Along with the temperature outside, festival season is really heating up in Metro Milwaukee! The city is alive this weekend with a handful of diverse, can’t-miss events. Celebrate all things Polska, take in some fine art or lace up for a 5K dedicated to a great cause – heck, you could even squeeze in all three! Today we highlight a few of the area’s fantastic festivals 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, vodka tasting, 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 Park (Summerfest 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 plethora of food and beverage vendors.
Where: Milwaukee Art Museum – 700 N Art Museum Dr, Milwaukee
When: Friday: Noon–11pm, Saturday: 10am–8pm, Sunday: 10am–5pm
How much?: $15 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
HART FEST – 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, a softball tournament, a 5K/2-mile run/walk and tasty food and drink. The festival raises money for local charities such as The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, the Wauwatosa East Boosters Club, the Multiple Sclerosis and the Wounded Warrior Project. 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