8 Events You Won’t Want to Miss in Milwaukee This February

Mark your calendars because these are the best events happening in Milwaukee this month.

1. Ice-Skating at Red Arrow Park

THROUGH FEB. 28

For the first time ever, you can reserve a skating time at the city’s only free outdoor ice rink, Slice of Ice, for as many as eight people. Bring your own skates if you have them, or plan to rent one of the affordable pairs available on site. 

2. MIAD Holiday Sale

FEB. 5-6

The Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design’s annual student show has long been a highlight of the holiday season. This year, the show will take place entirely online. Prospective buyers can log onto the university’s site anytime on February 5 or 6 to browse more than 80 works by up-and-coming artists. Or, if they register for early VIP access, they can log in on Feb. 4. 70% of the sale proceeds support the student artists and designers featured, and 30% supports the school’s student scholarships. 

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3. Winterfest 2021: Experiencing Outdoor Play

FEB. 6

The Milwaukee Art Museum and the Urban Ecology Center have teamed up to create this one-of-a-kind outdoor event, which will be taking place at and around the UEC’s Washington Park location. Drop by between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. for socially distanced sledding, skating, snow-shoeing and more. There’ll also be a hot beverage and boxed lunch station. 

4. Kind Oasis + Friends Valentines Pop-up Market

FEB. 6

The East Side CBD boutique Kind Oasis is hosting a Valentine’s Day pop-up marketing at its East Side location, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. A dozen local vendors will be selling handmade jewelry, candles, cards, and other V-day essentials. And the Heirloom MKE food truck will park on site too.

5. Ronald H. Balson, author of Eli’s Promise

FEB. 9

The Harry and Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center and Boswell Books are copresenting a livestream conversation with National Jewish Book Award winner Ronald H. Balson. Balson’s novel offers readers a gripping story of the Holocaust and its aftermath that spans three generations. You can register for the event on the JCC’s website.

6. The State of the Arts in Wisconsin

FEB. 11

At 7:30 p.m. industry leaders will (virtually) take the stage at this panel discussion, to talk about the impact that the pandemic has had on our state’s arts sector. Maria Van Laanen (President of the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center), Kendra Whitlock Ingram (President & CEO of the Marcus Performing Arts Center) and Tim Sauers (VP of Programming and Community Engagement, Overture Center for the Arts) will lead the discussion, while host Emily Gruenewald (VP of Development, Overture Center for the Arts) moderates. The event is free to livestream. 

7. Principal Principle

FEB. 15-MARCH 7

The latest installment in Next Act Theatre’s wholly virtual season, this play by educator Joe Zarrow celebrates the grit and determination of our nation’s teachers. Tickets, which cost $30-$40 per person, can be purchased online or by calling 414-278-0765.

8. To the Pointe

FEB. 25- MARCH 7

The Milwaukee Ballet Company is coming back, to the intimately sized Baumgartner Center for Dance, with a medley of scenes snipped from  some of the world’s most beloved ballets, as well as an original work by artistic director Michael Pink. Currently, the Ballet remains confident that the event will be able to take place in person with safety protocols in place. But please check the company’s website closer to the event date to confirm as much. 

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Lindsey Anderson covers culture for Milwaukee Magazine. Before joining the MilMag team she worked as an editor at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and wrote freelance articles for ArtSlant and Eater.