Experience the Midwest

Events and Festivals in the Midwest


MAY 31, 2020

Brewtown Rumble

Milwaukee, WI

Vintage motorcycle show and street festival.

MAY 31 - JUNE 1, 2020

Bead & Button Show

Milwaukee, WI

Shop and explore at the largest bead and jewelry show in the world.


JUNE 4 - 6, 2020


Milwaukee, WI

Celebrate LGBTQ pride with music, comedy, community engagement, and more.


JUNE 4 - 11, 2020

Downtown Dining Week

Milwaukee, WI

Enjoy specials at downtown restaurants for lunch and dinner.


JUNE 6, 2020

Scottish Fest/Milwaukee Highland Games

Milwaukee, WI

Scottish culture comes to the Midwest with traditional sporting events, dancing, food and music.


JUNE 12 - 14, 2020

Polish Fest

Milwaukee, WI

Get a taste of Polish heritage with traditional art, food and dancing.


JUNE 14, 2020

Garlic Fest

Milwaukee, WI

Area restaurants dish up their favorite garlic cuisine at this street festival.

JUNE 18 - 28, 2020

Tour of America's Dairyland

Various Locations

Cheer on professional cyclists during 10 days of races throughout Southeastern Wisconsin.


JUNE 19, 2020

Juneteenth Day

Milwaukee, WI

The country's longest running celebration of Juneteenth day includes a parade, family-friendly festival, and Miss Juneteenth pageant.


JUNE 19 - 21, 2020

Lakefront Festival of Art

Milwaukee, WI

National artists, food, music, and fun on the Milwaukee Art Museum campus.


JUNE 24 - 28 & JUNE 30 - JULY 5, 2020


Milwaukee, WI

More than 900 acts perform on 11 permanent stages over 11 days at the world's largest music festival.


JUNE 27 - 28, 2020

Strawberry Festival

Cedarburg, WI

Celebrate all things strawberry with family and friends.


JULY 3, 2020

Downtown Milwaukee Fireworks

Milwaukee, WI

Celebrate Independence Day with a dazzling display of fireworks over Lake Michigan.


JULY 8 - 12, 2020

Bastille Days

Milwaukee, WI

Say bonjour to Fench culture with a replica Eiffel tower, wine tastings and more.


JULY 9 - 11, 2020

Gathering on the Green

Milwaukee, WI

This July, Gathering on the Green welcomes Trace Adkins and Cheap Trick for an outdoor concert.


JULY 11, 2020

Dragon Boat Festival

Milwaukee, WI

Cheer on Chinese traditional dragon boat races and experience dance, folk music and martial arts dislays.


JULY 17 - 19, 2020

Festa Italiana

Milwaukee, WI

Get a taste of Italy with Italian-style exhibits, food and music, as well as gondolas and a nightly fireworks display.

JULY 19 - 20, 2020

Gallery Night MKE

Milwaukee, WI

Art comes alive with free gallery showings, performances and more throughout downtown.


JULY 24 - 26, 2020

German Fest

Milwaukee, WI

This celebration of German heritage includes yodeling polka, the Dachshund Derby and traditional folk crafts.


JULY 25, 2020

Brady Street Festival

Milwaukee, WI

Enjoy food and fun to the tune of local bands on four stages at this popular street party.


JULY 25, 2020

Milwaukee Brewfest

Milwaukee, WI

Taste hundreds of craft beers, microbrews and ciders from more than 85 breweries.


JULY 25 - 26, 2020

Milwaukee Air & Water Show

Milwaukee, WI

The lakefront buzzes to life with aerial acrobatics from the U.S. Navy Blue Angels and more.


AUGUST 1, 2020

Black Arts Fest MKE

Milwaukee, WI

This festival pays homage to the creative side of African and African American culture.


AUGUST 6 - 16, 2020

Wisconsin State Fair

Milwaukee, WI

Get a taste of the Dairy State with cream puffs, food on a stick, livestock, rides, music and state-made products of all kinds.


AUGUST 8 - 9, 2020

Morning Glory Art Fair

Milwaukee, WI

Artists from across the region and the country show their creations at this juried fair.


AUGUST 13 - 16, 2020

Irish Fest

Milwaukee, WI

The world's largest celebration of Celtic culture highlights traditional sports, dance, theater and folklore.

AUGUST 15 - 18, 2020

A La Carte at the Zoo

Milwaukee, WI

Feast with the beasts at Milwaukee County Zoo, featuring fare from local restaurants.


AUGUST 21 - 23, 2020

Mexican Fiesta

Milwaukee, WI

Experience the music, dance and culture of Mexico and its people.


AUGUST 29, 2020

Brewers Mini Marathon

Milwaukee, WI

Run a half-marathon, 10K or 5K through Milwaukee, ending at Miller Park's warning track.


SEPTEMBER 3 - 7, 2020

Milwaukee Rally

Milwaukee, WI

All roads lead to Milwaukee for the Midwest's largest free motorcycle rally.


SEPTEMBER 5 - 6, 2020

Third Ward Art Festival

Milwaukee, WI

The trendy Historic Third Ward neighborhood hosts a showcase of artwork from state and national artists.


SEPTEMBER 11, 2020

Milwaukee River Challenge

Milwaukee, WI

College crew teams race through the city along the Milwaukee River.


SEPTEMBER 13, 2020

Harbor Fest

Milwaukee, WI

Get a new perspective on Milwaukee's harbor with a boat parade, food, music and fun.

SEPTEMBER 16 - 17, 2020

Doors Open Milwaukee

Milwaukee, WI

Get a behind the scenes look at the art, architecture and history of the city as iconic Milwaukee buildings open up to the public.


SEPTEMBER 19 - 20, 2020

Wine & Harvest Festival

Cedarburg, WI

Enjoy a sweet and savory weekend with award-winning wines and homegrown artisan foods.


SEPTEMBER 20, 2020

Bay View Bash

Milwaukee, WI

This community festival celebrates music, food, art and more.


SEPTEMBER 25 - 27, 2020

Harvest Fair

Milwaukee, WI

Find autumn-themed treats, music and family entertainment at this free celebration of fall.


OCTOBER 4, 2020

Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon

Milwaukee, WI

Race a scenic course through rural countryside and neighborhoods, ending at Lake Michigan.

OCTOBER 15 - 29, 2020

Milwaukee Film Festival

Milwaukee, WI

One of the largest film festivals in the country, this festival showcases hundreds of films each year.




Milwaukee, WI

A traditional free, outdoor German Christmas market.


NOVEMBER 7, 2020

Veterans Day Parade

Milwaukee, WI

The annual procession through downtown Milwaukee ends at the War Memorial.


NOVEMBER 14 - 15, 2020


Milwaukee, WI

America's largest operating model railroad show offers delights for both hobbyists and children.


Milwaukee Holiday Lights Festival

Milwaukee, WI

Catch the holiday spirit downtown with light displays, rides on the Jingle Bus and more.


NOVEMBER 20 - 22, 2020

Holiday Folk Fair International

Milwaukee, WI

Experience multicultural arts, dance, food and music.


DECEMBER 4, 2020

Christmas in the Ward

Milwaukee, WI

This old-fashioned favorite comes complete with fireworks, a tree lighting and live reindeer.