If there’s one thing I truly enjoy, it’s walking through Wisconsin in the fall. Milwaukee definitely plays its part in this as well. There’s a certain snap about that crisp air which piques my senses. But enough about that, let’s talk about how you can entertain yourselves these next six days.
Fall gives me a thirst for beer - maybe it’s the colors of autumn that remind me of enjoying a nice amber brew, or maybe it’s mourning the loss of a warm and beautiful summer. If you’re like me, then this Retro Beer Night at Pabst Mansion will be right up your alley. Tomorrow, October 7th, from 6-8PM, you can enjoy sampling four of Milwaukee’s oldest and most well-known beers – Pabst, Blatz, Schlitz, and Old Milwaukee (if you want to learn more about Milwaukee’s beer lineage, check out one of our recent blog posts here!). While you’re lapping up the sudsy history of our city, you’ll be serenaded by some local talent, The Squeezettes. Whilst you are doing so, you have the option to bid for some awesome retro beer gear at the silent auction, grab a Brew City Beer Brat Waffle (trust me, I didn’t believe it was a real when I first heard about it either) from Eats and Treats food truck, and just flat out enjoy a great evening socializing with friends both old and new. Tickets are $35 for non-members, and $30 for members of the Historic Pabst Brewery.
Start your engines and skid out to the UWM Panthers arena this Friday, October 7th, for a thrill-ride that will definitely get your adrenaline pumping! Flat Out Friday will begin at 5:30PM, and your heart won’t stop beating fast until you make your way home. The indoor track will be coated with Dr. Pepper syrup (wait…what?), which actually helps the bikes stick to the track much better. You’ll be able to check out homebuilt and some unusual race motorcycles from all throughout the country speed their way around the track as they race in this “Syrup National” for a chance to be the crowned victor. This event is sponsored by Harley-Davidson and Wisconsin Hot Rod Radio, so it’s going to be done right. Tickets for general admission are $8, which, in my opinion, is a better alternative to four drinks at happy hour.
My inner child is screaming with excitement about so many Legos being in one place. This weekend, October 7th-9th, get the kids together and take a walk down memory lane at Lego Kids Fest. There is so much to interact with! Whether it be a giant brick pile (basically a ball pit of Legos, but PLEASE do not let someone go into it barefoot – it could be catastrophic), building competitions, lessons from master Lego builders, grabbing one of your favorite Star Wars sets, or even creating mechanical Lego masterpieces – the aspiring Lego architect in your life will thank you for taking them. Obviously, this is a children’s event. Although, if they did have an adult Lego fest, I would be completely ok with going myself (*hint hint*). Tickets range from $19-22, and there are multiple sessions that you can go to throughout the weekend. Grab the kids and head down to the Wisconsin Center and experience some great hands on (and minds on) learning this weekend!
This weekend, October 7th-9th, there’s a great event happening at the Wisconsin Expo Center at State Fair Park! The NARI Home & Remodeling show is making an appearance, and bringing a lot of extra-curricular activities with it. Here you’ll be able to meet with over 100 NARI member exhibitors, who can show you anything from how to decorate your front door, to the latest remodeling trends in kitchens and bathrooms. A competition for the best bloody mary will be happening, hands-on glass workshops from Cobalt Glassworks, and live music from local students. There will even be an appearance (and cooking demo) from the one and only Green Bay Packer Legend, LeRoy Butler! For a home and remodeling show, this will definitely be a lively one.
Did you know that Milwaukee is also known as “The City of Steeples”? This city is rich in old styles of architecture, which is found heavily in the churches that are scattered through this urban landscape. This tour starts at 9:30AM on Saturday the 8th, and you’ll have the chance to visit and learn the history of three churches (St. Joan of Arc Chapel, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, and Grace Lutheran), as well as visiting two chocolatiers! The group will be meeting at a local coffee shop (click the link above to learn more & purchase tickets!), and bus around to the rest of the locations from there! Tickets are $50, and the tour goes until roughly noon.
I’ve always been a huge fan of TED Talks. The speakers they attract are inspiring, thought provoking, and eye-opening. Luckily for Milwaukee, UWM will be holding a TEDx event this Saturday! The theme of all the speakers is “I Am. We are.” I would try to explain it myself, but they did such a great job explaining it, I’ll just let them take it from here:
“According to Jean-Luc Nancy, there is no “being” without “being-with”. In fact, “being-with” is redundant, as we are all, always already together, in relation, a community. We are all “people,” all of a similar kind: a doctor, a guy, a woman, a kid… But no one person defines all it means to be a people, and “people” can never represent even one specific individual. We are, rather, a community that performs ourselves, together and apart. What we are, and what we could be. I am. We are.”
With topics such as “How to Fail with Success”, “We Eat What We Are”, “The Art of Going Viral”, and many more (which you can check out here), this is bound to be a fantastic learning experience that you will be able to take with you when it’s all said and done. There will be ten speakers throughout the day, and the event goes from 12-6PM. Tickets are $20 for community members, and $10 for UWM students & faculty – full admission, lunch, and a gift bag are all included in the ticket price. If you want to learn something new, or even just expand the horizons of your own thought process, I would highly recommend heading over to UWM for the afternoon on Saturday.
We’ve already established that you most likely are a fan of beer – which is great. If it so happens that you’re also a fan of Yoga, you’re in luck. This Sunday at (the newly opened) MobCraft Brewery on 5th Street in Milwaukee, Abliss Wellness will be hosting a beginner/intermediate yoga class from 10:30-11:45AM! What better way to work off your drinks from the night before than yoga with a side of beer? Once you’ve gotten your “om” on, you’ll be able to snag a brew and socialize for an hour after! Tickets are $10 for a single class and $5 for first time attendees. If yoga is what can get you to take a trip to MobCraft, I’d highly recommend taking advantage of it. This is one of the most unique breweries in the state, and the fact that they have yoga classes only drives that point home.
If the question is “To be, or not to be?” – the answer is that you should probably be at The Best Place in the Historic Pabst Brewery this coming week. This Monday, the 10th, through Wednesday, the 12th, at 7:30 there will be a performance of the classic Shakespeare play, Macbeth. Be warned, however, because this is not your typical dramatic performance. Actors arrive before the show with basic knowledge of the performance. The twist is one that isn’t quite written into the script, but one that’s left out of it. Actors draw character names from a hat, and they have five minutes to familiarize and get into character before each act. It’s also quite fitting that Macbeth, a performance that involves (quite a bit of) murder, is taking place in a castle. Tickets are $10 at the door, and $5 if you show up wearing a Halloween costume. I’m quite certain that this will be a dramatic performance that is uncharacteristically laughable, and fun for everyone involved.
The second time really is a charm. After the success of their first event, Uber Tap Room is holding yet another grilled cheese and beer pairing Wednesday October 12th! I honestly cannot think of anything that screams Wisconsin more (well, other than brats and beers while tailgating a Packer game at Lambeau!), and I’m a little bit too excited about this one. For $20 you’ll be able to try four new Wisconsin grilled cheese variations paired with several different local beers! I’m sure seats will go fast to this one, so don’t slack on buying your tickets!
That’s all I’ve got for you this week, so I’m signing off. Which events are you most excited to check out? Let us know!