Already one of the city’s buzziest neighborhoods, the Third Ward becomes the center of attention at this quarterly event, happening Friday Oct. 20 – Saturday, Oct. 21. Dozens of gallerists extend their hours, stock up on wine and invite performers into their spaces to entertain visitors. And don’t miss the grand re-opening of Cream City Restoration as part of the festivities.
The Milwaukee Film Festival has sadly drawn to a close again, but there are still lots of great weekend opportunities for film buffs. The UW-Milwaukee Union Cinema is hosting two (free!) showings of filmmaker Raoul Peck’s I Am Not Your Negro, based on the unfinished James Baldwin manuscript, Remember This House. Both showings are slated for Thursday, Oct. 19: the first at 5 p.m. and an encore at 7. And add this to your calendar for next week: UW-Milwaukee is hosting a follow-up event, An Evening with Raoul Peck, on Thursday, Oct. 26. The filmmaker, appearing as part of the Distinguished Lecture Series, will speak on identity, race and James Baldwin.
Did this Sconnie city drink some polyjuice potion? Because it’s starting to look a lot like Hogsmeade. Magical vendors hawk their wares throughout town while visitors enjoy wizard chess, quidditch matches and movie screenings, all weekend long.
The Milwaukee Art Museum once again opens its doors to the nighttime crowd in their monthly After Dark series on Friday, Oct. 20. This month’s theme is appropriately spooky, featuring a live, “Clue-like” murder mystery all night long. As usual, there will be performances, drinks, trivia and of course, art. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door.
Andrew W.K. returns to The Rave with Iron Pizza on his “The Party Never Dies Tour,” Friday, Oct. 20, at 8 p.m. The self-proclaimed King of Partying is sure to put on a good show as he prepares to release his first album in years.
Benno’s Bar & Grill (7413 W. Greenfield. Ave.) hosts a release party Thursday, Oct. 19, for Lakefront’s My Turn: Michael. It’s a stout with spiced black tea that sounds ideal for fall. Get there at 7 p.m. to try some.
Do you side with our Brew City columnist when it comes to pumpkin beers? You can choose from a dozen of them at The Brass Tap (7808 W. Layton Ave.) on Friday, Oct. 20, starting at 4 p.m. Each comes with a garnish of chocolate, caramel, cinnamon or graham cracker. Pumpkin carving is also scheduled. It’s a big fall night.
On Saturday, Oct. 21, Downer Avenue is reprising its popular Haunted Halloween street fest. Head over at 1 p.m. to pick up a pumpkin, trick-or-treat at Downer businesses and enjoy the Halloween-themed sidewalk chalk art.
Looking for something spookier? Check out one of these 14 terrifying Milwaukee-area haunted houses. Choose based on proximity or pick your poison depending on your pet phobias. Scared of clowns? There’s a haunted house for that. Some of these houses of horror have literally inspired incontinence in past visitors, so be forewarned!