See our daily events listings for bars and clubs in the Milwaukee area, followed by an editor's pick of events throughout the year.
August 19-21, 2016. FRI The Lemonade Mini Ball at Gordon Park Pavilion, 1321 East Locust St. FRI Lip-Sync Battle at Hot Water Warehouse, 818 South 2nd St. For more event information see facebook:
September 2-17, 2016, Next Act Theatre. Adapted from book-length poem set in the Roaring Twenties. A wild evening in a Manhattan apartment shared by vaudeville dancer Queenie, and vaudeville clown Burrs, in a vicious/reckless relationship. At a party to end all, with guests who live on the edge, they set out to make each other jealous -- and things soon spiral out of control.
September 22, 2016 7pm (gates 6:30pm) at South Pavilion inside South Gate of Henry Maier Festival Park, 200 N Harbor Dr. Concert with 88Nine Radio Milwaukee featuring Big Thief with special guest Haley Bonar. First beer on the house for those 21+ arriving between 6:30 and 7:30pm - a complimentary Leinenkugel’s Oktoberfest. Food and beverage vendors.
September 22 - October 6, 2016. Thursday opening Night Party, 9pm, with trailers for the films at UWM PECK SCHOOL OF THE ARTS, 1925 E. Kenilworth Pl. Screenings at LANDMARK ORIENTAL + DOWNER Theatres; AVALON THEATER, TIMES CINEMA, and FOX-BAY CINEMA GRILL. Over 300 short films, features, animations, and documentaries, including the LGBT films: AWOL; Carmin Tropical; Check It; and VIVA.
October 12, 2016, 7:30pm at the Oriental Theatre. The 31st Anniversary Festival opens with Kiki, by Sara Jordenö and Twiggy Pucci Garçon. Award-winning documentary revisits the scene of the landmark 1990 film Paris is Burning -- LGBTQ youth-of-color finding inspiration and agency at the Kiki balls of the legendary dance and performance artistic/ activist collective.
October 14, 2016, 5pm at Grand Ballroom, The Hyatt Regency Milwaukee. Featuring live music, entertainment, food, and drinks. Complimentary Barefoot Wine champagne, silent auction, cocktail hour, 80s music, dazzling aerial performance by Chandelier Circus; stunning celebrity impersonators, Joan Rivers, Annie Lennox, Boy George, Prince, and Liza Minelli, will blow you away.
October 14-23, 2016 at the UWM Union Theatre (unless otherwise noted). To include: FIRST GIRL I LOVED; Men’s Shorts; Women’s Shorts; REAL BOY; SPA NIGHT; LAZY EYE; POLITICAL ANIMALS; JEWEL’S CATCH ONE; ARIANNA; CENTERPIECE! Ingrid Jungermann’s WOMEN WHO KILL; SUMMERTIME; MAJOR!; PARIS 05:59 THÉO AND HUGO; WHO WANTS CAKE: Community Shorts. See full schedule:
October 16, 2016, 7-9pm at Kenilworth Square East 620, 1915 E Kenilworth Pl. Queer experimental works defined by bodies. Bodies depicted bravely transcend their historical, societal, cultural, and carnal constructs—endeavors that are nothing short of revolutionary. Works in this program unabashedly celebrate flesh, and reveal the body’s unceasing state of metamorphosis. Free.
October 20, 2016, 5-7pm, UWM Union Cinema. When Moises is 18 months old, his parents risk their lives to cross the border for steady work in rural NC. A talented, ambitious, undocumented gay man barred from community college, he has limited job opportunities, and deals with prejudice against his skin and sexuality. At 21, on the brink of suicide, he discovers his passion as an activist.
November 18, 2016, 8pm at The Alchemist Theatre. Live comic impressions of the stars. ALL LIVE SINGING. NO LIP SYNC. Adele vs Amy Winehouse, Dueling Judy Garlands, Caitlyn Jenner vs Kris Jenner! Battling Bette Davis, Tina Turners! Madonna, Cher, Liza, Ursula from The Little Mermaid! Kentucky County Clerk Kim Davis/Taylor Swift! Billie Holiday, Shirley Bassey, Patsy Cline...
June 9-11, 2017 (TBC), Henry Maier Festival Park, 200 N Harbor Dr. Festival entertainment, vendors, volleyball, Mr/ Ms PrideFest Pageant. Friday 3pm-midnight. Saturday noon-midnight. Sunday noon-10pm (grounds), noon-midnight (Dance Pavilion). Box office closes 11pm daily. SUN Pride Parade 2pm, from 2nd St/ Lapham/Greenfield.
June 28 - July 2 + July 4 - 9, 2017, at Henry Maier Festival Park. Past year: Eleven days, 11 stages, over 800 live music acts, over 1,000 performances, over 45 food and beverage vendors and lots of cold beer for an audience of around 900,000 people. See upcoming year's events at: