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Entertainment > Performing arts > City of Milwaukee > Downtown > Marcus Center for the Performing Arts

Marcus Center for the Performing Arts [edit]
929 N. Water St.
Milwaukee, WI 53202
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The Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, Wisconsin's premier entertainment showcase, is home to the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Florentine Opera, Milwaukee Ballet and First Stage Milwaukee. It is also a presenter of hit Broadway touring shows.
Upcoming events

Sept. 26, 2014 - Sept. 26, 2014
Classical Mystery Tour

2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the British invasion and the MSO is celebrating by performing the best of The Fab Four. “Classical Mystery Tour” is more than just a rock concert. Hear “Penny Lane” with a live trumpet section; experience the beauty of “Yesterday” with an acoustic guitar and string quartet; enjoy the rock/classical blend on the hard edged “I Am the Walrus.” From early Beatles music on through the solo years, “Classical Mystery Tour” is the best of The Beatles like you‘ve never heard them: totally live!

Oct. 3, 2014 - Oct. 5, 2014
The Original Milwaukee Oktoberfest

On October 3-5, the Marcus Center Grounds and Pere Marquette Park will transform downtown Milwaukee into a traditional Bavarian Oktoberfest celebration activating both sides of the Milwaukee River with beer gardens, music and food.

In 1810, King Ludwig I of Bavaria proclaimed that the last sixteen days of September, ending with the first full weekend in October, shall be set aside for feasting and beer drinking to celebrate his upcoming wedding.  To celebrate this tradition, The Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, The Old German Beer Hall, Westown Association, Sazama’s Fine Catering, and Milwaukee County Parks will team up for the first time to celebrate a Bavarian style Oktoberfest at both the Marcus Center Grounds and in Pere Marquette Park. This event is free admission and is family friendly.

Marking the final weekend of the original festival in Munich, The Original Milwaukee Oktoberfest celebration will be October 3-5.  The Marcus Center Grounds and Pere Marquette festivities will held on Friday, October 3rd and Saturday, October 4th from 12:00 pm-11:00 pm and Sunday, October 5th from 11:00 am-6:00 pm.

An authentic festival tent and beer garden will be erected in the park.  Hofbräu Oktoberfest Beer, the original beer of King Ludwig’s Royal Brewery, will be featured, along with traditional Bavarian foods including giant fresh baked pretzels, bratwurst, wieners and pork sandwiches.

The Marcus Center Grounds will feature food and beverage by Sazama’s Fine Catering at the Sazama’s River’s Edge Patio. Dinner specials and concession menu is available at:

Keg tapping will take place at Pere Marquette Park on Friday, October 3rd and at the Marcus Center Grounds on Saturday, October 4th.  Music and entertainment also will take place throughout the festival weekend at both locations.

The line up for the Marcus Center’s Peck Pavilion includes The Brewhaus Polka Kings, The Mike Schneider Band, The Freistadt Alte Kameraden Band, Talisman, The Squeezettes, Polka Floyd, and Harvest Polka Mass with Father Mike Hammer. The Glockenspiel will perform every two hours.

The line up for Pere Marquette includes Blaskapelle, Polka Floyd, Sigmund Snopek, Thomas Dietrich, Austrian Express, and Ferd Buchel, Tony Gorenc, and Jim Thull.

Oct. 10, 2014 - Oct. 11, 2014
Second City 55th Anniversary Tour

The Second City is opening up their vaults and giving you the ultimate peek behind the curtain! See the best of the best comedy created by some of the biggest names in the biz— mixed up with brand spankin’ new material performed by the red-hot talent of today! You’ll laugh ‘til your face hurts at our 55th anniversary extravaganza! This show contains adult language and content and may not be suitable for children.

Oct. 17, 2014 - Nov. 15, 2014

When Sherlock Holmes goes missing, the Baker Street Irregulars – a gang of street kids hired by Sherlock himself to help solve cases – accept the challenge of defending the Victorian city against the forces of evil. “The Baker Street Irregulars wield their blend of brains and moxie, proving what they’ve learned from the great Sherlock Holmes,” said First Stage Artistic Director Jeff Frank. “It’s a bold, fast-paced adventure with plenty of action including a battle under the streets of London, and a chase on top of a moving train.” Featuring live music performed by John Nicholson and young performers, this production promises to kick off our season with a bang.

Oct. 30, 2014 - Nov. 2, 2014
Don Quixote

Based on Cervantes’ epic novel, Don Quixote is a must-see for the whole family. Follow the hero and his comedic companion, Sancho Panza, as they travel through Spain in search of adventure, righteousness and love. Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra plays one of classical ballet’s best-loved scores, while the dancing will simply leave you breathless.

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