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The best time to visit Milwaukee, a town that knows how to throw a festival, is in the summer. The summer season is jam-packed with outdoor events, including Summerfest, a two-week-long music festival on the Lake Michigan waterfront that bills itself as the world’s largest (and has been going strong for 45 years). There are also a myriad of festivals based around different ethnicities and cultures, including the Festa Italiana, German Fest, the African World Festival, Irish Fest and Arab Fest. And if you visit in August, hit up the Wisconsin State Fair for cream puffs and every food on a stick imaginable.
Visiting Milwaukee during the colder months — and there are a lot of them — can actually be a lot of fun. This is a place that is accustomed to the cold and prepared to entertain itself when the weather turns. Milwaukeeans take advantage of the city’s wealth of theatres, art galleries and museums in frosty weather. They also cope by visiting "the Domes" at Mitchell Park Conservatory — they allow the frostbitten to experience the outdoors from within the warm confines of a temperature controlled geodesic dome. Each one boasts a different theme — desert, tropical, floral — and at night there’s a colorful light display, plus events and live music throughout the year.