10 Things to Do in Milwaukee This New Year’s Weekend: Dec. 31-Jan. 2

There’s tons to do in Milwaukee this holiday weekend.

1. Ring in the New 2022 at the Fireside

FRIDAY AT NOON AND 6 P.M. | FIRESIDE THEATRE

Enjoy a performance from Steve Watts and his four-piece band, along with a group of the Fireside’s performers as they bring you classics, Broadway hits, jazz, rock-and-roll and comedy. This show’s featured menu includes choices of steak and lobster, beef tenderloin filet, Chilean sea bass, steak and shrimp, pretzel crusted stuffed chicken and more Get your tickets on their website or by calling 800-477-9505.

2. Harlem Globe Trotters

FRIDAY AT 1 P.M. AND 6 P.M. | FISERV FORUM

The Harlem Globe Trotters are back in Milwaukee this weekend with their Spread Game Tour. Grab your family and friends to see their crazy trick shots, crossovers, ball-handling and new in-game dunk contest. There are two shows on Friday at 1 p.m. and at 6 p.m. Get tickets online.

3. New Year’s Eve at the Pfister’s Mason Street Grill

FRIDAY FROM 5 P.M.-10 P.M. | THE PFISTER HOTEL

Feeling fancy? Ring in the New Year at the Mason Street Grill’s New Year’s party. Eat delicious wood-grilled classics and sip favorite drinks while listening to live music in the bar, and toast with champagne at midnight. Private dining rooms are also available. To make a reservation, call 414-298-3131 or visit OpenTable.


 

UNITY AWARDS EVENT

Join Milwaukee Magazine and Quad for the third-annual Unity Awards Event on March 8 from 6:30-9 p.m. at GATHER in the Deer District.


4. Back to the Future” NYE Party

FRIDAY FROM 8 P.M.-1 A.M. | BOTTLE HOUSE 42

Jump into 2022 in a 1950s and 1980s themed party hosted by F Street Hospitality at Bottle House 42, inspired by the “Back to the Future” movies. Bottle House 42’s Beer Hall will be 1980’s themed, and the Venue will be decorated as the Enchantment Under the Sea Dance from “Back to the Future I,II.” Guests (21+) are encouraged to dress in their best themed outfits for the party. Expect an open bar, food stations, a champagne toast, live music and more. Tickets are available online.

5. Rent an All-Inclusive Dome

FRIDAY FROM 10 P.M.-12:30 A.M. | HUBBARD PARK AND TWISTED FISHERMAN

Celebrate New Year’s Eve with family and friends in the Hubbard Park and Twisted Fisherman in their winter domes for an all-inclusive experience. For $60 a person ($480 total), you can reserve a cozy winter dome with unlimited drinks, a champagne toast at midnight and a charcuterie board to share. Reservations can be made on Hubbard Park and Twisted Fisherman’s websites.

6. Cool Fool Kite Festival

SATURDAY FROM 11 A.M.-5 P.M. | VETERANS PARK

This free event is fun for the whole family. At the 35th Annual Cool Fool Kite Festival you’ll see giant kites, a trebuchet throwing stuff and the “Silent Ice Carvers” carving away as you sip free hot chocolate and coffee and enjoy free snacks.  You can also bring a kite of your own or buy one at Gift of Wings if you want to get in on the flying fun. You can RSVP on Facebook.

7. Polar Bear Plunge

SATURDAY AT NOON | BRADFORD BEACH

It’s that time of year again. The time when hundreds of Milwaukeeans jump into the freezing waters of Lake Michigan to jump (literally) into the new year. The event is free and open to the public, and no registration is required. Show up, jump in and make sure you have someone to help you get warmed up and safe after you’re back on shore. Learn more here.

8. Axe Your Hangover

SATURDAY AT 11:30 A.M. | AXE MKE AND NORTH SOUTH CLUB

Axe throwing is $20.22 per person all day at AXE MKE and NorthSouth Club this Saturday. Grab some friends, drink half-off Bloody Mary’s and throw away your hangover, starting the New Year off right. Reservations for AXE MKE and NorthSouth Club throwing can be made online. Walk-ins will be accepted based on availability.

9. The Princess Bride at the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra

SATURDAY AT 7:30 P.M. and SUNDAY AT 2:30 P.M. | BRADLEY SYMPHONY CENTER

Calling all fans of The Princess Bride. This weekend, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra will perform the music of this classic film as it plays above the stage. Conducted by Yaniv Dinur, this is a performance you will not want to miss. Buy tickets online today because there is limited availability.

10. Shen Yun

MULTIPLE SHOWTIMES | MARCUS CENTER

See the traditional Chinese culture Shen Yun brought to life on the stage during this performance that has been wowing audiences for decades. The company, which started in 2006 by a group of Chinese artists who came together to revive the best of China’s cultural heritage, has a repertoire including important works that shed light on the plight of people like them in communist China today. Buy tickets online on Ticketmaster.

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Brianna Schubert is the associate digital editor and writes about art, culture and more at Milwaukee Magazine. When she’s not writing/editing, she’s likely reading (follow her book reviews on Instagram at @read_with_bee), cooking or listening to Taylor Swift.