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We Went to Summerfest in Milwaukee and Here’s How We Spent Our Weekend

I’ve committed a felony in terms of being a Wisconsin born-and-bred girl: I’ve never been to Summerfest. I know, it’s nearly unfathomable but I have never attended the world’s largest music festival that takes place in my home state. This summer, we decided to change that by seeing Eric Church on Thursday night of the festival.

I would 10/10 recommend attending a concert at Summerfest. It’s such an intimate setting, you feel like you’re getting a private concert at the American Family Insurance Amphitheater. There are tons of options for food and drinks (alcohol or not) and the surprise of the night was the firework show that happened during Eric’s set. We took an Uber to the show, which I’d highly recommend. Parking seemed a little limited, so having a drop-off option would be ideal. Hotels are expensive during Summerfest. We stayed at a hotel that was a little farther away to pay a little less.

Eric Church concert

On Friday, we booked a food tour through Milwaukee Food & City Tours. We did the Brady Street Lunch tour and it was absolutely phenomenal. Our tour guide Larry was extremely knowledgeable and you could tell he absolutely loved the city of Milwaukee. We love doing food tours when we travel as it’s a great way to see the city and learn some history (all while eating yummy food). After the tour we stopped at Eagle Park Brewing, which my brewery-loving husband raved about. We wanted to have drinks on the water, so friends recommended a Key West vibes-type place called Barnacle Bud’s (get the buffalo shrimp). After drinks we had dinner at Movida, a tapas restaurant that was a short Uber ride away. We opted for an all-you-can-eat option for $50 for unlimited tapas. SO GOOD! We ended our evening by taking a short walk for drinks at Boone and Crockett, a lovely cocktail bar with beautiful views of the water and bridge.

Drinks at Barnacle Bud’s

On Saturday we had brunch at Uncle Wolfie’s Breakfast Tavern. This is a hot spot, so expect to wait, but it’s absolutely worth it. After breakfast, we did the Lakefront Brewery tour. We’ve done this a couple of times, but the tour is always good and you get a couple of free drinks while you tour. They have a gorgeous spot right on the river to sip beverages by after. Ryan wanted to stop at a couple more breweries, so we hit up Company Brewing and Black Husky Brewing, which are within walking distance of each other in the Riverwest neighborhood. We had dinner at San Giorgio. If you’re into wood-fired Neapolitan pizza this place is a must. We ended our evening with a cruise down the river on the Paddle Tavern. This is essentially like the paddle tavern we did with Arizona Party Bike last summer, but on a boat! BYOB is encouraged and you do make a stop along the way at Boone and Crockett.

Bridge all lit up during the Paddle Tavern

Let me know your favorite Milwaukee spots in the comments!

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