June 20, 2016


MPS Summer Playground Program Kickoff

Mon., June 20th, 10am-5pm in Various Parks: Milwaukee Recreation is Now Playing Everywhere! Free summer playgrounds will open Monday through Friday with special activities and some meals.



Feed the Kids Kickoff

Mon., June 20th, 12-1pm, in Red Arrow Park: A summer meal program designed to meet the needs of hungry children in Milwaukee’s poorest neighborhoods by providing them a nutritious meal during the summer months. The Salvation Army vans bring lunches to neighborhoods, parks and street corners.



Chill on the Hill in Humboldt Park
Tues., June 21st, 6-8:30pm, in Humboldt Park: The Bay View Neighborhood Association brings the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra – presented by Habush Habush & Rottier to the park!

Hike for Health at Wehr Nature Center

Wed., June 22nd, 10:30-11:30am, at Wehr Nature Center: Hike along with this group that walks Wehr’s trails together every Wednesday for camaraderie, exercise and fun. Meet in the Visitor Center. Walks run every Wednesday morning through November 2016!


Sixteenth Street Community Health Center Summer Camp

Wed., June 22nd, 1-4pm,  Pulaski Park – Milwaukee: A free summer camp event for kids 9 to 12 years old in the park! Games, Hikes, Exploring and more!



FBBG Garden Walks: Hundreds of Hostas
Wed., June 22nd, 6:30-8pm, at Boerner Botanical Gardens: Come learn about hostas from Marcia Wensing from the Hosta Society. All walks are expert-led and a fun new topic is covered each week. Walks depart from the FBBG Gift Shop – rain or shine – and last approximately 90 minutes. $5/person.

River Rhythms in Pere Marquette Park

Wed., June 22nd, 6:30-9:00pm, at Pere Marquette Park: King Solomon – Milwaukee’s favorite reggae group known for their soulful vibe.

Jazz in the Park – Summer’s Best Concert 

Thurs., June 23rd5-9pm, in Cathedral Square: Happy Hour at 5pm, Music starts at 6pm. Performing: The People Brothers Band – WAMI Award winning rhythm and soul band to get you dancing!



Johnsons Park Grand Opening Celebration & Concert

Thurs., June 23rd, 5:30-8:30pm, in Johnsons Park: Come celebrate this great community project!
Opening Ceremony: 5:30 pm, Live Music: 6:30pm – Tony TNT Washington and his Explosive Divas  & A.W.E. Truck Studio: 6-8pm.



Friday Fish Fries at Golf Clubhouses

Fri., June 24th: The traditional fish fry includes baked or fried cod with French fries or roasted potatoes, coleslaw, rye bread, and a cookie. Fish fries continue every Friday through Labor Day Weekend.

–          Grant Park Clubhouse, 100 E. Hawthorne Ave. – 4-8pm

–          Whitnall Park Clubhouse, 6751 S. 92 St. – 4-8pm



The Occasional Artist Series – Opening Reception

Fri., June 24th, 5-8pm, at the North Point Lighthouse in Lake Park: The Occasional Artist Series starts with Greater Milwaukee Committee President, Julia Taylor, debuting her selection of Lake Park-inspired watercolor paintings. A book of her watercolors, along with writings by park lovers will also be for sale. This on-going friendraiser for Lake Park Friends and North Point Lighthouse Museum continues through Mon., July 4th.



Nite-Glow Golf

Fri., June 24th starting at 8:30pm: With only tees, flag sticks, and holes illuminated and glow-in-the-dark golf balls flying through the air, Nite-Glow Golf is a veritable light show! Tee Times available 8:30pm until 10:30pm. Call Lake Park Golf Course to make your reservations: (414) 961-3206.


Marathon Build Up Run

Sat., June 25th, 7:30am, in Lake Park: An event of Badgerland Striders



Luau Triplesfest Milwaukee

Sat., June 25th, 8am-6pm, at Lake Park Rugby Field, 2728 N. Lincoln Memorial Drive: Join Players Sport Sport & Social Group and Marquette Women’s Volleyball on Saturday June 25th for the annual Triplesfest Grass Volleyball Tournament!



Grass Volleyball Tournament

Sat., June 25th, 9am-4pm, in Alcott Park: An event of Volleyball Tournaments



Torii Gate Festival

Sat., June 25th & Sun., July 26th, 9am-4pm, at the Mitchell Park Domes: Visitors will also be invited to watch demonstrations of other Japanese arts. Kids of all ages will enjoy origami demonstrations and hands-on folding activities, creating a variety of objects from single sheets of paper. Event goers will also see demonstrations of furoshiki wrapping cloths—the traditional Japanese answer to wrapping and carrying objects sustainably.



Run for the Roses 5K Run/Walk

Sat., June 25th, 8am, at Boerner Botanical Gardens: Register for the inaugural “Run for the Roses” 5K Run/Walk by the Whitnall Park Rotary Club and help support beautiful Boerner Botanical Gardens!



Tails on the Trail Run/Walk

Sat., June 25th, 10am-1pm, in Veterans Park: An event of Wisconsin Humane Society



Family Workshop: Yoga at the Gardens

Sat., June 25th, 10am-11am, at Boerner Botanical Gardens: Enjoy yoga at the Gardens with your little ones! Get the whole family outdoors in the fun class that centers around exercising and wellness for the whole family. All skill levels welcome! This is a great workshop for parents who want to introduce their kids to yoga & wellness in a very family/kid-friendly atmosphere. Suggested ages, kids 4+. Contact (414) 525-5653 for questions or to register!



Bradford Beach Luau Party

Sat., June 25th, 12-4pm, at Bradford Beach: The first BBV Luau Party presented by Cruzan Rum!  Enjoy a Live DJ playing top 40’s & luau inspired jams, pig roast, Luau swag & themed drinks! Limited Tickets available.



Vintage Base Ball Game

Sat., June 25th, 1-3pm, in Lake Park: Watch the Milwaukee Juneaus will take on the Oregon Ganymedes in this old-style Base Ball game. This game, played as it was 150 years ago, will use the rules and terminology in force at the time of the American Civil War. At Picnic Area #5 Near Ball Diamond.



Grant Park – Summer’s Best Concert

Sat., June 25th, 6:30-8:30pm, in Grant Park (Picnic Area #5A – at the Traveling Beer Garden): Free by Well-Known Strangers- A cello-infused alternative rock band with a sophisticated sound.


Summer Solstice Fundraiser at Wehr

Sat., June 25th, 7-9pm, at Wehr Nature Center: Help us celebrate the longest day of the year. Join us at sunset for the lighting of the traditional summer solstice bonfire. Enjoy small plate dining and desserts and browse the silent auction that supports Wehr’s accessibility project.
(Reservations guarantee a seat. Walk-ins welcome as space allows.)



Lakefront Movies at Veterans Park

Sat., June 25th, movie starts at dusk, in Veterans Park: An event of Guardian Credit Union Milwaukee and Gift of Wings. Come watch Star Wars, The Force Awakens (PG-13)



Brainstorm Walk

Sun., June 26th, 7am, in Veterans Park: A Fundraising Walk/Run organized by Epilepsy Foundation Southeast Wisconsin. https://www.firstgiving.com/epilepsysew/2016walkrun


29th Annual Butterfly Count

Sun., June 26th, 9- 11:30am, at Wehr Nature Center: Help us with this Citizen Science program that is in it’s 29th year at Wehr Nature Center. At 9 am we will have a short review of the Butterflies of Wehr Nature Center. Monitoring is published through the North American Butterfly Association (NABA) July 4th Butterfly Counts. Second Session is held at satellite locations 1-3:30 pm in the Milwaukee County Parks including Grant Park, Warnimont Park and Sheridan Park.



Zilli’s Brunch at Boerner Botanical Gardens
Sun., June 26th, 10am-1pm, at Boerner Botanical Gardens: Zilli Hospitality Group welcomes you to Boerner Botanical Gardens to experience fine cuisine amid a spectacular natural setting. Introducing ZHG’s Sunday champagne brunch year-round. The Garden Room’s floor-to-ceiling windows bring the beauty of this horticultural showplace right to your table every time of year.


Friends of Wedgewood Park Pool Party

Sun., June 26th, 10am-2pm, at Wedgewood Park: Join the friends for live music, popcorn for sale, hot dogs for sale, games (volleyball, bags, and other yard games), and the wading pool will be open.





–          The Landing at Hoyt Park
Open Wed.-Fri. 3PM – 9PM, Sat. & Sun. Noon-9PM: http://www.friendsofhoytpark.org/Main/TheLanding

–          Estabrook Beer Garden at Eastabrook Park
Open daily Noon-10pm: http://www.estabrookbeergarden.com/
– Milwaukee’s Craft Beer Garden at Humboldt Park
Open daily Noon-10pm: http://www.milwaukeescraftbeergarden.com/
– South Shore Terrace at South Shore Park
Beachside beer garden is home to the Miller 1855 Bar at South Shore Park – lower level of the pavilion!  Open Wed.- Fri.: 4PM – 10PM, Sat. & Sun.: 11AM – 10PM (Last call at 9PM). Live music Wednesday 5-8pm.


–          Westown Farmers’ Market

Wed., June 22nd, 10am-2pm, at Zeidler Union Square: Features more than 50 vendors selling Wisconsin-grown produce and flowers, delicious prepared food items, handcrafted art and jewelry, lunch from area restaurants and live music in the park’s gazebo.http://www.westown.org/neighborhood-events/westown-farmers-market/

–          Jackson Park Farmer’s Market

Thurs., June 23rd , 3:30-7pm, in Jackson Park (Adjacent to the boat house): http://jacksonpark.us/farmers-market/

–          South Shore Farmers Market

Sat., June 25th , 8am-12pm, inSouth Shore Park: An event of Friends of South Shore Park. Products and live entertainment! https://www.facebook.com/South-Shore-Farmers-Market-352715301468098/

–          Cathedral Square Market

Sat., June 25th, 9am-1pm, at Cathedral Square: Fresh food, Live music, yoga, and activities.


–          Harambee Community Market
Sat., June 25th, 12-4pm, in Rose Park: An event of The Harambee Great Neighborhood Initiative. A wide range of produce will be available throughout the year.


–          Walker Square Farmers’ Market

Sun., June 26th, 7am-3pm, in Walkers Square Park



“Summer on Olympus” Summer Floral Show

Open daily through Sun., Sept. 11th at the Mitchell Park Domes: Soar high above the clouds and experience a garden experience fit for a God or Goddess.  Summer on Olympus is the exciting new summer show in the Mitchell Park Show Dome.  Guests can stroll through a lovely, Greek garden filled with aromatic Mediterranean herbs, and fruit-filled citrus trees.  Gaze upon beautiful dahlias, helenium, yarrow, nasturtium and petunias amongst grand sculptures of some of the most powerful deities of Greece and learn more about how these plants were significant to the Greek culture.



For details, call the Aquatics Hotline (414) 257-8098 or
– Family Aquatic Center: http://county.milwaukee.gov/FamilyWaterParks17755.htm

– Deep-Well Pools: http://county.milwaukee.gov/OutdoorPools9147.htm?docid=9147

– Splash Pads & Water Playgrounds: http://county.milwaukee.gov/SplashPadSchedule16741.htm

– Wading Pools: http://county.milwaukee.gov/wadingpoolschedule16716.htm

– Indoor Pools: http://county.milwaukee.gov/IndoorPools9146.htm?docid=9146



Little Wonders, Age 2 or Age 3 (Must be accompanied by an adult.)
Give your young children the opportunity to explore a “wild place.” Each session includes outside exploring time, songs, stories, and crafts. http://www.friendsofwehr.org/childrens-programs/early-childhood/

–          July 18: Buzzy Bees

–          August 8: Turtle Time

–          September 12: Wiggly Worms

–          October 3: Little Pumpkins

NatureNauts, Ages 4–6 (Must be accompanied by an adult.)
You and your preschooler will join others as a naturalist guides you through special topics, crafts and outdoor activities. http://www.friendsofwehr.org/childrens-programs/early-childhood/

–          July 24 & 25: Super Spiders

–          August 28 & 29: Buzzy Bees

–          September 25 & 26: Chipmunk Chatter

–          October 23 & 24: Going Batty



PARKS EVENT CALENDAR: http://county.milwaukee.gov/ParksCalendar

**Schedules are subject to change.

Emily Heller

Marketing & Public Relations

(414) 257-4874  Direct

(414) 640-4302  Mobile

(414) 257-8044  Fax


Milwaukee County Department of Parks, Recreation & Culture

9480 Watertown Plank Road

Wauwatosa, WI 53226

(414) 257-PARK