Top 10 Things to Do in Milwaukee March 2020

Our must-see events in March




“On the Nature of Wisconsin”

Through March 20 | The Warehouse

All of the artists featured in this exhibit were born or spent a significant amount of time in Wisconsin. And their work reflects the diversity of the state’s natural surroundings – from its freshwater coast to its forested interior.

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Through March 22 | First Stage at the Milwaukee Youth Arts Center

What if Gretel realized that she had more in common with a witch in the woods than her family? What if she and that witch sang songs about smashing the patriarchy? And what if those songs were catchy as all get out? This subversive retelling of a classic fairy tale, which features live music, is recommended for viewers ages 8 and up.




Shamrock Shuffle

March 7 | Multiple Venues

Don’t be fooled by the fact that it’s called Saint Patrick’s Day. It’s celebrated all month long in Milwaukee. And if you’re into green beer, rowdy crowds and listening to the same Flogging Molly songs over and over again, you won’t want to miss the Shamrock Shuffle, a sprawling bar crawl that 11,000 people signed up to attend last year. Just save some energy for the parade on the 14th, and the actual holiday on the 17th.

Photo by Nick Chenow via Shamrock Shuffle Facebook page.




Mama Tried

March 13-15 | Eagles Ballroom

One of the guests at this indoor invitational will win a 1951 Harley-Davidson racing bike. The rest will have to admire the many bikes on display from afar. Choppers and other custom motorcycles are always well represented, and there’s live music and local beer on tap too. Plus, Flat Out Friday – an indoor race along a track that’s been coated with Dr Pepper to make it extra sticky.




Behind the Scenes Weekend at the Zoo

March 14-15 | Milwaukee County Zoo

If you’ve always wondered what zoo animals eat, or where they live in the winter, well, now’s your chance to find out. Zoo volunteers will be offering special tours, free with the price of admission, of normally off-limits areas this weekend. In the past, tour guides have taken visitors into the kitchens where employees prepare food for the zoo’s small mammals, and into the underground barns where many African hoofstock animals live and play during the colder months of the year.

Photo by Joel Miller




Taste of Milwaukee

March 19 | Italian Community Center

More than 20 of the Cream City’s most beloved restaurants – including Café Benelux, Mr. B’s Steakhouse, Saz’s State House, Holy Land Grocery and Deli, and Joey Gerard’s Supper Club – will be slinging small plates and dessert samplers to hungry guests at this fundraiser. There’ll also be a $500 prize raffle, and proceeds from the event will benefit Broadscope Disability Services, a nonprofit that provides resources to people living with disabilities and their family members.




“Welcome to Night Vale”

March 24 | The Pabst Theater

Everyone seems to be making podcasts these days (seriously, if your mom asks for a microphone for her birthday, you should know that it’s because she has a show in mind). But the creators of this surreal series about a fictional town and its crackpot inhabitants got into the game before most, and they do it better than most, too. Check out their live show if you’re a fan of David Lynch or H.P. Lovecraft.




The Ninth Annual Milwaukee Blues Festival

March 27 | Miller High  Life Theatre

Milwaukee may have more jazz clubs than blues bars, but that doesn’t mean that Brew Citizens don’t appreciate the genre. Pokey Bear, Sir Charles Jones, Bobby Rush and several other living legends will be headlining this one-day showcase of the uniquely American art form.





March 27 | Turner Hall Ballroom

This synthpop outfit’s origin story is nearly as good as its music. Frontwoman Margaret Butler moved to Wisconsin on a whim, and formed a band over drinks at a bar on a whim too. Now GGOOLLDD is one of the city’s buzziest indie acts, and its hometown shows are especially lively.

Photo via listing




2020 Wisconsin LGBTQ Summit

March 28 | The Westin Milwaukee

Local advocacy groups Diverse & Resilient and Fair Wisconsin are cohosting this daylong summit of workshops (with titles like “Yes, I’m Mad: How to Dismantle Respectability Politics”), plenaries and networking opportunities. Their goal? To empower LGBTQ community members and educate their allies.

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Lindsey Anderson covers culture for Milwaukee Magazine. Before joining the MilMag team she worked as an editor at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and wrote freelance articles for ArtSlant and Eater.