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Fourth of July in Milwaukee

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Monday, June 30, 2014

By Stephanie Castillo
PR Intern

Brats on the grill, fireworks in the sky and red, white and blue everywhere – all these signs point to everyone’s favorite summer holiday, the Fourth of July! Whether you’re barbecuing ribs and enjoying sparklers in your backyard or taking in one of the many neighborhood parades, Milwaukee offers up countless options for celebrating Independence Day.

Kick off the weekend by taking in the Fireworks Kite Festival at Veterans Park on July 3. This fun festival will feature the Giant Kites of Yves LaForest. Families can enjoy flying kites from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., and 7:30 p.m. up until the fireworks start at 9:30 p.m.

You won’t want to miss the Downtown Milwaukee Fireworks later that night at Veterans Park, along Milwaukee’s beautiful lakefront just north of the War Memorial Center. Fireworks begin at dusk, approximately 9:30 p.m.

Looking for some good old-fashioned Independence Day fun? Check out Wauwatosa’s Fourth of July Celebrations. The parade begins at 9:00 a.m. from 80th & North Avenue and proceeds west to 104th St. Family activities and fireworks will take place in Hart Park.

If you’re not around Wauwatosa, look at this ultimate Milwaukee guide to find out when and where your local Fourth of July festivities are taking place.

You won’t want to miss this – world-class volleyball pros duking it out at Bradford Beach July 3 – July 6 for the AVP Milwaukee Open! Olympic stars Kerri Walsh Jennings, Phil Dalhausser, Todd Rogers, April Ross, Sean Rosenthal and Jake Gibb will all be there for a fun Fourth-of-July weekend of beach volleyball, music, food and other interactive activities. General admission is free.

Step back in time for the Old World Fourth of July at Old World Wisconsin from July 4 – July 6. Three days of old-fashioned fun, games and patriotic activities, like climbing the greased pole, ice cream making, pie-eating contests and tug-o-war – what could be better? Admission is $16 for adults, $9 for children, $14 for students and senior citizens and $43 for a family of four.

Calling all rockers! Spend your Fourth of July with iconic rock ‘n roll band Motley Crue as they give a concert at the Marcus Amphitheater during Summerfest. Don’t miss their Final Tour – grab your tickets now from the Summerfest box office, Ticketmaster or Walmart. Concert starts at 7:30 p.m.


The Quiet Before the STORM!!

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Thursday, June 19, 2014

By: Adam Von Rothfelder

Ready for your fastest 5k? Or maybe it’s your first 5k? No matter how experienced a runner you may be it's time to storm the Bastille with speed, stride and, of course, style! Join us as we follow a 5k training program set over the next three weeks to prepare to weather the STORM on July 10, 2014 at 9 p.m. in downtown Milwaukee.

The Storm may take to the scenic streets of Downtown Milwaukee's EAST TOWN area; however, our training plan will take you along the majestic Milwaukee River. Aided by mile markers, you can use our training map, which follows the River. Along the route, runners are often inspired by encouraging cheers from kayakers and boaters and the energy of downtown. Feel free to alter our provided course based on the mileage you plan to hit for the day, your stride, breathing and time splits. Waste no time – join us in stride, speed and safety as we all prepare for the GREATEST STORM YET!!

Wednesday: Walk 10 min, Jog 5 min., Walk 5 min. 30 sit-ups Repeat.
Thursday: Brisk walk, 30 min.
Friday: Walk 10 min., Jog 5 min., Walk 5 min. 25 pushups/25 jump squats Repeat.
Saturday: Walk, 10 min. Jog, 5-7 min. Walk, 5 min. Repeat
Sunday: Walk 30 min

Monday: Walk 10 min., Jog 7-8 min., Walk 5 min. Repeat.
Tuesday: Walk 12 min., Jog 5.5 min., Walk 4 min. 20 pushups/ 20 squat jumps Repeat.
Wednesday: Walk 12 min., Jog 6 min., Walk 4 min. 30 sit-ups Repeat.
Thursday: Brisk walk, 30 min.
Friday: Walk 12 min., Jog 7-8 min., Walk 4 min. 25 pushups/25 jump squats Repeat.
Saturday: Walk, 10 min., Run 1 min. walk 1 min. Run 2 min., Walk 5 min. Repeat
Sunday: Walk 10 min., Jog 10 min., Walk 5 min. 

Monday: Brisk walk 30 mins w/ 5 x 1 block sprints
Tuesday: Walk 12 min., Jog 10 min. 20 pushups/ 20 squat jumps Repeat.
Wednesday: Walk 12 min, Run 2 min. walk 1 min. Run 2.5 min, Walk 4 min. 30 sit-ups Repeat.
Thursday: We take to the STORM!! Do your best and have a great time!!


Adam is the owner and lead trainer at Drench Fitness Boutique in Downtown Milwaukee.

Join a Global Celebration in Milwaukee

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By Bill Prange
Web Marketing Specialist
VISIT Milwaukee

French: Coupe du monde de football

German: Fußball-Weltmeisterschaft

Korean: 월드컵

Italian: Campionato mondiale di calcio

English: The World Cup

Every four years, people across the globe turn their attention to what might be the biggest sporting event in the world – the FIFA World Cup™ soccer tournament. Starting on Thursday, June 12, hundreds of millions of people from every continent tune in to see which country will be crowned World Cup champion.

Even though this year’s World Cup is being held in Brazil, more than 3,000 miles away from Milwaukee, there are plenty of ways to join in on the global celebration right here in our own backyard!

Nomad World Pub, located toward the east end of Brady Street, will continue its World Cup celebration tradition with Nomad World Copa 2014 – a five-week festival filled with events and activities. The bar’s festivities include a daily Brazilian-themed “village” in the adjacent courtyard from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., featuring food provided by Bel Air Cantina, a full bar with drink specials, daily giveaways and more. Numerous HD TVs will be set up inside and outside the bar for viewing the games. Nomad will also be throwing two block parties outside the bar during the World Cup: One for the United States’ game against Portugal on Sunday, June 22, and one for the World Cup final on Sunday, July 13. The final event, “Brasil on Brady,” will have a stage for Brazilian dancers, a drum troop and live music by the Samba Unit and De La Buena, along with a Jumbotron for watching the final game.

Looking for something a little more family-friendly? Check out Lakefront Soccerfest, presented by the Milwaukee County Parks and Milwaukee Soccer Development Group, on Sunday, June 15 at Veterans Park on the city's lakefront. In addition to celebrating the World Cup, the festival aims to bring people together to focus on family, diversity, sustainability, health and wellness and fairplay. They will also host a day's worth of friendly tournaments for kids ages seven and up.

Another option is to head to Transfer Pizzeria, which plans to combine soccer, drinks and pizza into one fantastic viewing experience. All the games will be shown live in their newly renovated back room, with multiple TVs, including a 10-foot, high definition projection screen. Join Transfer’s Unity Club for food and drink discounts during the games.

Uihlein Soccer Park, home of the Milwaukee Kickers Soccer Club, is also getting in on the action. The Club is hosting a free viewing party for the U.S. vs. Portugal game on Sunday, June 22. This event will be held at the complex on a big screen on one of the park's indoor soccer fields from 4-8 p.m. One field will feature game viewing, on another, inflatables for children, with youth soccer matches on the third. In addition to these activities, there will be raffle prize drawings and a special appearance by Fuleco, the official 2014 World Cup mascot, who will be present to take photos with fans.

One of the best things about Milwaukee is the melting pot of cultures you can find within the city. Rarely is this more evident than during the World Cup. Walk into one of our many soccer bars and you're guaranteed to see fans wearing the colors of teams from all over the world. So whether you're a hardcore fan who can name all 32 teams in the tournament, or someone who's never watched a minute of soccer in your life, I encourage you to take part in the celebration in some way. After all, this opportunity only comes around once every four years!


Celebrate Pride in Milwaukee

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Friday, June 6, 2014

By Jennifer Posh
Content & Copywriting Specialist

It’s time for one of Milwaukee’s most fabulous festivals – pull out your rainbow gear and head down to the lakefront this weekend for PrideFest (June 6-8)!

Celebrating LGBT culture and community since 1987, PrideFest has pulled out all the stops to bring some fantastic headliners to Milwaukee this year. Didn’t get tickets to see Cher on Friday? Don’t worry – Chad Michaels (the winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars) has dedicated over 20 years to perfecting his tribute to Cher, as you’ll see on the Miller Lite Mainstage on Friday night, followed by BJ Daniel’s Drag Revue, an “extravaganza of drag”! Saturday night features great musical artists on the Mainstage, with Mary Lambert (who collaborated with Macklemore and Ryan Lewis on “Same Love”), Big Freedia and Macy Gray. If comedy is more your style, come for the laughs on Sunday when Sandra Bernhard and Lisa Lampanelli headline.

During the day, you’ll find nearly 100 artists and performers on the 8 grounds stages, featuring local music, health & wellness information from LGBT non-profit organizations and programs, discussions on important topics in the LGBT community and, of course, the can’t-miss dance party at the Dance Pavilion.

You can also catch the Milwaukee Pride Parade at 2PM on Sunday, June 8. The parade will travel north on 2nd Street from Lapham Boulevard to Oregon Street.

Looking for more to do while you celebrate Pride in Milwaukee? Check out our PrideFest itinerary to find some of the city’s best LGBT hot spots.