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Studio Ghibli Pop-Up & Art Show

The Sugar Maple is celebrating Halloween early with a Studio Ghibli Pop-Up. The bar will transform into a whimsical Ghibli-world immersive experience for four days starting Thursday, October 20, 2022. Featuring Ghibli-themed decor, a Ghibli-themed cocktail menu, music from Studio Ghibli films, screenings of the Studio Ghibli catalog of films, a costume competition, and a showcase of local art.

The Ghibli Pop-Up will run for four days:
Thursday, October 20 from 4:00pm-10:00 p.m.
Friday, October 21 from 4:00 p.m.-Close
Saturday, October 22 from 12:00 p.m-Close
Sunday, October 23 from 12:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.

The Sugar Maple will undergo a head-to-toe transformation. Ghibli-themed decorations throughout the bar and walls adorned with Ghibli-inspired art (courtesy of Milwaukee area artists) will be the focal point of this immersive event. The bar is currently accepting submissions from Milwaukee area artists that wish to participate.

Additionally, a costume competition will be held on the third day of the event: Saturday, October 22 at 7:00 p.m. The team behind the Sugar Maple’s cocktail program is crafting four new unique Ghibli-themed cocktails specifically for the event.

Art Show Submissions
Submissions are currently open for artists looking to participate in this group art showcase. Interested parties are encouraged to contact The Sugar Maple by Direct Message on their Instagram account @thesugarmaple or email and
Applicants should provide their name, email, a link to art (Instagram or Website), and proposed work (to ensure variety in content). All materials/mediums are welcome, however submitted work must adhere to the “Ghibli” theme. Larger pieces are preferred but not required, as the bar has four spaces at 3’ x 6’ and six spaces at 4’ x 6’. The deadline for art submissions is Friday, October 7.

The Ghibli Art Show will run for 4 weeks:
Opening: Thursday, October 20 at 4:00 p.m.
Closing: Thursday, November 17 at 10:00 p.m.

Costume Competition
Costumes are strongly encouraged all four days. But the bar will be hosting it’s official costume competition on Saturday, October 22 from 7:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. Come dressed as your favorite Studio Ghibli character for a chance to win some cool prizes. Voting will be held at 10:00 p.m. Costumes of an offensive or otherwise insensitive nature will not be considered or tolerated.

Studio Ghibli Background
Studio Ghibli is a Japanese animation studio founded by animator-directors, Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata. The studio has produced innumerable animated masterpieces in its nearly 40 years, including Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke, My Neighbor Totoro, and countless others. This pre-Halloween kick-off will be a celebration of that legacy and the lasting impression the films of Studio Ghibli have left on many.

Sugar Maple Background
The Sugar Maple opened on April 1, 2008 with the mission to provide craft beer brewed solely in North America, including Canada. Since 2015, its mission has evolved to showcase small craft breweries, as local as possible, and to give new, up-and-coming breweries and distilleries exposure to the public. The bar focuses on educating and informing the consumer, so that each individual can support the producers of local beverages, thus supporting their communities.
The Sugar Maple has grown into much more than a beer bar. It is an active community center that elevates the local art, music and food scenes. It is a place to gather, connect and inspire. Sugar Maple regularly hosts events including beer releases and brewery showcases, pop-up beer dinners, musical performances, art openings, fundraisers for local non-profits, comedy shows, theater performances, and more!
As an active member of its community in the Bay View neighborhood of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Sugar Maple encourages innovation and creativity in the fermented beverage industries. Through hosting inclusive and accessible educational programs and building partnerships, Sugar Maple aims to invest in the vibrant integrity of its communities.


Oct 20 - 23 2022


4:00 pm - 10:00 pm