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9 Things to Do This Weekend: September 5-8

Oktoberfest, beer brewing, comedy tours, festivals and a margarita crawl, oh my! There’s a lot going on in Milwaukee this weekend, so get your calendars out.


Bavarian Bierhaus Oktoberfest 2019

A month of beer activities doesn’t sound so bad to us. For its 60th year, the Bavarian Bierhaus (700 W Lexington Blvd., Glendale) hosts Oktoberfest for five weekends in a row from Friday, September 6 through Saturday, October 5 at various times. This year, Oktoberfest will feature brews from Bavarian Bierhaus, Spaten and Weihenstephan. For all the details and more, there is even an app available for iPhone and Android users.

Photo courtesy of Visit Milwaukee
Riverwest Backyard Hops Brew Day 2019

Ever wonder how the local breweries make their oh-so-delicious beer? You can experience it firsthand with the Riverwest Backyard Hops Brew Day on Sunday, September 8 beginning at noon at Company Brewing (735 E Center St.). The Riverwest Brewery Syndicate – comprising of Company Brewing, Black Husky, Gathering Place and Lakefront – will be present to add hops, serve their own brews, talk all things beer and more.



The annual suburban festival returns for another year of fun. Tosafest runs from Friday, September 6 through Saturday, September 7 at different smart times at Hart Park (7300 W Chestnut St.). In addition to delicious local food vendors, the event also features local musicians, kids’ activities, and as a bonus, all the proceeds go to local charities.

Harbor Fest 2019

Love fish? Love boats? How about a festival that celebrates both? Harbor Fest takes place on Sunday, September 8 from 11a.m. to 4p.m. outside the UWM School of Freshwater Sciences (600 E Greenfield Ave.). This free festival includes live music, local food, boat rides, the Milwaukee Boat Parade and more.

Photo by Eddee Daniel
St. Gregory the Great Festival

This isn’t your typical small festival. The St. Gregory the Great Festival runs from Thursday, September 5 through Sunday, September 8 at various times at St. Gregory the Great Festival (3160 S 63rd St.). Most notably, The Now, will take center stage on Friday. The festival also includes plenty of live music, food, beer and more.

Rummage Sales

The Riverwest Fall Rummage Sale and Flea Market

Whether you just want to browse, or you’re coming with a full list of things you need, it doesn’t hurt to just look. The Riverwest Fall Rummage Sale and Flea Market takes place Saturday, September 7 from 9a.m. to 5p.m. at the newly expanded event space that includes the entire 3000 block of Fratney Street and the 700 block of east Burleigh St. In addition to over 150 vendors, the event also includes live music, food trucks and more.


2019 unGALA: Surrealist Ball

This event is for art connoisseurs as well as for those who aren’t. The Friends of the Haggerty Museum of Art presents another lively fundraiser, the unGALA: Surrealist Ball on Saturday, September 7 at the We Energies Public Service Building (231 W Michigan St.).  This year, the Surrealist Ball is inspired by “Madonna of Port Lligat” for an evening of costumes, food, drinks, music, dancing, art installations, performances, games and more.

Milwaukee Tacos and Margs Crawl

A day full of margaritas and tacos sounds good to us. The Tags and Margs Crawl comes to Milwaukee on Saturday, September 7 from 2p.m. to 9p.m. beginning at TRIO (1023 N Old World 3rd St.). Attendees will crawl to six different bars that will have specials, deals, free cover and more.

Best of Tacos (Bracket)
Photo by Adam Ryan Morris

Laugh Out Loud

Simply Hilarious Comedy Tour 2019

We hate to say it, but summer is almost over, so we’re in need of a laugh or two. The Simply Hilarious Comedy Tour comes to Milwaukee on Saturday, September 7 at 8p.m. at the Milwaukee High Life Theatre (500 W Kilbourn Ave.). The tour stars Deon Cole and Michael Blackson, with Bruce Bruce and Red Grant hosting.



Caroline Blair is a digital marketing intern for Milwaukee Magazine. She just finished her sophomore year at Syracuse University studying magazine journalism and marketing. She grew up in Milwaukee and is excited to be spending her summer here interning at Milwaukee Magazine.