Michael Holloway

Inaugural Maifest at Lakefront Brewery

Plus, a circus performance, annual Walk to End Lupus, a makers market at The Ivy House and more.

By - May 12th, 2022 05:45 pm
Image courtesy of Lakefront Brewery.

Image courtesy of Lakefront Brewery.

Although the weather has felt like summer this past week, the events in Milwaukee this weekend are still saying spring. Take, for example, the Bayshore Spring Art Festival, which features live music, food trucks and goodies from over 75 local artists. Lakefront Brewery is putting on a spring celebration of its own, featuring gluten-free food and drinks and live music outside of the brewery. Sad about the news of The Exclusive Company closing? Help a new independent record store take its place by taking part in a fundraiser at Cactus Club. Game 5 of The Bucks vs The Celtics was a thrill. But for a different kind of thrill, check out the Tripoli Shrine Circus performances at the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena.

May 13-15: Tripoli Shrine Circus

The Tripoli Shrine Circus is celebrating its 68th year of live entertainment, and will perform six shows in Milwaukee at the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena. The two-hour event is packed full of acrobatics and stunts, including dancing bears, a human cannonball, high wire stunts and more. Shows will take place on May 13 at 7:30 p.m., May 14 at 10 a.m., 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. and May 15 at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. To purchase tickets, click here.

May 14: Walk to End Lupus

Walk to End Lupus Now-Milwaukee is celebrating its 20th year of fundraising. Thanks to a generous donor, all pre-registrations and donations up to $20,000 will be matched. Registration for the event begins at 8 a.m. at Hoyt Park (1800 N. Swan Blvd.) and the walk will begin at 10 a.m. The walk is approximately two-miles long, and will end at Hoyt Park near The Landing. Following the event, Close Enuf will perform live music, and children’s entertainment and light snacks will be available. For more information, click here.

May 14-15: Bayshore Spring Art Festival

Bayshore is putting on its second annual Bayshore Spring Art Festival, featuring live music, food trucks, live entertainment and over 75 artists selling their goods. The event will run on Saturday and Sunday, starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday May 14 and ending at 6 p.m. and starting at 11 a.m. on Sunday May 15 and ending at 6 p.m. Featured food trucks on Saturday include Heirloom MKE, Tots on the Street and El Sazon Dominicano. Featured food trucks on Sunday include Rose Mob Grill and Oxtail Noodle House. Click here for more information.

May 15: Maifest 2022 at Lakefront Brewery

Lakefront Brewery is putting on its first ever Maifest — a gluten-free celebration of spring. The outdoor celebration will feature a cast of vendors selling food, beverages, art, crafts and other goodies. The makers market will set up on the entire East side of the brewery, and allow guests to hang out by the Milwaukee River. The event will feature mostly gluten-free food and drink, and the brewery will be releasing the first ever gluten-free-barrel-aged beer — an Imperial Gose aged in Tequila barrels. Live music will accompany the event, featuring Pete Freeman of local country-rock band Ladybird, and local crooner From Sinatra to the ‘60s. For a complete list of participating breweries, vendors and food trucks, click here.

May 15: Lilliput Records Fundraiser at Cactus Club

The Exclusive Company is coming to an end, but there’s a new record store aiming to take over that same space at 1669 N. Farwell Ave. A few Exclusive Company employees are currently in the process of raising funds in order to purchase the building and the record store’s assets, so that they can open Lilliput Records. A fundraiser for the record store is taking place at Cactus Club, featuring live DJ’s, raffles, an interactive art experience and zines. The event is family friendly and free to attend. The event will begin at 12 p.m., with raffle drawings taking place at 3:30 p.m. To learn more about Lilliput Records, check out Urban Milwaukee’s coverage here.

May 15: Milwaukee Maker’s Market at The Ivy House

The Milwaukee Maker’s Market event series is celebrating spring with a market at The Ivy House, located at 906 S. Barclay St. There will be 30 local vendors, food trucks and a cash bar. Vendors include MKE Terrarium, Experience MKE, Little Woman Creations and more. Admission to the event is free, and will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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