8 Awesome Things to Do in Milwaukee This Weekend: Dec. 6-8

It’s a big city out there, and there’s a lot to do this weekend.

WHETHER YOU’RE PARTYING, exercising, learning or gift shopping this weekend, there’s a lot of ways to do whatever you’re planning. Here are eight ways to make the most out of your weekend in Milwaukee.

Milwaukee Hmong New Year

Saturday-Sunday, State Fair Park Expo Center, 8200 W. Greenfield Ave., West Allis

Whether you or a loved one are Hmong or you just want to immerse yourself in the culture and festivities, the Milwaukee Hmong New Year is back for another year of celebrating Hmong culture with contests, cultural cuisine, and a huge party.

Santa Hustle Milwaukee

Sunday 9 A.M., Veteran’s Park, 1010 N. Lincoln Memorial Dr.

If the cold can’t slow you down, check out this 5K and Kids Dash at Veteran’s Park.

Santa Hustle 2018; photo courtesy of ASM events

21st Annual Zappafest

Saturday 7 P.M., The Miramar Theater, 2844 N. Oakland Ave.

Fans of live music and Frank Zappa alike will congregate at The Miramar Theater on Saturday night to hear local bands and artists pay tribute to one of the last century’s greatest American musicians.

Milwaukee Public Museum Holidays in History

Saturday 11 A.M., Milwaukee Public Museum, 800 W. Wells St.

This holiday exhibit launches this weekend to teach the public about the convergence of European holiday traditions that shaped how we celebrate Christmas in Milwaukee today.

Milwaukee Public Museum; photo courtesy of Visit Milwaukee

Waukesha Art Crawl

Admission is free to this makers’ market that lines Main Street in Waukesha with 20 galleries, where 175 local artisans will be selling handmade art and decor.

Saturday 4-10 P.M., Main St., Waukesha

2019 Oconomowoc Christmas Parade

This community-organized Christmas Parade promises to dazzle and delight with plenty of music and lights to celebrate the Christmas season.

Saturday, 5-7 P.M., 174 E. WI Avenue, Oconomowoc

Milwaukee Miniature Motors Toy Show

Nowhere else in the area is better this weekend to see vintage racing memorabilia and model cars. Don’t miss your opportunity to grab a uniquely awesome gift for the enthusiast in your life!

Sunday, 10-2 P.M., Waukesha County Expo Center, 1000 Northview Rd., Waukesha

Milwaukee Public Market Build-Your-Own Gingerbread House

This workshop is your one-stop destination to get in touch with your inner gingerbread architect. Price of admission will get you one house and all the fixings and decor to build your own gingerbread house with plenty of time left in the holiday season to admire your craftsmanship.

Sunday, 10 A.M., Milwaukee Public Market, 400 N. Water St.

The Milwaukee Public Market; photo via Visit Milwaukee




Calvin Lemieux is a Communication graduate from University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point. Following an internship with Milwaukee Magazine in Fall 2019 and graduation in Spring 2020, he returned to work as a freelance writer.