Milwaukee-area events in fall 2021

Emilee Geist

Find home improvement and gardening classes for Milwaukee, Waukesha and the surrounding counties. Here is a roundup of home and garden events, craft and hobby shows, and where to find more information: HOLIDAY FUNDRAISING ORNAMENTS Wisconsin State Fair Park Foundation: Support the Fair with a purchase of the 2021 “Back […]

Find home improvement and gardening classes for Milwaukee, Waukesha and the surrounding counties. Here is a roundup of home and garden events, craft and hobby shows, and where to find more information:


Wisconsin State Fair Park Foundation: Support the Fair with a purchase of the 2021 “Back and Butter Than Ever” holiday ornament. The ornament is included with any Friend of the Fair membership ($25) purchased for the 2022 Fair. Additional benefits are available to those able to join at the $100, $250, $500 or $1,000 membership level. Benefits include tickets, Original Cream Puffs, concert presale codes and more. Order your ornament online now at:

Milwaukee War Memorial: 2021 Eternal Flame ($22). The second ornament in the War Memorial Center Ornament Collection features mosaic panels designed by renowned artist Edmund Lewandowski which hovers above the Eternal Flame which burns 365 days a year paying tribute to the 3,481 residents of Milwaukee County killed in action since WWII. This ornament is also available in the Commemorative Ornament Bundle ($33), which includes the 2020 ornament.

Milwaukee Holiday Lights: 2021 Festival ornament features the Warner Marquee ($19.95). Ornaments are hand-carved by local artist Andrew Schumann, and cast in pewter. The 2020 Hoan Bridge ornament is available for $19.95, and a limited number of past editions are available for $24.95. Shipping and handling is $4.60 per ornament.

Cudahy Historical Society: Purchase a keepsake Depot Ornament featuring the Depot in the 1890s. $8 each, or 3 for $20. Available at the Depot. 4647 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., Cudahy. (414) 751-6113;

Historic Milwaukee: Wooden ornaments shaped like the state of Wisconsin ($8). Discount available with membership.

The Zoological Society: The Sloth ($16) is the newest addition of animal ornaments which help support the Zoological Society and provide support to the Zoo’s animals. They are handcrafted, pewter ornaments created by local Wisconsin artist Andy Schumann.


Apple Holler: Country Store, Bakery & Gift Shop, open daily. 5006 S. Sylvania Ave., Sturtevant, (262) 884-7100;

Boerner Botanical Gardens: Education & Visitor Center is open year-round. Whitnall Park, 9400 Boerner Drive, Hales Corners. General information: (414) 525-5653;

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Captain Frederick Pabst Mansion: Learn about the historic house museum dedicated to the preservation of the Pabst family legacy. Advance reservation recommended. 2000 W. Wisconsin Ave.

Cedar Creek Settlement: Visit a variety of mid-19th century buildings with gift and specialty shops, antique stores, galleries, restaurants and the Cedar Creek Winery. N70-W6340 Bridge Road, Cedarburg.

  • Festive Friday Eves. Nov. 19, 26, Dec. 3, 10, 17.

Ebert’s Greenhouse Village: Open daily through December 24. W1795 Fox Road, Ixonia.

Elegant Farmer: Shop the Farm Kitchen Bakery, Deli & Market, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily. 1545 Main St., Mukwonago, (262) 363-6771;

Elmbrook Historical Society: Christmas at the Inn, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 4; 1-4 p.m. Dec. 5. Admission for tours, $6 adult; $3 child, ages 3 to 12. Tour the 1840s Inn decorated for an old fashioned Christmas, featuring a bake sale and holiday music. Dousman Stagecoach Inn Museum, 1075 Pilgrim Pkwy, Brookfield.

English Manor Christmas Tour: Guided small group tour with Victorian characters, refreshments and Christmas carols, 3-7 p.m. Dec. 10; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 11. $20. Cedarburg Cultural Center, W62-N546 Washington Ave., Cedarburg.

Friends of the Domes: Adult education programs are held at various locations. 524 S. Layton Blvd. (414) 257-5608;

Hearthstone Historic House Museum: “The Holly and the Ivy” Victorian Christmas, Nov. 27 through Jan. 9. View historically decorated Christmas trees and decor on daytime tours, and evening open houses with traditional Christmas carols. 625 Prospect Ave., Appleton. (920) 730-8204;

Historic Milwaukee: Self-guided tour maps are available highlighting local architecture and history. 235 E. Michigan St. (414) 277-7795;

Inspiration Acres: Christmas Trees & Gift Market, Nov. 26-28, Dec. 3-5, Dec. 10-12. 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Pick a fresh cut tree, wreath and shop the gift market of handmade crafts from local artisans. Village Shopping Centre, 319 E. Washington St., Slinger. (608) 445-2010.

Johnson’s Gardens: Garden classes, workshops and demonstrations are offered throughout the year. Registration required. 8504 Highway 60, Cedarburg. (262) 377-2500;

Kemper Center: Gallery of Trees and Durkee Mansion tours, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Nov. 28; 3 to 7 p.m. Nov. 30-Dec. 3; 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Dec. 4-5. Admission is free. Durkee Mansion theme is “Starry Woodland Nights,” with decorations either handmade or antique. Purchase raffle tickets to win the trees and holiday decorations, and shop in the Holiday Gift Shop. 6501 Third Ave., Kenosha.

Kuhefuss House Museum: Visit on Festive Fridays from 5 to 7 p.m. Nov. 19-Dec. 17. Cash bar with seasonal refreshments and holiday music. W63-N627 Washington Ave., Cedarburg.

Lincoln-Tallman House: Rock County Historical Society’s Holiday Tree Show, Nov. 26 through Dec. 30. Open Thursdays through Sundays, (closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day), from noon to 7 p.m. Thursday-Friday; noon to 4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Special holiday week hours from noon to 7 p.m. Dec. 20-23 and Dec. 26-30. View Christmas trees and décor, with additional evergreens decorated outside the mansion. 440 N. Jackson St., Janesville. (608) 756-4509.

Lynden Sculpture Garden: Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, (closed Thursdays). Experience art in nature with sculptures sited across 40 acres of park, lake and woodland. 2145 W. Brown Deer Road. (414) 446-8794;

Melinda Myers Virtual Gardening Seminars: Each class is designed to deepen your horticulture knowledge, enhance your gardening skills, and help you transform your landscape. The seminars are free, but registration is required.

Milaeger’s Racine: 4838 Douglas Ave., Racine.

  • Porch Pot Workshops. Nov. 13, 18, 20, 23, 30.

  • Wreath Workshop. Dec. 2.

  • Christmas Make and Take Oils Workshop. Dec. 9.

Milwaukee Public Library: Full list of virtual workshops available at

Milwaukee Recreation: Full list of adult enrichment courses available online at

Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory: Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Friday; 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. General admission: $8; $6 for children ages 6 to 17, students and people with disabilities; free for children age 5 and younger. Milwaukee County residents receive $1 off entry, and resident seniors (60+) get $3 off entry. ID Required. 524 S. Layton Blvd. (414) 257-5600;

Old Falls Village: Silver Tea and Christmas Cookie Bake Sale, noon-4 p.m. Dec. 5. Tour the Miller Davidson House and enjoy a free cookie and beverage in the decorated dining room. Santa will be in the cookie sale room, with a Christmas Tree that has a little giftie each child can choose for himself off the tree after their visit. Pilgrim Road and Highway Q, Menomonee Falls. (262) 250-3901.

SoundStage MKE: Walking tour featuring stories of city landmarks and locales. Tour begins at the Milwaukee Public Library Central branch at 814 W. Wells St., and ends at the War Memorial Center at 750 N. Lincoln Memorial Drive. For more information visit:

Tower Heritage Center: Campus includes two museums and one historic site that trace the history of Washington County. 320 S. 5th Ave., West Bend. (262) 335-4678;

Urban Ecology Centers: Year-round educational programs at three locations: Riverside Park, 1500 E. Park Place, (414) 964-8505; Washington Park, 1859 N. 40th St., (414) 344-5460; and Menomonee Valley, 3700 W. Pierce St., (414) 431-2940;

Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts: Workshops, lectures and exhibitions of works by fiber artists demonstrating traditional to contemporary techniques. N50-W5050 Portland Road, Cedarburg. (262) 546-0300;

Please submit your event three weeks before the event or registration deadline to [email protected], with “Attention Home and Garden calendar” in the subject line.

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