Milwaukee – will you ever get old? No, we don’t think it’s really possible. With all these new and fun events popping up every week, it’s hard to get bored of this great city. But just in case you have been stuck in the doldrums lately, here is a variety of fun and exciting affairs to make your way to this week.
Have you not gotten your Oktoberfest fix yet? You’re in luck. Sponsored by Spaten and Sprecher Brewing, the 8th annual Milwaukee Oktoberfest will be happening this weekend at Veteran’s Park! The festival will kick off today (Thursday) with a ceremonial keg tapping at 5PM (the bier that this keg contains will be free, by the way, so get there on time!). Per usual, this Oktoberfest is stacked with fun straight out of the German culture; there will be live polka bands (The Squeezettes and Austrian Express being two of the bigger names), stein hoisting and brat eating contests, and a Ms. Oktoberfest competition. Also some, well, non-traditional activities such as wiener dog racing (because, come on, who can resist those cute little legs), a bags tournament, and the 2nd annual Dunkel Dash 5k! Finally, it wouldn’t be Oktoberfest without beer samplings, and the German Cuisine, which will be provided by Milwaukee Brat House. Hop in your Volkswagen and cruise down the Autobahn, excuse us, we mean Lincoln Memorial Drive, and make it to Veteran’s Park sometime this weekend. Don’t forget your stein!
Ready to get spooky? The Milwaukee Paranormal Conference will finally be making contact at UWM this weekend. This is your hot spot for anything and everything paranormal. Whether you want to learn about the haunted history of Milwaukee, or just scary stuff in general, you’ve found the right spot. With speakers ranging from UFO researchers, Sasquatch experts, ghostlorists, and Ouija & Tarot masters, there will be something to make the hair on the back of your neck stand upright. There will be a walking tour of Haunted spots in The Historic Third Ward, and even a paranormal mixer party at 42 Ale House! Check out more about this cryptic event and find tickets here. One last thing – don’t worry if you’re easily frightened – a good amount of this event takes place in well-lit spaces.
Third Space Brewing is going to be a delicious stop this weekend. On Friday night at 5:45, the brewmaster will be tapping a keg of brand new brew! This mocha java porter, brewed in conjunction with Stone Creek Coffee, sounds like something out of a dream (at least for those that absolutely love a good porter). Every beer that is drawn out of the keg will only be $1 until that bad boy is empty, so show up thirsty. This is the first of many Friday keg tappings, so if you can’t make it out this time, there is always next week!
Palermo’s is definitely a go-to for great pizza in Milwaukee, but did you know that they also hold great dinner events? This Friday, head over to Canal St. and sit down for a five-course wood fired pizza dinner, including some delicious Italian wines provided by Avanti Wine Bros. Reservations are required for this dining experience, and the cost of it will come out to $40 per person. Totally worth it for the amount of quality cuisine that you’re going to be receiving, and a great way to spend a Friday evening in the Menomonee Valley.
Looking to burn a few calories after all of that beer and great food? You’re in luck, because you’ll be able to do just that while supporting a good cause! Autism Speaks is a fantastic organization and they’re hosting their Milwaukee walk this Saturday! You can register at 9AM at the Bradley Center where the walks will be held, and there are a couple differing distances for you to traverse (ranging from ¼-1 mile). Even if you just want to volunteer to help out, please do. It’s a great cause and it’s always a great time to go and help out! Learn more about Autism Speaks here.
Out of all the desserts in the world, cupcakes will always hold a top spot on our list of favorite delicacies. That is why we’re more than excited to tell you about the 2nd Annual Cupcake Fest MKE, an event being held this Saturday at the Mitchell Park Domes. Tickets are on sale here (VIP is $39; GA is $5-$7). Fun for the whole family, there will be everything from Cupcake Land (a creative, life-sized, take on Candy Land), carnival games, a dance party, cupcake creation contests, food trucks, and Gina Naomi Baez (a popular YouTube star) will be performing her song “Cupcakes”, as well as other tracks throughout the day! This is probably the sweetest event we’ve covered yet, and you’d be remiss to not go.
On another note, the Mitchell Park Domes have just been put on a list of endangered historical spaces in the US. If we don’t visit and enjoy them, they will become something of the past. So please make an effort (even if it isn’t for this even) to visit the domes when you can, they are a landmark and symbol for Milwaukee, and we should support them as much as we can.
Ahhhh Pabst Blue Ribbon – a staple of Milwaukee. This Saturday you better be at the Historic Pabst Brewery for the ultimate historical brewery tour! Starting at the Best Place in the Pabst Brewery, you’ll make your way to see the original Pabst brew kettles at the Brewhouse Inn & Suites. From there, you’ll gander over to the Brown Bottle Pub at Schlitz Park, and tour Brenner Brewing Company! With your ticket (which will be $56, you can purchase here), you receive four drinks AND lunch at Jackson’s Blue Ribbon Pub. This is an absolute steal, and a must for any Milwaukee beer aficionado.
Yet another occurrence proving to you that festival season in Milwaukee is not over – Beet Street Harvest Festival is going to be a party. Organized by a magnificent trio of sponsors (Goodkind, Palomino, and Cactus Club), you’re bound to find fun on the corners of Potter and Wentworth Avenues. The adult beverage pickings are looking great, with a bloody mary bar, hot toddys, cider drinks, and beer from Central Waters and Pabst – your thirst will be easily quenched. The music is lined up to sound fantastic, filled with extremely talented local musicians like Lex Allen, Maritime, Whips, Moon Curse, the Freespace Collective, and more. Food vendors of all sorts will be on the scene, and you will even be able to check out the urban pumpkin patch on Potter Avenue. With entertainment and food options like this, you’d be making a mistake by not going.
Oh, you thought Third Space was done with its festivities for the weekend? Not true! This Saturday, come tailgate for the Badgers vs. Ohio State game outside the brewery. Bring your grills, games, food, and winning attitudes and you’re almost guaranteed to have a good time. There will even be prizes for the best tailgate setup and best food! You could win a full growler and some awesome merchandise from the brewery. You can show up to tailgate at Noon, and the game starts at 7PM. Go Big Red and roll out the barrel!
Kohl’s is putting on a great family event at the Milwaukee Art Museum this Sunday. Although it’s not quite Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) quite yet, you can still bring the family to the museum and learn about the fantastic culture of the holiday through hands-on art, face painting (who doesn’t want to look like a sugar skull, they’re too cool), and classic mariachi and Mexican folklore dancing. This event is free with museum admission, so after you’re all done experiencing it, you can make your way around the museum to absorb even more wonderful art and culture.
Per usual, Camp Bar is coming through with your Packer festivities! This Sunday, head out to Camp Bar in Wauwatosa for their first outdoor event! In part a celebration of Brett Favre’s birthday this past week, and part rooting for the Pack as they take on the Cowboys at Lambeau. There will be delicious eats provided by Bel-Air and Double B’s, drink specials, and great atmosphere. Tailgating starts at noon, game starts at 3:45. Be there or risk being called a Bears fan.
Well, that’s it for this week! Now you have absolutely no excuse to sit at home and binge on Netflix for the next few days. Go out and experience the awesome city that is Milwaukee!