Marcus Performing Arts Center is known for hosting touring Broadway productions, concerts, ballet shows, community programs, and other sources of entertainment within its walls all year long. Fortunately, the versatile venue also utilizes its exterior space to bring free, family-friendly entertainment downtown each and every summer.

Though the Marcus Center’s snow pile is (probably?) gone, there’s a ton of other, more conventional sources of fun that will be taking place outside the structure throughout the summer at Marcus’ gorgeous Peck Pavilion. Between late June and the start of September, Marcus Center’s “Live At Peck Pavilion” series will offer film screenings, afternoon and nighttime concerts, a Shakespeare production, a dance competition, and a TRUE Skool block party.

We repeat: all shows are totally free and open to people of all ages. Food and beverages can be purchased on-site. Here’s the full 2019 “Live At Peck Pavilion” schedule. Go here for more information on individual shows.

Peck Flicks

Wizard Of Oz (1939) — August 2 at 7:30 p.m.
Brave (2012) — August 9 at 7:30 p.m.
101 Dalmatians (1996) — August 16 at 7:30 p.m.
Big Trouble In Little China (1986) featuring live score by Can I Kick It — August 23 at 7:30 p.m.

Thursday Lunch Concerts

Nineteen Thirteen — July 25 at 12 p.m.
WhiskeyBelles — August 1 at 12 p.m.
B~Free & Quinten Farr Duo — August 8 at 12 p.m.
Chris Crain — August 15 at 12 p.m.
Nickel&Rose with SistaStrings — August 22 at 12 p.m.
The New Grey — August 29 at 12 p.m.
Trapper Schoepp — September 5 at 12 p.m.

Tribute Band Thursdays

Mixtape MKE — July 25 at 7 p.m.
A Tribute To Smooth Jazz — August 1 at 10 a.m.
The Ron Burgundy’s — August 8 at 7 p.m.
Heartache Tonight: A Tribute To The Eagles — August 15 at 7 p.m.
Ladies First: A Tribute To The Women Of Classic Hip-Hop And R&B — August 22 at 7 p.m.

Sunday Band Concerts

Kids From Wisconsin: The Beat Goes On — June 30 at 2 p.m.
Milwaukee Festival Brass — July 21 at 2 p.m.
Command Performance — July 28 at 2 p.m.
The Amazing Grace Chorus — August 4 at 2 p.m.
Milwaukee Police Band — August 18 at 2 p.m.

Optimist Theatre: A Comedy Of Errors (Shakespeare In The Park)

June 26 at 8 p.m.
June 27 at 8 p.m.
June 28 at 8 p.m.
June 29 at 8 p.m.
June 30 at 7:30 p.m.
July 2 at 12 p.m.
July 5 at 8 p.m.
July 6 at 8 p.m.
July 7 at 7:30 p.m.
July 9 at 12 p.m.
July 11 at 8 p.m.
July 12 at 8 p.m.
July 13 at 8 p.m.

True Skool Block Party

TRUE Skool + Aja Black of the Reminders, Cita Che Love, BGirl, and Rokafella Garcia — July 27 at 11 a.m.

DanceMKE

Preliminary Round 1 — July 30 at 7 p.m.
Preliminary Round 2 — August 6 at 7 p.m.
Preliminary Round 3 — August 13 at 7 p.m.
Competition Finals — August 20 at 7 p.m.

About The Author

Tyler Maas
Co-Founder and Editor

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.

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