Eight things to do in the Milwaukee area this weekend

Posted at 3:30 PM, Aug 03, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-03 17:16:44-04

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We are headed down the home stretch of summer, but there are still plenty of events around Milwaukee to liven up your weekend. Here is everything you need to see over the next few days!

Milwaukee Comedy Fest
Tuesday, Aug. 1 - Sunday, Aug. 6

What better way to celebrate the summer than with a few stomach-wrenching laughs? This week, the 12th-ever Milwaukee Comedy Fest is back, at venues all over Milwaukee. Single show tickets are $15 pre-sale and $20 at the door.

Wisconsin State Fair
Thursday, Aug. 3 - Saturday, Aug. 13

The State Fair is back! Over the next 10 days, bring your family and friends to the fairgrounds for some wacky food, traditional games, live music, and of course, the legendary Wisconsin cream puff.

NEWaukee's Urban Island Beach Party
Friday, Aug. 4

NEWaukee presents the seventh annual Urabn Island Beach Party this Friday night. Traditional island music and food will be served at the event, with several games and activities sponsored by local businesses. And an added bonus - this extravaganza is dog-friendly.

Big Bounce America Bouncy House
Friday, Aug. 4 - Sunday, Aug. 6

Get ready for the experience of a lifetime! The world's biggest bounce house is coming to Milwaukee this weekend. Lake Park is hosting the massive event, with different sessions designed for kids and adults, so you can bring the entire family, or show off with your friends.

Center Street Daze
Saturday, Aug. 5

Make sure to swing by the Riverwest neighborhood this weekend for the 20th annual Center Street Daze Festival. The famous Pushcart Race is back, as is the car show and plenty of vendors and musicians.

1901 Water Tower Open Houses and Tours
Saturday, Aug. 5

Head over to Fort Atkinson to tour the iconic 1901 Water Tower. You will have the opportunity to climb 120 steps to the viewing platform for a gorgeous view from atop the tower.

Border War Beer Fest
Saturday, Aug. 5

Stand up for your state, Wisconsin! This Saturday, the Badger state will take on Illinois in Kenosha, WI to determine the best beer as voted on by the attendees. The winner will take home the 'Willy' trophy. The event begins with a Border War 5K, and there will be plenty of food trucks on-hand.

Fox River Moonlight Paddle
Saturday, Aug. 5

Want to see the Wisconsin summer sky under the stars? Then head down to the Fox River for the Urban Ecology Center's event, and paddle through the night. Registration is required.