It's time to celebrate the end of the polar vortex (for now) with plenty of beer, restaurants, music, acrobats on ice and more.

Beer

Beers to Chamber

Bottomless beer and McBob’s appetizers? Sounds good to us. Beers to Chamber on Friday, Feb. 1, starts at 5:30 p.m. at Dandy (5020 W. Vliet St.). Meet the Milwaukee Chamber Theatre staff while sipping on a Good City Brewing pint (or two). Tickets are $35 for lots of McBob’s appetizers and bottomless beer.

Washington County Beer Festival

Photo courtesy of Eddie Gray

Beers, wines and raffles, oh my! The Washington County Beer Festival takes place Friday, Feb. 1, starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Washington County Fair and Conference Center (3000 Pleasant Valley Rd.). Tickets are $35 in advance or $40 at the door and offer 100 different beers to sample, dozens of wines, a silent and live auction and food samplings.

Entertainment

The Prince Experience

Get ready to party like it’s 1999. The Prince Experience makes its way to Milwaukee on Saturday, Feb. 2, at the Turner Hall Ballroom (1040 Vel R. Phillips Ave.) with the show starting at 7:30 p.m. Gabriel Sanchez and The Prince Experience can take you back in time to experience the brilliance of Prince. Whether it is your first or tenth experience with Prince, you can still dance all night.

Chris D’Elia

Don’t let the polar vortex get you down. Take a load off and enjoy a night of comedy with Chris D’Elia on Friday, Jan. 1 starting at 7 p.m. at the Riverside Theater (116 W Wisconsin Ave.). The stand-up comedian has performed across the country and has also starred in the NBC sitcom Whitney and Undateable, as well as ABC’s The Good Doctor. Tickets are selling quickly, so get on it if you want to squeeze in your weekly laughs this Friday.

Antiques

45th Annual Wisconsin Antique Dealers 45th Winter Show

One man’s trash is another man’s…antique? Since 1948, unique antique dealers have gathered together for the Wisconsin Antique Dealers Association (WADA). For the 45th year, WADA hosts its 2019 Winter Show Feb. 1 and 2 beginning at 10 a.m. Portobello Road Antiques and Pipsqueak & Me Antiques will showcase some of their items along with a special exhibit: Made in Wisconsin. If you needed anything else to convince you, tickets are $7 and the money benefits Wisconsin grant and scholarship programs.

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Pet Friendly

2019 Great Lakes Pet Expo

In the need to treat your furry ones to something special? The 15th Annual Great Lakes Pet Expo returns to the Wisconsin State Fair Expo Center (8200 W Greenfield Ave.) on Saturday, Feb. 2, with VIP hour beginning at 9 a.m. and open to all at 10 a.m. With plenty of pet vendors, cat rescues, dog rescues, live exhibitions and anything else you can think of, the Pet Expo is your one-stop destination. Adults are $15 at the door.

Food

Chinse New Year at DanDan

Celebrating the Chinese New Year? Do it with something yummy in your tummy. DanDan (360 East Erie St.) chefs Dan Jacobs and Dan Van Rite offer a special four-course menu from Thursday, Jan. 31, through Saturday, Feb. 2. Some of the dinner items we are excited about are pork and Chinese chive dumplings and Cantonese pork belly. Still in the mood to celebrate? DanDan is also celebrating the Year of the Pig with a Pig Roast on Feb. 5.

Kenosha Restaurant Week

Calling all foodies! Kenosha Restaurant Week is celebrating the local dining scene with 40 restaurants participating in the nine-day festivities, running from Feb. 2 through Feb. 10. Each participating restaurant has created a specialty menu for Restaurant Week only. Breakfast/Brunch is $10, lunch is $10 and dinner is $20 or $30. Whether you want to try something new or hit up your favorite classic, there is no better time.

Photo courtesy of Kenosha Area Convention & Visitors Bureau

Battle of the Salsas

Worried about what to serve for your Super Bowl party? Worry no longer. Salsas from far and near will battle it out for your top pick. The Battle of the Salsas returns to Metcalfe’s Markets on Saturday, Feb. 2, starting at 11 a.m. Sample over 40 different salsas, ranging from mild to OH MAMA hotness. Vote for your favorite and then take one home for the party on Sunday.

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Winter Festivities

173rd Milwaukee City Birthday Party: Milwaukee En Vogue

Midwest’s coolest city? We’d like to think so. Celebrate Milwaukee’s birthday in style this year with the 173rd Milwaukee City Birthday Party: Milwaukee en Vogue on Thursday, Jan. 31, starting at 5:30 p.m. at the Grain Exchange (225 E Michigan St.). Celebrate the city we all love with complimentary beer, gourmet food by Bartolotta, birthday cake and plenty of networking opportunities. Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the door.

Photo courtesy of Milwaukee Press Club

Mitten Fest 2019

Winter was in full force this week, so why not celebrate a little bit of warmth? Join thousands of fellow Milwaukeeans for Mitten Fest 2019 on Saturday, Feb. 2, starting at noon at Bay View’s Potter Avenue (and part of Logan). Mitten Fest will include plenty of live music, local art vendors, food and drinks. Don’t forget: Burnhearts will be collecting cash and non-perishables for the Hunger Task Force, Inc.

Crystal: Cirque du Soleil

Like Cirque du Soleil? Now imagine it on ice. Crystal makes its way to Milwaukee from Jan. 30 through Feb. 3 at Fiserv Forum (1001 Vel R. Phillips Ave.). As the first acrobatic performance on ice, Crystal will showcase world-class ice skaters and acrobats delicately gracing the ice. Tickets are available online for the five-day spectacular.

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