10 Events to Make the Most of This Weekend in Milwaukee: October 11-13

There are a lot of awesome events going on in the Milwaukee area, so here’s a guide to help you plan out your best weekend.

Flannel Fest 2019

Calling all parking lot partiers, craft connoisseurs, and flannel fanatics! Your party awaits! For the first time in seven years and the second time ever, Flannel Fest is bringing a whole host of regional indie acts to Boone & Crockett at the Harbor District. Come enjoy eight live acts and a wide selection of food vendors, just don’t forget your flannel. Not enough of a party for you? Get your tickets to the pre-party the night before. Admission to the main event is free.

Saturday, Boone & Crockett, 818 S. Water St. Pre-party on Friday, The Cooperage, 822 S. Water St. 8 p.m.

Oktoberfest Artisan Fair

If you’re looking to experience some local arts, cuisine and entertainment this weekend, take a look at Our Lady of Lourdes’ Oktoberfest Artisan Fair, a weekend-spanning event with new family-friendly activities every day including make-and-take sign painting and pie-making. Local artists and artisans will be on-site with plenty of décor and goods for sale on Saturday and Sunday. Want to go, but don’t want to miss Mass? Polka Mass will be held Saturday at 5 p.m. and Sunday at 10:30 a.m.

Friday 4 p.m. – Sunday 3 p.m., Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 3722 S. 58th St.


ILLÜMINATE MKE is a lakefront music festival taking over Veteran’s Park on Friday night to showcase world-class local artists. The festival invites partygoers from across the Greater Milwaukee Area to jam out to live music and enjoy food, carnival games, and campfires.

Friday 7 – 10 p.m., Veteran’s Park, 1010 N. Lincoln Memorial Dr.

 Autumn Celebration at Washington Park

Whether you’re looking for somewhere to take the kids, don’t have any plans or you just love Fall so darn much you can’t imagine a better way to spend your Saturday afternoon, all are welcome to the free Autumn Celebration at Washington Park, hosted by the Urban Ecology Center. Take part in pumpkin carving, nature biking, canoeing and more!

Saturday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Urban Ecology Center, Washington Park, 1859 N. 40th St.

Covered Bridge Art Studio Tour

This weekend, 54 artists from Mequon to West Bend will open their studio spaces to the public for the Cedarburg Artists Guild’s Covered Bridge Art Studio Tour. At no charge, you can see the creative spaces of these artists, such as a remodeled chicken coop, an 1850s stone woolen mill or an industrial garage. Most artists will create new art during the event, open for questions about their processes both technical and creative, and have pieces for sale.

Friday 4 – 8 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.,

The Haunt

If you’re in the mood for a good scaring this weekend, The Haunt is opening up this Friday for its 13th season of scaring the community and raising funds for Ozaukee County 4-H. Rebuilt from the ground up every year with brand new designs, this haunted house will keep even veteran visitors on their toes.

Open Fridays and Saturdays from Oct. 11-26., Ozaukee County Fairgrounds, Cedarburg

Halloween at the Haunted Inn

If a haunted tour through an 1840s inn is your wish, get it granted at the Elmbrook Historical Society’s Halloween at the Haunted Inn this Saturday, where the historic Dousman Stagecoach Inn Museum has been decorated in spooky yet family-friendly Halloween fashion, where you can tour, get a palm-reading, face paint or a rub-on tattoo. Games will be hosted along with arts and crafts.

Saturday 3-6 p.m., 1075 Pilgrim Parkway, Brookfield

The U.S. Bank Brady Street Pet Parade

Friends of animals will flock together on Sunday for the U.S. Bank Brady Street Pet Parade, a celebration of pets of all shapes, sizes, and species, for a day of festivities for pets and owners alike. In addition to the parade, there will be contests, raffles, vendors, and plenty of photo ops to commemorate your day out with your best furry, feathered or scaled friend. All proceeds will benefit the Wisconsin Humane Society.

Sunday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., 1220A E. Brady St.

The Great Lakes Ukulele Gathering

If you can’t find the time to visit Hawaii this October, but still want to hear those cool island melodies with a side of coffee, consider saying “aloha” to The Great Lakes Ukulele Gathering by Anodyne. The theme this year, the 10th of gathering ukulele lovers and players from across the Midwest, is “Celebrate Hawaiian,” with ukulele masters Steven Kahane Espaniola and Lanialoha Lee headlining to perform and teach about Hawaiian culture.

Sunday 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., Anodyne Coffee Roasting Co., 224 W. Bruce St.

Milwaukee Public Market Harvest Festival

This Saturday, Milwaukee Public Market’s annual Harvest Festival will bring St. Paul Avenue to life with a variety of Fall activities for all ages. Admission is free to this event full of activities like apple cider pressing, live music and pumpkin bowling. If you’re 21 or older, you’re invited to sample pumpkin ale tapped from the market’s giant pumpkin.

Saturday 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Milwaukee Public Market, 400 N. Water St.



Calvin Lemieux is a Communication graduate from University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point. Following an internship with Milwaukee Magazine in Fall 2019 and graduation in Spring 2020, he returned to work as a freelance writer.