Milwaukee Living - Events - Periodic - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA

Milwaukee has many annual or one-day special events, ongoing summer concert series, and recurring trade shows; see the festivals section for the world-famous and community ethnic festivals held in Milwaukee
  • Air Show: Milwaukee Air and Water Show; on the Lakefront; airpower demonstrations; water show; my photos
  • Al's Run: Run and Walk for Children's Hospital; fundraising run and walk for Children's Hospital of Wisconsin; memorializes Al McGuire, the late Marquette University basketball coach, wanted to thank the southeastern Wisconsin community for its support of the Marquette Warriors during the 1977 NCAA season
  • APT: Arte Para Todos; neighborhood local art and music experience
  • Ayre: Ayre in the (Catalano) Square; summer music series that takes place on Thursdays from 6:30pm-8:30pm in the Historic Third Ward’s Catalano Square Park; free
  • Bay View Art in Park: artisan market in Zillman Park; photography, painting, jewelry, fiber arts, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, and ceramics
  • Bay View Bash: A block party for the Bay View neighborhood; music, entertainment, and food
  • Bay View Gallery Night: a twice-yearly art event
  • Bay View Winefest: annual fundraiser for Airshows of Wisconsin and the Milwaukee Air & Water show; funds go towards operations and improvements to support the air and water shows
  • Bead & Button Show: the largest bead show in the country
  • Beer Week: celebrating Beer in Brew City
  • BigGigBBQ: music, food, beer; at Summerfest grounds
  • Bradford Beach: Summer music and fun; Bradford Beach is open May to October; beach Volleyball Leagues run June through September; Music by the Fire each Thursday and Sunday Funday’s starting June 17 through September 26; Bradford Beach Jams
  • Brewers Mini: Brewers Mini-Marathon; half-marathon, 5K, 10K; begin and end at Miller Park
  • Chill on the Hill: Humboldt Park; outdoor summer concert series
  • Cicloviamke: a car-free public space event; families and friends can exercise and play, and neighborhood businesses can engage the community
  • Circus: Tripoli Shrine Circus; annual circus held in February
  • DOMKE: Doors Open Milwaukee; visit building interiors during this special program of Historic Milwaukee, Inc.; my photos from DOMKE
  • Dylan's Run: Benefits Autism Research and The Autism Society of Southeastern Wisconsin
  • E Side Music: East Side Music Tour; bands and musicians performing live in coffee shops, boutiques, restaurants and bars among other venues on Brady Street
  • Festivals: MKE Festivals; a list of the many ethnic and cultural festivals held in Milwaukee
  • Fish Fry Flick: Summer fish fry and films; series at Discovery World at Pier Wisconsin; see photo album page available photo album page
  • Fourth St Forum: promotes public discussion of political and social issues; a panel of experts presents their views on a chosen topic and explores solutions with the audience and the 4th Street Forum moderator; at Milwaukee Turner Hall; see photo album page available photo album page
  • Free Music: Directory of area music series; a directory of places to go in the greater Milwaukee area for free music and other events, including summer concert series
  • Gallery Night: Quarterly art gallery event; art galleries, art schools, and art musuems throughout the downtown, east side, Third Ward, and Walker's Point, and around offer special exhibits, food, entertainment on a Friday night
  • Green Energy: Green Energy Summit and Exposition; green sector development and investment; energy-water nexus; education, efficiency, financing, agriculture, building, business, manufacturing, careers, innovation, recycling, renewables, responsibility, sustainability, transportation, and water; see photo album page available photo album page
  • Indyfest: Car racing at State Fair Park in West Allis
  • Holiday Lights: Winter season lights display; lights illuminate downtown parks and buildings
  • Holiday Parade: Annual Holiday Parade; downtown Milwaukee
  • Jazz: Milwaukee Jazz Vision; periodic jazz events; Bay View Jazz Fest; Visions on the Lake
  • Jazz in Park: Weekly summer jazz concert; in Cathedral Square park in downtown Milwaukee's East Town
  • Lake MI Trail Marathon: Marathon; Half Marathon; 50k; 32k Training Run; trails through Milwaukee's park system
  • Lakefront Marathon: Annual marathon; from Grafton to downtown
  • Live @ Peck: summer concerts and film at the outdoor Peck Pavillion at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts
  • Live @ the Lakefront: Summer concert series at Discovery World; at Pier Wisconsin on Lake Michigan
  • Made in MKE: Made in Milwaukee; Milwaukee Art, Music, Dance, Fashion and Culture
  • Maker Faire: makers show off their stuff; tech enthusiasts, inventors, crafters, educators, tinkerers and hobbyists of all ages exhibit their work and share their knowledge and skills; co-hosted by Betty Brinn Children’s Museum and the Milwaukee Makerspace, in collaboration with MAKE magazine and sponsored by Brady Corporation.
  • Marathon/Runningfest: Milwaukee Running Festival; marathon, half-marathon
  • Memorial Day Parade: downtown Milwaukee to the memorial in Veterans Park
  • Mexican Independence: Mexican Independence Parade and Festival
  • Milwaukee Day: a celebration of the 414; events throughout the city on April 14th to recognize what is special about Milwaukee
  • Milwaukee Rally: Harley-Davidson motorcycle rally; produced by Harley-Davidson Dealers of Metro Milwaukee
  • Morning Glory Craft: Morning Glory Fine Craft Fair; fine craft artists exhibiting media in ceramics, glass, leather, wood, photography, jewelry, fiber, enamel, handmade paper, metal, and mixed media
  • Park Events: Calendar of events in Milwaukee County parks
  • Polar Plunge: Polar Bear Plunge Milwaukee
  • Race4Cure: The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation Race for the Cure; fundraiser for the Komen foundation which fights breast cancer
  • Reclaiming Our Heritage: honors veterans; highlights the architectural and cultural treasures of the National Soldiers Home Historic District; Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center; multi-era military encampment, veteran tributes, entertainment with historic flair, lantern tours of Wood National Cemetery, guided tours of the buildings and grounds
  • Ride for Arts: Miller Lite Ride for the Arts; bicycle ride to benefit the United Performing Arts Fund
  • River Challenge: Milwaukee River Challenge; a rowing regatta on the Milwaukee River along a 3.5 km course
  • River Flicks: summer film series; see photo album page available photo album page
  • River Rhythms: Weekly summer concert series; in Marquette Park on the Milwaukee river
  • Rockerbox: motorcycle show and street party; on Center Street outside of Fuel Cafe
  • St Patrick's: Saint Patrick's Day Parade; Shamrock Club of Wisconsin; my photos
  • Skyline Music: Summer music series at Selig-Joseph-Folz Ampitheater
  • State Fair: Wisconsin State Fair; annual celebration of the agriculture and industry of Wisconsin
  • Starup Week: new business community
  • Veterans Parade: Annual parade recognizing veterans; my photos
  • World Beef Expo: Annual beef tradeshow; held at Wisconsin State Fair Park and features many breeds of beef cattle, breed auctions, a prospect auctions, commercial trade show and seminars, youth and collegiate livestock judging competition, and youth sweepstake events
  • YP Week: Young Professional Week; events celebrating Milwaukee for the young professional workforce
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