Arts & Entertainment

The arts truly set the Milwaukee Region apart from other urban areas its size. More than 150 arts and cultural organizations are located in the seven-county region, prompting American Style magazine to consistently select the area as one of the top 25 arts destinations in the United States. The United Performing Arts Fund, which sponsors local activities, is the most successful fund-raising organization of its kind in the country.

Known as the City of Festivals, Milwaukee hosts its world-famous Summerfest music festival each summer on Milwaukee's lakefront. The 11-day celebration of great music and food attracts more that 800,000 attendees.

Milwaukee's diverse ethnic heritage is celebrated with major ethnic festivals each summer, including Festa Italiana, German Fest, Irish Fest, Mexican Fiesta, African World Festival, Polish Fest, Indian Summer and Bastille Days. Each of these three-day events attract tens of thousands of revelers who come to celebrate the unique music, foods and cultures of the people who call the Milwaukee Region home.

The region’s cultural attractions include theater, music, ballet, opera, art and history museums, festivals and fine dining. There are also sailboat races, zoos, fishing contests and parades. In fact, one of the biggest surprises newcomers discover is just how much there is to do. We don’t have room to list everything here. Click below for a complete list of events and attractions by county:

Click here to access our directory of website links to arts and cultural organizations, attractions and festivals in the region.

OnMilwaukee.com, Milwaukee's daily online magazine and city guide, highlights dining, arts and entertainment, movies, music, sports and much more in and around the Metro Milwaukee area through its regular articles, reviews, blogs and other interactive features.

Making Music


Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra

One of the largest and most respected youth orchestra programs in the United States, the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra consists of two full symphony orchestras, a chamber orchestra, a string orchestra, three regional string training orchestras, two flute choirs and a junior wind ensemble.


www.myso.org