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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!!

WEEK 1
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

WEEK 2
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. 

WEEK 3
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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Monday, June 09, 2014

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.

 
Never Fear, Downtown Dining Week is Almost Here!

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Friday, May 30, 2014

By Katy Deardorff
Communications Manager
VISIT Milwaukee

Per Merriam-Webster:

Food·ie Noun

: a person who enjoys and cares about food very much

: a person having an avid interest in the latest food fads

Do you consider yourself a foodie? Are there places around town that you absolutely can’t wait to try? Are some of those places just a bit out of your price range?

NEVER FEAR, DOWNTOWN DINING WEEK IS (ALMOST) HERE!

Downtown Dining Week, which runs June 5-12 this year, gives locals and visitors alike an opportunity to try three-course lunches and dinners from their favorite restaurants at a discounted price! Lunches are available for $12.50 and dinners cost $25 or $35.

 Diners eating at Umami Moto

This fantastic week of food is a phenomenal opportunity to try out that new restaurant you’ve been eyeing up for months or your favorite backyard burger joint that you just can’t seem to get enough of.

There is literally a restaurant option for every distinguished foodie pallet. So what are you waiting for? Check out the Downtown Dining Week website for a full list of participating restaurants.

We will absolutely see you there!

 
Memorial Day Weekend in Milwaukee

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

By Cesar Gomez
Public Relations Intern

Milwaukee is finally reaching those high temperatures, just in time for Memorial Day weekend. While it is an extended weekend, first and foremost it is an opportunity to honor our troops and the men and women who have given their lives defending our country.

It wouldn’t be Memorial Day without a parade, so be sure to catch Milwaukee’s at 2pm on Monday, May 26. To snag the best view, find a seat along the route, which starts at the intersection of 4th Street and Wisconsin Avenue and heads east towards the War Memorial Center.

As the unofficial start to the summer, this weekend is the perfect time to bust out the grill, head outside, and explore the city.

Instead of firing up the grill in the backyard, take the chance to head to a local community park. Bring a ball and some lounge chairs and you’ve set yourself up for an enjoyable afternoon. Don’t know where to go? Check out Lake Park, voted the Best of Milwaukee 2012 Award Winner for Best Public Park. You can also find a complete list of parks here.

Not feeling the park? Bring the cookout over to Miller Park for a classic tailgate as the Brewers face the Orioles Monday, May 26. Beginning at 10am, the 2014 Diversity & Valor Memorial Day Tailgate will offer complimentary food and beverages and the first few attendees to arrive will receive a special Brewers commemorative item. Not a bad deal.

For those with little ones, check out Gift of Wings' Family Kite Festival, a two-day event that kicks off Saturday, May 24 in Veterans Park. Not only will you see plenty of new performers and spectacular kites this year, the festival is also free with plenty of free parking. (Hours: Saturday, 10am-6pm; Sunday, 10am-5pm)

Any other Memorial Day Weekend plans you think need a shout out? Let us know!

 
What Real Custard Is

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Friday, May 16, 2014

By Sarah Richheimer
Community Blogger

Are you a chocolate or vanilla person? Moosetracks or mint chocolate chip?  Or wait, maybe you don’t have a favorite but you just love ice cream in general. Whichever flavor it is, I can guarantee you will develop a new favorite pick once you’ve had a lick of Kopp’s Frozen Custard. That’s right, it’s not just the boring old ice cream, but it’s the real custard.

A true landmark, and now hotspot, in the Metro Milwaukee area, Kopp’s was established in 1950 and is the place to go for the best custard you’ve ever had. Personally, I frequent the original location on North Port Washington Road in Glendale.

If you were to ask me what my favorite flavor is, I would struggle to answer you. I generally go for plain vanilla when I get ice cream. But this is not ice cream – it is far better than that. It’s not even custard – it’s better than that.

This is Kopp’s Frozen Custard. It is something indescribable.

It’s a challenge to pick one favorite flavor because Kopp’s featured options change daily, making my head spin from the tough decision. The last dessert that I had from Kopp’s was a Rocky Road Sundae.

Now, normally I don’t love chocolate custard by itself. But that, that was like no other bowl-full I’ve ever tasted. It had crunchy, roasted almonds and ultra-gooey marshmallows, which are all dropped into this rich, deep chocolate custard. It was heaven in my mouth. Need I say more?

Now that I’ve ranted about its amazing custard, I should probably move onto Kopp’s food options. It’s customary to eat lunch or dinner before dessert, right? Kopp’s is also known for its chicken and burgers. I’d recommend a regular burger with relish, tomatoes, lettuce and ketchup. That’s my favorite.

  

Okay, so there is a bit more to Kopp’s than just food. Its huge cow statues that line the wall of the parking lot are a blast to take photos with. I love going with my family, ordering my custard, sitting in between the cows outside and watching all the people walk by. It’s a great family-bonding experience.

But now it is time for you to decide your favorite burger and custard. Insider tip: try not to drool while standing in line reading the menu. You may get a few stares. Can’t say I didn’t warn you!

So, next time you’re in Brookfield, Greenfield or Glendale, grab your family, scope out a Kopp’s location, and get ready for a little bit of heaven.

 

 
Tour Your Town for National Travel & Tourism Week

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Tuesday, May 6, 2014

By Katy Deardorff
Communications Manager
VISIT Milwaukee


TOUR YOUR TOWN CONTEST

Here at VISIT Milwaukee we are celebrating National Travel & Tourism Week (May 3-11) and we are giving away a “staycation” in MKE, in honor of this special week. The week-long campaign is designed to encourage you, a Milwaukee local, to spread the word about the city’s many amazing attractions.

Throughout this week you can submit unlimited images and comments showcasing your favorite Milwaukee destinations to our Twitter, Instagram and Facebook with the hashtag “VisitMKE”. All entries must be in by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, May 11.  One lucky winner will receive a one-night stay at Hotel Metro, a $100 SURG Restaurant Gift Card to be used at any of its eight locations and a $100 Uber car credit to be used whenever/wherever you may please.

A winner will be chosen on Monday, May 12, and announced on both the VISIT Milwaukee Facebook and Twitter.


TOUR YOUR TOWN FOR NATIONAL TRAVEL & TOURISM WEEK

In addition to the contest, we have also teamed up with Uber to provide YOU free rides on Saturday, May 10, to some great Milwaukee tourist destinations. Uber patrons can use the TOURMKE promo code when riding to and from any of the following locations from 10 a.m. until midnight:

**Uber rides will be available from 10 a.m. until midnight, but please check hours for each participating location.

Uber is a smartphone app that allows you to request a ride with the touch of a button. Existing Uber users can enter TOURMKE in the promotions tab in-app. New to Uber? Download the app on your mobile device and enter code TOURMKE or visit Uber.com/go/tourMKE. The code is valid for two free rides up to $25 each. You must begin or end your trip at the participating venues.

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