It's the beginning of October, so make sure to bundle up before heading out to enjoy any of this weekends' Milwaukee-area activities.
Devotees of the written and spoken word might feel at home at the Power of Words Fall Fair at Alice’s Urban Garden. Browse books for sale and attend the open mic at no charge. A live performance by local poet Destinny “Deolinda Abstrac” Fletcher will take place at the end of the event.
Saturday 2 to 6 p.m. Alice’s Urban Garden, 2136 N. 21st St. Open mic runs from 2 to 4 p.m.
If you haven’t treated yourself to a good look at Milwaukee’s vibrant arts and culture district, this is your last weekend of the year to catch Historic Milwaukee Inc.’s Third Ward Walking Tour. Take in the neighborhood’s rich variety of locally-owned shops and dining establishments while learning about its storied history.
Saturday at 11 a.m. at 235 E. Michigan St.
Get your fill of fall-themed fun including local artisan and maker booths, food trucks and live music at the Third Annual West Vliet Fall Fest, featuring over 20 merchandise vendors and eight food trucks.
Saturday noon to 7 p.m. on West Vliet Street, between 54th Street and Hawley Road
For Fans of the Arts
If you appreciate doing things the old fashioned way, you owe it to yourself to check out the Grohmann Museum’s 10th Annual Lost Arts Festival, a celebration of artisanal, handcrafted work. A showcase of skill and craft, the Lost Arts Festival will feature demonstrations ranging from painting and spinning to woodworking and blacksmithing.
Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Grohmann Museum, 304 E. State St.
If you need just one stop for all your décor, accessorizing, art and gifting needs this weekend, Hawthorne Hill Farm in New Berlin has you covered with Harvest! Halloween and Harvest Market throughout the weekend, where they’re hosting over 50 local artisans and vendors.
Friday and Saturday 10 to 5 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 16370 W. Small Rd., New Berlin
Fun for the Family
The first of this fall’s Family Free Days at Milwaukee County Zoo is this weekend, where admission is free for everyone. Bring the whole family to visit the home of over 3,000 animals across 400 species.
Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Milwaukee County Zoo, 10001 W. Bluemound Rd.
Take the little ones on a trip to outer space this weekend at Discovery World’s Sci-Fi Family Day, where families are invited to dust off the old toy lightsaber in your closet and dress up in costume to explore virtual reality and LEGO creations, enjoy props and displays and make sci-fi themed projects in the Kohl’s Design It! Lab.
Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Discovery World, 500 N. Harbor Dr.
Parties and Festivals
If you like to party on the technological edge, you can’t miss Fall Experiment (or FallX) at the Wisconsin Center, featuring live music headlined by Steve Aoki. FallX is an innovative, tech-based festival for the modern age, inviting developers, innovators, creators and gamers from all over the Greater Midwest region to celebrate tech.
Friday and Saturday, Wisconsin Center, 400 W. Wisconsin Ave.
If you want to take a trip back to the age of grunge, the mullet and east coast vs. west coast before they’re relics of 30 years ago, don’t miss the Get Lit 90s Party at Nō Studios Gallery. Play some beer pong while the DJ spins nostalgic ’90s jams at this all-ages event. The guest best-dressed in ’90s attire wins a cash prize.
Saturday 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Nō Studios Gallery, 1037 W. McKinley Ave.
Editor’s note: This story has been updated to correct the organization that conducts the Third Ward Walking Tour.