Your 2022 Thanksgiving weekend guide

1. The Tin Woman

ALL WEEKEND | NEXT ACT THEATER

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

Photo by Dominic Inouye

2. Crafts and Gifts Fair

ALL WEEKEND | BROOKFIELD CONFERENCE CENTER

Fancy some Christmas shopping? The Brookfield Holiday Craft and Gift Expo will feature unique arts and crafts items such as artwork, quilts and a variety of holiday sweets.

3. Rudolf the red-nosed reindeer

ALL WEEKEND | TODD ​​WEHR THEATER OF THE MARCUS CENTER

This musical, an adaptation of the classic TV special, ascends to First Stage for a series of performances beginning this weekend on November 25th and running through December 24th. Tickets for the family-friendly performance are available online.

4. Milwaukee Turkey Trot

THURSDAY AT 9 P.M. | STARTS AND ENDS AT MCKINLEY / VETERANS PARK

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

Turkey Trot 2021; Photo courtesy of All Community Events

5. Shop Black Friday beer releases

FRIDAY | SEVERAL LOCATIONS

Lakefront Brewery made Black Friday 2012 a local beer holiday, and now dozens of local breweries are joining in the fun. Over 20 local brewpubs join forces with Black Friday releases, pours and more for a day of beer-related fun.

Photo courtesy of Lakefront Brewery

6th autumn folk festival Ćurka Žurka

FRIDAY AND SATURDAY | ST. SAVA SERBIAN ORTHODOX CATHEDRAL

The Serbian Orthodox Cathedral of St Sava is hosting a Serbian folk dance festival this weekend. It features Midwestern Serbian folklore groups 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 | SEVERAL LOCATIONS

Several local small businesses are taking part in Small Business Saturday, encouraging people to be #shoplocal this holiday season. Check out our guide to 20+ places to shop or simply visit your favorite stores to support local business owners throughout the day.

URSA in bay view. Courtesy of URSA.

8th. Blackity Black Holiday Market

SATURDAY FROM 12-5 PM | MARCUS PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

This holiday market, hosted jointly by MKE Black and HYFIN, will feature over 40 Black-owned businesses in Milwaukee. The event will also have curated music from local DJs and is open to ticket holders for an additional hour The hip hop nutcracker. Admission is free.

9. The Hip hop nutcracker

SATURDAY AT 7:30 PM | MARCUS PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

That Hip hop nutcracker tells the classic story 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 open with a short set. Tickets are available online.

10. Owl Hunt

SATURDAY FROM 17:30-19:30 | GREENFIELD PARK, WESTALLIS

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

11. It is a scavenger hunt!

SUNDAY AT 10 AM | MILWAUKEE

This event is a smartphone guided activity taking place in the busiest parts of the city. Groups of two or more people can follow the guide on their phone to find virtual objects that will provide clues that will guide them through the hunt. Tickets are available online.

Photo from Visit Milwaukee

12. fox and branch Free family concert

SUNDAY AT 11 AM | ANODYNE COFFEE AT WALKER’S POINT

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

13. cocommunity sing

SUNDAY FROM 4-5:30 PM | 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. cards are $10 at the door but no one gets turned away.

Photo courtesy of The Sugar Maple

Want more great Milwaukee events? Check out our calendar!






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