5 Must-See Summer Festivals in Milwaukee
Last Updated: 6/16/2016
By Jennifer Posh
It’s time to celebrate! Milwaukee is known as the City of Festivals, and the city more than earns that title during summer months.
From world-class ethnic celebrations to vibrant street parties, there’s a celebration almost every weekend of the summer. You can’t go wrong with any of Milwaukee’s summer festivals, but try these highlights for a taste of all the City of Festivals has to offer!
Summerfest – Late June, early July
The world’s largest music festival happens right here! This 11-day mega-event welcomes more than 800 acts to Milwaukee to perform on 11 permanent stages. Headliners read like a who's-who of the music world, intersecting every major genre.
Bastille Days – July
Want to head to France without dealing with international airfare? Every year a pint-sized Paris pops up in downtown Milwaukee for one of the nation’s largest French-themed festivals. Best of all, admission to this street fair is free!
Come down to enjoy French cuisine, food and wine demonstrations, live music, an international marketplace and a 43-foot-tall replica of the Eiffel Tower.
Brady Street Festival – July
The street party to end all street parties. Brady Street is always a happening place, but it really shows its stuff during this annual festival.
Four stages are packed with live entertainment, from local bands to BMX stunt teams, and the street is lined with vendors, crafters, a bounce house and a rock climbing wall, food and, of course, beer.
Irish Fest – August
The world’s largest Irish cultural festival brings the Emerald Isle to the shore of Lake Michigan!
Listen to traditional music, admire the dancers jigging to heart-pounding beats, enjoy roaming performers in traditional costumes and experience Ireland's folklore through cultural exhibits, theater and craft demonstrations.
Mexican Fiesta – August
This authentic south-of-the-border experience features mouth-watering food, rousing mariachi bands, foot-stomping rhythms and a swirl of traditional dancers.
Walk through the cultural pavilion and learn about the history of Mexican and Latin cultures from ancient civilizations to the present.
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