1. Jurassic Quest Coming to Milwaukee
ALL WEEKEND | WISCONSIN STATE FAIR PARK
A life size tyrannosaurus rex is coming to Milwaukee this weekend as a part of Jurassic Quest’s realistic dinosaur exhibit. The exhibit includes walking and stationary dinosaur rides as well as a fossil dig and dinosaur training lessons. Tickets for Jurassic Quest are available online.
2. Southside Dining Week
SATURDAY AND SUNDAY | MULTIPLE LOCATIONS
This week-long event will highlight the food and restaurants of Milwaukee’s South Side. Each participating restaurant will be serving a signature dish for under $15. See the list of restaurants here. There will also be a lineup of food-centered events throughout the week.
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3. Cedarburg’s Wine and Harvest Festival
SATURDAY AND SUNDAY | DOWNTOWN CEDARBURG
During this transition between summer and fall, you can take a walk down the streets of Cedarburg to check out the local art vendors and live music performances. There are food courts set up throughout the festival as well as vendors selling a variety of clothes, jewelry and homemade decorative objects. Activity highlights over the weekend include a giant pumpkin weigh-off (judging is on Saturday at 11 a.m.), a grape stomping competition and a petting zoo for children available on both days.
4. Opening of See How They Run
FRIDAY, TIMES VARY | DOWNER THEATRE
Set in London during the 1950s, this movie is a Clue-like whodunit mystery directed by Tom George and starring Saorise Ronan, Sam Rockwell and Adrien Brody. The movie is PG-13, and you can check showtimes here.
5. Steve Peplin – Jazz/Guitar
FRIDAY 5 P.M. | GIGGLY AT SAINT KATE – THE ARTS HOTEL
Steve Peplin is a member of several Milwaukee-based bands and has been involved in Milwaukee music for over 20 years. Peplin has played in multiple notable orchestras including the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and Doc Severson. Head over to Saint Kate – The Arts Hotel to listen to Peplin play jazz and enjoy some drinks.
6. Gemini Parks and Dauzat St. Marie Concert
FRIDAY FROM 6-10 P.M. | THE COOPERAGE
Josh Berwanger, an artist who has previously worked with Milwaukee-based Good Lands Records, has a new funk pop band, Gemini Parks. They will be playing The Cooperage on Friday night, along with Dauzat St. Marie, a singer/songwriter duo. Find more details on The Cooperage’s website.
7. Milwaukee River Challenge
SATURDAY 9 A.M. | 25TH AND CANAL ST. TO SCHLITZ PARK
Over 700 rowers will be gathering in the Milwaukee River to race three miles through narrow canals and under 10 bridges in the Milwaukee River Challenge. Participants will range from high school, college and club levels and come from all over the Midwest. The Milwaukee Riverwalk District says good locations to watch are Pere Marquette Park in the Third Ward, near the Harley-Davidson Museum and at the Cherry Street Bridge finish line.
8. Fall Bayshore Art Festival
SATURDAY 10 A.M. – 5 P.M. | BAYSHORE MALL
This weekend-long art market is held throughout Bayshore Mall. Local artists will be selling their original works ranging from paintings to glass to wooden furniture. But you can also expect demonstrations and interactive booths, such as a graffiti wall that allow the participants to become artists. There will be food trucks at the market as well as on-site restaurants.
9. Live Band Brunch Kickoff
SATURDAY 11 A.M. – 2 P.M. | ZOCALO FOOD TRUCK PARK
Part of Southside Dining Week, the Live Band Brunch Kickoff will feature multiple bands playing throughout the afternoon. All food trucks at the park will be open, providing a range of food from ice cream to arepas. There will be a photo booth and yard games. Organizers will give free churros and ice cream to the first 50 guests.
10. Prosit Tosa
SATURDAY 1-8 P.M. | WAUWATOSA
Sunday morning farmers markets are transitioning into Saturday Oktoberfests, and to kick off the season, the Wauwatosa Historical Society is hosting its annual Prosit Tosa. There will be two bands on Saturday, an expanded children’s area, a dirndl and lederhosen contest, a (new this year!) stein holding contest and, of course, lots of beer.