic music under the stars, featuring local, national, and international talent. Your food and beverage purchases from our local sponsors help raise money for the ongoing non-profit operation of the Rotary Performance Pavilion – home of the Tosa Tonight Summer Concert Series. Music starts at 6:00pm – Concerts are held rain or shine, but may be cancelled due to lightning or severe weather.

June 20th-22nd – Kinder Cooks Cooking Camp :: Have fun in the kitchen over summer break! Kinder Cooks 3 to 6 years old learn fundamental kitchen skills, focusing on measuring, mixing, working cleanly and safely in the kitchen, & exploring new foods, while following recipes geared for their age.

June 20th – KidZ Days at the Center :: As part of the Marcus Center’s community and educational arts programming, KidZ Days at the Center showcases a variety of performing arts presented by local Milwaukee Groups. This interactive program serves to entertain and educate, making it popular among Day Care and School groups.

June 21st – Neighborhood Night at Betty Brinn Children’s Museum :: Join the Betty Brinn Children’s Museum for FREE admission, courtesy of our sponsors, from 5-8 p.m. on the third Thursday of every month! Enjoy access to all of the Museum’s hands-on exhibits, and stop by our Be A Maker space to find tools, materials and techniques for endless ways to experiment and create.

June 21st – Make Music Day :: Make Music Day is an international celebration of music to be enjoyed by everyone, for free, on the longest day of the year. Performances and activities are led by musicians of all ages and talent levels, in places like coffeehouses, sidewalks, museums, parks, or wherever they can find to play! The goal of this day is to expose people to new styles of music and neighborhoods in their community that they wouldn’t ordinarily experience otherwise. The event is FREE and runs from 10 am – 10 pm in venues all around the greater Milwaukee area 

June 21st – Make Music Day Summer Solstice Concerts and Bay View Potluck Picnic :: Enjoy a free evening of acoustic music, bring a dish to pass and a lawn chair, and hang out with your neighbors at the lovely new Gazebo at the Bay View Historical Society’s Beulah Brinton House on this longest day of the year.

June 22nd-24th – Greek Fest :: 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. 

June 23rd-24th – Cedarburg Strawberry Festival :: Come celebrate Cedarburg’s 33rd Annual Strawberry Festival, June 23 & 24, 2018. This free, family-oriented festival is a favorite of many, drawing up to 100,000 people annually to celebrate the strawberry, enjoy live music, browse and purchase original artwork, and enjoy some of the most decadent homegrown strawberries in the area.

June 24th – Butterfly Release :: Join us for our first-ever butterfly release, benefiting Aurora Zilber Family Hospice and Home Hospice Care. This first-ever event will include entertainment, refreshments and a butterfly release over a beautiful pond. Your loved one’s name will be included on commemorative cards placed along the garden pathway surrounding the pond. Be sure to bring chairs and picnic blankets so you enjoy the entire experience. If you can’t attend, a volunteer will release your butterfly for you. Butterflies are $30.

June 27th-July 8th – Summerfest :: Following its 1968 debut, Summerfest presented by American Family Insurance has evolved into what is now recognized as “The World’s Largest Music Festival” and Milwaukee’s cornerstone summer celebration, hosting the music industry’s hottest stars, emerging talent and local favorites along with approximately 850,000 people from Milwaukee and around the world each year for an unforgettable live music experience. During the festival, the spotlight shines on over 800 acts, over 1,000 performances, 11 stages delectable food and beverages and interactive activities, all in a world-class festival setting. 

June 30th – Family Paddle Under the Summer Sun :: Celebrate the coming of summer with some afternoon fun in the sun! Enjoy guided canoeing trips and family fun on our island. All canoeing skill levels welcome. Please register by Thursday, June 28.


Make plans now to join us for our 2018 MKE Kids at Play Summer Series – a full summer of FREE playdates happening all over the greater Milwaukee area for families to enjoy! From gymnastics to STEM, spaghetti storytimes to beach parties….there is something for everyone! 

Click here for the full schedule! 

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