What’s going on in Milwaukee and southeastern Wisconsin entertainment in summer 2022

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Traveling beer gardens will be found around Milwaukee County this summer.
Traveling beer gardens will be found around Milwaukee County this summer.

More: Here’s a list of church and community fairs and festivals in the Milwaukee area in summer 2022

FAIRS & FESTIVALS

St. Luke Parish: Fall Festival, 4-11 p.m. Sept. 9. Fish fry, marketplace with artists and crafters, children’s activities and bounce house, and music by Our House. 18000 W. Greenfield Ave., Brookfield.

Art on the Plaza with Inspiration Studios: Art Festival, 5-8 p.m. Sept. 9. Centennial Plaza, City Hall, 7525 W. Greenfield Ave., West Allis.

TosaFest: 5-11 p.m. Sept. 9; 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sept. 10. Three music stages, beer gardens, kidsfest, food court and vendor market. Wauwatosa village area.

Silver City International Festival: Noon-5 p.m. Sept. 10. Live music, food and art vendors, children’s art activities. On National Ave. between 33rd and 35th St.

Mexican Independence Day Festival: Noon-8 p.m. Sept. 10. El Grito performance and carnival, music and food. UMOS Center, 2701 S. Chase Ave.

Ozaukee County Pioneer Village: Train Show, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 10. Admission $5. Model train show with interactive telegraph demonstrations, live music, chicken roast and auction. 4880 Cty Hwy I, Saukville.

Kite Festival: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 10-11. Grand launch of kites at noon, with percision kite flying by Chicago Fire Kite Team and The No Knots kite team. Kites and food are available for purchase at event. Veterans Park, 1010 N. Lincoln Memorial Drive.

Trimborn Farm: Harvest of Art & Crafts, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 10-11. 8881 W. Grange Ave., Greendale.

Hawthorn Hollow: Walk in the Woods Art Fair, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 10. Admission $10 per vehicle. Artist display of wares along the trail. 880 Green Bay Road, Kenosha.

New Berlin Historical Society: Historic Day, Sept.11. Free admission. Grounds open at 1 p.m. with parade at 2 p.m. and storytelling in the school at 2:30 p.m. Watch a blacksmith at work, tour historic buildings and the Weston Apple Orchard, and children may ride the barrel train. Lunch and desserts available. Park at Prospect Hill Garden Center and take the free shuttle bus to  Historical Park, 19765 W. National Ave.

OUTDOOR CONCERTS

Beulah Brinton House: Bryan Bowers, 7 p.m. Sept. 6. $20. Bring a lawn chair for seating. Gazebo, 2590 S. Superior St.

Veterans Memorial Park: Andrea and the Mods, 6-9 p.m. Sept. 8. 70 St. and National Ave., West Allis.

More: Your guide to weekly free outdoor music concerts in the Milwaukee area for 2022

NIGHTLIFE

Blu: Live music, 7-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday. Pfister Hotel, 424 E. Wisconsin Ave.

Cafe Hollander Tosa: Live music, 4-6 p.m. Sundays, Sept. 4-Oct. 30. 7677 W. State St., Wauwatosa.

Centraal Grand Café & Tappery: Bluegrass Whatevers, 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays. Garden of Eten Courtyard, 2305 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.

Clark Hotel: Dick Eliot jazz, 6-9 p.m. Sept. 2 and Sept. 16. 314 W. Main St., Waukesha.

Hartland Legion: JC Ayer, 2 p.m. Sept. 10. 231 Goodwin Ave., Hartland.

Kochanski’s Concertina Beer Hall: Polka open jam, 6 p.m. Wednesdays. 1920 S. 37th St.

Saint Kate - The Arts Hotel: Live music, 5 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 7 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 4 p.m.-close Sunday. 139 E. Kilbourn Ave.

COMEDY

ComedySportz: Comedy show matches every Friday-Saturday. All ages improv comedy. 420 S. 1st St. (414) 272-8888; cszmke.com

Improv at The Corners of Brookfield: Venue features two live performance stages with full food and beverage service. 20110 Lower Union St., Brookfield. (414) 928-5400; improv.com/milwaukee

The Laughing Tap Comedy Club: Weekly live comedy shows and bar featuring Wisconsin craft beer and spirits. 706 S. 5th St. laughingtap.com

PERFORMING ARTS

Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist: Wednesday Concert Series, 12:15 p.m. Aidan Wiley Lippke, guitar, Sept. 7. Simone Gheller, organ, Sept. 14. Pheeraroj Phupaibul, guitar, Sept. 21. Irina Yanovskaya, guitar, Sept. 28. 812 N. Jackson St.

First Presbyterian Church: Zachary Scot Johnson, with the Choral Arts Society of Southeastern Wisconsin, 7 p.m. Sept. 10. 716 College Ave., Racine. (262) 632-1686.

Over Our Head Players: Stand Up If You’re Here Tonight, 8 p.m. Sept. 2; 5:30 and 8 p.m. Sept. 3. Sixth Street Theatre, 318 Sixth St., Racine. www.overourheadplayers.org

SummerStage of Delafield: Leading Ladies, Aug. 18-Sept. 3. W329-N846 County Highway C, Delafield. (262) 337-1560.

Sunset Playhouse: Four Guyz in Dinner Jackets, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 31-Sept. 3; 3 and 7:30 p.m. Sept. 4. 700 Wall St., Elm Grove. (262) 782-4430.

More: Where you can find free outdoor movies in the Milwaukee area this summer (and where you can still find drive-in movies)

LECTURES / AUTHOR VISITS

Barnes & Noble Racine: Caron Butler and Justin A. Reynolds, authors of “Shot Clock,” 6 p.m. Sept. 6. Southland Center, 2710 South Green Bay Road, Racine. (262) 598-9757.

Books & Company: Peter Geye, author of “The Ski Jumpers,” 7 p.m. Sept. 25. 1039 Summit Ave., Oconomowoc.

Ice Age Visitor Center: Wisconsin Forest Products, 7 p.m. Sept. 8. DNR Forest product specialist Brian Zweifel explains the many ways wood products help make our lives and environment better, with a look at some of the past, present and possible future products made from Wisconsin forests. N2875 Highway 67, Campbellsport. (920) 533-8322.

North Point Lighthouse: Lecture Series, 7 p.m. second Wednesday of each month. $10 admission; $5 seniors/students; Free for museum members. Masks required. Beer and light refreshments provided. 2650 N. Wahl Ave. (414) 332-6754.

  • Todd Gordon: SS Christopher Columbus whaleback ship, Sept. 14.

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Elks Lodge 400: Brew City Wrestling, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 10. 2301 Springdale Road, Waukesha. brewcitywrestling.com

Friends of the Kettle Moraine: Celestial Sights of the Summer Sky, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 3, followed by Summer Star Gazing at 8:45 p.m. Learn how to use a basic star chart and look through large telescopes. Ice Age Visitor Center, N2875 Highway 67, Campbellsport. (920) 533-8322.

Horicon Marsh: Starry Night on the Marsh, 6 p.m. Sept. 9. Crafts and activities, nocturnal animals, telescope viewing. Education and Visitor Center, N7725 Highway 28, Horicon.

Milwaukee Recreation: Register now for fall classes. Full list of adult enrichment courses available online at milwaukeerecreation.net/

Oak Creek Public Library: Musical Sing-along Nights, 6 p.m. Sept. 7. Sing-along to movie musicals. Snacks and beverages provided. Program is for all ages. 8040 S. 6th St., Oak Creek. (414) 766-7900.

Schlitz Audubon Nature Center: Nature-based programs, field trips, and guided hikes for all ages. 1111 E. Brown Deer Road. Registration required. (414) 352-2880; schlitzaudubon.org

Three Pillars Senior Living: Lunch & Learns Series held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. with lunch and educational session. Village on the Square, 375 State Road 67, Dousman. www.threepillars.org/

  • Milwaukee Ghosts & Legends. Sept. 8.

FOOD & DINING

2A Wine Merchants: Shop and tasting room with food and wine events, and monthly wine memberships. 577 E. Erie St. 2awinemerchants.com

Apple Holler: Farm Store & Bakery, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. daily. Red Barn Restaurant, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. daily. Pick your own seasonal fruits in orchard. 5006 S. Sylvania Ave., Sturtevant, (262) 884-7100; appleholler.com 

The Bartolotta Restaurants: Restaurant group has locations throughout the Milwaukee area, offering fine dining, casual dining and special dining events. Visit bartolottas.com

  • Dry Creek 50th Anniversary Wine Dinner at Harbor House, Sept. 12.

  • Un Viaggio in Toscana regional menu debuts at Ristorante Bartolotta dal 1993, Sept. 15.

Bavarian Bierhaus: Oktoberfest, Sept. 2-Oct. 2. Hours are: 4 to 9 p.m. Thursdays; 4 to 11 p.m. Fridays; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturdays; 1 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sundays. German cuisine, beer, and festival foods including Spanferkel, Roll Braten, and Rotisserie chicken. 700 W. Lexington Blvd., Glendale.

Café Hollander Brookfield: Beer Garden, 5:30-8 p.m. Thursdays, (through Sept. 8). Bier tent with a selection of Lowlands Brewing Collaborative biers and more. Market Square, 20111 W. Bluemound Road, Brookfield.

Depot Beer Garden: Noon-9 p.m. Saturday noon-6 p.m. Sunday. Live music, craft beers, food trucks. Old Falls Village Historical Park, N96 W15791 County Line Road, Menomonee Falls.

East Troy Railroad Museum: Dinner Train season, (through Oct. 29). The Sunday Brunch Trains, Sept. 18 and Oct. 16. Travel on a historic rail car for dinner or a family picnic, or as a passenger on a regular day trip or holiday train. Advance reservations required. Depot, 2002 Church St., East Troy. (262) 642-3263; easttroyrr.org

Glorioso's Appetito & Italian Market: In-person classes. 1011 E Brady St. (414) 272-0540; gloriosos.com

Good Harvest Market: Natural food store specializing in organic, local and gluten free foods. 2205 Silvernail Road, Pewaukee. goodharvestmarket.com/

Hop Harvest & Vine Public House: Beer garden and restaurant open daily, with happy hour from 4-6 p.m. featuring $2 discount on beer and wines. Dinner service Wednesday-Saturday. Adjacent to Good Harvest Market, 2205 Silvernail Road, Pewaukee. www.hopharvestvine.com

Leine’s Beer Garden at Miller Time Pub & Grill: 4-9 p.m. Thursday-Saturday. Tap beers such as Summer Shandy, Lemon Haze IPA, Juicy Peach, Blue Moon and Coors Light, or packaged beers, seltzers, and other beer alternatives. Hilton Milwaukee City Center, 509 W. Wisconsin Ave.

Lynden Sculpture Garden: Open Kitchen (OK) debuts OKmmmm experimental traveling wet mill, 2 p.m. Sept. 4. 2145 W. Brown Deer Road. (414) 446-8794; lyndensculpturegarden.org

Milwaukee County Parks: Traveling Beer Gardens, open from 5-9 p.m. Monday-Friday, and 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday-Sunday and holidays. Live music, 5-8 p.m. Saturdays. Visit www.travelingbeergardens.com

More: Milwaukee-area beer garden guide in 2022

Milwaukee Public Market: The Market offers both hands on and demonstration classes in the second level demonstration kitchen. Registration required. 400 N. Water St. (414) 336-1111; milwaukeepublicmarket.org

Mitchell Street Library: Snack Hack cooking demonstrations, 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Registration required. Cargill Community Kitchen, 906 W. Mitchell St. www.mpl.org/services/events/

Old World Wisconsin: Building tour, four course meal and beverage pairing featuring Explorium Brewpub. W372 S9727 Highway 67, Eagle. (262) 594-6301; oldworldwisconsin.wisconsinhistory.org/

  • Beer Dinner featuring Lakefront Brewery, Sept. 24.

Polish Center Cafe: 4-8 p.m. Wednesdays, (through October). Dinner plate is $15; menu changes weekly. Visit website for featured entree. 6941 S. 68th St., Franklin. (414) 529-2140; www.polishcenterofwisconsin.org

Public House 55: Taproom and beer garden, 3-10 p.m. Wednesday-Friday; 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday. 8725 N. Deerwood Drive, Brown Deer. www.publichouse-55.com

Stone Bank Farm Market: Seasonal cooking classes, local farm products, makers and vendors. N68-W33208 County Road K, Stone Bank. (262) 563-8010; stonebankmarket.com

  • Seasonal Cooking: Peppers & Chiles, Sept. 9.

The Village Cheese Shop: Store and cafe, with classes and virtual events. Order cheeses, meats and specialty foods, with Cheese of the Month and Wine Club subscriptions available. 1430 Underwood Ave., Wauwatosa. (414) 488-2099; villagecheesetosa.com

Waterford Wine & Spirits: Seminars, 6 p.m.; RSVP required. $30. Milwaukee: 2120 N. Farwell Ave., (414) 231-9393. Delafield: 631 Genesee St., (262) 337-9774. waterfordwine.com/collections/events

MUSEUMS & GALLERIES

The Alice Wilds: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Saturday, and by appointment. 900 S. 5th St. (414) 635-0887.

  • Schools for the Colored by Wendel A. White, (through Oct. 8).

Almont Gallery: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday; noon-4 p.m. Sunday. 342 W. Main St., Waukesha. www.almontgallery.com

  • Material Girls: Rose Lange and Karen Vanderlinden, Aug. 19-Sept. 30.

Cedarburg Art Museum: Noon-4 p.m. Thursday-Sunday. In the historic Jochem-Wittenberg Mansion, W63-N675 Washington Ave., Cedarburg.

Cedarburg Cultural Center: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday; noon-4 p.m. Sunday. W62-N546 Washington Ave., Cedarburg. (262) 375-3676.

  • Cedarburg Artists Guild’s Annual Juried Exhibit, opening reception, 5-7 p.m. Sept. 2, (through Oct. 9).

Charles Allis Art Museum: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday; noon-7 p.m. Thursday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Sunday. 1801 N. Prospect Ave. (414) 278-8295; www.charlesallis.org

  • Ghosts of Segregation: America's Continuing Struggle, (through Dec. 4).

David Barnett Gallery: 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. 1024 E. State St. (414) 271-4703.

  • Quality of Line: Chagall, Weisbuch and Steinberg, (through Oct. 15).

Gallery 218: Open 1-6 p.m. Saturday and by appointment. 207 E. Buffalo St., (414) 326-0264; gallery218.com

Haggerty Museum of Art: Hours: 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily. Marquette University campus, 1234 W. Tory Hill St. (414) 288-1669; marquette.edu/haggerty-museum

  • J.R.R. Tolkien: The Art of the Manuscript, Aug. 19-Dec. 23.

  • HMA DNA: Collection Highlights, Aug. 19-Dec. 23.

Harley-Davidson Museum: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Guided tours and Beyond the Gate access now available. 400 W. Canal St. (877) 436-8738; www.harley-davidson.com

  • Hometown Rally, Sept. 1-5.

Hoard Historical Museum & National Dairy Shrine Museum: Open 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. 401 Whitewater Ave., Fort Atkinson. (920) 563-7769; www.hoardmuseum.org

Inspiration Studios: 1500 S. 73rd St., West Allis. (414) 587-3474; www.inspirationstudiosgallery.com

Milwaukee Riverwest Elders, noon-2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday (through Sept. 25).

Jazz Gallery: Open noon-5 p.m. Saturday, or by appointment. 926 E. Center St. (414) 374-4722.

Jewish Museum Milwaukee: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday; noon-4 p.m. Sunday. 1360 N. Prospect Ave. (414) 390-5730; jewishmuseummilwaukee.org

  • Beyond Borders: The Art of Siona Benjamin, June 17-Sept. 25.

Kenosha History Center: Open Tuesday-Sunday, closed holidays. 220 51st Place, Kenosha. (262) 654-5770; kenoshahistorycenter.org

Latino Arts: 10:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. 1028 S. 9th St. (414) 384-3100.

Lily Pad Gallery West: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. 215 N. Broadway. (414) 509-5756.

  • Forward, opening reception, 5-9 p.m. Sept. 2, (through Oct. 9).

Lynden Sculpture Garden: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, (closed Thursdays). Experience art in nature with sculptures sited across 40 acres of park, lake and woodland. 2145 W. Brown Deer Road. (414) 446-8794; lyndensculpturegarden.org

Mid-Continent Railway Museum: Outdoor living history museum and operating railroad re-creating, preserving and interpreting the small town/shortline way of life. E8948 Museum Road, North Freedom. (800) 930-1385; midcontinent.org

Milwaukee Art Museum: Open Tuesday-Sunday. 700 N. Art Museum Drive. mam.org

Milwaukee County Historical Society: Exhibits, and research library open to the public, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday-Saturday. Adult admission $8; children 12 and under are free. 910 N. King Drive. www.milwaukeehistory.net

  • Brew City: The Story of Milwaukee Beer

MPM Planetarium & Dome Theater: One Planetarium program is included with Museum admission, and is first-come, first-served with limited capacity. Films are sold separately and can be reserved online. Milwaukee Public Museum, 800 W. Wells St. (414) 278-2728; www.mpm.edu/theater-planetarium

MOWA: Museum of Wisconsin Art highlights artists with connections to Wisconsin, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday. 205 Veterans Ave., West Bend. (262) 334-9638.

North Point Lighthouse: Climb the tower, learn about lighthouses and maritime history of the Great Lakes, 1-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. 2650 N. Wahl Ave. (414) 332-6754.

Pabst Mansion: Visitors learn about Pabst family and details about the architecture and furnishings of the home with guided and self-guided tours. 2000 W. Wisconsin Ave. Advance ticket purchase recommended. (414) 931-0808; pabstmansion.com

Portrait Society Gallery: Noon-5 p.m. Thursday-Saturday. 207 E. Buffalo St. (414) 870-9930.

  • Recompose: Todd Mrozinski and Angela Piehl, (through Sept. 10).

RAM (Racine Art Museum): Noon-4 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday. 441 Main St., Racine. (262) 638-8300.

  • Eleanor Moty artist talk and book signing, 5:30 p.m. Sept. 2.

  • RAM Showcase: Russell T. Gordon and James Tanner, June 22-Feb. 11.

  • The Jewelry of Eleanor Moty, Aug. 17-Jan. 28.

RAM Wustum Museum of Fine Arts: Noon-4 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday. 2519 Northwestern Ave., Racine.

  • Wisconsin Photography 2022, (through Nov. 26).

  • RAM Showcase: Focus on Glass, June 15-May 2023.

Spectrum School of Arts & Community Gallery: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, or by appointment. East Building of the DeKoven Center, 2050 Wisconsin Ave., Racine. (262) 634-4345.

  • Midsommar Miasma: Katrina Hjelmgren, digital photography, (through Sept. 4).

  • Life Aquatic group show, (through Sept. 4).

Tory Folliard Gallery: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. 233 N. Milwaukee St. (414) 273-7311.

  • Of Nature: Group Exhibition, (through Sept. 10).

Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday. 2220 N. Terrace Ave. (414) 271-3656; villaterrace.org

  • In the Park with Olmsted: A Vision for Milwaukee, (through Sept. 25).

Walker’s Point Center for the Arts: Gallery hours, 1-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. 839 S. 5th St. (414) 672-2787.

  • Member Exhibition Series: Jeanette Arellano. (through Oct. 1).

  • Annual Members Show, Sept. 2-Oct. 7.

The Warehouse: Admission is free and open to the public 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday. 1635 W. St. Paul Ave. (414) 252-0677; thewarehousemke.org

  • William Kentridge: See for Yourself, July 8-Dec. 16.

Waukesha State Bank Fine Art Gallery: Noon-5 p.m. Wednesday-Friday. Features artists from around Wisconsin. Inside the Waukesha Civic Theatre, 264 W. Main St., Waukesha.

Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday; noon-4 p.m. Sunday. W5050 Portland Road, Cedarburg. (262) 546-0300; wiquiltmuseum.com

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