1. Midwest Gaming Classic
The Midwest Gaming Classic, the weekend-long celebration of all things in the gaming universe, returns to the Wisconsin Center April 29 to May 1. About 100 game creators, champion game players, artists, performers, filmmakers, voice actors and more will be on hand. And then there’s the game-playing – everything from air hockey and pinball to board games and role-playing card games. There’s a preview night from 6 pm to midnight April 29, with the event going full throttle 10 am to 8 pm April 30 and 10 am to 5 pm May 1. Tickets are $ 45 for the preview night, $ 50 for April 30 admission, $ 25 for May 1, $ 60 for the two full days (April 30-May 1) and $ 100 for the full weekend. Kids 9 and younger get in free April 30-May 1. Info: midwestgamingclassic.com.
2. Ice Storm Drone Racing at Pettit Center
Billed as Wisconsin’s first indoor pro drone races, the Ice Storm Drone Racing Competition motors into the Pettit National Ice Center in West Allis April 29 to May 1. The races, hosted by Milwaukee Montessori School and drone-racing league MultiGP, will feature more than 50 drone pilots from around the country and as far away as South Korea. The drones are expected to fly around the Pettit oval at 90 to 120 mph. The races are from 6 to 10 pm April 29 and 8 am to 10 pm April 30, with the finals from 9 am to 7 pm May 1. Tickets are $ 10 a day or $ 25 for the whole weekend; kids 5 and younger get in free. Info: wisconsindroneracing.com.
3. Milwaukee Zine Fest
Milwaukee Zine Fest returns after two years of virtual-ness as an in-person shindig at the Milwaukee Public Library’s Central Library, 814 W. Wisconsin Ave., from 10:30 am to 4:30 pm April 30. The fest, put on by The Bindery in partnership with the library, is a celebration of small-press and indie publications, with how-to workshops, publications to explore and more than 70 vendors on hand. Admission is free; masks are required. Info: binderymke.com/milwaukeezinefest.
4. Paved Paradise
It’s part music happening, part pop-up shop. Paved Paradise, a traveling record shop and block party, camps outside 88Nine Radio Milwaukee, 220 E. Pittsburgh Ave., from noon to 6 pm May 1. There’ll be two tents of vinyl, CDs, cassettes and other items from five indie record labels Secretly Canadian, Dead Oceans, Ghostly International, Numero Group and Jagjaguwar – the latter the home of Badger State fave Bon Iver and its satellite outfits. Admission is free. Info: pavedparadise.secretlygroup.com.
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