10 Things To Do in Milwaukee During the First Weekend of October: Oct. 2-4

A pumpkin market, a virtual haunted house and more this week in Milwaukee.

1. Beer and Barbecue

FRIDAY 4 P.M. – 7 P.M. | COMPONENT BREWING COMPANY

Friday nights are for having fun, spending time with good people, eating good food and drinking good beer. You can do all of this, while supporting local businesses, at Component Brewing Company this Friday. They are partnering with SLO’ Motion BBQ and New Barons Brewing Cooperative to host a barbecue that you won’t want to miss.

2. Doors Open – Celebrating Central: A Brief History

FRIDAY 5:30 P.M. – 6:45 P.M. | VIRTUAL

As the Milwaukee Public Library’s Downtown Central Library nears its 125th anniversary, we have the opportunity to get an inside look at the history, the changes, the behind-the-scenes views of this historic building. Part of Doors Open Milwaukee’s virtual programming this year, you can toon in online to learn about how this library has evolved and grown throughout the years to serve the Milwaukee area’s needs.

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3. UWM Symphony Orchestra Concert I – Mozart, Elgar and Puccini

FRIDAY AT 7:30 P.M. | VIRTUAL OR AT ZELAZO CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

The first concert of the 2020-2021 UWM Symphony Orchestra season is here. If you’ve been missing the excitement of going to performances in-person, you can watch while socially distanced (and wearing masks!) in the theater, or if you still prefer to stay home, you can watch virtually.  In-person tickets are $10 (+ tax) and must be purchased ahead of time. Livestream tickets are free, but donations are encouraged.

4. RSVR – Virtual Haunted House

FRIDAY 9 P.M. – 11 P.M. | VIRTUAL

Starting this weekend and throughout the month of October, RSVR Milwaukee is hosting a Virtual Haunted House to ensure that you still experience all of the ghouls and ghosts and horror that Halloween has to offer. From the comfort (or discomfort?) of your own home, you can be a part of this terrifyingly fun virtual event for just $10.

5. Sci-Fi Family Day at Discovery World

SATURDAY 9 A.M. – 4 P.M. | DISCOVERY WORLD

Calling all nerds and geeks! Discovery World is bringing back Sci-Fi Family Day again this year to celebrate the worlds of science fiction. From LEGO creations to meet-and-greets with out-of-this-world characters, there’s something for the whole family to get out of the house and appreciate the world of science fiction. Dressing up in sci-fi costumes is encouraged to help get into the spirit. Tickets are free with a membership and included with admission.

6. Washington Heights Fall Pumpkin Market

SATURDAY 10 A.M. – 2 P.M. | MOUNT OLIVE LUTERAN CHURCH

Love getting pumpkins and fall décor, but don’t want to go all the way to a pumpkin patch? This fall market might be just for you! Located in the parking lot behind the church, there will be plenty of options for fall decorating: “prize winner” pumpkins, multi-color pumpkins, mini pumpkins, gourds, corn stalks and more!

7. 2020 Milwaukee Tweed Ride

SATURDAY 1 P.M. – 4 P.M. | GOOD CITY BREWING (EAST SIDE)

Ladies and gentlemen, bike-riders and wearers of fancy attire: This year’s Milwaukee Tweed Ride is here. Dress in your best tweed and wool, grab your finest face mask and be a part of this bike ride through Milwaukee. The ride begins at Good City Brewing and stopping at various other places including Milwaukee Brewing for Oktoberfest and Captain Pabst’s Pilot House. Social distancing while riding is expected and masks are to be worn.

8. Bayshore Art & Artisan Fair

SATURDAY & SUNDAY 10 A.M. – 5 P.M. | BAYSHORE MALL

To celebrate the grand re-opening and redesign of Bayshore, the mall will be hosting a free art festival to showcase the works of over 75 artists and artisans. From jewelry to sculptures to paintings to 3D art pieces, there’s something for every art lover to enjoy.

9. Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon “Personal Distance Challenge”

SATURDAY AT NOON & SUNDAY AT 11:45 A.M. | ANYWHERE

While the Lakefront Marathon cannot be held in-person this year, there’s still a fun time to be had with their “Personal Distance Challenge.” Those who register are entered to win random drawings and contests for a variety of prizes, including gift cards for local businesses, free entry to next year’s race, a big screen television and much more. Registration is $25.

10. Outdoor Movement Series

SUNDAY 3:30 P.M. – 5:30 P.M.

It’s the perfect weekend to get outside and get moving with the Outdoor Movement Series offered by Carrie Branovan, a Milwaukee-born artist-educator. This weekend is the final week in this conscious dance movement series, so log-on to this virtual event and get moving to become one with nature. The suggested donation is $5 to $20, and proceeds go to Ozaukee Washington Land Trust.

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Brianna Schubert is an editorial intern at Milwaukee Magazine. She is studying journalism, psychology and Spanish and is in the Honors College at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee.