Summer begins June 1 and Milwaukee knows how to celebrate it. Downtown Dining Week, Bay View Gallery Night and a sunrise yoga are just a few of your options this weekend.

Dining

Downtown Dining Week

Whether you’re the world’s biggest foodie or you’re just in the mood for a great deal, check out the 30 restaurants participating in the annual Downtown Dining Week, from Friday, May 31, to Thursday, June 7. With lunch deals for $12.50 and three-course dinners for either $25 or $35, sample a place you’ve been wanting to try or go to a favorite. Check out 10 places we’re excited about here.


Music

Jazz in the Park

Jazz in the Park

Jazz in the Park is back in action! Starting this Thursday, May 31, until August 30, Cathedral Square Park hosts the weekly event. To kick off the summer, Jazz Orgy will be headlining, with happy hour starting at 5 p.m. and the show at 6 p.m. There’s also plenty of food options, from classic Wisconsin fried cheese curds to asparagus risotto. Come with an empty stomach and leave satisfied (and jazz-ified).


Culture

Swan Lake

If you’re in the mood for a more cultured night, enjoy Swan Lake by the Milwaukee Ballet at the Uihlein Hall Marcus Center (929 North Water St.). Performances begin Friday, May 31, at 7:30 and run throughout the weekend until Sunday, June 3, with night shows and matinees.  


Active

UPAF Ride for the Arts

The annual United Performing Arts Fund Ride for the Arts will take place on Sunday, June 3, with registration beginning at 6 a.m. Choose from five different routes depending on your skill level. UPAF is also hosting a Finish Line Party for all participants that will include UPAF performances, kids activities, free refreshments and more. Even if riding isn’t your thing, UPAF is encouraging any pledges or volunteers.

Sunrise Yoga on the Patio at Red Lion Pub

Wake up, practice yoga on a rooftop patio and end with a mimosa. Red Lion Pub is kicking off their summer yoga sessions starting this Saturday, June 2, at 9 a.m. Brandi Hayes-Fink from Zen Gen Yoga will guide the session, followed by a fresh breakfast and complimentary mimosa. Tickets are $15, and the event will continue throughout the summer bi-weekly on Saturday mornings starting in July.


Family Friendly

Cathedral Square Market Opening

Cathedral Square Market is kicking off their weekly market starting this Saturday, June 2, from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Cathedral Square Park (825 N. Jefferson St.). In addition to plenty of fresh produce, food and crafts, this week there will also be WAC yoga in the park, a performance from Paul Gillick and a Danceworks hip hop class.

Cathedral Square Market; photo by Melissa Miller

Outdoor Family Movie Night

Watch The Incredibles under the stars with the whole fam. The Salvation Army Milwaukee Cold Spring (2900 W. Cold Spring Rd.) is sponsoring a free outdoor family movie night this Friday, June 1, starting at 8:30 p.m. There will be plenty of free popcorn, a Bounce House and door prizes, among other activities.


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West Allis a la Carte; photo by Nicholas Veeder

Festivals

11th Annual West Allis A La Carte

The 11th Annual West Allis A La Carte comes to town again on Sunday, June 3, from noon to 6 p.m. The festival (Greenfield Ave. between 70th and 76th St.) brings over 10,000 visitors to West Allis Downtown for food, live music, animals and more. This year, special features include adoptable animals, a Craft Beer Tent with live bluegrass and Americana music and plenty of local beers, including Westallion Brewery.

photo courtesy of Bay View Gallery Night

Bay View Gallery Night

This biannual event will feature hundreds of artists located at over 50 different restaurants in Bay View this Friday, June 1, from 5-10 p.m. Activities include live paintings, sculptures, student art, handcrafted jewelry and plenty more. BVGN is also partnering with Bay View Jazz Fest for the 4th year, with artists throughout 11 different venues. Once again, the BVGN Bike Rollout is also happening, starting at 5 p.m. There will even be food trucks at Morgan Triangle Park.

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