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Festivals and Art Fairs

Great events like farmers markets, outdoor concerts and more happen all year round.

There’s always something happening in Wauwatosa! You’ll experience great festivals, art fairs and more year-round in this vibrant city.

In summer, you can’t miss the Tosa Farmers Market, held each Saturday morning through summer and early autumn. This volunteer-run open air market has become a cornerstone of the Tosa community, providing locally-grown produce and artisan local food as well as fun community events like yoga, music and cooking lessons.

Another summer must is the East Tosa Gran Prix bike race, one of the largest competitive cycling events in the country, drawing 10,000 or more spectators. Local North Avenue businesses in East Tosa build a street festival with food and music around the race.

The Tosa Tonight concert series brings free music to the Rotary Performance Pavilion in Hart Park during the summer. This family-friendly concert series features everything from jazz, country and folk to local stars from “American Idol.” The Firefly Art Fair is one of the premiere outdoor art festivals in Milwaukee. Over 90 juried artists representing an eclectic array of art from a variety of media are on display. For a look inside Wauwatosa’s architectural history, make sure to visit Windows into Wauwatosa, a free event that takes you inside local buildings that are rarely open to the public, and you can enjoy architecture and the outdoors on the Secret Gardens of Wauwatosa Tour. Show your Scottish flair at Scottish Fest, Milwaukee Highland Games, and of course, celebrate the 4th of July with a parade, concert and fireworks in Hart Park.

In the fall, 10 Days in Tosa spotlights the exciting dining scene with local restaurants offering up special (and delicious!) deals. If chili is more your style, you can’t miss Chili’n on the Avenue, a nationally-sanctioned chili cook-off that has fun for the whole family with music, yoga, food, shopping and more. And of course, for over thirty years Tosafest has brought the community together with food, music and fun. Proceeds from the event go back into the community to support neighborhood improvement, education and more, making it both entertaining and beneficial! This is also the season for those with an artistic eye: find original artwork priced at $100 or less at the Starving Artists’ Show and enjoy the beauty of local architecture during the Tour of Homes presented by the Wauwatosa Historical Society,

Winter, of course, brings holiday fun! Join in the celebration at the annual tree lighting in The Village.

Once spring comes around again, get out there for the Blarney Run/Walk to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Support the Wauwatosa Historical Society by doing the 5K run or 2-mile walk as bagpipes cheer you on. Have little ones with you? The ¼-mile “Twinkle Trot” is perfect for kids 10 and under! Tosa’s All-City Read comes in February, encouraging the whole community to pick up a book with various activities for all ages.


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