By Matt Mueller Culture Editor Published Mar 18, 2021 at 1:56 PM

Another classic Milwaukee festival will shift its focus to next summer as Locust Street Festival, along with the Riverwest Beer Run that starts the event off, have been canceled for 2021. 

The 2021 edition – which would've marked the Locust Street Festival's 45th year – was scheduled for Sunday, June 13. 

"While the severity of the COVID-19 virus has been reduced in recent months, the festival committee made the decision that it’s again best to cancel this year’s festival, than to risk the health and safety of its attendees, artisans, staff and organizers," wrote the festival's organizers in a release. 

Locust Street Festival joins Festa Italiana, Polish Fest, German Fest and PrideFest as major Milwaukee summer festivals that have decided to avoid the 2021 season – with COVID-19 still a looming threat and vaccinations still in progress – and instead focus on returning in full come 2022.

The good news: You can already mark your calendars for next year's Locust Street Festival as its grand return on Sunday, June 12, 2022. 

For more summer festival news and updates, stay tuned to OnMilwaukee.

Matt Mueller Culture Editor

As much as it is a gigantic cliché to say that one has always had a passion for film, Matt Mueller has always had a passion for film. Whether it was bringing in the latest movie reviews for his first grade show-and-tell or writing film reviews for the St. Norbert College Times as a high school student, Matt is way too obsessed with movies for his own good.

When he's not writing about the latest blockbuster or talking much too glowingly about "Piranha 3D," Matt can probably be found watching literally any sport (minus cricket) or working at - get this - a local movie theater. Or watching a movie. Yeah, he's probably watching a movie.