Baby, it's cold outside, so we've got some indoor and outdoor events for all your winter needs.


4th Anniversary Party at the Brass Tap

We cannot really think of a better way of celebrating an anniversary than with over 70 (yes, seventy) beer tappings. The Brass Tap (7808 W Layton Ave.) celebrates its fourth anniversary on Friday, January 18 starting at 11a.m. Some highlights from the tap list include 2018 Goose Island Vanilla Bourbon County Stout, Avery Raspberry Truffle, Third Space Mystic Knot, and many, many more.

Kid Friendly

Boerner Botanical Gardens Winterfest

Photo courtesy of Friends of Boerner Botanical Gardens, Inc.

Everyone knows it can be a little more difficult getting the kids outdoors during the winter months. The Boerner Botanical Gardens (9400 Boerner Dr.) can help you out with their Winterfest on Sunday, January 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Take your little ones there for winter walks, crafts and even their own sugar ‘ice’ sculpture. Admission is free, but feel free to bring a canned good for their food drive.

Kid Boogie Down January Dance Party

Do your little ones need to get out of the house and dance their hearts out? The Bavarian Bierhaus (700 W Lexington Blvd.) wants to dance the winter blues away with you and your family on Saturday, January 19 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Kids can enjoy free balloon animals, music from DJ Lukewarm, bubbles, lasers and more. Children’s tickets are $10 and adults’ are $5.


WINE Down Dinner at MOVIDA

Still recovering from the holidays, or just need a break from the freezing outdoors? It’s time to treat yourself with a WINE Down Dinner at MOVIDA (524 S 2nd St.) on Thursday, January 17 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Guests can sit down, relax and enjoy a five-course meal with carefully paired wine selections. Among other delicious meals, one that stands out is the stuffed venison with wild mushroom, crispy kale, smoked rutabaga purée and onion demi paired with the bold and structured Tenuta dei Sette Cieli “Yantra” Toscana IGT. Tickets are $75 and can be reserved online.

Stuffed Venison; photo courtesty of MOVIDA


Gallery Night and Day

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Art connoisseur or not, Gallery Night and Day has something for everyone to enjoy. The event takes place on Friday, January 18 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday, January 19 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. With over 30 venues throughout Milwaukee, you are bound to find something you love. Venues range from the Iron Horse Hotel to Lily Pad Gallery West. Pro-tip: venues will have a yellow, purple and green flag outside their doors, so make sure to keep an eye out.

Fall 2018 Gallery Night; photo by Caroline Blair

Fall 2018 Gallery Night; photo by Caroline Blair


MKE Ice Bars Begin

It’s time to celebrate the frigid temperatures in Milwaukee instead of dreading them. The Historic Third Ward is putting an adult spin on the typical ice sculptures. From January 18 at 5 p.m. until roughly February 7 (weather permitting), Cafe Benelux (346 N Broadway), St. Paul Fish Company (400 N Water St.) and The Wicked Hop (345 N Broadway) will have celebratory outdoors ice bars. Art Below Zero Ice Sculptures will deck out the corner of Broadway with 23 tons and 150 blocks of ice.

Local Designs

Makers Market

Looking for that final touch to your home or just a little something fun? NŌ STUDIOS (1037 W McKinley Ave.) hosts its first Makers Market this Saturday, January 19 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. All 18 vendors and artists are local and will feature everything you can imagine, from paintings to leather goods to pins and lots in between. Admission is free and open to anyone. Bonus? The space has exposed brick, comfy couches, a full-service bar and a 47-seat theater.

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For the Culture Fashion Show

Whether you’re curious about the Milwaukee fashion scene or looking for some inspiration, a new kind of fashion show could be just what you need. MKElinkup’s first fashion show, For the Culture Fashion Show, will take place at The Box MKE (311 E Wisconsin Ave.) on Sunday, January 20 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The show consists of only local Milwaukee designers who will emphasize Milwaukee’s unique culture and diversity. Tickets are $5 online, $10 at the door, and event organizers are accepting donations to the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Foundation.


Samson Stomp and Romp

Run, walk or stomp your way into the new year. The 39th Samson Stomp and Romp is back at the Milwaukee County Zoo (10001 W Bluemound Rd.) on Sunday, January 20 with races beginning at 9:30 a.m. Register for a 5k, 2-mile walk/run, 1-mile romp for children or a half-mile mini-romp. The registration fees vary, but they all include a long-sleeved T-shirt, zoo admission, a beverage and parking. There’s no better way to celebrate the silverback gorilla Samson than with a fun run.

Photo courtesy of the Milwaukee County Zoo

Monster Jam Triple Threat Series

For the rough and tough only. The Monster Jam® Triple Threat Series™ comes to Milwaukee on Saturday, January 19 at 1 p.m. at the Fiserv Forum (1111 Vel R Phillips Ave.) for some seriously wild rides. The world-class Monster Jam vehicles and drivers will compete in seven different events, ranging from donuts to freestyle to wheelies and plenty more.