Not to freak any of you out, but August has officially ended. While you may be sad that fall is soon to be here, or that school has just started, you can’t be too morose about the amount of fun that’s happening in the next few days.
Have you ever wanted to chuck rotten tomatoes at your friends, and maybe a stranger or two? You’re in luck – the Tomato Romp Fest is occurring this Saturday on the East Side (North & Farwell). I wasn’t kidding about chucking tomatoes at people – for $10.00 (proceeds going to the Hunger Task Force) you’ll be able to take part in the battle royale which involves chucking 8,000 pounds of inedible tomatoes. After you barrage your friends with a ridiculous amount of tomatoes, you can spend $25.00 to act as an official judge for bloody marys. It goes until 3 PM, at which time you will have to cast your vote for the best bloody on the East side. There will be live music and the collective finishing of five giant murals by the Black Cat Alley Artists, which is super cool. This sounds like a ridiculous amount of fun, and it’d be a shame to miss such a messy and exciting opportunity.
Wauwatosa will be going off the rails this weekend with two great festivities. The first is the beginning of Oktoberfest weekends being held at Café Bavaria (a sibling restaurant of Café Benelux and Café Hollander)! There will be live music from Don’t Turner and the Mike Schneider Band, along with some great Oktoberfest beer. Alongside this event Tosafest is happening on Friday and Saturday as well! With everything from a 5k run/walk ($30.00 registration fee), a firefighter dunk tank, and a rock wall, there is basically no way that you can get bored here. Live music will also be on the menu, with bands like the Five Card Studs and the Latch Keys Playing. Speaking of gambling, you can also try your luck by entering the cupcake or chili competition! With sponsorship from companies like Dave & Busters and Miller Lite, there will be no shortage of entertainment.
No warm weekend in Milwaukee would be complete without a cultural fest at the Summerfest grounds. This weekend we have the Indian Summer Festival! This three-day fest is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, so expect it to be a special one. There will be demonstrations of dance, lacrosse, and cooking – so it’s bound to be educational and a great experience at that! Once again there will be music played throughout the weekend with performances by groups like Brule, a contemporary Native-American world-music group that has sold over a million records worldwide. Make sure to mosey on down to the grounds this weekend and get your fill of traditional Native-American food and culture.
It’s been too long since you’ve last participated in a tractor pull, hasn’t it? You’ll be able to change that this Saturday and Sunday by going to the Family Farm Weekend at the Milwaukee County Zoo! Bring the whole family because this has fun for everyone. With small activities throughout the zoo, like milk chugging and pickle eating contests, and even learning how to make ice cream, it’s safe to say that you will have yet another engaging experience at the Zoo! Of course the animals will be there for your viewing pleasure as well, so don’t miss out!
Finally, on the most exciting note, the official start of the Packer’s season is on Sunday! They will be facing off against the Jaguars in Jacksonville, and the place to watch it is Camp Bar. With events at two of their locations, Shorewood and the Third Ward, this is going to be a party. Complete with jumbo-trons, food from Merriment Social and Bel-Air Cantina, you will be happily stuffed while you gaze up at the ever-so-handsome Aaron Rodgers as he takes his rightful place back on the field. These parties will be starting at 10 AM, with the game starting at noon. Dust off that cheese head and throw on your #87 Nelson jersey because it’s about to get wild.
Hope you all have a great time this next week!
Go Pack Go!