art by Lauren Marvell

May 26 - June 2, 2019

The 5th annual Riverwest FemFest is here!!


2019 programming includes Gallery Day at multiple galleries throughout Milwaukee showing work from local artists, a Film & Video Showcase highlighting queer, non-binary, trans, and female identifying filmmakers, a Keg Stand-Up Comedy night at Lakefront Brewery, a two-day Maker's Market, numerous Workshops, and five days of music featuring over 60 local and national artists.

This week-long, city-wide festival and fundraiser was founded in Milwaukee, WI in 2015. This years’ festival runs from May 26th - June 2nd, 2019. Each year FemFest transforms and grows into a more expansive celebration. With that in mind, this year the Fest will be found all over Milwaukee and not just in its home neighborhood Riverwest.   

Riverwest FemFest seeks to empower our communities through the celebration of art. It is a platform for femmes, trans, GNC, women, non-binary and POC, honoring the reclamation of power for those who have been historically excluded from, or not had, creative spaces.


All proceeds from FemFest go toward community-based organizations within the city of Milwaukee that work to help and protect women, LGBTQIA+ individuals, and families. The 2019 festival beneficiaries will be Diverse & Resilient and the Milwaukee Women's Center.

Check out the full schedule below!

Riverwest FemFest 2019


FemFest 2019 Full Schedule:



Riverwest FemFest Keg Stand Up!

Sunday, May 26th

Doors open at 6:15pm, show at 7pm

Lakefront Brewery (1872 N Commerce St, Milwaukee, WI)

$10 adv/ $12 door

venue wheelchair accessible


Featuring comedy from:





and your headliner



Advanced Tickets:

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FemFest + FTAM Presents: An Experimental/Electronic Showcase

Jazz Gallery (926 E Center St, Milwaukee, WI)

Monday, May 27th 6-10pm

$6-12 sliding scale, All Ages

venue wheelchair accessible

6:00 Xai

7:00 Sleep Now Forever

7:30 11:11

8:00 C Vadi

8:30 Nummy

9:00 C Olivia Valenza


9:30 Spires That in the Sunset Rise



Speaking the Truth Through Art

Femfest Spoken Word and Performance Art night

Tuesday, May 28th 530pm - 10pm

Walker’s Point Center For The Arts

(839 S 5th St, Milwaukee, WI 53204)

venue wheelchair accessible



FemFest Film & Video Showcase


Program 1:

Wednesday, May 29th

Microlights, 832 E Chambers St.

7 pm

$5/pay what you can

venue wheelchair accessible

Program 2:

Wednesday, June 12th

Walker's Point Center for the Arts

839 S 5th St.



venue wheelchair accessible

This year's Femfest Film/Video screening will take part in two separate programs that highlight local makers who have been historically left out of creative spaces, on screen, and behind the camera. Works to be shown highlight queer, non-binary, trans, and female identifying filmmakers and who reside in or have ties to Milwaukee. The first program will be held at Microlights Cinema in Riverwest during Femfest's week-long celebration on May 29th at 7pm. The second program will continue at The Walker's Point Center for the Art in collaboration with their Community Frames series on June 12th at 6:30 pm. (Both venues are wheelchair accessible.)



FemFest Songwriters in the Round ft. SistaStrings and more!

Anodyne Coffee Roasting Co. (224 W Bruce St, Milwaukee, WI)

Thursday, May 30th, 7PM - 11PM

$8 advanced/ $10 door, All Ages

venue wheelchair accessible


Kat Wodtke


Brittany Lumley

Uncle Valentine

Dara Rilatos

Charlotte Montgomery

Anja Elise

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Friday Highlights:


  • FemFest teams up with FEMMESPACE for a special edition of Grace Weber’s Music Lab at Radio Milwaukee featuring Trinity G, Je'Love, Jean Deaux and more! 4pm, All Ages

  • Coordinated shows at Cactus Club and Club Garibaldi featuring music from international renowned musician, Reina Del Cid and local favorites such as Faux Fiction, Kia Rap Princess, Lauryl Sulfate & Ladies of Leisure, Caley Conway, Shle Berry and many more!! $15 for entrance to both venues ($10 for entrance to single venue!)


Friday Schedule:


FemFest x FEMMESPACE x Grace Weber's Music Lab

Friday, May 31 2019

88Nine Radio Milwaukee (220 E. Pittsburgh Ave.Milwaukee, WI)

4-7pm, All Ages


venue wheelchair accessible

Cactus Club

2496 S Wentworth Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53207

Friday, May 31st, Doors at 7PM

$10 ($15 for entrance to both Cactus and Garibaldi)


venue wheelchair accessible


7:30 Voulouse

8:30 Reina Del Cid

9:30 Caley Conway

10:30 Grey Genius

11:15 Kia Rap Princess

12:00 Juke Marciano

12:45 Shle Berry


Club Garibaldi

2501 S Superior St, Milwaukee, WI 53207

Friday, May 31st, Doors at 730PM

$10 ($15 for entrance to both Cactus and Garibaldi)


venue wheelchair accessible

8:15 BananaFish

8:45 Ms Lotus Fankh

9:15 Holly & the Nice Lions

10:15 Lauryl Sulfate & Ladies of Leisure

11:15 Witch Bolt

12:15 Faux Fiction



Saturday highlights:


  • FemFest Gallery Day, featuring work of over 25 artists at 7 galleries located throughout the Milwaukee area!

  • Day one of FemFest’s Maker’s Market located on the patio and above Company Brewing featuring local and regional handmade goods!

  • 12 hours of music (2pm-2am) at Company Brewing!! There will be an indoor and outdoor stage featuring 17 local and national acts! Closing sets by Saebra & Carlyle and Plague Walker, followed by DJ Dripsweat!


Saturday Schedule:


FemFest Gallery Day

Saturday, June 1st,


All ages



Terry McCormick Gallery of Contemporary Fine & Folk Art

2522 North 18th Street, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53206

Yours Truly

833 E Center St, Milwaukee, WI 53212

Gluon Gallery

2964 North Holton st. Milwaukee, WI 53212


720 N. Milwaukee St. Milwaukee, WI 53202 (3rd Floor)

Facilitating Situations

706 S 5th St, Milwaukee WI 53204

Walker’s Point Center for the Arts

839 S 5th St, Milwaukee, WI 53204

Real Tinsel

1013 West Historic Mitchell St. Milwaukee, WI


Featured Artists:

Liala Amin, Ella Anderson, Hannah Bender, Sarah Benforado, Emily Bury, Katie Chandler, Sase Eisenmann, Diya Gitanjali Mark, Cynthia Ho, Eli Huckabay, Yessica Jimenez, Nina Keizer, Sydney Lange, Pilot Lee, Melissa K Mursch,

Nicole Naudi, Riley Niemack, Natalie Pacheco-Vallejo, Cecilia Palacios, Alli Smith, Malia Spellman, Evelyn Patricia Terry, Stefanie M. Valverde, Izzy Waite, Teena Wilder


FemFest Makers Market (Day One)

June 1st 2pm - 10pm

Company Brewing (Upstairs and on the Patio)

735 E Center St, Milwaukee, WI 53212

venue wheelchair accessible


Vendors Include:

Peach Beast, Ceci Tejeda, Conxa Apparel, Emily Bury, Xeroine Illustration, Kiersten Darling,

Kenzie Huckabay, and many more!


735 E Center St, Milwaukee, WI 53212

2PM - 2AM


venue wheelchair accessible

2:00 Kati Katchever

2:30 Kendra Swanson

3 :00 Ghost In The Good Thing

3:30 DUZT

4:00 worm

4:30 crimesXnature

5:30 Auti Marie  

6:00 Kaylee Crossfire

6:30 Wavy V

7:00 Gentle Brontosaurus

7:30 Amanda Huff (Full Band)

9:00 Motes

10:00 L’Resorts

11:00 Saebra & Carlyle

12:00 Plague Walker

12:30 DJ Dripsweat



Sunday Highlights:


  • Day two of FemFest Makers Market located on the patio and above Company Brewing featuring local and regional handmade goods!

  • Music from 12PM - 10PM at Company Brewing!! Enjoy music from 16 local and national acts! Performances by Sypher Lady X and Fox Face will close out the Fest!

  • Official After Party at High Dive featuring music from Duckling Cream Vellum and Habitat For Insanity!! (10PM - 1AM)


Sunday Schedule:


FemFest Makers Market (Day Two)

June 2nd 12pm - 6pm

Company Brewing (Upstairs and on the Patio)

735 E Center St, Milwaukee, WI 53212

venue wheelchair accessible

Some Vendors Include:

Peach Beast

Ceci Tejeda

Conxa Apparel

Emily Bury

Xeroine Illustration

Kiersten Darling

Kenzie Huckabay

to list a few!



735 E Center St, Milwaukee, WI 53212

12PM - 10PM


venue wheelchair accessible

12:00 Wise Jennings

1:00 Nomad Quartet

2:00 MRS. FUN

2:30 Abby Fae

3:00 Kelli Frances Corrado

3:30 ANDII

4:00 Natalijia

4:30 Atheists and Airplanes

5:00 RuthB8r Ginsburg

5:30 Betazoid

6:00 Tinyhands

6:30 FSFL Kay Kay

7:00 Large Print

7:30 Warhola Cats


Music Moves inside at 8pm

8:00 Sypher Lady X

9:00 Fox Face



701 E Center St, Milwaukee, WI 53212


FREE 21+

venue wheelchair accessible


10:00 Duckling

10:50 Cream Vellum

11:30 Habitat For Insanity