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Metro Milwaukee’s Festival Weekend Preview, September 11-12

As the fall winds up, the festivals wind down. This weekend marks the last festival hosted at Henry Maier Festival Grounds, a celebration of a fine Milwaukee suburb and a feast for your eyes in the skies. Check it all out here, in our Weekend Festival Guide:



Indian Summer Festival (Henry Maier Festival Park, Milwaukee)

The Indian Summer Festival is the last ethnic festival of the summer hosted at Henry Maier Festival park, and is Indian Nation’s largest cultural celebration of its kind. The festival is a showcase for Native American arts and crafts, music, dancing, storytellers, sporting events, authentic foods and an extensive Native American marketplace. Musical entertainers and storytellers will be performing throughout the weekend, and the authentic Pow Wow is always a major highlight of the Indian Summer Festival.

This year, the festival will focus on our country’s veterans. Themed “Honoring Our Warriors,” the festival will host a special Veterans Parade, a “Wall of Honor” and tribute for all Veterans, military personnel and first responders. Fireworks will take place Friday and Saturday nights of the festival.

The festival runs from 4pm-midnight Friday, noon-midnight Saturday and Sunday from 11am-8pm. For more information, click here.


TosaFest (Wauwatosa)

Tosafest 2010 continues Wauwatosa’s 31 year tradition of music, food and family fun to celebrate the village and community spirit. Each year, proceeds from TosaFest support community projects in the areas of education, safety and neighborhood improvement, to name a few. Countless volunteers work year-round to create this memorable event that entertains and benefits the whole community.

The festival boasts both local and national music acts both Friday and Saturday, as well as an art fair, silent auction, soccer tournament and of course plenty of delicious food from the Tosa area and Great Milwaukee. Kids can join in the fun, too, at the Kids Korner, where they’ll enjoy free face painting, crafts and entertainment of their own. For more information, click here.


The Don Jacobs Toyota Frank Mots International Kite Festival (Veterans Park, Milwaukee)

Professional kite flyers from all across the nation and abroad will be showing off their superior skills at Veterans Park in Milwaukee this weekend. Come and see the giant, 140’x50’ octopus kite and manta ray kites, and stand back and enjoy the spectacular stunt kite shows both Saturday and Sunday. Milwaukee’s Lakefront truly becomes a beautiful scene with all the magnificent kites flying high over Lake Michigan. The first 100 kids to participate in the “Kids Mad Dash” will receive free kites of their own! The event and parking for the event are both free. For more information, click here.

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