10 Things to Do in Milwaukee This Weekend: Sept. 9-11

Downtown Dining Week kicks off, Tosa Fest is back and more great events are happening this weekend.

1. Downtown Dining Week

ALL WEEKEND | VARIOUS LOCATIONS

Milwaukee’s annual Downtown Dining Week has returned! Sit down and enjoy delicious prix fixe menus from around 30 Downtown restaurants and experiences for lunch and dinner. Be sure to check out dining critic Ann Christenson’s guide to what you need to know about this year’s food-filled week. 

2. Marine Aquarium Conference of North America

ALL WEEKEND | WISCONSIN CENTER

The Marine Aquarium Conference of North America is back after two years of virtual meeting, with hopes of a fun, family-friendly and sustainable weekend. The event aims to educate locals on the Shores of Lake Michigan with appearances by business leaders, educators and pioneers of the marine industry. Stop by to learn, but also see some captivating exhibits and fish tanks.


 

 

 

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3. Emma Willmann

FRIDAY AND SATURDAY AT 7:30 | LAUGHING TAP COMEDY BAR

The Laughing Tap is hosting Emma Willmann this weekend, a Netflix comedian who has also appeared on, “The Late Show with Stephan Colbert.” Tickets are $20. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. 

4. TosaFest

FRIDAY AT 5 P.M. AND SATURDAY AT 7 A.M. | WAUWATOSA

TosaFest, located in the heart of the Village of Wauwatosa, will have live music on three stages, as well as local food vendors and three different beer gardens. On Saturday morning, make sure to check out Joe’s Run, Walk and Roll, an easygoing and accessible 5K that benefits Broadscope Disability Services. 

5. Gloria Trevi Concert

FRIDAY AT 8 P.M. | MILLER HIGH LIFE THEATRE

Wanting to hear some live music? The Pabst Theater Group is hosting Gloria Trevi Friday night, the highest grossing female Mexican artist and performer in recent years. Fans are excited for an almost sold out show with the Mexican composer and a chance to dance. 

6. Woodlands | Forest Floor – An Exhibition in Two Parts

OPENS SATURDAY | GALLERY 224 AND GROVE GALLERY

Milwaukee painter Beth Stoddard is presenting her new exhibit starting Saturday, spread out between two different galleries. Combining oil paintings and works on paper, the exhibit is an opportunity to view art, travel across the city and ponder nature.

7. Taco Fest 

BEGINS SATURDAY AT 10 A.M. | HENRY MAIER FESTIVAL PARK

Taco Fest is back with its seventh year.  Guests will try tacos from different vendors throughout Milwaukee and vote on their favorites while enjoying drinks and live music. 

8. Frank Mots International Kite Festival

BEGINS SATURDAY AT 10 A.M. | VETERANS PARK

This family-friendly event features giant kites on the Milwaukee Lakefront, with 600 kites launching at noon. Make sure to bring a kite from home for flying lessons, or just go to watch and socialize. 

9. Bayshore Fashion Fest MKE

SATURDAY AT 11 A.M. | THE YARD AT BAYSHORE

For the first time, Bayshore is hosting Fashion Fest MKE, showcasing local designers, artists, boutiques and fashion shows. The event aims to promote creativity and hands-on design. There will also be food trucks and local clothing and jewelry vendors.

10. French Connection 

SUNDAY AT 7:30 P.M. | MILWAUKEE ART MUSEUM

This weekend, the Milwaukee Art Museum is celebrating French art and culture with a concert by Present Music, featuring scores from La Belle et la Bête and live music composed by Philip Glass. Advanced registration is required. 


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