13 Things to Do in Milwaukee Thanksgiving Weekend: Nov. 24-27 

Kick off the holiday season with a Turkey Trot, theater shows, Small Business Saturday and more.

1. The Tin Woman

ALL WEEKEND | NEXT ACT THEATRE

Based on a true story, The Tin Woman is a play about a woman who receives a heart transplant but is unsure on what to do with her second chance at life. Tickets are available online.

Photo by Dominic Inouye

 2. Holiday Craft and Gift Expo

ALL WEEKEND | BROOKFIELD CONFERENCE CENTER

Looking to do some holiday shopping? The Holiday Craft and Gift Expo in Brookfield will feature unique arts and crafts items such as artwork, quilts and assorted holiday sweets. 

3. Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer

ALL WEEKEND | MARCUS CENTER’S TODD WEHR THEATER

An adaptation of the classic TV special, this musical is soaring into First Stage for a string of performances starting this weekend on Nov. 25 and running until Dec. 24. Tickets for the family-friendly performance are available online


 

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4. Milwaukee Turkey Trot

THURSDAY AT 9 A.M. | STARTS AND FINISHES AT MCKINLEY / VETERANS PARK 

This Milwaukee #turkeytradition is back again for another year! Participants can run or walk in the 5K or 8K races to support the Hunger Task Force. Cranky Al’s doughnuts will be waiting at the finish line. Extended registration is still available online.

Turkey Trot 2021; Photo courtesy of All Community Events

5. Shop Black Friday Beer Releases

FRIDAY | MULTIPLE LOCATIONS

Lakefront Brewery made Black Friday a local beer holiday in 2012, and now dozens of local breweries participate in the fun. Over 20 local beer spots are participating in releases, pours and more on Black Friday for a day full of beer-related fun.

Photo courtesy of Lakefront Brewery

6. Ćurka Žurka Fall Folk Fest

FRIDAY AND SATURDAY | ST. SAVA SERBIAN ORTHODOX CATHEDRAL

The St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Cathedral is hosting a Serbian Folk Dance Festival this weekend. It features Serbian folklore groups from the midwest and various Serbian delicacies. Friday admission is free (proceeds go to the cathedral) while Saturday admission is $10 at the door.   

7. Small Business Saturday

SATURDAY | MULTIPLE LOCATIONS

Several local small businesses are participating in Small Business Saturday, encouraging folks to #shoplocal this holiday season. Check out our guide to 20+ spots to shop, or just stop by your favorite stores to support the local business owners all day long.

URSA in Bay View. Courtesy of URSA.

8. Blackity Black Holiday Market 

SATURDAY FROM NOON-5 P.M. | MARCUS PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

Jointly hosted by MKE Black and HYFIN, this holiday market will feature over 40 Black-owned businesses in Milwaukee. The event will also have curated music from local DJs, and will be open for an additional hour to ticket holders of The Hip Hop Nutcracker. Admission is free. 

 9. The Hip Hop Nutcracker

SATURDAY AT 7:30 P.M. | MARCUS PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

The Hip Hop Nutcracker tells the classic tale with a fresh modern twist. This production features contemporary dance and music performed by DJs, dancers and a violinist. Kurtis Blow, the first commercially successful rapper to be signed to a major label, will be the MC and will open with a short set. Tickets are available online

 10. Owl Prowl

SATURDAY FROM 5:30-7: 30 P.M. | GREENFIELD PARK, WEST ALLIS

Learn more about owls at Greenfield Park with a professional naturalist, hike to look for owls and examine an owl’s diet at this event hosted by the Friends of Wehr Nature Center. Online registration is required two days before the event, $12 per person and $10 for Milwaukee County residents. 

11. It’s a Scavenger Hunt!

SUNDAY AT 10 A.M. | MILWAUKEE

This event is a smart-phone guided activity that takes place in the busiest parts of the city. Groups of two or more can follow the guide on their phone to locate virtual objects that will provide them with clues to lead them throughout the hunt. Tickets are available online.

Photo by Visit Milwaukee

12. Fox and Branch Free Family Concert

SUNDAY AT 11 A.M. | ANODYNE COFFE IN WALKER’S POINT

Local folk musicians Dave Fox and Will Branch will be playing a free kids show at Anodyne Coffee in Walker’s Point. This show includes audience participation, classic songs that children and parents alike will recognize, as well as new songs to enjoy. 

13. Community Sing 

SUNDAY FROM 4-5:30 P.M. | SUGAR MAPLE

Sugar Maple is hosting its final community sing of the year. No singing experience required as the event focuses on bringing people together through song and voice. Tickets are $10 at the door but no one is turned away.

Photo courtesy of The Sugar Maple

Want more great Milwaukee events? Check out our calendar

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