9 things to do in Milwaukee this weekend, Milwaukee's busiest weekend ever
This might be the busiest weekend Milwaukee's ever seen. Here's a road map to what you'll be doing Friday through Sunday.
1. Lakefront Festival of Art
The Milwaukee Art Museum's biggest garden party of the year runs Friday through Sunday outside the museum, 700 N. Art Museum Drive. The festival will showcase the work of 180 artists, along with music, children's activities, food, a silent auction and more. Hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets at the gate are $19; $17 for students with ID and seniors 65 and older; $10 for museum members; and free for kids 12 and younger, and veterans and active members of the military. (A three-day pass goes for $25.)
2. Greek Fest
Freshly baked baklava, and lots of it, will be on the menu at Greek Fest at State Fair Park. (Photo: Journal Sentinel files)
Souvlaki, baklava, honey puffs, gyros, lamb, chicken — all the great tastes of Greece will be served up at the popular festival, Friday through Sunday at State Fair Park, 640 S. 84th St., West Allis. There's also Greek dancing, music, carnival rides and more. And, oh yeah: Admission is free. The festival is open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday.
3. Cedarburg's Strawberry Festival
Berries, berries everywhere at Cedarburg's Strawberry Festival, set for Saturday and Sunday in downtown Cedarburg. (Photo: Photo courtesy of Travel Wisconsin)
The 34th annual Strawberry Festival, bringing tens of thousands of berry fans to downtown Cedarburg, is back, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday., with plenty of vendors, artisans, live music and, of course, berries. (The live music continues into the evening on the festival's main stage and in Cedarburg Creek Park.) Admission is free.
4. Summer Soulstice Music Festival
BMX stunt bikers take to the track (and the air) during Summer Soulstice Music Festival on Milwaukee's east side. (Photo: Rick Wood/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
Summer "peaks" this weekend, so why not celebrate it at the East Side Business Improvement District's street festival, from noon to midnight Saturday mainly on East North Avenue east of North Oakland Avenue. Four music stages, BMX stunt bikes, a rock-climbing wall, mini-golf and more. Admission is free.
5. The Bloody Mary Festival
The Bloody Mary Festival is serving outside Fiserv Forum Saturday and Sunday. (Photo: Submitted)
One of Milwaukee's official beverages is the centerpiece of this festival, a national touring-type event coming to Milwaukee for the first time Saturday and Sunday at the entertainment plaza outside Fiserv Forum, 1111 N. Phillips Ave. Each day has two sessions, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 3 to 6 p.m. A session costs $45.50, or $55.50 for an early-entrance VIP ticket. Different bloodies will compete during each session.
6. Milwaukee Taco Fest
Milwaukee Taco Fest serves them up at Maier Festival Park Saturday. (Photo: File photo)
Milwaukee Taco Fest moves from State Fair Park to Maier Festival Park, 200 N. Harbor Drive, this year, serving up tacos from more than a dozen local taco purveyors in a people's choice competition from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday. (Last year, nearly 10,000 tacos were consumed at the fest.) There's also live music, margaritas and Mondo Lucha wrestling. The VIP tickets are already sold out, but general-admission tickets, at $15, are still available. (Additional taco tickets are $2 each.)
7. World of Beer Festival
The festival, featuring more than 350 different beers, meads and ciders selected by the Beer Barons of Milwaukee, raises a glass or three from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday at Bavarian Bierhaus, 700 W. Lexington Blvd., Glendale. VIP tickets are sold out; general admission is $55 at the door. (Shuttle service options are available; check the event website for details. Designated drivers get in free.)
8. 'Evicted' exhibit
"Evicted," an exhibit based on Matthew Desmond's book about evictions of low-income renters in Milwaukee, is coming here this weekend. (Photo: Yassine El Mansouri/ El Man Studio LLC)
An immersive exhibit based on Matthew Desmond's Pulitzer Prize-winning book "Evicted," about low-income evictions in Milwaukee, opens Friday at the Mobile Design Box, 753 N. 27th St. The interactive exhibit, making its first stop as part of a national tour, has an opening reception Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. Admission is free. (It runs through Sept. 28.)
9. Hart Fest
Hart Fest turns Wauwatosa's Hart Park, 7300 W. Chestnut St., into one of the west side's biggest parties this weekend. The music starts at 5 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. Saturday. There are kids' activities, skateboard demonstrations and more. Admission is free.