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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 a list of local church festivals please visit: http://www.wisconsinfestivals.org


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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Labor Fest Logo
September 1st at Henry W. Maier Festival Park (add event to calendar)
Labor Fest will run from 11:00AM - 5:00PM. For more information call (414) 771-7070 visit www.milwaukeelabor.org or email mclc@milwaukeelabor.org
TosaFest Logo
September 5th and 6th at 7615 W. State Street (add event to calendar)
Tosafest 2014 continues Wauwatosa's 35 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
September 5th- 7th at Henry W. Maier Festival Park(add event to calendar)
FRIDAY Free Admission from 4pm - 6pm with donation of school supplies
SUNDAY Free, 9:30 am - 10 am with donation of non-perishable food items to the Hunger Task Force
For more information call (414) 604-1000 or view the website www.indiansummer.org
Frank Mots Kite Festival Logo
September 6th and 7th at Veterans Park (add event to calendar)
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 GordonZach GordonMilwaukee'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.
Doors Open MKE Logo
September 20th-21st at Various Locations (add event to calendar)
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/

Milwaukee Film Festival Logo


September 25th - October 9th (add event to calendar)

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 call414-755-1965 or visit: http://www.mkefilm.org/





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September 26th-28th (add event to calendar)

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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October 15th-19th at BMO Bradley Center (add event to calendar)

Dinosaurs once again roam the earth when the spectacular production, WALKING WITH DINOSAURS THE ARENA SPECTACULAR, based on the award-winning BBC Television Series returns to the BMO Harris Bradley Center this October.

The show that critics have called ‘awesome' and ‘breathtaking’ will stop in Milwaukee from October 15-19, 2014.  This updated production will showcase changes to the dinosaurs based on the latest scientific research including the likely feathering of some species. Worldwide, more than eight million people have seen this show in 243 cities and over 2,000 performances! For more information visit: Walking with Dinosaurs


Holiday Folk Fair International
November 21st-23rd at Wisconsin Exposition Center at State Fair Park (add event to calendar)

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





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