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Milwaukee, WI Events: Annual Events and Things to Do in November

Updated on October 10, 2016
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Rose is a full-time freelance writer who frequently writes about education, special education, DIY projects, food, Milwaukee, and more.

Check out the current exhibits at the Milwaukee Art Museum and consider attending their monthly Museum after Dark event.
Check out the current exhibits at the Milwaukee Art Museum and consider attending their monthly Museum after Dark event. | Source

Are you looking for things to do in Milwaukee? Even though the summer concerts and festivals are long over by November, there are still lots of events each weekend. With events in the downtown as well as the suburbs, there is something here for everyone.

Please note that events are subject to change at any time without notice.

Trainfest in Milwaukee, 2004.
Trainfest in Milwaukee, 2004. | Source

Bayshore Tree Lighting 2009

Annual November Events in Milwaukee

  • Trainfest. The largest operating model railroad show takes place right in Milwaukee at the Wisconsin Exposition Center in the Wisconsin State Fair Park. Check out the website for ticket deals and other promotions as well as exhibitor and kids' activities information.
  • Veterans Day Parade. Honor the veterans of our country at the Veterans Day Parade in downtown Milwaukee. The parade frequently features special guests such as prominent members of the Coast Guard.
  • Holiday Tree Lighting: Brilliant Night, Dazzling Lights. Celebrate the beginning of the holiday season at Bayshore Mall in Glendale. After you've admired the stunning decorations, grab a bite to eat or do a little holiday shopping at the mall.
  • Holiday Lights Festival. The downtown Milwaukee decorations kick off in mid-November and go strong through late December. There are decorations throughout Cathedral Square Park, Peer Marquette Park, Wisconsin Avenue, and Zeidler Union Square. Runs through the end of December. Are you interested in seeing the decorations but don't to walk? Consider taking the Jingle Bus for just $1 per person during the festival.
  • Candy Cane Lane. Candy Cane Lane features more than 300 homes from 93rd through 96th Street in West Allis, starting at Oklahoma Avenue. All of the trees are decorated as candy canes, and there are numerous other decorations throughout the area. The event is free but local residents collect donations for the MACC fund. It runs from after Thanksgiving through Christmas.
  • Holiday Folk Fair International. The Holiday Folk Fair is considered to be the premier multicultural festival in the United States. Enjoy food, music, dancing, and arts as well as demonstrations and exhibits.
  • Milwaukee Holiday Parade. The holiday parade travels through the downtown from Astor and Kilbourn to the Grand Avenue Mall. Don't forget to donate to Johnson Controls Hunger Task Force initiative to help families in need during the holiday season.

Polar bear at the Milwaukee County Zoo.
Polar bear at the Milwaukee County Zoo. | Source

Museum and Zoo Free Days in Milwaukee in November

Click the links for current info about free days in November.

Rishi Tea at MAM After Dark Milwaukee Art Museum

The historic Pabst Theater in Milwaukee.
The historic Pabst Theater in Milwaukee. | Source

Neil Young at the Riverside in Milwaukee

Concerts in Milwaukee in November

Consult the websites for the following venues for current November concert schedules. Even though there aren't a lot of outdoor concerts and festivals in Milwaukee in the fall, you can still hear lots of great music in the city's selection of excellent concert halls.

There are so many great places to hear live music in Milwaukee.

Marcus Center for the Performing Arts:
929 N Water St, Milwaukee, WI 53202, USA

get directions

Pabst Theater:
116 W Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53203, USA

get directions

Milwaukee Theater:
500 W Kilbourn Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53203, USA

get directions

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    • randomcreative profile imageAUTHOR

      Rose Clearfield 

      7 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks so much, Eddy!

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      7 years ago from Wales

      Interesting ;well informed and so well presented.

      A true gem once more.


    • randomcreative profile imageAUTHOR

      Rose Clearfield 

      7 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks, pstraubie! That's a good sign. I hope that you're able to make it up this way sometime.

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      Patricia Scott 

      7 years ago from North Central Florida

      This article makes me wish I were closer. You have listed a variety of things to see and do that sound like they would be something my family and I would enjoy

      Nicely done.

    • randomcreative profile imageAUTHOR

      Rose Clearfield 

      7 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Yes, for sure! Thanks, Om. :)

    • Om Paramapoonya profile image

      Om Paramapoonya 

      7 years ago

      The Holiday Lights Festival and Candy Cane Lane sound very cool. Thanks for putting together this festive hub. Rated way up!

    • randomcreative profile imageAUTHOR

      Rose Clearfield 

      7 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Kelley, it's just a weekend event, but not a permanent feature, but it does look like a great time for boys of all ages!

      That's great, twoseven. :) You'll be all set the next time you're out here.

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      7 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

      Great info! I am in Madison but we have family in Milwaukee and I never know of good kid activities to do. Now I have so many! That ks!

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      7 years ago

      Hi Randomcreative, The train art museum looks like something my boys would love. I hope I get there someday. Voted up and shared! Kelley


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