Bay View is a great place to be this summer. With Chill on the Hill, Bay View Bash and this weekend’s Bay View Gallery Night, this funky little ‘hood south of Downtown has something for everyone.
This Friday, June 3 marks the 11th installment of Bay View Gallery Night (BVGN). This community celebration encompasses 55 locations choc-full of art, music and plenty of feel-good vibes. Made in Milwaukee and Colectivo Coffee bring together hundreds of local artists and musicians for this event meant to highlight Milwaukee’s creative community.
Since there is so much to take in, I’ve broken it down three different experiences based on personal interest.
For the foodie:
Start at the far south end of Kinnickinnic Avenue and eat your way through Morgan Park (located at the corner of KK and Holt). A bevy of food trucks will satisfy your every craving. Confirmed food trucks include: Meat on the Street, Wicked Urban Grill, That Salsa Lady, Wok in the Park, HAPPY DOUGH LUCKY, Press, Olano’s Empanadas, Jamaican Kitchen & Grill, Denson’s Catering and Event Planning, BeBe’s Bistro, and Chilango Express.
Work off all that food and jam out to BEMBEMKE, a percussion trio featuring Cecilio Negron Jr. of De la Buena and Kings Go Forth, performing at 6 p.m. in the park.
For the cyclist:
For the third year in a row, BVGN goers have the chance to experience the event via bicycle. The Rollout is group bike ride that will tour gallery spots and offer interactive art projects at each spot.
Meet up with the group between 5-6 p.m. to register at Rush Mor Records (2635 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.) From 6-9 p.m., cruise around the neighborhood and stop at several galleries and business to soak in some sweet art. The ride wraps up at 10 p.m. back at Rush Mor for food and a raffle before the dance party begins at Cafe Corazon (2394 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.) 88.9 RadioMilwaukee and Cafe Corazon have teamed up to host the dance party. No word yet on who the DJ will be, but if it’s a true dance party, I bet DJ Dori Zori will be there.
For the music lover:
Bay View Jazz Fest (BVJF), is a fest within the fest! Back for a third year, the jazz fest features 18 free shows at nine different BVGN locations. Milwaukee Jazz Vision has helped curate the lineup and they’ve chosen some of Milwaukee’s finest. They’ve also scheduled them all at establishments in close proximity so you can hop around and see as much music as possible from 5-10 p.m.
If you start on the north end of KK, see Dr. Science perform at 6 p.m. at Boone & Crockett (2151 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.), Cigarette Break at 8 p.m. at The Backyard (2155 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.) and end at Tonic Tavern (2335 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.) to hear Foreign Goods, featuring one of my favorite local performers Klassik, starting at 9 p.m.
Or pick your own line up from the full schedule of performers here.
And if you geek out over all things handcrafted – be sure to visit Milwaukee Makerspace (2555 S. Lenox St.), a community of makers, engineers, designers and inventors, featuring on-hand demos. Also, the Makers Market will kick off its season in the Colectivo Coffee parking lot (2301 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.) with over 30 local vendors handpicked by quilter and market coordinator-extraordinaire Cortney Heimerl. There will also be live jazz music to entertain you while you shop.
Check out the full lineup of activities and map of BVGN here.