We’ve really got a lot of area covered in this week’s guide. Begin atMilwaukee’s lakefront and work your way out toWest Bend, hitting a handful of festivals and fairs on your way! Chomp on a brat, check out some livestock and even take a pro wrestling match this weekend. Check it all out in this weekend’s festival guide:
German Fest (Henry Maier Festival Park, Milwaukee)
There’s no denyingMilwaukee’s strong association with German culture – our biggest stereotype to outsiders is the “land of beer and brats.” And while this may be true to some extent, German culture is celebrated in a much wider, traditional sense at German Fest.
This is the 32nd year of German Fest in Milwaukee, and it’s sure to keep festival goers entertained and full of delicious, traditional German fare. In fact, the official web site (www.germanfest.com) gives a rundown of just how much food the festival goes through each year, including nearly 10,000 pounds of potatoes for potato pancakes and potato salad, and enough bratwurst to cover nearly 28 football fields. After polishing off those sensational starches, you won’t be able to turn down a sweet torte or strudel.
Aside from the colossal amount of food served, live entertainment abounds throughout the festival, as traditional German music and dancing are performed on stages around the grounds, as well as more contemporary musical acts and comedians.
German Fest will also host dog races on Sunday, though not the typical dog races you may have in mind. The Dachshund races (dachshund is literally translated to “badger dog,” appropriate to our state), slated for 1pm Sunday puts these affable pups against one another for a battle for the Grand Prize. Preceding the race will also be a costume contest for a chance for the doxies to strut their stuff.
Where: Henry Maier Festival Grounds, Milwaukee
When: Thursday: 5-11pm, Friday: 3-11pm, Saturday: noon-11pm, Sunday: noon-10pm
How much: $13 for adults, $7 for seniors and students with school ID. Children get in free with a paid adult.
More information: www.germanfest.com
Washington County Fair (WashingtonCountyFairPark,West Bend)
The Washington County Fair celebrates its 153rd anniversary this year with a lineup of top-notch entertainment and attractions. In addition to the popular tractor pull and truck pull events, fireworks and of course livestock judging, the fair features performances by REO Speedwagon (July 26th), Montgomery Gentry (July 27th) and Puddle of Mudd (July 28th).
Kids will love to tour the agricultural and equestrian complexes, and the entire family can gorge together on the extensive offerings of “traditional” fair foods.
Where: Washington County Fair Park: 3000 Hwy PV, West Bend
When: 9am-midnight Wednesday-Sunday
How much: Wednesday & Sunday: $7 for adults, $3 for kids. Thursday-Saturday: $10 for adults and $3 for kids.
More information: www.wcfairpark.com
Brady Street Fest (Brady Street, Milwaukee’s East Side)
Brady Streetis one of the most eclectic and popular streets inMilwaukee, and the Brady Street Fest mirrors its reputation as a hot spot for people-watching, a huge variety of food and drink and all-around fun. This year, there’s something for everyone at the fest.
The street closes down from 11am-11pm, and clears out for BMX stunts, a rock climbing wall, pro wrestling and a drag show. There are three separate stages featuring music from local favorites Maritime, Fever Marlene, Herman Astro and more!
There are more than 60 vendors at this year’s fest, selling everything from jewelry and art to food and beer. The festival really mixes it up with live belly dancers and even a live wrestling match!
Where: Brady Street, Milwaukee
How much: Admission is free!
More information: bradystreet.org/documents/20-brady-st-festival-
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