When you think of festivals, Milwaukee may not instantly spring to mind. Yet it should, since Milwaukee is the City of Festivals! In addition to playing host to the largest festival in the world, the city puts on a dazzling variety of events that you probably didn’t even know existed. Here’s a list of the top five festivals you must attend in 2018. Bear in mind, this popular festival city runs out of accommodations quickly, so book your Milwaukee hotel in advance!
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This is North America’s largest festival celebrating the vibrant culture and music of Ireland. Along with enjoying the great music, food, and Guinness, you should take a trip to the cultural village. This area includes unique attractions such as the Meehan Boat House, which displays currachs, or traditional Irish boats, and tells you all about their history. You’ll also find a genealogy corner where you can learn about Irish family history and its impact on America. Don’t miss the Celtic Kitchen that provides Irish food tastings and education, either. August 16-19
I can’t exclude this festival, can I? I am a quarter Polish, after all. The city of Milwaukee is home to a large Polish community that puts on the USA’s largest Polish festival. You’ll find plenty of Polish music to enjoy, and you can dance away on the nonstop polka stage! Be sure to try the pierogi, which is a super tasty dumpling dish that’s sure to satisfy your cravings. June 15-17
Welcome to the world’s largest music festival. Situated on the shores of Lake Michigan, this festival features 11 days of music for absolutely everyone spread across 11 main stages. You’ll find everything from local country to world-famous indie and pop music. Previous headliners include the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, A Day to Remember, and Weezer.
This festival has more than just music, with shops, restaurants, zones for the kids to play in, comedy acts, and amazing fireworks on opening night. The festival is so big that over the weekend in 2017, more than 80,000 cheeseburgers were consumed! June 28-July 9
Wisconsin State Fair
The Wisconsin State Fair is a spectacular 11-day event celebrating rural Wisconsin. One of the main attractions is the farm animal display, which includes cows, ducks, and many others that you can pet. Some of these animals also compete in the fair. Look out for the traditional pig race!
If you’re feeling peckish, you’ll find tons of mouth-watering options, like my favorite, melted cheese covering succulent steak tips. For dessert, be sure to try some warm blueberry pie with a glass of fresh milk on the side. If you want to take some local food home, there are many stalls selling scrumptious local products. If you’ve finished eating your way through the festival, relax to some of the great music! August 3-13
We’ve all heard of Oktoberfest and know of all the fun to be had there. Well, German Fest is all that fun and more, but in July! Here you can experience all that German culture and cuisine has to offer, including frankfurters and pretzels. Wash these down with a beer from a huge German stein! My favorite attraction at German Fest is the Dachshund Derby. In this race, teeny little sausage dogs enter costume competitions and race against each other in a 20-meter dash. July 27–29
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Although Milwaukee may not spring to mind as the top city to visit for a festival, it’s actually one of the best in the world! It hosts the largest music festival in the world as well as a plethora of other events that offer unique entertainment for all.