Your 2017 MKE Thanksgiving Guide

Thanksgiving doesn’t have to mean a messy kitchen or sedentary day at home.

Milwaukee Turkey Trot

Start the most gluttonous day of the year off with some fresh air and exercise. Runners (and walkers!) can choose between a 5K or 8K that departs from McKinley Park. Once you cross the finish line in Veterans Park, you’ll be rewarded with a delicious cinnamon roll. Register here.

Where: McKinley Park, 1750 N. Lincoln Memorial Dr.
When: Thursday, November 23rd, 8:00 a.m. or 10:30 a.m.

Photo courtesy of All Community Events

The Iron Horse Hotel’s Thanksgiving Brunch

If you’d like to avoid the kitchen this Thanksgiving, the chefs at Smyth are curating a beautiful brunch buffet featuring Thanksgiving staples and classic brunch fare, plus plenty of autumn-inspired dishes. Highlights include honey-bourbon glazed ham, made-to-order omelettes, spiced butternut squash soup and, of course, pumpkin pie. Don’t forget to stop at the holiday mimosa bar. Adults will dine for $39.99 and youths for $16.

Where: Smyth at The Iron Horse Hotel, 500 W. Florida St.
When: Thursday, November 23rd, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Pfister Hotel’s Thanksgiving Bountiful Brunch

The Pfister Hotel’s luxurious ballroom is the perfect setting for an upscale Thanksgiving meal away from home. The brunch costs $65 for adults and $25 for children. Diners can add an overnight stay at The Pfister for a special rate of $99 plus tax. For reservations, call (877) 704-5340 or (414) 935-5950. 

Where: The Pfister Hotel, 424 E. Wisconsin Ave.
When: Thursday, November 23rd, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Drumstick Dash 5K

Celebrate the season of giving with this 3.1-mile run/walk benefiting Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin. Every dollar donated provides three meals to a person in need, while every pound of food donated provides a meal. Canned fruit and vegetables, cereal, juice, pasta, peanut butter, rice, snack bars, soup and tuna will all be accepted. 

Where: Miller Park, 1 Brewers Way
 Wednesday, November 22nd, 11:00 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Thursday, November 23rd, 7:00 a.m. to 8:15 a.m.

Thanksgiving With Tre Rivali

Tre Rivali is hosting a Mediterranean-inspired Thanksgiving buffet crafted by Executive Chef Heather Terhune. Ciabatta stuffing, roasted turkey and gravy with citrus and herbs, and warm apple crostata are just a few of the drool-worthy options. The meal costs $65 for adults and $20 for children ages 3 to 12. Make your reservation here.

Where: Tre Rivali, 200 N. Broadway
When: Thursday, November 23rd, noon to 5 p.m.

Mason Street Grill Thanksgiving Prix Fixe Dinner

Yet another option if you’d prefer to forego the traditional at-home Thanksgiving meal is Mason Street Grill‘s Thanksgiving prix fixe dinner. Starter options include your choice of butternut squash bisque, house chop salad or mix green apple salad with goat cheese; for your entrée, choose between free range Amish farm roasted turkey or salt crusted prime rib; and for dessert, your choices include flourless chocolate cake, pumpkin pie or Weber’s carrot cake. A children’s menu is also available. Adults dine for $42.50 and children (12 and under) dine for $15. Call (414) 298-31-31 for reservations. 

Where: Mason Street Grill, 425 E. Mason St.
When: Thursday, November 23rd, 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.



Elisabeth Wallock is a contributing digital editor at Milwaukee Magazine. She graduated from Colorado State University and has interned at Marie Claire in New York and Urban Outfitters in London.