15 Fun Things to Do in Milwaukee This November

From Trevor Noah to Trainfest, the Holiday Lights Festival to Friendsgiving, there’s so much to do!

Wisconsin Photography 2018

Through Nov. 24
Racine Art Museum’s Wustum Museum

Since 1979, the Racine Art Museum has been sponsoring a statewide photography competition and displaying the winners’ work at its Charles A. Wustum Museum of Fine Arts. Swing by and see 110 pieces by 52 of our state’s best photographers.

Tlen Huicani

Nov. 2
Latino Arts Auditorium

The members of this award-winning Mexican musical troupe, whose traditional costumes and instruments set them apart from most modern folk ensembles, have been sharing their language and culture with the wider world since it formed in 1973.

Tlen Huicani

30th Anniversary Gala

Nov. 3
Wisconsin Black Historical Society

For three decades, the WBHS has chronicled Wisconsin’s African-American history. Tonight, it’s inviting the city to its Center Street museum to share stories, showcase its latest exhibits and honor its founding director, Clayborn Benson III.

Wisconsin Black Historical Society

Celebrity Chef & Wine Dinner

Nov. 3
Milwaukee Athletic Club

Sit back, relax and let James Beard Award finalist and celebrity chef Slade Rushing prepare a multi-course gourmet dinner for you. The event also includes an auction to raise funds for the Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation.

Red Kettle Christmas Spectacular

Nov. 9
Tripoli Shrine Center

Let local musicians serenade you from within the grand atrium of the Tripoli Shrine – one of the best examples of Moorish Revival architecture in the United States – while supporting the efforts of the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Club.

Trevor Noah

Nov. 9
Riverside Theater

Since signing on to host “The Daily Show” in 2015, Trevor Noah has really come into his own as a comedian. In the last two years alone, he’s written a best-selling book and produced two stand-up specials for Comedy Central and Netflix.


Nov. 10-11
State Fair Park

Watch 70-plus model trains wind their way through an expansive exhibit space at the country’s largest model railroad show. A Lego station, train rides and a Junior Engineer certificate program should appeal to any tiny conductors in tow.


The Twelve Dates of Christmas

Nov. 15-Dec. 9
Next Act Theatre

This musical comedy tells the story of Mary, a young actress who spots her fiancée kissing another woman at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Susie Duecker stars in this one-woman play, with the Doherty Sisters and Jack Forbes Wilson providing musical accompaniment.

Milwaukee Holiday Lights Festival Kickoff Extravaganza

Nov. 16
City Hall, Pere Marquette Park

For 104 years, the city has celebrated the start of the holiday season with a tree-lighting ceremony. As Mayor Tom Barrett lights the tree, at 5:29 p.m., hundreds of thousands of holiday lights around the city flare to life too, and revelers are encouraged to wander over to Pere Marquette Park to admire them while sipping cocoa and listening to live music.

Holiday Folk Fair

Nov. 16-18
State Fair Park

You can travel the world without leaving Wisconsin at this event, which celebrates cultural diversity through music and dance performances, food, language mini-lessons, a maker marketplace and more.

All Nations Theater
MAM After Dark; photo by Front Room Photography

MAM After Dark: Friendsgiving

Nov. 16
Milwaukee Art Museum

Looking for a new way to celebrate Thanksgiving? Head over to the MAM’s feast tonight to get your fill of food (much of it inspired by traditional Native American cuisine) and drink. Then you can waddle over to the galleries – the popular mid-century modern design exhibit, “Serious Play,” is still on view.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever: The Musical

Nov. 23-Dec. 26
Marcus Center

When the horrible Herdman siblings – all six of them – are cast in their church’s annual Christmas pageant, the rest of the congregation panics. But the director thinks she can help them understand the meaning of the season in time for the performance.


Jurassic Park in Concert

Nov. 24-25
Riverside Theater

Nearly 30 years have passed since Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park premiered, and the film still looks and sounds great – especially when it’s being projected onto a giant screen and members of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra are playing its memorable score live.

The Urban Garage Sale

Nov. 24-25
Mitchell Park Domes

Dozens of Milwaukee makers and retailers come together each year – under the gleaming glass Domes – to put together a holiday market that highlights local products. CityTins, Orchard Street Apparel and Tippecanoe Herbs were just a few of the 60-plus merchants that participated last year

Christmas in the Ward

Nov. 30
Third Ward

Pour yourself a tall glass of eggnog and head on over to the Third Ward. Tonight the neighborhood association sets off fireworks and invites Santa and his reindeer to fly down from the North Pole to take part in a tree-lighting ceremony.

“November Agenda” appears in the November 2018 issue of Milwaukee Magazine.

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