Around town: Summer in Milwaukee
With the warm weather finally here, and summer underway, we thought we would share some of the wonderful summer activities that are taking place in some of the communities that Miron Construction helps to build.
Milwaukee is known as the city of festivals and there are numerous great opportunities to sample the wide cultural traditions of Wisconsin’s largest city.
Here are some of our favorites, and we encourage you to join us out on the town:
June 17-19, 2011
Henry W. Maier Festival Park (map)
Noon until Midnight (Friday and Saturday), Noon until 10 p.m. (Sunday)
Advance Tickets: $10, Gate Tickets: $12 (Senior and Children discounts)
This year Polish Fest celebrates their 30th festival. This wonderful event is a three-day celebration of everything Polish, including activities like cooking demonstrations, vodka tastings, a cultural village, live entertainment and even a Catholic Mass reading in both English and Polish on Sunday morning. Be sure to sample the pierogi, a traditional Polish dumpling that is fried in butter with onions and served with horseradish-laced sour cream.
June 29-July 3, July 5-10, 2011
Henry W. Maier Festival Park
Noon until Midnight daily
Weekday Admission: $8, General Admission: $15 (Senior and Children discounts)
Summerfest is the world’s largest music festival and Milwaukee’s flagship summer festival, which attracts the music industry’s top stars, along with emerging talent and many local favorites. The venues include the 23,000-seat Marcus Amphitheater, 10 additional stages, and a wide selection of food and beverages stands. The event features marketplaces and interactive exhibits, which are set against a Lake Michigan and downtown backdrop. This year’s top musical acts include Peter Gabriel, Kanye West, Toby Keith, Kid Rock & Sheryl Crow, Def Leppard, The Black Keys, Katy Perry, Jason Aldean, Brittney Spears, Sugarland & Sara Bareilles.
July 28-30, 2011
Henry W. Maier Festival Park
5 p.m. – 11 p.m. (Thursday), 3 p.m. – Midnight (Friday), Noon to Midnight (Saturday), Noon to 10 p.m. (Sunday)
Thursday: Free, Advanced Admission: $10, General Admission: $13 (Senior and Children discounts)
Not surprisingly, given Milwaukee’s German heritage, German Fest is one of Milwaukee’s finest festivals. It hosts a wide variety of events and wonderful German music, from the traditional to the contemporary. However, the event is probably best known for the cuisine; over 20,000 bratwursts, 20,000 pastries and 20,000 roast pork sandwiches are consumed during the four-day festival each year.
Wisconsin State Fair
August 4-14, 2011
State Fair Park, West Allis (map)
8 a.m. – 11 p.m. (Sunday – Thursday), 8 a.m. – Midnight (Fridays and Saturdays), 8 a.m. – 10 p.m. (Final Sunday)
Gate Admission: $9 (Senior and Children discounts)
The Wisconsin State Fair is an 11-day celebration of all things Wisconsin held each summer, usually in early August. This year’s event will mark 160 years of one of the most family-friendly and affordable entertainment events in the state. One of the key traditions for attendees is enjoying the cream puff, the longest selling item at the Fair, which originated when the Wisconsin Bakers Association began selling the famous pastries in 1924. The cream puffs are a tradition and a Fair “must” for all attendees!
Photo credit: Stan Gregg