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Milwaukee’s lakefront festival season welcomes September with its annual Indian Summer Festival, “Indian Nation’s” largest cultural celebration with (hopefully) warm late summer-like weather. Traditional Pow Wow, fireworks, Indian dance troupes, Native Music Awards Program (ISMA), Tribal Villages, cultural demonstrations, storytellers, Lacrosse demos & a tournament, Juried Fine Art, American Indian traditional and contemporary entertainers, authentic foods, and an extensive Native marketplace featuring authentic jewelry, arts & crafts, clothing and so much more!
Music on the new Gathering Place Stage
The new Gathering Place Stage on the North end of the grounds will offer performances from several of this year’s nominees for the Indian Summer Music Awards (ISMA.) They include the Cody Blackbird Band, Native American flutist Jan Michael Looking Wolf, Rellik, Painted Raven, Crazy Flute, and Sandra Sutter will all be playing their nominated music all three days.
Their performances are free with your paid admission to Indian Summer.
Indian Summer Chefs & Cooking Demonstrations
Saturday the 8th and Sunday the 9th on the Eagles Nest Stage, join chefs as they demonstrate traditional dishes as well as contemporary recipes using classic Native ingredients.
1:30 Wild Rice Crusted Pork Chops with Joe Parajecki, Kettle Range Meat Co.
2:30 Wojapi Native American Pudding with Ron Greiger of White Feather Restaurant
3:30 Duck Confit & toasted farro salad w/honey grain vinaigrette with Lucas Lonzo, Potawatomi Hotel & Casino
1:30 Buffalo Stew with Bruce Evans of Slow Food WiSE
2:30 Duck Tacos and Wild Rice Fried Rice with Tai Tok, Potawatomi Hotel & Casino
Cooking demonstrations and all the entertainment stages at the festival are included with your paid admission. Discounted tickets may still be available.
You’ll find the Indian Summer Festival celebration at Henry Maier Festival Park, also known as the Summerfest Grounds, right on Milwaukee’s lakefront. I-794, U.S. 18, and Highway 32 all bring you there. I-43/94 and Highways 38, 57, 59, and 145 all bring you close!
Indian Summer Festival Address:
Henry Maier Festival Park
200 N. Harbor Drive
Milwaukee, WI 53202