What’s going on in Milwaukee and southeastern Wisconsin in spring 2022

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A traveling exhibit about tyrannosaurs is at the Milwaukee Public Museum through May 18.
A traveling exhibit about tyrannosaurs is at the Milwaukee Public Museum through May 18.

FAIRS & FESTIVALS

Dan Jansen Family Fest: Festival, 5-11 p.m. May 27; noon-11 p.m. May 28-29. Music by Madison County, Cherry Pie, and Bella Cain. Konkel Park, 5151 W. Layton Ave., Greenfield.

Corn & Brat Roast: Live music and roasted sweet corn, brats and hot dogs, burgers, soda and beer, 5-8 p.m. May 27; 11:30 a.m.-8 p.m. May 28; 11:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. May 29; 11 a.m.-2 p.m. May 30. Music by Hoi Polloi, Spare Change Band, Andy Carroll & The People He Owes $ To, Paulie & The Poor Boys, and DJ JJJ. East Troy Village Square Park, 2881 Main St., East Troy.

Burlington Jamboree: Beer tent with live music, petting zoo, variety show and midway, 4-11:45 p.m. May 27; noon-11:45 p.m. May 28-29; noon-6 p.m. May 30. Burlington Festival Park, 681 Maryland Ave., Burlington.

Art in the Park: Wisconsin artists and crafters, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. May 28. Henry Miller Park, 340 E. Puetz Road, Oak Creek.

Falls Memorial Fest: Street Festival with live music, art show, KidsFest, vendors, food and beverages, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. May 28. Main St., Menomonee Falls.

East Troy Brewery: Bristol Renaissance Faire “Garbage Exchange,” 10 a.m.-4 p.m. May 28. Ren Faire music, turkey legs, beer, and swap or find items from local vendors for the yearly faire. 2905 Main St., East Troy.

Family Kite Festival: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. May 28; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. May 29. Veterans Park, Lincoln Memorial Drive, 1300 N. Lincoln Memorial Drive.

Maxwell Spring Street Days: Vendors, 6 a.m.-2 p.m. May 29. Antiques, collectibles, produce, crafts, seasonal items, tools, pottery, vintage treasures, and farm items. Firemen's Park, W65-N796 Washington Ave., Cedarburg.

Ray-borhood: Family-friendly summer celebration, noon-6 p.m. June 5. Ray’s Wine & Spirits parking lot, from 89th and 90th St. along North Ave., Wauwatosa.

MEMORIAL DAY

Veterans Park: The Field of Flags will be on display in Veterans Park from May 26 to 31. The garden of 12,301 flags are placed in honor of the Wisconsin service members who gave their life during the Civil War, and celebrates all Medal of Honor recipients. A closing ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. May 28. North of the War Memorial Center, 1010 N. Lincoln Memorial Drive.

Forest Home Cemetery & Arboretum: Memorial Day service and celebration, 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. May 30. Landmark Chapel service and wreath-laying in Garden of Honor at 11 a.m., followed by reenactor portrayals of notable Milwaukeeans, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and guided walking tours from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. of the cemetery and arboretum. 2405 W. Forest Home Ave.

Calvary Cemetery: Memorial Day Mass and Service, 10 a.m. May 30. Auxiliary Bishop James T. Schuerman will celebrate Mass at Calvary Cemetery, followed by a Civil War Memorial Day Observance by the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War and Auxiliary.The day includes cannon firing, musket salutes, Civil War music, a procession to the graves of Union Soldiers, a message from Daniel Buttery of the War Memorial Center, and a special address by Abraham Lincoln. 5503 W. Bluemound Road.

Catholic Cemeteries of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee: Memorial Day Masses will be held at 10 a.m. at the following sites: St. Adalbert Cemetery, 3801 S. 6th St.; Holy Cross Cemetery, 7301 W. Nash St.; Mount Olivet Cemetery, 3801 W. Morgan Ave.; St. Joseph Cemetery, S22-W22890 Broadway, Waukesha; Resurrection Cemetery, 9401 W. Donges Bay Road, Mequon; All Saints Cemetery, 3300 Springbrook Road, Pleasant Prairie.

Wood National Cemetery: Memorial Day Services with a pre-ceremony concert by the Milwaukee American Legion Band at 9 a.m., followed by the ceremony at 9:25 a.m., and a flyover of aircraft at 10 a.m. by the Commemorative Air Force Wisconsin Waukesha Wing. The ceremony includes the presentation of the colors by Wisconsin Vietnam Veterans, the national anthem, an invocation and benediction from VA Chaplain Robert Allen, and two keynote speakers. Flag Pole/Memorial Area, Bldg. 1301, 5000 W. National Ave., (414) 382-5300.

FREE CONCERTS

Phoenix Park Bandshell: Gimme Skynyrd, 7 p.m. May 28. 111 E. Wisconsin St., Delavan.

Pabst Mansion: Francesca & Tom, 3:30-5:30 p.m. June 4. Beer Garden, 2000 W. Wisconsin Ave.

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NIGHTLIFE

Art Bar: Pete Henry, 9 p.m. June 4. 722 E. Burleigh St.

Blu: Live music, 7-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday. Pfister Hotel, 424 E. Wisconsin Ave.

Clark Hotel: Dick Eliot jazz, 6-9 p.m. June 3 and June 17. 314 W. Main St., Waukesha.

Copper Bell: Dance with music by Don Peachey Band, 7 p.m. May 29. N8542 2nd St, Burnett.

County Clare: Dick Eliot, 5-8 p.m. May 29. 1234 N. Astor St.

County Clare: Dick Eliot, 5-8 p.m. June 5 and June 19. 1234 N. Astor St.

Harley-Davidson Museum: Live music, 5-8 p.m. Doozey, June 2. The WhiskeyBelles, June 9. 11One Louder, June 16. Local Legends, June 23. Jackie Brown Band, June 30. MOTOR Bar & Restaurant, 400 W. Canal St.

Kochanski’s Concertina Beer Hall: Polka open jam, 7 p.m. Wednesdays. 1920 S. 37th St.

Saint Kate - The Arts Hotel: Live music, 5 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 7 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 4 p.m.-close Sunday. 139 E. Kilbourn Ave.

COMEDY

ComedySportz: Comedy show matches every Friday-Saturday. All ages improv comedy. 420 S. First St. (414) 272-8888; cszmke.com

Improv at The Corners of Brookfield: New comedy venue features two live performance stages with full food and beverage service. 20110 Lower Union St., Brookfield. (414) 928-5400; improv.com/milwaukee

The Laughing Tap Comedy Club: Weekly live comedy shows and bar featuring Wisconsin craft beer and spirits. 706 S. 5th St. laughingtap.com

PERFORMING ARTS

Boulevard Theatre: The Best Brothers, 7 p.m. May 27 and 29. Sugar Maple Tavern, 441 E. Lincoln Ave.

Congregation Emanu-El B'ne Jeshurun: Singing for Ukraine benefit concert, 7 p.m. June 2. 2020 W. Brown Deer Road. Complete information, donation links and live-streaming links are at: ceebj.org/singing-for-ukraine

Danceteria: Performance artist events, 5-6:30 p.m. May 22, June 5, June 12, June 26, July 10, July 17 and July 24. 3700 N Fratney St. www.53212presents.org/danceteria

First Stage: Last Stop on Market Street, (through June 12). Milwaukee Youth Arts Center, 325 W. Walnut St. (414) 267-2961.

Marcus Performing Arts Center-Uihlein Hall:  Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, 7:30 p.m. May 31-June 2; 8 p.m. June 3; 2 and 8 p.m. June 4; 1 and 6:30 p.m. June 5. 929 N. Water St. (414) 273-7206.

Milwaukee Repertory Theater-Quadracci Powerhouse: Murder on the Orient Express, 8 p.m. June 3, (through July 1). Baker Theater Complex, 108 E. Wells St. (414) 224-9490.

Milwaukee Repertory Theater-Stackner Cabaret: Angela Ingersoll Sings Judy Garland, (through July 1). Baker Theater Complex, 108 E. Wells St. (414) 224-9490.

Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra: Wizard of Oz film with orchestra, 7:30 p.m. May 27-28. Tori Amos, 7:30 p.m. May 29. Bradley Symphony Center, 212 W. Wisconsin Ave. (414) 291-7605.

Oconomowoc Chamber Orchestra: Memorial Weekend Concert, 7 p.m. May 28. Oconomowoc Arts Center, 641 E. Forest St., Oconomowoc. tickets.theoac.net

PianoArts: Piano Promenades recital, 7:30 p.m. May 29. Performances by three top winners of the 2018 PianoArts Competition. Charles Allis Art Museum, 1801 N. Prospect Ave. PianoArts.org

PianoArts: Duo Recital and Competition, 7:30 p.m. May 31. Performances by finalists in the 2022 PianoArts Competition with string soloists from the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. United Methodist Church of Whitefish Bay, 819 E. Silver Spring Drive, Whitefish Bay. PianoArts.org

PianoArts: The Concert of a Lifetime, 7:30 p.m. June 1. Godwin Friesen, Solomon Ge, and Ailun Zheng perform concertos with Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. Bradley Symphony Center, 212 W. Wisconsin Ave. (414) 291-7605.

Racine Theatre Guild: Mamma Mia!, (through June 12). 2519 Northwestern Ave., Racine. (262) 633-4218.

Renaissance Theaterworks: Rose: An Intimate Evening with Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy, 4 p.m. May 28; 2 p.m. May 29, (through June 5). Next Act Theatre, 255 S. Water St. (414) 278-0765.

Riverside Theater: Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live, 2 p.m. May 28. 116 W. Wisconsin Ave. (414) 242-8200.

Skylight Music Theatre: The Hunchback of Notre Dame, 2 and 7:30 p.m. May 28; 2 p.m. May 29; 6:30 p.m. May 31, (through June 12). Broadway Theatre Center, 158 N. Broadway. (414) 291-7800.

Sunset Playhouse: An Inspector Calls, 7:30 p.m. June 2, (through June 19). 700 Wall St., Elm Grove. (262) 782-4430.

Turner Hall: Lest We Forget 2022, 6 p.m. May 28. 1040 N. Phillips Ave. (414) 242-8200.

Wisconsin Philharmonic: Salon Series String Quartet, 2 p.m. June 4. Waukesha Civic Theatre, 264 W. Main St., Waukesha. (262) 547-1858.

LECTURES

Boswell Books: Joey Grihalva and Kellen ‘Klassik’ Abston, authors of The Milwaukeean, 6:30 p.m. June 3. Registration required. 2559 N. Downer Ave. boswellbooks.com

North Point Lighthouse: Lecture Series, 7 p.m. second Wednesday of each month. $10 admission; $5 seniors/students; Free for museum members. Masks required. Beer and light refreshments provided. 2650 N. Wahl Ave. (414) 332-6754.

  • U.S. Coast Guard: History and Role in Milwaukee and the Great Lakes. June 8.

  • The Lady Elgin: Disaster on the Great Lakes. July 13.

ETC.

Hales Corners Library: Wednesday Afternoon Movies, 2 p.m. June 1. Beverages sold prior to film. Hunt Room, 5885 S. 116th St., Hales Corners. (414) 529-6150.

Hawthorn Hollow: Keepers of the Fire: A Potawatomi Experience, 5:30 p.m. June 4. Walk part of the Old Jambeau Trail, participate in a Tipi raising with traditional music, and leave with a sacred gift of thanks. Registration required. 880 Green Bay Road, Kenosha. hawthornhollow.org

Mitchell Park Domes: Spring Floral Show, (through May 29). “Senses” Show Dome exhibit features fragrant herbs and colorful spring blooms. 524 S. Layton Blvd. milwaukeedomes.org

Senior Living Outreach Program: South Milwaukee PAC presents Matt Tyner, 2:30 p.m. June 1 at Oak Creek Place.

Urban Ecology Center-Riverside Park: Rummage Sale, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. June 4. Shop for tools, outdoor adventure equipment, gardening supplies, science equipment, books, DIY, household materials, and more. 1500 E. Park Place.

Weyenberg Library: Riverwest Elders Artists Art Show, May 3-June 30. 11345 N. Cedarburg Road, Mequon.

FOOD & DINING

The Bartolotta Restaurants: Restaurant group has locations throughout the Milwaukee area, offering fine dining, casual dining and special dining events. Visit bartolottas.com

East Troy Railroad Museum: Dinner Train season, May 7 to Oct. 29. The Sunday Brunch Trains, June 12, Aug. 21, Sept. 18, and Oct. 16. Travel on a historic rail car for dinner or a family picnic, or as a passenger on a regular day trip or holiday train. Advance reservations required. Depot, 2002 Church St., East Troy. (262) 642-3263; www.easttroyrr.org

Friends of Kettle Moraine: Dinner and a Show, music by Shady Grove Bluegrass Band, 5:30-8:30 p.m. June 4. Mauthe Lake Recreation Area Picnic Shelter, Kettle Moraine State Forest - Northern Unit, N1490 County Road GGG, south of County Road SS near New Prospect. Tickets: (920) 533-8322.

Glorioso's Appetito & Italian Market: In-person classes. 1011 E Brady St. (414) 272-0540; gloriosos.com

Good Harvest Market: Natural food store specializing in organic, local, and gluten free foods. 2205 Silvernail Road, Pewaukee. goodharvestmarket.com/

Milwaukee County Parks: Traveling Beer Gardens, open from 5-9 p.m. Monday-Friday, and 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday-Sunday and holidays. Live music, 5-8 p.m. Saturdays. Visit www.travelingbeergardens.com

Milwaukee Public Market: The Market offers hands-on and demonstration classes in the second-level demonstration kitchen. Registration required. 400 N. Water St. (414) 336-1111; milwaukeepublicmarket.org

Mitchell Street Library: Snack Hack cooking demonstrations, 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Registration required. Cargill Community Kitchen, 906 W. Mitchell St. www.mpl.org/services/events/

Polish Center Cafe: 4-8 p.m. Wednesdays, (through Oct.) Dinner plate is $15; menu changes weekly. Visit website for featured entree. 6941 S. 68th St., Franklin. (414) 529-2140; www.polishcenterofwisconsin.org

Schlitz Audubon Nature Center: Wingspan & Wine, 6-8:30 p.m. June 4. $60. Benefit features wine tasting, cheese and other light refreshments, and meet the birds of prey. 1111 E. Brown Deer Road. (414) 352-2880; www.schlitzaudubon.org

South Shore Terrace: Milwaukee County Parks Beer Garden, open 4-7 p.m. Thursday-Friday; noon-7 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. 2900 S. Shore Drive.

Stone Bank Farm Market: Support local farmers, makers and vendors. N68-W33208 County Road K, Stone Bank. (262) 563-8010; stonebankmarket.com

The Village Cheese Shop: Store and cafe, with classes and virtual events. Order cheeses, meats and specialty foods, with Cheese of the Month and Wine Club subscriptions available. 1430 Underwood Ave., Wauwatosa. (414) 488-2099; villagecheesetosa.com

  • National Cheese Day. June 4.

Waterford Wine & Spirits: Seminars, 6 p.m.; RSVP required. $30. Milwaukee: 2120 N. Farwell Ave., (414) 231-9393. Delafield: 631 Genesee St., (262) 337-9774. waterfordwine.com/collections/events 

Whitnall Beer Garden: Hours are 4 to 9 p.m. Monday-Friday; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Live music, 5-8 p.m. Saturdays in July-Aug. 8831 N. Root River Parkway, Greendale.

MUSEUMS & GALLERIES

2022 Spring Art Tour: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. June 3-5. Mount Horeb Area Arts Association self-guided road trip to artist studios and personal galleries. For interactive map visit SpringArtTour.com

The Alice Wilds: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Saturday, and by appointment. 900 S. 5th St. (414) 635-0887.

  • Santiago Cucullu: XXIII, (through July 2).

Almont Gallery: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday; noon-4 p.m. Sunday. 342 W. Main St., Waukesha. www.almontgallery.com

  • Here Comes Summer: Laura Fesser and Ann Windell, (through July 1).

Cedarburg Art Museum: Noon-4 p.m. Thursday-Sunday. In the historic Jochem-Wittenberg Mansion, W63-N675 Washington Ave., Cedarburg.

Cedarburg Cultural Center: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday; noon-4 p.m. Sunday. W62-N546 Washington Ave., Cedarburg. (262) 375-3676.

  • Cedarburg Artists Guild: Blossoms, (through July 10).

  • Printmaking of Paul Yank and His Studio Artists, (through June 5).

  • A Claudette Celebration, 3-7 p.m. May 29.

Charles Allis Art Museum: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday; noon-7 p.m. Thursday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Sunday. 1801 N. Prospect Ave. (414) 278-8295; www.charlesallis.org

  • Dressing the Abbey Exhibit, (through May 30).

Gallery 218: Noon-5 p.m. Saturday. 207 E. Buffalo St., (414) 326-0264; gallery218.com

  • Celebrating our Earth Day: An Abstract Nature, (through June 15).

Gallery 2622: Spirit Of Nature, originals by Susan Tolonen, opening 6-9 p.m. June 3. Gallery hours are by appointment (through July). 2622 N Wauwatosa Ave., Wauwatosa. (414) 257-2622.

Haggerty Museum of Art: Open 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily. Marquette University campus, 1234 W. Tory Hill St. (414) 288-1669; marquette.edu/haggerty-museum

Harley-Davidson Museum: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. 400 W. Canal St. (877) 436-8738; harley-davidson.com

Inspiration Studios: 1500 S. 73rd St., West Allis. (414) 587-3474; inspirationstudiosgallery.com

  • Different Strokes, opening reception, 5-8 p.m. June 4.

  • Different Strokes, (through June 26).

Kenosha History Center: Open Tuesday-Sunday, closed holidays. 220 51st Place, Kenosha. (262) 654-5770; kenoshahistorycenter.org

  • UAW Local 72, (through Oct.).

Jewish Museum Milwaukee: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday; noon-4 p.m. Sunday. 1360 N. Prospect Ave. (414) 390-5730; jewishmuseummilwaukee.org

  • Then They Came for Me: Incarceration of Japanese Americans During WW ll, (through May 29).

Latino Arts: 10:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. 1028 S. 9th St. (414) 384-3100.

Lily Pad Gallery West: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. 215 N. Broadway. (414) 509-5756.

  • Ton Dubbeldam: Nature and Imagination, opening reception, 5-9 p.m. June 3.

Lynden Sculpture Garden: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, (closed Thursdays). Experience art in nature with sculptures sited across 40 acres of park, lake and woodland. 2145 W. Brown Deer Road. (414) 446-8794; lyndensculpturegarden.org

Mid-Continent Railway Museum: Outdoor living history museum and operating railroad recreating, preserving, and interpreting the small town/shortline way of life. E8948 Museum Road, North Freedom. (800) 930-1385; midcontinent.org

Milwaukee Art Museum: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Sunday. 700 N. Art Museum Drive. mam.org

  • Shifting Perspectives: Landscape Photographs from the Collection, (through July 3).

Milwaukee Public Museum: Tyrannosaurs - Meet the Family exhibit, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Monday, (through May 18). 800 W. Wells St. (414) 278-2728; www.mpm.edu

MPM Planetarium & Dome Theater: One Planetarium program is included with Museum admission, and admission is first-come, first-served with limited capacity. Films are sold separately and can be reserved online. Milwaukee Public Museum, 800 W. Wells St. (414) 278-2728; www.mpm.edu/theater-planetarium

MOWA: Museum of Wisconsin Art highlights artists with connections to Wisconsin, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday. 205 Veterans Ave., West Bend. (262) 334-9638; wisconsinart.org

North Point Lighthouse: Climb the tower, learn about lighthouses and maritime history of the Great Lakes, 1-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. 2650 N. Wahl Ave. (414) 332-6754.

Pabst Mansion: Visitors learn about Pabst family and details about the architecture and furnishings of the home with guided and self-guided tours. 2000 W. Wisconsin Ave. Advance ticket purchase recommended. (414) 931-0808; pabstmansion.com

RAM (Racine Art Museum): Noon-4 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday. 441 Main St., Racine. (262) 638-8300.

RAM Wustum Museum of Fine Arts: Noon-4 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday. 2519 Northwestern Ave., Racine.

Saint Kate - The Arts Hotel: The Gallery, 139 E. Kilbourn Ave. saintkatearts.com/exhibitions

  • Legends of Drag, (through Aug. 21).

  • Queer Mythologies: Transabstractions by Nykoli Koslow, (through July 17).

Spectrum Gallery: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, or by appointment. East Building of the DeKoven Center, 2050 Wisconsin Ave., Racine. (262) 634-4345.

  • The Black and White (and shades of gray) Invitational Show, (through June 5).

Tory Folliard Gallery: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. 233 N. Milwaukee St. (414) 273-7311.

  • Ben Grant: Re-Signed: Opening reception, 5-7:30 p.m. June 3.

  • Jeanette Pasin Sloan: New Paintings, opening reception, 2-4 p.m. June 4.

  • Artist Talk, 2 p.m. June 4.

  • Fred Stonehouse: Falling Waters, (through May 28).

Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday. 2220 N. Terrace Ave. (414) 271-3656; villaterrace.org

  • In the Park with Olmsted: A Vision for Milwaukee, (through Sept. 25).

  • Renaissance Garden Opening Day, noon-5 p.m. June 5.

Walker’s Point Center for the Arts: Gallery hours, 1-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. 839 S. 5th St. (414) 672-2787.

  • Featured Member Exhibition: Jerry Styberg, (through July 1).

The Warehouse: Admission is free and open to the public. 1635 W. St. Paul Ave. (414) 252-0677; thewarehousemke.org

Waukesha State Bank Fine Art Gallery: Noon-5 p.m. Wednesday-Friday. Features artists from around Wisconsin. Inside the Waukesha Civic Theatre, 264 W. Main St., Waukesha.

Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday; noon-4 p.m. Sunday. W5050 Portland Road, Cedarburg. (262) 546-0300; wiquiltmuseum.com

  • Free Family Fun Day, noon-4 p.m. June 4.

  • Midwest Views and Pat Kroth: Lost, Found, & Stitched Exhibits, (through July 24).

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