Riverwest FemFest is an annual weekend community music and arts festival celebrating the powerful and positive impact women, femmes, and feminine identifying groups can have on each other and the community around them. Founded in 2015, we celebrate the empowerment that comes with surrounding yourself with people who push you to push yourself. We celebrate through music, art, and poetry. We not only celebrate the feminine impact within our own community, we celebrate women, femmes, and feminine identifying groups, (and those who support) everywhere.
Femfest is also a fundraiser, with all proceeds from the fest going towards organizations within our city of Milwaukee that aim to help and protect women. 2017’s festival beneficiaries were the Coalition for Justice and Pathfinders Milwaukee. We donated the remaining proceeds from the fest to the Milwaukee Women’s Center, a division of Community Advocates that houses and supports men, women, and children dealing with domestic violence, mental health issues and substance abuse.
To help support this year’s festival the organizers once again teamed up with Company Brewing to make a Sour IPA. The beer was brewed by Sam Willis, who is one of the two women brewers in Milwaukee. There will be a launch party for the beer on May 17 featuring performances from Liam O’Brien’s Faithless Followers, Ben Yela, and Fuzzyhead.
Here’s the lineup:
Sunday, May 27
Riverwest FemFest Keg Stand Up! at Lakefront Brewery
Featuring comedy from Dina Nina Martinez, Allison Dunne, Shannon Noll and the headliner:
Milwaukee Comedy and Lakefront Brewery present fresh laughs and fresh beer, it’s Keg Stand Up – a hilarious night of comedy at Lakefront Brewery! The show will feature delicious beer, live stand up comedy and table served food from a special show menu. Yum!
One dollar from each tap beer poured at the event will be donated to this year’s Riverwest FemFest beneficiaries, Courage MKE, MKE Women’s Resource Center and Casa Maria. Additionally, $1 from each pint of My Turn Kristen poured during RWFF week will be donated.
Monday, May 28
Riverwest FemFest Spoken Word Night at Rise & Grind Cafe #2
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Tuesday, May 29
Riverwest FemFest Film & Video Showcase at Microlights
Two programs of local, femme-identified film shorts curated by Grace Mitchell and Naomi Shersty. 15 minute intermission. Cash bar.
Ella Freigang – Retirement Party
Emily Downes – Loose Ends
Britany Gunderson – Space Defined
Kati Kachever – Clear and Twisting She Goes
Nazlı Dinçel – Between Relating and Use
Janelle Vanderkelen – Ambrosia
Kayle Karbowski – Maybe the Tides Created You, But You Control What Moves You
Celeste Contreras – Lost in Translation, Found in Decolonization
Brooke Thiele – The Deer Queen
Run Time: about 40 minutes
Jesse McLean – I’m in Pittsburgh and It’s Raining
Sarah Buccheri – Women’s Room
Natasha Woods – A denial
Kym McDaniel – Press Play
Rachel Lane – Optimistic Voices
Cecelia Condit – Some Dark Place
Kim Miller – Cabbage Garden
Ariel Teal – Becoming
Run Time: about 42 minutes
With instillations by:
Michelle Trujillo – Space Erotics and Water Erotics
Sally Nicholson – Clove
Cristina Ossers – Motion Sickness
Maeve Jackson – Superior Woman
Wednesday, May 30
Riverwest FemFest is proud to present: Art Walk 2018 with a community of artists exhibiting at 5 different walkable locations, including:
The Ski Club
The Yellow Wallpaper Project
The Jazz Gallery
The Lunchbox at After School Special
The After Party will take place at Art Bar.
8:30 – The Fellows
8:45 – Kati Katchever
9:30 – Banana Fish
10:15 – Rocket Cat
11:00 – Saebra & Carlyse
Thursday, May 31
Riverwest FemFest 2018 at Mad Planet
8:30 – Nafrini
9:30 – Ava Lake
10:30 – WAVY V
11:30 – Burlesque with Miss Sunshine Ramel & Coco Soleil
Featuring DJ Megz and DJ DRiPSweat
Riverwest FemFest 2018 at Club Timbuktu
8 – Kendra Swanson
9 – Ms. Lotus Fankh
10 – LUXI
11 – Sweet Lala
12- Rocket Paloma
Featuring DJ Alien Dance, DJ Jen Dub, and DJ Rainbow
Friday, June 1
Riverwest FemFest 2018 at HIGH DIVE MKE
7:00 – Dana T
7:40 -: Karen Meat
8:30 – Dayna Clay Project
9:20 – Six Wives of Richard
10:10 – She/Her/Hers
11:00 – Sypher Lady X
11:50 – Lauryl Sulfate
12:40 – Iron Pizza
*Featuring DJ sets by Jen Dub, Hitachii and Rainbow
Riverwest FemFest 2018 at The Riverwest Public House
9:00 – The Meatcurtains
9:50 – Fox Face
10:40 – Mexican Knives
11:30 – Zed Kenzo
12:20 – Plague Walker
**Featuring DJ sets by Gramma Matrix, Sherrif, LotusMark and BOXXi
Saturday, June 2-3
Riverwest FemFest Maker’s Market at Company Brewing
Riverwest FemFest is back with our 2nd annual Maker’s Market! Both Saturday and Sunday, come enjoy gorgeous weather on Company Brewing’s patio and check out our femme vendors and makers!
The full list of makers is coming soon!
The fourth annual Riverwest Femfest will take place from May 27 to June 3 at a variety of locations in Milwaukee’s Riverwest neighborhood. You can catch a wide variety of talented women and feminine identifying groups from musicians, artists, comics, dancers and more.
Check out the Riverwest Femfest lineup of music and events.