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


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!

Jazz in the Park is Back Again!

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Do you like the smooth sound of jazz music? Do you enjoy spending summer nights outside in downtown Milwaukee? If you answered yes to these questions, Jazz in the Park is the perfect event for you!

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Every Thursday evening you can head down to Cathedral Square Park from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. to be entertained by popular jazz artists, free of charge. Don’t miss out on this Milwaukee staple because Jazz in the Park only goes until August 31st.

If you wish to enjoy food from popular Milwaukee restaurants and drink while you listen to the music, you can! Restaurants like Flannery’s, Press., Vagabond, Louise’s, and more vendors will be at Jazz in the Park. As a reminder, you can purchase wine, beer and cocktails at the event. All of the proceeds will benefit the non-profit organization, EastTown Association.



If you stop by tonight, you will get to see the Latin group, Clave y Afinque. This “musical group was created by Jesus “Joey” Burgos, considered the best Latin vocalist in Milwaukee WI”. Joey Burgos grew up in Milwaukee, but traveled to Puerto Rico where he recorded with famous groups, like Tempo 74. Once he built up his career, Mr. Burgos returned to his hometown where he “continues to impress with his great music by creating the salsa group Clave y Afinque”.

Your Inside Scoop on Ride for the Arts


It’s not too late to register for UPAF’s Ride for the Arts bike event this weekend! You can sign up for a discounted rate or to attend the after party for free! Riders who wish to participate can sign up online today for up to $15 off registration before June 4th. Participants will have 5 bike route options to choose from that explore Milwaukee, ending at the beautiful Lake Michigan lakefront.

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Not only will this be a great workout, but you will be supporting Southeastern Wisconsin’s performing arts scene when you ride! Participants will get the chance to win a pair of tickets from Southwest Airlines, get creative with the costume contest, and see performances by UPAF’s Member Groups.

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If you’re not much of a bike rider, there are still ways to attend the after party for free… by volunteering, of course! Click here to find out how you can volunteer for this wonderful event. When you sign up, you’ll get a free t-shirt, free entry into the after party on Summerfest Grounds, which includes food and drink!