Neighborhood street festivals are a summer tradition in Milwaukee. Traffic is re-routed and the people take to the best street in their neighborhood for a full day of music, dancing, eating, drinking, wrestling, tomato throwing, Art Car racing, or whatever fun twist the particular street festival du jour wants to offer up. While the activities my differ a little at each fest, they all do have a few things in common - a lot of happy people, usually a lot of sunshine, and a lot of neighborhood fun.
- Locust Street Festival
What: Riverwest is home to the Locust Street Festival, a Sunday tradition featuring six music stages, arts and crafts, and plenty of food and drink. The festival also kicks off each year with a 1.8 mile beer run.
When: 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. Sunday, June 9
Where: Locust Street, from Humboldt to Holton
- Summer Soulstice
What: A North Avenue street festival featuring a full day of live music on two stages, plus a special kid-friendly activity area with juggler, a special visit by the Brewers' racing sausages and more. Local restaurants and vendors will also line the street offering great food and cold beverages.
When: noon - midnight, Saturday, June 22
Where: North Avenue, from Oakland to Prospect
- Brady Street Festival
What: Brady Street is one of the best entertainment strips in the city, especially when they decide to throw a blocks-long street party. Think three stages of live entertainment, a drag show, a BMX Stunt Team, and a pro wrestling ring. Throw in beer vendors, and plenty of food and shopping opportunities, and you have a great day.
When: 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. Saturday, July 27
Where: Brady Street, from Prospect to Van Buren
What: Milwaukee's "other" motorcycle festival, this one a street party featuring Euro, Japanese and American vintage café racers, choppers, sport bikes, racers, super motos, scooters and sidecars. Enter the Rockerbox Bike Show if you've got a ride you want to show off, or just browse the crowd and soak in the culture along with some sun, fun and food.
When: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Saturday, August 3
Where: Center Street, between Humboldt and Booth
- Center Street Daze
What: Another Riverwest street festival, Center Street Daze features a lot of live music, an annual Art Car race, arts and crafts tents and vendors, and more.
When: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. Saturday, September 7
Where: Center Street, from Humboldt to Holton
- Bay View Bash
What: All of Bay View turns out for this late-summer street fest spanning the heart of the neighborhood. Five stages feature music, plus there are plenty of food, drink and craft vendors to keep you busy all day.
When: 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Saturday, September 21
Where: Kinnickinnic Ave., from Clement to Potter
- Tomato Romp & Harvest Festival
What: Definitely Milwaukee's messiest festival, the highlight of Tomato Romp is definitely the caged, rotten tomato fights. Participate in the fight if you're brave, or simply partake in the ultimate Bloody Mary contest if you'd prefer to participate as a spectator. Tomato themed treat, live music, vendors and other fall themed fun rounds out the day.
See a photo gallery of a past Tomato Romp tomato fight.
When: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday, September 14
Where: North Avenue from Prospect to Oakland