OnMilwaukee Weekend Preview: Labor Day Weekend

It’s Labor Day weekend, which means a jam-packed Weekend Preview is here. Celebrate your weekend in the city we love by supporting local artists at Strange Music Festival, hopping on your Harley for Milwaukee Rally, cheering on the Brewers, pigging out at the BBQ and much, much more.

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THURSDAY

JAZZ IN THE PARK
It’s Thursday night, so that means it’s time to wine, dine and dance to the sounds of Jazz in the Park. Every week, the music starts at 6 p.m. and goes until 9 p.m. This week Streetlife featuring Warren Wiegratz and Vivo will take the stage. Be sure to check it out in Cathedral Square Park.

HENNA AND TAROT NIGHT
Come out for body art and insights at Lost Valley Cider Co. From 6-10 p.m., you can pay $ 15 for some henna and $ 10 for 15 minutes of tarot card reading.

HAIRBALL
Enjoy some tunes from the hair band era of the ’80s at Hairball. You can catch this rockin’ show at Harley-Davidson Museum as a part of Milwaukee Rally. Get the deets on it here.

WINE & SWINE
Head to Hotel Madrid’s patio for wine and a pig roast. Pay $ 25, pig out on all-you-can-eat swine and then wash it all down with your complimentary wine. The roast will take place from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

AYRE IN THE SQUARE
Hang out at Catalano Square for live music, brews and fun. This week you can catch Cranford Hollow taking the stage. Enjoy.

ELIZA HANSON
Listen to the tunes of MKE musician Eliza Hanson at Cactus Club. She will be performing her folk music, so come chill out and soothe your soul at 9 p.m.

TACO FIESTA
Loaded Slate MKE for the first will be hosting a taco fiesta. Come out to see if you can take on the challenge of downing tacos for their competition. If you win, you will get a year’s supply of Corona and some Loaded Slate gear.

ROCK N’ ROLL @ SHANK HALL
Sister duo Larkin Poe and MKE musician Trapper Schoepp will be treating you to a night of music at Shank Hall. Catch their show at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $ 15 and can be purchased here.

GLOW GOLF
Grab the fam and get ready for the coolest golf game of your life. Instead of teeing off in the sun, come at 7:30 p.m. to Lake Park for some glow golf. For 18 holes, you will find neon-lit tee markers, flags, holes and golf balls. Be sure to register for this fun night here.

RALLY TIME
The Milwaukee Rally kicks off today with a number of local events. Go take in Noble Latz at House of Harley-Davidson and more. Here is your guide to the weekend.

FRIDAY

OUTKAST VS RUN THE JEWELS
Get down and boogie to DJ Loanwulf spinning tunes from Outkast and Run the Jewels at Gibraltar MKE. The jams start at 10 p.m. Be there to dance all night long.

ARTS AND MOBCRAFTS
Forge Theater and MobCraft Beer are pairing up for a night of art and brews. From 8-11:30 p.m., come to see live music and artwork and get a chance to possibly win a free brewery tour. Get the full scoop here.

MU MEN’S SOCCER
Kick back at Valley Fields and watch the Marquette men’s soccer team take on some fellow Midwesterners, University of Illinois-Chicago. The game starts at 6:05 p.m., so be there to cheer on our Golden Eagles.

SHAKESPEARE AT LARGE
Arts @ Large and Cardinal Stritch University will be coming together to share with you a free Shakespeare performance at Paliafito Eco-Park in Walker’s Point. Join them for the first night of the series as they present to you the magical tale of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Watch the show under the night sky at 7 p.m.

RETRO DANCE PARTY
Dance the night away to the DJ spinnin’ classic tunes from the ’80s and ’90s. The party starts at 9 p.m. at Mad Planet. Be there.

WOMEN’S RIDE
Are you a lady who likes to hop on your Harley and go for a spin? Here’s your chance to take a ride with a whole group of motorcycling women. As a part of Milwaukee Rally, women can ride along Lake Michigan all the way up to Holy Hill. If you decide to participate, you get a goodie bag, a lunch and an event program. Sign up here if you are interested.

AURA MUSIC SERIES KICK OFF
Friday nights are popping at Milwaukee Athletic Club. Their rooftop will be boppin’ with free live music from 8 p.m. to midnight for their new series, Aura Music series. This week they will feature Sidewalk Chalk. Come check it out.

MU WOMEN’S SOCCER
Loyola-Chicago is coming to Valley Fields to take on the Marquette women’s team. The Golden Eagles will battle it out at 3 p.m. Afterward, you can see UWM women’s soccer take on Western Illinois at 7 p.m. at Engelmann Stadium.

SALSA SOCIAL
Every first Friday of the month, the Delaware House turns into a salsa sanctuary. Come get lessons at 8 p.m. and then hang out after 9 p.m. to show off your new moves.

DJ DANCE PARTY @ CACTUS CLUB
GAYNGELS is back at Cactus Club this Friday at 9 p.m. This dance party is focused on diverse DJs and performers that help make Milwaukee’s dancefloors a place of queer expression and autonomy. Come join this welcoming community and have fun groovin’ on the dance floor. Suggestion: throw on some glitter.

DEAD MAN’S CARNIVAL
It’s that time of the month for Miramar Theater’s crazy, fun talent show. Get ready to be amazed by local and national acts performing magic, aerial gymnastics, fire performances and more. The show is at 8 p.m. Purchase your tickets here.

BIG HOT ROBOT
Watch Mojo Dojo Comedy at Urban Harvest Brewing Company create a Broadway-style musical in front of your eyes. It’s an improv show you won’t want to miss.

SENIOR CELEBRATION @ THE ZOO
Friday is a chance for seniors (55+) to enjoy a free day at the Zoo. There will be bingo, entertainment and cookies. This deal will be during normal zoo hours from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

FIRST STREET STAND-UP
This is a brand new monthly stand-up showcase from Comedy Sportz MKE. Come see funny MKE comedians and even some national ones, who will have you laughing your butt off this Friday. The show begins at 8:30 p.m.

SATURDAY

SORRY NOT SORRY
Your evening packed up? No worries, Riverwest Public House Cooperative has some afternoon plans you can add to your schedule. Come get in some laughs while watching local comics take the floor and perform their best jokes. It all begins at 1 p.m.

FARMERS MARKET
Start your Saturday morning off with shopping for locally grown produce, handmade crafts, homemade baked goods and more from 100-plus vendors. From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Cathedral Square will be transformed into a marketplace. Grab your wallet and buy some goodies.

HI-HAT BLOCK PARTY
Hi-Hat turns 20 years old this Saturday. Come celebrate at their block party. This bash will take place from 1 to 10 p.m. on Arlington Place and features DJs, live music, beer, food and an Old Fashioned contest. Don’t miss out on the big day. Click here to see all the details.

INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION PARTY
Pay $ 5 cover and then head on in at 9 p.m. and beyond for another Mad Planet dance party this weekend.

LUPILLO RIVERA
Don’t miss out on Lupillo Rivera and a variety of bandas at The Rave this Saturday at 8 p.m. Come sing and dance along to all the tunes.

GREEN AND GOLD CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM REUNION
This is the 20-year anniversary of the Packers’ Super Bowl XXXI-winning team. To celebrate, six players from that squad are coming to Great Lakes Dragaway to sign autographs, take pictures and have merchandise for sale. Read more about the event here.

BACKYARD BBQ
It’s that time of year when WMSE 91.7 FM takes over Humboldt Park with live music and a good ol’ BBQ. Starting at noon, enjoy some grub from Colectivo Coffee, Foltz Family Market, Paulee’s Barbacoa, Pig Tailz MKE, Pedro’s South American food and Happy Dough Lucky. Musicians include Alejandro Escovedo, Diego’s Umbrella, Twin Brother and more. Be sure to come with an empty stomach, so you can pig out all afternoon at this BBQ bash.

ADULT COLORING PARTY
Relive your childhood art projects by purchasing a velvet poster and coloring it to your liking. Art*Bar once again invites adults out for some drinks and coloring. So come let out your creative side and spend your night creating a masterpiece.

AN EVENING OF BILLIE HOLIDAY AND ETTA JAMES
Gibraltar MKE
will be treating you to a night of dancing to these two legendary ladies. Get ready to sway and swoon to the DJ this Saturday at 10 p.m.

SPONSOR
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.

ALL OR NOTHING SHOWCASE
Cactus Club presents a night of music featuring eight local musicians. Don’t miss out on checking out these talented, up-and-coming artists. Purchase your tickets here ASAP.

STICK MEN
This trio of talented men will take the stage at Shank Hall and share with you their powerhouse performance. See it for yourself at 8 p.m.

FILM FEST SPECIAL EVENT
Stop by Good City Brewing and raise a glass to Milwaukee Film Festival. The MFF staff will be there to celebrate the release of the official program book of the 2017 Milwaukee Film Festival, and they’ll have a copy for you to keep. Also, be one of the first to try the Film Fest Lager, which will be released at the gathering in honor of the special occasion. All of this starts at 11:30 a.m.

LATIN JAZZ QUINTET
Coming from our lovely capital, Madison’s Tony Castaneda Latin Jazz Quintet will entertain with their smooth, rhythmic jazz tunes at The Jazz Estate at 8 p.m.

18TH ANNUAL MEN WHO COOK
Get ready to titillate your taste buds as you try local cooking talent’s dishes throughout the day and help determine whose is the best of the best. YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee will be hosting this event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., so be there to grab some delicious food.

SPONSOR

Back to School, Darling!

We don’t like seeing the summer come to an end either but Lula Mae Aesthetic Boutique is getting ready for fall. Stop in today and stock up on all your skincare, nails and massage needs for fall with one of our amazingly affordable packages. For every $ 100 you spend you’ll also receive $ 20 in Lula Bucks for future purchases. Teachers & students receive and extra 10% off when they show their school IDs. Get more info here.

SUNDAY

A VERY BRADY INVASION
The Love Shack
will be mixing up your happy hour by adding some extra-fun elements to the afternoon. This includes not only amazing drink deals, but also, a surfboard photo booth, a Brady Bunch costume contest and cash prizes. This special event will surely make your Sunday a Funday.

FOOD TRUCK BRUNCH SERIES
After the success of the first one, our Food Truck Brunch series is back. Some of the most popular food trucks, like Street-za, Meat on the Street, Pig Tailz and more, will be serving you up brunch. Each day will begin with morning yoga from 9 to 10 a.m., so sign up now! The trucks will open for business afterward and serve until 2 p.m. Enjoy the food, but also say hi to us.

BIG GIG BBQ
Summerfest 50 has come and gone and the long wait for Summerfest 51 begins. Luckily, to help alleviate some of the waiting pains, Summerfest will be hosting its second annual Big Gig BBQ, at Henry Maier Festival Park. The event is free for all to attend and will also feature no-charge parking. The BBQ will feature food from local vendors along with local music acts.

PARKING LOT PARTY
Red Rock
wants you to party with them for Labor Day in their parking lot. They have amazing drink deals, lawn games and a DJ. Grab your squad and join the party.

SPONSOR
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.

TAILGATE PARTY
Prep for the Brewers game at Who’s On Third, where there will be transportation, exclusive drinks at the bar, games, food grilling and more. Space is limited, so be sure you sign up for this ASAP.

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 enjoying beers and food This is a fan-favorite show, so be sure to grab tickets here before they are all gone.

DOUBLE FEATURE
“Ground Hog Day” and “Top Gun” will be the two classic movies playing on the Lakefront in Veteran’s Park. The movies start at dusk. Be sure to bring chairs or blanket to help you stay cozy during the flicks.

JACK’S 4TH B-DAY
Four years ago, Jack’s American Pub made MKE its new home. Now, celebrate this amazing milestone with a pig roast and live music. You won’t want to miss it.

PIERRE BENSUSAN
World music fans, get ready! Shank Hall is bringing you this legendary musician at 8 p.m. Tickets before the event are $ 20 or $ 25 at the door. See all the deets here.

SUNDAY SOCIAL PADDLE
Clear Water Outdoor will be doing weekly paddles on the Milwaukee river. Come out bright and early at 8 a.m. with your squad, rent a craft and get ready to take on the water. Prices and details of this morning trek can be found here.

LABOR DAY

LABOR DAY POTLUCK
Celebrate your day off at Kern Park. The Riverwest Co-op will be hosting a potluck, so come grill out, eat, drink, play lawn games and socialize with your neighbors. All you need to do is BYOB and make a dish to pass. The fun starts at 2 p.m.

LABORFEST
The Summerfest grounds will continue to be poppin’ with Laborfest. Spend your day here listening to live music, checking out a car show, eating food from local vendors and enjoying drinks. No matter what you do there, you can hang out from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

NORTHWESTERN MUTUAL MONDAYS
No work means you can enjoy your day at Discovery World. You can pet sharks, launch rockets and more from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Grab the whole fam and enjoy a day of fun together. Admission and exhibits for the museum can be found here.

PARADE
A holiday isn’t complete without a parade, so come to Zeidler-Union Square at 10 a.m. to join in on the march toward Summerfest. Sign up and even get a free shirt. Get the details of this parade here.

ALL WEEKEND LONG

MILWAUKEE RALLY
At the five area Harley-Davidson dealer locations, you can join in on the annual Milwaukee Rally. Hear the signature sound of rumbling Harley-Davidson V-twin engines as people head to the fest. If you check it out, you can enjoy live music, bike nights, street parties, tattoo contests and more. We have a guide here that will hook you up with all the deets.

STRANGE FRUIT MUSIC FEST
Last summer, Milwaukee musicians Jay Anderson (of Foreign Goods) and Chauntee Ross (of SistaStrings) were troubled by the murders of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. The overwhelming sense of loss in the African-American community inspired the inaugural Strange Fruit Music Festival. The festival’s second annual run is this week, through Friday. Come out to three different venues to see local talent highlight the African American culture. See the full schedule of the lineup here.

BREWERS
Be a part of the Brew Crew at Miller Park this weekend. Cheer them on as they face the Washington Nationals. Click here to see the schedule of the games.

THIRD WARD ART FEST
The 6th annual Third Ward Art Festival returns this Saturday and Sunday. From 10 a.m.-5 p.m., you can head to Broadway St. to see the work of more than 140 juried artists, local and national. Be sure to bring your wallet because these artists will be selling their pieces and crafts. In addition, you can enjoy some live music, food and drinks. Check it out.

BRISTOL RENAISSANCE FAIR
Grab your corset or homemade chainmail armor because the Bristol Renaissance Faire is back in town for one more weekend. Rain or shine, until Labor Day, the Bristol Faire takes visitors for a rollicking romp through Elizabethan England from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. When you are there, you can enjoy 16th-century arts, crafts, games, rides, food, music and one-of-a-kind encounters with a colorful cast of characters from the era.

RASHID JOHNSON EXHIBIT
There isn’t a large number of works in Milwaukee Art Museum’s Rashid Johnson show, called “Hail We Now Sing Joy,” but all of the works are large. The show runs through Sept. 17 in the museum’s Baker/Rowland Galleries. Come see this exhibition during museum hours. Bobby checked out the exhibit and shared some of its highlights here.

GET OUTSIDE
The weather is still summery, so fully embrace it by checking out our guides for outdoor dining, beer gardens and outdoor drinking.

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.

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.

MOVIE GUIDE – SEE A MOVIE IN THE THEATERS THIS WEEKEND
Showtimes, reviews and more are here inside the Milwaukee Movie Guide.

FIND YOUR FAVORITE RESTAURANT
Looking for the right place to eat this weekend? Check out the OnMilwaukee.com Dining section here.

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