There’s no way we are the only people who can’t believe that October is coming to an end.
Since time is moving so fast, you have to be picky about what you do with it. We’ve sorted through all the events for you so you don’t have to worry about planning this week’s activities. Some spooky, and some not so spooky, check out what we’ve got for you this week.
If you’re looking for a family friendly Halloween themed event to kick off the weekend, look no further. This playful and lighthearted event has some sweet activities for the fam to check out! Get disguised as your favorite monster, character, or ghost and traverse the domes to search for candy in a safe and fun trick-or-treating extravaganza. Make your way into the Haunted Dome of Doom to be blown away by magic tricks, experience a light show, take part in Halloween crafts, and much more. Tickets are $8 per person, and every child gets a complimentary pumpkin and starter bag of candy! Round up the family and head to the Menomonee Valley, Friday, for a night of not-too-spooky good times.
If you haven’t been to a MAM After Dark event yet, you won’t want to miss this one! Taking place under the beautiful Calatrava wings on Friday, the steampunk aesthetic will be taking over the museum. With a night packed full of amusement, it would be a mistake not to attend. Travel back to 1920’s Germany with Anna from Gothic Milwaukee Tours (check out our blog on Milwaukee’s haunted tours here) as you explore the Haunted Screens exhibit on the lesser-known upper level. Check out some awesome music from Buffalo Gospel and 88Nine Radio Milwaukee’s own Justin Barney. Adjust your goggles in order to better view the live performance art put on by Quasimondo Physical Theatre. Maybe even show off how smart you and your friends are at a round of haunted trivia! You’ll even be able to view and purchase art from Metalworks of 414 artist Jody Emery. Admission is free for MAM members, and $10 for non-members. Lastly, if you’d like to eat before the event, you can enjoy themed dining in the Café Calatrava. Tickets for dinner are $30, and the meal takes place from 7:30 – 9:00 PM. All in all, this is a party you don’t want to miss.
¡Dios Mio! Dia De Los Muertos Festival really snuck up on us this year! Grab some friends and head to Walker Square Park on Saturday for an afternoon of crafts, cheer, and community. You can participate in the 5K run/walk “Run Para Los Muertos,” which you can register for here ($25). Observe a colorful and culture-rich parade, and embrace your creative side with face painting, an art market, and an Ofrenda building workshop. In case you were wondering, an Ofrenda is an altar, or an offering, to the dead that are honored on Dia De Los Muertos. Watch talented traditional dancers perform, and get a mean salsa step going while you listen to great live music. If you are wondering what this tradition is all about, I’ll let the organizers tell you:
“Day of the Dead is the time when we all come together and respectfully honor the ones who have passed into death by remembering them with photos, ofrendas or altars, eating their favorite foods with one another; everything we do this day is for our loved ones. We welcome ALL communities affected by death and violence. There is much work to be done for peace and respect in our community. This is one way of making peace.”
Be a part of your community and make peace by taking part in this wonderful celebration!
Riverwest is at it again with its second annual Nightmare on Center Street! This party is a great way to spend your Saturday night. Check out multiple venues as they put on their own concert showcases throughout the night! All access wristbands are $15, or prices for individual venues are listed below. Establishments such as Company Brewing, HIGH DIVE MKE, Jazz Gallery Center for the Arts, and Club Timbuktu are participating this year – here are the schedules for the night:
Jazz Gallery Center for the Arts (all ages)
Cost: $5 – Free with wristband
-Carl Nichols’ Mouth Of Night
Cost: $10 – Free with Wristband
-DJ sets by Chalice In the Palace Soundsystem
High Dive MKE
Cost: One Free Company Brewing beer on tap with wristband purchase
-Kyndal Johnson AKA (Kyndal J. Music)
Cost: $10 – Free with wristband
-Bo Triplex and His Beautiful Band
-Lorde Freddee and THE TRUTH
-The Fatty Acids
Music is a must, but it wouldn’t be a Nightmare on Center Street without a costume contest! This year’s contest will be hosted by Christopher DeAngelo Gilbertsto and will have a cash prize of $300 for first place! Go have your face painted like a tiger, get silly with your friends in a photobooth, and even warm up by one of the bonfires as you munch on some delicious food prepared by Chef Rosalin Rodriguez. Hope to see you there!
This may be a super simple event, but make sure you don’t forget your costume! You could be a pirate, ghoul, ghost, or even a superhero if you’d like – but make it believable and head down to Brady Street this Saturday for a night of drinks and fun. Fourteen bars and restaurants on Brady will be holding their own costume contests throughout the night. The winner from each bar will participate in the final contest at NOMAD World Pub! With top prizes of $1000, $750, and $500, there is no mistake in saying that you’ll want to put your best foot forward this Halloween. But hey, if you don’t win, that’s okay. There’s still more prizes from Bud Light and Guinness available, and you’ll still have had a very amusing time with your friends.
Are you a cycling enthusiast, but are anxious because you don’t know how to be prepared to ride in the winter? Fear not, for the 8th Annual Winter Bike Party (and gear swap!) is happening this Wednesday at Good City Brewing. Make sure to grab one of Good City’s delicious craft beers, and search through some great winter clothing and biking accessories brought for this year’s exchange! A raffle will be held to give away some great winter gear, too. Afterwards, a panel with experienced winter bikers will teach you everything you’ve wanted to know about staying safe on two wheels this winter. Each speaker will talk for five minutes, and then the panel will be opened up to a 30 minute Q&A session. Topics will cover everything from how to dress professionally for work and still manage to bike there, layering clothing, routing, maintenance, and safety. If you’ve ever been interested in biking during the winter, here is an amazing chance to learn more about it with your community (while enjoying a nice pint of beer)!
Since we couldn’t fit all of the great events this week in our lineup, we’ve got a list below with links to more merriment and fun!
Splash Studio / Multiple Events / Multiple Days
Inspired Art Fundraiser / Oct. 27 / 5 – 8 PM / Site 1A
Get Out the Vote @ 414 Music Live w/ Cincere / Oct. 27 / 5 – 8 PM / 88Nine
Skulloween Bike Night w/ House of Harley / Oct. 27 / 5- 9 PM / MOTOR Bar and Restuarant
Bostiels Bier Dinner (With Friends!) / Oct. 27 / 6 – 9 PM / Café Hollander
CCSwing Halloween Dance / Oct. 27 / 7:30 PM – Midnight / Best Place @ Pabst
Crawling Dead Bar Crawl / Oct. 28 / 5 – 10 PM / Old World Third Street
Haunted History Pub Crawl / Oct. 28 – 31 / 6 & 7 PM / Downtown Milwaukee
Halloween Wasteland Weekend / Oct. 28 / 8 PM – Midnight / 42 Lounge
Campy Halloween Party / Oct. 29 / 8 PM – 2:30 AM / All Locations
Halloween Freakshow / Oct. 29 / 8 PM / Iron Horse Hotel
Louies Ressurection XVI Release / Oct. 31 / 4 – 6 PM / MKE Brewing Co.
The Speaker Crawl / Nov. 2 / 6 – 8 PM
This should be enough to keep you busy, we hope to see you out and about!