Thousands expected to head downtown for busy Saturday in Milwaukee

Thousands expected to head downtown for busy Saturday in Milwaukee

By Shelley Walcott. CREATED Sep 21, 2012 - UPDATED: Sep 22, 2012

MILWAUKEE- How crazy is it going to be in downtown Milwaukee Saturday?

Thousands of people will be downtown for a number of events -- not the least of which will be a visit from President Obama, which means streets shutting for the presidential motorcade.

"Tomorrow the president will touch down early afternoon and then head over to the Milwaukee Theatre for a fundraiser with Hank Aaron," said Joe Zepecki, Wisconsin Communications Director for Obama for America.

From there, it's over to Summerfest grounds for a 2,000 person rally.  And the president might just catch of glimpse of a big celebration, for the reopening of the Wisconsin Avenue Bridge.

"We expect about 5,000 participants," said Angela Damiani, Vice President of ART Milwaukee.

"We have eight different bands booked all throughout the day.  So there's tons of live music.  Danceworks has agreed to do a few performances" said Damiani.
In addition to that, "Doors Open Milwaukee" expects about 10,000 participants.  It's a tour of over 120 historic buildings around Milwaukee.  And on nearby North Avenue, the Tomato Romp's taking place.

"It's about 400 people that take part in a Bloody Mary competition where they go to each bar and have a Bloody Mary," said Jeremy Fojut, President of ART Milwaukee.

And organizers say everyone's welcome.  Especially the president.

"I think it's going to be a great showcase for the president.  I'm excited that he's here to see so many different things happening," said Damiani.

Click here for details for the free trolley during "Doors Open Milwaukee".