By: Brian Harper
Community Outreach Coordinator
Ah, summers in Milwaukee. Like Italian gelato, the Beatles and getting a new puppy, Milwaukee summers fall under the category of pure and perfect slices of heaven on Earth.
There are a number of great events and activities in the Milwaukee area this summer. Here are a few on our staff’s bucket list:
Go to a Milwaukee Brewers Game
The Brewers are having a fantastic season and are currently first in the National League’s Central Division! All the stuff in “Take Me out to the Ballgame” holds true, and nothing beats a trip to Miller Park. Our Stan’s and New Balance Milwaukee staff will be catching the game against the Philadelphia Phillies on July 8. Have any of you been to a Brewers game yet this summer? Who still plans to go?
Check out One of the Cultural Festivals
Summerfest runs from June 25 to July 6, and with Outkast, Dave Matthews Band and a huge run of other artists, there is a lot of great music to hear!
The Summerfest grounds also host a number of cultural festivals throughout the summer, each with its own unique character. German Fest is July 25-27, with the Capuchins’ Run/Walk for the Hungry on the evening of July 25. African World Festival is August 3, Arab World Fest is August 8-10 and Irish Fest is August 14-17. Which festivals do you plan to attend?
Go on a Brewery Tour
With a professional baseball team called the Brewers, it’s a given we like our beer in Wisconsin. Milwaukee is home to a number of great brewery tours. Lakefront, MKE Brewing Co., Sprecher (near our Stan’s store in Glendale!) and Miller all operate year-round but are even more fun during the warm, summer months. You haven’t lived until you sing the “Laverne & Shirley” theme song on the Lakefront Brewery Tour.
Jazz in the Park
Every Thursday evening, music lovers convene in Cathedral Square for great music, food and wine and time with friends. Jazz in the Park offers a wonderful way to ease into the weekend and is a one-of-a-kind creation Milwaukee can call its own.
Explore the Great Outdoors
Milwaukee may be an urban hub, but the area is also home to wonderful outdoor fun. The Boerner Botanical Gardens in Hales Corners offer beautiful displays of flowers and other plant life. The Milwaukee County Parks Department can claim a number of trails for hiking, mountain biking and more. The Milwaukee Yacht Club provides access to gorgeous Lake Michigan, while the Urban Ecology Center’s Summer Paddling Series leads trips along the Menomonee, Kinnickinnic and Milwaukee Rivers. And if you are looking for something to wear on your feet while enjoying these glorious sites, we know just the place to find a pair of Keen sandals or sturdy hiking boots.
These are just a few of the fun ways to spend an evening or weekend in Milwaukee during the summer. What is on your summer bucket list?