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City of Festivals

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Milwaukee is a city that loves to celebrate. Anywhere from tacos to jazz to culture, we have festivals for just about everything earning us the nickname, “City of Festivals.” This list may not include all the festivals, but we tried to name as many as we could. Find your City of Festivals here.

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Bastille Days, which takes place in Cathedral Square Park, is one of the nation’s largest French-themed recognizing the Storming of the Bastille.  

Black Arts Fest MKE honors African and African-American culture in a positive, unifying atmosphere for all ages on Milwaukee's lakefront.

China Lights celebrates Chinese culture with dazzling sights of lantern sculptures, performances, beautiful art, and delicious food at Boerner Botanical Gardens.  

Festa Italiana spotlights Italian food, arts, culture, and religion held on Milwaukee’s lakefront.  

German Fest honors German culture and traditions held the last full weekend of every July featuring everything from a culture village to a Dachshund Derby Race.

Hunting Moon Pow Wow brings together a host of Native American cultures over three exciting days filled with singing, drumming, and dancing.

IndiaFest celebrates Indian culture, heritage, and history in Wisconsin in honor of India’s Independence Day.

Irish Fest celebrates all-things Irish along the sparkling Milwaukee lakefront.  

Mexican Fiesta is more than just a celebration; this festival is a declaration of community spirit featuring the culture, sounds and tastes of Mexico.

Milwaukee Dragon Boat Festival honors Chinese culture through traditional dance, Chinese folk music, martial arts, and, of course, Dragon Boat Races. 

Milwaukee Greek Fest is the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church's annual celebration that includes authentic Greek food, live music, rides and fun for all ages!  

Milwaukee Highland Games is one of Wisconsin’s oldest traditional Scottish celebrations and features food, bagpipes, Highland dancing, and working sheepdogs. 

Polish Fest spotlights and celebrates Milwaukee’s strong and vibrant Polish community.  

PrideFest is Wisconsin’s largest LGBTQ+ festival since 1987 taking place during LGBTQ+ Pride Month and will have a special PridetoberFest celebration in 2021.

Tosa Greek Fest encourages participants to be Greek for the weekend with this July festival in Wauwatosa.

Unique Unites

 

Unique Unites

Cities Of Festivals

 

Cities Of Festivals

Holiday

Christmas in the Ward enoucrages participants to add a little Historic Third Ward to your holidays with entertainment, shopping and dining discounts.

Holiday Folk Fair International is a multicultural festival featuring music, food, dance and arts. 

Holiday Lights Festival is for everyone to take a stroll or drive through the 500,000 lights that illuminate downtown parks and streets during the months of November and December.  

Juneteenth Day Celebration is a street festival with a parade, delicious food and more celebrating the emancipation of slaves in the United States.

Milwaukee 414 Day takes place every April 14, in honor of Milwaukee’s 414 area code, and spotlights the people, places and businesses that make the city unique.  

Milwaukee Hmong New Year is a two-day event that takes place in early December honoring the Hmong New Year with food, entertainment and a pageant. 

Milwaukee Krampusnacht is a holiday combination of Christmas and creepiness, with festivities centered aroudn Krampus and hosted at the Bavarian Bierhaus. 

Music and Film

Jazz in the Park means it's officially summer in Milwaukee with residents and visitors taking in some outdoor jazz every Thursday in Cathedral Square Park.

Jewish Film Festival shines the spotlight on Jewish film and storytelling from all around the world.  

LGBT Film Festival tells stories from the LGBT community through documentaries and film.  

Milwaukee Film Festival shares the best of the best from the worldwide film festival season. 

Muslim Film Festival presents topics and issues that are relevant and spark meaningful conversation about Muslims and the Muslim world.  

Summerfest is the world’s largest music festival and a Milwaukee institution.

Neighborhood and Village

Bay View Bash is a community festival featuring food, art, music, crafts, books and community organizations.

Brady Street Festival has everyone enjoying Milwaukee's fun and eclectic Brady Street.

Bronzeville Week is an annual celebration of African American culture, history, art, entertainment and businesses.  

Center Street Daze Festival is a festival to showcase businesses, arts and other vendors of the Riverwest neighborhood community.

Harbor Fest celebrates all things fish, water and ships, including a boat parade and much more.

Garfield Days is a neighborhood celebration, anchored by Garfield's 502 restaurant, that includes a youth talent show and over 150 vendors.

Walker’s Point Week shows off the best of what the Walker’s Point neighborhood has to offer.

Wonderfully Random

Cedarburg Strawberry Festival pays homage to all things strawberry in the charming city of Cedarburg.

Food Truck Fest has a little bit of almost every kind of food that you can get from a truck.  

Fringe Fest follows the rich tradition of Fringe Festivals in a showcase with a diverse collection of Milwaukee artists.

Lakefront Festival of Art brings artistic creativity and variety to the Milwaukee Art Museum grounds on Milwaukee’s beautiful lakefront.

Mitten Fest is an outdoor winter festival that includes a mix of outdoor music, beverages, and charity, all curated by Burnhearts Bar in the Bay View neighborhood.  

Milwaukee Brewfest offers unlimited tastes of what some of the world’s best brew masters have created. Designated drivers are encouraged. 

Milwaukee Comedy Festival lets guest get in some laughs from top-notch comedians, improv and sketch comedy artists for seven days straight.  

Milwaukee Rally is hosted by Harley-Davidison Motor Company, the company that has called Milwaukee home since its 1903 founding. This is a true two-wheeled, four-day event for bikers and bike enthusiasts alike.

Wisconsin State Fair is Dairy State tradition filled with music, unique foods, pig races, and so much more.

Taco Fest brings together local restaurants, taco lovers, and lucha libre fans.

Tomato Romp is one of Wisconsin’s only tomato festivals, known for its Rotten Tomato Fight for Hunger and Bloody Mary challenge.

Weird Fest honors all things weird! Enjoy funky foods, weird beer, and live music. Weird costumes are encouraged.