"We are thrilled that Swarmm Events has decided to present Milwaukee Taco Fest and Big BBQ Fest at Henry Maier Festival Park, Milwaukee’s top destination for events throughout the summer,” said Don Smiley, president and CEO of Milwaukee World Festival Inc. in a statement. “This new collaboration is consistent with our mission of bringing the community together at the lakefront."The Summerfest grounds this summer will also play host once again to Black Arts Fest MKE on Saturday, Aug. 3. The festival, which celebrates African American culture and heritage, first debuted last year. R&B trio SWV will headline the event with a performance set for 10:15 p.m. at the Miller Lite Oasis stage.
Joining Milwaukee's festival offerings for the first time this year is Fresh Coast Jazz Festival, taking place during Labor Day weekend at the Marcus Center grounds on Water Street in downtown Milwaukee. The three-day event will feature performances from renown and rising jazz artists including Jazz Funk Soul, Lindsey Webster and Ronnie Laws, according to its website.One-day passes for the festival range in price from $95 to $155 and can be purchased through the Marcus Center's website. The nationally-touring Bloody Mary Festival will also make a Milwaukee debut this summer, on Saturday and Sunday, June 22 and 23 at the public plaza outside Fiserv Forum, the Milwaukee Bucks announced Monday. [caption id="attachment_376928" align="alignright" width="344"] Photo by The Bloody Mary Festival[/caption] The festival includes Bloody Mary tastings and contests as well as other beverages, local food and crafts. Milwaukee is one of eight cities, including New York City, Atlanta, and New Orleans, slated to host the event in 2019. Tickets are available on the festival's website. "Milwaukee restaurants offer amazing Bloody Marys, and it’s about time that we celebrate them in an event of this magnitude,” said Michael Belot, senior vice president of Bucks Ventures and Development. “The plaza in front of Fiserv Forum is a prime destination for outdoor entertainment, and we are delighted that the festival organizers selected the plaza to be the site for the first-ever Bloody Mary Festival in Wisconsin.”