Michael Holloway
Entertainment at a Distance

50 Degree Days Coming!

Time to enjoy some socially-distanced events.

By - Mar 4th, 2021 02:48 pm
Giraffes at the Milwaukee County Zoo. Photo by Alison Peterson.

Giraffes at the Milwaukee County Zoo. Photo by Alison Peterson.

With 50 degree days appearing in the forecasts, more Milwaukeeans are looking to get outside to enjoy some socially-distanced events. Need some inspiration? This week is your last chance to check out Milwaukee Ballet’s “To the Pointe.” Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with some live music and cultural events presented by CelticMKE, and then honor the femme and women-identifying artists in Milwaukee on International Women’s Day with an event curated by 88Nine Radio Milwaukee and B~Free. Here’s the full list of attractions:

Ongoing: Winter Chalets at South Shore Park

The winter chalets at South Shore Terrace in South Shore Park (2900 S. Shore Dr.) are open for reservation. This is the county’s first winter beer garden season. The chalets can fit up to six people and there is nearby fire for warming up. Up to six people from the same household or two people from different households can share a chalet for $75, which includes a $50 food and beverage credit and a 90 minute time slot. The chalets are reservations only, and are available seven days a week. To reserve, follow this link or call 414-257-5616.

Ongoing: Florentine Opera Presents Shakespeare

The Florentine Opera is celebrating music inspired by Shakespeare with performances of classics from BrittenGounodVerdi and more. The hour-and-a-half long program will take place in a secret room in a Milwaukee landmark home with ties to England and bootlegging. Historian John Eastberg will make an appearance to provide some historical background. The performance is digital only and can be purchased for $25 by following this link.

Ongoing: BelAir Ice Bar

Bel Air Cantina’s Brookfield location (250 High St.) has a 30-foot ice bar, made with over 10,000 pounds of ice, located in Market Square. The bar will serve specialty cocktails and there will be fire pits, ice sculptures and photo opportunities. A small food menu featuring Tortilla Soup and Gringo Nachos will also be available. The ice bar’s days are numbered: it will remain until the weather starts getting a little warmer. For more details, visit the BelAir website.

March 4-7: Milwaukee Ballet’s To the Pointe

Milwaukee Ballet is opening up its doors to the public for the first performance in a year since the pandemic started. To the Pointe is a program that will celebrate scenes from iconic ballets as well as a classical world premiere from Milwaukee Ballet Artistic Director Michael Pink. The performance will take place at the Baumgartner Center for Dance but will also be streamed On Demand. In person tickets range from $55 to $70, and On Demand rentals are $20. For more information on showtimes and ticket pricing, click here.

March 4: Harley-Davidson Virtual Gallery Talk

Harley-Davidson’s virtual gallery talk series continues with “Building a Milwaukee Icon: Harley-Davidson’s Juneau Avenue Factory.”  This virtual event will explore some recently discovered architectural drawings that map out the company’s growth, and will tell the story of how Harley-Davidson grew into the world’s biggest motorcycle manufacturer. The event is $6 to attend and will begin at 7 p.m. and will last for 45 minutes. To purchase tickets, click here.

March 4-6: Family Days at Milwaukee County Historical Society

Join the Milwaukee County Historical Society for a family-friendly event called “Milwaukee: Where Waters Meet.” Children and students under 18 will get free admission, and adults will be admitted at $5 a ticket. The event will also feature a water exhibit activity packet for taking with you so that the fun and learning can continue at home. The event runs from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

March 6: At Home St. Patrick’s Celebration with CelticMKE

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at home with a free virtual event presented by CelticMKE. Enjoy live Irish music from groups like The Finns, Sive and Seamus & Caoimhe Ui Fhlatharta, and tune into a series of shows celebrating Irish culture. Learn about the Irish War of Independence and its Centenary with Ambassador Mulhall, and learn how to make Irish Stew with Chef Mike Hanrahan. The event will begin at 10 a.m. with family-friendly programs with culture and music programs beginning at 12 p.m. The event will be streamed on CelticMKE’s Facebook and Youtube pages.

March 6: Milwaukee Winter Farmers Market

There may be snow on the ground, but there are still farmers markets to enjoy, such as the Milwaukee Winter Farmers Market. The market, which is celebrating its 12th season, takes place on Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Greenhouse Annex at the Mitchell Park Domes (524 S. Layton Blvd.) until March 27th. The market will feature 30 vendors offering fresh local produce, baked goods, cheeses, handmade soaps and more. COVID-19 safety precautions and guidelines will be enforced, including a mandatory mask policy and restrictions on eating and drinking in the market.

March 6: Family Free Day at the Milwaukee County Zoo

Head to the Milwaukee County Zoo for its monthly family free day! Admissions to the zoo is free of charge, with no registration required. Outdoor habitats are open and a limited number of animal buildings will be open at 25% capacity. Masks are required for those ages three and older, and safety guidelines are set in place. Parking fees of $15 still apply, and concessions will be open.

March 8: Portraits of Femme: Women in Music

Join 88Nine Radio Milwaukee and Milwaukee artist B~Free on International Women’s Day for a celebration of women and femme identifying musical acts. Ten artists will celebrate the day by covering songs and telling stories of the songs by women musicians who have inspired them. The event serves as a kickoff to other FemFest events (an event that has been pivoted to a virtual format this year due to the pandemic). Tune in at 6 p.m. on Radio Milwaukee’s Facebook, Youtube or Twitch pages.

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