11 Things to Do This Weekend: January 24-27

From chili to music to beer, there’s more than just the snow to keep you busy this weekend.


Milwaukee Chili Bowl

There is no debate anymore: Milwaukee knows its chili. Milwaukee’s 13th Annual Chili Bowl presented by Gruber Law Offices returns to Potawatomi Casino and Hotel (1721 West Canal St.) on Sunday, Jan. 27, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For $17, chili-goers can taste 20 different kinds of chili, ranging from spicy to vegetarian and lots in between. The winner also gets the legendary Golden Ladle Award.


Umphrey’s McGee TWO Nights at the Riverside Theater

Umphrey’s McGee takes center stage at the Riverside Theater (116 W Wisconsin Ave.) for two nights on Jan. 25 and 26. Umphrey’s will showcase their “Wax on, Wax off” tour with special guests The Marcus King Band. Come one, come all for a rocking night of fun, dancing and great music.


Local Milwaukee musician IshDARR takes center stage Saturday, Jan. 26, at the Rave (2401 W Wisconsin Ave.) at 9:20 p.m. with doors opening at 7 p.m. The “Too Bad” and “Locals” singer attended Messmer High School and has since taken off in the hip hop scene. EMAAD, BoodahDARR and MT Twins, and DJ Brezzy each open for the artist starting at 8 p.m.

Pet Friendly

Dog Days with Brewcity Bruisers Roller Derby

What’s better than a roller derby double header? A roller derby double header with your pup. The Brewcity Bruisers, a roller derby league, are opening their 2019 season on Sunday, Jan. 27, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena (400 W Kilbourn Ave.). Tickets are $20 at the door for adults and $4 for your dog. Did we mention a wiener dog race at halftime by the Milwaukee Area Dachshund Lovers club? Sign us up.

Photo courtesy of Bruisers Media

Sip & Purr’s Book Club with Cats

Photo by Ryan Peschman

Looking for a furry friend to snuggle up with and read? Sip & Purr‘s Book Club with Cats takes place from 7 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 24, in the Cat Lounge (2021 E. Ivanhoe Pl.) and every last Thursday of each month. For $10 a session, Book Club-goers will enjoy discussing this month’s selection Ohio (10% off at Boswell Book Company) while enjoying the company of some adorably adoptable cats. Bonus – wine and coffee available.

Party On

Bingo Glow Party

Glow up and try your luck with a Bingo Glow Party. Potawatomi Hotel and Casino (1721 West Canal St.) hosts bingo night with a glow twist on Saturday, Jan. 26 starting at 9:30 p.m. After the bingo session, a GLOW Party will feature dimmed lights, pumped music, a choreographed dance and plenty of fun prizes to win.


Milwaukee Museum Week

The temperatures may be frigid, but there is still plenty of fun for all in Milwaukee. Join over 15 museums in Milwaukee for special events, activities, scavenger hunts and more from Jan. 21-27. From kids activities to family events to art galleries and lots more, there are plenty of ways to learn and have fun at the same time.

Capitalism and our Food System: A Community Dialogue

VII Agroecology Congress in Ecuador

Interested in food production and the environment? Author of A Foodie’s Guide to Capitalism Eric Holt-Giménez will help explain the political economics of why so many people are still starving on Sunday, Jan. 27, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at CORE El Centro (130 W Bruce St. Ste. 300). Admission is free. 

Cocktails with Creatives

What’s better than becoming a networking master? Networking with a cocktail (or two). Glass + Griddle (1130 N 9th St.) hosts Cocktails with Creatives on Thursday, Jan. 24, starting at 6 p.m. Admission is free so bring a friend, a coworker, or even the whole office and come meet other local professionals.


Ice Bear Fest at Third Space Brewing

Great beer plus the 1980s plus the Ice Bear equals a wonderful winter celebration. Third Space Brewing (1505 W St. Paul Ave.) hosts Ice Bear Fest on Saturday, Jan. 26, starting at noon. Bring out your classic 1980s ski gear, sip on special tappings, sample snacks from food trucks and dance your heart out with a DJ spinning some après ski tunes.


Wedding Showcase

Getting married? Or just fantasizing about your dream day? Either way, check out the Wedding Showcase 2019 on Saturday, Jan. 26, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at The Grain Exchange (225 E Michigan St). From food and drink offerings to exploring the ballroom venue and plenty of local vendors, the Showcase is a perfect way to start thinking about your big day.



Caroline Blair is a digital marketing intern for Milwaukee Magazine. She just finished her sophomore year at Syracuse University studying magazine journalism and marketing. She grew up in Milwaukee and is excited to be spending her summer here interning at Milwaukee Magazine.