Your Guide to Weekend Festivals in Milwaukee

Good food, live music, art walks, and more await you in Milwaukee. Your summer weekends itinerary starts here!

Summerfest Pavillion in Milwaukee

June - Summerfest


PrideFest  - Henry Maier Festival Park

PrideFest is the largest gay/lesbian, bisexual and transgender festival in Wisconsin - a celebration of diversity. Enjoy the festivities and partake in the food, entertainment and marketplace.

Lakefront festival of Arts - Milwaukee Art Museum

With fun-filled interactive activities in the Children’s Area, live music, wine garden and beer garden, a silent art auction, the sculpture garden, and a variety of food offerings, there is something for everyone.

Polish Fest - Henry Maier Festival Park

Taking center stage this June is America's largest Polish Festival. With folk dancing, polka music, a cultural village, folk art demos, Polish rock bands, classical musicians, the Chopin Youth Piano Competition, marketplace, children's stage, and Polish food it’s fun the whole family can enjoy.

Summerfest - Henry Maier Festival Park

For 11 days every summer, Henry Maier Festival Park is the place to be for all music fans. As if more music than any one person can listen to wasn’t enough, that’s not all Summerfest has to offer. A variety of the area’s restaurants are on-site offering tasty treats to keep you fueled up and ready to rock, and you can shop for everything from music-themed jewelry to puppets at unique vendors at four shopping marketplaces.

 July - German Fest


Bastille Days - East Town/Cathedral Square

The free four-day bash attracts over 250,000 visitors annually who enjoy live music, an international marketplace, chef and wine demos, French and Cajun cuisine, roaming busker entertainment and a signature 43-foot Eiffel Tower replica offering hourly light shows.

Festa Italiana - Henry Maier Festival Park

Take a romantic gondola ride, play a game of bocce ball, watch the Copa Festa Italiana Futsal tournament, partake in Italian Idol, or just enjoy one of the many free carnival rides. Classic Italian fare and wine tastings, annual Cannoli Eating Contest, and nightly fireworks make this fest a hard one to miss.

German Fest - Henry Maier Festival Park

Get Your Deutsch On at one of the largest, most authentic HAUS parties in North America! 5 stages of German music, food, cultural village, Glockenspiel, fireworks, Marktplatz, children’s activities

 August - Wisconsin State Fair


Wisconsin State Fair - Wisconsin State Fair Park

The annual Wisconsin State Fair is the state’s largest agricultural showcase, offering endless family entertainment at an exceptional value. The State Fair features the exciting SpinCity Amusement Ride and Game Area, 30 free stages, numerous educational exhibits, plenty of shopping and hundreds of food and beverage options.

Irish Fest - Henry Maier Festival Park

Milwaukee Irish Fest, is the world's largest celebration of Irish music and culture. Held annually on the third weekend in August on the shores of Lake Michigan, this festival takes advantage of the best location in Brew City.

Septermber - Harley Davidson Rally


Labor Day Weekend Harley Rally - Harley-Davidson Museum

Don’t miss the biggest party of the summer over Labor Day weekend as the H-D Museum™ makes this weekend-long celebration bigger and better than ever! With live music from Throttlefest, a Sunday ride-in bike show, miles and miles of rolling sculptures, and so much more planned for the weekend, the H-D Museum will be the place where legendary memories are made.

Harvest Fair - Wisconsin State Fair Park

Get the family together for a day at Harvest Fair! Enjoy fall-focused events, activities, live entertainment, competitions, scarecrow making and the much anticipated Pumpkin Bowling.

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