Milwaukee County Parks

May What's Up Guide

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#MKEthemost of May

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

Japanese Zen Garden - Spring Floral Show at The Domes

Japanese Zen Garden

Relax and unwind as you stroll through our collection of Zen gardens. The small, calming gardens bring out the essence of nature and inspire meditation and quiet reflection. 

Through May 25, at The Domes

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Kite Festival at Veterans Park

Family Kite Festival

The giant kites are returning to Milwaukee's Lakefront for this annual event now in its 32nd year! Don't miss the Grand Launch of more than 600 kites, professional kite flying and the Kids Mad Dash. FREE fun for the family!

May 25 - 26, at Veterans Park

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Celebrate Maifest at the Estabrook Park Beer Garden


Celebrate Milwaukee's German heritage and the arrival of spring in true Bavarian style! This four-day event kicks off with music, the Blessing of the Bock, a ceremonial keg tapping, stein-holding contests . . . and German beer!

May 2 – 5, at Estabrook Park Beer Garden

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Whitnall Park Beer Garden

Whitnall Park Beer Garden Opening

Enjoy craft beers from over a dozen of Wisconsin's top breweries at the scenic beer garden nestled among the trees near the Root River near Whitnall Park. Join us for the ceremonial keg tapping, May 3 at 4 p.m.!

Opens May 3, at Root River Parkway (near 92nd & College)

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Traveling Beer Garden 5K

Traveling Beer Garden Tour
& 5K Run/Walk Series

Vist the fire trucks equipped with Sprecher beers on tap! To work up a thirst for your brew, register for a 5K. First stop: Juneau Park.

TBG Tour Kickoff: May 8; 5K Kickoff: May 23

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Global Big Day, May 4, 2019, Every Bird Counts.

International Bird Count

Join staff and volunteers at Wehr Nature Center and help count birds that you see or hear. The event at Wehr is FREE and is part of the world-wide, biggest day in birding.

May 4, at Wehr Nature Center

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Mother's Day Native Plant Sale at Wehr Nature Center

Wildflower Walk

Join Wehr Nature Center director, Deb McRae, for a leisurely walk along Wehr's trails to see all the spring wildflowers popping up! (Be inspired to visit again for the Mother's Day Native Plant Sale!)

May 5, Wehr Nature Center

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Bumble Bee Workshop at Wehr

Bumble Bee Monitoring Workshop

Attend this FREE workshop to become a Bumble Bee Monitor! We're seeking volunteers to adopt areas that provide potential bumble bee habitat in the parks. The data you gather will help scientists and will guide land management decisions.

May 18, at Wehr Nature Center

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Pugfest at Milwaukee County Sports Complex

Pug Fest

Join the annual celebration of the pug! See demonstrations, costume contests, races, the Blessing of the Pugs, or . . .visit with an animal communicator! The first 150 families each day receive a "goodie bag" for their pooch.

May 18 - 19, at Milwaukee County Sports Complex

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Jazz in the Park in Cathedral Square

Jazz in the Park

The free, outdoor, weekly music series, kicks off the summer concert season. The series includes an eclectic lineup featuring jazz, big band, funk, R & B, reggae, blues and more. Arrive early for this popular series!

May 30, at Cathedral Square

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Jazz in the Park in Cathedral Square

Water Parks Opening

Cool Water Aquatic Park in Greenfield Park and Schulz Aquatic Park in Lincoln Park are scheduled to open weekends only atrting Memorial Day weekend. 

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Walks, Runs, Rides & Fitness

Mother's Day Events


Especially for the kids


9480 Watertown Road
Wauwatosa, WI 53226
(414) 257-PARK (7275)


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