New Year, new events and plenty of things to do.
Bring your little class president down to see Wisconsin Governor-elect Tony Evers and Lieutenant Governor-elect Mandela Barnes. The Milwaukee Kids Gala will feature both politicians on Saturday, January 5, at Discovery World (500 N Harbor Dr.) from 3 to 5 p.m. In addition to the politicians, there will also be plenty of activities and music for any family.
Bring out all the little ones for that post-school start blues to explore the winter indoors. The Milwaukee Public Museum (800 W Wells St.) hosts Snow Day on Saturday, January 5, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to teach you and the kids about how people and animals adapt to the winter. You can even see the Door Count Sled Dogs during the first half of the event along with an Artifact Table and Language of Snow activity.
For any Steely Dan fans out there, you won’t want to miss Steely Dane’s tribute concert as they serenade the crowd with Steely Dan’s 1977 classic album Aja. The band takes center stage on Friday, January 4, at the Pabst Theater (144 E Wells St.). Steely Dane consists of 20 of Dane County’s best jazz and rock musicians dedicated to not only reproducing the classic hits but also enhancing them with a live energetic presence.
While there are many concerts to look forward to in Milwaukee this year, this one is a new take you won’t want to miss. The “rock n’ roll with a dreamer’s soul” singer Abby Jeanne will release her newest album Music Box Dancer live on stage on Saturday, January 5, at the Turner Hall Ballroom (1040 Vel R. Phillips Ave.).
Here comes the bride, all dressed in…? Unsure about the details of your upcoming wedding or just dreaming of the perfect day? Not to fret, the Wonderful World of Weddings has got you covered. The 51st Annual Wonderful World of Weddings takes place January 5 to January 6 at Wisconsin State Fair Park (200 W Greenfield Ave.) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. From rehearsal dinner ideas to wedding traditions to the top wedding songs to the not-so-fun costs and of course a fashion show twice a day, there is no limit to your wedding inspiration.
What’s the only thing that could make a winter bike ride fun? Beer. Brew City MKE will kick off the New Year with a Historic Beer Bike Ride on Saturday, January 5, beginning at 10 a.m. Starting off at Brew City MKE (275 W Wisconsin Ave.) with two samples, the bike ride continues throughout Walker’s Point and Bay View. The ride stops at six different breweries in addition to neighborhood stops with the guide telling the history behind each one. Cold, yes. Beer, bikes and friends, yes!
Laugh Out Loud
Looking to laugh off your holiday blues? We’ve got you covered. “Daily Show” host and comedian Trevor Noah takes the mic on Saturday, January 5, with shows at 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. at the Riverside Theater (116 W Wisconsin Ave.). The comedian’s original Milwaukee shows were scheduled for November, but he had to reschedule due to an illness. His political satire and charmed wit are sure to make you both laugh and think.
“The best musical of the century” and nine-time Tony Award-winning musical is making its way to Milwaukee for five days only. The Marcus Center for Performing Arts (929 N Water St.) hosts the Book of Mormon from January 2 through January 6. The laugh-out-loud comedy follows two Mormon missionaries on their journey to a small village in Uganda.
Looking for the newest addition to your family? The Wisconsin RV Show returns to the Wisconsin Center (400 W Wisconsin Ave.) from January 4 through January 6. The RV Show features the newest makes and models for all your recreational vehicle needs, seminars, campgrounds and more. Tickets are $10 for adults and free for kids 12 and under.
For better or for worse, the holiday season may be coming to an end. If you haven’t made it out to the Mitchell Park Domes for the winter, make sure to take advantage of their last holiday floral shows. Scrooooge!, the holiday floral show at Milwaukee’s Mitchell Park Domes (524 S Layton Blvd.) will have its last show on Sunday, January 6, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Celebrate the holidays with the family while also learning a little too.