It’s the first official weekend of fall, and there are plenty of Autumn-inspired activities taking place this in Metro Milwaukee. Between harvest festivals and traditional Oktoberfest celebrations, the metro area is jam packed with things to do. And if you’re not yet ready for hay rides and pumpkins, why not take some time to explore a side of the city you may have never seen before? It’s all here in this week’s edition of the Weekend Preview.
Doors Open Milwaukee
Think you’ve seen all there is to see in Milwaukee? Think again. There are so many places throughout the city that are closed to the public – until now. This weekend, get your FREE backstage pass to 100 sites around Milwaukee you rarely get to see, including the U.S. Bank’s 41st floor observation deck, locker rooms in the Bradley Center and behind the curtains at the Pabst Theater. You can self-guide your own tour, or participate in one of the 25 more in-depth tours, including a walk of Tory Hill and the Bloody Third, a bike history on the Hank Aaron Trail and discover illuminated Milwaukee by Night. This is a rare chance to explore a side of Milwaukee you may have never seen before – an experience you won’t want to miss!
Where: Locations all over Milwaukee – Event Days Headquarters located at City Hall
When: Saturday & Sunday 11am-5pm
How Much?: Admission is free
More information: www.doorsopenmilwaukee.org
Come celebrate a German festival tradition at Germantown’s Oktoberfest celebration this weekend. Enjoy authentic German food, music and dancing and fun for the entire family. Don’t miss the Dheinsville Dachshund Race on Saturday afternoon or the silent auction held both Saturday and Sunday. There will be plenty of activities for the kids, and the adult will love the 5th annual Bier Race, where area bars compete in a beer relay race. Adding to the fun is a classic car show, Wisconsin Power Reunion exhibit and so much more.
Where: Dheinsville Historic Park – W18780 Holy Hill Rd, Germantown
When: Saturday noon-11pm, Sunday noon-8pm
How Much?: Admission is free
More information: www.germantownhistoricalsociety.org
Harvest Fair – State Fair Park
Usher in the fall season at the Wisconsin state Fair Park this weekend. Bring the entire family and enjoy plenty of harvest-themed activities like pumpkin bowling, caramel-apple making, pumpkin-seed spitting contest, hay rides, pony and camel rides, delicious seasonal food, beverages and more! Live music will take place each night of the festival, including performances by rockers Great White, popular local cover band The Toys and former Journey frontman Steve Augeri.
Where: Wisconsin State Fair Park – 640 S 84th St, West Allis
When: Friday 5-11pm, Saturday 9am-11pm, Sunday 9am-5pm
How Much?: Admission is free!
More information: www.wistatefair.com/harvest_fair/general_info