Milwaukee Living - Events - Festivals - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA

Milwaukee is known as the City of Festivals; many ethnic and cultural festivals are held annually in Milwaukee; some of these festivals are the largest of their kind; most (but not all--see Web sites) are held at Milwaukee's Maier Festival Grounds (known as Summerfest grounds because of its largest and most famous annual festival) located on 30 hectares at the Lake Michigan shoreline just north of the mouth of the Milwaukee river; all of these festivals depend on thousands of volunteers and staff; see the calendar of major festivals for a chronological run-down of the major festivals; see the periodic events section for information on recurring concert series and other non-festival events
  • -Major CALENDAR-: Major Festivals Calendar; a brief run-down of the major festivals listed in chronological order with links to official Web sites and a brief description
  • African World: African World Festival; educates about African life and rituals through a cultural village and opening ceremonies; celebrates the African-American experience; music includes gospel, blues, hip hop, and R & B
  • Arab World: Arab World Fest; a celebration of the food, music and rich cultural heritage of the Arab people
  • Art Domes: Milwaukee Domes Art Festival; juried art show on the grounds of Milwaukee's beloved Mitchell Park; music, food; see photo album page available photo album page
  • Arts Lakefront: Lakefront Festival of Arts; put on by the Milwaukee Art Museum, offers unique works of art in a variety of media, demonstrations by artists, food, and music
  • Asian: Silver City's Asian Festival; Silver City Main Street puts on an Asian Festival; Silver City is the area along West National Avenue in Milwaukee, Wisconsin from 31st Street to Miller Park Way; named for the silver dollars workers from the nearby Menomonee Valley would spend there
    Major Festivals
    See the Major festivals calendar where I list the big festivals in chronological order for the year--useful to plan your summer!
  • Bastille: Bastille Days; organized by Milwaukee's East Town Association; celebrates music, food, and culture loosely organized around a French theme; held in the Cathedral Square area of Milwaukee's East Town
  • Brady St: Brady Street Festival; see photo album page available photo album page
  • Brew: Milwaukee Brewfest; a celebration of beer, breweries, and brewers; held at the Old Coast Guard Pavilion Park on Milwaukee's lakefront
  • Directory: Community and Parish Festival Directory; this is a directory of the many community, church, fair, and other small festival and fairs held throughout the area; CFC = Council of Festival Committees
  • Dragon Boat: Milwaukee Dragon Boat Festival; organized by Milwaukee Chinese Community Center
  • Film: Milwaukee Film Festival; features an international slate of films
  • Firkin: Milwaukee Firkin (29.81 liters in the US) Craft Beer Fest; a celebration of Milwaukee beer, past, present and future; a US firkin is a unit of measure about a quarter barrel of beer or 29.81 liters; see photo album page available photo album page
  • Folkfair: Holiday Folk Fair International; produced by the International Institute of Wisconsin, an organization dedicated to racial, cultural, and ethnic understanding
  • German: German Fest; features musicians and dance troupes from around the world, costumes, contests, a live Glockenspiel, and other family activities
  • Greek: Greek Fest; at State Fair Park
  • Highland Games Scottish: Milwaukee Scottish Fest
  • Indian Summer: Native American; celebrates the diversity of both traditional and contemporary Native American culture
  • Irish: Milwaukee Irish Fest; celebrates Irish culture, music, and food at the lakefront annually and also works on promoting Irish culture and traditions throughout the year
  • Italiana: Festa Italiana; music, food, bocce, artifacts from the Blessed Virgin of Pompeii Church, gondola rides, fireworks
  • Jazz: Summer Sizzle; Jazz festival in the Historic Third Ward
  • Kite: Various Kite Festivals; in Veterans Park; see "Events" section; Cool Kite Festival, Family Kite Festival, Frank Mots Kite festival; see photo album page available photo album page
  • Laborfest: Milwaukee County Labor Council AFL-CIO; a parade through downtown Milwaukee; festival on the Summerfest grounds (Maier Festival Park)
  • Latino Carnival: Milwaukee Latino Carnaval and Grand Parade; Latino culture, folklore, fun, food, dance and education
  • Locust St: Locust Street Festival; music, food, vendors, beer run/walk; in Riverwest (west bank of the Milwaukee River)
  • Mexican: Mexican Fiesta; the sound, culture and taste of Mexico
  • Oktoberfest: in September at Old Heidelberg Parking in Glendale; traditional German brass bands, Schuhplatter folk dancing, singing, yodeling, sing-alongs and dancing for everyone
  • Periodic Events: for other events, see this listing of non-festival events of various kinds; Milwaukee has many annual or one-day special events, ongoing summer concert series, and recurring trade shows that are not festivals, but have many similar features (food, folks, and fun)
  • Petfest: Pet activities; Fromm Family foods
  • Polish: Polish Fest; food, music, Chopin Piano competition; site includes information about Wisconsin's Polish Community
  • Pride: PrideFest; celebrates diversity, the accomplishments, contributions, and history of the LGBT community
  • Rock the Green: near-zero waste music festival; eco-friendly event production; clean/renewable energy to power the event to composting to biodegradable plates/utensils and more
  • Scottish: Milwaukee Highland Games / Milwaukee Scottish Fest; bands, food, dancing, sheepdogs, parade
  • South Shore Frolics: South Shore Water Frolics; in South Shore Park in Bay View, food, crafts, fireworks, parade
  • Summer Sizzle: Jazz festival; in the Historic Third Ward
  • Summer Solstice: The East Side's Summer Solstice Music Festival
  • Summerfest: Summerfest; Milwaukee's largest and most famous summer festival; world's largest outdoor music festival; "The Big Gig;" music festival; eleven days, twelve hours a day, thirteen stages, hundreds of performers, food, hundreds of thousands of folks, and fun
  • Sun Fair: On Historic Mitchell Street; entertainment, rides, games, music, and food; visits to historic churches
  • Train: Trainfest; presents operating model train layouts along with manufacturers, historical societies, displays, artists, hobby shops, demonstrations, and locomotive testing; put on by the Wisconsin Southeastern Division, Inc. of the Midwest Region of the National Model Railroad Association
  • Urban Island: urban park festival; at Lakeshore State Park; see photo album page available photo album page; formerly called Gathering Waters Festival
  • Winterfest: a ten-day party; at the convention center in downtown Milwaukee
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