10 Things to Do in Milwaukee This Weekend: May 13-15

A pet festival, farmers market, bar hop and more make this week’s list.

1. Rise & Thrive Benefit Concert

FRIDAY AT 7 P.M. | THE COOPERAGE MILWAUKEE

LOTUS Legal Clinic has partnered with local musician Marielle Allschwang for their inaugural Rise & Thrive Artist Residency where she collaborated with four writers to create an EP relating to their experiences with sexual violence. All proceeds of the benefit concert will go to funding legal services to Wisconsin survivors of human trafficking and sexual violence.

2. Bayshore Art Festival

FRIDAY AND SATURDAY | THE YARD AT BAYSHORE

Bayshore Mall will host their second-annual Spring Art Festival this weekend at their newly renovated outdoor venue, The Yard. The festival boasts live music, Milwaukee’s most famous food trucks and over 75 artists and makers offering art, food, clothing, skincare, stationary, furniture, candles and décor.


 

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3. World Bonsai Day Exhibit

SATURDAY FROM 10 A.M. TO 4 P.M. | LYNDEN SCULPTURE GARDEN

To commemorate World Bonsai Day, Lynden Sculpture Garden will reopen the Bonsai patio for a workshop led by famous bonsai artist Suthin Sukosolvisit. The class will focus on how to keep bonsai trees healthy year round and is free to the public. The patio will remain open for select days until October.

4. Fromm Petfest Pop-up

SATURDAY FROM 9 A.M. TO 1 P.M. | THE ANNEX AT FOXTOWN

The Petfest pop-up event is a sneak peak of their annual festival at Henry Maier Festival Park in September. The pop-up features a sampling of the festivities found at the main event, staged at The Annex at Foxtown Brewing. For pets, there is a fenced dog park and agility obstacles to try out, while, for people, local vendors and live music are the main event.

5. Oak Creek Farmers Market Kick-Off

SAURDAY FROM 9 A.M. TO 1 P.M. | DREXEL TOWN SQUARE

Kick off the outdoor farmers market season in Oak Creek this weekend for locally grown farm fresh foods and a variety of food and beverage options nearby. With a nod to Oak Creek’s agricultural roots, the Oak Creek Farmers Market offers seasonal fruits, vegetables and flowers as well as dairy products, meats, honey and more.

6. Spring Fling with Harley-Davidson

SATURDAY FROM 10 A.M. TO 3 P.M. | MILWAUKEE HARLEY-DAVIDSON

The second-annual Spring Fling celebration with Harley-Davidson and the local H.O.G. chapter is back, and will feature live music by Six Pack Sammy, axe throwing, food and beer. Plus, giveaways, local vendors and half-priced can and bottle cozies.

7. Brew City Birding Festival 

SATURDAY | URBAN ECOLOGY CENTER

Ring in World Migratory Bird Day with the Urban Ecology Center this weekend as they host the Brew City Birding Festival and the 10th-annual Green Birding Challenge. The festival begins on Saturday and extends well into next week for bird-themed field trips, lectures, family-friendly activities, workshops and a ton of bird-watching.

8. The Black Women Marketplace Pop-Up

SUNDAY FROM NOON TO 4 P.M. | BODIES EVENTS 

Join Wins For Black Girls, a media company that focuses on sharing only happy news about Black women, for their indoor pop-up shop featuring exclusively Black women-owned brands. The Instagram-worthy market is curated for Black women, with over 20 artists, makers, food trucks, clothing brands, skincare lines and sweet treats. The celebration will also have music, raffles and photo opportunities. Don’t forget to RSVP ahead!

9. Walkers Point Makers Market & Bar Hop

SUNDAY AT NOON | INDEED BREWING COMPANY

Join the Walkers Point Neighborhood to shop over 70 makers with a drink in hand this Sunday. Products like jewelry, home décor, metal working, prints, soap, paintings, candles and more will be available as you hop from Indeed Brewing to Broken Bat to Mobcraft to wrap it all up at Great Lakes Distillery.

10. Lynden by Night

SUNDAY AT 7:30 P.M. | LYNDEN SCULPTURE GARDEN

This Sunday is a full blood moon, and Lynden Sculpture Garden is offering an opportunity to walk the grounds with educator Claudio Orjuela, who will guide visitors to view the monumental sculptures beneath the light of the moon. After exploring, guests can sit around a bonfire for treats.

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