11 Things to Do This Weekend: May 9-12

There’s a lot to do in Milwaukee this weekend, especially with Mother’s Day and the start to summer festivities.


Come From Away

A new musical is in town: The New York Times Critics’ Pick musical Come From Away will show from May 7-12 at the Marcus Performing Arts Center (929 N Water St.). The musical tells the true story of the aftermath of the September 11 attacks when dozens of planes were diverted to a tiny Canadian town and locals there hosted them.

Outdoor Concert

Season Kick Off Bike Night

You know it’s summer when you begin to hear the roar of Harley-Davidson bikes through the streets. Enjoy the first of many with the Kick Off to Bike Night on Thursday, May 9, at the Harley-Davidson Museum (400 W Canal St.). The Bike Night Concert Series takes place every Thursday this summer, so you can bring your bike and enjoy free live music and food and drink specials.

Kid Friendly


Photo courtesy of Zoological Society of Milwaukee

Ever wonder what it’s like to go behind the scenes at the Milwaukee County Zoo? The Zoological Society hosts its 10th annual Zootastic fundraising party on Friday, May 10, from 5-9 p.m. at the Zoo Pass (10005 W Bluemound Rd.). Attendees will explore the African Zoofari, with the new home of the elephants, as well as the big cats, rhinos and giraffes. There will even be arts and crafts at each stop.

Laugh Out Loud

Sugar Maple Comedy Showcase

Come one, come all to laugh your butt off. The Sugar Maple Comedy Showcase takes place on Friday, May 10, starting at 7 p.m. at The Sugar Maple (441 E Lincoln Ave.). The free showcase is an independent stand-up comedy festival that will feature nine different comedians.

Mother’s Day

Go to Brunch

Treat your mom to a plated meal or brunch buffet this year. We rounded up some of the best local options.

Kelly Kellz 9th Annual Mother’s Day Show

Nothing like making your mom laugh on Mother’s Day. Milwaukee native Kelly Davis will take the stage for her 9th Annual Mother’s Day Show on Sunday, May 12, at 8 p.m. at the Turner Hall Ballroom (1040 Vel R. Phillips Ave.). Since beginning 10 years ago, Kelly has worked with lots of talented comedians and has even appeared on HBO’S All Def Comedy.

Milwaukee Mother’s Day 5K/10K

For those who like to celebrate the active way, this may be the perfect way to honor Mother’s Day. The Milwaukee Mother’s Day 5K/10K takes place Sunday, May 12, beginning at 7 a.m. at the McKinley Marina (1750 N Lincoln Memorial Dr.). Every participant gets a rose and chocolate cake pop at the finish line, too.

Photo courtesy of Mothers Day Milwaukee 10K

Going Out

Parks and Recreation Trivia Night

Treat yo’self to a fun night out. Kelly’s Bleachers (5218 W Bluemound Rd.) hosts a Parks and Recreation Trivia Night on Sunday, May 12, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Get a team up to five players together to get a few drinks and test your knowledge on all things Parks and Rec. The winning team even gets a $100 gift card.



Cher takes center stage in Milwaukee as part of her “Here We Go Again” tour. Cher will perform on Sunday, May 12, beginning at 7 p.m. at \Fiserv Forum (1111 Vel R. Phillips Ave.). This is Cher’s first world tour since her farewell tour in 2005. She will sing all classics such as “I Found Someone,” “Woman’s World” and “Believe.”

FM 102.1 Big Spring Show

A night full of music after a long week sounds good to us. FM 102.1 presents the Big Spring Show featuring The 1975 on Friday, May 10, beginning at 7 p.m. at the Rave (2401 W Wisconsin Ave.). Pale Waves and No Rome will also perform for a night full of music.



Why not try something new? Kintsugi is the Japanese art of golden mending with repairs to objects. Express Yourself Milwaukee features a Kintsugi show on Thursday, May 9, starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Miller High Life Theater (500 W Kilbourn Ave.). These young performers have been preparing for a year to share their work.



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.