Things to Do in Wauwatosa

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JANUARY

16 – Wauwatosa Chamber’s Annual Community Showcase & Social

Wauwatosa Chamber of Commerce’s largest event of the year features community business awards, exhibitors, delicious food, raffles and more.

18 – Wauwatosa Fire Department

Sat, 9 AM – 4 PM, Wauwatosa Fire Department, Fire Station 51, 1601 Underwood Ave, Wauwatosa, WI 53213. Please volunteer as an attorney, estate planning specialist, notary or witness to make this a successful clinic! Wills for Heroes needs you to volunteer!

18 – Wisconsin Supper Club Evening

Friends of Hoyt Park & Pool hosts a winter evening in our cozy Grand Hall. Join us for an evening of history, entertainment and, of course, a Wisconsin supper club dinner and Old Fashioned cocktails! Hoyt Park, 1800 N. Swan Blvd. friendsofhoytpark.org/calendar

FEBRUARY

All month – Tosa’s All-city Read

“One city. One book. Lots of ways for neighbors to get together.” is the tagline for this Neighborhood Association Council event that gets Wauwatosans on the same page – literally. Residents are invited to share the experience of reading the same book at the same time, then join neighbors for book discussions and events throughout the month of February. For more information, go to www.TosasAllCityRead.com.

8 – Black and White Gala

An evening out to benefit students and teachers of the Wauwatosa School District. Live music, dancing, food, raffle, wine and dine bags and auctions. Proceeds benefit Education Foundation of Wauwatosa. Tosaefw.org

15 – Wisconsin Supper Club Evening

Friends of Hoyt Park & Pool hosts a winter evening in our cozy Grand Hall. Join us for an evening of history, entertainment and, of course, a Wisconsin supper club dinner and Old Fashioned cocktails! Hoyt Park, 1800 N. Swan Blvd. friendsofhoytpark.org/calendar

23 – Winter Wonderland Family Event
This free event is open to all and is held in our warm and cozy Grand Hall and the beautiful surrounding Hoyt Park. The event features self-guided animal tracking walk, crafts, guided nature walk and marshmallow toasting for s’mores at the fireplace. Food and drinks, including hot chocolate, available for purchase from The Landing at Hoyt Park. Hoyt Park, 1800 N. Swan Blvd. friendsofhoytpark.org/calendar

MARCH

14 – Lucky Leprechaun 7K

Run or walk your way in St. Paddy’s style through the beautiful town of Wauwatosa for our eighth annual Lucky Leprechaun 7K . Starting and finishing in the historic Hart Park, this route is a runner’s paradise.
www.visioneventmanagement.com/events/lucky-leprechaun-7k

15 – Family Day, A St. Patrick’s Celebration

CelticMKE Center, 1532 N Wauwatosa Ave, Wauwatosa, WI 53213. Celebrate ST. Patrick’s Day early! Our family-friendly event has interactive activities for everyone!. $10 Admission/per family at the door.

21 – Wisconsin Supper Club Evening

Friends of Hoyt Park & Pool hosts a winter evening in our cozy Grand Hall. Join us for an evening of history, entertainment and, of course, a Wisconsin supper club dinner and Old Fashioned cocktails! Hoyt Park, 1800 N. Swan Blvd. friendsofhoytpark.org/calendar

APRIL

11 – Egg Day

Visit the zoo for an “egg-cellent” day filled with crafts, entertainment and an Easter Parade led by the Easy Bunny. Milwaukeezoo.org

TBD – Crimestoppers’ Pancake Breakfast
This annual, popular event includes an all-you-can-eat pancake and sausage breakfast, flowers for mom, music and children’s games. Wauwatosa Police Department event. Muellner Building, Hart Park. Tosacrimestoppers.com

MAY

May 13-Oct. 25, Wednesdays through Sundays; The Landing at Hoyt Park Beer Garden
Featuring local craft and imported beers and selection of wines. Bring your own picnic or enjoy light refreshments. Live music weekly. Hoyt Park, 1800 N Swan Blvd. friendsofhoytpark.org/the-landing

2 – EFW Walk/Run RUSH for Education
Competitive 5K, 2-mile fun run/walk, 8:30 a.m., Hart Park (start and finish on Oak Leaf Trail near Chestnut Commons). Family-friendly walk/run benefiting the Education Foundation of Wauwatosa. Since 1990, the EFW has given $830,000 in grants to Wauwatosa’s public schools. Tosaefw.org

23 – TOSA Pool at Hoyt Park Opening Day
The pool opens for the season at 10 a.m. New pool features in 2020 include Sunday evening members-only swims with a new obstacle course, an in-pool climbing wall and extended lap swims for members.

29 – Memorial Day Celebration

This ceremony honors those who paid the ultimate price for our freedom. Longfellow Middle School. www.wauwatosa.net

JUNE

June 24, July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 – Sunset Zoofari at the Milwaukee County Zoo

From 6-9 p.m., movies, music and animals make for a great night! Movies and bands will be announced closer to the dates of the event. Reduced admission rates apply.

June-August – Tosa Tonight free concerts

Live music, entertainment and delicious food and beverage offerings. Rotary Performance Pavillon, Hart Park, 70th & State streets. tosatonight.com

June-September 6-8pm – Root Series Concerts monthly

Concerts in the heart of the Village return to Root Common Park. Food, beverages, and kids activities will be available. Check band information at www.wauwatosavillage.org/events

June-October – Hartung Park Farmers Market, Wednesdays, 4-7 p.m.

hartungpark.com

June-October – Tosa Farmers Market, Saturdays, 8 a.m.-noon

tosafarmersmarket.com

June-September – Root Series Concerts
Free monthly concerts are held in the newly-renovated Root Common Park, corner of Harwood and Wauwatosa Avenue. Gather to enjoy local musicians, food and beverage. Kids’ activities, 6-8 p.m. wauwatosavillage.org

6 – Milwaukee Scottish Fest
and Highland Games

Join in the fun of bagpipe bands, Scottish food, dancing and athletic events at Hart Park, 7300 Chestnut St. wauwatosavillage.org

Hartfest

This fun festival features live music, food and activities. Rotary Performance Pavillon, Hart Park, 70th & State streets.

28 – East Tosa Grand Prix Tour of America’s Dairyland Bike Race Final Day

All-day bike race features entertainment, food, music and beverages on North Avenue, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sponsored by the East Tosa Alliance. Easttosa.org

JULY

4 – Fourth of July parade, family activities, concert and fireworks

Parade on North Avenue, family activities in Hart Park, followed by fireworks.
Wauwatosa.net

TBD – Tosa’s Night Out

Neighborhood safety event, flashlight walk, fireworks. A Wauwatosa Police Department and Wauwatosa Neighborhood Watch Committee event. Hart Park, 72nd & State streets. Tosanightout.org

AUGUST

1-2 – Firefly Art Fair

Experience one of the best art fairs in metro-Milwaukee. Wauwatosa Historical Society, 7406 Hillcrest Dr. wauwatosahistoricalsociety.org

Wauwatosa Chamber Golf Outing
Get valuable exposure to Wauwatosa area business leaders by networking during a fun business event at Western Lakes Golf Club. Followed by a social hour and dinner. Tosachamber.org

6-16 – Wisconsin State Fair

Celebrate all things Wisconsin with food, rides, games, animals, entertainment and more. Visit WiStateFair.com for details.

20-23 – Milwaukee a la Carte at the Zoo
“Feast with the Beasts” during the zoo’s annual a la carte food and music festival. Satisfy your cravings with food from favorite local eateries, listen to music, and, of course, see your favorite zoo animals.

22 – TOSA Youth Tri

The fifth annual TOSA Youth Tri provides youngsters ages 9-15 with a triathlon experience that encourages participation at their ability, and nurtures a lifelong interest in swimming, biking and running. Hoyt Park, 1800 N. Swan Blvd. friendsofhoytpark.org/tosa-youth-tri

SEPTEMBER

7 – TOSA Pool at Hoyt Park closing day

Enjoy one last dip in the pool and water-based fun before the pool closes for the season.

11-12 – TosaFest

Music, food and family fun. Celebrate our historic village and community spirit. Sponsored by the Wauwatosa Village Task Force.
Tosafest.org

14-23 – 10 Days in Tosa

Dining event showcasing popular Wauwatosa restaurants. Explore a wide variety of local cuisine including pub food, fine dining and desert specialties. Look for special offers at participating restaurants.
www.10daysintosa.com

13 – Starving Artists’ Show

Annual outdoor art show features more than 200 local and national artists selling original artwork for $100 or less. Hosted by Mount Mary University, 2900 N. Menomonee River Pkwy. Mtmary.edu

TBD 12-8pm – Village Harvest Fest:

Tosa Village Harvest Fest returns to State Street with a makers market featuring local artists, live music, food and beverages from Village businesses, and a kids area with free activities.

TBD – Historical Society Tour of Homes
Celebrate the preservation of homes in neighborhoods that illustrate Wauwatosa’s rich history and significant architecture. Various locations. Wauwatosahistoricalsociety.org

OCTOBER

10 – Chillin’ on the Avenue

This annual chili cookoff celebrates its 11th year in East Tosa. Features a yoga street slam, chili competition and tasting, all-day entertainment, a marketplace featuring a variety of vendors

and a kids’ village filled with fun activities. 69th Street Plaza. Noon-5 p.m. Yoga starts at noon, chili tasting starts at 1 p.m.

23-27 – Halloween Spooktacular

Calling all mummies, pumpkins and ghosts! Kids will love the goodies ghoul-ore, boos and costume parade at this special event.

25 – City of Wauwatosa Trick-or-Treat
City event; contact your local neighborhood association for nighttime activities.

30 – Ghostly Gathering at Grand Hall
Enjoy a family-friendly spooky good time from 6-9 p.m. featuring live music, face painting, a costume contest and treats for ghouls and goblins of all ages.

NOVEMBER

Nov 1.-Dec 25 – Village Holiday Spirit
Visit participating businesses at The Village in Wauwatosa for special holiday cheer and promotions throughout the season. Wauwatosavillage.org

DECEMBER

2 – Holiday Tosa for Tots & After Hours Event
Join the Wauwatosa Chamber as it celebrates the holidays and collects toys for The Salvation Army. Hosted by the Wauwatosa Lions Club, 7336 St. James Pl. Tosachamber.org

4 – Tree Lighting Ceremony

Come join us from 5-8pm in the Village for the city tree lighting ceremony in Pocket Park. Festivities start with the McKinley elementary school choir, tree lighting will be at 6pm, followed by a visit from Santa.

6 – DIY Holiday Decoration Workshop
Create your own evergreen pillar/door or outdoor light spray for the holidays. FOHPP supplies the greens, decorations, ribbon and tools. If you have a personal item to add to your creation, bring it along. Food and beverages available for purchase from The Landing at Hoyt Park, including the Bloody Mary bar. Monetary donations are requested to help cover the cost of supplies. Hoyt Park, 1800 N. Swan Blvd. friendsofhoytpark.org/calendar

TBD – Tree Lighting and Holiday
Merriment in the Village

Tree lighting at Harwood and Wauwatosa Avenue, family fun activities, horse-drawn wagon rides and more. The Village in Wauwatosa. Wauwatosavillage.org

TBD – CP Holiday Train

Celebrate the holiday season at the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train stop in the Tosa Village! This community event is aimed at helping raise awareness of and increase donations to Tosa Cares, our local food pantry.