10 Things to Do in Milwaukee This Weekend: Nov. 18-20

A Makers Market and Bar Hop, Holiday Folk Fair International, the Elf Run and more

1. 2022 Holiday Folk Fair International

ALL WEEKEND | WISCONSIN STATE FAIR PARK EXPOSITION CENTER

Milwaukee’s 79th Annual Holiday Folk Fair International returns to the Wisconsin State Fair Expo Center this weekend. The event celebrates the dance, art, cuisine and music of Southeastern Wisconsin’s many cultures – including German, Ugandan, Serbian, Japanese, Senegalese, Mexican, Italian and many more. The event includes live theater, cafes, a “tanzhaus” for dancing, international bazaar and live cooking demonstrations from local chefs. 

2. Calm & Bright: Holiday Floral Show

ALL WEEKEND | MITCHELL PARK DOMES

This weekend kicks off the Holiday Floral Show at the Mitchell Park Domes. The holiday display will feature “vignettes, decorated trees, and nearly 1,000 poinsettias, including topiaries.” Bring your whole crew down to get into the holiday spirit – Milwaukee families have been doing so since 1964!


 

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3. Milwaukee Holiday Lights Festival

ALL WEEKEND | DOWNTOWN MILWAUKEE

Milwaukee’s annual holiday kick-off event is back starting this weekend! The 2022 Holiday Lights Festival features expansive light displays at several Downtown hot spots, including Pere Marquette and Cathedral Square parks. Grab your family and friends and make a night of it by touring the displays from the warm and festive Jingle Bus.

4. Gimme Gimme Disco!

FRIDAY AT 8 P.M. | TURNER HALL

Milwaukee’s dancing queens are gearing up for Friday’s Gimme Gimme Disco dance party at Turner Hall. Dancers should expect to hear tunes from disco heavyweights including ABBA, The Bee Gees, Donna Summer and other greats from the era. Attendees are encouraged to don era-appropriate garb so dust off those platform shoes and bellbottoms before heading out. 

5. REYNA Intimate Acoustic Show with Valerie Lighthart + Bisca Rae

FRIDAY FROM 6:30-9:30 P.M. | CENTRAAL GRAND CAFÉ & TAPPERY

Milwaukee’s REYNA (formerly Vic and Gab) is playing an acoustic set in Bayview’s Café Centraal as a part of the “Courtyard Sessions” series, a weekly night of music in partnership with the Bayview Neighborhood Association and Chill on the Hill. The one-night-only show includes acoustic renditions of REYNA tracks, live storytelling and accompanying music from Milwaukee musicians Valerie Lighthart and Bisca Rae. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased on Eventbrite. 

6. Walker’s Point Makers Market & Bar Hop

SATURDAY FROM 12-5 P.M. | WALKER’S POINT

What do you get when you combine two of Milwaukee’s favorite events? A makers market bar hop, of course! Pop down to Walker’s Point on Saturday to shop and sip at Indeed Brewing, Broken Bat Brewing, MobCraft Beer and Great Lakes Distillery. The event is free to attend and a great opportunity to get a jump on holiday shopping.

7. Carmen Lagala at The Laughing Tap

FRIDAY AND SATURDAY | THE LAUGHING TAP

Comedian Carmen Lagala brings her “darkly frolicsome humor” to Milwaukee’s Laughing Tap this Friday and Saturday. Lagala has performed on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Comedy Central and in New York City clubs for over a decade. Pre-order your tickets to see if she lives up to her promise of “no topic is off-limits.”

8. Milwaukee Vegan Pop-Up Market

SATURDAY FROM 11 A.M.-4 P.M. | BEST PLACE AT THE HISTORIC PABST BREWERY

Saturday’s Vegan Pop-Up Market features a selection of hard hitting Midwest vegan eats including Twisted Plant, Chicago’s Kitchen 17, Moon Cherry Sweets and AFMG Cafe. Visitors can peruse a variety of plant-based boutiques, learn more about vegan manicures and do some holiday shopping all while enjoying live music in the company of other plant-based locals. 

9. Diet Lite EP Release

SATURDAY AT 8:30 P.M. | CACTUS CLUB

Milwaukee’s rising star, Diet Lite, is performing this Saturday at Cactus Club. The band, which meets at the intersection of “garage rock and power pop,” is celebrating the release of their new EP, dumb bird. Supporting acts, The Dead Bolts and Social Cig, are kicking off the 18+ show at 8:30 p.m. 

10. The Elf Run 

SUNDAY AT 9 A.M. | BOERNER BOTANICAL GARDENS 

The season of holiday fun runs kicks off this Sunday during the Elf Run at the Boerner Botanical Gardens. Both runners and watchers can dress in holiday attire during the 5K or 10K walk and run. The Elf Run is the second event of the Wisconsin Winter Run Series. If you’re not ready for this one, you can mark your calendar for the Run Into the New Year, Big Chill and Cupid Shuffle races that await us this winter season. 


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