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The Office for Persons with Disabilities has compiled a list of the major events and summer festivals.  All dates and times are public events and are subject to change.  Please go to the links provided or call the numbers provided to ensure the accuracy of the information provided. For lists of other events / activities, see the links below.

 

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PRIDEFEST
June 10th - 12th at Henry W. Maier Festival Park
Fri, 3:00pm-Midnight, Sat, Noon-Midnight, Sun, Noon-Midnight
Wheelchair and Strollers will be available for rental along with Motorized Scooters on a first come first served basis for a small fee. Sign Language Interpreters for all national main stage performances are provided, and interpreters upon request with minimum 2 week notice for other stage events. For additional accessibility information visit: http://pridefest.com/about/accessibility/ or call (414) 272-3378.
 
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SUMMERFEST ROCK'N SOLE
June 11th at Henry W. Maier Festival Park
 Enjoy breath taking skylines of Milwaukee and the downtown historical landmarks including the Daniel Hoan Memorial Bridge while running our 6th annual Summerfest Rock'n Sole Run, presented by BMO Harris Bank on Saturday June 11, 2016! Highlights: Run the Hoan Bridge Medals for all finishers Tech shirts for Half Marathoners - available in men’s and women’s sizes Health & Fitness Expo and Packet Pick-Up prior to race day Post-Race Party at Henry Maier Festival Park featuring live music, food and beverages One FREE Summerfest General Admission ticket, valid any day of Summerfest 2016 Bib timing and scoring Great course support with 10 Aid Stations serving water & Gatorade, Misting Stations (pending weather), First-Aid and course entertainment USATF sanctioned race To register go to https://raceroster.com/events/2016/6078/2016-summerfest-rock-n-sole-run
 
ASIAFEST
June 17th - 19th at Veterans Park
An Ocean Breeze Entertainment production

Learn and experience diverse Asian cultures, heritage and traditions through their visual and dance arts, cultural displays, demonstrations, educational materials, and interactive workshops.

For additional information please visit http://www.asiafestmke.com/

BUCKS SUMMER BLOCK PARTY

All the fun of a traditional Milwaukee festival with a Bucks basketball twist!

What: Bucks Summer Block Party

When: June 18th

Where: In front of the Stock-House building on the Schlitz Park campus: on North Second Street, from West Cherry Street to West Galena Street

Why: To tip off summer festival season, to enjoy Milwaukee with food, drinks and friends, and to be the first to see the Bucks' newly-designed uniforms which will be unveiled at the event. Stay tuned as more details will follow in the coming weeks.

http://www.nba.com/bucks/2nd-annual-summer-block-party

 

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POLISH FEST
June 17th - 19th at Henry W. Maier Festival Park

Hours: Friday & Saturday: Noon to Midnight, Sunday: Noon to 8:00 PM

* Sunday Mass- Gates Open at 9:30 AM : 10:00 AM Prelude, 10:15 AM Mass- Free Admission to Mass at Main Gate - (Early Purchase Special for tickets to Polish Fest Available - 9:30-11:59 am - $4.00)

For more information call (414) 529-2140 or visit www.polishfest.org or e-mail at info@polishfest.org

 

Lakefront Festival of the Arts 

LAKEFRONT FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS

June 17th - 19th at the Milwaukee Art Museum

For 50 years, the Lakefront Festival of Arts has been bringing art to life on Milwaukee’s lakefront. Started in 1963, this three-day fundraising event has evolved from a gathering of a handful of artists to a vibrant, exciting, and wide-ranging festival with something for everyone. With close to 30,000 attendees and more than 170 jury-selected artists from across the nation, the Lakefront Festival of Arts is a fun-filled destination with art, food, music, and activities for the whole family. What you find here may surprise you.Named one of the top 25 art festivals in the country, the Lakefront Festival of Arts is a showcase of paintings, ceramics, fiber, metalwork, jewelry, and more, all available in a broad range of prices. For More information visit:http://lfoa.mam.org/ or call 414-224-3200

 

GREEK FESTIVAL

2016 Date TBD at Wisconsin State Fair Park
For more information visit www.annunciationwi.org/ or call (414) 461-9400.
 
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SUMMERFEST
June 29th - July 3rd & July 5th - July 10th at Henry W. Maier Festival Park
Closed Monday. For more information on specials and free admission opportunities call (414) 273-2680 or visit http://summerfest.com/admission-promotions/
In compliance with the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act, Summerfest is continuously striving to make the grounds barrier-free. We welcome your comments! Please contact us at (414) 273-2680 (voice) or via email at frontdesk@summerfest.com. Accessibiliity Information can be found at http://summerfest.com/accessibility/

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BASTILLE DAYS
FREE French festival. Festival hours are Thursday and Friday 11am-midnight and Saturday 10am to midnight, Sunday 11am to 9pm. For more information call (414) 271-1416 or visit www.easttown.com
 

MILWAUKEE INDYFEST

2016 Date TBD at Wisconsin State Fair Park

The Verizon IndyCar Series will return to the world-famous Milwaukee Mile July 11-12 for two days of high speed action at the world’s oldest operating motor speedway! This year, the Verizon IndyCar Series will pair with vintage racers from the Harry Miller Club, giving fans a view of IndyCar past and present on the historic one-mile oval. Infield activities for all ages will be available both days, with live entertainment in the Coors Light Music & Beer Garden, and driver autograph sessions and Q&A’s in the IndyCar Fan Village.
The Harry Miller Club will be on track Friday, July 10 and Saturday, July 11. Founded in 1995 by ardent vintage Indy car collectors David Uihlein Sr., Chuck Davis and Bob Sutherland, the Miller Club gathering at the Milwaukee Mile has become arguably the finest collection of vintage Indy cars running on an oval track in the world.

http://milwaukeeindyfest.com/

 

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FESTA ITALIANA
July 22nd - 24th at Henry W. Maier Festival Park
Friday from 11AM - 2PM is VIP Day for persons with physical disabilities along with their caregivers. Receive free admission, half-price on selected food items and soda. Sponsored by Milwaukee Public Schools, Goodwill and Summerfest.
For more information call (414) 223-2808 or visit www.festaitaliana.com
 
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GERMAN FEST MILWAUKEE
July 29th - July 31st at Henry W. Maier Festival Park
Get Your Deutsch On at Milwaukee's Kick-off to the Wisconsin Oktoberfest Season!  Grab a bratwurst or schnitzel and get ready to polka at one of the largest, authentic German festivals in North America.  -Culture Pavilion, Marktplatz, Parades, Fireworks, Dachshund Derby, Sheepshead-
Friday is Military Appreciation Day with $3 Admission.  Sunday is "United for Kids" Family Fun Day.
For more information call (414) 464-9444 or visit www.germanfest.com or e-mail at info@germanfest.com
 
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WISCONSIN STATE FAIR
August 4th - 14th at WIsconsin State Fair Park Grounds

The Wisconsin State Fair, presented by U.S. Cellular, annually welcomes nearly 1,000,000 Fairgoers over the course of the 11-day run. The Fair is an entertainment extravaganza and is one of the state’s most affordable entertainment options of the summer. The grounds feature an Ag Village where Fairgoers can enjoy an average of 8,000 animals on display and in competition. More than 200 food vendors are sprinkled throughout the Park featuring everything to please your palate and our world famous and delectably delicious  Original Cream Puffs are a treat hundreds of thousands look forward to all year, and are sold individually, in three-packs and six-packs! There’s no shortage of entertainment offerings with 30 FREE stages highlighting a broad range of genres including country, rock, pop, R&B, nostalgia, comedy and so much more. There’s also plenty of interactive and educational entertainment on stages focused just on families. The granddaddy of all the stages is the Main Stage presented by Potawatomi Hotel & Casino presented by placing the spotlight on some of the bigger names in entertainment. For more information visit http://wistatefair.com/ or call 414-266-7000.

 
INDIAFEST

2016 TBD at Humboldt Park

IndiaFest is a free family festival in Humboldt Park that celebrates the culture of India. Along with music and dance performances, there is also a fashion show, singing competition, authentic Indian cuisine and marketplace. For more information, check www.indiafestmilwaukee.org or email spindleindia@gmail.com.

African World Festival
AFRICAN WORLD FESTIVAL
2016 CANCELLED
For more information visit www.awfmke.com or call (414) 291-7959
 
 
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IRISH FEST
August 18th - 21st at Henry W. Maier Festival Park
$5 Buck Friday - Skip the line! Purchase $5 Buck Friday tickets in advance! Each ticket is valid for admission to Milwaukee Irish Fest from 4:00pm – 5:30pm (ONLY) as part of the $5 Buck Friday Promotion. For information call (414) 476-3378 or visit our web site at www.irishfest.com
 
 
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MILWAUKEE A LA CARTE
August 18th - 21st at Milwaukee County Zoo
Our “Feast with the Beasts” showcases the city’s finest restaurants and the hottest local bands.  For more information call (414) 771-3040 or visit our website at www.milwaukeezoo.org/events/
 
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MEXICAN FIESTA
August 26th - 28th at Henry W. Maier Festival Park
For more information call (414) 383-7066 or visit www.mexicanfiesta.org or e-mail to info@mexicanfiesta.org
 
The Big Gig BBQ
BIG GIG BBQ
September 4th at Henry Maier Festival Park
This Labor Day weekend, you’ll find the best BBQ in town on the south end of Henry Maier Festival Park. Presented by Meijer, the Big Gig BBQ will be serving up smoky ribs, savory brisket and signature BBQ from ten of the best local and national cookers. An officially sanctioned event of the Milwaukee Rally, the Big Gig BBQ will feature two stages of live entertainment, including a national headliner, and the finest beer. There’s no backyard BBQ that can compete with this party!
 
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TOSAFEST
September 9th & 10th at 7615 W. State Street
Tosafest 2015 continues Wauwatosa's 40 year tradition of music, food, and family fun, to celebrate our historic village and community spirit. Each year, proceeds from TosaFest support community projects in the areas of education, safety and neighborhood improvement, to name a few. Countless volunteers work year-round to create this memorable event that entertains and benefits the whole community. For more information visit: http://www.tosafest.org/
 
Indian Summer Festival
INDIAN SUMMER
September 9th - 11th at Henry Maier Festival Park
Free Entry Opportunities are to be announced soon.
For more information call (414) 604-1000 or view the website www.indiansummer.org
 
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FRANK MOTS KITE FESTIVAL
September 10th & 11th at Veterans Park
10:00 am and run through 5:00 pm, with the  GRAND LAUNCH of 600+ kites at NOON!      The Chicago Fire Kite Team from Chicago and  Team O2, Connor and Amy Doran “America’s Got Talent,” Julie Mailhot, and the Canadian Dream team All NEW  MEGA Octopus kite, and the Giant  MANTA RAY kite. Josh Gordon Zach Gordon Milwaukee's own Mike Delfar and Racine’s Dan Newman, watch here.
Kites and food are available for purchase during the event at the Gift of Wings Kite Store.
This fun filled family event is free to all, with plenty of parking. For more information please visit: Frank Mots Kite Festival.
 
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DOORS OPEN MILWAUKEE
September 17th & 18th at Various Locations
On the weekend of September 20th and 21st, the fourth annual Doors Open Milwaukee event will open the doors to over 100 wonderful buildings free-of-charge to the public –buildings that hold hidden treasures and special stories – from churches to office buildings, theaters to work sites, museums to hotels, clubs to universities; all sites of historic, architectural, cultural, or commercial interest. And remember — if it rains, most of our activities are indoors. For more information visit: http://doorsopenmilwaukee.org/
 
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HARVEST FAIR
It's Harvest Fair Time! Kick off the beautiful fall season with a visit to Harvest Fair at Wisconsin State Fair Park. Admission is FREE for this family-friendly event and ticketed activities will provide plenty of fun for all-ages. For more information visit: http://wistatefair.com/harvestfair/
 
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MILWAUKEE FILM FESTIVAL
2016 TBD
The Milwaukee Film Festival runs for 15 days and fall in various theaters around Milwaukee, showcasing the best in contemporary American and International cinema. Between the opening and closing night films the festival shows over 170 feature length and short films from around the world. For more information call 414-755-1965 or visit: http://www.mkefilm.org/
 
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TRAINFEST
2016 TBD
Admission Info: Adults (ages 12 and up) – $12
Kids/Youth (ages 4-12) – $5
Kids (age 3 & under) – FREE
$10 Advance tickets available at participating hobby shops
All military that present military ID, uniformed scout masters/troops, or uniformed boy/girl scouts*, receive free admission at the door. *Boy and girl scouts need to be accompanied by an adult with paid admission.
 
Holiday Folk Fair International
HOLIDAY FOLK FAIR
2016 TBD

Celebrate Culture! This year the Holiday Folk Fair International is highlighting the knowledge and skills involved in creating traditional objects that are as varied as the items themselves and range from delicate, detailed work such as weaving wheat straw or designing and sewing quilts to robust, rugged tasks like creating a sturdy basket or building a canoe and carving the paddles. Equally important is teaching the history of the art form and the customs associated with it. For 71 years, the Holiday Folk Fair International has been a keeper of our rich and diverse living heritage, safeguarding the past, honoring the present, and embracing the future.

For more information visit: Holiday Folk Fair

 

MILWAUKEE HOLIDAY LIGHTS FESTIVAL

2016 TBD

Sugar & Spice and Everything Lights! This ceremonial switch-flipping comes packed with live music, holiday entertainment, a visit from Santa and a dynamic fireworks show. After the show, take in all the sights aboard the Jingle Bus, free on kick-off night. For more information, visit: http://www.milwaukeedowntown.com/milwaukee-holiday-lights-festival-kick-off-extravaganza/

 

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ICE FISHING & WINTER SPORTS SHOW
Join us at the Wisconsin State Fair Grounds to shop row upon row of exhibits with products and services dedicated to the die-hard ice fishing and winter sports enthusiast. View all new ice fishing products, including fish houses, augers, underwater cameras, digital fish finders, rods and reels, tackle, accessories, apparel and much more!
 

Monster Jam

MONSTER JAM

2017 TBD at BMO Bradley Center

The 12 feet-tall, 10,000 pound machines will bring you to your feet, racing and ripping up a custom-designed track full of obstacles to soar over - OR smash through. Built for short, high-powered bursts of speed, monster trucks generate 1,500 to 2,000 horsepower and are capable of speeds of up to 100 miles per hour. Monster trucks can fly up to 125 to 130 feet (a distance greater than 14 cars side by side) and up to 35 feet in the air.

http://www.bmoharrisbradleycenter.com/

 

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BOAT SHOW
2017 Date TBD
The finest displays of the newest boats retailed in the region will be on display at the one Boat Show that all boating enthusiasts know to attend. This is Wisconsin’s largest boating exposition with over 300 boats from over 75 manufacturers – motor yachts, runabouts, aluminum boats, pro-style fishing rigs, pontoon boats, cruisers…you name it! Wakeboarding, cruising, sunning, fishing or just hanging out on the water…all are facets of the boating lifestyle and the Milwaukee Boat Show is a celebration of just that.

 

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BREWERS ON DECK

2017 Date TBD
Brewers On Deck is the winter fan festival that bridges the gap between the Wisconsin winter and Spring Training. With autographs, photo opportunities, baseball clinics, interactive games and more, Brewers On Deck features something for the entire family!

Spend some quality time with the Crew at Brewers On Deck 2016, Sunday, January 31 at the Wisconsin Center in downtown Milwaukee.

A host of Brewers players as well as coaches, alumni, front office executives and broadcasters will be in attendance for the Brewers annual Fan Festival. And with autographs, photo opportunities, baseball clinics, interactive games and more, Brewers On Deck features something for the entire family! For more information visit: http://milwaukee.brewers.mlb.com/mil/fan_forum/brewers_on_deck.jsp

 

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MILWAUKEE AIR AND WATER SHOW
2016 Date has been postponed until July 15th & 16th, 2017 at Bradford - McKinley Beach
Join us at the beautiful Milwaukee Lakefront for the 9th Annual Milwaukee Air & Water Show's stunning spectacle of speed, precision, and power with the world renowned USAF Thunderbirds Air Demonstration Squadron! Grab your cameras and binoculars and head out into the wild blue yonder!
For more information visit www.milwaukeeairshow.com/
 

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GREATER MILWAUKEE AUTO SHOW
2017 Date TBD at Wisconsin Center
Over 400 of the newest cars, trucks, and SUVS all in one place! All children 12 & under admitted FREE on Kids Day when accompanied by a paying adult. For more information visit: http://www.motortrendautoshows.com/milwaukee/generalinfo.jsp

Journal Sentinel Sports Show

THE MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SPORTS SHOW
The 75th Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Sports Show will feature awesome exhibits and interactive activities for the entire family. Attendees will experience exciting competitions, instructional seminars, and have plenty of time for one-on-one discussions with exhibitors.
 

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RUMMAGE-A-RAMA
Other Dates TBD at Milwaukee County Sports Complex

Rummage-A-Rama!, Milwaukee's original rummage sale and bargain tradition features hobby items, crafts, antiques, collectibles, overstock, closeouts, flea-market finds, and personal rummage sale items from everyday people. The Wisconsin Antique & Vintage Show features vendors selling antique, collectible, and vintage items that are 25 years or older, including: furniture, decor, retro, rustic, advertising, vinyl, media, mid-century modern, clothing, and so much more!

-Over 150 Vendors

-FREE Hourly Raffles

-On-Site Snacks and Concessions

-FREE Coat Check

-Lots of Seating

-Handicap Accessible

For more information or to become a vendor, visit http://www.rummage-a-rama.com or http://www.facebook.com/rummagearama

 

INDIAN SUMMER WINTER POWWOW

2017 Date TBD at Wisconsin State Fair Park

http://www.indiansummer.org/winter-powwow/

 

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TRIPOLI SHRINE CIRCUS
2017 Date TBD at UWM Panther Arena
The Tripoli Shrine Circus returns to the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena with the best circus performers in the world today! The circus is a combination of strength & skill, beauty & mystery. With amazing lighting and sound, watch as human and animal performers transform you into the magical world of circus. The circus is a fun family adventure for everyone! For more information visit: http://www.milwaukeecircus.com/
 

ROCK THE GREEN FESTIVAL

2017 Date TBD at The City Center

Join the Rock the Green for the 5th Annual Earth Day Celebration on April 22 from 11:00am to 1:00pm held at The City Center at 735 North Water Street featuring a concert by Evan Christian on a pedal powered stage.

Eco-educational booths will be on-site featuring Milwaukee Environmental Collaboration Office, HOME GR/OWN Milwaukee, Milwaukee Shines, Milwaukee Energy Efficiency, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee School of Freshwater Sciences, WasteCap Resource Solutions, U.S. Green Building Council, CannedWater4Kids, Patra Eco-Dinnerware, Urban Ecology Center, Teens Grow Greens, Bublr Bikes, River Revitalization Foundation, Schlitz Audubon Nature Center and Rock the Green!  
Local food trucks will be on hand including Yellowbelliestruck and Hardwood Cafe. The event will include near zero waste efforts including waste reclamation stations provided by Waste Management for recyclables, compostables, and waste as well as compostable serving ware provided by Patra Eco-Dinnerware. For more information go to www.rockthegreen.com 

 

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ART IN THE GREEN ART FESTIVAL

2017 Date TBD at the Mitchell Park Domes
Please join us for a new Art Festival at the Domes this year.
We are introducing ART IN THE GREEN which will be held on Saturday, May 21, and Sunday, May 22, 2016 at the Mitchell Park Domes.  This will be a two-day, indoor, non-juried event showcasing primarily local artists.  The artists will have work for sale throughout the Domes and our new Conservatory Annex.  Food, beverages, and entertainment will be plentiful!
http://www.milwaukeedomes.org/ArtInTheGreen.asp


 

If you know of any other festivals or events you would like listed here please contact Mike Bonk at 414-278-3938 or email Mike at michael.bonk@milwaukeecountywi.gov with dates and times of the events.

 

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