What can we say? We crave the festival mayhem, and maybe 900,000 people at Summerfest isn't your preferred scene... so we've got more options for you easy-goers.
Chill on the Hill is pretty self-explanatory. Lay out your blankets and enjoy local music every Tuesday from June to August in the great Bay View park.
Jazz in the Park is a free outdoor music scene every Thursday from June through September offering big band, funk, R&B, blues, reggae, jazz and more. Even better is that it's produced by a non-profit organization, so you can feel good about supporting the event!
Bay View Gallery Night supports over 200 artists with 45 different venues to travel to. Artwork is displayed across town in a variety of locations; travel to Colectivo, The Outpost, Café LuLu, and many others to satisfy your artistic cravings.
Locust Street Festival brought to us by the Riverwest community holds an annual Beer Run partnered with the COA Youth and Family Centers. Local food vendors and 6 stages of music will keep you busy all day from 11AM to 8PM.
Bastille Days is one of the nation's largest French festivals that takes place in Milwaukee's Cathedral Square Park for 4 days. Come enjoy chef and wine demos, French cuisine, an international marketplace, and live music (of course).
Brady Street Festival hosts 4 stages of live entertainment along with a BMX Stunt Team, the Casablanca Rumble V Pro Wrestling Ring, and the CFSC Bounce House. Enjoy jewelry and pottery crafters, local food vendors, and tasty beer.
If you haven't found an event to spark your interest yet, THERE'S MORE. Take advantage of Milwaukee's variety of music and arts celebrations, which are usually free admission, and find which ones hit home for you (although there's usually a recurring theme of beer, food, and music... you're welcome)
A more detailed list of festivals can be found at MKE's festival guide