What’s better than making a nice warm bowl of chili? Not making it. The 17th Annual WSME Chili Bowl takes place on Sunday, Mar. 10, starting at 11 a.m. at the MSOE Kern Center (1245 N Broadway). The chili festival will feature over 50 local restaurants and cafes serving the tastiest and heartiest chili. Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door.
Kristine Hansen celebrates the launch of her new cookbook, Wisconsin Cheese Cookbook: Creamy, Cheesy, Sweet, and Savory Recipes from the State’s Best Creameries. Hansen will chat with our Editor-in-Chief Carole Nicksin on Friday, Mar. 8, starting at 7 p.m. at Boswell Book Company (2559 N Downer Ave.). The two will discus all things cheese, including Wisconsin’s artisan cheese scene, local cheesemakers and plenty of delicious recipes.
Need to work off all the green pancakes and pints of Guinness? Wear your green gear for the St. Paddy’s 5K on Saturday, Mar. 9, starting at 7 a.m. at South Shore Park (2900 S. Shore Dr.). The fun run is open to runners of all ages and talents, and there will even be post-race beer at the end.
Even if you aren’t Irish, you can still get decked out in all your favorite green attire. The Shamrock Club of Wisconsin St. Patrick’s Day Parade marches through Milwaukee on Saturday, Mar. 9, starting at noon. The parade begins on Wisconsin and 3rd and winds its way to Water and Highland. There will be plenty of floats, local politicians, bagpipes and other great Irish traditions.
In the mood for a classic show? The Phantom of the Opera comes to Milwaukee for 12 days only. The Tony Award®-winning production will take place Mar. 6-17 at the Marcus Performing Arts Center (929 N Water St.) for the North American Tour.
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day like a true Irish would. Gaelic Storm returns to Milwaukee on Saturday, Mar. 9, at 8 p.m. at the Pabst Theater (144 E Wells St.). The band will feature Celtic-inspired rock and roll and perform songs off their newest album Go Climb a Tree.
Laugh Out Loud
It’s getting to that point in winter where everyone needs a little laughter. Take a load off at the Funny as Ish Comedy Tour on Saturday, Mar. 9, starting at 8 p.m. at the Miller High Life Theatre (500 W Kilbourn Ave.). Mike Epps, Sommore, Lavell Crawford, Earthquake and DC Young Fly will perform and make you laugh until it hurts.
Tickets are selling quickly for the comedy duo. The #IMomSoHard show still has tickets available for Thursday, Mar. 7, starting at 8 p.m. at the Pabst Theater (144 E Wells St.). The duo are taping their Milwaukee show, so they want all the extra laughs they can get.
Everything that’s good must come to an end eventually, but take it all in first. The Final Days of the Skating Season for Red Arrow Park (920 N Water St.) take place Mar. 6-10. Get your skates on and enjoy the scenic ice rink before they close it until next winter. Does this mean it’s bound to get warmer? One can dream.