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5 free (& kid-friendly) festivals around Milwaukee

It’s finally summertime in Milwaukee, and that means festivals, festivals and more festivals.

Just because you have children, or are trying to save money, does not mean you have to miss all the fun.

Here are five area festivals in June that offer free (or super cheap) admission and are kid-friendly:

1. Locust Street Festival

Sunday, June 12th

East Locust Street between Humboldt and Holton

Over 15,000 people will pack East Locust Street between Humboldt and Holton to enjoy six outdoor music stages and a multitude of artists, vendors, a drumcircle, participate in childrens activities and enjoy local food and drink vendors.

Admission is free!

2. Polish Fest

June 17-19, 2016

Summerfest grounds

Enjoy polka, folk costumes and polish sausage! The children’s stage will feature comedians, magicians, escape artists, dance shows, Kohl’s Wild Theater and more!

Okay, so this one isn’t exactly free. BUT, you can get in for 50 cents from noon-5:00 p.m. on Friday, June 17th. (And dads get in free on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 19th.)

3. Greek Fest

June 24-26, 2016

Wisconsin State Fair Park

Be entertained by traditional Greek music and dancing, along with a Greek Market full of imported goods and artifacts! A wide variety of fresh, authentic Greek food will be available, including gyros, Greek chicken, lamb, saganaki, souvlaki, baklava and loukoumades.

Kids activities include games and rides for children of all ages.

Admission is free! ($5.00 parking)

4. Summer Soulstice

Saturday, June 25th, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. to Midnight

Summer Solstice is the largest free showcase of top local bands along with visual artists, makers of Milwaukee’s arts/crafts scene curated by the Waxwing, creation stations, East Side restaurants, dodgeball and BMX stunt bikes, family-friendly activities and more.

There will be a dedicated kids’ area with art, crafts and other fun filled kids’ activities with A.W.E. Truck Studio, The Urban Ecology Center, East Library and much more!

Before the kids’ area opens at noon, families can stop by the East Library from 10-12 for Super Reader crafts including a cape and mask so you can be prepared to be a SUPER READER all summer long!​

Admission is free!

5. Strawberry Festival

June 25-26, 2016

Downtown historic Cedarburg

More than 100,000 people visit Cedarburg annually for this free, family-oriented festival, a favorite for arts, crafts, delicious food, children’s activities and of course everything strawberry-related! Festival favorites include the “Original” Strawberry Brat, Strawberry Shortcake, Strawberry Pie, Strawberry Crepes, Strawberry Slush and Chocolate-Covered Strawberries.

Starting at 11:00 a.m. in Cedar Creek Park, kids’ activities will run all day. Highlights include Kids Are People, Too, an interacive, kid-friendly rock concert, the Cedarquacker Duck Race, a photo booth, fire safety, a petting zoo, a crawling maze, giveaways, dancer, clowns and more.

Admission is free!


Check out our Summer Festival Guide for more information.

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