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5 Best Things to do in July Around Milwaukee (With Kids!)

Summer is heating up, and July is filled with fresh new family-friendly events and activities. Here are our top picks for this month.

1. Lakefront Fireworks

Get ready for an unforgettable evening of excitement and celebration as Milwaukee lights up the sky with a dazzling display of fireworks at the July 3rd Lakefront Fireworks.

The air will be buzzing with anticipation, the scent of delicious food, and the sounds of laughter and joy in the atmosphere. 

This annual tradition is a must-attend event for families and friends looking to make lasting memories together along the Milwaukee lakefront.

2. Family Day at ‘Evanescent’

Downtown Milwaukee will welcome a new immersive public art installation to the Marcus Performing Arts Center Outdoor Grounds in July 2023 with the return of Rainbow Summer: HIGHLIGHT featuring Evanescent

As part of Milwaukee Downtown’s public art initiatives, this inflatable, large-scale art display will feature three sets of four bubbles each, which will have a total footprint of over 1,400 square yards – encompassing the majority of the lawn on the MPAC Outdoor Grounds.

Versiti Family Day on Saturday, July 22 will include a Kid Boogie Down Dance Party from 3:00-6:00pm, with an interactive bubble station beginning at 4:00pm and a meet & greet with the new Little Mermaid provided by Friends Like Me Parties & Entertainment from 5:00-7:00pm.

Find out more >>

3. Summer Spinz

On the third Friday of June, July and August, Red Arrow Park’s “Slice of Ice” rink will be reimagined as a community roller skating rink, complete with with DJ sets, free lessons, and food trucks.

These authentic roller skating events will celebrate the local skating culture, while also inviting new skaters, both young and young-at-heart alike, to give roller skating a spin! 

Come early for free lessons, presented by Roll Train MKE, from 5 to 6 p.m., followed by a Family Skate hour from 6 to 7 p.m. Then the House DJ, Chicago’s DJ Bam, will spin hits for your skating delight.

Please note: Dates and times are subject to change, and occasionally events may be cancelled. Please check the event website to confirm the latest details: (It’s Time To Skate MKE!)

4. Chill on the Hill

Chill on the Hill is the quintessential summer experience in Milwaukee’s eclectic Bay View neighborhood. 

Head to the bandshell in beautiful Humboldt Park and enjoy local bands from your favorite spot on the hill. It feels like a neighborhood party with food trucks, activities for kids, pets, picnickers, and a generally festive vibe.

Helpful hint: The playground and beer garden are just steps away, as well as a picturesque lagoon and walking paths.

See all 5 Best Summer Concerts for Kids & Families >>

5. Berry & Sunflower Picking

Basses Apple and Sunflower Fest

Strawberry season may be over, but local farms also offer u-pick blueberries, raspberries, and even cherries!

Plus, don’t miss Sunflower season in late July and early August.

Here’s a list of the 10 best places to go berry picking >>

About the author

In 2013, Calie Herbst, a former teacher with three little ones, saw a need for a “One Stop Shop” for family fun in Milwaukee. So she founded Milwaukee With Kids. Her goal was to find the best this city has to offer families and share it with other parents. In one place. In 2019, she published "Exploring Milwaukee With Kids", a comprehensive Milwaukee travel guide for families and kids. She appears regularly on WISN News, Fox 6's 'Real Milwaukee', B93.3, and Wisconsin Morning News. She has been featured in Medium, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, NPR, the Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle, and on CBS 58 News. Calie is available for hosting, moderating and media appearances.

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