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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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Church Festivals in Southeast Wisconsin

Concerts in the Parks

Runs / Walks

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Please note all of the events listed below are uploaded on to our Rec Room Calendar , in addition to hundreds more of events, can be saved directly to your mobile device. 




June 8th - 10th, 2018
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.

Polish Fest LogoPOLISH FEST

June 15th -17th, 2018

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

Logo of Lakefront Festival of the ArtsLAKEFRONT FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS

June 15th - 17th, 2018

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

Logo Greek FestivalGREEK FESTIVAL

June 22nd - 24th, 2018
For more information visit www.annunciationwi.org/ or call (414) 461-9400.

Summerfest LogoSUMMERFEST

June 27th - jJuly1st & July 3rd - July 8th, 2018
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/

Bastille Days LogoBASTILLE DAYS

July 12th -15th, 2018
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


July 21st - 22nd, 2018
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!
July 20th - 22nd, 2018
Saturday from 11AM - 2PM is VIP Day for persons with physical disabilities along with their caregivers. VIP Day for those with physical challenges along with their caregivers receive free admission and half-price on two selected food items. Courtesy of Festa Italiana.  Special VIP ticket needed. Please pick up your ticket at the Italian Community Center.  VIP ticket holders receive one piece of fresh fruit donated by Milwaukee-area produce merchants in the Miller Stage area 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. only.
For more information call (414) 223-2808 or visit www.festaitaliana.com


July 27th - 29th, 2018 at

Henry W. Maier Festival Park

Get Your Deutsch On at German Fest, A Milwaukee Tradition!  Grab a bratwurst or schnitzel and get ready to polka at one of the largest, most authentic German festivals in North America.  -5 Stages of Entertainment, Culture Pavilion, Marktplatz, Parades, Fireworks, Sheepshead-
Friday is Military Appreciation Day with $3 Admission.  Sunday is Family Fun Day featuring the Dachshund Derby.
For more information call (414) 464-9444 or visit www.germanfest.com or e-mail at info@germanfest.com

Wisconsin State Fair LogoWISCONSIN STATE FAIR

August 2nd - 12th, 2018

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.

Irish fest LogoIRISH FEST

August 16th - 19th, 2018
$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

Milwaukee County Zoo LogoMILWAUKEE A LA CARTE

August 16th - 19th, 2018
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/

Logo Indiafest of MilwaukeeINDIAFEST

2018 Date TBD

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.

Mexican Fiesta LogoMEXICAN FIESTA

2018 Date TBD
For more information call (414) 383-7066 or visit www.mexicanfiesta.org or e-mail to info@mexicanfiesta.org


2018 Date TBD
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!

Harvest Fair LogoHARVEST FAIR

September 28th - 30th, 2018
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/



September 22nd & 23rd, 2018

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.


Milwaukee Film Festival Logo
October 18 - November 1, 2018
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:

Trainfest Logo


November 10th - 11th, 2018
Wisconsin State Fair Park
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

2018 Date TBD
Wisconsin State Fair Park
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.


Logo of Ice Fishing & Winter Sports ShowICE FISHING & WINTER SPORTS SHOW

Date TBD
Wisconsin State Fair Park
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!

Date TBD


Pere Marquette Park

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.




Logo of Monster Jam MONSTER JAM
Date TBD


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.




Boat Show LogoBOAT SHOW
Date TBD
Wisconsin Expo Center at State Fair Park
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.


Logo of Brewers On Deck 2018BREWERS ON DECK

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! 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!

Wisconsin Center




Date TBD


Estabrook Park


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. 






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:


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:


Logo of Journal Sentinel Sports ShowTHE MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SPORTS SHOW
WIsconsin State Fair Expo Center
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.






Wisconsin State Fair Park





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 and Sunday 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!

Mitchell Park Domes


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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Friends of Milwaukee County now has access to specially priced tickets for the Bucks 50th season!



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Sailing is just around the corner. Sailing signups will be available in the April issues of Handy News & Notes, and the Rec On Deck Newsletter!



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