Things to Do This Weekend: March 8-11

This weekend’s highlights include the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, a Beatles tribute band and a chili cook-off.


Rain – A Tribute to The Beatles

It’s been 50 years since the Beatles first crooned about a “girl with kaleidoscope eyes,” but “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” hasn’t aged a day. On Thursday, March 8, come see this elaborately costumed tribute band play Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band note for note in celebration of the iconic album’s anniversary at The Pabst Theater (144 E. Wells St.). And yes, you can expect psychedelic background visuals, too.

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Henry V

Some high schoolers sleep their way through drama class. But not the students of First Stage’s Young Company, who can rattle sabers and deliver soliloquies with the best of them. From Friday, March 9 through Saturday, March 24, they take on Shakespeare’s blood-soaked epic, Henry V at the Milwaukee Youth Arts Center (325 W. Walnut St.). 


ChopHouse Michael David Wine Dinner

The esteemed chef at the Milwaukee ChopHouse (633 N. 5th St.) are joining Michael David Winery to bring you a delicious five-course meal paired with exquisite wines on Friday, March 9. Course highlights include king crab ravioli, Vadouvan lamp chop and crème fraiche cheesecake. $75 per person.

St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Local celebrities, dancers, drummers and other performers roll out the green carpet for this long-running parade. which begins at noon on Saturday, March 10 in Downtown Milwaukee. Slip into something shamrock-hued and come cheer along. 


Behind the Scenes Weekend

Ever wonder how much elephants eat, or where kudus sleep when it’s cold outside? Find out Saturday, March 10 and Sunday, March 11, when the Milwaukee Zoo (10001 W. Bluemound Rd.) opens some of its animal enclosures and staff-only areas – like its winter quarters, training center and “grocery store” – to the public for behind-the-scenes tours.


Photo by Sarah Pollack

Taste of Milwaukee

On Thursday, March 8, the Italian Community Center (631 E. Chicago St.) is hosting more than 20 of the Milwaukee area’s best restaurants for the 35th Annual Taste of Milwaukee. You’ll get to try some of their signature dishes and desserts while enjoying live music, a raffle and a silent auction. 

WMSE’s 16th Annual Rockabilly Chili

More than 50 local restaurants bring the heat to this annual cook-off on Sunday, March 11, with winners in five categories. Ticket-holders get to sample chili from heavy hitters (Gypsy Taco, Hue and Hi Hat won big last year), then vote for their favorites.