The Top 10 Things to Do in Milwaukee This November

Star Wars, stand-up, spandex and more in MKE this month

1. Whitney Cummings

NOV. 4 | THE PABST THEATER

This comedian, podcaster and actress’ “Touch Me” tour is a spinoff of her pre-pandemic Netflix special “Can I Touch It?” Expect sharp jokes on feminism and current events, as well as a new emotional and spiritual side Cummings says she discovered during quarantine.

2. New Wave Fest

NOV. 13 | SHANK HALL

Get totally tubular with this fest that celebrates the best of the ’80s. There will be performances from The First Wave, Xposed 4Heads, The Quilz and DJ Mosh Wah with dance parties in between. And dress to impress for the New Wave outfit contest.

3. Bill Burr

NOV. 13 | MILLER HIGH LIFE THEATRE

This rage-fueled comedian has a lot going on these days. “The Monday Morning Podcast” is a hit, his Netflix sitcom “F Is for Family” is on its last season and he even had a role in the Star Wars spin-off show “The Mandalorian.” Fortunately for us, he also made time to write some fresh jokes for his new tour.

 

 

4. Bridal Expo Milwaukee

NOV. 14 | SHERATON MILWAUKEE BROOKFIELD

Trying to plan your special day in the middle of the wedding business boom? You’re probably running into overbooked vendors and higher prices. Head to the Bridal Expo to get a look at what’s in style this year, talk discounts with the pros and scoop up a free swag bag.

5. CHVRCHES

NOV. 18 | THE RIVERSIDE THEATER

The Scottish synth-pop trio is best known for light-hearted, chart-topping hits like the Marshmello collab “Here With Me,” but right now they’re on tour for their new album Screen Violence, which takes their music in a darker direction, with noticeable inspiration from horror films. It’s scary good.

6. Milwaukee Holiday Lights Festival

NOV. 18-JAN. 1  DOWNTOWN MILWAUKEE

Half a million lights will be used to deck out Downtown Milwaukee yet again this year, starting the week before Thanksgiving. You can check out the interactive display on foot, by car or even get a view from The Hop.

7. Little Shop of Horrors

NOV. 19-JAN. 2 | SKYLIGHT MUSIC THEATRE

There are few stories as odd, yet somehow endearing, as that of the geeky floral shop worker and his plant’s thirst for human blood. The harrowing musical is full of humor and catchy tunes, making it a must-see during the two-month run.

8. The Elf on the Shelf: The Musical

NOV. 21 | THE RIVERSIDE THEATER

Head to the North Pole with this glimpse into the lives of Santa’s Scout Elves. The show kicks off the holiday season for families with an original score, holiday characters and heartfelt storytelling.

9. Mondo Lucha

NOV. 24 | TURNER HALL BALLROOM

It’s been 26 long months since this extravaganza, which combines high-flying wrestling with burlesque stars and live music, last graced the ring in Turner Hall. Finally, the variety show is back with characters dressed in their spandex best, ready to pummel evil and share a dance.

10. Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra’s Star Wars: Return of the Jedi

NOV. 26-28 | BRADLEY SYMPHONY CENTER

Now that the Star Wars theme is stuck in your head, imagine the goosebumps you’d get hearing that iconic John Williams’ score played live by the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. This screening and performance will bring Jedi’s music to life while you watch the film.


 

This story is part of Milwaukee Magazine‘s November issue.

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Allison Garcia is the Digital Editor for Milwaukee Magazine.