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At the top of Decider's weekend to-do list is finally paying our respects to one of Milwaukee's dominant ethnicities, zee Germans.

At German Fest, which runs through Sunday, you'll find multiple stages full of authentic German music and dance.

Yes, it's the most stereotypically Milwaukee-thing ever, but what other festival features contests for tuba-playing and yodeling? German Fest also imports musical acts from Germany, spanning from traditional folk to contemporary pop.

This year, German Fest welcomes native pop singer Styrina, as well as more traditional acts like festival regular Chikeria, a group from Munich that performs classic German folk songs as well as American country tunes.

All together now: "Prost Milwaukee!"Also on the festival tip this weekend is the Brady Street Festival, which features dozens of vendors, a drag show, a wine and cheese tent, and, of course, the East side's most iconic street.

Speaking of iconic neighborhoods, you can also catch the tail end of the Riverwest 24 bicycle race.

It's open to anyone who wants to participate—all you need is the will to race and a bike.

Decider suggests that racers not actually park their bikes in Riverwest, though, unless you have a really good lock.

(We kid, we kid!) In all seriousness, this sounds like a fun way to explore the quirkiest part of town.If you're looking for something a little more sensitive and a lot more crowded this weekend, there's always the Coldplay concert in East Troy.

Chris Martin and company's soft rock didn't get any less fluffy on their 2008 release, Viva La Vida, but the band has developed from weepy, sentimental ballads (such as "Yellow") to weepy, sentimental ballads bolstered by distorted guitars and plodding drums (such as "Violet Hill").

Fellow Englanders Elbow earned a Mercury Prize nomination for their 2001 debut, Asleep In The Back, and have continued to receive top marks for their subsequent releases, all of which marry gaseous electronic textures to songs that ebb and flow with the voice of frontman Guy Garvey.

The group seems to have perfected its formula of marrying Garvey's piercing vocals with beautiful but cold music on 2008's The Seldom Seen Kid.,30691/
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