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Metro Milwaukee’s Weekend Festivals Guide, July 22-25

We’ve really got a lot of area covered in this week’s guide. Begin at Milwaukee’s lakefront and work your way out to West Bend, hitting a handful of festivals and fairs on your way! Chomp on a brat, check out some livestock and even take a camel ride this weekend. Check it all out in this weekend’s festival guide:

Thursday-Sunday

German Fest (Henry Maier Festival Park, Milwaukee)

There’s no denying Milwaukee’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 30th 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  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 1:15 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.

For more information on German Fest, click here.

Waukesha County Fair

The oldest county fair in the state of Wisconsin never seems to disappoint in terms of booking great entertainment acts, and this year’s fair is no different. Tonight, catch Ted Nugent at 7:30 while Grand Funk Railroad performs Friday night. Night Ranger will rock out on Saturday and members of the Guess Who will round out the fair’s musical acts at 6pm on Sunday.

If you’re not intent on rocking out like it’s 1985, take the kiddies to check out the livestock or peruse the arts and crafts tables. They’ll also delight in the “Sea Lion Splash,” the only traveling sea lion show in the nation, which has daily shows throughout the fair.

You can fill up on a pancake breakfast on Saturday morning just before taking in the truck and tractor pulls, beginning at noon. And of course, the people-watching is fabulous while taking a stroll down the midway. Admission is $9 for adults, $3 for kids, and free for children 5 and under. For more information on the Waukesha County Fair, click here.

 

Washington County Fair (Washington County Fair Park, West Bend)

The Washington County Fair celebrates its 151st anniversary this year with a lineup of top-notch entertainment and attractions. In addition to the popular tractor pull and truck pull events, the fair features performances by Little Big Town and Julianne Hough (July 22), Cinderella, Dokken and Jackyl (July 23) and Kenny Loggins, Styx’s Dennis DeYoung and Starship (July 24).

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.

Saturday

Brady Street Fest (Brady Street, Milwaukee’s East Side)

Brady Street is one of the most eclectic and popular streets in Milwaukee, 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 and a drag show, beginning at 7pm. There are three separate music stages featuring live entertainment all day, including a fashion show.

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 and camel rides!

Admission is free. For more information, click here.

Did we miss one of your favorite festivals? Let us know in the comments section!

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