Festivals in South Milwaukee


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  • German Fest Milwaukee
    Break out the lederhosen, polish your stein, and track down your fanciest sausage-eating bib; Milwaukee German Fest is just around the corner. Now in its 35th year, the annual celebration honors Deutchland and all of its descendants with a three-day party filled with authentic food, music, and activities. More than 20,000 freshly grilled brats from Usinger's anchor a menu of schnitzel, goulasch, and other Bavarian favorites, all of which wash down nicely with gulps of Leinenkugel and other spirited beverages. However, the fest is about more than just feasting. Enjoy a thrill as jets shoot overhead during an air-and-water show before cheering on your favorite wiener at the dachshund derby or scoping out traditional song and dance performances by local groups. Throughout the weekend, vendors will showcase everything from nutcrackers to German costumes, and–at regular intervals–the living Glockenspiel will springs into action with a full band.
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    200 N Harbor Dr
    Milwaukee, WI US
  • Wisconsin State Fairgrounds
    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.
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    640 South 84th Street
    Milwaukee, WI US
  • Wizard World
    Facilitating the fan-delighting collision of comic-book universes and intergalactic heroes, Wizard World organizes Comic Cons and pop-culture conventions across the continent. At each event, stars from the silver screen set down roots in booths across the convention floor, wielding markers for autographs and their photo-op-ready smiles. Past guests have run the gamut from William Shatner, Patrick Stewart, and the cast of AMC?s The Walking Dead. Away from the crowds, stars also participate in talks and Q&A panels as part of the event?s programming. Along with beloved actors, Wizard World?s conventions grant guests a chance to interact with writers and artists as well as partake in activities such as gaming tournaments and costume contests.
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    5555 N River Rd
    Rosemont, IL US
  • Borzynski's Farm and Floral Market
    Though you'll probably find some hints of Europe, make no mistake: Borzynski's Farm and Floral Market is an all-American affair. The family-run operation has been growing and shipping produce for nearly four decades, and in 1993, it opened its retail market to share its products with the local community. Today, the farm has quite literally grown to include a garden center and floral shop, as well as a fresh deli stocked with meats and Wisconsin cheeses. The property also boasts a charming cafe, where you can relax with a friend over lunch or gather vital information about the book you're writing about cafes.
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    11600 Washington Ave.
    Mount Pleasant, WI US
  • Horny Goat Brewing Co.
    Horny Goat Hideaway crafts a menu of comfort fare and American fare with its private label of craft microbrews, Horny Goat Brewing Company. The recently built BFT (Big Fun Tent) spans 14,600 square feet and boasts a 20'x20' stage, a 10'x16' flat-screen video wall, and lounge furniture. The heated complex also includes sand-volleyball courts. When the aggressive yelps of an ignored appetite prove too bothersome, the eatery can provide empty stomachs with a Loaded Tots appetizer, topped with beer-cheese sauce and bacon, and the pulled-pork sandwich, served with apple coleslaw. On Saturday and Sunday from 10:30 a.m. until 2 p.m., the brunch menu fulfills diners' desires with savory options such as the Eggs Benny?an english muffin, canadian bacon, and hollandaise?or the crisp belgian waffle, served with strawberries and whipped cream.
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    1120 S Barclay St
    Milwaukee, WI US
  • Challenge Nation
    Challenge Nation pioneered the urban-adventure race with a race season that includes visits to more than 35 cities across the country. Each scavenger hunt is personalized to the hosting city, exploring its many diverse neighborhoods with a series of clues that would test even the most skilled children's-book detective. The teams?composed of at least two people?vie for a $300 first-place prize. The Amazing Race?style competition rewards quick wits and wise planning over physical fitness, so the best way to prepare is by doing logic puzzles while eating Funyuns and lounging in a La-Z-Boy. The top 25 teams qualify, the top five receiving free entry, to compete in the national championship, which rewards winning teams with a $5,000 cash prize.
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    740 North Plankinton Avenue
    Milwaukee, WI US

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