5 Festivals and Events for Your Weekend Activities in Milwaukee
1. Brady Street Festival
One of Milwaukee’s most popular street parties, the Brady Street Festival returns to the Lower East Side neighborhood on July 30 from 11 a.m. to midnight. Along Brady Street, from Farwell Avenue to Van Buren Street, there will be three music stages, local food vendors, a rock climbing wall, the BMX Stunt Team Division, the Great Lakes Wrestling Club Casablanca Rumble and more. Admission is free: Info: Brady Street Festival Facebook page.
2. German party
German Fest returns to Maier Festival Park from July 29-31, with four live music stages, mainstays of German cuisine (including beer and wine) and more, including the popular Dachshund Derby (1:15 p.m. July 31) and fireworks at 10:30 p.m. July 29-30. Party hours are 3 p.m. to midnight on July 29, noon to midnight on July 30, and noon to 7 p.m. on July 31. Admission is $15 ($3 July 29 only); $7 for seniors 60 and over and students with ID; and free for children 12 and under accompanied by an adult. Information: germanfest.com.
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It’s too late to register, but it’s still worth checking out the rest of the runners in the Riverwest 24, a 24-hour bike race in the Milwaukee neighborhood of the same name starting at 7 p.m. on July 29. Routes may vary, but runners will be primarily on Humboldt, Holton and Booth, with a southern endpoint at Brady and Van Buren streets. Riders can pick up goodies at a number of checkpoints along the route; some running teams dress up (costume) for the occasion. Information: riverwest24.com.
4. Washington County Fair
The Washington County Fair runs July 26 through July 31 at Washington County Fair Park, 3000 Highway PV, West Bend. There are daily animal judgments, five entertainment stages, carousels, daily pig and duck races, and more. Admission July 28-30 is $10, $5 for seniors 60 and over, $4 for children 7-12, free for children 6 and under; on July 27 and 31, it’s $7, $5 for seniors, $4 for children aged 7 to 12 and free for children aged 6 and under. Separately ticketed musical headliners include hair-metal rocker Bret Michaels on July 29 and country singer Justin Moore on July 30. wcfairpark.com/fair.
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5. Milwaukee Brewfest
More than 80 breweries, cider makers and seltzer purveyors will hand out samples at Milwaukee Brewfest on July 30 at McKinley Park, 1600 N. Lincoln Memorial Drive. Doors open at 2 p.m. for VIP ticket holders and 3 p.m. for general admission; the festival runs until 6:30 p.m. At the door, general admission tickets are $75, VIP tickets (if available) are $95; designated driver tickets are $20 and include two sodas, food and free parking. Information: milwaukeebrewfest.com.