A family guide to Milwaukee's summer festivals in 2017
This festival has a Children & Family Stage, which features singers, puppets, storytellers, animal experts, face painting, a magic show and more. The children's area is open from noon to 5 on both Saturday and Sunday. Henry Maier Festival Park, 200 N. Harbor Dr., Milwaukee.
Enjoy the arts, culture, food and tradition of Poland. Friday and Saturday: 12 p.m. to midnight, Sunday: 12-8 p.m. Admission is $12 at the gate, $10 in advance, and kids 15 and under are free. Children's activities include crafts, games, the Kohl's Design It! Mobile Lab and the Survive Alive trailer. Henry Maier Festival Park, 200 N. Harbor Dr., Milwaukee.
Lakefront Festival of Art
Celebrate art, food, music and family fun. There are tons of children's activities at the PNC Children's Experience, including family entertainment at the children's stage and the PNC's Grow Up Great Mobile Learning Adventure, where children can dress up as what they want to be when they grow up and take home fun activity books and learning kits. And, at the Children's Art Tent, kids can make their own festival masks, bubble-painted pictures, book page collages and more! Hours are 10 a.m to 10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $17/adult or $10 in advance. The event is free for children ages 12 and younger. On the grounds of the Milwaukee Art Museum, 700 N. Art Museum Dr., Milwaukee.
Hosted by Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, admission is free to this celebration of Greek culture. Wisconsin State Fair Park, 640 S. 84th St., West Allis.
Celebrate all things strawberry! In addition to all the food, the littlest festival-goers will enjoy Henry's Kids Korner at Cedar Creek Park with pony rides, a petting zoo, bounce houses and more. Admission is free to this festival, which takes place in downtown Cedarburg from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday (with live music until 8:30 p.m.) and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
June 28-July 2, July 4-July 9
Located on the Lakefront in the middle of the grounds, families can enjoy children-focused entertainment and activities at the Theater and PlayZone. There will be performances from magicians, dance groups, jugglers, puppets and more. For more family-friendly activities, the Kohl's Captivation Station, located on the south end of the grounds, is open from noon to 7 p.m. every day of Summerfest. All the mobile activity stations provided by Kohl's will be there, including Kohl's Color Wheels, the Kohl's Design It! Mobile Lab, the Kohl's Wild Theater, the Kohl's Building Blocks Program and the Kohl's Cares Grow Safe & Healthy Program. There will also be performances from Mad Science and Comedy Sportz, and don't forget that July 2 is Family Day Sunday! Hours are noon to midnight. Regular admission prices are $13 for adults, $8 for children ages 3-10 and free for kids 2 and under. Henry W. Maier Festival Park, 200 N. Harbor Dr., Milwaukee.
One of the nation's largest French-themed celebrations, Bastille Days is a free, four-day bash with music, an international marketplace, French and Cajun cuisine, entertainment and a 43-foot replica of the Eiffel Tower. Thursday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Kids Day, on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., will include mini French lessons, ballet tutorials, caricature artists and extreme juggling. Cathedral Square Park, 520 E. Wells St., Milwaukee
South Shore Frolics
Fireworks, bands, classic cars, art show, fish fry, games and more! Friday starting at 4 p.m. The Itty Bitty Parade for kids is Saturday at 11 a.m. Free kids games on Saturday from 4 to 5 p.m. South Shore Park, 2900 South Shore Dr., Bay View.
Milwaukee Air & Water Show
The air show returns to the Lakefront this year with lots of performers in both the air and water, including the US Navy Blue Angels. You can set up with your family anywhere downtown or near the lake for free to watch the amazing performances, but if you're in the market for prime viewing, there are lots of different options available for sale online. And, when the kids get restless, take a stroll along Lincoln Memorial Drive to check out the multiple food vendors. Performances are from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. Milwaukee Lakefront.
Fireworks go off each evening at about 10:15 p.m. Open Friday from 3 p.m. to midnight; Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to midnight and Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Kids activities include games, Home Depot kids workshops, carnival rides, a pizza-making contest, a Pinnochio parade on Saturday and Sunday, a LEGO tent and bocce ball. There's also a children's stage featuring dance groups, magicians, jugglers and ventriloquists. Tickets are $10 for advance admission or $13 at the gate. Admission for children ages 12 and under is free. Henry W. Maier Festival Park, 200 N. Harbor Dr., Milwaukee.
Family fun includes fireworks, a fairy tale parade, carousel organs, German candies, a Dachsund Derby, Glockenspiel, German dance performances, an arts and crafts tent and more. Open Friday from 3 p.m. to midnight, Saturday from 12 p.m. to midnight and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. Regular admission is $15/adults or $12 in advance. It's free for children 12 and younger. Henry W. Maier Festival Park, 200 N. Harbor Dr., Milwaukee.
Wisconsin State Fair
Food, entertainment, attractions, animals and more. There is something for everyone at the Wisconsin State Fair. There are multiple family stages and activities, including favorites like the Giant Slide and the huge midway full of prizes and games. There's even a State Fair Day Camp to participate in. Hours are 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. the first Sunday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to midnight Fridays and Saturdays and 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. the final Sunday. There are tons of admission deals to keep an eye out for, but standard admission is $12 for adults and kids age 12 and over, $7 for kids ages 6-11 and free for kids 5 and under. The Fair is the pinnacle of family festival fun, so stay tuned to metroparentmagazine.com for a more detailed State Fair family guide. Wisconsin State Fair Park, 640 S. 84th St., West Allis.
Dragon Boat Festival
Watch teams race in dragon boats along Milwaukee's lakefront, and enjoy cultural performances and local Chinese cuisine. This festival, put on by the Milwaukee County Chinese Center, will allow guests to make masks and lanterns, play games, learn to write and speak Chinese and see a dragon parade. The first race starts at 8 a.m., and they will run throughout the day. Veterans Park, 1010 N. Lincoln Memorial Dr., Milwaukee.
The sounds and sights of Ireland come to Milwaukee's lakefront for four days in August. There's plenty for kids to do, including traveling throughout the grounds to collect stamps on a Family Passport. There are also parades, a children's area with mini golf, LEGOs and Mr. Potato Heads to play with. And there's even a miniature Leprechaun Village where kids can search for gold! Hours are 5 to 10 p.m. Thursday, 4 p.m. to midnight Friday, noon to midnight Saturday and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday. General admission is $20. Henry W. Maier Festival Park, 200 N. Harbor Dr., Milwaukee.
Zoo A La Carte
"Feast with the Beasts" at the annual event that features food from local restaurants and both local and national bands. Milwaukee County Zoo, 10001 W. Bluemound Rd., Milwaukee.
Experience the tastes, sounds and culture of Mexico. For families, there's a children's area, a playground, a soccer tournament to watch, rides and contests for Mexican dance, traditional costumes and, if your kids are brave enough, eating jalapenos! Open noon to midnight Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Regular admission is $16 at the gate for ages 9 and up. Admission is free for children 8 and younger. Henry W. Maier Festival Park, 200 N. Harbor Dr., Milwaukee.