Welcome to the great Milwaukee weekend. It’s here and ready to help you have some wintertime fun. Monster Trucks will be rolling back into MKE. Visit museums all over the city for Museum Week. Get your grub on at Harbor House for Lobsterpalooza. See local art at Third Ward’s Gallery Night. Cheer on the Packers, Bucks and Panthers. Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday at the Marcus Center. Share your love for all things Harry Potter at this year’s Yule Ball, the return of the MKE ice bars will be happening, hear storytelling at The Moth, see magician Criss Angel Raw at The Riverside Theater and so much more.
Dive in, make your list and get your weekend on.
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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
ONESIE BAR CRAWL
Throw on your favorite onesie and then get ready to bar crawl downtown by Water St. The crawl will have dancing, drink discounts, food specials and more. It starts at 4 p.m. Sign up for it here.
MILWAUKEE WINTER FARMERS MARKET
From 9 a.m. to noon, 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.
Calling all Harry Potter Fans! Don’t miss this two-day bewitching celebration of the Triwizard Tournament at Turner Hall’s annual Yule Ball, hosted at Turner Hall Ballroom. Night two involves a costume contest and interactive experiences. Wizards, witches, alumni and magic students are all invited. The invite list is limited, so be sure to reserve your spot here and then hop on your broomstick and arrive at the party at 8 p.m. sharp.
UWM PANTHERS VS. OAKLAND
It’s time to Roar in the 414! Join Milwaukee Panther men’s basketball for a fun day of activities for the whole family as they host Oakland downtown at UWM Panther Arena. The annual baby race and mascot game will take place at half-time. Click Here for more ticket information: https://www.ticketmaster.com/milwaukee-panthers-mens-basketball-tickets/artist/892768
WINE 101 CLASS
Enjoy a fun introduction to wine at Vino Third Ward. From 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., you can try six wines, learn about food pairings, get info on their history and more.
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.
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THE PRINCESS BRIDE
Join Cary Elwes, Westley, for a special screening of "The Princess Bride." You will watch the movie and then get a chance to discuss it with Elwes afterward. You can watch the flick at The Riverside Theater. Get your tickets for it as soon as you can here: https://pabsttheater.org/event/caryelwes2020/
SEEK THE GOOD SATURDAY
Volunteer with Good City Brewing at 9 a.m. They will be helping Next Door Foundation with cleaning and sorting books. If you want to join, be sure to reserve your spot here: https://www.facebook.com/events/2503844523273536/
Y2K DANCE PARTY
Throw it back to those MySpace selfies, low-rise jeans and Blackberry phones with this early 2000’s dance party. The DJ will be spinning the tunes that you use to see on the "TRL" countdown. Move and groove all night at Mad Planet. The party starts at 9 p.m. Cover is five bucks.
On Saturday, Shank Hall will be paying tribute to bands, Pink Floyd and Rush. Come jam out to the music of these legendary rock crews at 8 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. A portion of the tickets will be donated to the American Cancer Society.
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.
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.
You may have seen Fleming on "Tosh.O," "The Doctors" and more. Now, you can see him at Colectivo’s The Back Room this Saturday at 8 p.m.
I SHOULD KNOW THIS
Inspired by NPR’s "Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me," Ampersand Theater Company will bring a live quiz show to 88Nine Radio Milwaukee. Special guest Rep. Jonathon Brostoff will be there as a part of the show’s panel. You won’t want to miss out on this experience, so be sure to check out.
WINTER BEACH PARTY
Highbury Milwaukee will try to wash away the winter blues with this beach party. Enjoy music, dancing, leis and more. The party starts at 9 p.m.
ROARING TWENTY TWENTIES GALA
Milwaukee Athletic Club will be throwing a party full of glamour and elegance. It will be ‘20s themed without the prohibition, of course. Enjoy a three-course meal, dancing, live music, formal attire and more. It all starts at 6:30 p.m.
FM 106.1 PRESENTS CLASS OF 2020
Throw on your cowboy boots and hats for an epic night of country music at The Northern Lights Theater. They will have Morgan Evans, Ingrid Andress, Teddy Robb, Tenille Arts and Jameson Rodgers on the lineup. The show starts at 7:30 p.m.
PACKERS BAR GUIDE
One could argue that every bar in Wisconsin is a Packers bar, so we'll say it right at the start: This list is only semi-complete, at best. Just about every establishment in and around our fair city boasts some of the elements that make a Packers bar – plasma TVs, drink specials, pennants and framed jerseys plastered on the walls – but that isn't really enough these days. The popularity of fantasy football has created crowds at bars for out-of-market games, too, making for a lively atmosphere on game days. Here are some great places to catch the green and gold. Add your own recommendations at the bottom using the Talkback feature here.
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!
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 for this second ever dog day.
COLORING BOOK DAY
Riverwest Public House Cooperative presents you with their new monthly event. The coloring book will be from artist Alex Wiley Coyote. You pay $10 to get the coloring book but stick around and color with the RPHC crew. The drink special will be $5 beer and a shot. The coloring day begins 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.
36TH ANNUAL DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION
It’s the 36th anniversary of this party at the Marcus Center. Come to help them keep his legacy alive. The program highlights the youth in our community who every year interpret Dr. King’s words through an art, speech and writing contest. Stop on by to support the youth and their talents as well as Dr. King’s legacy at 1 p.m.
Armon Hassan, DAY TVVO, ORIISDEAD, Nik Voyn, Midsummer and Blind are the musicians on the lineup at the Cactus Club. Come rock out to these Wisco crews at 5:30 p.m. The show is 21+.
The annual Samson Stomp run and walk is Sunday at the Zoo. This is a great event, and it honors one of the most famous Zoo residents, Samson, a silverback gorilla who made people smile for years (1950-1981). Money raised from the event supports all of the animals in the Zoo’s collection. Get more details here.
Spend your #selfcaresunday morning at The Iron Horse Hotel. This brunch will start off right with yoga for all levels followed by a seated 15-minute meditation. After yoga and meditation practice, enjoy a brunch full of healthy and soul-nourishing eats and a Muse Brews kombucha sampling in The Lobby. It costs $50, which includes yoga, meditation, family-style brunch and bottomless mimosas with a trio of fresh-squeezed juices. RSVP here if you want to be a part of it. The mindfulness brunch begins at 9 a.m.
LIGHT UP THE GARDEN
Experience the Lynden Sculpture Garden by lantern light. You will start the evening off by making your own lantern and then you will use it to light up the garden with a walk later in the evening. It all starts at 3 p.m.
Play Cover5 today!
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So simple, anyone can play.
UWM PANTHERS VS. IUPUI
Join the Milwaukee Panther women’s basketball team for the annual Pride game supporting CourageMKE. Tip-time at the Klotsche Center is 2 p.m. versus IUPUI. MKE Pride Hats will be available for donation and all proceeds will be donated to CourageMKE Click Here for more ticket information: https://www.ticketmaster.com/milwaukee-panthers-womens-basketball-tickets/artist/893973
Vennture Brew Co. wants you to come on cheer the Pack. They will have liquid support and Ian’s pizza. Just be sure to show up at 5 p.m.
SUNDAY FUNDAY BAR CRAWL
This is It!, D.I.X. Milwaukee, Jo-Cat’s Pub, McGillyCuddys Bar, Up-Down Milwaukee and Uncle Bucks on Third will all be a part of this Sunday Funday bar crawl. They will have White Claws for Courage, $.25 of every White Claw purchase will go to Courage MKE. There will be other drink deals, a DJ and more.
ALL WEEKEND LONG
GALLERY NIGHT MKE
The Third Ward invites you to brave the cold and join them for a free, two-day art event. You can buy original art from local artists, dine at local restaurants and shop at all the boutiques. Learn more here.
It’s back! Take a break from cooking and head to Harbor House for their lobsterpalooza. Executive Chef John Korycki will prepare daily lunch and dinner specials to celebrate these tasty crustaceans. Make your reservations here.
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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/
Get ready for an adventure with Poppy, Branch and their friends as they Trolls make their way to Miller High Life Theatre. It’s their first-ever live tour that has their journey begin when the Trolls’ Hug Time is unexpectedly put at risk. Knowing that the only way to save it is by doing what the Trolls do best, a toe-tapping, Trolls-tastic show. It is filled with music, glitter, humor, and happiness. Check it out on Saturday and Sunday. See the schedule here: https://millerhighlifetheatre.com/events/trolls-live/
Celebrate Milwaukee Museums starting this Saturday. They will have special tours, talks, programs and unique exhibits. Mitchell Domes, Betty Brinn Children’s Museum, Charles Allis Art Museum, Discovery World, Grohmann Museum, Haggerty Museum and so many more are participating. Learn about all that museum will be offering this week here: https://www.visitmilwaukee.org/mkemuseumweek/
Monster Trucks roll back to take over the Fiserv Forum. See these larger than life vehicles race around the track this weekend three different times. See the schedule of these shows here: https://www.fiservforum.com/events/detail/monster-jam
PICTURES AT AN EXHIBITION
Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra presents a night of Mussorgsky paying homage to his friend who passed by composing a suite of musical paintings inspired by his sketches. Music Director Ken-David Masur conducts Gorchakov’s orchestral arrangement of this colorful gallery. It’s happening at the Marcus Center.
Come to cheer on the Wisconsin Juniors Volleyball Club as they take on their winter tournament at the Wisconsin Center. Teams will play this Saturday and Sunday.
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.
DRY JANUARY @ LOST VALLEY CIDER CO.
Lost Valley Cider Co. celebrates the New Year with a "Kombucha and Alcohol-Free Month" during January 2020 at its Walker's Point cider bar. Kombuchas come in both alcohol-free and with alcohol, and Lost Valley Cider Co. will have a selection of both on tap and in bottles for on-site consumption or takeout, along with its normal assortment of ciders, cocktails, beer and wine. Non-alcoholic cocktails will also be available, including Daily Passion, which combines passionfruit and NA kombucha. Learn more about it here: https://onmilwaukee.com/bars/articles/lost-valley-cider-sober-dry-january.html
ENTER THE DRAGON POP-UP
The Chinese New Year officially kicks off on Saturday, Jan. 25, with festivities persisting through Feb. 8. But you can celebrate for an entire month at Hotel Madrid, where they will be offering the public an opportunity to share in their staff's annual Chinese New Year tradition. During the special "Enter The Dragon" takeover event, which will take place Jan. 10-Feb. 10, Hotel Madrid will be transformed by the deft hands of local artist Michael Cerda, who will create a number of themed pieces for the event, each of which will provide the perfect Instagram backdrop for group shots and selfies galore. See what else this pop-up has in store here: https://onmilwaukee.com/dining/articles/bruce-lee-takeover-hotel-madrid.html
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.
TRY A LUX DOME
Beginning today, the Lux Domes on the roof of Café Benelux, 346 N. Broadway, are officially in full swing. So, if you haven't yet made your reservations for this one-of-a-kind winter patio experience, this is your official invitation to do so. See our sneak peek of them here: https://onmilwaukee.com/seasonal/festivals/articles/lux-domes-experience.html
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!
Milwaukee Rep presents The Little Sisters of Hoboken. They are in dire need of emergency funds after a culinary disaster nearly wipes out the convent. To raise their funds, the nuns pull out all the stops in a fundraising variety show featuring tap dancing, habit humor, an audience quiz and a special appearance by convent cook, Sister Julia, Child of God. Come to see all their talents this weekend.
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
BEST OF DINING 2019
Milwaukee is not lacking in plenty of high-quality dining (as well as those deliciously bad guilty pleasures). Below we've compiled a list of winners in this year’s Best of Dining poll. If you don't like the results, you can follow the links and see who else stacks up among the best. Congratulations to all of the winners, and happy eating for all those who voted! See the full list of winners and your new weekend plans here: https://onmilwaukee.com/dining/articles/best-of-dining-2019-20.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 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.