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Weekend Festival Preview: June 17-19

Festival season is really picking up in Metro Milwaukee! The city is alive this weekend with a handful of diverse, can’t-miss events. How could you possibly choose? We’ll highlight a few in this week’s festival guide:

POLISH FEST – Milwaukee, Friday-Sunday

Touted as “America’s largest Polish Festival,” this three-day event kicks off Friday at Henry Maier Festival Park. The festival, always a good time, is filled with folk dancing, a cultural village, folk art demos, Polish rock bands, the Chopin Youth Piano competition, an extensive marketplace and, of course, plenty of polka and loads of Polish food. Polskis and Polski-lovers alike, come on out!

Where: Henry Maier Festival Grounds

When: Friday & Saturday: noon-midnight, Sunday noon-10pm

How Much?: $12 for adults and $10 for seniors at the gate and free for kids 15 and younger.

More information: www.polishfest.org

LAKEFRONT FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS – Milwaukee, Friday-Sunday

Take in one of the finest art shows in the nation hosted at the Milwaukee Art Museum this weekend. The family-friendly festival will features 189 artists from across the country who display and sell their pieces. Also, be sure to check out the sculpture garden, art demonstrations, children’s art activities, live music and the plenthora of food and beverage vendors.

Where: Milwaukee Art Museum – 700 N Art Museum Dr, Milwaukee

When: Friday: Noon–9pm, Saturday: 10am–7pm, Sunday: 10am–5pm

How much?: $14 at the gate, $20 three-day pass, $8 for Milwaukee Art Museum Members with valid membership card. Free to kids under 16 with a paid adult

More information: http://lfoa.mam.org

HartFest – Wauwatosa, Friday-Saturday

At HartFest in Wauwatosa, you can feel good about kicking back and enjoying two days of live music, tons of activities for the whole family and tasty food and drink. The festival raises money for local charities such as the Wisconsin Humane Society, The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Heart of Gold, the Wauwatosa East Boosters Club and the National Spinal Cord Injury Association. If you’re feeling ambitious, sign up for the festival’s Rock ‘n Run 5k to benefit the MACC Fund – it takes place Saturday at 3pm.
Where: Wauwatosa Rotary Performance Pavilion – North 72nd & State Streets
When: Friday: 5pm-close & Saturday noon-close.
How much?: Admission is free
More information: www.hartfest.com

Summer Soulstice Music Festival – Milwaukee, Saturday

June 18, 2011 12:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. at North Avenue, East Side

Milwaukee’s official solstice celebration returns to North Avenue on the East Side for a full day of music and fun! In addition to some of the best local, original music around, Summer Soulstice Music Festival also offers the Rage-in-the-Cage Dodgeball Tournament, high-flying Division BMX stunt teams, a burrito eating competition, family activities and plenty of street performers that can only be found on the East Side.

Where: North Ave, East Side Milwaukee

When: Saturday noon-11pm

How much? Admission is free

More information: http://www.theeastside.org/categories/7-summer-soulstice/documents/12-summer-soulstice-music-festival-2011

Wisconsin Beer Lovers Festival – Glendale, Saturday

Enjoy more than 100 of Wisconsin’s finest craft beers and sample specially prepared cuisine designed to complement more than 20 unique beers from Wisconsin’s finest craft breweries. Meet the brew masters and chefs behind the creations and spend the afternoon enjoying the sights and sounds of Bayshore Town Center.

Where: Bayshore Town Center, 5900 N. Port Washington Road

When: Saturday1-5pm

How much?: Tickets are $45 at the door. Patrons must be 21 years old to attend the event

More information: http://welcometoglendale.com/popup-feature.php

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