The weekend is here and it's ready to help you celebrate love this Valentine’s Day weekend. Milwaukee Ballet is back in the new year with a new show. Splash Studio has been transformed into the Cupid Studio. Disney on Ice is back at Fiserv Forum. Enjoy special tastings and dinners for Valentine’s Day, check out music tribute nights, sports, do craft workshops with friends, see classic movie screenings and so much more.
Dive in, make your list and get your weekend on.
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The ICE XPERIENCE is a unique multi-visual attraction that brings together family & friends to enjoy ICE SCULPTURES, TUNES and BREWS. At 23 degrees, transport to another world created with 50 tons of crystal clear ice! Sit & chill on the Ice Throne and pose with a life-size motorcycle or many more interactive ice sculptures!
VINTERSKÖL MUSIK FEST
The Brewery District hosts the debut installment of VinterSköl Musik Fest on Saturday, Feb. 15 to help celebrate the nearing of the end of winter with live music at five neighborhood venues beginning at 4 p.m. There will also be vendors, beer specials, tours and more than a little food on offer at participating venues. A $15 ticket ($20 at the door/day-of) swings open the doors to Best Place at The Historic Pabst Brewery, Captain Pabst Pilot House, Jackson's Blue Ribbon Pub, Milwaukee Brewing Company and Nō Studios. A pre-party at the Captain Pabst Pilot House and Best Place at The Historic Pabst Brewery includes free brewery and beer history tours beginning at noon and is included with each ticket.
WHISKEY & WINGS BAR CRAWL
For the first time ever, Red Rock Saloon is hosting this bar crawl full of Bourbon, Whiskey and wings. They will be starting at Red Rocks, but then the crawl will make it to McGillycuddys Bar and Red White and Blue. It starts at 4 p.m. There are still spots to join here.
HARD ROCK OUT HUNGER
Rock Country MKE is hosting a night of country music at 8 p.m. The show will also be raising funds for hunger. Bring $5 or $5 worth of food donations.
MILWAUKEE WINTER FARMERS MARKET
From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., check out the Milwaukee Winter Farmers Market. You will be able to check out all the vendors in the Greenhouse Annex at the Mitchell Domes. Grab your wallet and get ready to buy some local goods this Saturday.
15TH ANNUAL VALENTINE’S WEEKEND LAUGH-A-THON
Spend the night laughing with your Valentine at Miller High Life Theatre’s annual Laugh-a-thon. Five comedians will take the stage and will be ready to entertain you for the night starting at 7:30 p.m. Get you and your other half some tickets to this Valentine’s show here.
A big fan of Bono and the rest of his group? Head to Shank Hall to hear a tribute for them at 8 p.m. They will zoom through all the hits, so be sure to come by and listen to them for $12.
Give the gift of wellness. Lula Mae Aesthetic Boutique is offering amazing pricing on everyone's favorite services and products. Services and packages start at $59. At these prices you can treat yo'self too, Darling! Check out Lula Mae's Facebook page for more information on all their utterly, divine services and products.
This band of three sisters will be heading to MKE. Give their tunes a listen at Turner Hall Ballroom. Deep Sea Diver will open the night at 8 p.m.
FOOD & FROTH
Don't miss your chance to tip back with a T-Rex, snap a selfie with MPM Snake and cheers with Granny all at Milwaukee Public Museum’s Food & Froth. Highlights include a commemorative glass, food and drink samples and live entertainment. Tickets are $75 for general admission. VIP admission is already sold out.
CUPID SHUFFLE BAR CRAWL
Celebrate love or your singlehood with this Valentine’s Day bar crawl. You can make your way up and down 3rd St. by enjoying drink specials at places like Red, White and Blue, The Harp, Loaded Slate, Trinity and more. There are still spots left. You can snag your tickets here.
It’s the battle of Wisconsin teams. The Milwaukee Panthers are going up against the UW-Green Bay team. They will be playing at the UWM Panther Arena at 6 p.m.
MILWAUKEE COCOA CLASSIC 5K
Lace-up those running shoes and go to the Cocoa Classic. Run the 5K, get a finisher mug and support a cause at South Shore Park. The run all happens at 8:30 a.m.
Carrie Nation and the Speakeasy, S.S. Web, Anna Jo Banjo, Pay the Devil and DJ PHATNECK are on the lineup at the Cactus Club. Get ready to jam out to this whole set at 9 p.m. The show is 18+.
Boone & Crockett are hosting a puppy-friendly Valentine’s Day. Bring your furry friends to the bar to shop for your animal, enjoy drink deals and more.
The Miller Brewery Tour offers a 1 hour indoor/outdoor guided walking tour of Miller Valley, home to over 160 years of brewing history. See how we brew, package and distribute our great beers. Lastly, a stop in our historic caves with beer samples to follow for those 21+. More info here.
Get ready to rock out hard to this crew, Clint Lowery and Deepfall at The Rave. They will be taking the stage at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are still available here: https://www.therave.com/concert_details.asp?id=7162
PUNK ROCK RUMMAGE SALE
Get your records, VHS tapes, cassette tapes, pins, vintage clothing and more at Club Garibaldi’s from noon to 4 p.m. Get the full deets here and then get your wallets ready: https://www.facebook.com/events/2394972033962128/
Brace yourself this Saturday to take a Polar Plunge at the zoo and help raise money for Special Olympics Wisconsin. It starts at 10 a.m.
Var Gallery & Studio welcomes all musicians, poets, comedians, etc. to join them for their free open mic. Sign up or just watch all of the acts starting at 7:30 p.m.
To make light of some of the tough political situations, Comedy Sportz decided to put their own spin on politics to get out some progressive laughs that we all need. See all the comedians on the bill here.
Grub like you mean it at Punch Bowl Social. It’s never too early to start planning your brunch dates. Especially when Monkey Bread French Toast, Avocado Toast, Bloody Mary Bar and Mimosa Bowls are involved. Join us Saturday and Sunday from 9am – 3pm. For more information, hit up punchbowlsocial.com/Milwaukee
Four of Milwaukee's best-dressed improvisers compete against each other in a series of short-form, long-form and musical improv games. At the end of each game, the audience helps picks who wins. Be a part of this comedy competition at Ampersand Theater Company. .
POETRY HAPPY HOUR
This is a monthly program at the Cactus Club that highlights artists across mediums, though mainly poets, and provides a performance platform for sharing ideas and connecting with one another. It is free to attend and will start at 3 p.m.
The Sisters of Charity of St. Joan Antida host their NUN Run for the fifth year on Sunday. If you click here, you can register a team and raise money for St. Joan Antida High School. However, the twist is there’s no running or walking necessary, instead you just get to enjoy a party for raising money at Three Lion Pubs. It starts at 1 p.m.
PABST DOG DAYS
Drink some brews at Pabst Milwaukee Brewery & Taproom from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. but don’t forget to bring your doggies. There will be special drink deals available as well.
Our soccer crew is back at the UWM Panther Arena. Come cheer them on as they take on the Florida Tropics. Kick-off is happening at 5 p.m.
Don’t miss out on great shows at one of Milwaukee’s premier concert destinations, The Rave. Get show info, tickets and more at TheRave.com.
They started as buskers on the streets of Boston and now they are touring the world. Their tour includes a stop in MKE. You can see them have an intimate show at Colectivo’s The Back Room. Victoria Canal will be there too. She will kick off the show at 8 p.m.
The NBA All-Star Game is Sunday night. Go Team Giannis!
KEG STAND UP
Milwaukee Comedy and Lakefront Brewery presents an evening full of smiles and laughs. At 7 p.m. check out stand-up while also enjoying their beers and food. This is a fan favorite show, so be sure to grab tickets here before they are all gone.
2020 MIDWINTER BREWFEST
One day a year Milwaukee Ale House shuts down to host Midwinter Brewfest. This event will feature over 30 local and national breweries and 800 craft beer lovers. 100% of this year's proceeds will benefit Islands of Brilliance, a local Milwaukee organization. Purchasing a ticket doesn’t just lend support, but it will give you access to unlimited sampling and a commemorative tasting glass. It starts at 11 a.m. and goes until 6 p.m.
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You may know him from the MTV show, "Totally Pauly," but now you can see him perform live at Turner Hall Ballroom. Get ready to laugh at 8 p.m.
Cheer on the Lady Golden Eagles as they take on Butler this Sunday. The first 750 fans to arrive at the Al McGuire Center will receive a free t-shirt. The tip-off is happening at 2 p.m.
This Iowa singer-songwriter will be coming to the Cactus Club. She will be there at 7 p.m. to share her sophomore LP. Tickets are ten bucks. The show is 18+.
GIRLS ROCK FUNDRAISER
Support Girls Rock MKE with their winter fundraiser concert. Four bands will be taking the stage at The Miramar Theatre. Rock out to them starting at 5 p.m.
Cheer on the Lady Panthers as they take on University of Detroit Mercy. They will be playing at the Klotsche Center. Tip-off is happening at 2 p.m.
ALL WEEKEND LONG
MILWAUKEE BALLET: BALLET RUSSE REIMAGINED
In early 1900s Paris, the world’s most influential artists collaborated to create new, ground-breaking ballet. They would become the Ballets Russes. Milwaukee Ballet, a home for new work, honors their legacy by presenting contemporary adaptations of its iconic works as a part of its 50th Anniversary Season. Buy tickets.
Whether you have a special someone to celebrate with or not, Milwaukee's Downtown ice sculptures on Valentine's Day are sure to warm your heart. A duo of festive love-inspired ice sculptures – one a love-themed frosty photo opp, the other an icy "love seat" – will be photo-ready for your romantic weekend starting at noon on Friday, Feb. 14 at the 310W Building, 310 W. Wisconsin Ave., and the Chase Tower at the corner of Water Street and Wisconsin Avenue. Learn more about it here: https://onmilwaukee.com/buzz/articles/downtown-valentines-day-ice-sculptures.html
AN EVENING WITH C.S LEWIS
Flashback to the year 1963, C.S. Lewis, the famous British author, is hosting a group of American writers at his home near Oxford. They are about to experience a captivating evening with a man whose engaging conversation and spontaneous humor made him one of the great raconteurs of his day. You, however, will be able to experience a retelling of this in MKE at The Marcus Center.
THE AVANT-GARDEN OF LOVE
Embrace all aspects of love, light and dark, with Present Music’s Valentine’s Day concert. They will cover an array of songs, have special guests and more. The show is happening this Thursday and Friday. Get your tickets here: https://presentmusic.org/events/avant-garden/
It’s time to get ready for baseball season. You can head to the baseball park to purchase single-game tickets for the upcoming season but then stick around for the arctic tailgate that will feature corn hole, trivia, brats, drinks and more.
TWO FOR ONE ADMISSION
Explore both the Milwaukee Art Museum's Portrait of Milwaukee exhibition and the Harley-Davidson Museum's Building a Milwaukee Icon: Harley-Davidson's Juneau Avenue Factory exhibit with one ticket. You are able to use this offer this Saturday and Sunday.
TWO NIGHTS OF PAPADOSIO
This progressive rock band has The Miramar Theatre for two nights. Come catch their show Friday and Saturday night. The shows start each night at 8 p.m.
ANIME MKE WEEKEND
Anime Milwaukee – the largest anime convention in Wisconsin – rings in its lucky 13-year anniversary this year and will bring more than 10,000 people to the city to enjoy the three-day festival aimed at celebrating and educating fans about anime, manga, Asian culture, music and gaming. Anime Milwaukee takes place Feb. 14-16 at the Hilton Milwaukee and Wisconsin Center. All attendees must register to enter. Click here to register.
8 UNIQUE WAYS TO CELEBRATE V DAY
Valentine's Day falls on a Friday this year, which means that whoever you are and whatever your status – single, coupled or in between – it's a great excuse to enjoy a night out. And yes, you can indulge in a more traditional dinner at one of our great local eateries. But if you're looking for something different, there are plenty of options from which to choose. Here are eight suggestions to get you started: https://onmilwaukee.com/dining/articles/8-ways-to-celebrate-valentines-day.html
DISNEY ON ICE
See Moana, Miguel, Ariel, Rapunzel and more at the Fiserv Forum this upcoming weekend. They will help you be a part of an amazing adventure that will take you through a journey of classic songs and characters. Eight different shows will be happening, giving you no excuse not to check it out. Ticket and event information is here: https://www.fiservforum.com/events/detail/disney-on-ice-2020
Love is in the air – and on your canvas at Splash Studio, which will feel the love, in particular, this Valentine's Day with a new pop-up: Cupid Studio, Jan. 31 through Feb. 23 at the East Side painting bar. Much like the bar's elf-themed transformation for Christmas, Cupid Studio will feature a collection of special art projects based on romance – "celebrating the love of couples, families, besties and singles," according to Splash Studio's announcement – as well as romantic menu items, "take and make" activities, inventive and inspired photo ops, and Valentine's Day-approved cocktails, such as the "Box of Chocolates" flight featuring a chocolate orange bourbon old fashioned, a chocolate martini and a cinnamon hot chocolate. Get the full scoop on this pop-up bar here.
THE LION KING MUSICAL
This Disney classic is coming to the MKE Broadway stage. Hear songs you love live like "Can You Feel The Love Tonight?," "Be Prepared" and more. The musical will transport you to Pride Rock with all the giraffes, birds, gazelles and lions at The Marcus Center. It will be here in MKE until March 1st. Make sure you get your tickets and the schedule here: https://www.marcuscenter.org/show/disneys-lion-king-marcus-center
Meet us at the barre! The Barre Code that is! Join for a FREE 6:45 pm class Thursdays at the Third Ward and Brookfield locations. Read about the class here!
HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH
Milwaukee Rep is bringing to the stage this classic musical. Come see the transformation of Hansel Schmidt to Hedwig with this genre-bending musical sensation. Get your tickets here ASAP to see it this weekend. You won’t want to miss it.
A SMALL FIRE
Come see the story of a couple whose world gets turned upside down with a mysterious disease at Next Act Theatre. The couple faces the obstacles of this hardship by having to deal with the wife slowly losing all of her senses. See how this all comes together this weekend. Tickets can be purchased here: https://upaf.org/events/a-small-fire-by-adam-bock-5-2020-01-30/
DISNEY POP-UP @ CITY LOUNGE
City Lounge's latest painstakingly assembled pop-up bar is inspired by some of your favorite fairy tale stories and animated adventures. Running now through Feb. 16, the Cudahy bar will transform into a whole new world of magical fun and particularly creative worlds – from a icy palace if the cold doesn't bother you anyway, to an adventure under the sea to a beach setting (complete with actual sand) for those who know the way, to a literal cave of wishes complete with a wish-granting trinket, to a (White) claw machine that decides who will go and who will stay, to a jungle moonlight photo op that's prefer for strutting in front of while not worrying for the rest of your days, to even little clownfish scattered around for visitors to seek out. And that's all not including the bar's special menu of inspired drinks and beverages. See our sneak peek of this place here or check it out yourself this weekend.
BARS WITH FIREPLACE GUIDE
In the summer months, the air is our friend, and drinking outdoors is the way to go. But in winter, another element, fire, becomes our best drinking buddy, and toasting – or getting toasty – in front of a fireplace is perfect on a blustery night.OnMilwaukee also has a list of cozy bars, some of which have fireplaces. Here's a more complete list of bars and restaurants that will stoke even the chilliest drinkers and diners: https://onmilwaukee.com/bars/articles/fireplace-guide.html
A WRINKLE IN TIME
First Stage brings this famous book of fantasy and adventure alive this weekend. See the retelling of this story on a local stage at the Marcus Center. Regardless, if you read the book or not, you should check out this play all weekend long.
This play is a portrait of the human spirit. It shares how Winnie’s optimism shields her from the harsh realities. See how this turns out by coming out to see Renaissance Theaterworks at the Broadway Theater Center.
THE LEGEND OF GEORGIA MCBRIDE
The story of a broke Elvis impersonator with a baby on the way comes to Milwaukee Rep. This play is full of music, humor and plenty of sequins. Don’t miss this hilarious and heartwarming show that will be running all weekend long. Tickets and the schedule can be found here: https://upaf.org/events/the-legend-of-georgia-mcbride-7-2020-01-16/
CHASIN’ DEM BLUES
This explores the story of Grafton, Wisconsin’s Paramount Records. It celebrates blues and jazz legends and music. Come see it at Milwaukee Rep Theater. It’s happening all weekend long. Get the schedule here.
THE SNOWY DAY AND OTHER STORIES
The First Stage Company will be taking the stage at Milwaukee Youth Arts Center to share a winter tale. It shares the joys of winter like fresh snow, throwing snowballs, snow angels and more. Get your tickets here and then enjoy the show.
Look at the weather forecast and you can see that it's time to bring the sled back down from the rafters – or up from the basement – wax up the bottom and make sure the handles are tight. OnMilwaukee is happy to provide you with a list of some of the best hills in the county, which are now covered with snow, children and some really big kids who haven't quite grown up yet. You can hit the hills at any of the sledding spots listed below during the day, and then take advantage of the area parks' lighted hills if you're not quite ready to come in when the street lights come on: https://onmilwaukee.com/family/articles/milwaukee-sledding-guide.html
100 THINGS TO DO IN WINTER
With icy temperatures and snowflakes returning to the forecast, you may be dreading another wicked Wisconsin winter. Have no fear. Whether you're game for braving the blustery outdoors or would rather be plopped in front of the fire in layered-up long johns, we've got the goods to make the most of a Milwaukee winter.Enjoy again or for the first time, this classic OnMilwaukee.com "100 things list," updated for the 2019 holiday season: https://onmilwaukee.com/seasonal/holidays/articles/milwaukeewinter.html
HIDDEN MKE GEMS GUIDE
True to its Brew City nickname, Milwaukee is no stranger to bars – to the point that we have more drinking spots than grocery stores. Some might say we've got a problem; we'd say we just have our priorities straight.But with so many places from which to choose, it's easy for some locales – even truly classic Cream City clubs – to fall between the cracks or hide in plain sight. They may not be the fanciest places or the most hip, but without them, a part of Milwaukee's welcoming neighborhood soul would go missing. And here are just a few of those hidden gems that deserve a moment in the spotlight – and that you should discover for yourself for your next drink: https://onmilwaukee.com/bars/articles/hidden-gems-guide.html
TRY A BUCKET LIST RESTAURANT
We all get in ruts. We go to our favorite places over and over again. We eat the same dishes. We drink the same drinks.In 2019, I’d beseech you to rethink your dining strategy and really explore the dining landscape in and around Milwaukee. Go somewhere you’ve never been. Eat something you’ve never eaten before. Escape your comfort zone and support the amazing chefs we have right in our own backyards.To support you in your journey, here’s a comprised a list of 52 restaurants for your bucket list in 2019 (in random order) that should be on your Milwaukee restaurant bucket list: https://onmilwaukee.com/dining/articles/52-bucket-list-restaurants-in-milwaukee.html
ON THE BURGER TRAIL
Lori Fredich has been on the burger trail. Join in her by checking out some local favorite burger joints as well. You can get ideas on where to go here: https://onmilwaukee.com/dining/articles/on-the-burger-trail.html
100 THINGS TO DO IN MILWAUKEE
Can’t exactly come up with what to do this weekend? Don’t sweat it; we’ve got you covered. Here’s a list of 100 things you, your family and your friends can do: onmilwaukee.com/visitors/articles/100things.html
BUY A MILWAUKEE GIFT THIS WEEKEND
Searching for the perfect Milwaukee gift for a dear friend or loved one? Buy local – and buy often – from this guide of 100 Milwaukee gifts.
FIND YOUR FAVORITE RESTAURANT
Looking for the right place to eat this weekend? Check out the OnMilwaukee.com Dining section here.