Celebrate the great Milwaukee weekend, and celebrate it well. What’s up this weekend? The 20th Anniversary tour of “RENT” is in town. MKE Film Festival will have screenings all over the city. Walker’s Point Bachata Festival Hop will allow you to embrace the Latinx Culture. The Packers play. China Lights. Free museum days. Mad Planet dance parties. Marquette Madness. Harbor Fest. And so much more.
Dive in, and trust that the local experts at OnMilwaukee have your weekend well planned.
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They will be making their 18th appearance at The Rave. Either catch them for the first time or once again this Thursday at 8 p.m. Expect to rock out, witness theatrics and to have a great time.
At 7 p.m., watch the Marquette volleyball team set, serve and spike the ball at their game against Creighton. Come by the Al McGuire center to watch them earn a victory (hopefully).
FREE DAY AT MAM
It’s the first Thursday of the month, so it is free admission to Milwaukee Art Museum. Come from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. to enjoy all of their exhibits.
Get a reading at Lost Valley Cider Co.’s Tarot Night. You can pay $ 10 per 15 minutes for a tarot card reading. Of course, there will also be plenty of cider for you to enjoy as well. There will even be special deals including $ 3 cans. Just come on by at 6 p.m. to enjoy this fun night.
TRISTEN & JENNY O.
These two singer-songwriters will be bringing their tunes to Shank Hall. Enjoy some melodic, unique tunes at 8 p.m.
THANK YOU, THURSDAY
Come out to enjoy a free day at Milwaukee Public Museum‘s exhibits. You can enjoy free admission from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., giving you plenty of time to stop in.
ALL THINGS PUMPKIN
It’s officially Fall, so that means it’s officially all about pumpkin. Come join Milwaukee Public Market in celebrating this wonderful autumn treat. They will have their very own chef, Jen Norden, there to demonstrate fresh new ways to incorporate pumpkins into your meals. The pumpkin fun all begins at 5:30 p.m.
This trio will have you jamming out to their Indie Pop tunes all night at Cactus Club. Come by and rock out at 9 p.m.
Skip cooking dinner at home and instead enjoy a delicious five-course meal at Milwaukee Art Museum. Sous chefs will be preparing everything from duck confit to red curry eggplant to scallops and more. Don’t miss out on this mouth-watering meal and reserve your spot here: https://mam.org/calendar/events/index.php?eID=8947
It’s a night full of music at Miramar Theatre this Thursday. Come out and listen to Trampa, Siphonic, KOTA and Kretlow at 9 p.m. Get your tickets here and dance and sing the night away.
$ 5 SHOW
See music for cheap at Cactus Club. You can catch local MKE groups, No No Yeah Okay and Dashcam. It all starts at 9 p.m. check it out.
FIRST ST. STAND UP
This is a brand new monthly standup showcase coming at you from Comedy Sportz MKE. Come see some funny MKE comedians and even some national ones, who will have you laughing your butt off this Friday. The laughter begins at 8:30 p.m.
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 talents performing magic, aerial gymnastics, fire performances and more. The show is at 8 p.m. Purchase your tickets here.
ANNUAL HALLOWEEN SHOW
Head to Art*Bar to enjoy a Halloween-inspired art gallery. It will be hosted by Fear14 and will have art from Karl Jahnke. Come check it out at 7 p.m.
This legendary musician will be at The Pabst Theater to share his tunes. He will take the stage at 8 p.m. Check it out: http://pabsttheater.org/event/arloguthrie2017/
Get a close look at the men’s and women’s Marquette basketball teams at Al McGuire Center this Friday at 7 p.m. If you come, you can get a free shirt, get autographed posters, watch a dunk/dance competition between the players, scrimmages and more. It is free to attend, but be sure to grab a wristband before they hit capacity. Get the deets on this event here: http://www.gomarquette.com/sports/m-baskbl/spec-rel/100217aaa.html
RETRO DANCE PARTY
Dance the night away to the DJ spinnin’ tunes from the ’80s and ’90s. Come party all night long at Mad Planet starting at 9 p.m. Cover is five bucks,
Grab your cowboy boots and flannels, it’s country night at The Rave. This up-and-coming country star will perform her biggest hit, “My Church,” and much more. Get there at 8 p.m., so you don’t miss out on this show.
BOTMS UP WITH WISCO
Comet Cafe‘s Brewery Of The Month of September is Karben4, which means every Friday from 6 p.m. until close they will feature all Karben4 beers for only $ 3. This includes Lady Luck Irish Red, Champagne Tortoise English Mild Ale and Fantasy Factory IPA. Grab your squad and enjoy a night out at Comet.
FIRST FRIDAY SALSA
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.
This Chicago crew will be bringing their bluegrass tunes to MKE. Stop on by Shank Hall to give them a listen.
Have “Lunch at the Barre” – The Barre Code that is! FREE 12 noon Barre Code class on Fridays at both the Third Ward and Brookfield locations. Read about the class here!
Come early to Marquette Madness to check out the Lady Golden Eagles take on Providence. This battle will be happening at 5 p.m. at the Al McGuire Center.
THE MOTH STORY SLAM
Enjoy a night of storytellers at Colectivo’s The Back Room. This show is part of “The Moth” series and podcast. All stories will revolve around the theme of distance. Come hear to what the performers have come up with.
Mojo Dojo Comedy is bringing their show, “HELLCAT AMAZONS,” back this Friday to Urban Harvest Brewing Company. Come see this stand-up comedy showcase of incredibly funny women. They will be there to overthrow the patriarchy, one punchline at a time.
This rap duo is ready to bring the party to MKE with their concert at The Rave. Join in on the fun and get your tickets here: https://www.therave.com/concert_details.asp?id=6709
OPERA ON TAP
Hang out at Angelo’s Piano Lounge to enjoy some live opera. Five singers will be featured and will be singing some classic favorites. See the full lineup and details here.
The Australian Indie rockers make their grand return to The Rave. Buy tickets here and watch their rockin’ show at 7:30 p.m.
MKE CIDER AND BEER FEST
Start fall off right with beer and cider in hand at Schlitz Park. This Saturday, MKE will help you celebrate the new season right with unlimited sampling, over 70 ciders and nano brews, live entertainment from the Extra Crispy Brass Band, a commemorative tasting glass and more. The fun begins at 1 p.m.
Now in its 4thyear, the Oktoberfest Wiener Dog Derby at Wisconsin Harley-Davidson in Oconomowoc grows every year. The event has a race with 5 age classes, costume contest with 3 categories (cutest, most creative and best Harley inspired) and also includes polka, Hammerschlagen, brats and good German beer! Event runs 10am – 4pm, race runs 1 – 2:30pm and costume contest runs approx.. 3 – 3:30pm.
CREEPY CRAWLY ZOO
Join Tony “The Bug Whisperer” at Discovery World to see some creepy creatures. He will teach you all about these buggy beasts starting at 11:30 a.m. Get ready to learn a lot and have a blast.
BMO HARRIS CENTER OPEN HOUSE
As it embarks on its final season and celebrates 30 years in MKE, the BMO Harris Bradley Center will give an opportunity to see behind-the-scenes. From 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., you can enjoy interactive stations, access to private areas, memorabilia displays, special guests and more all for free. See all the deets of this special event here: https://www.bmoharrisbradleycenter.com/events/detail/bmohbc-open-house
Too Short, Scarface and DJ Quik will all be making a very special appearance at the Miller High Life stage. Along with them, they will have a special live band and guests, Twista and Trina. This is a musical lineup you won’t want to miss, so snag some tickets here.
BLUE AND GOLD FOAM WALK
Get ready to run through foam bogs where there will be enough blue and gold foam to cover you from head to toe. At Mitchell Park, you can join in on this 5K run/walk or the family fun 1K. No matter what you choose all the proceeds from your registration will support Marquette’s Midnight Run, a volunteer service program focused on the particular needs of the hungry and homeless people living in the community around Marquette. What are you waiting for? Sign up here.
“A Christmas Carol” One Day Sale – Sept 25!
Milwaukee Repertory Theater’s hit adaptation of “A Christmas Carol” returns Nov. 28 – Dec. 24, 2017. This family friendly production features beautiful music, lively dancing, stunning sets and eye-popping special effects. Save up to 25% OFF* tickets on Monday, Sept. 25 only with code DICKENS at 414-224-9490 or www.MilwaukeeRep.com (*Restrictions apply. Expires 11:59 pm Sept 25.)
TALLAN NOBLE LATZ
A fan of Stevie Ray Vaughan? Well then come to Shank Hall at 8 p.m. to enjoy this wonderful tribute show to him. Tickets are still available for purchase here.
Sign up for this 5K Run and be a part of the largest HIV fundraising event in Wisconsin. You will get to walk along the beautiful MKE lakefront and support an important cause. The 5K starts and finishes at the Summerfest Grounds. Highlights include morning entertainment, breakfast and an opening program with special guest, Jane Lynch. It’s not too late to register, so reserve your spot ASAP.
DAS BOOT BAR CRAWL
One day and twelve German-themed bars equal a great time at this fall bar crawl. At noon, you can get your day drinking started early along Old World Third Street. You will get your very own Das boot glass and at each bar, you can try a different Oktoberfest Beer. Grab your pals and sign up for this fun day.
Explore Riverwest and its art scene this Saturday at the Artwalk and Gallery Night. Local groups and artists will be there showing off their incredible masterpieces. Check it out from noon to 9 p.m.
’90S DANCE PARTY
Put on your flannels, parachute pants and band tees because Mad Planet will be taking you back in time to the ’90s. Come dance to your favorite tunes from the decade.
The living comedy legend will be here in MKE at The Riverside Theatre. It will be an unforgettable evening of conversation, audience Q&A and a showing of “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” in its entirety on the big screen.
THE BETTY BRINN CHILDREN’S MUSEUM GALA
Come out for the Gala, the Museum’s largest annual fundraiser. All the proceeds go toward their outreach initiatives, so enjoy a special evening in the Museum’s exhibits with an amazing dinner, spectacular silent auction, live music and dancing. All the info on this event can be found here: https://onmilwaukee.com/myOMC/events/86621
Cactus Club hosts this show to help four distinctly unique Milwaukee acts come together. You will be able to witness some soul, rock, rap and more. Check out this awesome night of local music at 9 p.m. only for ten bucks.
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.
BANDS TO WATCH
88Nine Radio Milwaukee wants to show you the hip, up-and-coming musicians in our city with their latest show. At 8 p.m., you can come enjoy music from four rappers on the rise. Get the full deets on the lineup here.
Join Milwaukee’s Harbor District in celebrating an under-utilized part of the city this weekend at Harbor Fest from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Festival activities include a boat parade, scenic bike tours, painting demonstrations, fishing lessons and hands-on activities led by UWM graduate students. Local vendors like Screaming Tuna, Drink Wisconsibly and Taqueria La Guacamaya will be feeding attendees, and Nabori will be performing live at 2 p.m. Don’t miss out on all this fun! OnMilwaukee is a proud sponsor, too.
Come for an intimate evening at The Pabst Theater with Eddie Izzard. Starting at 8 p.m., you can witness his stand-up, private photos and discussion of his life. You even get a chance to ask him questions. Be a part of this evening and buy tickets.
Get your soccer fix in this weekend by checking out Marquette‘s men’s soccer team take on Providence in the afternoon and the UWM Panthers taking on Northern Kentucky in the evening. Come support your local teams and show your MKE pride.
DION TIMMER & SQUNTO
Get funky and groovy with a night of music at Miramar Theatre. These two musicians will be bringing down the house with their killer beats. Check it out for yourself at 9 p.m.
SHOREWOOD FARMERS MARKET
Shop Shorewood on Sunday at its Farmers Market! 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., just off Oakland Ave.
BUCKS FAN FEST
Get ready for basketball season with the Bucks at this year’s fan fest. From 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., come hang at the BMO Harris Bradley Center, where you can meet players, watch their skills, play some games, and most importantly get pumped up for the season.
One could argue that every bar in Wisconsin is a Packers bar, so why not head to one of your favorite local spots to watch the game every Sunday. 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. Check out our list of places that will be playing the game and check one of them out this Sunday: https://onmilwaukee.com/bars/articles/packerbars.html The Pack battle the Cowboys at 3:25 p.m. on Sunday, by the way!
Guests have their choice of handcrafted bowls donated by local artists, organizations, and schools. Each $ 25 bowl ($ 10 for bowls made by young artists) includes two soup tickets good for a choice of soups served by 35 local restaurants. Fresh baked bread, including gluten-free, is provided. Additional soup tickets can be purchased for $ 2 each. Attendees can purchase raffle tickets to win a variety of prizes donated by local businesses. Beverages, Milwaukee Empty Bowls t-shirts and sweatshirts, and bowl-themed items crafted and donated by the returning West Suburban Quilter’s Guild are also for sale. Local musicians perform throughout the event at Kern Center on the Milwaukee School of Engineering campus.
Rock out to some blues tunes at Shank Hall. His soulful, powerful performance will begin at 8 p.m. Tickets are only $ 20, and can be purchased here.
WALK TO FIGHT SUICIDE
Head to Humboldt Park to join in on community walk. It is to help raise awareness for suicide and mental health. The walk begins bright and early at 8:30 a.m. Register for it here, and support this great cause.
Brady St. will be taken over by some furry friends on Sunday and OnMilwaukee’s a proud sponsor. Grab your critter, dress it up and join other animals in the Brady Street annual pet parade. There will be contests, sidewalk sales, giveaways and much, much more. Get the 411 on this amazing event here.
It’s PUMPKIN TIME! Get your pumpkin fix at Lula Mae! $ 59 Pumpkin Apple Facial, $ 65 Pumpkin Apple Chemical Peel and $ 45 Pumpkin Signature Spa Pedicure. These decadent services smell great and will leave your skin LOVING you! The amount of exfoliation and love these services provide is top of the line. Find us on Facebook to learn more about Fall Packages & our wonderful Rhonda Allison Pumpkin Products.
MAX WEINBERG’S JUKEBOX
Thanks to 96.5 FM Hometown Rock, Turner Hall will be hosting a live jukebox. Weinberg invites the audience to create the setlist in real time and his four-piece group will play the songs on the spot. They play everything from the Beatles to the Stones to Bruce and The E Street Band’s biggest hits. Get your music requests ready and see the show at 8 p.m.
Watch dancers get their groove on at this national dance competition. See anything from ballet to jazz to tap at Wisconsin Center. There will be three levels of dance and even a free master class. See all the info on this big event here: http://www.wisconsincenter.org/events/groove-2017-milwaukee-convention/
COLECTIVO GOSPEL BRUNCH
For free, you can head to Colectivo on Prospect Ave. to enjoy some grub, coffee and gospel tunes. Starting at 11 a.m., you can grab a seat, sit back and relax to some soulful tunes. Get the deets on the brunch here.
Calling all Phish fans. Although it won’t be the whole crew, you can still catch Phish’s bassist at The Pabst Theater this Sunday at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are still available, so make sure you snag some here: http://pabsttheater.org/event/mikegordon2017/
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.
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.
NIGHT OF MUSIC
It’s your last chance of the weekend to get your music fix, so be sure to head to Cactus Club at 9 p.m. to hear Ryan Joseph Anderson, Yahara and Vanity Plates. Tickets can be purchased here.
The Lady Golden Eagles take on Big East team, Providence, at Valley Fields. Come cheer them on and hope they get the victory. The game is at 1 p.m.
STEVE MARTIN & MARTIN SHORT LIVE
Two legendary, comedic performers will be sharing the stage at The Riverside Theater. Don’t miss out on this unforgettable show. Get your tickets here before it’s too late.
ALL WEEKEND LONG
MILWAUKEE FILM FEST
It’s time to yell “Lights! Camera! Action!” on the Milwaukee Film Festival, a two-week celebration of all things cinema.And we mean ALL things cinema. Local film? Got it. Classics? Got ’em. The strongest films from across the festival circuit, both here and abroad? Add those to the list, too. Maybe some panels to discuss the state of film, now and in the future? Yup; that’s in the Milwaukee Film Festival, as well. And that’s just scratching the surface. Now in its ninth year, the Milwaukee Film Festival stretches across five Milwaukee locations: the Oriental Theater and Downer Theater on the East Side, the Fox Bay Cinema Grill in Whitefish Bay, the Times Cinema in Tosa and the Avalon Theater in Bay View. Basically, for two weeks, the film festival is everywhere, so you have no excuse to miss it. So, be sure to check out our guide here and get yourself to some screenings.
Milwaukee’s vibrant Latinx community is a vital part of the city’s rich culture, and its contributions are always cause for celebration. From Thursday through Saturday, the Walker’s Point Bachata Festival Hop will make its debut. The festivities are all centered around Bachata, a style of social dance from the Dominican Republic. The celebration will be at all different venues in Walker’s point. Get the full scoop on the festival with our guide here.
RENT 20TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR
In 1996, an original rock musical, RENT, opened on Broadway and changed the landscape of musical theatre forever. Now two decades later, you can see this legendary musical at Marcus Center Theatre all weekend long. Enjoy the show and its inspiring message of joy and hope in the face of fear, the melodic tunes and the loveable characters. Tickets and the schedule are available here: http://www.marcuscenter.org/show/rent-20th-anniversary-tour/
CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG
Watch this musical adventure from First Stage at Marcus Center for Performing Arts this Friday through Sunday. The story shares the tale of a family trying to rescue Grandpa Potts and the children of Vulgaria from the dastardly Baron Bomburst. Get your tickets here, so you can see if they end up accomplishing their mission.
YOU’VE GOT A FRIEND
Come out to Sunset Playhouse to enjoy this tribute to Carole King and James Taylor. Click here to see when you can check it out this weekend.
SPOOKLEY THE SQUARE PUMPKIN
At First Stage, watch Spookley the Square Pumpkin as he deals with being teased about his odd shape. His new friends – three hilarious spiders named Edgar, Allan and Poe – try to help him get through it and convince Spookley that square or not, he has a right to be the Pick of the Patch on Halloween. This weekend see if Spookley is the chosen pumpkin of the season.
THE WHO & THE WHAT
Head to the Milwaukee Rep to see work from the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright of Disgraced and The Invisible Hand. This play covers all topics from identity to religion as well as the contradictions that make us who we are. The main character in the play, Zarina, grew up Muslim with her close-knit family in Atlanta, writing about women and Islam. Soon enough she meets Eli, a young convert, who changes things for her and her life. See how her life plays out post this all weekend long. Tickets and showtimes are available here. See Gwen Rice’s thoughts on the play here: https://onmilwaukee.com/ent/articles/the-who-and-the-what-review.html
Picture a 1940’s nightclub with a big band playing jazz, blues and gospel. This is the place where culture collides and where the hilarious tale of “Hot Mikado” comes to life. Learn more about this play by checking it out this Friday and Saturday at Skylight Music Theatre. All the info can be found here.
Visitors to the Boerner Botanical Gardens this summer have been greeted with an explosion of color upon arrival, and it’s not just the garden’s flower beds providing the rainbow. Just north of the Boerner parking lot in Whitnall Park, next to the Trial Garden, is a fenced-in area filled with what might look like the remnants of last year’s explosively successful “China Lights” lantern festival. “China Lights” return this fall for another go-round, Sept. 22-Oct. 22. Check it out all weekend long.
GUYS AND DOLLS
Milwaukee Rep presents the celebrated musical comedy of “Guys and Dolls.” The story that follows two small-time gamblers as they pursue love and luck. You will be captivated by the story, the catchy tunes and fun dance moves. You have multiple times you can catch it this weekend, so don’t miss out on it. Check out what our Gwen Rice had to say about this musical here: https://onmilwaukee.com/ent/articles/guys-and-dolls-rep-review.html
Come see the story of Harvard Observatory in the early 1900’s. As men peer into the telescope, Henrietta Leavitt and her female “computer” partners map the distant stars in galaxies beyond our own in the background. Her brilliant work paves the way for modern astronomy, but she struggles for recognition in a man’s world. Come watch at Next Act Theatre and find out if she is able to speak her voice in this men-dominated world. Tickets and showtimes can be found here.
FRANKIE AND JOHNNY IN THE CLAIR DE LUNE
The Milwaukee Chamber Theatre presents this production. Come see the tale of restaurant co-workers having to make the decision on what to do once they have gone on a date and slept together. You can see the story unfold all weekend long at Broadway Theatre Center. Tickets and showtimes can be found here.
Eccentric Manhattan socialite Florence Foster dreams of becoming an opera singer even though she sang loud and off-key. Even with her flaws, however, she still gained a following with her recitals. It even eventually led her to capping off her improbable career with a Carnegie Hall concert that sold out in two hours. Her story was recently told in an Oscar-nominated film starring Meryl Streep, and now it will be told on stage in Milwaukee. Come see the story of her life come alive on stage through “Souvenir” at Milwaukee Rep.
ANTHONY HERNANDEZ EXHIBIT
This major American photographer has his 160 photographs—many never shown before—from the artist’s more than forty-five-year career. You can see photos that focus on the human figure, landscape, or abstract details in both color and black and white. Although Hernandez has photographed in many cities, Los Angeles is his most enduring subject. See this amazing exhibit from now to January 1st. All the details can be found here.
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? It is Dining Month, after all. Check out the OnMilwaukee.com Dining section here.