|Wish You Were Here Wisconsin (Milwaukee) by XO-LP|
Today marks 3 months since we made the move to Milwaukee. It’s crazy to think about how long ago that seems but similarly, as if it was yesterday. Summer here has been good to us. I knew even before we set foot in Milwaukee, that we were moving here at the perfect time. Milwaukee is a busy place in the summer, there’s always something to do. With only a few days of summer left, I figured it was a good time to share with you a roundup of some of my summer favorites.
Did you know Milwaukee has a festival for everything? I mean, SERIOUSLY everything. Not only do they have Summerfest, the world’s largest music festival, but they have Italian Festa, Brew Fest, Summer Solstice Fest, Arts Festival, German Fest, Irish Fest, Harley Fest, Polish Fest and that’s just the start. Oh, and every neighborhood and nook has a festival, too! Seriously, this city is festival crazy but I love it. I love the enthusiasm that comes with these festivals. While one might think that so many festivals would burn a city out, Milwaukeeans actually thrive off of always having something to celebrate. And, did I mention that almost every festival usually has some type of fireworks show, too! Yep, not only can we gorge ourselves on local festival fare and drink ourselves silly on microbrews, but we also get to watch a spectacular fireworks extravaganza at the end! Could it possibly get any better?! Because, if you know anything about me, you know I’m a sucker for fireworks because any good party has a little sparkle. It's like I was meant to live in Milwaukee. While I would like to say we attended all of the festivals, it simply didn’t fit into our schedules this summer, so hopefully next year we are able to take in a few more.
Did you jazz is my favorite kind of music? Well, it is. And this city loves it, too. Every Thursday night from sometime in June to early September, Milwaukeeans bring all of their favorite noshes and crowd into the Cathedral Square Park to enjoy the amazing weather, fabulous jazz and one another’s company. This was the first ‘Milwaukee-esque’ thing I did when we moved here. Jazz in the Park is just so cool. We pack up our quilted blanket, some hummus and pretzels and a cardigan in case it gets chilly and walk down to the park to enjoy a Thursday night under the stars. Some people are super hardcore about it with mini tables, and chairs and banquets of food. It sort of reminds me of this Portlandia clip about Outdoor Movies. But really, Jazz in the park is the perfect way to celebrate summer in Milwaukee. Listening to great music, getting to know new friends, and sharing inexpensive ($12) but delicious Jazz in the Park wine. I am already missing it and can’t wait for next year.
Those of you already from Milwaukee who are reading this may cringe when you see this but I adore Bradford Beach. For those of you reading this who are not from Milwaukee, I encourage you to look at Bradford Beach with open arms. I have never lived anywhere that had a beach nearby, so the thought of being able to jump on my bike and be at the beach in less than 10 minutes is pretty unreal. I love being near the water, and every chance I had this summer to be there, I was.
Bradford Beach is definitely not a quaint or quiet. It’s a busy public beach, that on days like the Fourth of July can often look like something out of a Spring Break but when I didn’t know anyone in Milwaukee and I wanted to be near the water, this is where I went. Bradford Beach, unless you get there in the wee hours of the morning or on a Sunday in August when it’s unseasonably 68° on a Sunday afternoon, is usually quite busy. But I like it, I like the hustle and bustle of the people, constant volleyball matches and the smell of sunscreen and beer that floats through the air. It’s a fun place, and honestly, it’s family friendly, too. So, if you’re new to Milwaukee, or even if you’re not give Bradford Beach a chance next summer.
This list isn’t too long but it’s just right for the amount of time we’ve been in Milwaukee. We’ve visited and done lots of other things this like rooftop party’s, Brewer’s games, runs by the river, farmer’s markets and patio dinning this summer but these were my absolute favorites. Thank you for the wonderful summer Milwaukee, I feel lucky to have spent it in such an amazing and thriving city. Can’t wait for next year!