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FREE (or 50¢) admission to Polish Fest

June 16, 2010

Polish Fest is coming up this weekend (June 18th-20th), and there are several ways to get in for free or very very cheap.  While admission is usually $12 for adults, come between noon and 5:00 p.m. on Friday June 18th, and it will cost you a measly 50¢ (come between 5:01 p.m. and midnight and it will be $5.00, which is still pretty good).  OR, show up after 8:00 p.m. on Saturday with three food items to donate to the Hunger Task Force, and your admission will be totally free!  ALSO, dads get in free between 4:00 and 6:00 p.m. on Father’s Day when accompanied by their child (and children under 15 are always free when accompanied by an adult).  AND uniformed military personnel with an active military ID get in free all weekend.  So many ways to save!

When: June 18-20
Where: Summerfest Grounds, 200 North Harbor Drive
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Watch the Blue Angels practice run for FREE!

June 10, 2010

As I’m typing this, I’m listening to the sounds of the Blue Angels jets flying in close formation over my roof.  They are gearing up for their performance this Saturday and Sunday, June 12 and 13, but you can watch their practice run for free tomorrow, Friday June 11 from noon to 3:00 for free at Bradford Beach!  Bring a picnic and enjoy the free show!

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Free Mondays at Milwaukee Public Museum

June 4, 2010

Didn’t get your museum fix from the Art Museum last Wednesday?  Well on Mondays, you can get free admission to the Milwaukee Public Museum!  Same deal, you just need to bring a valid I.D. to prove Milwaukee County residency.  (This doesn’t necessarily get you into everything in the museum, like the IMAX, planetarium, and special exhibits.)  Click here for a list of current exhibits.

Cost: FREE!
When: Every Monday
Where: 800 West Wells Street, Milwaukee, WI 53233

Jazz in the Park

June 4, 2010

2010 is the 20th Anniversary of Milwaukee’s Jazz in the Park tradition.  Every Thursday from June 3 – September 23, bring your picnic blankets to Cathedral Square Park to hear some great live jazz, blues, Latin jazz, swing, big band, and more…for free!  Check out this year’s lineup:

June 3: The Bad Plus
June 10: Jamie Breiwick & Choir Fight
June 17: Reverend Raven & the Chain Smokin’ Altar Boys
June 24: We Six
July 1: Natty Nation
July 8-11: Bastille Days (no Jazz in the Park)
July 15: Bonerama
July 22: The Twin Cats
July 29: Eddie Butts Band
August 5: La Chazz
August 12: Lubriphonic
August 19: Swing Nouveau
August 26: Tristan Royalty Squad
September 2: ON THE ONE
September 9: Streetlife with Warren Wiegratz
September 16: Nabori
September 23: The Tempters

Cost: FREE!
When: Thursdsays 6:00-9:00pm, June 3 – September 23
Where: Cathedral Square Park, 520 E. Wells Street, Milwaukee, WI 53202
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Free Wednesdays at the Milwaukee Art Museum

June 4, 2010

You don’t necessarily need to break the bank to take in some high culture.  Show up at the Milwaukee Art Museum any Wednesday and get in free with proof of Milwaukee county residency!  Click here for a list of current exhibits.

Cost: FREE!
When: Every Wednesday
Phone: 414.224.3200
Where: 700 N. Art Museum Drive, Milwaukee, WI 53202

$1 Movies at Budget Cinemas

June 4, 2010

What’s better than a $2 movie ticket?  A $1 movie ticket!  At Budget Cinemas in Greenfield, tickets to its second-run screenings are only $2 — except for on Tuesdays, when they are half price.  That’s right, that movie that was $12 in theaters last week is only $1 now at the Budget.  Reasonable concessions, too!  Click here for a list of what’s showing.

Cost: $1.00
When: Every Tuesday
Where: 4475 South 108th Street, Greenfield, WI 53228
Contact: 414.256.1321

Welcome to Free (or at least cheap) Milwaukee!

June 4, 2010

Greetings, and welcome to Free Milwaukee!  These days, it seems like everyone is on a budget.  Sometimes, it seems like the only way to save money is to stay in, and while a game night at home can be a blast, there are also plenty of ways to go out on the town without breaking the bank.  I will use this site to share ideas of free (or cheap) ways to entertain yourself in Milwaukee.  In addition, I will probably also be providing some reviews of restaurants etc. that I have been to.  Feel free to reply with your own suggestions and experiences for how you like to enjoy Brew City on the cheap.  I hope you find this site useful!  See you around town!

— Matt