Keg Stand Up Returns
Plus, a weeklong chili contest, egg day at the zoo and a virtual beer tasting event.
There’s plenty to do in Milwaukee this weekend while practicing safe social distancing. This week, the 19th Annual Rockabilly Chili contest kicks off with a new socially distanced format. Celebrate Easter at the Milwaukee County Zoo, and enjoy some Lakefront beer while attending the return of the brewery’s popular Keg Standup event.
Ongoing: Winter Chalets at South Shore Park
The winter chalets at South Shore Terrace in South Shore Park (2900 S. Shore Dr.) are still open for reservation. 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.
The Florentine Opera is celebrating music inspired by Shakespeare with performances of classics from Britten, Gounod, Verdi 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.
April 1: Harley-Davidson Virtual Gallery Talk
The Harley-Davidson Museum is continuing its series of virtual gallery talks with an entry focused on the women of Harley-Davidson. The museum will share stories of famous female riders who shaped the motorcycle manufacturer into the renowned name it is today. Some of the riders that will be highlighted are Effie and Avis Hotchkiss, Augusta and Adeline Van Buren, Dorothy “Dot” Robinson. Tickets to the event are $6 and can be purchased here. The event will begin at 7 p.m.
April 3: Milwaukee Winter Farmers Market
Despite the melting snow, the Winter Farmers Market is still on. 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.
The Milwaukee County Zoo (10001 W. Blue Mound Rd.) is celebrating Easter with Egg Day, a special event that will have the Easter bunny himself hanging out at the zoo. This family-friendly event will have guests participating in scavenger hunts with prizes and counting the Easter Eggs along the Safari Train. Admission to the zoo will cost $16.75 for adults, $13.72 for children ages three to 12 and is free for children 1 and under.
April 4: Keg Stand Up at Lakefront Brewery
Prior to the pandemic, Lakefront Brewery (1872 N. Commerce St.) was regularly transforming its enormous beer hall into a comedy club for an event series called Keg Stand Up. That event has returned with a double whammy — two shows at 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. To keep up with social distancing safety guidelines, reservations are made per table. Tickets are two for $30, four for $60 or six for $90. A special food menu will be served during the show, and, of course, delicious Lakefront beer. Buy your tickets here.
What would normally be a singe-day-chili-tasting experience has instead been stretched into a weeklong event. For the 19th annual WMSE Rockabilly Chili, chili enthusiasts will once again be able to try out chili from a number of local restaurants and cafes. Participants can vote for their favorite chilis on the WMSE website. For a complete list of participating restaurants, click here.
April 7: Lakefront Brewery Cyber Sipping
Lakefront Brewery is continuing its Cyber Sipping monthly event with a virtual beer tasting experience centered around fruit in beer. This month’s beer kit will include two bottles of Eastside Dark with a portion of blueberries and raspberries for experimenting, two bottles of raspberry Nimbus with Lime, one bottle of New Grist Gose with Lime, one bottle of Juicify Juicy IPA and one crowler of Lakefront’s Test Batch: Apricot Hard Seltzer. Orders can be made on Lakefront’s website and can be picked up on April 5 or 6. The event will take place on Zoom so that participants can remain in the safety and comfort of their own homes.