Events

Everything You Should Absolutely Do in Milwaukee This Fall, in One Calendar

Published On 08/30/2016 Published On 08/30/2016
River Challenge competition
River Challenge Competition | Filippo Giuliani/Shutterstock
September
Milwaukee Film Festival
Milwaukee Film Festival | Courtesy of The Milwaukee Film Festival

September

Thursday - Monday
Sep 1-5
Various locations
Live music, food, and beer bring biker dudes together at all the area's H-D dealerships and the Museum.
Sunday
Sep 4
Veterans Park
It's a double-feature night with two classics: Galaxy Quest and Ferris Bueller's Day Off… so you win twice.
Sunday
Sep 4
Summerfest Grounds
Sure, there's going to be beer and music, but it's the barbecue that everyone cares about. Ten restaurants will be smoking meat, including many that made our roundup of the best barbecue in MKE.
Friday - Sunday
Sep 9-11
Summerfest Grounds
This is the 30th year of this Native American festival, so now's the time to learn about traditional dances, tribes, crafts, and cooking. Plus, boxing!
Saturday
Sep 17
Menomonee and Milwaukee Rivers
Nine hundred rowers and coxswains compete on a 3-mile stretch of river in the Menomonee Valley and Downtown. The water might even be cleaner than Rio's... maybe.
Saturday - Sunday
Sep 17-18
Various locations
You get to tour behind-the-scenes areas of 150 historic or interesting buildings that are normally off-limits, for free. It's way cooler than it sounds, we swear.
Thursday - Thursday
Sep 22-Oct 6
Various locations
Screenings! Panels! Parties! Random local celeb sightings! It's everything you ever wanted in a film festival.
Friday - Sunday
Sep 23-25
Wisconsin State Fair Park
OD on everything pumpkin and apple while you put together a life-sized scarecrow to take home.
Saturday - Sunday
Sep 24-25
Wisconsin State Fair Park
Check out this expo of makers, including inventors, tinkerers, crafters, engineers, and everything in between. You can see and make a bunch of weird stuff… and maybe even make a robot friend.
Monday - Sunday
Sep 26-Oct 2
Various locations
Cocktails so good, they need to be celebrated for a full week. There's a distilled spirits tasting fest, and events at bars all around town.
Thursday - Sunday
Sep 29-Oct 2
Downtown
Music, food, craft market, Hofbräu beers, and a beer hall... if you want an excuse to break out the lederhosen, now's the time.
October
dia de los muertos
Dia De Los Muertos Festival | Flickr/Devon Christopher Adams

October

Saturday
Oct 1
Schlitz Park
If you're not much of a beer drinker and have been feeling left out of all the brewfests, this one's for you. (There's some beer to keep everyone happy, though… this is Milwaukee, after all.)
Sunday
Oct 2
Harley-Davidson Museum
Will TomKen's defend its title of wing champ for the fifth year in a row? Very important note: this is a Packers bye week.
Saturday
Oct 29
Walker's Point
Preserve the traditions and significance of the Day of the Dead with a parade, 5K run, art market, piñata-making party, and vigil.
November
Milwaukee Holiday Parade
Santa at the Milwaukee Holiday Parade | Mike De Sisti/Courtesy of The Milwaukee Holiday Parade

November

Friday - Sunday
Nov 4-6
Wisconsin Center
Eat and drink your way through a convention center full of food and booze from local restaurants. There's even a thing called cheese island… which is perhaps the best kind of island ever invented.
Friday - Sunday
Nov 18-20
Wisconsin State Fair Park Expo Center
This festival features more cultures than you can count. Sample traditional foods, watch dancing, shop crafts, and play giant chess... for some reason. We're not sure where that's traditional.