Highland Games, street bashes, more things to do in Milwaukee this weekend

It’s time to don your Scots

Kilts, cabers, sheepdogs, haggis – yes, the Milwaukee Highlands Games resume Hart Park, 7300 W. Chestnut St., Wauwatosa, Saturday. From 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. there are orchestral competitions, ax throwing contests, cricket games, caber throwing and other feats of strength and skill, including the Open Caledonian Heavy Events Competition. (hint: there will be a lot of heavyweight and hammer throwing). There will also be Scottish food (not just haggis, apparently). Admission is $ 10, free for children 12 and under and serving members of the military in uniform. (You can get $ 3 off if you arrive before 10 a.m. and bring non-perishable food for the Wauwatosa Food Pantry.)

Info: milwaukeehighlandgames.com

An artistic walk on Brady St.

Spring on Brady, the annual Brady St. Neighborhood Art Walk, takes place Saturdays from noon to 4 p.m. Sidewalk sales and a local art market (in Brady and N. Arlington Place), as well as food and drink specialties along the street, are the main attractions, with over 30 merchants attending the party.

Info: bradystreet.org

The ballet plunges into “Swan Lake”

The Milwaukee Ballet becomes a classic this weekend, with Tchaikovsky and “Swan Lake,” the romantic tragedy of love and sorrow. The production takes the stage in the Uihlein Hall at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, 929 N. Water St., at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 1:30 p.m. Sunday.

Info: milwaukeeballet.org

Cyclists, come together

Bike festival, a music, drink and bike party, cycle through the Cooperage, 822 S. Water St., Saturdays from 3 to 8 p.m. Groups include Hello, Face at 5 pm; Face of Renard at 6 p.m. and Q the Sun at 7 p.m. The party kicks off Wisconsin Bike Week, with bike-centric events statewide. Tickets at the door are $ 12 for the show only; $ 20 for a package including a raffle ticket, a beer and a “Bike advantages” sticker; $ 40 for an all access package.

Info: bfw.org

Cheap meal downtown

Downtown Restaurant Week is back, with special three-course meals at $ 12.50 for lunch and $ 25 or $ 35 for dinner at 39 restaurants in the downtown East Town, Westown and Historic Third Ward neighborhoods. The website has a full list of participating restaurants and all of their prix fixe menus. The downtown restaurant week unfolds May 31st until June 7.

Info: milwaukeedowntown.com

Jazz and art at Bay View

Just about every flavor of jazz and art is on the Friday menu at Bay View. Bay View Gallery Night and Jazz festival overlooking the bay orbit each other from 5 p.m. Friday. More than 50 places participate in Gallery Night; 24 jazz artists bring it to ten musical spots in the neighborhood.

Info: mkejazzvision.org/bvjf

Get FAT on Lenox St.

The first one Fat party starts Saturdays at noon, with music, food and art on S. Lenox Street in Bay View between S. Kinnickinnic and E. Russell avenues. The festival is billed as the official “Milwaukee Clear Waters Pre Party, “with raffles for merchandise and tickets to the musical evening hosted by Justin Vernon at Eau Claire July 6-7. (The proceeds from the raffle go to the Wisconsin Humane Society.) The music lasts until the end of July. At 20 o ‘clock.

Info: FAT-Fest Facebook page

Beer nuts, unite

Milwaukee Beer Barons welcome the World beer festival at Schwabenhof, N56-W14750 Silver Spring Drive, Menomonee Falls, Saturdays 1 to 5 p.m. The festival features over 350 beers, meads and ciders from around the world. General admission is $ 50; VIB (Very Important Beers) tickets cost $ 70 and include access to unusual beers that aren’t readily available, are more expensive, or have limited outings. Designated driver tickets are free.

Info: wobfest.com

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Roll to the arena

It’s a real roller derby Woodstock: the ninth edition Midwest BrewHaHa, a three-day competition on wheels, takes place Friday through Sunday at UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena. Dozens of teams – including the Brewcity Bruisers All-Stars and Battlestars, and the Wisconsin Men’s Roller Derby – have faced off in more than 40 games on two tracks, starting each day at 8 a.m. Tickets start at $ 15 for an adult day pass and a day pass at $ 25, and go up to $ 65 for a three-day adult pass. (Children under 6 enter free.)

Info: Midwest BrewHaHa Facebook Page and uwmilwaukeepantherarena.com

Old cars for a cause

Discover cool cars and help veterans at the same time in the fifth edition Vintage car show at Five O’Clock Steakhouse, 2416 W. State St., noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. There will be live music, food trucks and a raffle. Donate $ 20 and you get a $ 20 certificate for the steakhouse; proceeds go to the Milwaukee Homeless Veterans Initiative and Dryhootch Milwaukee.

Info: fiveoclocksteakhouse.com

Last call

This weekend is your last chance to witness this show.

“Judy Moody & Stink”: First Stage wraps up its 2017-18 season when this show, based on the books by Megan McDonald and Peter H. Reynolds, ends Sunday at the Todd Wehr Theater at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, 929 N. Water St. Info: firststage.org

REVIEW: Cherish the Pirate in “Judy Moody and Stink” by First Stage


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Jennifer R. Strohm