JOURNAL: Dog Days of Summer Calendar

Photo+courtesy+of+Molly+McGrane.

Photo courtesy of Molly McGrane.

While summer may be winding down, the city of Milwaukee plans to continue to celebrate community and the short-lived warm weather. If you’re not ready for summer to end quite yet, check out these five end-of-the-season events throughout the city. 

Fringe Fest

Looking for some arts, beats and eats? Fringe Fest offers all three! The annual festival hosts a variety of performances from artists like Joshua Yang and Water Street Dance Milwaukee. The dance company has also performed in St. Louis, New York, Chicago, Columbus and more. Additionally, the Kaleid Dance Collective plans to showcase a one-person show starring Rush Johnston about love, queerness, grief and joy. The festival will also have a pop-up late-night talk show with Lumpy the Golem Boy (a puppet) interviewing random attendees as he roams the grounds.

The festival will be held Aug. 27 from 1-8 p.m. at Marcus Center for the Performing Arts. 

Mexican Fiesta

The three-day Mexican Fiesta returns in person with authentic food, live music and fun. This annual event emphasizes the accomplishments of Wisconsin Hispanic Scholarship Fund scholars and other nonprofit organizations. While listening to music, you can stop by arts and crafts booths to see the work of and meet more than 150 artisans from Mexico and other Latin countries. The event features a car and motorcycle show that flaunts customized vehicles from across the Midwest. 

This year, the festival will be held from Aug. 26-28 at Henry W. Maier Festival Park. Each day festivities run from noon to midnight, and tickets are available to purchase online now at mexicanfiesta.org. 

Bay View Gallery Night 

Run entirely by volunteers, companies throughout Bay View will highlight local artwork to encourage community and connection between citizens. For example, the female-owned plant shop Clover will be selling art created exclusively by women and hosting some of the artists.

The event is constantly adding new vendors and artists, so be sure to check out the event map on their website at bvgn.org. Bay View Gallery Night will take place Friday, Sept. 30, beginning at 5 p.m. 

Harley Davidson Hometown Rally 

Harley-Davidson being housed within the 414 has its perks, and the Harley-Davidson Hometown Rally is one of them. If you’re free this labor day weekend, head to the Harley-Davidson Museum to check out the exhibits, live performances and even motorcycle demos. Patrons have the chance to take a test ride on various Harley-Davidson 2022 models, including the Nightster, Sportster S, Pan American Special and ST models.

There will also be live performances from rock and country bands Hairball, Parmalee and Jackyl. To top the weekend off, Unknown Industries, Police Skills Riding and Flat Out Friday Boonie Bike Races will perform stunt shows every day of the event. 

The rally is located at the Harley-Davidson Museum from Sept. 1-5. 

The Milwaukee Night Market 

Since its debut in 2014, the Milwaukee Night Market has brought thousands of people into the heart of the city for celebration and culture. This outdoor showcase has live art creations, music from local bands, and even a beer garden for patrons to enjoy. You can also expect a wide range of food booths such as Happy Dough Lucky, Liv a Little Ice Cream, Meat On The Street, Roll MKE and over thirty others.

Help support local art and businesses by attending this event Sept. 21 from 5-10 p.m. on West Wisconsin between 2nd Street and Vel R. Phillips Avenue.

This story was written by Cait Flynn. She can be reached at [email protected]