10 Things To Do This Memorial Day Weekend in Milwaukee

And a couple of events that have been rescheduled to future dates.

THIS MEMORIAL DAY might look different than ones in the past, but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy the day off and honor the courageous individuals who have fallen for our freedom. 

Here are some things to do in Milwaukee this Memorial Day Weekend:

1.  2020 – Remember the Fallen Virtual 21K Run Walk – Milwaukee

Location of your choice | May 15-June 15

The Virtual Run Challenge is hosting a Memorial Day run/walk to honor the fallen. Just register for the race, choose your location and have fun.

2. The Milky Way Drive-In

Ballpark Commons Franklin (7900 Crystal Ridge Rd., Franklin) | May 22 to Labor Day with various showtimes

The Milky Way Drive-In opens this Memorial Day Weekend at Ballpark Commons in Franklin. There will be two shows daily when the Milwaukee Milkmen are at out of town games. Earlier movies are geared towards family-friendly options with later films centered toward a more mature audience, in addition to a weekly late-night movie available for teens and young adults. Check out the movie schedule and showtimes here.

3. MotorMania Presents: Memorial Cruise for the Flag

Milwaukee Harley Davidson (11310 W. Silver Spring Rd.) | May 23 at 7:30 a.m.

With many Memorial Day classics such as the parade and the Boy Scouts placing flags on fallen soldiers’ graves, MotorMania wants to honor veterans and fallen soldiers. MotorMania will be hosting a cruise, which will include stops such as the VA Hospital and various cemeteries. Join by car, truck or bike.

4. The FINAL Beer Drive-Thru

The Explorium Brewpub (5300 S. 76th St., Ste. 1450A, Greendale) | May 23 from 12-5 p.m.

The Explorium Brewpub will be holding their last Beer Drive-Thru this Memorial Weekend. Pre-order your beer and stay in your car to pick up from local, craft breweries. Check out the participating breweries here.

5. Memorial Day Observations

The City of Waukesha | May 25 from 12-3 p.m.

With many traditional events and religious services canceled, The City of Waukesha wants to make sure those who died in service are still remembered and honored this Memorial Day through virtual events.

6. Quadruple Canned Beer Release-Memorial Day Weekend

Gathering Place Brewing Company (811 E. Vienna Ave.) | May 23 from 2-6 p.m.

Just in time for Memorial Day, the Gathering Place Brewing Company is releasing four new beers in cans. Customers are encouraged to purchase the beer online for a “touchless” experience by curbside or pick up. Learn more about the beers being released here

7. Memorial Day Drive Through BBQ

The Brick Pub and Grill (6343 N. Green Bay Ave., Glendale) | May 25 from 4-7 p.m.

At its core, Memorial Day is a celebration of togetherness. In celebration of the brave souls that fought for our freedom and the wonderful community that has supported The Brick Pub and Grill during the pandemic, The Brick Pub and Grill is hosting a BBQ Drive Through to say thank you. There will be brats, burgers and hot dogs while supplies last free of charge.

8. Apocalypse Drive-In: Bounce Back Edition!

Bounce Milwaukee (2801 S. 5th Ct.) | May 23 at 8 p.m.

Spend this Memorial Weekend experiencing the nostalgia of a drive-in movie theater. Every Friday and Saturday night, Bounce Milwaukee hosts an “Apocalypse Drive-In.”

9. Take-Out Concert with Present Music 

Zoom Video Conference or Facebook| May 22 at 7:30 

Present Music  is hosting a Take-Out Concert to support local restaurants and artists. Present Music artists will film the concert from the safety of their homes. Between performances Present Music’s Co-Artistic Directors Eric Segnitz and David Bloom interview some of the nation’s most exciting composers and announce their 2020-2021 concert season.

10. Can Release – “Juuust A Wit Outside!”

Broken Bat Brewing Company (135 E. Pittsburgh Ave.) | May 23 from 12-4:30 P.M.

Just in time for Memorial Day, Broken Bat Brewing Company is releasing a new beer to celebrate the holiday. Their new Belgian Witbier with oranges, mandarins, blood orange and clementines will be a limited run and the perfect summer drink. Online ordering is available starting this Friday and is also available for pick up Saturday or Sunday.

IN LIGHT OF THE CURRENT HEALTH SITUATION, some Memorial Day events have been postponed. Here are two events happening later this summer:

Memorial Day Flag Garden

Milwaukee County War Memorial Center (750 N. Lincoln Memorial Dr.) | Aug. 29 at 9 a.m.-Sept. 4 at 3 p.m.

Although happening later than normal this year, in August, gather together to plant flags at the War Memorial Center to create a Memorial Day flag garden honoring the courageous and brave Milwaukee individuals who gave their lives for our freedom during World War II. For more information contact (414)-273-5533 or info@warmemorialcenter.org


Old Falls Village (N96 W15791 County Line Rd., Menomonee Falls) | Aug. 8 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Aug. 9 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

From war reenactors, swing dance lessons, informative speakers, to getting up close and personal with authentic World War II vehicles, the two-day event originally is scheduled for June. Come on out for an action-packed weekend and to thank the Menomonee Falls Veterans of World War II for their service.



Allie is an Editorial Intern at Milwaukee Magazine. She is a senior at UW-Milwaukee studying Creative Writing and Journalism. You can follow her on Instagram at @alliehabck