Date/place: June 3, Hart Park, 7300 Chestnut St., Wauwatosa
Hours: 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday
Highlights: The 80th anniversary of these games offers visitors the opportunity to participate in and explore Scottish culture in a fun and family-friendly environment. Learn to play cricket or watch archery and ax demonstrations. Clydesdale horses, which originated in Scotland, will be on display, along with a flock of sheep and dogs performing shepherding exercises. Three Pints Gone and the War Pipers will be music to your ears after a long day of competitions, and there’s no shortage of food and beverages from McBob’s, Highland Glenn and Culinary Twists. But don’t be afraid to try the haggis, or better yet, watch the Haggis Taco Eating Contest as contestants compete to down Wisconsin’s version of the spicy sausage. The Highland Games are a bonnie display of Scottish sights and sounds at the start of the festival season.
Admission: $10 Adults; free for children 12 and under; free for active military in uniform; $3 off before 10 a.m. with a per person donation of a nonperishable food item for Wauwatosa Food Pantry.
Date/place: June 9-11, Maier Festival Park
Hours: 3 p.m.-midnight Friday; noon-midnight Saturday; noon-10 p.m. Sunday
Highlights: Randy Rainbow will host the Miller Lite Mainstage shows for this gathering of LGBTQ community. Featured performers include Australian pop singer Betty Who, 10,000 Maniacs, Steve Grand and comedian Todrick Hall.
Admission: $15 advance; $18 at the gate.
Date/place: June 11, on Locust St. between Humboldt Blvd. and Holton St.
Hours: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday
Highlights: Alderman Nik Kovak will fire the starter’s pistol at 11:30 a.m. for the 1.8 mile Beer Run/Walk which begins at the intersection of Booth and Locust streets, and includes four mandatory beer stops. Six outdoor stages provide a variety of local entertainment, with plenty of artists, vendors, food and beverages to discover along the streets of Riverwest.
Date/place: June 16-18, Maier Festival Park
Hours: noon-midnight Friday and Saturday, noon-8 p.m. Sunday.
Highlights: Let’s polka! It’s time for pierogi and paczki, czarnina and vodka, wycinanki paper folk art and nonstop hopping to happy accordion music. Watch the athletic turning and spinning of Polish dance ensembles wearing a swirl of colors that represent every part of Poland and stroll past educational demonstrations in the Cultural Village. Or purchase pottery, jewelry and knickknacks in a marketplace of Polish wares. On June 18, the Chopin Youth Piano Competition will showcase a slate of talented piano students from around the area competing for a cash prize.
Admission: $10 in advance; $12 at the gate; $10 for seniors 55 and up; Free for children 15 and under. On
Date/place: June 16-18, on the grounds of the Milwaukee Art Museum, 700 N. Art Museum Drive
Hours: 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday
Highlights: This world-class art festival offers something for everyone with three days of live music and entertainment, children’s activities, a sculpture garden, wine garden and plenty of food. Special attractions include: MAM After Dark for young professionals from 5 to 10 p.m. June 16, Wine and Canvas from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 17, which invites participants to create their own piece of art to take home, and special refreshments and activities in the LFOA “MAM Cave” for all dads from noon to 5 p.m. on Father’s Day June 18. Visit one-on-one with jury-selected artists selling their works, and remember, your admission ticket includes access to all museum exhibits.
Admission: $10 in advance; $17 adult; $15 students and seniors; $10 museum members; free for children 12 and under. Three-day pass $25.
Date/place: June 24-25, on Washington Ave., Cedarburg
Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday.
Highlights: The Shops of Cedar Creek Settlement welcome visitors to explore the historic sites of Cedarburg, stroll the expanded marketplace of new craft and art booths and savor the berry best of summer. Purveyors of freshly picked strawberries will offer foods and beverages infused with the fruit, such as strawberry slush, crepes and brats. Enter the shortcake eating or bubblegum blowing contest and win prizes for your berry best effort. Musical performances by The Rhythm Kings, Kevin Kennedy and Bobby Way & the Fabulous Wayouts will keep the “jam party” going, and live music by Joey LaVie at the Sunday morning all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast will make your day a memorable treat.
Date/place: June 28-July 2, July 4-9, Maier Festival Park
Hours: Noon to midnight daily
Highlights: The 50th celebration will include an interactive exhibit with decades of festival memorabilia on display, as well as these headliners at the American Family Insurance Amphitheater: Paul Simon, Brandi Carlile, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Luke Bryan, Zac Brown Band, Pink, The Chainsmokers, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Dierks Bentley, Future, Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan and Sheryl Crow.
Admission: $20 general admission; $13 weekday admission valid from noon-4 p.m. Tue.-Fri.; $8 for seniors age 60 and up, and children ages 3 to 10.
Date/place: July 13-16, Cathedral Square Park area
Hours: 11 a.m.-11:30 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 10 a.m.-11:30 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday.
Highlights: Be one of the first 1,000 guests to attend this French-themed street festival and receive a free slice of cake at noon July 13. The Extra Crispy Brass Band will lead three Mardi Gras-themed parades at 8:30, 9:30 and 10:30 p.m. July 14. Let a wine specialist guide your taste buds on a tour of wines from around the world at the Bastille Days Wine Tastings at 8:30 p.m. July 14, and 6 and 8:30 p.m. July 15. Seating is limited, so tickets are required: $25 in advance or $35 the day of the event. Kids of all ages will enjoy free lessons in the French language, juggling or ballet during the annual Kids Day celebration from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. July 15. Roaming street performers and nonstop entertainment on four stages include a mix of live acts performing zydeco, Cajun-creole, Indian funk, reggae, cancan and more. Vive la France!
Information: (414) 271-1416 or easttown.com
Date/place: July 14-16, South Shore Park, 2900 S. Shore Drive
Hours: 4-10 p.m. Friday, 1-10 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Sunday.
Highlights: Play happy at this 68th annual south side party, which begins with a classic Friday fish fry and music by Tom Trisco and Generation Z. Saturday features the Kohl’s Wild Theater, Doin’ It Live Karaoke, free games for the kids and music by Chameleon. The frolicking continues Sunday morning with a classic car show at 9 a.m., a Catholic Mass at 9:30 a.m. and the Bay View Arts Guild’s “Frolics Festival of Arts” from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The “Atomic” fireworks show will be held at 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Date/place: July 15-16, located along Lincoln Memorial Drive, at McKinley Park, and between Bradford and McKinley beaches.
Hours: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Highlights: U.S. Navy Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Team headlines the show, which also includes the U.S. Army Golden Knights Parachute Demonstration Team, Team Aerostars, Firebirds Xtreme, Lucas Oil Airshows and the A-4 Skyhawk.
Admission: Free event for the general public with many free areas along the Milwaukee lakefront, from north to south. The air show also has several levels of reserved seating packages, available for purchase, which feature convenient access to parking, food and beverage concessions and private restrooms.
Date/place: July 15, in the Harbor, Upper and Lower Lake Park areas of Port Washington
Hours: 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
Highlights: Fish fry fans will find their fill of fish & chips as well as multiple stages of musical entertainment, a carnival and a “gigantic” parade that steps off at 10 a.m. and follows Highway 32 through the city. In Upper Lake Park, a classic and late model car show is held alongside an arts and crafts show of fine arts. Fireworks on the lakefront at 9:30 p.m.
Admission: Free to enter the Fish Day grounds. Main Stage music area requires a Fish Day Button, available for $5 on the grounds.
Date/place: July 21-23, Maier Festival Park
Hours: 3 p.m.-midnight Friday, 11:30 a.m.-midnight Saturday, 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Sunday.
Highlights: When you come to Festa, you are treated like famiglia, so make like an Italian and fill your plate with rice balls and panini, cannoli and eggplant, sample the wine and keep your eyes to the sky for the nightly Italian-style fireworks. Along with the Flag-Throwers of the Florentine, opera performances and dance groups performing throughout the grounds, additional entertainment includes these musical headliners: Gin Blossoms, America’s Got Talent finalist Sal “The Voice” Valentinetti, Violin Femmes staring Bella Electric Strings, Ray Massa’s EuroRhythms, The Sicilian Tenors, Tre Principesse and Anna Calemme. The annual Festa Italiana Mass will be held at 11 a.m. July 23 in the American Family Insurance Amphitheater, and in honor of 50 years since the demolition of Our Lady of Pompeii Church in the Old Third Ward, the Mass will be followed by a procession of societies and patron saints and conclude with a benediction on the festival grounds. At Festa Italiana, tutti Italiani!
Admission: $10 in advance; $13 at the gate; free for children 12 and under with an adult admission. Check the Festa website for additional ticket promotions.
Date/place: July 28-30, Maier Festival Park
Hours: 3 p.m.-midnight Friday, noon-midnight Saturday, noon-9 p.m. Sunday.
Highlights: German Fest wants you to “Get Your Deutsch On” this year and make it your tradition. The Culture Pavilion will feature “German Traditions” with displays from member organizations, German language games, craftsmen and genealogists. Witness the country’s top lumberjack athletes compete in the Stihl Timbersports Series, the first time the championship will take place in Wisconsin. From pork chops to herring, strudel to kuchen, your favorite German foods will be plentiful. So bring the kids and the young at heart, share a plate of goulash together, and make German Fest your family tradition.
Admission: $12 in advance. $15 at the gate; $7 seniors 60 and up; children under 12 admitted free with an adult. $3 admission for everyone on Friday July 28.
Date/place: July 29, on Brady St., from Van Buren St. to Farwell Ave.
Hours: 11 a.m.-midnight.
Highlights: Brady Street boasts an ethnically diverse community within easy walking distance to the shores of Lake Michigan and celebrates the return of summer with four stages of live entertainment and music by popular local musicians and specialty acts. Check out the unique blend of shops and salons that line the street and enjoy this one-day party on the pavement.
Date/place: Aug. 3-13, State Fair Park, 640 S. 84th St., West Allis
Hours: 8 a.m.-11 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-midnight Friday-Saturday, 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Aug. 13.
Highlights: Come for the food, stay for the entertainment and see the variety of animals and agriculture on display from all corners of Wisconsin. The 2017 culinary theme is “Cultivating Happiness & Joy” with new contests that showcase Wisconsin’s finest products. John Mellencamp performs opening night on the Main Stage, with these national acts headlining during the run of the fair: Patti LaBelle with En Vogue, for King & Country, Alan Jackson with Lee Ann Womack, Sabrina Carpenter, Pentatonix, Kip Moore with Maggie Rose, and The Beach Boys with The Temptations. The Bank Mutual Amphitheater will showcase the Kids From Wisconsin, Herman’s Hermits, Here Come The Mummies and plenty of family-friendly entertainment, with additional free live music scattered throughout the grounds.
Admission: $6 tickets available until June 30. Gate admission $12 adults; $7 seniors 60 and older, and youth ages 6-11; free to children 5 and under.
Information: (800) 884-3247 or wistatefair.com
Date/place: Aug. 11-12, Naga-Waukee Park, Delafield
Hours: 1-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday
Highlights: The festival showcases a diverse lineup of American musical styles that range from blues to jazz, country to gospel, rock ’n’ roll to soul and everything in between. Charlie Musselwhite headlines Aug. 11, with blues guitarist Ana Popovic on Aug. 12. Other featured acts include Lil’ Ed and the Blues Imperials, The Kinsey Report and the Paul Nelson Band. A juried art show exhibiting works by local and regional artists complements the event, and a selection of food and beverages from local restaurants will be available for purchase.
Admission: Single-day advance tickets range from $15 to $22; two-day advance tickets range from $25 to $35. At the gate one-day ticket $25; two-day ticket $40. The one-day “Elite Experience” ticket with front and center reserved seating is $55.
Information: (800) 366-1961 or waukeshabluesfest.com
Date/place: Aug. 17-20, Maier Festival Park
Hours: 5-10 p.m. Thursday, 4 p.m.-midnight Friday, noon-midnight Saturday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday.
Highlights: The festival welcomes artists from all corners of the world to perform their unique brand of Irish and Celtic music and dance, which includes Irish traditional, Celtic rock, contemporary folk and bluegrass, as well as regional and local Irish acts and Irish dance schools. This year’s festival hosts the TradFest Dublin Showcase, which features eight artists from the Dublin, Ireland festival: Aoife Scott, Cuig, Dermot and Flo, Frankie Gavin, Goitse, Paddy Keenan, The Maguires and The Young Folk. Visit the Celtic Kitchen and learn about modern Irish and Celtic cuisine, or spend your day in the Cultural Village where Irish art, history, literature and sports will provide a lively and entertaining outing for all ages.
Admission: Thursday is $5 and Friday is $10. General admission on Saturday and Sunday is $20 for adults, $15 for seniors 60 and older. Children 12 and under are free.
Date/place: Aug. 25-27, Maier Festival Park
Hours: Noon-midnight Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Highlights: The past and present come alive with a colorful display of Latin American arts and craft, music and folkloric dance throughout this three-day fiesta. Enjoy authentic margaritas, mojitos and sangria, paired with freshly baked breads. The Hotwheelz 2017 car and motorcycle show, soccer tournaments and midway rides will keep the young at heart busy, while the art gallery and genealogy exhibits will engage the curious eager to learn. Our Lady of Zapopan returns with a sanctuary in her honor where confessions will be heard from 6 to 8 p.m. each day. A lakefront procession will begin at 10:15 a.m. Sunday, followed by Mass. Bienvenido!
Admission: $16 at the gate; children 8 and under are free when accompanied by an adult. Free admission from noon to 3 p.m. Aug. 25. Free admission from noon to 1 p.m. Aug. 26 and 27 for senior citizens 65 and up, people with disabilities, military active duty personnel and veterans with current identification.
Information: (414) 383-7066 ormexicanfiesta.org
Date/place: Aug. 30-Sept. 4, at Harley-Davidson dealer locations and the Harley-Davidson Museum.
Highlights: This national motorcycle rally is a weekend celebration crammed with live entertainment, custom bikes and biker artisans, specialty rides, vendor malls and activities at the various dealer locations.
Admission: Variety of both free and ticketed events.
Date/place: Sept. 8-10, Maier Festival Park
Hours: 4 p.m.-midnight Friday, noon-midnight Saturday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday.
Highlights: Capture the spirit of traditional and contemporary American Indian culture in the fine arts, boxing and drum jams, powwow and prayer ceremony, native foods and beverages of American Indians. Lacrosse clinics and demonstrations will be offered throughout the weekend, and the very best in American Indian music created by both established and emerging artists will be honored during the 2017 Indian Summer Music Awards.
Admission: $15 at the gate, $12 for elders 60 and up; children 12 and under are free.
Information: (414) 604-1000 or indiansummer.org