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#MKEItBack for Summer in the City: Free Concerts & Markets

May 26, 2022 /   Summer in the City Milwaukee Downtown

Downtown's Ready to Welcome You Back 

Free summer events return to the heart of the city. From concerts to markets, it's time to mark your calendars for these exciting new and returning downtown events. Plus, it's easier than ever to add Milwaukee's highly anticipated summer events to your personal Outlook calendar. Click here, so you don’t miss any events!

Heart(beats) of the City powered by MGIC

Every Wednesday, June 1 - July 27 | 12 - 1 PM
Red Arrow Park, 920 N. Water Street 

Its inaugural season, Heart(beats) of the City powered by MGIC brings live music and local food trucks to Red Arrow Park every Wednesday in June and July, starting at noon. Bring your coworkers for lunch and enjoy great local food and music.

PNC presents Tunes@Noon

Every Thursday, June 2 - Sept. 1 | 12 - 1 PM
411 East Wisconsin Center Courtyard, 411 E. Wisconsin Avenue

Local musicians return to the courtyard at 411 East Wisconsin Center, every Thursday, June 2 - September 1, from 12 - 1 PM. Grab lunch to-go and relax next to the reflecting pool while listening to some tunes.

Jazz in the Park presented by Johnson Financial Group

Thursday, July 21 - September 29 | 5 - 10 PM 
Cathedral Square Park, 520 E. Wells Street

The East Town Association revived Jazz in the Park after a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic. Jazz in the Park in Cathedral Square is downtown’s largest free outdoor evening concert series, attracting up to 5,000 attendees per concert. This downtown tradition kicks-off Thursday, July 21 with weekly concerts through September 29. Stay tuned for the entertainment line-up.

The Brewery District Farmers Market

Every Friday, June 10 - October 28 | 3 - 6 PM 
Preservation Park, 925 W. Juneau Avenue 

Preservation Park in the historic Brewery District will host a new farmers market on Fridays, 3-6 PM, June 10 - October 28. The market will feature local farmers, artists, a beer garden, music and food trucks.

Cathedral Square Market presented by Madison Medical Affiliates 

Every Saturday, June 18 - October 15 | 9 AM - 12:30 PM
Cathedral Square Park, 520 E. Wells Street

Jumpstart your weekend and stop by Cathedral Square Park on Saturday mornings for fresh produce, locally made crafts, wellness vendors, live entertainment, and great activities.

Milwaukee Night Market

3rd Wednesday of Each Month, June - September 
West Wisconsin Avenue and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive

The Westown Association is bringing back the Milwaukee Night Market, showcasing local vendors, performers, and artists. The 2022 dates are June 15, July 13, August 17 and September 21, located on West Wisconsin Avenue between 2nd Street and Vel R. Phillips Avenue.

Morning Glory Art Fair

August 13 - 14 | 5 - 10 PM 
The Deer District Plaza

Named one of the top art fairs in the Midwest, Milwaukee’s free and fine juried art and craft show and sale brings together 130+ outstanding artists from around the country. Back for its third year at its new location on the plaza in the Deer District, the Morning Glory Art Fair showcases art to wear and art for the home including ceramics, fiber, glass, jewelry, painting, mixed media, photography, wood and more.

Enter our Summer in the City staycation contest! Downtown Milwaukee employees are eligible to enter our Summer in the City staycation contest, between June 1 and July 17, 2022. Simply post a photo of you at one of downtown's several free summer events using #MKEItBack and tagging @MKEDowntown on Instagram and @MilwDowntown on Twitter. Multiple posts will increase your chance of winning. One downtown employee will be selected at random to receive a $500 gift card redeemable at Saint Kate - The Arts Hotel.

Posted in:  Summer in the City