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Milwaukee has earned itself the nickname "City of Festivals" for its extensive summer and fall festivities.
The largest events are the Wisconsin State Fair (held every year in August at the Wisconsin State Fair grounds) and Summerfest, listed in the Guiness Book of World Records as the largst music festival in the world. Every year, it attracts over a million visitors to its eleven stages.
The Summerfest grounds are the site of lots of ethnic or other minority group festivals celebrating Milwaukee's history and diversity throughout the Summer and Fall:
Riversplash (the 'start of summer')
Pride Fest (for the LGBT community)
August and September
Arab World Fest
Indian Summer (Native American festival)
African World Festival
Trainfest - America's largest operating model railroad show. Traditionally held the second weekend in November, Trainfest usually attracts over 20,000 visitors from across the country to view dozens of operating layouts, attend clinics and demonstrations, and share model railroading with their kids (there are lots of kids-friendly activities featured.)
Oktoberfest Milwaukee - generally occuring in the in fall.