German Fest is a celebration of culture through food and drink, live entertainment, and all kinds of family fun and shenanigans. Use your voucher toward bratwurst, gulasch, dumplings, potato pancakes, pork chops, desserts, and more. To wash down these hearty helpings, head to the beer garden at the north end of the grounds. On the south end of the fest, there is a carnival with games and rides.
Since 1851, the Wisconsin State Fair has annually showcased the state's finest resources, stuffed fairgoers with an aromatic selection of world-class foods, and entertained guests with live bands and terrifying tractor flyovers. In between hot-stepping to the Steve Meisner Polka Band on August 9 and singing along to "Cracklin' Rosie" with Eric Ebert's Tribute to Neil Diamond on August 11, fair browsers will get their choice of day to frolic manfully among a ton of food stalls, games, thrill rides, outdoor events, interactive activities, and competitions. If your trio of the fair's famous cream puffs—whose airy creaminess is just as legendary in this reality as it is in alternate realities where Wisconsin won the Civil War—doesn't fill you up completely, test your gut's maximum occupancy with August 9's brat-eating contest (4 p.m.), which is best washed down beforehand with the root-beer-float-drinking contest (3 p.m.). Kids, meanwhile, can plummet down the fair's 200-foot giant slide, take splatter-art to messy new places at the Kohl's Color Wheel, or watch the state's fastest pigs race for the coveted frosted oatmeal cookie.
More than 25 breweries ready their kegs in anticipation of the Holiday Beer Tasting, where guests can sip more than 100 varieties of craft beer and ciders paired with a spread of filling snacks. Hops-wranglers from houses of brew such as Flying Dog, New Belgium, and Crispin Cider Company pour unlimited samples of their foamy creations for attendees to rank by taste, body, and how much the bubbling carbonation's sound resembles drum solos. Free-flowing foods accompany the libations, such as tacos, nachos, and sausages perched atop fresh rolls, intermingling their flavors with the beverages and soaking up any spilled head.
One of several annual fundraising events dedicated to subsidizing the Milwaukee Air & Water Show, Bay View Wine Fest gathers quality wines and wine aficionados for an evening of enological appreciation. Vendors dispense pours of reds and whites that attendees can pair with samples of locally made cuisine, and sommeliers in training can treat their palates to a reserved wine-flight tasting. Partial proceeds from the event go to Wisconsin Adopt a Golden Retriever. If guests tire of the puppies in attendance they can boogie the night away on the festival dance floor.
Horny Goat Hideaway thrills coed teams of setters and spikers with nightly volleyball-league competition on a sandy forum of brand new beach-style courts. Round up the old posse of volley virtuosos and take the court for eight weeks of electrifying beach volleyball action that reminds competitors why volleyball remains the national sport of California. Bouts run six days a week and are contested at two different skill levels, with a choice of weeknight tussles or Sunday afternoon or evening play allowing players to accommodate packed spring schedules.
On Sunday, June 16—Father's Day—from 10:30 a.m. to noon, the Milwaukee Food Truck Tasting will occupy a portion of the MKE Up Market in Walker's Point. Food trucks will roll in from across Milwaukee, including brand-new vendors such as Fivestar Nacho as well as established favorites such as Gouda Girls. Visitors will be able to taste samples—ranging from half-sandwiches to side dishes—from every truck, which will likely amount to a satisfying and diverse brunch.