Things to Do This Weekend: May 17-20

With a musical premiere, a British brunch, a music festival and plenty of drinking festivities, you better get ready for a jam-packed Milwaukee weekend.


Betty Brinn Children’s Museum Neighborhood Night

It’s the third Thursday of the month, and parents, you know what that means. The Betty Brinn Children’s Museum (929 E. Wisconsin Ave.) is hosting Neighborhood Night this Thursday, May 17, from 5-8 p.m. courtesy of the Northwestern Mutual Foundation and other sponsors. Come for free access to all exhibits, including the Be A Maker space for a more hands-on experience.

Photo courtesy of the Betty Brinn Children’s Museum

Summer Fun

Colectivo Summer Tasting

Summer in a glass? Yes, please! Colectivo Coffee (2211 N. Prospect Ave., Milwaukee) is hosting a free summer drink sampling event this Saturday, May 19, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. They are counting on you to sample their five new drink options and choose your three favorites — winners will appear on the summer drink menu. So what will it be: Tumeric Ginger Spritzer, Cold Brew Mojito, Cold Fashioned, Matcha Lifter or Summer Gala?

Milwaukee Makers Market

Kick off your summer with the monthly Milwaukee Makers Market on Sunday, May 20, starting at 10 a.m. Colectivo Bay View (2301 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., Milwaukee) will host the art, craft and maker fair. With vendors ranging from artists to freelance designers, there will be plenty of local items for you to support local.


The Iron Horse Hotel Royal Wedding Brunch

Didn’t get an invite to the biggest wedding of the year? Well, you can still feel like British Royalty this Saturday, May 19, at the Iron Horse Hotel (500 W. Florida St.). Start off the morning bright and early with a viewing party at 6 a.m. and stay for a British-inspired brunch from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Tickets to London are $1,202, but the Iron Horse has you covered with a ticket price of $49 per person.


Lorde Fredd33; photo courtesy of Gloss Records

Gloss Weekend

May 17-20 marks the third annual Gloss Records music festival, Gloss Weekend. The festival will feature 15 performances from the label’s top artists including NO/NO, Storm Chaser, Wet Piss (Chicago), Rex Everything and plenty more. There will even be special features including DJs Dripsweat, Luxi and Luvseat. The festival takes place throughout the city at locations including Linneman’s, Club Timbuktu, High Dive and Mad Planet. Tickets are on sale now: a complete festival ticket is $25, or an individual entry is$10.


19th Annual NARI Milwaukee Tour of Remodeled Homes

Calling all avid fans of HGTV home remodeling shows. NARI Milwaukee is hosting their annual fundraiser for Aurora Cancer Care this Saturday and Sunday, May 19-20, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. For a $20 ticket at the door ($15 in advance), attendees can tour 19 newly-renovated homes. There will also be a VIP event at the NARI Aurora Cancer Care House with beverages, hors d’oeuvres and live music on Friday, May 18, starting at 6 p.m. for $150.


Pabst Milwaukee Brewery 1 Year Anniversary Street Fest

Get ready to party because the Pabst Milwaukee Brewery Street Festival is happening once again between 10th and 11th Street this Saturday, May 19, starting at noon. The free street fest will feature outdoor performances, local artists, food trucks and of course, Pabst Milwaukee Brewery beer. When the street fest ends at 7 p.m., you can still party on at the Pabst Milwaukee Brewery and Taproom (1037 W. Juneau Ave.) at 9 p.m. for a funk and soul dance party.

Traveling Beer Garden at Juneau Park

The Pass Me a Pint Tour is ready to kick of its summer season on Thursday, May 17, at Juneau Park (801 N. Lincoln Memorial Dr.). From now until May 28, head on over for local brews from Sprecher, pretzels, brats and a food truck on selected dates. There will also be live music on Friday and Saturday nights.


Premiere of Urinetown at the Skylight Music Theatre

The name may have you think twice, but you won’t want to miss the Skylight’s musical finale. Urinetown premieres this Friday, May 18, at 7:30 p.m. and runs until June 10 at the Skylight Music Theatre (158 N. Broadway). The citizens of Urinetown face a 20-year drought that has forced the government to control private toilets. Will the town fight back or succumb to the evil corporate-ruled world?



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.