In 1985, a Milwaukee police officer named Butch Roberts proposed adding a celebration of American Indian groups to the numerous ethnic festivals at the Summerfest grounds. Now, 29 years later, Indian Summer Festival is still Milwaukee's favorite way to close out the season.
The festival features a Native Fashion Show, exhibits on Native American culture, the return of the tribal farmers market and traditional marketplace and more. Traditional foods like buffalo meat, venison, freshwater fish and roasted corn will be available, as well as a variety of non-traditional options.
Where: Henry Maier Festival Park
Hours: Friday from 4 p.m. to midnight; Saturday from noon to midnight; Sunday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. with a special prayer ceremony that starts at 10 a.m. (mid-gate opens at 9:30 a.m. for prayer ceremony attendees).
Admission: $13; $10 for elders 60 and over; kids 12 and under are free. Advance tickets for $10 are available online.
Highlights: Indian Summer Festival is kicking off this year's theme Horse Nation Celebration by visiting select pow wows and community events with hands-on coloring and craft activities for children.
There will be a life-size horse named Medallion the Stallion. Children will be given the opportunity to decorate Medallion with paint so they can add their own unique designs. In addition, there'll be other art projects centered around horses and a coloring contest.
You'll be able to browse through a selection of original and authentic fine art, handcrafted jewelry, books, traditional clothing, beadwork, painted hides, animal pelts, handmade dolls, and ceremonial drums. Most items are one-of-a-kind and are handcrafted with care. Wisconsin Tribal artisans will be in attendance to demonstrate their crafts or sharing their cultural teachings for all to enjoy.
There'll also be amateur boxing to pay tribute to the Native American tribal communities that were passionate about boxing.
FYI: As always, alcohol is not allowed on the northern end of the festival grounds. Beer and wine can be consumed south of the children's area.
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We've also made flyers of Barbara Lee's speech before congress on 9/14 under the headline 'Barbara Lee Speaks for Me, and Millions More'.
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