Weekend Agenda Sept. 19-20
Two festivals close out summer in Milwaukee
Summer might officially come to an end on Tuesday, but The A.V. Club is already looking forward to some of our favorite fall festivals happening in the Milwaukee area and around the state. This weekend in Cedarburg is the Wine And Harvest Festival, where you can stuff your face with a ton of end-of-summer flavors like caramel apples, kettle corn, and apple cider on the streets of cute and of the historic downtown suburb. In Glendale there’s the second weekend of the area’s best Oktoberfest celebration in Heidlberg Park. It’s also the state’s oldest, dating back seven decades. The authentic, Munich-style food, traditional “schuhplatter” dancers, beautiful setting, and liters of beer puts most other local German celebrations to shame.
(If you’re really ambitious this weekend—and you already hit the Glendale Oktoberfest a couple of times last week—head up to Chippewa Falls for the fun Oktoberfest Party at the Northern Wisconsin State Fairgrounds.)
You don’t have to leave town to enjoy the mid-September weather. In Bay View there are two big festivals happening this weekend—the world music festival Global Union and the annual neighborhood celebration Bay View Bash. Be sure to read our feature story this week on Global Union, which offers a handy preview of all the performers. It will come especially handy if you think world music is strictly for middle-aged men with graying ponytails and twentysomething hippie baristas.
If you stop by Humboldt Park for Global Union on Saturday, you’ll also want to swing by Bay View Bash a few blocks over. The block party offers the usual food, drinks, and family entertainment, along with a bunch of local bands, including 1956, The Uptown Savages, and El Gordo. The Bash, like Bay View itself, holds something for everyone.