Things to Do in Milwaukee in November

It’s almost November, which means the leaves are falling and snow is coming, but the activities never slow down in Milwaukee. With the holidays right around the corner, there are a lot of opportunities to get in the spirit of the season. However, if you’d prefer to avoid the craziness that can come with holidays, our list has you covered, too!

  • If you are a food or wine lover, you aren’t going to want to miss the Journal Sentinel Food & Wine Experience, November 4 & 5, at The Wisconsin Center. You’ll experience flavors created from all over the Milwaukee culinary scene, meet chefs and watch cooking demonstrations.


  • Another delicious food option is the Native American Heritage Dinner at Dream Dance Steak. The dinner, held on November 7, will be prepared by Executive Chef Mike Christensen, a member of the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians, who will share his passion for fusing classic French cooking techniques with traditional Ojibwe ingredients.

  • From November 17 through 19, head over to the Wisconsin State Fair Park Exposition Center for some culture and fun! The theme for this year’s Holiday Folk Fair International, is “Celebrate the Culture of Welcome”. Experience different ways that music, food, dance, and art weave together a message of welcome.
  • This one is for you, holiday lovers: The Milwaukee Holiday Parade marches through on November 18, featuring local celebrities, costumed characters, live animals, and so much more! It’s the perfect way to kick off the season. The parade begins at 9:30 a.m. on Kilbourn Avenue and Astor Street, and then moves west to Old World Third Street, where it turns left and continues south to Wisconsin Ave. The parade officially ends in front of The Shops of Grand Avenue.

  • If you love Thanksgiving foods, but worry about packing in so many calories, you may want to start your day at the Milwaukee Turkey Trot. There are two race start times, 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. (8:45a kids dash & 10:15a kids dash). The race begins at Veterans Park and ends at McKinley Park.

Dave Coulier​​​​​​​

Whether you seek food fun, family fun, or I’m-not-ready-for-the-holidays fun, you’ll find something to keep you busy this month in Milwaukee.