Milwaukee County Parks

July What’s Up Guide

Bikers on the Oak Leaf Trail in Greenfield Park

#MKEthemost of July

Your quick guide to events and programs coming up in Milwaukee County Parks.

Fireworks at the parks

July 3 Fireworks & Fourth of July Celebrations 

The annual July 3 tradition continues! Head to Milwaukee's Lakefront for an evening of fireworks and fun to celebrate Independence Day. 

July 3, at Veterans Park

Get Details on July 3rd at the Lakefront!
On July 4, visit a park with a community celebration of Independence Day

More Celebrations! (Enter keyword "Fourth")


Traveling Beer Garden Gift Card

Traveling Beer Gardens

Ceremonial Keg Tappings with FREE Beer

Follow the fire trucks equipped with tap handles as they tour the parks! Enjoy a free beer from the ceremonial keg at the openings. 

Through July 7, at Grant Park
Through July 7, at Jacobus Park
July 10 – 21, at Washington Park (keg tap July 10)
July 10 – 28, at Lake Park (keg tap July 10)
July 24 – Aug. 4, at Bender Park (keg tap July 24)
July 31 – Aug. 25, at Greenfield Park (keg tap July 31)

Get Details!     TBG Gift Cards!  

Summer Nights Movies at the Lakefront

Summer Nights Movies

Enjoy a night out with the family at the FREE movie, "How to Tame your Dragon" (rated PG). Bring your own chair and non-alcoholic beverages. Popcorn is only $1!

July 6, at The Gift of Wings in Veterans Park

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Catch another movie this month: "The Russians are Coming! The Russians are Coming!" brought to you by the Friends of Lake Park.

July 20, at Lake Park

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Bastille Days at Cathedral Square

Bastille Days

The FREE four-day festival offers live music, an international marketplace, chef and wine demos, French and Cajun cuisine, roaming entertainment and a 43-foot replica of the Eiffel Tower.  

July 11 – 14, at Cathedral Square

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African Cultural Festival

African Cultural Festival

Celebrate the rich African cultural heritage of the Greater Milwaukee Area! Experience the music, drumming, dance, poetry and cuisine. FREE ADMISSION!

July 13, at Brown Deer Park

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Honeybee Awareness

Honeybee Awareness

Join beekeeper and “beevangelist” Charlie Koenen for a FREE, family-friendly, photo-filled presentation about honeybees and why these pollinators are so important. See live bees on display and enjoy a taste of honey.

July 16, at Dretzka Park
July 23, at Currie Park

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Sweet Applewood Festival at Cudahy Park

Sweet Applewood Festival

Visit the family-friendly event to experience a carnival, car show (Saturday), polka mass (Sunday), live music, and food and beverages. Food specials include a Friday fish fry, Saturday rib dinner and Sunday chicken dinner. 

July 19 – 21, at Cudahy Park

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Poetry in the Park at Juneau Park

Poetry in the Park

Celebrate the best of spoken word in Milwaukee! Local poets give readings near the bluff overlooking Lake Michigan. Join us for the NEW Poetry FEST too!

July 9, at Juneau Park
and Poetry FEST! July 20, at Juneau Park

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Employee Appreciation Week Kicks Off at Red Arrow Park

Downtown Employee Appreciation Week

It’s the most fun you’ll have at work all year! Enjoy the opening ceremony and lunch giveaways at Red Arrow Park. 

July 22 – 26, at various parks and downtown locations

See the Full Schedule!


Milwaukee Brewfest

Milwaukee Brewfest

Enjoy unlimited sampling of hundreds of craft beers, micro brews and ciders from around the world — but that's not all! Also at the event: live music, a silent auction, games and food sampling.

July 27, at McKinley Park

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South Milwaukee Lionsfest

South Milwaukee Lionsfest

The 3-day festival features live music, games and amusement rides every day. Friday features a fish fry dinner and a car show; Saturday, a rib dinner; and Sunday, a chicken dinner and family activities.

July 26 – 28, Oak Creek Parkway at 16th Avenue & Rawson Avenue

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USAF Thunderbirds

Milwaukee Air & Water Show

See the spectacle of speed, precision and power of the renowned USAF Thunderbirds Air Demonstration Squadron! Also, military and civilian air performances, the daily water show and exhibits. FREE event and paid options.

July 27 & 28, at the Lakefront

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We Run, They Fly - Race to support Veteran Honor Flights

5K…10K… Run/Walks

Featured Run: We Run, They Fly

We Run, They Fly is a chip-timed 5K or 10K race, or 5K walk along Milwaukee's southern lakefront. Funds provide Veterans the opportunity to have their Stars and Stripes Honor Flight Day.

July 28, at Cupertino Park

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Join a run/walk to do your personal best and to help an organization do good in the community.

More Run/Walks! (under "Park Events" check "Run/Walk")

Enchanted Evening at Boerner Botanical Gardens

Enchanted Evening

Gather the kiddos for an evening of fairies among the flower beds, whimsical crafts and family-friendly entertainment. Dress as a favorite fairy-tale character and join the fun!

July 28, at Boerner Botanical Gardens

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Concerts in The Gardens - Boerner Botanical Gardens

Music, Music, Music!

In July, weekly concert series are under way – but there’s also live music on special nights at the beer gardens and at many of the farmers markets!

All summer long, at parks thoughout Milwaukee County

Get Details on Each Concert Series!

More Music! (under "Park Events," check "music")


Fathoms Below - Summer Show at The Domes

Fathoms Below, Summer Floral Show

Explore a summer garden inspired by the depths of the ocean. Colorful fish sculptures swirl around plants resembling those on the ocean’s floor. Bright succulents and vivid 'Under the Sea Series' coleus add to a decorative coral reef and sunken ship. The show is included with general admission to The Domes.

Through Sept. 8, at The Domes

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Cool Waters Tube Slide

Waterslide Fun

Go down giant slides at Cool Waters Aquatic Park in Greenfield Park and at Schulz Aquatic Park in Lincoln Park. Be sure to check out the Lazy River at Schulz! And for a smaller water park, visit Pelican Cove at Kosciuszko Park.

Daily, at Greenfield & Lincoln Parks 
Tuesday – Sunday, at Kosciuszko Park

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Walker Square Farmers Market

Farmers Markets

Weekly farmers markets have sprouted up in the Parks! Fresh-from-the-farm produce from local farmers and a variety of prepared foods by local vendors are ready to take home or eat on the spot!

All summer long, at six parks

Get Details on Each Farmers Market!



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