It seems like the end of summer is always buzzing 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:
Hidden River Art Festival (Brookfield)
The Wilson Center’s annual juried art festival featuring the work of more than 80 Wisconsin fine artists specializing in a variety of media including painting, photography, clay, jewelry, and textiles. While you shop, enjoy foods and beverages from area restaurants including Bella Caffe and North Star American Bistro.
Where: Sharon Lynne Wilscon Center for the Arts (19805 W Capitol Dr, Brookfield)
When: Friday 1-7pm, Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 11am-4pm
How Much?: $7, children 12 & under free!
More information: www.hiddenriverartfestival.com
Cedarburg Wine & Harvest Festival
The Wine & Harvest Festival is one of Historic Cedarburg’s most popular events of the year. In its 40th 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 14-year old singing sensation Hannah Mrozak. 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
Great Lakes Brew Fest (Racine)
Southeast Wisconsin’s “largest beer event” boasts a roster of 75 craft brewers from across the country. Brew masters themselves will offer unlimited sampling of more than 150 craft brews along with live music, rare and limited release beers, food, and a special performance by the Racine Kilties Drum & Bugle Corps.
Where: Racine Zoo (2131 N Main St)
When: Saturday 3-7pm
How Much?: $45 (includes admission, pint glass and unlimited sampling)
More information: www.greatlakesbrewfest.com
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 Third Eye Blind, Metric, Switchfoot, Imagine Dragons, Atlas Genius, and Morning Parade. Plus local organic food, near-zero waste efforts, interactive experiences, and more! Each attendee will receive a complimentary BPA-free, collapsible water bottle. 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: Sunday, 2-9pm
How Much?: $25 before Sunday, $30 day of show.
More information: www.rockthegreen.com