1. Granville Blues Festival
Granville BIDs Granville Blues Festival – in its fourth year, the festival has withdrawn jazz from the program – runs July 15-18 in the parking lot of Granville Connection, 8633 W. Brown Deer Road. The music starts daily at 4:30 p.m. and continues until 10 a.m., with headliners taking the stage at 7:30 p.m. These include: the Otilia Donaire Band (July 15), John Primer (July 16), the Cash Box Kings (July 17) and Toronzo Cannon (July 18). There will also be food and vendors. Free entry. Info: granvillebusiness.org/2021-granville-blues-fest.
2. Night MKE Gallery
The first suit, in person MKE Night Gallery in over a year, it’s July 16 and 17, with more than 25 galleries and art purveyors taking part in the festivities. Among them: the Milwaukee Art Museum, 700 N. Art Museum Drive, which marks its full reopening (from July 15) with three new shows, including âAmerican Memory: Commemoration, Nostalgia and Revisionâ. Info (including a map of participating locations): galerienightmke.com.
3. Take the Bastille (in Mequon)
The Alliance FranÃ§aise de Milwaukee is organizing a Ephemeral festival of July 14 11 am to 6 pm July 17 at Foxtown Annex, 6375 W. Mequon Road, Mequon. There’s food (including, of course, donuts) and drinks, French lessons, and music from Robin Pluer and the Hot & Dirty Brass Band. Free entry. Info: afmilwaukee.org.
4. Go vegan at Alice’s Garden
The third annual Midwestern Vegan Festival is July 17-18 at Alice’s Garden Urban Farm, the site of the Urban Agriculture Center at 2136 N. 21st St. in the Lindsay Heights neighborhood of Milwaukee. Two dozen vendors will be on site, with speakers, cooking demonstrations and more. The festival runs from noon to 6 p.m. on both days. Free entry; $ 10 gives you early access. Info: midwestveganfest.com.
5. Croatian holiday
Croatian party is back for a day of music, beer, dancing and, of course, food. The free festival runs from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on July 17 at Croatian Park, 9100 S. 76th St., Franklin. A Croatian Catholic mass begins at 11 am; the cultural program starts at 2 p.m. Info: milwaukeecroatians.org/croatian-park/croatian-fest.