It’s Friday in Milwaukee, and here are some things we think you should know about. If you would like your event to be considered for this column, please submit your news by clicking here at least two weeks in advance.
1. “Selena” film screening: Friday, Sept. 23
A film screening of “Selena,” a 1997 biographical drama about Selena Quintanilla, the famed Tejano singer whose life was tragically cut short, takes place at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 23 at the Oriental Theatre, located at 2230 N. Farwell Ave. Tickets can be purchased at the door or here.
2. “Latino Economic Unsummit”: Friday, Sept. 23
The Latino Chamber of Commerce of Southeastern Wisconsin is hosting the fourth annual “Latino Economic Unsummit,” which will focus on business resilience. The event takes place from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 23 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Milwaukee Airport, located at 6401 S. 13th St. Tickets are $25.
3. “BBQ Showdown” pitmaster challenge: Saturday, Sept. 24
Pitmasters and local chefs face off in this barbeque showdown, hosted by the Milwaukee Public Library. Grilling and smoking techniques will be demonstrated, and the attendees are welcome to taste. The challenge takes place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24 at the Cargill Community Kitchen at the Mitchell Street Library, located at 906 W. Historic Mitchell St.
4. Mental Health and Wellness Summit for youths: Saturday, Sept. 24
Survivor’s Journey to Peace and Neighborhood House of Milwaukee host the return of this annual mental health educational and awareness event for youths ages 13 to 25 years and their parents. The event will have art therapy, guest speakers, lunch and more. The event takes place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24 at Neighborhood House, located at 2819 W. Richardson Place.
5. Doors Open: Saturday, Sept. 24 and Sunday, Sept. 25
Doors Open is a citywide event for residents to see buildings and city sites that are typically closed to the public. Many buildings in our neighborhoods will participate. There will be activities, for example, at Metcalfe Park, Valor Creative Collective, Green Tech Station and the MPS Survive Alive House. The citywide event runs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24 and Sunday, Sept. 25. However, check individual listings for site-specific hours. More information here.
BONUS: Hispanic Heritage Month events: all month
Hispanic Heritage Month began on Sept. 15 and continues through Oct. 15. More information on events celebrating Latinx culture this weekend and throughout the month.
BONUS 2: Harvest Festival In The Garden makes triumphant return: Saturday, Sept. 24
The annual Harvest Festival In The Garden will celebrate the garden community and neighborhood wellness in and around Westlawn Gardens from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24 in the large community gardens at 6301 W. Custer Ave. Sponsored by MHS Health Wisconsin and the Northwest Fresh Food Access Council, the festival will feature free food, a free farmers market and other activities.