Weekend Events: Skipping the State Fair

The Wisconsin State Fair is stealing the thunder this weekend, but if fried food isn't your thing we have plenty of other options for you. 

First up, it's the inaugural year of Black Arts Fest MKE. Diverge into African and African American culture on Saturday at Henry Maier Festival Park. There will be live music, dancing and drumming that are all representative of African heritage. 

Bronzeville Week kicks off on Saturday as well. The celebration of Milwaukee art and culture runs every day through August 11 and includes the yearly HaRUNbee 5K Walk/Run and the renaming of 4th Street to N. Vel R Phillips Avenue. 

For some more culture, head out to Puerto Rican Family Festival on Sunday where there will be salsa dance lessons, a drum circle, traditional food and more. It starts at 11 a.m. at Humboldt Park. 

The Firefly Art Fair is in Wauwatosa Saturday and Sunday. Over 90 artists participate in this event. Plus, it's held at the Kneeland-Walker House & Gardens which is an attraction in itself. 

Get ready to giggle because it's the 13th year of the Milwaukee Comedy Festival. Forty national and regional comedy acts will hit the stage in 13 different shows and six locations around Milwaukee including Lakefront Brewery and The Underground Collaborative. 

And is it really a weekend in Milwaukee without a street festival?  Center Street Daze is in Riverwest on Saturday from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. The festival has plenty to do for everyone in the family including the famous Pushcart Race, a hula hoop contest, live music and more. 

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