Milwaukee has more to offer than beer and cheese curds (but there are plenty of those too!). An incredibly active city, Milwaukee is currently experiencing the most development in 50 years. From museums to lakefront parks and art to nightlife, Milwaukee is becoming widely recognized its diverse and welcoming culture.
Recommended opportunities to explore our host city
Tuesday, June 13th
Sightseeing – Happy Hour Cruise
Sit back and sip your favorite cocktail (or soft drink) and relax as the sunlit splendor of the lakefront gives way to the warm hues of early evening. During this 90 minute – adults only cruise, you’ll get a taste of an irreverent, insider’s guide to Milwaukee with a splash of musical interlude.
Adult Ticket $17.99* | Drink Package $5** | Klements Meal Package $3***
* Adults only, must be 21 years or older, photo ID required to board.
**Includes 2 beverages! Your choice of craft brews, Margarita, Sangria, Soft Drinks, or Water.
***Klements Meal Package available online only. Brats, Hot Dogs, and other snacks may be purchased individually aboard vessel day of cruise.
Historic Milwaukee Downtown Architectural Walking Tour
Tour length: 1.5 hours
Explore the unique architecture and streetscape of downtown and learn how Milwaukee’s three founders used Lake Michigan, three rivers, and the harbor for commercial use to create present day Milwaukee.
HISTORIC MILWAUKEE, INC is a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing awareness of and commitment to Milwaukee’s history, architecture, and the preservation of our built environment through tours and educational programs.
Wednesday, June 14th
Take a break between conference activities to check out Newaukee’s night market!
5:00pm – 10:00pm
NEWaukee’s Night Market is a collision of all Milwaukee has to offer. The Night Market is a free, open-air market that offers a wide variety of experiences for people of all backgrounds and ages. The Night Market features a mash up of art, craft and food vendors, live art creation, local music and a beer garden with a goal to create a free, vibrant, safe and interactive place in downtown Milwaukee for people to experience culture at night. By visiting the Night Market you not only contribute to the local economy, but you are part of the solution to a revitalization of West Wisconsin Ave!
Thursday, June 15th
Milwaukee Food and City Tours – Dine with us!
Old World 3rd Street Tour: Foods of Milwaukee
Milwaukee’s spanning RiverWalk, located parallel to Water Street and the Milwaukee River in the vibrant Westown neighborhood, includes the culture, history and foods of Old World 3rd Street. Those traditions are just the beginning on this tour where Milwaukee’s old German traditions meet delicious new delights!
This tour offers authentic German food tastings as well as an opportunity to eat, drink and socialize your way into newer establishments in the area. Sample Milwaukee’s oldest microbrewery complete with a visit to their Beer Memorabilia collection; schlemiel and schlimazel your way across the Milwaukee River to pay homage to The Fonz; visit one of the last historic Turner society buildings still being used for its original purpose; dine on fantastic foods and more!
And unlike many of our other tours, this route allows for plenty of shopping opportunities – splurge along the way and buy local treasures at a local cheese store, sausage store, spice house and more!
Wisconsin Cheese Mart – https://www.wisconsincheesemart.com/
Mader’s Restaurant – http://madersrestaurant.com/
Water Street Brewery – https://www.waterstreetbrewery.com/
Rumpus Room – http://www.rumpusroommke.com/
See Fonzie statue on the way back to the hotel!
Tour Length – Approximately 1 mile along Milwaukee’s RiverWalk, with plenty of walking breaks and opportunities to sit down along the way. We spend approximately 20 minutes at each restaurant.
Time Commitment – Between 2 – 2.5 hours, depending on the pace of the group .
Tastings – All tastings are included in the price. Portions are often served family-style. Samples are substantial – for the vast majority of attendees, you will not need to plan for a meal after the tour!
With the exception of the Fish Fry Tour, all tours are seafood/shellfish free. We do have a vegetarian option on all tours.
Friday, June 16th & Saturday, June 16th
Milwaukee Art Museum After Dark: LFOA & Lakefront Festival of the Arts
To get a sneak peak of all the behind-the-scenes action, follow Lakefront Festival of Art on Facebook and check back often for the latest festival updates, including our 2017 artists, food vendors, musical lineup, and more! Mark your calendars now for June 16-18, 2017. We will see you there! -Krista Renfrew, Festival Director
Transportation is not provided for these opportunities unless otherwise stated.