Say “Guten Tag” to Germanfest


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Whether you’re German or not, you can celebrate German culture at this year’s Germanfest at Henry W. Maier Festival Park (a.k.a. Summerfest grounds). From this Friday, July 28th until Sunday, July 30th, you can stop by to experience a piece of this culture.

This Friday is Military Appreciation Day at Germanfest, so all Active Military and Veterans, along with their families, can get FREE admission. Not many people know this, but you too can save up to $9 if you attend this festival (offer is only available on Friday). There will also be giveaways at the gate, so make sure to arrive early! You’ll also want to follow Germanfest on Facebook to keep up-to-date on all the deals they have going on.

Some of the highlights at this festival include a Germanfest Parade on Saturday night at 4:00pm, fireworks Friday and Saturday night, sponsored by Discovery World, and tons of food. Yes, there will be tons of food at this festival, but you might not know what all of the names mean. Luckily, there’s a cheat sheet on Germanfest’s website to help you out before you go!

Be sure to go to Germanfest.com to check out all this festival has to offer, including a schedule of when your favorite activities will take place.

Celebration of Aviation


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Camping, the US Navy Blue Angels, a concert by the Barenaked Ladies and more! That’s what you can expect at the 25th Annual EAA Airventure event in Oshkosh next week. From July 24th until July 30th, there will endless ways to celebrate the world of aviation.

The celebration kicks off with air shows and a concert opening day, performed by the Barenaked Ladies who are known for their hit, “One Week”.  The lead singer of the band, Ed Robertson, is now a pilot who has had connections to aviation since he was a child. According to the EAA Airventure website, the singer is thrilled to be able to “combine his passions of flying and music”.

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Not only will there be a performance by the Barenaked Ladies, but an airshow will be performed by the U.S. Navy Blue Angels. There will also be a chance to get an autograph by the Blue Angels on July 28th, so mark your calendar!

Another unforgettable memory you and your family could make would be to camp out at EAA’s Camp Scholler in aircraft camping. If you arrive on Friday for camping, you can stay with your family until Sunday for a special rate. Head to EAA’s Airventure website for more details. This will be a fun aviation-filled weekend that you won’t want to miss!

It’s Amore at Festa Italiana


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This year, Festa Italiana is celebrating it’s 40th year in sharing all the wonderful aspects of Italian culture with the Milwaukee community. The event will take place this weekend, July 21st until July 23rd at the Summerfest grounds. If you get your ticket before Thursday, it’s only $10 each!

You will LOVE the attractions and events they have at this year’s festival. All weekend long, take Gondola rides to “spark a little love”! Taking a gondola ride at Festa Italiana is the best way to relax after walking around the festival or to get a prime spot for fireworks. You don’t have to be on a gondola to enjoy the nightly fireworks, but it sure is a great place to view them!

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One of the most talked about attractions at Festa Italiana is the Festa Mass and Procession that will take place on Sunday, July 23rd. The Mass will begin at 11 am and it marks 50 years after Our Lady of Pompeii Church in the Old Third Ward was destroyed. This Mass is in the Amphitheater area is free until 1 pm, and the grounds open after mass concludes.

Don’t miss your chance to take part in this magnificent celebration of Italian culture from right here in Milwaukee!

Get Ready for Bastille Days


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If you love French cuisine, live music, and a 43-foot tall Eiffel Tower replica, the Bastille Days celebration is the place for you! This year, Cathedral Square Park is throwing its 36 Year Anniversary of Bastille Days from July 13th until July 16th. The event runs from 11 a.m. until the late evening each day. Check the Bastille Days celebration website for more details!

To kick off the event, the ‘Storm the Bastille 5K run’ will begin at 9 p.m. for over 5,000 runners and walkers. The race will go through East Town and into the Third Ward. The following night, one of the most exciting parts of the Bastille Days celebration, the Mardi Gras parade, will be going on. The parade will take place on Friday at 8:30 p.m., 9:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. down ‘Main Street’ (Kilbourn Ave).

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This year, over 250,000 visitors will get to experience live music across four stages. There will also be a decadent international marketplace where you can take home a piece of French cuisine. If you would rather leave the cooking to professionals, chef and wine demos will be going on all weekend. These chefs will be cooking up French and Cajun cuisine for you to try, and you won’t want to miss it.

Attending the Bastille Days celebration is free of charge, thanks to sponsors such as; Associated Bank, Bud Light, Madison Medical, EDI, International Autos Group, Gruber Law Offices, Saz’s, 330 Kilbourn, Pepsi, Door Peninsula Winery, the Plaza Hotel, Shorewest Realtors, and the Milwaukee Bucks.

Bastille Days is the main fundraiser for East Town Association, a nonprofit organization. It helps to promote businesses in the area of the eastern part and downtown Milwaukee.

Kites, and Fireworks, and the 4th, Oh My!


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Come one, come all, to see the US Bank Fireworks at the Lakefront to celebrate Independence Day! This year the celebration will take place on Monday, July 3rd starting at dusk.

“Watch the skies light up the lakefront in Milwaukee for 60 minutes of ‘oohs and aahs.'” The crowd will enjoy a fireworks display that will be an hour-long overlooking Lake Michigan. The Milwaukee Police Department and the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Department will be closing access to N. Lincoln Memorial Drive, so they are advising attendees to arrive early.

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If you want to make a day of the festivities, there will be the Fireworks Kite Festival starting at 11 a.m. on July 3rd, as well. Certain areas of Veteran’s Park have been set aside for kite-fliers to enjoy the open skies, thanks to Gift of Wings. The Fireworks Kite Festival will take place until 9:00 p.m., just before the fireworks show, with a quick break between 6:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.

Don’t miss either of these Milwaukee traditions to celebrate the 4th of July!

It’s Not Summer Without Summerfest


Can you believe that we’re less than one week away from Summerfest‘s opening day? June 28th kicks off the 50th anniversary of one of the biggest musical festivals in the country, and Milwaukee can’t wait!

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If you’ve never been to Summerfest before, you have to go this year. It’s over a week long music festival filled with famous musicians, some of the best food you will ever eat, and great views of the city.

You can purchase a ticket for the entire day at any of the gates, but we’ll tell you how to get in for FREE on opening day sponsored by Johnson Controls and Fox 6. On June 28th, between noon and 3 p.m. at the Mid Gate, anyone who brings in 3 non-perishable food items will receive one FREE ticket to Summerfest. Click here for the link! This includes entrance to the festival grounds and access to all smaller stages.

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This year, the opening headliner at the American Family Insurance Amphitheater is the Red Hot Chili Peppers along with Deerhoof and Jack Irons. Other headliners on opening night include Frankie Ballard, Flume, Misterwives, and Spin Doctors.

Summerfest’s 50th Anniversary only happens once, so make sure to head down to the Henry W. Maier Festival Park to join in on the fun!

Have a Heart for the Arts


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Will you be in Milwaukee this weekend, from June 16th – 18th? Are you looking for something to do? Head down to the Milwaukee Art Museum for the 55th Annual Lakefront Festival of Art!

According to the Lakefront Festival of Art website, “110 artists will donate a piece of their original artwork to the Silent Auction, to raise over $15,000 for the museum”. You can help raise money for the Milwaukee Art Museum too, all you have to do is purchase a ticket for the event! If you’re a veteran, child 12 & under, active military, or a Wisconsin K-12 teacher, you get in for FREE!

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This weekend, you will find a showcase of artwork ranging from ceramics, to metalwork, to painting, and more. The Lakefront Festival of Art has been named one of the top 20 art festivals in the United States, which is why you shouldn’t miss it. By attending the event, not only will you be supporting artists from 33 states and 2 countries, but you will help to raise money for the Milwaukee Art Museum.

It took over 600 volunteers and 7 days of setup to make this event possible, so don’t miss your chance to support one of Milwaukee’s most beloved attractions and see some wonderful, original art while you’re at it!