10 Events To Make the Most of This Weekend: September 27-29

Put the sweatpants and Netflix away (or don’t, we’re not judging), because we have 10 great Milwaukee events for you this weekend.

Whether you’re a Milwaukeean born and bred, new in town, or just visiting, it can be hard deciding how to spend your weekend when there’s just so much the city has to offer! If you’re feeling overwhelmed by all of Milwaukee’s many options, have no fear, we have 10 events for you to make the most of this weekend.

If You Want to See the City

Doors Open Milwaukee

Fans of architecture and all things urban can’t miss Doors Open Milwaukee – A weekend-spanning public celebration of Milwaukee’s art, architecture, culture, and history. Over 170 buildings in the Milwaukee area are open to the public from 10-5 for free exploration or guided tours starting at $10 a ticket. 

Throughout Milwaukee Saturday and Sunday.

Read MilMag’s Picks For Doors Open Milwaukee 2019

If you’re looking to get outdoors this weekend, you might enjoy HKE MKE, the Rotary Club of Milwaukee’s 2.5-mile hike through Riverside Park, the Milwaukee Rotary Centennial Arboretum and along both sides of the Milwaukee River. All proceeds go to the Urban Ecology center to help connect tens of thousands of urban youth and adults to nature.

Sunday from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Urban Ecology Center and Riverside Park. The finish line activities are open until 1 p.m.

Photo Courtesy of Visit Milwaukee
Fear District

Can’t wait to get haunted this Halloween season? Starting this weekend, the Deer District around Fiserv Forum will transform four days a week into the Fear District, your local destination for ghoulish fun in the way of movie screenings, haunted houses, interactive games and themed cuisine.

Fiserv Forum, varying hours Thursdays-Sundays through Nov. 3.

Best Stops For Food and Drink

Walker’s Point Fifth Street Fest

Take part in a celebration of local culture, food, beer and music of the Greater Downtown neighborhood of Walker’s Point at Walker’s Point Fifth Street Fest. All proceeds go to the Walker’s Point Association, a local non-profit.

Saturday from Noon-10:30 p.m. at S. 5th St. in Walker’s Point, 


Enjoy live music and classic Belgian brews on the rooftop at Café Benelux in the Third Ward for Kwaktoberfest, celebrating the release of a mysterious new bier almost ten years in the making.

Café Benelux, N. Broadway, Saturday, 4 to 10 p.m.

Your Official Guide to Celebrating Oktoberfest in Milwaukee
Pabst Mansion’s Beer Baron Bash

The historic Pabst Mansion will be the venue for an outdoor beer festival this weekend. The event will have food trucks, craft beer, brewing demonstrations, live music and more. While general entry is free, it is $2 for a wristband to buy beer. Proceeds from the event will support the Pabst Mansion. 

Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Pabst Mansion

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Courtesy of the Pabst Mansion

If You’re In the Mood For Something Different

10th Annual Milwaukee Tattoo Arts Convention

The world’s largest tattoo convention tour is returning to Milwaukee for the 10th Annual Milwaukee Tattoo Arts Convention, ready to dish out some serious ink from local, national, and international artists. Tattooing professionals can also find vendors with top-of-the-line supplies, and enthusiasts will be delighted by merch and sideshow entertainment.

The Wisconsin Center, Friday through Sunday

Wisconsin Center. Photo courtesy of Visit Milwaukee.
Free Outdoor Yoga

For an activity that’s great for your health and your wallet, check out the Free Outdoor Yoga at Hands in Harmony Piano Studio. Organizers say the event is beginner-friendly and weather-providing.

Hands in Harmony Piano Studio on West Highland Boulevard, 9 a.m. Saturday

If You’re Looking for a Show

The Revolutionists

Fans of theater and girl power won’t want to miss the Milwaukee debut of the irreverent historical comedy The Revolutionists, premiering at Next Act Theater this weekend. The play follows the exploits of four women from wildly different walks of life trying to keep their heads during the French Revolution.

Sept. 26-Oct. 20 at the Next Act Theatre

Read the Fall Arts Guide
For the Love of Craft

Do you like documentaries? Do you like beer? Do you like free movies? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you might find yourself among friends this Saturday at Urban Harvest Brewing Company watching For the Love of Craft, a documentary short about craft brewing and the people behind it. $1 from each beer sale will be donated to the Wisconsin Brewers Guild to support independent brewers.

Sept. 28 at Urban Harvest Brewing Company. Showtimes at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Photo courtesy of JMKE Photography




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.