Summer may be coming to a close as we slowly approach the Autumn Equinox (which is September 22nd, in case you were wondering), but that doesn’t mean that the fun’s over just yet!  In fact, things are about to get just a little bit sweeter as we look at some of the awesome things happening in and around town – FOR FREE!

Free Milwaukee Events This Summer

Don’t pack away that summer gear just yet.  Instead, make the most of the season, and get out and enjoy that hot summer air before the Fall chill moves in.  Here’s what we’re looking forward to:

Jazz in the Park

When:  Thursdays until August 30th
Where:  Cathedral Square Park

Jazz in the Park is a Thursday night Milwaukee staple, and best of all, it’s totally free!  To compliment the free music, there are also food trucks and drinks on site for purchase.  Or, you can bring your own picnic to enjoy on the grass as you listen to the sounds of summer.

Chill on the Hill

When:  Tuesdays until August 28th
Where:  Humboldt Park

Unlike Jazz in the Park, Chill on the Hill has a much more varied lineup of acts, from new rockers to throwback artists.  Head over to the website to see this month’s lineup.

The Domes

When:  Every Monday from 9 a.m.- Noon

Where:  524 S. Layton Blvd.

Every Monday Milwaukee County residents can get into the Mitchell Park Horticultural (better known as The Domes) for free with a valid ID.  Spend your final summer days experiencing a desert oasis, a tropical jungle and floral gardens all in a single afternoon! It’s one of the most unique destinations in Milwaukee.  

Milwaukee Bucks Arena Grand Opening and Block Party

When:  Sunday, August 26th

Where:  901 N. Fourth St.

Are you ready to cheer on your Milwaukee Bucks?  Well, mark your calendars for the christening of the team’s new arena, Fiserv Forum.  The grand opening will be celebrated with a block-wide party where guests can get a sneak peek of the stadium before the team’s 51st season tips off in two months.  

Haggerty Museum of Art

When:  Through August

Where:  530 N. 13th Street

For more than 30 years, Marquette University has housed one of the few free fine arts galleries in Milwaukee.  Right now, exhibitions are on display featuring Wisconsin artist Elsa Ulbricht and work from Nohl fellows. And, starting on Friday, August 17thSable Elyse Smith’s “Ordinary Violence” and Kirsten Leenaars’ “(Re)Housing the American Dream: Freedom Principles” will fill the space.

Boerner Botanical Gardens

When:  Tuesday, September 4th

Where:  9400 Boerner Dr., Hales Corners  

 Make those summer blooms last all year long!  Free days at the Botanical Gardens are year-round (for county residents), every first Tuesday of the month.  Spend your final “summer” day wandering the gardens free of charge before you have to switch out your summer wardrobe.  

Milwaukee Public Museum Free Days

When:  Thursday, September 6th  

Where:  800 W Wells Street

Though free museum days aren’t summer specific, the last “summer” date before the Autumn Equinox will be September 6th.  Free days at the museum are great for any time of the year though and happen the first Thursday of every month.

Bay View Bash

When:  Saturday, September 15th

Where:  Kinnickinnic Avenue, between Potter and Clement

The Bay View Bash is a community festival of food, music, art, crafts, books, performers and community organizations.  This event is a zero-waste festival, as it partners with local composting group Kompost Kids. It’s also our town’s main funding source for the Bay View Community Fund Inc.  All proceeds from the Bash go directly back into our neighborhoods through grants to three nonprofit organizations in need of funding special projects.

One of the greatest things about living in our city is that there’s something free happening around town almost every single weeknight in the summertime.  And, these are just a few! So, get out and explore; see what exciting things you turn up!