SUPPORT THE CITY WE LOVE AND CALL HOME
*Note that this compilation is a work-in-progress. Milwaukee Day is a labor of love, not our full-time jobs. We have not intentionally omitted anyone. Please let us know what you're up to and we'll keep updating.
VIRTUALLY LIVE MILWAUKEE DAY
We've partnered with The Cooperage to bring you live music by artists we've all missed over the past year. Things get started at 5:30PM on 4/14. Stay tuned for links here and on social media so you can experience performances by:
Hughes Family Band
Dramatic Lovers (from X-Ray Arcade)
NilexNile (feat. 39tharchitect)
HorseForce DJ set
MKEXPANDED 414DAY DIGITAL FESTIVAL
Our new holiday partners at MKExpanded are elevating the holiday with 32 performing artists, 20 DJ sets, 20 producer sets, 3 panels, 1 film1 community clean-up/food-drive and 1 protest. The Digital Festival runs from April 14-18. Details below!
Wednesday, April 14:
We'll air The Heartland film by Marquise Mays
414Pride: Art & Advocacy within the Black Queer Experience, hosted by Mikey Apollo. Join us for this hour-long discussion on the importance of Blackness, queerness, joy, creativity and resilience in the 414.
Saturday, April 17:
Live performances from 11AM-5PM online, then uploaded to watch on demand
March for Kaw Thoo Lei (KTL), hosted by Kree at Washington Square Park by the bandshell from 11AM-noon with speakers and singers, and the anthem of the Karen people to start the march. Please come stand with Karen people from Milwaukee to honor the lives lost on the battlefield, and the innocents who had to run away from their homes
Sunday, April 18:
Live performances throughout the day online, then uploaded to watch on demand
Food drive and community clean-up at 10AM until the food is gone, hosted by Les Brown Berets, location TBD
414 FOR UWM - DAY OF GIVING
The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee has scheduled their First Annual Day of Giving for April 14, 2021. The 24-hour fundraising campaign provides an opportunity for alumni, friends, faculty and staff to support the university’s critical role in Milwaukee by giving to the Chancellor’s Student Success Fund, which helps keep students on the path to graduation, or by supporting whatever area of UWM you find most meaningful. Help them reach 414 donors on 4/14!
The tour season officially kicks off on 4/14 with free fun. Get your ticket before it fills up!
HISTORIC MILWAUKEE, INC.
Our friends at the local institution will hold their annual 414 Day Sale on excellent and exclusive items from April 14-17.
Milwaukee area resources:
UNITED WAY URGENT NEEDS FUND
United Way’s nonprofit partners in Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County are experiencing increased need for emergency food service, additional costs for needed medical equipment, more pay for staffing and a greater need for cleaning supplies. This fund will support the urgent needs of nonprofits as they arise.
INTERCHANGE FOOD PANTRY
The local resource has been affected by shortages, and needs help buying wholesale goods for those whom they serve.
TANDEM COMMUNITY MEALS
One of the best restaurants in town has stopped taking orders to focus on making food for donations to those of greatest need in our community. Please support this heroic gesture, if you can.
IMAGINE MKE ARTIST RELIEF FUND
Help for artists and creators who have lost so much income due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Milwaukee area non-profits:
BOYS & GIRLS CLUB OF GREATER MKE
In response to concerns over COVID-19 (Coronavirus), Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee is offering resources our Clubs families and the greater Milwaukee community to help youth stay engaged and learning while ensuring their safety. Help support their ongoing mission.
AMERICAN RED CROSS OF WISCONSIN
The Red Cross always needs blood donations, but the need especially urgent right now. Learn how and where to make a difference during this crisis.
Milwaukee area businesses:
Support Milwaukee's Black businesses with this directory, and discover restaurants, shopping, digital services, museums, resources, and more.
Milwaukee area resources and services:
UNITED WAY VOLUNTEER NEEDS
The United Way of Greater Milwuakee & Waukesha County needs volunteer help in its response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
VISIT MILWAUKEE - GET INVOLVED
Find ways to help small businesses and those in the tourism and hospitality industries in Greater Milwaukee.
EBENEZER STONE MINISTRIES
The nonprofit food pantry provides bag lunches and hot meals on Saturdays, plus Wednesdays from 8-11. Visitors can also get clothing by appointment. Financial support is greatly appreciated, as are food donations from restaurants or suppliers.
MILWAUKEE RESCUE MISSION
One in four of our neighbors in Milwaukee are living in poverty. The Rescue Mission provides shelter, meals, clothing -- basic needs, education and recovery for the community. They're grateful for any support.
More to come! Let us know what your business has going on and we'll list it.
STILL LOOKING FOR OTHER WAYS TO CELEBRATE TO MAKE EVERY DAY LIKE MILWAUKEE DAY? HERE ARE SOME OF OUR FAVORITE THINGS TO DO -- AFTER THE SAFER-AT-HOME ORDER IS LIFTED AND IT MAKES SENSE TO SOCIALIZE IN PUBLIC AGAIN. MAKE SURE TO USE #MKEDAY AS YOU SHARE, WHEVER YOU CELEBRATE ON APRIL 14.
* Find the spot where Hank Aaron hit his last home run in the Miller Park lot.
* Do the custard rounds in a single day. Leon's, Gilles, Kopp's, Oscar's… Who's best?
* See whatever's playing in the main house of the historic Oriental Theatre.
* Gear up for skateboarding at Sky High on Howell.
* Skip some stones on Lake Michigan.
* See some art and underground local comedy at Var Gallery.
* Spend the night at a house designed by the one and only Frank Lloyd Wright.
* Pre-set your car's radio to local independent stations - 88Nine, WUWM, and WMSE.
* Don't know the password at The Safehouse? Then dance like you mean it for the patrons inside.
* Find an angle of MAM's Calatrava that's never been photographed before.
* Cheese-curd eating contest? Cheese-curd eating contest.
* Teach your out-of-town friends how to correctly pronounce, "Mwaukee."
* See the next big thing with a show of up-and-comers at an intimate local club.
* Yell a lot at the next Brew City Bruisers roller-derby bout.
* Out late on the East Side? Don't miss out on the ramen at Ardent.
* High-five an MCTS bus driver.
* Try something new in the 'Tosa Village.
* Hit up the secret rattlesnake button at the Public Museum.
* Tell your kids the story of the real-life Bambi, Lawrencia Bembenek.
* Order something with bacon at Comet.
* Get a group together and take a behind-the-scenes tour of Miller Park.
* When you Instagram art, don't forget to mention the artist in your caption. Then follow them.
* Become a member of Milwaukee Film.
* Support a visiting author at Boswell Book Company.
* Bike the Hank Aaron Trail.
* Treat yo' self to a staycation at the the Pfister, the Iron Horse, Hotel Metro, or the Brewhouse Inn & Suites in the old Pabst brewery.
* Teach yo' self how to spell "Antetokounmpo."
* Clear your paper plate on the cheap at Conejito's.
* If you haven't yet, get yourself a Milwaukee Public Library card.
* Donate any money or time you can spare to one of our amazing area non-profits.
* Memorize all the words to Channel 12's "Hello, Milwaukee" promo song of 1977.
* Experience the city like every out-of-towner and take a tour of a brewery.
* Find something you've never tried before on Center St. in Riverwest.
* Watch Milwaukeean Dan Harmon's "Community" and cheer anytime Abed wears a Dead Alewives t-shirt.
* Go back to the Mitchell Park Domes. It's been way too long.
* Subscribe to the Pabst/Turner/Riverside newsletter, and be the first to know.
* Bring a group to ComedySportz. Or better yet, register for an improv class.
* Find locations for Major League around the Third Ward.
* Clap politely when that touring band imagines they're the first ever to make a Laverne & Shirley reference.
* Shop local! Eat local! Play local!