A beautiful fall day in Milwaukee. Photo by Lo Holman 

'Twas a beautiful weekend in Milwaukee. 

It’s been called “the most #VIBErant 5k on the planet” — and it’s coming to Milwaukee on October 18.

At the Color Vibe 5K, runners become the color canvas, and when you’re finished you’ll be a vivid masterpiece. You can learn more and register on their website.

And if you’re looking for places to train for the races, check out our list of Milwaukee running routes

Thanks Leighanne Schwab for the photo of the Orientation boat tour excursion!

Oui, Bastille Days.

It’s here. Bastille Days. 


We’re talking about Milwaukee’s popular French festival and one of the nation’s largest French-themed celebrations. It also happens to be Father Marquette’s favorite event of the year (I personally like Summerfest, but the guys is French or something). 

The free, four-day bash has live music, an international marketplace, chef and wine demos, French and Cajun cuisine, roaming busker entertainment and a signature 43-foot Eiffel Tower replica offering hourly light shows.

Essentially, a little France. The festival attracts thousands of visitors annually, so we sat down to chat with Father Marquette to get some insight on the bumpin’ festival. 


Hello again, Father. 


Yea, I meant bonjour. Anyway, tell us about the festival. 

It’s a French festival down in Cathedral Square honoring the French Bastille Day, which commemorates the beginning of the French Revolution with the Storming of the Bastille in 1789. 

Ahhhh! So the Storm the Bastille 5K run on the first night is supposed to be like the one in France so long ago?

Oui, with a lot less blood.

Uh, I’d hope. What do you recommend we do at the festival?

Eat and drink wine. So much food and plenty of wine testings


All good things, Father. How about for the non-21 crowd?

Oh, c’est vrai. There is live music, four stages actually. There is also a Mardi Gras parade on Friday and Saturday, complete with beads. 



Now let’s talk food. What are we working with?

French classics, of course. Beignets (french doughnuts), cajun food, créme brûlée, and more. There is also other food, like cheeseburgers and tacos.  

Nothing says French like cheeseburgers and tacos, am I right? This seems like a blast, Father. One final question…

I’m still not following you on social media. 


Everyone else can follow me, though. Give me a shout-out on Twitter if you’re around Bastille Days. It’ll make me happy. 

Bastille Days is this weekend and will go until July 13th. Be sure to stop by and have some good fun. Check out their website for more information.

-Cesar Gomez

Summerfest: Go For Free


Photo found on Milwaukee Magazine.


In case you haven’t heard, Summerfest  released the 2014 list of admissions promotions. If you play your cards right, you just could experience every day of the world’s largest music festival cheap, or even better, free. 

Some of this year’s promotions include:

Friday, June 27: KAPCO “Go Red” Day with the Wisconsin Badgers and the BIG 920, noon until 3 p.m. All patrons wearing a red shirt will receive one free admission ticket. Starting at 5 p.m. on June 27, the first 5,000 patrons will also receive one pair of U.S. Cellular/Summerfest Ear Buds and Case.

Sunday, June 29: Kohl’s Family Day, noon until 3 p.m. or while supplies last. The first 2,500 patrons who donate three non-perishable food items for kids will receive one free admission ticket. 

Friday, July 4: Mountain Dew Day, noon until 3 p.m. or while supplies last. The first 2,500 patrons who present a specially marked Mountain Dew can with the Summerfest offer on the can will receive one free weekday admission ticket. 

Check out the rest of the 2014 list of admissions promotions here

Note: All admission deal exchanges take place at the Mid-Gate promotions tent between the hours of noon and 3 p.m. unless indicated otherwise.

For more specific info on admissions deals, special promotions, lineups, show schedules, a list of food vendors, and all things Summerfest, visit the website here

-Cesar Gomez

@FatherMarquette Explores

The Public Market, Third Ward, Harley Davidson Museum, Hank Aaron State Trail, and the Menomonee River Valley were just a few of the places Father Marquette explored this weekend. 

Where did you explore? 

MKE Downtown Dining Week: Save money, eat well


Downtown Dining Week begins this Thursday, June 5 and will feature 40 top notch restaurants who will serve three-course menus at lunch for $12.50 and dinner for $25 or $35. You can take advantage through June 12.

Instead of another round of Qdoba or Papa Johns, venture outside campus and explore some of Milwaukee’s best places to chow down. The normal price value for most of the featured meals average around $35-50. 

Trouble deciding where to go? Try some of my personal favorites picks:

  •  Smoke Shack: Featuring some prime BBQ, make sure to try the pulled pork sandwich. No worries vegetarians, they got you covered as well. 
  • Milwaukee’s Chophouse: Take advantage of the discount price for some prime steak and killer dessert. 
  • The Loaded Slate: This place offers some more traditional American comfort food. They also have a killer selection of unique offerings, like the Sconnie burger and Bronze Fonz cheese curds.
  • Benihana: This is the place for sushi lovers. They also offer several other traditional Japanese dishes, something for everyone to enjoy. 

For a look at the participating restaurants and the featured menus for each, visit the Downtown Dining Week website here

-Cesar Gomez

Jazz in the Park: the prime music festival of Milwaukee

Photo from Jazz in the Park’s Facebook page

Milwaukee hosts several epic festivals and music concerts throughout the summer, so it’s no surprise that the world’s largest music festival is held in the heart of the city. However, while the world raves about Summerfest, it’s Jazz in the Park that should really take the top award.

What’s not to love about a free show? Jazz in the Park, an outdoor, summer music festival series, features a killer lineup of jazz, big band, funk, R & B, reggae, blues and more. Performers come from all over the country. It’s also FREE.

Its relaxed; hometown-vibe makes it a favorite among the Milwaukee community. Most of the musical acts specialize in; you guessed it, jazz so the whole park is filled with energy and good times. While dancing is more than welcome, it’s not uncommon to see festival-goers lounge around the park enjoying a picnic and a nice glass of wine, a Jazz in the Park tradition.

The fest offers a laid-back version of the Summerfest experience. It’s a great place for a first date with that special gal, the perfect excuse to spend the evening outside, a sweet spot to kick back with some friends, and a FREE way to catch some amazing acts.  Also, did I mention it was FREE?

Concerts take place Thursday evenings, 5pm-9pm from June 5 through September 4, in Cathedral Square Park. Before heading over, consider these tips:

Get there early.

The festival averages a few thousand visitors per week.  Get there early for prime spots. Plus, it’ll give you some time to scope out the vendors. 

Bring the essentials.

It’s an outdoor show, so gear up with lawn chairs, blankets, and, depending how the weather is like for the night, a light sweater or a portable fan.

Don’t forget food.

Nothing says music festival like some good food. While some incredible food vendors will be around, make a stop at the grocery store for snacks. Better yet, take the time to set up a nice picnic basket. You’ll be the envy of the entire park.

Grab a friend, kick back with a glass in hand, and enjoy some tunes at one of the staples of a Milwaukee summer.

For more info on the festival and the 2014 festival lineup, visit the Jazz in the Park website.

 See you June 5, friends.  

-Cesar Gomez