The merry month of May.

Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo

May 3
The Northern Lights Theater

Four-time Grammy Award-winning performer and bona fide rock legend Pat Benatar is back with her guitarist, collaborator and hubby. The duo will perform their chart-topping hits from the ’80s and ’90s.

CREO Student Designer Fashion Show

May 5
Turner Hall Ballroom

Mount Mary University’s Fashion Design program showcases student work in a runway show including designs inspired by the Mount Mary historic costume collection. Eat your heart out, Project Runway.

The Barber of Seville

May 5-7
Uihlein Hall at the Marcus Center

Fiiii-garoh! Opera’s most famous barber will close out Florentine Opera’s 84th season. Rossini’s The Barber of Seville is a love story filled with follies.

Kites Over Lynden

May 6
Lynden Sculpture Garden

Celebrate spring by visiting the studio to make and decorate earth-friendly kites and then let them take flight in the impressive sculpture gardens.

Recycled Percussion

May 6
Marcus Center for the Performing Arts

This internationally touring act was discovered on “America’s Got Talent.” Now you can be the judge as they perform musical feats on just about anything they can get their hands on.

Paul Taylor Dance Company. Photo by James Houston

Paul Taylor Dance Company. Photo by James Houston

Paul Taylor Dance Company

May 12
Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts

See modern dance at its finest – from one of the most influential choreographers and widely toured companies of our time.


May 12-13 and May 19-20
The Bavarian Bierhaus

Two weekends to soak in all the bratwurst and hefeweizen you can handle in a newly remodeled German beer hall, complete with live music. How Milwaukee is that?

Color Vibe 5K Run

May 13
Veterans Park

It sounds strange, but really, it’s thrilling. Get blasted with colorful powder while you run. By the finish line, you’ll look like an Easter egg.

Photo courtesy of Color Vibe 5K Run

The Power of Love

May 13
St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church

Concord Chamber Orchestra’s look at love through music from masterpieces like “Schindler’s List, “Romeo and Juliet” and “West Side Story.”

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Photo by Mick Rock

Hall & Oats and Tears for Fears

May 13
Bradley Center

All the ’80s you can handle in one night with Rock & Roll Hall of Famers Daryl Hall and John Oates, and Tears for Fears. Don’t forget your jean jacket and hairspray.

Teen Poetry and Spoken Word Open Mic Night

May 13
MPL’s Centennial Hall

Hear what young people have to say (or, if you are a teen, stand up and be heard!) on the theme of anti-violence.

Mother’s Day Family Event

May 14
Boerner Botanical Gardens

This free event is a great way for kids to create make-and-take gifts for Mom. And then give Mom what she really wants, with brunch on-site hosted by Zilli’s.

Milwaukee Museum Mile Day

May 14
East Side

Have you been meaning to visit all of Milwaukee’s museums? Here’s an easy way to see five and get free or reduced admission: Jewish Museum Milwaukee, Charles Allis Art Museum, Museum of Wisconsin Art at Saint John’s On The Lake, Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum, North Point Lighthouse.

Ex Fabula All Stars

May 18
Turner Hall Ballroom

Hear true stories from the season’s best tellers, on the theme of unfinished business. At the end of the night, the audience votes to crown a season audience favorite. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll clap for more.

Photo by Doug Seymour

Nineteen Thirteen

May 19
Anodyne Coffee Roasting Co.

Victor DeLorenzo of Violent Femmes fame teams up with cellist Janet Schiff and her 1913 Romanian cello to create mysterious, romantic and thought-provoking music in this intimate performance.

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Photo by Jason Booher

Chuck Klosterman

May 19
Boswell Book Company

New York Times bestselling author and cultural critic Chuck Klosterman will read excerpts and essays from his new book, Chuck Klosterman X, that explores pop culture icons from the past decade.

WMSE Presents: Art & Music

May 19
Historic Pritzlaff Building

Show some love for WMSE radio at this arty fundraiser, featuring a figure-drawing class, break-dancing and more.

Armed Forces Celebration Day

May 20
Harley-Davidson Museum

Support our troops with an iconic American brand. Hal’s Harley-Davidson will serve a pancake breakfast, kicking off a ride to the Harley-Davidson Museum where there’ll be a performance by the American Legion Band, military displays, a special Armed Forces ceremony and more.

Photo courtesy of Harley-Davidson

The Best Buddies Friendship Walk

May 20
Manpower Group Headquarters

Grab your best buddy, or find one there. This fun 5k run/walk raises awareness and funds for people in our community with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Milwaukee Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival

May 20
Waukesha County Expo Center

Eat and drink to your heart’s content with Wisconsin’s most popular local food trucks and dozens of craft breweries, all on wheels.

Milwaukee Pug Fest

May 21
Milwaukee County Sports Complex

Prepare for a tsunami of cuteness at the largest pug gathering in North America. The costume contest (1:30 p.m.) is made for Instagram.

Milwaukee Brewers vs. D-Backs

May 28
Miller Park

For the kids! Fans 14 years old and younger eat free, while those up to 16 years old can run the bases after the game’s over.

152nd Annual Milwaukee Memorial Day Parade

May 29
Downtown Milwaukee

One of the nation’s longest-running Memorial Day parades starts at the intersection of Fourth and Wisconsin and ends at the War Memorial Center. Wreath-laying to follow, to honor missing soldiers/war prisoners. ◆

‘Agenda: May’ appears in the May 2017 issue of Milwaukee Magazine.

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