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City of Festivals

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Here in the City of Festivals, festival season lasts all year long! From the roar of a crowd at a Summerfest show to the relaxing sounds of Jazz in the Park, the delectable smells of Food Truck Fest to the eclectic stylings of Weird Fest, there’s truly a fest for everyone in Milwaukee.
 
Plan your best fest year yet with our 2022 festival calendar!
   
   

2022 Festival Season

JUNE

6/2-6/4 - Pridefest - Wisconsin’s largest LGBTQIA+ festival since 1987.

6/3-6/4 - Art 64 - A two-day, interactive performance painting bracket-style tournament in Tosa Village.

6/4 - Milwaukee Highland Games - One of Wisconsin’s oldest traditional Scottish celebrations featuring food, bagpipes, Highland dancing, and working sheepdogs.

6/5 -  West Allis A La Carte - West Allis’ family friendly street festival unites the community through entertainment, food, and commerce.

6/10-6/12 - Tosa Greek Fest - Say “Opa!” and enjoy Greek food and music at this annual Wauwatosa festival.

6/10-6/12 - Polish Fest - Milwaukee’s festival to celebrate our strong and vibrant Polish culture.

6/11 - 5th Street Bike Fest - A celebration of Mexican and Polish influences on the Walker's Point neighborhood taking place during the last day of Wisconsin Bike Week.

6/15 - Milwaukee Night Market - Wisconsin Avenue shuts down once a month in the summer to showcase a variety of local vendors, performers, and artists.

6/17-6/18 - HartFest - A party in Wauwatosa highlighted by great food, music, beverages, and fun.

6/18 - Summer Soulstice Music Festival - Soak up the summer sun at this East Side celebration featuring three live music stages, kids activities, and an arts fair.

6/19 – Juneteenth Day Celebration - A street festival with a parade, delicious food, and more celebrating the recognition of the emancipation of enslaved Black people in the United States.

6/23-6/25 – Summerfest - “The World’s Largest Music Festival” and a Milwaukee institution.

6/25-6/26 – Cedarburg Strawberry Festival - An homage to all things strawberry in the charming city of Cedarburg.

6/25-6/26 – Milwaukee Greek Fest  - The Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church's annual celebration including authentic Greek food, live music, rides, and fun for all ages! 

6/26 – Margarita Fest  - Come to Deer District to try the best margaritas in town, vote on your favorite, and enjoy some of the best taco trucks Milwaukee has to offer.

6/30-7/2 – Summerfest II – “The World’s Largest Music Festival” continues for weekend two.

6/30-7/3 – Family 4th Fest – Five days of kids’ rides, live music, beer tents, and food.
   

JULY

7/1-7/4 – Franklin Civic Celebration – Four days of family fun at Lions Legend Park.

7/4 – Glendale Fourth of July Celebration – One of the Milwaukee area’s largest Independence Day celebrations.

7/7-7/9 – Summerfest III – “The World’s Largest Music Festival” returns for its final weekend in 2022.

7/9 – Afro Soca Love Festival– The Afro Soca Love Festival makes its way to Milwaukee to celebrate community within the African diaspora with food, shopping, and music.

7/13 - Milwaukee Night Market - Wisconsin Avenue shuts down once a month in the summer to showcase a variety of local vendors, performers, and artists.

7/14 - 7/17 Bastille Days - One of the nation's largest French-themed celebrations featuring everything from can-can dances to a Storm the Bastille 5K.

7/16 – Milwaukee Croatian Fest – This free festival in Franklin includes live music and theater.

7/16 - Milwaukee Seltzerland 2022
This festival will turn Milwaukee into a hard seltzer haven with tastings of more than 100 unique hard seltzers and so much more!

7/17 – Milwaukee Armenian Fest – Greenfield’s celebration of 3,000 years of Armenian food, dancing, and tradition.

7/22-7/23 – Paramount Music Festival – Held at Lime Kiln Park in Grafton, this year’s festival celebrates the 105th anniversary of Paramount Records.

7/23 – Food Truck Fest - Take a bite out of every kind of food you can imagine. 

7/29-7/31 – German Fest - The landmark 40th anniversary celebration of German culture and traditions features everything from a culture village to a Dachshund Derby Race.

7/25 - 7/31 - South Milwaukee Heritage Days - Includes a farmer’s market, car cruise, duck race, and more.

7/27-9/29  - Jazz In The Park - Every Thursday, visit Cathedral Square Park for this summer outdoor music series.

7/30 – Milwaukee Brewfest – This McKinley Park event allows visitors to taste some of the world's best beer while enjoying the beauty of Lake Michigan.

7/30 – Brady Street Festival – A colossal street party on a popular Milwaukee thoroughfare featuring live music, entertainment, shopping, and more. 

7/30 - Weird Fest -  Enjoy funky foods, weird beer, and live music. Weird costumes are encouraged.

AUGUST

8/4-8/12 - Wisconsin State Fair - A Dairy State tradition filled with music, unique foods, pig races, and so much more.

8/5 – Sad Summer Festival: Milwaukee – This musical festival at The Rave/Eagles Ballroom includes nine artists.

8/6 - Black Arts Fest MKE - An event honoring African and African-American culture in a positive, unifying atmosphere for all ages.

8/6-8/13 - Bronzeville Week - An annual celebration of African-American culture, history, art, entertainment, and businesses.

8/7 – Brewtown Rumble – A ride-in vintage motorcycle show at Deer District.

8/7 –  Puerto Rican Family Festival – A celebration of Puerto Rican culture with food, music, and dance. 

8/11-8/14 – Greendale Village Days – Live bands, BMX bike performances, and a car show highlight this event.

8/13 – Milwaukee Dragon Boat Festival - An event honoring Chinese culture through traditional dance, folk music, martial arts, and, of course, Dragon Boat Races. 

8/13 - Center Street Daze Festival - This street festival takes place in Milwaukee’s lively Riverwest neighborhood.

8/17 - Milwaukee Night Market - Wisconsin Avenue shuts down once a month in the summer to showcase a variety of local vendors, performers, and artists.

8/18-8/21 – Irish Fest - A celebration of all things Irish along Lake Michigan.

8/18-8/21 – A La Carte at the Zoo - An event that offers a Wild Weekend of fun including local eats, trendy music, and of course, 2000+ animals!

8/20 – Brew City Cigar Festival – Smoke, eat, drink, and be merry.

8/20 – Bloody Mary Festival: Milwaukee – A celebration of Milwaukee’s favorite cocktail.

8/20-8/21 – Indulge Milwaukee Explore Milwaukee’s exceptional and celebrated culinary food scene with award-winning chefs, mixologists and wine professionals.

8/26-8/27 – Country in the Burg – Two massive country acts highlight this two day event.

8/26-8/27 – Fresh Coast Jazz Festival - A weekend at the Pabst Mansion celebrating great music from jazz artists around the world.

8/26-8/28 – Mexican Fiesta - More than just a celebration, this festival is a declaration of community spirit featuring the culture, sounds, and tastes of Mexico.

8/26-8/28 – Milwaukee Oktoberfest - A free event offering polka music, a wiener dog pageant, brat eating contest, and more.

8/27 - Fringe Fest - Following the tradition of fringe festivals, this event showcases a diverse collection of Milwaukee artists.
   

SEPTEMBER

9/1-9/5 - Milwaukee Rally - Hosted by Harley-Davidson Motor Company, this two-wheeled, four-day event is for bikers and bike enthusiasts alike.

9/10 - Taco Fest - An event bringing together local restaurants, taco lovers, and lucha libre fans.

9/10-9/11 – Trimborn Farm Harvest of Arts & Crafts – Examine great art and crafts at a historic farm park.

9/12-9/19 - Walker’s Point Week - The best of what the Walker’s Point neighborhood has to offer in one event.

9/16 – Wisconsin Whiskey Fest – More than 30 distillers offering more than 150 whiskeys.

9/17 – Bay View Bash - A community festival featuring food, art, music, crafts, books, and more.

9/17-9/18 – Wine and Harvest Festival – This event is celebrating its 50th year in downtown Cedarburg.

9/17-9/18 – Bayshore Fall Art and Artisan Fair – This free festival features more than 75 artists, artisans, and makers.

9/21 - Milwaukee Night Market - Wisconsin Avenue shuts down once a month in the summer to showcase a variety of local vendors, performers, and artists.

9/23-9/25 – Harvest Fair – Live entertainment and activities the whole family will love.

9/24-9/25 – Festa Italiana – A celebration of Italian culture and heritage at Milwaukee's Italian Community Center.

9/25 – Sturgeon Fest – Sponsor a lake sturgeon then release it back into Lake Michigan.
   
   

OCTOBER

10/1-10/2 – Cedarburg Oktoberfest – German music, dancers, a live glockenspiel show, and more.

10/2-10/9 - Milwaukee Comedy Festival - Belly laugh to top-notch stand up, improv, and sketch comedy artists for seven days.

10/2 – West Allis Classic Car Show – 500 classic and custom vehicles will be on display.

10/23-10/27 - Milwaukee Jewish Film Festival - An event shining the spotlight on Jewish film and storytelling from all around the world.

Winter festivals will be added as dates are finalized and released.

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Arrival
18 August 2022
Departure
19 August 2022