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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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 PrideFest Logo
June 5th- 7th at Henry W. Maier Festival Park
Fri, 3:30pm-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 Logo
June 12th-14th at Henry W. Maier Festival Park

Enjoy 50¢ admission on Friday from 12-5pm, and $5 after 5pm. Saturday FREE admission from 7:00 p.m.-Midnight with a donation of three or more food items to the Hunger Task Force. Sunday $4.00 Admission for tickets purchased between 9:30 a.m. - 11:59 a.m. (Gates open at Noon) - FREE Admission from 2:00 p.m. - close with your Potawatomi Bingo Casino Fire Keeper's card - FREE Admission from 4:00-6:00 p.m. to Dads of all ages when accompanied by their child of any age. For more information call (414) 529-2140 or visit www.polishfest.org or e-mail at info@polishfest.org


Lakefront Festival of the Arts 


June 19th-21st 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



June 19th-21st at Wisconsin State Fair Park
For more information visit www.annunciationwi.org/ or call (414) 461-9400.
Summerfest Logo
June 24th- June 28th & June 30st- July 5th at Henry W. Maier Festival Park
Closed Monday. For more information on specials and free admission opportunities call (414) 273-2680 or visit www.summerfest.com


Bastille Days Logo
July 9th- 12th Cathedral Square Park & Surrounding Streets
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
Festa Italiana Logo
July 17th – 19th 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
GermanFest Logo
July 24th – 26th at Henry W. Maier Festival Park
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
Air & Water Show Logo
July 25th - 26th 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/
Wisconsin State Fair Logo
August 6th - August 16th 

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.

African World Festival
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
August 7th -  9th at Henry W. Maier Festival Park noon-midnight
For more information visit www.arabworldfest.com
Irish fest Logo
August 13th- 16th 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
Milwaukee County Zoo Logo
August 13th - 16th 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/
Mexican Fiesta Logo
August 21st – 23rd 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

August 21st- 23th at St. Mary & St. Antonious Coptic Orthodox Church

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


TosaFest Logo
2015 Date TBD
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 11th -13th at Henry Maier Festival Park
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
2015 Date TBD
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
2015 Dates & Times TBD
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/
Harvest Fair Logo
September 25th - 27th at Wisconsin State Fair Park
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/
Milwaukee Film Festival Logo
September 24th - October 8th
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/  
Trainfest Logo
2015 Dates & Times 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
2015 Dates & Times 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


Ice Fishing Logo 

2015 Dates TBD
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!


2015 Dates 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/


Monster Jam


January 22nd - 23rd 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. 


Boat Show Logo

2016 Dates & Times TBD 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.

 Rummage-A-Rama Logo

2016 Dates & Times TBD at State Fair Park

Rummage-A-Rama is an old-fashioned indoor flea-market extravaganza with 100+ booths featuring antiques, collectibles, and hobby items from local dealers, overstocks and closeouts from local business owners, and sales by everyday people. *Come check out our NEW re:Craft and Relic area!* re:Craft and Relic is a new section at Rummage-A-Rama! dedicated to vintage, upcycled, and handmade goods and supplies. While Rummage-A-Rama! has always been a great place to shop for antiques and artisan crafts, in 2016 we’ll have an entire section filled with just these vendors! Think of it as a market within a market, where you’ll find some of the best wares that local collectors and creators have to offer.

http://www.rummage-a-rama.com or http://www.facebook.com/rummagearama


Boerner Logo


2016 Dates TBD at Boerner Botanical Garden

Come get lost in the beauty of Boerner and see what nature has to offer duing a guided walk through Boerner's forest with Mike Kreuser, Green Team sustainable landscape expert. Enjoy tons of fun, winter-themed crafts and warm up with hot dogs, chili, chips, and hot drinks!



Auto Show Logo

2016 Dates TBD at Wisconsin Center 
Special offers: Kids Day is Sunday, March 1st! All children 12 & under admitted FREE on Kids Day when accompanied by a paying adult. FREE Subscription to Motor Trend – Get a FREE one-year subscription (an $18 value) with each online ticket order or box office purchase. Sponsored by ADAMM. For more information visit: http://www.motortrendautoshows.com/milwaukee/generalinfo.jsp

Journal Sentinel Sports Show

2016 Dates TBD at 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.
Special Needs Day
Thursday, March 5, 2015 between 12 PM – 5 PM
Free admission for persons with disabilities*
No pre-registration needed.
*Wheelchairs are not available for use or rent at the Wisconsin Exposition Center
Shrine Circus Logo
2016 Dates and Times TBD
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/


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