1. 2022 Milwaukee Air and Water Show
It’s been three long years since one of Milwaukee’s biggest attractions took off. The Milwaukee Air & Water Show returns July 23-24, along and over Lake Michigan just north of downtown at McKinley and Bradford beaches. The US Navy Blue Angels are the star attraction, performing both days at 3 p.m. in the skies above Milwaukee from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on July 22.) Admission is free, though reserved seating closer to the action is still available. Information: mkeairwatershow.com.
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2. Granville Blues Festival
The Granville Blues Fest brings together 16 artists for two consecutive weekends in the parking lot of Granville Connection, 8633 W. Brown Deer Road. The first weekend, July 23 and 24, headliners include Ivan Singh (4:30 p.m. July 23) and Nora Jean Bruso (6:30 p.m. July 24). Hours are noon to 8:30 p.m. on July 23 and 24, and again on the second weekend on July 30 and 31. Free entry. Information: granvillebusiness.org/granville-blues-fest.
3. Waukesha County Fair
The Waukesha County Fair, billing itself as the oldest county fair in the state, begins July 20 and runs through July 24 at the Waukesha County Expo Center grounds, 1000 Northview Road. Five stages of entertainment, rides and games, a demolition derby, a vintage car show and, of course, a cattle judging are on the program. Separately ticketed main stage headliners include Ted Nugent (8:00 p.m. July 22) and Seether (8:00 p.m. July 23). Hours are noon to 10 p.m. on July 20, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. on July 21, 10 a.m. to midnight on July 22 and 23, and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on July 24. Admission is $12, $6 for children 6-12 and free for children. 5 years and under. Information: waukeshacountyfair.com.
4. Night and Day Gallery
More than two dozen galleries and art vendors in and near Milwaukee’s downtown neighborhoods are participating in this summer’s Gallery Night & Day on July 22-23. Many participating venues will have artists on hand to talk about their work. Hours are 5-9 p.m. July 22, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. July 23. Free entry. Info (including a list of locations): gallerynightmke.com.