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 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”.


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


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!


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.