10 Things to Do in Milwaukee This Weekend: Nov. 11-13

Check out the a Pabst Mansion lecture, Trainfest and the Brew City Battle.

1. Brew City Battle

FRIDAY AT 3:30 P.M. | AMERICAN FAMILY FIELD

American Family Field is being turned into a basketball court for the first time. The court will be positioned across the in-field with center court near the pitcher’s mound. Temporary seating will be installed near second base so audiences can watch both the UW Badger Men play the Stanford Cardinals and UW women’s team play the K-State Wildcats. Tickets are available online.  

2. Zakir Hussain with Niladri Kumar in Concert

FRIDAY AT 7:30 P.M. | HELEN BADER CONCERT HALL

Grammy award-winner Zakir Hussain will play the tabla drums with guest sitarist Niladri Kumar. It will be the first time the world-renowned tabla player will return to Milwaukee since 2015. Hussain is a pillar of Indian Classical music, and he has also collaborated with artists such as Herbie Handcock and The Grateful Dead. 


 

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3. Fall is in the Air Craft & Vendor Fair 

SATURDAY FROM 10 A.M.-3 P.M. | NEW BERLIN ALE HOUSE

This autumnal craft fair will feature vendors selling clothing, jewelry, food, crafts and more. For children, there will be an appearance from Princess Jasmine and Jack and Sally from “A Nightmare Before Christmas.” Admission is free, and if you make at least one purchase from a vendor, you can get entered to win one free spin-to-win a door prize.

4. Make Your Own Hiking Stick and Nature Journal

SATURDAY FROM 1 P.M.-3 P.M. | MENOMONEE VALLEY URBAN ECOLOGY CENTER 

Combine nature and crafting this weekend, with a short hike at the Urban Ecology Center in the Menomonee Valley. During the hike you’ll learn the “yes and nos” to foraging and make your own hiking stick and nature-themed journal. The price is pay what you can, but donations are encouraged. 

5. Midwest Sneaker Exchange

SATURDAY AT 1 P.M. | 305 N. PLAZA AVE, SOUTH MILWAUKEE

Buy, sell or trade sneakers from over 160 different vendors at the Midwest Sneaker Exchange. The event will feature a DJ playing music, food and drink and giveaways. Entry is $20 and parking is free. 

6. Festival City Symphony Opening

SATURDAY AT 2 P.M. | BRADLEY SYMPHONY CENTER  

This free Saturday concert series opens the classical season with poetic pieces from three different accomplished composers. The Saturday Classics concert series is welcoming to classical music enthusiasts and newcomers. The Symphony will play a piece from Florence Price, one of the first celebrated African American women composers in American history. 

7. Ghosts of Christmas Pabst

SATURDAY AT 2 P.M. | PABST MANSION 

Kick off the holidays early with a lecture about the Pabst Mansion and the past 130 years of celebration and history. Learn about Victorian Christmas traditions and the origins of Christmas at the Pabst starting in 1978. Tickets available for in-person and virtual lectures. 

8. Trainfest 

SATURDAY-SUNDAY FROM 9 A.M.-5 P.M. | WISCONSIN STATE FAIR PARK 

America’s largest operating train show is back with their first show since 2019. Over the weekend the State Fair Expo Center will be filled with model train manufacturers, operating model railroads and model train dealers. Tickets are available online

9. Pop-Up Milwaukee Makers Market

SUNDAY FROM 10 A.M.-4 P.M. | THIRD STREET MARKET HALL 

Farmers markets might be closing for the season but the Milwaukee Makers Market isn’t. You can get some holiday shopping done early and check out homemade crafts and goods from local artists, designers and small businesses at this free event. 

10. Jurassic World Tour Live 

ALL WEEKEND | FISERV FORUM 

This live interactive family event brings Jurassic World to Milwaukee. Dinosaurs from the movie will be at the Fiserv Forum, including Velociraptor Blue and a 40-ft Tyrannosaurus Rex. The show will have Jurassic World’s recognizable music and scenery with an authentic plot and stunts. 


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