The Best Things to Do in Milwaukee in August
Show off that vintage chopper hidden in the garage and marvel at the rides of other motorcycle enthusiasts. This year’s traveling show takes place in the Deer District with live music, vendors and food. August 7,
Come for the dragon boat races, stay for the celebration of Chinese culture, including traditional dance, folk music and martial arts. Make opera masks or lanterns and take part in the dragon parade. There are also opportunities to learn a bit about how to write and speak the language.
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This massive showcase brings over 130 artists from across the country to Milwaukee. Collect ceramics, paintings, prints, sculptures and all kinds of art to decorate your home or wear as your latest fashion find.
Shamrock swag, Irish dancing and imported items like woolen sweaters (as well as plenty of meat and potatoes) await you at this annual festival. The live music lineup is packed with Celtic acts, including a guest appearance from Lisa Canny, a world-class harpist and banjo player from the Emerald Isle. $
Glass blowing, live music and chalk art take over the streets of the Museum of Wisconsin Art. Also expect food trucks, a beer garden, and a family activity area. Bonus: admission to the museum is free.
Drive to Mequon Nature Reserve for a farm-to-table dinner on the 500-acre protected property. Fill your plate the family way with dishes concocted by starred local chefs. Plus, farm tours, live music, and a good cause—the Fondy Farm Project—to support. $
Have you ever considered biking in Wisconsin? In this cycling event, riders cover 235 miles from La Crosse to Milwaukee in two days. Not exactly a cyclist? Perhaps congratulate the athletes with a celebratory drink at the Twisted Fisherman (Saturday finish line) or the Harley-Davidson Museum (Sunday). $