The end of summer always buzzes with people trying to squeeze in whatever they can before the cold weather hits. This weekend, the official last full weekend of summer, there are plenty of outdoor festivals to squeeze into your schedule. With the gorgeous weekend that lies ahead, who wouldn’t want to get out and enjoy the fun in any of Metro Milwaukee’s communities? There are so many festivals this weekend to could choose from, and today we highlight just a few:
Cedarburg Wine & Harvest Festival
The Wine & Harvest Festival is one of Historic Cedarburg’s most popular events of the year. In its 39th year, the festival is loaded with fall-themed activities including a scarecrow contest, Giant Pumpkin Charity Regatta, farmer’s market, a grape-stomp contest, live music all over town and, of course, plenty of food and award-winning local wines, featuring Cedarburg’s own Cedar Creek Winery. Headlining the musical acts this year is Erica Hoyt, a singer/songwriter from Nashville. The festival spans two days and offers free admission, so be sure to stop out and take in all the fun, food and wine Historic Downtown Cedarburg has to offer.
Where: Washington Ave., Downtown Cedarburg
When: 10am-6pm Saturday, 10am-5pm Sunday
How Much?: Admission is free!
More information: www.cedarburgfestivals.org
Tomato Romp – East Side, Milwaukee
Do you love tomatoes? Do you love see people get covered in them from head to toe? Then head over to North Ave on the East Side for the annual Tomato Romp! The festival celebrates all things tomato by hosting a 13-bar Bloody-Mary competition, followed by the food fight of all food fights. The Blood Mary Competition begins at 11am and for $15 you’ll travel to 13 East Side bars and vote which one has the best bloody. After the last bloody has been served, make your way over to the old Pizza Man space to witness (or take part in!) an old-fashioned, tomato-flinging, caged-in food fight. It’s an experience you won’t want to miss!
Where: North Ave, Milwaukee’s East Side
When: Bloody Mary Competition: 11am – 4pm. Tomato Fight: 4pm
How Much?: Participation in the Bloody Mary competition is $15. Participation in the tomato fight is $5.
More information: www.theeastside.org
Bay View Bash – Bay View
Milwaukee’s eclectic Bay View neighborhood will host the longest running all-volunteer festival this weekend in its Bay View Bash. The Bash kicks off with its first ever “Dog Walk,” at 11:30am, a parade of costumed dogs competing for the “best dressed” prize. Spend the rest of the day making your way through 20 food vendors, 25 merchandise vendors and plenty of informational booths lining Kinnickinnic Ave. KK will be rocking all day with five entertainment stages featuring 20 different bands, children’s entertainment and a demonstration stage. Come out and help support a community that adds so much fun to the city of Milwaukee.
Where: Bay View – Kinnickinnic Ave, between Potter and Clement
When: 11am – 10pm
How Much?: Admission is free!
More information: www.bayviewbash.org
Rock the Green – Veterans Park, Milwaukee
The Rock the Green festival is the Midwest’s premier near-zero waste music festival, and comes to Milwaukee with internationally-known music acts including The Fray, Ben Folds, Michelle Branch and Fitz and the Tantrums. Brought to Milwaukee by the Rock the Green non-profit organization, the festival’s mission is to entertain, engage and educate patrons by combining a world-class concert with a no-pressure sustainability experience.
Aside from the high-caliber musical acts, the festival will feature a variety of local restaurants offering a wide selection of health-conscious and multi-ethnic cuisine. Interactive eco-friendly booths and sponsors will educate attendees on topics related to environmental awareness as well as health of the mind, body and soul. The festival’s proceeds will go back to local community organizations that have a sustainability focus, including the Urban Ecology Center and Park People.
Where: Veteran’s Park:1010 N Lincoln Memorial Dr, Milwaukee
When: Gates open at 11am
How Much?: $25 before Sunday, $35 day of show.
More information: www.rockthegreen.com