Milwaukee EventsIn addition to its many cultural and historic landmarks, this destination hosts a number of outstanding festivals and events that may coincide with your visit.
In late February, the Greater Milwaukee Auto Show begins at the Wisconsin Center. The regular sports calendar includes the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Sports Show , which draws crowds to the Wisconsin State Fair Park in early March.
Two of Milwaukee's top cultural events are the Lakefront Festival of Arts in June and Summerfest , held in late June and early July. Ethnic festivals include Polish Fest in June and Festa Italiana , Bastille Days and German Fest in July.
Big-name entertainment is a given during August's Wisconsin State Fair . Also in August are the Irish Fest and Mexican Fiesta . Indian Summer Festival and Glendale's Oktoberfest take place in September.
More than 50 ethnic groups gather in mid-November for the Holiday Folk Fair International , which salutes Old World culture.
Each season of the year is celebrated with a spectacular flower show at Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory—“The Domes.” Waves of color and fragrance delight the senses during the Spring Floral Show , late April through May, and the Summer Floral Show , held from June to mid-September. The Fall Show at the Domes takes place from late September to mid-November. The Holiday Floral Show is held from late November to early January, and the Garden Train Show , held from early January to late March, closes the season.
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The sales tax in Milwaukee is 5.6 percent. In addition there is a 9.5 percent tax on hotel rooms, a 3 percent tax on car rentals and a .5 percent tax on food and beverage purchases.
Aurora St. Luke's Medical Center, (414) 649-6000; Aurora Sinai Medical Center, (414) 219-2000; Columbia St. Mary's Hospital, (414) 585-1000; Froedtert Hospital, (414) 805-3666; and Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare-St. Francis Hospital, (414) 647-5000.
648 N. Plankinton Ave. Suite 425 Milwaukee, WI 53203-2501. Phone:(414)273-3950 or (800)231-0903
General Mitchell International Airport
Hertz, at the airport, (414) 747-5200 or (800) 654-3080, offers discounts to AAA members.
Amtrak, 433 W. St. Paul Ave. at the Milwaukee Intermodal Station, provides railroad passenger service to the city; phone (414) 271-9037 or (800) 872-7245 for reservations.
The Greyhound Lines Inc. terminal is at 433 W. St. Paul Ave. at the Milwaukee Intermodal Station; phone (414) 272-2156 or (800) 231-2222.
All taxis in Milwaukee use the meter system. The fare is $5 for the first mile, $2.50 for each additional mile and $1 for each additional person. Taxis can be ordered by phone or hired at taxi stands at most major hotels. American United is the city's major taxi service; phone (414) 220-5000.
The Milwaukee County Transit System, 1942 N. 17th St., operates 22-hour service throughout Milwaukee County and eastern Waukesha County. The fare is $2.25; $1.10 (ages 6-11, ages 65+ and disabled persons with ID). Exact fare is required. For schedule and route information, phone (414) 344-6711 daily Mon.-Fri. 6 a.m.-7 p.m., Sat.-Sun. 8-4:30 or TTY (414) 937-3299 Mon.-Fri. 8-4.