14 Fun Things to Do in Milwaukee This January

Resolve to attend more events in 2019. Our calendar this month is packed with concerts, plays and an MLK Day celebration.


The Book of Mormon

Jan. 2-6
Marcus Center

Follow two hapless Mormon missionaries to a remote Ugandan village, where they attempt to convince locals that the prophet Joseph Smith can solve all their worldly problems. The New York Times has lauded this raunchy play, co-created by Robert Lopez and “South Park” showrunners Trey Parker and Matt Stone, as “the best musical of the century.”


Steely Dane

Jan. 4
Pabst Theater

This tribute band – featuring no less than 15 members from around Dane County – storms the Pabst stage tonight to play Aja, Steely Dan’s classic 1977 album, in its entirety. Be sure to stay for an encore performance of other Steely songs.


Wonderful World of Weddings

Jan. 5-6
Wisconsin State Fair Park

The WWW (that’s the Wonderful World of Weddings, not the World Wide Web) has been helping couples plan for their nuptials for more than 50 years. Almost 200 industry insiders will be attending this two-day conference, which features daily fashion shows and multiple prize giveaways.

Trevor Noah. Photo by Gavin Bond.

Trevor Noah

Jan. 5
Riverside Theater
The beloved “Daily Show” host and comedian had to postpone a Milwaukee appearance scheduled for November because he got sick (evidently laughter isn’t always the best medicine). But he’s returning to the Cream City tonight for two back-to-back performances.


Gospel Brunch

Jan. 13
The Back Room @ Colectivo
Wake up happy this morning with a cup of coffee and a shot of gospel music. From noon to 2 p.m. today, local gospel groups will be singing traditional songs and raffling off prizes to raise funds for Progressive Community Health Centers.


Nick Petrie in Conversation with Bonnie North

Jan. 14
Boswell Book Co.
Acclaimed local author Nick Petrie chats with WUWM’s Bonnie North about his latest thriller, Tear It Down. Check out the talk, or the book – which will be available at the bookstore – if you’re a fan of Lee Child’s Jack Reacher series.



Jan. 17
Boerner Botanical Gardens
Have you ever wondered where your favorite local brewers source their hops and barley? At this recurring event series, put on by The Friends of the Boerner Botanical Gardens, you can meet the creative team behind a local brewery (Component is on tap this time), sample a few of their beers and ask them about their work.


Strauss and Dvořák

Jan. 18-19
Marcus Center

The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra’s longtime violin virtuoso and concert master Frank Almond delivers a dizzying rendition of two pieces by Ravel and Bartok. And Carlos Kalmar rounds out the evening by leading performances of Strauss’ Don Juan and Dvořák’s Sixth Symphony.


Gallery Night and Day

Jan. 18-19
Multiple Venues
Inject a little color into this cold, gray month by attending one of the city’s best wintertime art events. Dozens of galleries and museums scattered across the city open their doors (and, often, bottles of wine) for visitors over the course of this two-day event.


Marquette vs. DePaul

Jan. 23
Fiserv Forum
The Bucks aren’t the only basketball team to play under Fiserv’s shiny new roof. The Marquette men’s team, led by guard Markus Howard, forward Sam Hauser and coach Steve Wojciechowski, will (hopefully) score big at tonight’s home game against the Blue Demons, the Golden Eagles’ Big East rivals to the south.


Spectacular: Gut Feeling

Jan. 23
Turner Hall

The fabulous members of the live lit organization Ex Fabula have invited several local storytellers to talk about times when they did, or didn’t, follow their gut. The stories are sometimes sad, sometimes funny, and always engaging. 


MKE Chili Bowl

Jan. 27
Potawatomi Hotel & Casino

For more than a decade, some of Milwaukee’s best chefs have been coming together to raise money for the Hunger Task Force while serving up hearty samples of chili. The best chef wins a coveted Golden Ladle award. But really, we’re all winners when we can eat chili and support a charity at the same time.

photo via Getty Images

Sam Harris Presents: Experiments in Conversation

Jan. 29
Pabst Theater

Sam Harris has written about morality, science and religion for the likes of The New York Times and Washington Post. And he proved himself adept at thinking on his feet during appearances on “The O’Reilly Factor” and “The Colbert Report.” Tonight he and mathematician Eric Weinstein wax philosophical about some of the most pressing issues of our day.


Cirque du Soleil: Crystal

Jan. 30-Feb. 3
Fiserv Forum

photo by Matt Beard

One of Canada’s most beloved cultural exports (sorry Justin Bieber) is filling Fiserv Forum with ice to put on a one-of-a-kind show that blends traditional figure-skating with circus acts and acrobatics.

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

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