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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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GermanFest Logo
July 25th – 27th at Henry W. Maier Festival Park(add event to calendar)
Friday - German Fest will open the gates with complimentary admission for everyone coming through the gates ALL DAY FRIDAY
Sunday – Help The Hunger Task Force – Free admission if you join the Force! Bring a non-perishable food item to support The Hunger Task Force & get free admission, Sunday 1pm – 3pm, SOUTH Gate only.
Sunday – Free admission for all from 11:30 am – Noon for all at the South Gate only.
Free Admission for Active Military Personnel All Day, Any Day - In support of the United States’ Service personnel, German Fest is pleased to offer free admission to all divisions of the Military + their family with an active Military I.D. Active Military status includes all Armed Forces, National Guard Reserves, Department of Defense (DOD) Civilian and Military.
Check germanfest.com regularly for additional discount offers. For more information call (414) 464-9444 or visit www.germanfest.com or e-mail at info@germanfest.com
Wisconsin State Fair Logo
July 31st - 10th (add event to calendar)
The Wisconsin State Fair, presented by U.S. Cellular, annually welcomes nearly 900,000 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 6,000-8,000 animals on display and in competition. More than 200 food vendors are sprinkled throughout the Park featuring everything to please your palate from Americana, Asian and Greek to Italian, Mexican and Polish. Our world famous and delectably delicious 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 if the Potawatomi Bingo Casino Main Stage placing the spotlight on some of the bigger names in entertainment. For more information visit http://wistatefair.com/ or call (800) 884-3247.
African World Festival
AFRICAN WORLD FESTIVAL (add event to calendar)
***EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED FOR 2014*** Expected to run August 1st, 2015 at Henry W. Maier Festival Park noon-midnight
For more information visit www.awfmke.com or call (414) 291-7959
Arab World Fest
ARAB WORLD FEST (add event to calendar)
August 8th - 10th at Henry W. Maier Festival Park noon-midnight
For more information visit www.arabworldfest.com
Irish fest Logo
August 14th- 17th at Henry W. Maier Festival Park (add event to calendar)
$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 Logo
August 14th - 17th at Milwaukee County Zoo(add event to calendar)
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/
Mexican Fiesta Logo
August 22nd – 24th at Henry W. Maier Festival Park (add event to calendar)
For more information call (414) 383-7066 or visit www.mexicanfiesta.org or e-mail to info@mexicanfiesta.org

August 22nd- 24th at St. Mary & St. Antonious Coptic Orthodox Church (add event to calendar)

St. Mary & St. Antonious are organizing a great festival to give a sense of Egypt, from the unique ethnic food and drink to the unique Coptic music and the sophisticated Coptic history and the wonders of the camel rides and the beautifulness of the Egyptian antiquaties and souviners. The Egyptian ethnic food is made fresh and served fresh daily. Our cookies are all from natural ingredients and home made, they are mouth watering and they melt in your mouth. Our souviners are all egyptian and attractive and unique. The festival, tour, and parking are free, the merchandise prices are very reasonable. Come and join us in this one of a kind experience and you will enjoy it.

For more information visit us at www.wiscopts.net

September 1st at Henry W. Maier Festival Park (add event to calendar)
Times are still TBD. 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/
Walking with Dinosaurs Logo
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





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