Milwaukee-area events in winter 2021

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:

a person sitting at a table with food: Jennifer Betances of "Fresh Baked" in Dousman wraps up a fresh handmade croissant during the Oconomowoc Winter Farmers Market at the high school on Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018.

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Jennifer Betances of “Fresh Baked” in Dousman wraps up a fresh handmade croissant during the Oconomowoc Winter Farmers Market at the high school on Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018.

Apple Holler: Country Store, Bakery & Gift Shop are open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. 5006 S. Sylvania Ave., Sturtevant, (262) 884-7100;

Boerner Botanical Gardens: Education and Visitor Center is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday. Whitnall Park, 9400 Boerner Drive, Hales Corners. Information: (414) 525-5601;

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Captain Frederick Pabst Mansion: Learn about the historic house museum dedicated to the preservation of the Pabst family legacy. Virtual tours and lectures available online. 2000 W. Wisconsin Ave.

  • Pabst Mansion Presents: Baron, Brewers, and Milwaukee Society. Jan. 19.

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.

East Troy Railroad Museum: Travel on a historic rail car in 2021 for dinner or a family picnic, or as a passenger on a regular daytrip or holiday train. Advance electronic ticket purchase required. Depot, 2002 Church St., East Troy. (262) 642-3263;

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

  • Popcorn Sale & Celebration, through January.
  • National Pie Day Celebration. Jan. 23-24.
  • All Things Cherry, through February.
  • National Pie (Pi) Day. March 12-14.
  • Maple Fest, through March.

Friends of Boerner Botanical Gardens: Membership includes free unlimited admission to the gardens, with discounts on classes and events. (414) 525-5653.

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

  • Virtual Cooking Class with Braise Restaurant and Culinary School. Jan. 27. 

Friends of Wehr Nature Center: View virtual programs or participate in park events at a variety of locations. Reservations required.

  • Virtual: Brews and Botany Series. Jan. 22, 29, Feb. 5.
  • Maple Tapping Hybrid Workshop. Feb. 13.

Grand Geneva Resort & Spa: Igloo Experience on Ember’s Terrace, (through March). Advance reservations recommended. 7036 Grand Geneva Way, Lake Geneva. (262) 249-4788;

Hales Corners Public Library: Adult Crafting Club, 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 20; 2 to 4 p.m. Jan. 26. A monthly gathering for those who prefer a quiet place to relax and work on crafts of all kinds. Coloring supplies will be provided. Bring your own materials for all other crafts. Free and open to the public. No registration required; however, space is limited to 10 attendees. 5885 S. 116th Street, Hales Corners. (414) 529-6150.

Hearthstone Historic House Museum: “America’s Electrical National Treasure” exhibit, (through May). Pre-purchase recommended for all public building tours of the exhibits. 625 Prospect Ave., Appleton. (920) 730-8204;

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

Lynden Sculpture Garden: Open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday-Wednesday, (closed Thursday). Experience art in nature through its collection of more than 50 monumental 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.

  • Houseplants – Tips for Indoor Gardening Success. Jan. 13.
  • Grow Flavorful and Nutritional Herbs Indoors. Jan. 20.
  • Houseplants for Low Light Situations. Jan. 27.
  • Organic Control for Houseplant Pests. Feb. 3.
  • Getting Started Growing Vegetable & Flower Gardens. Feb. 10.
  • Growing Nutritious and Flavorful Edibles Indoors . Feb. 17.
  • Low Maintenance Gardening for Loads of Beauty & Health Benefits . Feb. 24.
  • 10 Ways to Spice Up Your Garden with Summer-Blooming Bulbs. March 3.

Milwaukee Food & City Tours: A local guide leads the tour of historic neighborhoods, unique food stops and breweries. (414) 255-0534;

Milwaukee Public Library: Full list of virtual workshops available at

Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory: “All Aboard Games Train Show” in the Show Dome, Jan. 16-March 21. G-Scale trains make tracks along four routes amid a landscape of board games. Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday-Friday; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Timed entry reservation required. 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;

  • Seasons of Legend: Spring Floral Show. April 3-May 31.

Nicolet Recreation Department: Register online for Winter/Spring adult enrichment classes and programs. Virtual and in-person sessions are available.

  • Essential Oils. March 18.
  • Cook an Indian Meal. March 25.

Oconomowoc Winter Farmers Market: 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays (through March 20). Local farmers bring their produce indoors to Crosspoint Community Church, N6931 N. Lake Road, Oconomowoc.

Racine Art Museum: Virtual and in-person art classes are available for adults and children. A complete list of classes and workshops, as well as links to class registration, are available at the RAM website. Online registration closes two days before classes begin. 441 Main St., Racine. (262) 638-8300;

REALTORS Home & Garden Show: Indoor and outdoor home improvement tips, with landscaping and gardening advice, cooking demonstrations and seminars, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. March 26-27; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. March 28; 4-8 p.m. March 31-April 1; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. April 2-3. Admission $8. Exposition Center, State Fair Park, 8200 W. Greenfield Ave., West Allis. (414) 778-4929;

Stone Bank Farm Market: Shop seasonal foods, family style meals and small-batch baked goods. N68-W33208 County Road K, Stone Bank. (262) 563-8010;

  • Kitchen Cafe Picnic. Jan. 16.

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;

The Village Cheese Shop: Store and cafe, with classes and virtual events. Order cheeses, meats and specialty foods for curbside pickup or home delivery. 1430 Underwood Ave., Wauwatosa. (414) 488-2099;

  • Woman Maker Class. Jan. 13.
  • Ladies Night Out: Red Wine, Cheese, and Chocolate. Feb. 17 or March 24.

Wild Ones Kettle Moraine Chapter: Join the local chapter with monthly programming available on a wide-range of topics. Orders for the members-only native plant sale is available now until Feb. 27. Pre-ordered plants will be available during May. Visit

Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts: Exhibition of works by fiber artists demonstrating traditional to contemporary techniques. Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday; noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. N50-W5050 Portland Road, Cedarburg. (262) 546-0300;

  • Doreen Speckmann Remembered, (through Jan. 31).
  • Remnants, opening Feb. 4, (through April 25).

Wisconsin State Fair Park: Wonderful World of Weddings, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 20-21. $7 advance; $9 at the gate. Wisconsin Products Bldg., 640 S. 84th St., West Allis.

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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