The Best Things to Do in Milwaukee in August

Brewtown Rumble

AUGUST seven

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,

Photo by Visit Milwaukee

Bronzeville Week


Explore this historic neighborhood for an action-packed week honoring Bronzeville’s strong artistic and jazz roots. Expect art walks, spotlights of black-owned businesses, and a celebration of African-American culture.

Mural in Bronzeville; Photo by Visit Milwaukee

Dragon Boat Festival


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.

Dragon Boat FestivalPhoto courtesy of Milwaukee Chinese Community Center


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Morning Glory Art Fair

AUGUST 13-14

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.

Photo courtesy of Fiserv Forum

Irish party

AUGUST 18-21

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. $

Photo by Visit Milwaukee

Art and Chalk Festival

AUGUST 20-21

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.

Fondy Farm Festival


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. $

Cross Wisconsin

AUGUST 20-21

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). $

Photo courtesy of Ride Across Wisconsin



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