Things to Do This Weekend: April 19-22

Sample Wisconsin beer and cheese, hand-make pottery or hang out in treetops this weekend.


Photo by Pete Prodoehl.

Hand-Build Pottery

Earlier this year, the Betty Brinn Children’s Museum launched Brinn Labs, an off-site makerspace (433 E. Stewart St., in Bay View) with classes and training programs for teens and adults. At this session on Thursday, April 19, you can check out the space and learn how to hand-build a beautiful clay vessel. You can register for the workshop at


An Evening with David Sedaris

On Friday, April 20, prolific essayist, radio personality and New York Times-bestselling author David Sedaris shares some of his most side-splitting stories at The Riverside Theater (116 W. Wisconsin Ave.). A Q&A session and book signing follow the reading.


Gallery Night & Day

There are dozens of great galleries and museums in Milwaukee. Why not spend your weekend hitting up as many as you can during this free citywide art crawl on Friday, April 20 and Saturday, April 21? Bonus points if you visit a place that’s opened within the last year, such as Var Gallery’s new Pierce Street space in Walker’s Point (423 W. Pierce St.)


A Piece of My Heart

Thousands of American women supported U.S. troops in Vietnam. This Cooperative Performance play, which counts veterans among its crew, sheds light on the true stories of six such women. Catch A Piece of My Heart starting Friday, April 20 and running through Sunday, April 29 at the Milwaukee County War Memorial Center (750 N. Lincoln Memorial Drive).


Yollande Deacon, owner of Irie Zulu, a featured restaurant in Milwaukee Black Restaurant Week. Photo by Chris Kessler.

Milwaukee Black Restaurant Week

Supporting the local economy is a pleasure when it tastes this good. Participating establishments in this weeklong (Tuesday, April 17 all through the weekend until Tuesday, April 23), citywide event include Irie Zulu (7237 North Ave., Wauwatosa), Rise & Grind (6007 N. Teutonia Ave.) and Ashley’s Bar-B-Que (1125 N. 9th St.).

Stein & Dine

What’s more Wisconsin than a beer, cheese and sausage festival? On Saturday, April 21, the Wisconsin Expo Center at State Fair Park (8200 W. Greenfield Ave., West Allis) is hosting the annual tasting fest that celebrates our state’s breweries, cheese artisans, distilleries, local restaurants, sausage makers and wineries. General admission tickets are $45 and include unlimited samples and a complimentary Stein & Dine sampling glass. 


Riveredge Earth Day Open Tree Climb

Saturday, April 21 with a not-so-average tree climbing session. You’ll be hooked up to a harness system and taught everything you need to know by trained facilitators before you’re elevated into the tree tops where you can spin, swing or just hang out. Register here.  


Free Admission to Discovery World

Discovery World (500 N. Harbor Dr.) is celebrating Earth Day (Sunday, April 22) with free museum admission. In addition the museum’s fascinating interactive exhibits, Earth Day highlights include diving demonstrations, fishing tutorials, earth-themed projects in the Kohl’s Design It! Lab and a Lakeshore Park cleanup.