Since 2011, Bay View Gallery Night has organized “Milwaukee’s largest annual celebration of art, local business, music, and community.” The massive early June event brings together talented area artists and musicians, along with an eclectic mix of Milwaukee bars, restaurants and retailers for a large-scale event that has quickly become a part of the Bay View tradition. It’s free. It’s fun. It’s locally-focused. What more can you ask for?

BVGN will return to the neighborhood on Friday, June 2. This iteration will feature hundreds of artists and musicians showcasing their works at 50 Bay View (and Bay View-adjacent) businesses. More over, the annual Rollout bike event will return, Bay View Jazz Fest will be in full swing, “Food Truck Friday” will be up and running, and five new KK BID-commissioned murals will be shown as part of the Street Canvas 2017 Mural Project. Since that sounds like—and is—a lot of stuff happening at once, we’ve assembled this quick-hitting and to-the-point guide to tell you what to expect to see, hear, experience, and drink at each participating site during this year’s Bay View Gallery Night festivities.

8branches Chinese Medicine
Tapestries and prints by Jennifer Espenscheid.

Alive And Fine
Original fuzzy posters, paintings, flocked prints, textile art, and ceramics from more than 10 local and regional artists showcased under black lighting.

The Backyard
Live music as part of Bay View Jazz Festival. Local art on display and available for purchase.

Bigfoot Bike And Skate
Music, drinks, snacks, and mask-themed work from more than 50 artists.

Blackbird Bar
New works from artist and Heavy Hand singer-guitarist Anthony Weber. Heavy Hand drummer Chris Roberts will DJ.

Boone & Crockett
Works by Brandy Boyd and Loretta Keresen, live music from Awkward Terrible and DATRF, and a RevPop party.

Cafe Lulu
Paintings by Greg Schoeneck and Street Canvas 2017 Mural Project unveiling.

Colectivo Coffee
Milwaukee Makers Market

Commonplace Shop
Debut of new shop design and preview of new “This That” modern home goods line.

Deep Roots Massage
Mixed media art by John Kowalczyk, spa water, and “chill vibes.”

District 14
Bay View Jazz Fest performance and new mural as part of KK BID’s Street Canvas 2017 Mural Project.

Dock18 Cocktail Lab
L. Chapelle art and classy cocktails.

Frank’s Power Plant
Art showing and sale featuring pieces by Mälvy Clark Westbrook, Amelia Muraszewski, and Dillon Hallen. After party concert with Man Random, Telethon, and Mechanical Life Vein.

Foundation Chiropractic, Milwaukee Community Acupuncture, Saffron Yoga Center
Beverages, select works by Michael Seidel and Jon Duris, and live music from Travilito the BardBarian.

Halo Soap
A selection of works from ceramicist Aubrey Kroiss, acoustic music from guitarist Alex Paniagua, and food and beverages.

Hairys Hair Bar
Mixed media artist Armando Gallegos’ “Migration Series” will be on display, as will the work of impressionist painter Tom Demint. Live music from Janice Scholz and works from 12 craft artisans.

Healium Hot Yoga
Live outdoor screen printing by Bureau Of Print Research Design and poster art show inside. Colleen Webb (casual vocals) will play an acoustic set. Food, beverages, and discounted yoga packages.

Hello Falafel
Patio opening party with patio painting for kids of all ages. Drawings from Mike Pare will be on display. Special “Spritzers & Shawarma” late night menu.

Hi-Fi Cafe
Stanley Ryan Jones photography.

Sarah Vaun and Jason Kewley photography.

Hoax Gallery
“Ink & Pencil” exhibition from illustrator Pat Murphy and printmaker Matt Presutti.

Works of local artists on display on the patio, which will be auctioned off. A portion of proceeds will be donated to Arts At Large.

Kindred On KK
Alternative photography by Ryan Laessig, specialized stained glass art work by Amanda Iglinski, and acoustic live blues from Six Pack Twelve Bar.

Mac’s Pet Depot
Artwork from Jake Schneider Creations. Wine for both people and dogs. Appetizers for people.

The Magnet Factory MKE
Bay View Jazz Fest music, refreshments, and works for sale from 15 artists from Bay View Arts Guild.

Milwaukee Makerspace
Tours of 16,000 square foot collaborative artist workspace.

Morgan Park
Food Truck Friday from 5-8 p.m. with local vendors Eats and Treats, Gouda Girls, The Rolling Cones, Meat on the Street, Blue Cow Creperie, Jamaican Kitchen And Grill, Little Havana Express, Jon Deez Grill, Press, SushiGO, Happy Dough Lucky, Fat Boy BBQ, Olano’s Empanadas, Little Europa, That Salsa Lady, A Wok In The Park.

Mr. P’s Tires
New mural from KK BID’s Street Canvas 2017 Mural Project.

Come browse the selection offered by Milwaukee’s newest vintage and modern boutique.

Puddler’s Hall
Illustrations and mixed media wood burning by artists Samantha Henson, and Christine Burke’s acrylic on canvas paintings, including pop culture, abstract, and scenery paintings.

Razor Barbershop
Paintings and drawings by Joe Bree.

Revel Bar
Star Wars-inspired art work by Tarah Mueller. Drinks, hookah, and live music as part of Bay View Jazz Fest.

Rev Pop
Showing of typographic, black light screen-printed posters from Rev Pop designers. Complementary beer from Good City Brewing and Lowlands, and free stickers.

Rushmor Records
Roll Out bike ride start and end point, and works on display from Badger Plasma Cutting.

Rusty Sprocket Antiques
Art on display and free cans of Pabst and Schlitz on ice.

Sam’s Tap
Area art for display and purchase, and live music as part of Bay View Jazz Fest.

Santino’s Little Italy
Emmanuel Fritz (Fritz Accents) ceiling installation viewing. Food and beverages available for purchase.

Shape Up Shoppe
Wall art and murals by Barb Poklar. Sculptures by Roberta’s Art Gallery. Showing by on-site mixed media artist Stephanie-Jo. Free wine and snacks, live drumming, and new exterior mural unveiling for KK BID’s Street Canvas 2017 Mural Project.

South Shore Gallery & Framing
Showing large mosaics, paintings, and collages from Indie LaLonde.

Sparrow Collective
Same collection of locally-made clothing, jewelry, prints, and other goods always on sale will be on hand. Free refreshments.

Sprocket Cafe
Showcasing art by Malvy Westbrook and Miranda Kube. New mural from KK BID’s Street Canvas 2017 Mural Project will be unveiled.

Stone Creek Coffee
Artwork by Katie Gamb, Stephanie Marie Steinhauer, Ericka Niemann, and Nykoli Koslow. Live music from local artists. Poetry performed by Brenda Cardenas and Sam Pekarske. Free coffee samples.

Studio M Boudoir Photography
Couples boudoir photography showing.

Susan Schmidt Skincare Savant and Z Chiropractic
Showcasing Michael Westcott’s “painting with beeswax” encaustic painting collection.

Tasha Rae Jewelry
Paintings by Minneapolis artist Bob Hest on display. New jewelry collections by Tasha Rae, Kristin Finkbeiner, and Caitlin Driver. Popsicles from Pete’s Pop’s available.

Tease Salon
Clothing from designers DynamoDuo, Zewing Girl, and Lularoe. Art from Rachel Hughes and Cudahy High School students on display. External mural and refreshments.

Tonic Tavern
Showing work from Fred Kaems. Live music as part of Bay View Jazz Festival.

Showing work from Nic Buchel. Live music as part of Bay View Jazz Festival.

Voyageur Book Shop
Iron sculpture artist displaying in shop and typewriter poet out front.

Wild Haven Fiber Company
“Driftless” weaving collection by Sarah Eichhorn and Shannon Meier.

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Before co-founding Milwaukee Record, Tyler Maas wrote for virtually every Milwaukee publication (except Wassup! Magazine). He lives in Bay View and enjoys both stuff and things.