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Metro Milwaukee’s Festival Weekend Preview, September 17-19

Just because fall is on the way doesn’t mean the Metro Milwaukee area slows down! This weekend is loaded with fun events, from a full-on tomato-slinging fight to a festival celebrating the harvest season. Check it all out here, in our Weekend Festival Guide:



The Paramount Blues Festival (Lime Kiln Park, Grafton)

If you’ve got the “End of Summer blues,” this is the place to let it all out. The Paramount Blues Festival is a two-day event celebrating – you guessed it – great blues music and fantastic barbeque fixins. Bring a blanket or chair and sit back to take in more than a dozens blues bands and musicians. Enjoy festival staples like cheese curds, burgers and brats, or try a taste of the South with barbequed ribs, jambalaya and even frog legs!

The festival runs from 5-10 pm Friday through 11am-10pm Saturday, with sponsored afterparties both nights. Friday-only tickets are $10, while weekend and Saturday tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the gate. For more information, click here.


Bay View Bash (Kinnickinnic Ave, Bay View)

Head on down to the Hipster Heaven that is the Bay View neighborhood of Milwaukee, which bills itself as Milwaukee’s largest all-volunteer street festival, and a celebration of food, art and community.

There are three music stages with live music throughout the day. There’s also a demonstration stage with a Strong Man Competition and a “Dead Man’s Carnival.” Children will enjoy the music and magic on the Kids Stage and there’s even a Teen Area set up with a live DJ.

Of course, there will be plenty of local vendors offering their wares up and down the street, and plenty of delicious festival food and drink will be available. For more information, click here.


The East Side Tomato Romp (North Avenue, Milwaukee)

“Milwaukee’s messiest tradition” takes place this Saturday during the East Side Tomato Romp. The Romp is a Blood Mary competition between nearly a dozen restaurants/bars located on the North/Oakland Avenue stretch on Milwaukee’s East Side, judged by the general public. Those interested can purchase ballots in the Beans ‘n Barley parking lot and make their way around to each stop between 11am and 3pm to vote on who makes the best Bloody Mary. The winner will be announced at 3:30, followed by the crown jewel of the day: the Rotten Tomato Fight, at 4pm. Watch (or participate!) the grudge match of a lifetime while Milwaukee’s bravest fling pounds of tomatoes at one another from within the confines of a cage. You won’t want to miss this mess! For more information, click here.


Cedarburg Wine and Harvest Festival (Downtown Cedarburg)

The 38th annual Cedarburg Wine and Harvest Festival celebrates Wisconsin homegrown produce and artisan food products and, of course, the award-winning wines of Cedar Creek Winery.

Munch of local fate such as steamed corn, caramel apples, kettle corn, apple cider, homemade ice cream, turkey legs, brats, burgers, grilled foods and savory/sweet delights. The Farmer’s Market brims with seasonal fruits and vegetables, flowers and plants, herbs and apples. At Cedar Creek Winery booths you’ll find wine by the glass. Locally produced foodstuffs such as honey, syrup, cheese, sausage and jellies are in the Marketplace.

New this year is the Wine & Harvest Fest Bide Ride on Saturday at 9:30 am in Cedar Creek Park, a SAG supported event. Festival fans can kick back and listen to live music all over town, including Hat Trick, Bobby Way & Wayout, Maple Road, New Revue, The Itch, Stereotype and more. The Scarecrow Contest is a seasonal favorite with dozens of winsome and whimsical hand-made straw-stuffed characters on display throughout the historic district. Shuttle around town aboard a tractor-drawn hayride wagon.

Treasures are just waiting to be discovered at Arts on the Avenue, with more than 200 juried booths presented by the Cedarburg Garden Club, Cedarburg Cultural Center and Ozaukee Art Center along Washington Avenue. Drop in at both the Cedarburg Cultural Center for the Cedarburg Artists Guild’s annual juried Fall Show and the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts and Fiber Arts special displays and activities.

The festival’s Kids Korner and street entertainers will feature kid-friendly activities like pumpkin painting, tie dye tee shirts, Buddy the Wonder Mutt, Geoff the Juggler, Farmer Josh Stilt Walker, J.Bird Chalk Artist, Magician Sir Pinkerton, Pumpkin Carver Steve Dahlke and more. Cedarburg Woolen Mill will have Spinning and Carding Demos and artists.

At The Shops of Cedar Creek Settlement, the Winery’s hilarious Grape Stomp is a daily crowd-pleaser with the Kid’s Stomp at 1:00 & 3:00 and the Adult’s Stomp at 1:30 & 3:30 and families will delight in the enchanting Scarecrow Sculpture Garden.

For more information, click here.

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