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7 Fun Fall Activities in SE Wisconsin 2022

By Keith Stachowiak on September 22, 2022 // Leave a Comment


Summer may be winding down, but there are still plenty of fun things to do in Milwaukee and surrounding communities. And while t-shirts and shorts are giving way to sweatshirts and jeans, autumn in Wisconsin is a beautiful backdrop for an array of fun fall activities and events throughout southeast Wisconsin. 

At Murphy & Prachthauser, we are proud to support our communities, so we’re sharing some of our favorite events and activities happening in the Milwaukee area this fall. Don’t forget to mark your calendars. We hope to see you around town!

1. Oktoberfest Celebrations

A centuries-old tradition that began in Munich, Germany, Oktoberfest gatherings are harvest time celebrations that offer great music, great food, and of course…great beer! These autumn traditions are also great opportunities to enjoy a bit of old-fashioned gemütlichkeit - friendliness, warmth, and good cheer! 

  • Taste of Oktoberfest - (The Pabst Mansion, Milwaukee)
    Experience the mansion’s rich German history by exploring a different German cuisine on each floor and a traditional blend of German beers and music in the beer garden.
    September 30th and October 1st. 
  • Milwaukee’s Original Oktoberfest (Heidelberg Park at the Bavarian Bierhaus, Glendale)
    Every Thursday through Sunday from September 1st through October 1st, the Bavarian Bierhaus invites visitors to enjoy traditional biers, German and Bavarian food, and live music at what is considered to be Milwaukee’s oldest and most authentic gathering of its kind.
  • Oktoberfest in Downtown Historic Cedarburg - October 1st & 2nd, Cedarburg’s Oktoberfest offers traditional German foods, specialty beers and wines, live music, and silly contests (including best Lederhosen/Dirndl), sauerkraut eating, German spelling bee, and the Masskrugstemnen (beer stein holding).

2. Milwaukee County Zoo, Milwaukee

Founded in 1892, the Milwaukee County Zoo is currently home to over 2,100 animals and 348 species. Additionally, the Zoo hosts a range of exhibits and events that bring joy to visitors of all ages.

  • Dino Don’s Dragon Kingdom - This enchanting exhibit, located outside behind the small mammals building, takes visitors into a mythical world to meet magical medieval beasts. The dragon kingdom is open daily. 
  • Boo at the Zoo - October 20th -23rd, the Zoo welcomes visitors to escape the haystack maze, enjoy the raven’s rail train ride, or just explore the hundreds of carved pumpkins aglow with Halloween cheer.
  • Family Free Days - October 1st and November 5th are days visitors can enter the Zoo for free (parking fee still applies).

3. Milky Way Drive-In Fright Nights, Franklin

Thursdays through Sundays throughout October, the Milky Way Drive-In will be specializing in spookiness. From family favorites to classic horror flicks, you’ll enjoy spooky screams on the biggest of screens!

Learn more about Milky Way Drive-In Fright Nights here.

4. Fall Waukesha Art Crawl

October 1st, from 2:00-8:00 pm, you’re invited to the Fall Waukesha Art Crawl! Roam through downtown Waukesha, discover the works of hundreds of artists and artisans, and with luck, uncover the treasure you didn’t even know you were looking for. And when you need a break, there’s food, drinks, and live music to enjoy!

Learn more about the Fall Waukesha Art Crawl now.

5. Wisconsin Fear Grounds, Waukesha Expo Grounds

Three haunted houses in one? Yes! The Wisconsin Fear Grounds is home to three uniquely terrifying challenges for you to experience…or should we say, escape from?!? Face the fear of Wisconsin’s favorite haunted houses Fridays and Saturdays in October from 7-11 pm.

Start planning your trip to Wisconsin Fear Grounds here.

6. Taste of Mequon

A celebration of local restaurants, the Taste of Mequon is a family-friendly event complete with live music, arts & crafts vendors, and a large children’s area. Sep 10, from 12-9pm. Admission is free.

Find tasty treats and learn more about Taste of Mequon now.

7. Harvest Fair, Wisconsin State Fair Park

The 29th annual Harvest Fair transforms State Fair Park into a celebration of fall filled with entertainment and activities for all ages. Enjoy live music from local artists and regional headliners. Try your hand at pumpkin bowling or scarecrow building. And explore over 40 food vendors offering everything from roasted corn to cream puffs and everything in between! The fair runs Sep 23-25. Admission is free.

Explore the festivities at Harvest Fair now. 

These are just some of our favorite events in Milwaukee and its surrounding communities this summer. Let us know your favorite fall activity in SE Wisconsin in the comments!

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