The Top 10 Things to Do in Milwaukee in March

March through a month of concerts, plays and parades




Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra: Jazz Heritage Festival

March 1
Jazz Estate

At this pay-what-you-can festival, you’ll see cool kiddy cats and combos laying down some hot licks. Translation: Young MYSO students will deliver stellar renditions of jazz tunes. Faculty members will play, too.




St. Patrick’s Day Parade

March 9

For the Shamrock Club of Wisconsin’s 53rd annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade, expect Irish dancers, pipers, drummers and local celebrities aplenty. Also, some shaggier ambassadors of the Emerald Isle: packs of well-behaved Irish setters and wolfhounds loping along the parade route. Just remember, the parade is well in advance of St. Paddy’s Day.




WMSE’s 17th Annual Rockabilly Chili event

March 10
MSOE Kern Center

Shake off the last of winter’s chill with some hot and hearty chili. At this long-running annual fundraiser, you can sample more than 50 recipes from local restaurants and caterers (assuming you’ve got the stomach for that much chili) while listening to the Dick Satan Trio serve up blistering rockabilly bangers.





March 13 & 15
Highland Community School

Let’s face it, school plays often bore even the parents of the students performing in them. But this immersive comedy – about a school assembly that deteriorates into what writer and director Barry Weber describes as an “absurdist, Kafkaesque nightmare” – should keep audiences wide awake. Weber’s past plays have earned kudos from the likes of David Lynch and Jack White. 




Becoming: An Intimate Conversation with Michelle Obama

March 14
Miller High Life Theatre

Former first lady Michelle Obama sold more than 2 million copies of her memoir within 15 days of its release, making it the country’s best-selling book of 2018. If you’ve got a few hundred dollars to spare (scalpers are currently selling the tickets at a very unbecoming price point), you can hear her speak candidly about her memoir, her life and her experiences at the White House.




Carmina Burana

March 15-17, 20-24 & 27-31
Broadway Theatre Center

Evidently, it’s no longer enough to be a triple threat. Four of the town’s top theatrical groups – Skylight Music Theatre, the Milwaukee Opera Theatre, Danceworks Performance Company and the Chant Claire Chamber Choir – have teamed up to put on a show that offers acting, singing, dancing and live music.




WWE Live: Road to WrestleMania

March 16
Fiserv Forum

The road to WrestleMania could be paved with the bones of vanquished warriors, because only the strongest fighters made it onto the roster for this event. Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose will be duking it out for the title of Intercontinental Champion, while Ronda Rousey and Nia Jax vie for the Raw Women’s Championship.




Taste of Milwaukee

March 21
Italian Community Center

Sometimes it can be tough to decide where to eat, but tonight, you don’t have to. More than 20 local restaurants – such as Saz’s State House – will be serving bite-sized portions of their best dishes, all under one roof. Profits go to children with disabilities and their families.




Brew City Safari

March 31
Begins at the North Point Water Tower

Expect to see dozens of people, and maybe a few dogs, prowling the streets of Milwaukee en masse between 3:30 and 7 a.m. today. But don’t worry, they aren’t up to anything nefarious. They’re just enjoying one of the sunrise city hikes, complete with stops at local landmarks, that Brew City Safari hosts from time to time.




Mumford and Sons

March 31
Fiserv Forum

Since releasing their fourth studio album, Delta, late last year, the British folk rockers behind Mumford and Sons have been racking up some serious frequent-flier miles on a multinational tour. Odds are good that their Cream City concert will sell out, so grab your tickets now.

“The Top 10” appears in the March 2019 issue of Milwaukee Magazine.

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