15 Fun Things to Do in Milwaukee This February

It may be the shortest month, but there’s no shortage of events and entertainment in February.


Great Lakes Pet Expo

Feb. 2
Wisconsin State Fair Park

Leave Fido at home, but find plenty of animals to adopt if you are looking for another furry friend, plus hundreds of exhibits with the latest pet products and services, education from vets and industry experts, animal acts and a huge reptile display. Ticket sales support homeless pets in Wisconsin.

Trapper Schoepp. Photo by Kayla Jean.

Trapper Schoepp

Feb. 2
The Back Room @ Colectivo

Beloved Milwaukee rocker Trapper Schoepp is back with a fourth album, Primetime Illusion, featuring new music and additional lyrics to the unfinished 1961 Bob Dylan song “On, Wisconsin.” Special guest is Nineteen Thirteen, the award-winning duo of cellist Janet Schiand Victor DeLorenzo, founding drummer of Violent Femmes.


Shen Yun

Feb. 2-3
Miller High Life Theatre

A Shen Yun performance is like nothing else you’ve seen. Translated as “The beauty of divine beings dancing in the heavens,” Shen Yun features classically trained dancers, music and animated backdrops and, new in 2019, a live orchestra. This is visual storytelling at its fi nest – showcasing 5,000 years of Chinese culture.

Free / Outdoors

Burnhearts Mitten Fest

Feb. 3

A wicked Milwaukee winter won’t stop Burnhearts from throwing a killer street party. Expect a steady stream of barrel-aged beers and old fashioneds (and other cocktails), as well as local musicians, food vendors and crafters on the block in front  of the Bay View bar. Bring food, cash and clothing to donate to Hunger Task Force.

Dancing with the Stars Live! Photo via Joe Amabile Instagram

Dancing with the Stars Live!

Feb. 4
Riverside Theater

See celebs and professional dancers from the ABC hit show cha-cha, rumba and even hip-hop right in person in a brand-new production. Guest stars like “Grocery Store Joe” Amabile, Mary Lou Retton, Bobby Bones, Milo Manheim and more will bring the moves, costumes and pizzazz that make the show so entertaining.


John Mellencamp

Feb. 8
Riverside Theater

This Rock & Roll Hall of Famer has been R.O.C.K.-in’ in the U.S.A. for 40 years and isn’t slowing down. His new tour features classic songs plus new cover material from his 24th album, Other People’s Stuff.


The Chinese Lady

Feb. 13-March 24
Milwaukee Rep Steimke Studio

This new historical play tells the story of America’s first female Chinese immigrant, Afong Moy, a sideshow performer known as “The Chinese Lady,” as she acculturates. Lloyd Suh’s script digs deep into themes of the way we look at others and ourselves.

Valentine’s Day

Hearts Under Glass

Feb. 14
Mitchell Park Domes

Take your sweetheart to the Domes for a different kind of Valentine’s Day celebration: cocktails, small-plate dining and desserts, with romantic lighting washing over the flora to get you in just the right mood.


Food & Froth

Feb. 16
Milwaukee Public Museum

Meander through the Milwaukee Public Museum after dark with beer in hand. This adults-only event is an exciting opportunity to explore the exhibits — with beer and food samples and live music on three exhibit floors, and without throngs of children.

Photo by David Carlo

Mama Tried Motorcycle Show

Feb. 15-17
Eagles Club Ballroom

Racers and enthusiasts can find all things motorcycles at this show. The indoor invitational features over 100 motorcycles from bike builders of all types – flat-tracker, hill climber, chopper and bar hopper. The biggest draw is Flat Out Friday, where bikes race on a Dr Pepper-soaked track.

Free fest

Winter Festival

Feb. 16-17
Downtown Cedarburg

Charming Cedarburg’s tribute to all things cold features activities up and down Washington Avenue, including an ice-carving contest, sledding, skating, a parade and an old-fashioned dog pull. Warm up with a chili contest, live music and a hot cocoa bar.

Photo courtesy of Tripoli Shrine Circus

Tripoli Shrine Circus

Feb. 22-24
UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena

In its 84th year, the Milwaukee circus is the longest-running Tripoli Shrine Circus in the country. Watch lions and tigers and bears (oh my!) along with amazing feats of strength and skill. In addition, there will be dozens of awe-inspiring acts and everyone’s favorite, the cannon – plus a few new tricks such as a giant mechanical gorilla.

Photo courtesy of Tripoli Shrine Circus

Greater Milwaukee International Car & Truck Show

Feb. 23-March 3
Wisconsin Center

Shopping for a new ride? Find more than 500 new vehicles on display inside three floors of the convention center. Enjoy no-pressure perusing and test-drive cars from traditional to luxury, exotic to electric. Attractions like mini golf and zip-lining can keep not-yet-drivers entertained.

Photo courtesy of 2Cellos


Feb. 24
Fiserv Forum

Croatian cellists Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser are an international sensation launched to fame on YouTube with their 2011 rendition of Michael Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal.” They cover everything from classical to pop and rock in their electric and dynamic style.


Milwaukee’s Best Bloody

Feb. 24
Italian Community Center

The Great Lakes Hemophilia Foundation has an innovative fundraising technique. It’s inviting local bartenders to compete to make the best Bloody Mary the city has ever seen. Guests can sample multiple drinks and vote on their favorites. And, yes, there’ll be beer chasers and snacks, too.

“Agenda: February 2019” appears in the February 2019 issue of Milwaukee Magazine.

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