Green Bay City Pages Highlights: Nov. 18 – 25, 2021

A packed weekend of hoilday fun, rock concerts and dinosaurs

By Rachel Sankey


Next stop, the Polar Express

Friday, Nov. 19

National Railroad Museum, Green Bay

The National Railroad Museum (2285 S Broadway) is recreating the classic children’s Christmas book and movie “The Polar Express.” 

The event is back in action after last year’s hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Guests can select from a variety of festive activities, such as the Festival of Trees, a Hot Chocolate Dance and more alongside the museum’s evergreen historic train displays. 

The program starts with the Hot Chocolate Dance with a reading of the book after. Guests will be ushered “All aboard!” on the train for a ride to the “North Pole,” with a chance to interact with the characters from the book and movie.

Masks are required while indoors and on the train. The first show starts on Nov. 19 at 4 pm. The event runs through Dec. 12 and more information can be found at www.nationalrrmuseum.org.

Dinos dominate Green Bay

Friday, Nov. 19

Resch Expo, Green Bay

The Resch Expo (840 Armed Forces Dr) is hosting the country’s largest dinosaur exhibit. 

The Jurassic Quest exhibit features more than 100 realistic dinosaurs along with dinosaur-themed rides and shows, interactive science and art activities, bounce houses and more. 

Families will have the chance to meet the Jurassic Quest babies Cammie the Camarasaurus, Tyson the T-Rex and Trixie the Triceratops while venturing through the Cretaceous, Jurassic and Triassic Periods. This is the first time that the family edutainment show will be re-launching since March 2020 due to the pandemic. 

The weekend-long event starts at 9 am each day, Friday through Sunday. 

The venue strongly encourages face coverings regardless of vaccination status. More information can be found at www.reschcomplex.com.

War of the paints

Friday, Nov. 19

Tarlton Theatre

The Resch Expo (840 Armed Forces Dr) is hosting the country’s largest dinosaur exhibit. 

Local entertainment venue Tarlton Theatre (405 W Walnut St) hosts its first-ever immersive painting competition. 

Audiences watch as painters compete and paint in real-time.

The event features three rounds with three painters for each round. The audience chooses one finalist per round, with a final round for the prize. After the competition, there will be an auction over the paintings made during the competition. 

The competition begins at 8 pm. Doors open at 6 pm and admission is free. More information about the event can be found at www.facebook.com/thetarlton.

Puddle of Mudd, The Outfit, Sir Real

Saturday, Nov. 20

Epic Events Center, Green Bay

Puddle of Mudd returns to Green Bay. 

The Kansas City alternative rock act made waves in the 1990s and early 2000s with its post-grunge sound in singles such as “She Hates Me” and “Blurry.”  
Puddle of Mudd Lead vocalist Wes Scantlin was named one of the “Top 100 Heavy Metal Vocalists” by the now-defunct, monthly hard rock magazine Hit Parader.

Chicago rock band The Outfit is also on the bill with their driving, alternative rock sound that comes through on singles such as “Come Alive,” which is akin to early-career Foo Fighters. 

Green Bay band Sir Real kicks off the show with a blend of King Diamond-inspired hard rock.
Sir Real was nominated for “Best Hard Rock Artist” by the Wisconsin Area Music Industry (WAMI) this year.

The rock starts at 6:30 pm. For more information, head to www.epicgreenbay.com.

Antique show and sale

Saturday, Nov. 20

Rock Garden Banquet Hall and Conference Center,
Green Bay

The Green Bay and De Pere Antiquarian Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to holding and preserving in community trust for future generations its most valuable, cultural and historic items. 

The organization hosts its 64th Annual Antiquarian Antique Show & Sale at the Garden Banquet Hall and Conference Center (1951 Bond St) on Saturday. The sale showcases over 20 antique dealers from Wisconsin, Illinois and Michigan bringing antique furniture, jewelry, vintage, china and more to the show.

The proceeds from the event will benefit the acquisition, restoration, and preservation of historic artifacts and museum grants. 

The sale opens at 10 am and more information about the event can be found via phone at 920-562-2988.

The one at the Weidner: “Friends! The Musical Parody”

Saturday, Nov. 20

Weidner Center, Green Bay

The Weidner Center presents the nationally touring, parody theater production “Friends! The Musical Parody” on November 20th. 

Based in 1990s Manhattan, the comedic musical recreates moments from the iconic 90s to 2000s sitcom “Friends.” A group of 20-something-year-old friends navigate life, work, love and drink a lot of coffee.

The show kicks off with a nod to the series early origins where a runaway bride finds her way to the Central Perk coffee shop and runs into old friends. From there, the production features uncensored and fast-paced music and singing, including songs such as “The Ballad of Fat Monica,” ‘’How you Doin’?” and “The One Where We Make a Million Dollars and Episode.”

The show starts at 7:30 pm. More about the show can be found at www.weidnercenter.com.


Rachel Sankey is an Arts and Entertainment Reporter for Green Bay City Pages. She can be reached via email at [email protected]

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