The official start of summer is near! Explore Milwaukee as a family this weekend and check out one or more of these events.

Friday, June 17

HartFest: Enjoy live music, food, kids’ activities, a half marathon and more. Hart Park, State Street, Wauwatosa. 5-9 p.m.

Lakefront Festival of Art: Celebrate art, food, music and family fun. Children’s activities include face painters, jugglers, magicians, live entertainment and one-of-a-kind masterpieces in the Children's Art Tent. On the grounds of the Milwaukee Art Museum, 700 N. Art Museum Dr., Milwaukee. Admission is $17/adult or $10 in advance. Friday: 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Saturday: 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The event is free for children ages 12 and younger.

Polish Fest:Enjoy the arts, culture, food and tradition of Poland. Henry Maier Festival Park, 200 N. Harbor Dr., Milwaukee. Friday and Saturday: 12 p.m. to midnight. Sunday: 12-8 p.m. Admission is $12 at the gate. 

Saturday, June 18

Buddy Pajama Storytime: Join Buddy the Super Reader Dog for a special pajama storytime. Bring a stuffed animal, too, for stories, songs and a craft. Atkinson Library, 1960 W. Atkinson Ave., Milwaukee. 1-2 p.m. Free. (414) 286-3000,

Dads and Donuts: Celebrate dad with donuts, coffee and a special storytime. Atkinson Library, 1960 W. Atkinson Ave., Milwaukee. 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Free. (414) 286-3000,

HartFest: 12-9 p.m. See June 17 listing.

Lakefront Festival of Art: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. See June 17 listing. 

Milwaukee Buck Block Party: Be present as the first shovels go in the ground for the new Buck arena in downtown Milwaukee. Enjoy music, food, games and more. Fourth Street to McKinley Aveenue and on Juneau Avenue between Fifth and Old World Third streets. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free.

Polish Fest:12 p.m. to midnight. See June 17 listing. 

Storytime in the Galleries: Hear a story that relates to a work of art in the museum and then make a drawing. Milwaukee Art Museum, 700 N. Art Museum Dr., Milwaukee. 10:30 a.m. Free for ages 12 and younger. (414) 224-3200, 

Super-Sized Game Day: Kick off summer reading with an all-day gamestravaganza! Tippecanoe Branch, 3912 S. Howell Ave. Milwaukee. 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Free. (414) 286-3000, 

Sunday, June 19

Father's Day: For Father's Day gift ideas, events and more, visit

Juneteenth Day Celebration: Celebrate Juneteenth Day with the Northcott Neighborhood House. Festivities include a street festival and a parade. Rose Park, 3045 N. Dr. Martin Luther King Drive, Milwaukee.

Kiddie Klassic: Kids ages 3 to 9 can race their bikes on a portion of the Carl Zach Cycling Classic course. Veterans Park, 710 N. West Ave., Waukesha. On-site registration is from 4:30-5:45 p.m. Race starts at 6 p.m. $5 in advance; $7 on race day, 

Lakefront Festival of Art:10 a.m.-5 p.m. See June 17 listing. 

Polish Fest: 12-8 p.m. See June 17 listing.

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