Don't let the winter blues get you down. There's plenty of things to do this weekend to make you want to dance, sing, eat and drink.
Some may like rap or bluegrass, but some prefer jazz. For all those who prefer jazz, the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra hosts a Jazz Heritage Festival from Feb. 27 through Mar. 2 at various times and locations. Each night features different guests, various styles of jazz, MYSO performances, professional jazz musicians, a clinic and more.
Local Milwaukee musicians plus the music of divas equals a soulful and fun night. Christopher’s Project showcases Divas of the Soul on Saturday, Mar. 2, at 7:30 p.m. at the Marcus Performing Arts Center (929 N Water St.). Christopher’s Project has played at many Milwaukee festivals before and will take you on a special tribute to all the diva greats. They will be playing music from Sade, Anita Baker, Chaka Khan, Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston and more.
There will be plenty of pasta, sauce and meatballs. The Women for Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer, Inc. (MACC) host Pasta Fest 2019 on Sunday, Mar. 3, at 11:30 a.m. at the American Serb Hall (5101 W Oklahoma Ave.). Tickets are $10 for adults and include Barbiere’s Italian Inn sauce, over one hundred raffle prizes, balloon animals and face painting, a photo booth and more. Bonus: all proceeds go to the MACC Fund.
Need a less expensive tropical vacation? Take a break from the cold at Turner Hall Tiki Takedown on Sunday, Mar. 3, starting at 3 p.m. at the Turner Hall Ballroom (1040 Vel R. Phillips Ave.). The tiki drink competition features tropical music and craft cocktails from local vendors. Guests can choose their favorite tiki drink and vote for their favorite one to win the Tiki Takedown trophy.
Magic, circus acts, singing and puppetry, oh my. The Pretty Little Things Vaudeville Show celebrates its 10th anniversary with a tour, and it’s coming to Milwaukee. The variety show takes place on Friday, Mar. 1, starting at 8 p.m. at the Pabst Milwaukee Brewery and Taproom (1037 W Juneau Ave.). Some exciting acts include sword swallowing, fire eating, singing, escape acts, the execution blade box and a mind-reading dog.
What’s better than sipping on a local brew? Sipping while also supporting a good cause. The Junior League of Milwaukee features its third annual spring fundraiser Brew City Bash on Friday, Mar. 1, starting at 7 p.m. at the Black Swan (309 N Water St. Suite 110). Guests can enjoy beer and wine tastings, food pairings and lots of local Wisconsin favorites. The JLM has chosen to benefit the Safe Home Environment this year.
Hot and cold can go together after all. Black Husky Brewing (909 E Locust St.) is partnering with Hot Tamale 414 for Cold Beer, Hot Tamales on Thursday, Feb. 28, 6-9 p.m. Guests will get to taste four carefully paired brews with tamales. From spicy to summery, the beer will wash down the tasty tamale perfectly. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door.
One word: unlimited. The 6th Annual Bikes and Brews Beer Sampling Extravaganza and Festival takes place on Saturday, Mar. 2, starting at 5 p.m. at Wisconsin Harley-Davidson (1280 Blue Ribbon Dr., Oconomowoc). Getting out of the city could be good for a day, especially when there will be over 200 different kinds of beers and hard ciders. Guests can also jam out to two live bands and chow down on a brat and chips in between beer samples.
Do your little ones need to get the ants out of their pants and dance it out? The Disney Junior Dance Party On Tour Presented by Pull-Ups® Training Pants comes to Milwaukee on Sunday, Mar. 3, at the Riverside Theater (116 W Wisconsin Ave.). Mickey, Minnie, Doc McStuffins and more of the kiddos’ favorite characters will be there to sing and dance.