Things to Do This Weekend: Jan. 25-28

Get outside for Lynden Sculpture Garden’s winter carnival, or stay entertained inside museums and theaters.


City of Milwaukee’s 172nd Birthday Party

On Thursday, January 25 from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Milwaukee is giving a nod to its deep-rooted brewery tradition at its 172nd birthday party at The Grain Exchange (225 E. Michigan St.).

Glorioso’s 2nd Annual Beer, Cheese and Sausage Event

Glorioso’s Italian Market (1011 E. Brady St.) is hosting its second annual Beer, Cheese and Sausage event on Thursday, January 25 at 5:30 p.m. Taste house-made sausages, sample 30 beers and ciders and try curds from Clock Shadow Creamery.


Photo by ZSM/Stacy Kaat

Puttin’ on the Ritz

The 23rd annual Puttin’ on the Ritz fundraiser will be held at the Potawatomi Hotel & Casino Expo Center (1721 W. Canal St.) on Thursday, January 25. The glamorous evening starts with cocktails at 6 p.m., followed by a gourmet dinner at 7:30 p.m. The night continues with a live voice auction and amateur boxing arrangements. Individual tickets are $200, and proceeds from the event benefit the Milwaukee Zoological Society. Register at or call (414) 258-2333 to request a paper invitation.


Photo courtesy of The Riverside Theater


Only 25, Garrett Clark Borns (stage name Børns), has already come close to topping indie charts with his electropop hits. And the Michigan native is slated to release a new album this month, just in time for his Milwaukee appearance at The Riverside Theater (116 W. Wisconsin Ave.) on Friday, January 26.


Wayne Brady

Wayne Brady headlines Laugh It Up Milwaukee 2018, an annual fundraiser and comedy showcase. The actor, singer and host of “Let’s Make a Deal,” has been making audiences laugh for decades, since being cast in “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” Catch him at The Riverside (116 W. Wisconsin Ave.) on Saturday, January 27.

Winter Fun

8th Annual Winter Carnival

Lynden Sculpture Garden (2145 W. Brown Deer Rd.) hosts its 8th annual artist-driven winter carnival on Saturday, January 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The fun-packed day will include hikes, outdoor art-making, parades, scavenger hunts, studio activities, tours and tree walks. If the weather permits, there will also be cross-country skiing, ice skating, painting the pond and snowshoeing. Admission is free for LSG members or $9 for general admission, $7 for students and seniors, and $20 for family passes. Children 6 and under get in free.


Member Swap Day

Seven Milwaukee museums are participating in this literal free-for-all on Sunday, January 28. If you’re a member of the Betty Brinn Children’s Museum (929 E. Wisconsin Ave.), Charles Allis Art Museum (1801 N. Prospect Ave.), Grohmann Museum (1000 N. Broadway), Milwaukee Art Museum (700 N. Art Museum Dr.), Pabst Mansion (2000 W. Wisconsin Ave.), Milwaukee Public Museum (800 W. Wells St.) or Villa Terrace Art Museum (2220 N. Terrace Ave.), you can get into the other six cultural institutions free.