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Visit Milwaukee in August

Yes, it’s August. Can you believe it?

School shopping has officially begun and before long it’ll be time to get the leaf blower out.

Now before we fill our minds with visions of sugar plums and snow fairies, let’s plan an epic farewell to summer adventure!

That’s right, let’s go all out and create a jam packed August schedule filled with festivals, block parties, concerts, movie nights, cook outs and anything else you can think of.

Milwaukee summers are known for it’s abundant festivals and outdoor activities and August is the last month to appreciate it.
If you have yet to explore all of what Mil-town has to offer, why not start right now?

We’re kicking this adventure off  with a calendar of events for you.  Take a look and share with family and friends.

Now -August 11

Wisconsin State Fair- Fair grounds
Old-fashioned family fun with livestock exhibitions, live music, carnival rides and any food you can imagine deep fried, on a stick or both. Check out the 200,000 square foot exhibition center packed with vendors, exhibitors, art displays and try a cream puff.

August 1-6

Milwaukee Comedy Festival- Multiple venues
The Milwaukee Comedy Festival is the biggest comedy event of the year celebrating 12 years of bringing joy and laughter to Milwaukee.  Since 2005 the festival has featured performers in live stand-up comedy, improv, and sketch comedy

August 5

Center Street Daze block party -Riverwest block party between Holton and Humboldt.
This community festival has become a neighborhood tradition. Enjoy great beer, live music and a day out with friends. The festival also features a Classic Car Show, a dunk tank, numerous craft vendors and the entertaining Art Car races. After the streets clear out, the multitude of bars and cafes in the area keep the party going well into the night.

August 5 & 6

Firefly Art Fair: Kneeland-Walker house in Wauwatosa
Firefly presents over 75 juried artists, representing an array of art from a variety of media. Food and drink are available, along with live entertainment. The Firefly Art Fair is held at the historic Kneeland-Walker House at 7406 Hillcrest Drive in the garden.

August 6

Jazz Visions On The Lake – Henry Maier Festival Park
Free one-day, community event that will showcase local jazz musicians.

August 9

Grateful Dead night- Miller Park
Brewer’s game


Black and Brown T-Shirt get Down-Highland Garden Supportive Living
One day event to showcase local small businesses.

August 13

Puerto Rican Family Festival- Humboldt Park
Free and open to the public. Celebrating our Puerto Rican Cultural with traditional music, food, and dance. Featuring a Home Run Derby Competition, Salsa Dance Contest, Car Show, Drum Circle, Health Fair, Children’s Area, Cultural Exihibit, and More. FREE and open to the public.

August 16

Newaukee Night Market- West Wisconsin Ave. between 2nd and 4th streets
The Night Market is a free, open-air market that offers a wide variety of experiences for people of all backgrounds and ages. The Night Market features a mash up of art, craft and food vendors, live art creation, local music and a beer garden.  The goal is to create a free, vibrant, safe and interactive place in downtown Milwaukee for people to experience culture at night.

Sculpted Realities- Jewish Museum
Exhibit and discussion on sculpture of Adolph Rosenblatt. Admission $5

August 17-20

Irish Fest- Maier Park
An ethnic festival that features over 250 acts on 17 stages

MKE Punk Fest- Multiple venues
A 7 day music festival featuring 60 acts and for venues with a goal to raise over 300 lbs of food for the hunger task Force.

August 19

Lakefront Movies (Lego Batman)- Veterans Park
Indiafest- Humboldt Park
5th annual ethnic festival celebrating Indian culture and history.  Featuring Indian music, dances from classical to contemporary, a parade, fashion show and authentic Indian food.

August 23

Dead Man’s Carnival- Washington Park
Carnival featuring tricks and treats, music and a modern day vaudevillian variety show that includes comedy, magic, juggling, obscure sideshow stunts, and human oddities. Closing out the night,  will be Brewcity Fire Brigade with  fire performances and death-defying acts.

August 24

Harry & Peg Bradley’s Backyard Barbeque- Lynden Sculpture Garden
Fundraiser featuring local, sustainable foods catered by Braise, libations from Brenner Brewing, entertainment including close-up magic by Matthew Teague, music by Nickel & Rose and members of the Nathan Hale High School Orchestra, hands-on art and nature activities, a silent auction, and more. All proceeds benefit our education programs.

August 25

An Evening with The Trailer Park Boys- Riverside Theater
Music concert you may not want to take your mom to, unless she belong to a biker’s club and drink Ol’ English out of a can.  Just sayin.

August 26

Wisconsin Bat Festival-Mitchell Park Conservatory
The festival features activities for children, families, educators and conservation professionals. Presentations, speakers, live animals, hands-on activities, games for kids, and interactive exhibits provide a full day of fun and environmental education.

August 25-27

Mexican Fest- Henry Maier Festival Park
Ethnic festival celebrating Mexican culture and history, featuring food, music, dance, art and more.

Saint Matthias Parish Festival- 92nd & Oklahoma
Neighborhood festival featuring rides, games, food, wine, bingo and more.

August 30-September2

National Hog Rally
Five days of music, motorcycles, Circus Una’s High-Wire Motorcycle Thrill Show, Rhett Rotten’s Wall of Death, food trucks, artisans and more.

Let’s enjoy the summer while it last!


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Plan Stress Free Travel: Itinerary & Activities 2 of 5 Series

Itinerary & Activities
Itinerary & Activities

You decided on your vacation destination and began to create a budget. Now what?

Activities and entertainment are the most important elements to a great travel experience and usually the last item in the budget. Making this mistake can be fatal to a well-deserved vacation!

I’ve witnessed many travelers (including myself) make the mistake of assuming adventure will just fall in their laps without any advance planning. Sure it’s cool to be spontaneous while vacationing, but not having any activities planned can spell disaster or boring trip… Who wants that?

I’ve also witnessed vacations when every minute was planned out and that can be just as horrific. I recall a vacation where we had an activity scheduled every morning, at the crack of dawn, and that was torture… NEVER AGAIN!

Can you relate?


I have found that a happy blend of excitement, spontaneity and relaxation will create an amazing travel experience.

Now the right combination of these three components really depends on the individual or family. One concept that remains true for most people is this….

The first outing sets the tone for your whole trip.

Ok, I know you may be quick to disagree with me and cite the need to recuperate from jet lag.

Rest may be needed for some people. And I agree, traveling to your destination can be exhausting (for this reason, I typically wait until the next day to schedule an activity unless the destination is only a couple of hours away). No matter when you schedule your first activity, the anticipation of it and how you feel afterwards will most often determine your attitude for the rest of your trip.
And remember attitude is everything!


When creating your vacation itinerary, create a rough schedule of your daily activities and research them ahead of time. Let the first activity be a “hello world” experience that invites the inner child to come out and play.

The activity can be anything that excites you from site seeing to shopping, recreational activities, lounging by the pool, you name it. The goal is to end the activity feeling excited and exhilarated.

The next tip is a no brainer and I’m sure you already do this, but just incase you need a reminder… add some free time to your itinerary.

Free time serves a variety of purposes. Of course, you want time to relax and to explore.

While touring Munich Germany with a group of students, we were given some free time in the middle of the day. We spent our time wandering around the city and I met a young family that was from Appleton Wisconsin. It was so hilarious and fun connecting with random people!

Do you remember a trip where you went off the beaten path and just explored? Wasn’t it fun?

Last but not least, try to purchase tickets for activities and event before you leave.

Often times you can find pre-packaged sight-seeing deals that can be purchased before you leave for vacation.
I always encourage my clients to purchase tickets ahead of time because it saves time, money, and it’s one less thing to buy while you’re on your trip. Using apps like Travel Advisor, Yelp, and even Groupon, are great resources to find discounts and ideas for activities.

Remember to schedule an awesome activity for your first outing if you want to plan the ultimate vacation. And don’t forget to add ample free time in your schedule. Now it’s your time to let the fun begin!!!


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