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OnMilwaukee Weekend Preview: September 23-26, 2021 – OnMilwaukee.com

As September starts to come to a close, we are officially saying goodbye to summer and welcoming fall this week. We have plenty to welcome the new season like Equinox, Oktoberfest events and the Harvest Fair. We have breweries like Third Space, Component and Raised Grain throwing parties to celebrate milestones. The Milwaukee Cyclocross and Milwaukee Film’s Hispanic Heritage Month film festival continues this week. Pet Fest, Doors Open MKE and Maker Faire MKE all make their return. The Brew Crew is back in town. Live music, dance parties, comedy shows and so much more will be happening all over the city. Get yourself out there and enjoy every second of this weekend! 

FRIDAY

MT. JOY & TRAMPLED BY TURTLES

Summerfest may be over but concerts on the grounds are not. Come on down to the lakefront to see the five-piece indie rock band Mt. Joy, and the bluegrass/folk crew, Trampled by Turtles perform their large discographies of music. They will both take the stage at the BMO Harris Pavilion starting at 7 p.m.

SILENT PARTY

Once a month, The Miramar Theatre will host a silent party. This means there are no speakers or amps. Instead, you wear wireless headphones and turn them to various stations as the DJs compete for your attention, then move and groove on the dance floor. This time around the theme is ‘90s vs. ‘00s R&B. The party runs from 9:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. 

HALF GRINGA

This emerging Chicago musician is headed to Cactus Club. She genre-bends her music by combining Latin American and Midwestern folk with indie rock. Come hear it for yourself at 9 p.m. Fauvley and Lady Cannon will kick off the night.

JUSTIN WILLMAN

You may have seen him on Netflix’s “Magic for Humans” or as the host of various TV shows, but now it’s your chance to see him live at Turner Hall Ballroom. Get your tickets here and then be prepared to crack up at his jokes and be amazed by his magic tricks.

RETRO DANCE PARTY

This iconic dance party is officially back! Dance the night away to the DJ spinnin’ tunes from the ‘80s and ‘90s. Come party all night long at Mad Planet starting at 9 p.m.

WATERSTONE BANK DAY 
The Betty Brinn Children’s Museum will have WaterStone Bank Day. With regular admission, kids can enjoy activities all about earning, saving, spending and sharing. It’s an opportunity for them to pretend to be a bank and learn about financial literacy. There will even be a fun takeaway for at-home learning.

DON TOLIVER

You may know him from his collaborations with Eminem and Travis Scott, but now you can see what he’s got on his own at The Rave. BIA will open the night at 8 p.m. 

DAN AND SHAY

Grab your cowboy hats and boots! A country concert is coming your way at Fiserv Forum. This duo will leave you “Speechless” as they perform their latest album, “Good Things,” along with their other hits. The Band Camino and Ingrid Andress will kick off the night. Tickets are still available for purchase here: https://www.fiservforum.com/events/detail/dan-and-shay-the-tour

SATURDAY

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EQUINOX

Head to the Brewery District for this very special event presented by OnMilwaukee. Starting at 4 p.m., No Studios, Preservation Park, Best Place and Milwaukee Brewing Company will gather local musicians, food vendors and beer deals to say goodbye to summer and hello to autumn. There is a general admission and VIP ticket, both will offer you full access to the 20 performances happening throughout the night. Be sure to bring proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test from within the last 72 hours, as it will be necessary for entry.

THIRD SPACE ANNIVERSARY PARTY

Rock the Green has partnered with the Brewery to throw the ultimate birthday bash. There will be live music from local acts on pedal-powered stages. There will be eo-education from Urban Ecology Center, Milwaukee Riverkeeper, Teens Grow Greens and others. Not to mention, food truck vendors and new anniversary beers will also be offered. Admission is free to attend, but there are also ticket packages offered for a more VIP experience.

ULTIMATE BEER RUN

Third Space Brewing and City Lights Brewing will be hosting this 3.7K Beer Run. It’s a run/walk that will have two complimentary beers involved. Half of the group will start at Third Space Brewing and make their way to City Lights Brewing and vice versa. There is still time to sign up and participate. Get all the info here: https://www.thevalleymke.org/events/2021/ultimate-beer-run

BEYONCE VS RIHANNA

The DJs will be spinning tunes from the biggest divas of the 21st century, Rihanna and Beyonce. Come dance the night away to these incredible women at Mad Planet. The party starts at 9 p.m.

BEAUTIFUL YOU BEAUTIFUL ME 
Black Arts MKE welcomes you back to the arts with this captivating concert experience. The performance full of melodies and rhythm will leave you with the message of hope and perseverance. There will be seven performers along with special guests, Rob White and Chris Crain. Come check it out at Wilson Theater at 7:30 p.m.

PET FEST 

After a year hiatus, this festival is officially back. Grab your furry friends and take them to the lakefront for this festival full of fun for the both of you! From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., your four-legged friends can enjoy the doggie dash, obstacle courses, the lap dog lounge, contests and more. For the humans, there will be plenty of food, drinks, shopping and live music to enjoy. Get the full details here: https://onmilwaukee.com/articles/fromm-petfest-2021

MOVING PARTY 

In April, Component announced that it was moving to a larger space on the Lincoln Warehouse building’s first floor. It’s holding its final event in the old spot at 2 p.m., so help them say goodbye to their three-year-old space. There will be a free beer on them, pizza and a special slushie recipe being offered. 

SUNDAY 

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MILWAUKEE MAKERS MART 
The Milwaukee Makers Market is the perfect seasonal stop for lovers of art, crafts, designers and almost any other hobby. The market meets every third Sunday of the month at different locations all over the city, in addition to some bonus dates. Drop by Discovery World this time around and find your new favorite living room conversation piece, artistic inspiration or something else completely unexpected. The market runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

MORE THAN PINK WALK

Susan G. Komen is bringing back her walk/run fundraiser this Saturday to support breast cancer research. This year, the theme is “One” and offers two options: participate in person or raise funds remotely through the new “Walk Where You Are Anytime” program. The in-person walk starts at 9 a.m. on the Summerfest Grounds and will continue along the lakefront. Be sure to register if you want to participate.

DAN RODRIGUEZ

This Minnesota singer-songwriter will be taking the stage this Sunday at 7 p.m. He will take you through his discography at Shank Hall. Tickets are $20.

THE NOV CLASSIC

This event is a new street soccer (futsal) tournament. It will bring together some of Milwaukee’s biggest brands for a one-of-a-kind experience at Burnham Park. There will be eight teams that will be competing against each other in this fast-paced, intense sport. Local DJs will be there spinning tunes. But the true highlight is the special guest appearance of two-time Olympic gold medalist and World Cup Champion Lauren Holiday. This is all happening at 4 p.m. Don’t miss it! 

OHMME X DEEPER 

It’s Chicago music night at Colectivo’s The Back Room. Join them for intimate performances of their latest releases. It all starts at 8 p.m.

MILWAUKEE RECORD HALFTIME SHOW

This music series is officially back for the season. Take a break from the Packer game and come to see a live music performance for free during halftime. Toadskin will be the crew playing at the Cactus Club. Be sure to check it out.

MYKE TOWERS 

This Puerto Rican rapper is making his debut at The Rave. He has released so much music in the last year or so that you will be able to hear it live at 8 p.m. Tickets can still be purchased here.

PACKERS BAR GUIDE

Now that bars open again, join your fellow Packers fans out and about to enjoy watching the game with plasma TVs, drink specials, and a lively atmosphere. This week you can cheer them on with fellow Milwaukeeans as they take on the 49ers. Here is the list we’ve come up with on where you can watch the green and gold in MKE. And, we’ve also got one where you can see the bars all over the United States that play the games. 

RESILIENCE
Catey Ott Dance Collective will be performing 40-minute choreography that takes you through the emotional experience of the pandemic. It uses movements to describe the loss, love, ritual, boredom, and efforts for revival people faced during this time. Come check it out at 2 p.m. Admission is free. Masks are required.

ALL WEEKEND LONG

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HARVEST FAIR

The fall season is officially here. To celebrate, the Wisconsin State Fair Park will host the fair from Friday through Sunday. This weekend-long event will feature pumpkin spice cream puffs, shopping for freshly-picked apples, a scarecrow bowl, a pumpkin patch, live music and so much more.

HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH @ MKE FILM 

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage month with Milwaukee Film. Starting this week, it will bring its series of films to big and small screens to share the voices of Latinx people. You can see screenings at Oriental Theatre or watch them at home virtually. This weekend they will have two documentary showings. On Friday, they will screen “Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go for It,” a documentary peak behind the curtain of the incredible career of the Oscar-winning, ceiling-shattering “West Side Story” star. On Saturday, “My Name is Lopez,” a rock doc following the groundbreaking career of rock legend Trini Lopez, will be on the big screen. Learn more about all of the events here: 
https://onmilwaukee.com/articles/hispanic-heritage-month-mke-film

OKTOBERFEST 

It’s that time of year where we celebrate this German tradition with amber beers. With Milwaukee’s deep German roots, it’s no surprise there is a great array of Oktoberfest celebrations. Here are some of them:
https://onmilwaukee.com/articles/oktoberfest-guide-2021

BREWERS 

Catch our Brew Crew as they battle it out with the Cardinals on Thursday and the Mets this Friday through Sunday. Be sure to come on by to cheer them on, tailgate and, most of all, have fun. The schedule and tickets are still available here: https://www.mlb.com/brewers/schedule/2021-09

MILWAUKEE CYCLOCROSS

The off-road bicycling racing is back and it kicks off this weekend. 13 races will take place over the course of nine weeks. Participants will have to trek around a short track of variable terrain and other obstacles, which may include grass, sand, hills, barriers, mud, and off-camber twists and turns. This week we have the Sun Praire Cup and Battle of Waterloo. Come participate or cheer the participants on.

HAPPY 6 YEARS TO RAISED GRAIN 

To celebrate this milestone, the brewery will have events planned Thursday through Saturday. The first two days, there will be special releases of beer tappings. And then on Saturday, they will have their big blowout event. This will include an anniversary stout on tap, other special releases and live music from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. Don’t miss this weekend full of brews!

DOORS OPEN MKE

This is an event that allows you to be a tourist in your own city. This year they will have in-person and virtual opportunities to see the architecture and to learn about the history behind buildings in MKE. The list includes the 88Nine Radio Milwaukee building, Basilica of St. Josaphat, David Barnett Gallery and so much more.There will be specific Covid-19 protocols, which you can read about here: https://historicmilwaukee.org/doors-open/

MAKER FAIRE MKE
This event is a gathering of curious people who enjoy learning and who love sharing what they can do. This is anyone from engineers to artists to scientists to crafters. No matter what you do, this is a space where these makers can show their hobbies, experiments and projects. It’s basically a huge show & tell. The event will run from Friday to Sunday at MSOE. Be sure to check it out!

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