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Another term of endearment for Milwaukee is the City of Festivals. Almost every week of the year brings yet another celebratory blowout feting some cultural, ethnic, or seasonal aspect of the city—and sometimes for no reason at all. The city’s festival rundown is one large database. Show up any weekend from late May to early November and you’re guaranteed something to do at a festival grounds in town.
The short list: German Fest, the largest multiday festival in the country (July); Bavarian Folk Fest (June); Oktoberfest; Polish Fest (June); Lakefront Festival of Arts (July); Festa Italiana (July); Bastille Days (July); Greek Festival (July); Mexican Spring Festival–Cinco de Mayo (May); Mexican Fiesta (Aug.); Irish Fest (Aug.); African World Festival (Aug.); Serbian Days (Aug.); Indian Summer (Sept.); Asian Moon Festival (Sept.); and Holiday Folk Fair (Nov.).
The largest party of all is early August’s Wisconsin State Fair (414/266-7000, www.wistatefair.com), at the fairgrounds west along I-94. This fair of all fairs features carnivals, 500 exhibits, livestock shows, entertainment on 20 stages, and the world’s greatest cream puffs.
© Thomas Huhti from Moon Wisconsin, 5th Edition