The Best Things to Do in Milwaukee This September

Lights, flights and delicious bites make our calendar this month.



SEPT. 2-OCT. 2

Take a trip to Munich – without the airfare – at Bavarian Bierhaus’ Oktoberfest at Old Heidelberg Park. The menu features wurst-centric food options with Märzen and other traditional German brews on tap. Check it out any Thursday-Sunday all month long. The shelter is cozy rain or shine.

Bavarian Bierhaus in Milwaukee
Bavarian Bierhaus; Photo by Visit Milwaukee


Downtown Dining Week  

SEPT. 8-15 | $

Take advantage of bargain prices to try someplace new! Participating restaurants offer prix fixe menus for lunch (two-three courses, $15-$25) and dinner (three courses, $35-$45). The Knick, Rodizio Grill and Turning Table MKE are just a few spots participating this year. Eat up!

Turning Tables Tavern is participating in Downtown Dining Week 2022; Photo by Eric Kleppe Montenegro



What’s Brew City’s best? We’ve picked 16 of our favorite Milwaukee craft beers for a March Madness-style tournament, but it’s up to you to pick the winner! Will it be bright and hoppy? Dark and malty? A zippy lager? Every one is worthy of the title; who will claim the sudsy crown?


Harvest Fair

SEPT. 23-25

Head to Wisconsin State Fair Park for this fall celebration. Go for the farmers market, pumpkin bowling and scarecrow-making. Plan on lumberjack shows and country music for entertainment, and save room for a cream puff.


Pet Fest

SEPT. 24

Have a four-legged friend? This is the place to bring them. Agility courses, a “pup-up” beer garden and treats galore. Dress them up to compete in the costume contest – all bunned wiener dogs are welcome. Don’t have a pet yet? Local rescue organizations will be there too, along with their adoptable furry friends.

Photo courtesy of Fromm Petfest


Festa Italiana

SEPT. 24-25 | $

Food, family and tradizione – that’s the Festa Italiana experience. This year, the beloved ethnic festival will have a new location, the Italian Community Center, but it will still have Festa favs like bocce, “Italian Idol” and Sunday Mass. Make sure to grab a cannoli.

Photo courtesy of Festa Italiana


Rhythm and Brews

SEPT. 29 | $

Microbreweries and local music acts headline this new Mitchell Park Domes event. Tour the desert, tropical and floral environments to find your favorite stage and something to munch on. A $30 ticket gets you inside, plus two drinks. All proceeds benefit the Domes’ education programs.


China Lights

SEPT. 16-OCT. 30 | $

Thousands of LED lights will deck out the Boerner Botanical Gardens. While massive dragons and huggable pandas are show-stoppers, the beauty of this artform is in the details. Pay attention to the intricate textures and delicate patterns in the scales and fur. And don’t miss the performances at the two live stages.

Photo by Emily Heller, MKE Parks


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Alli Watters is the digital and culture editor at Milwaukee Magazine. That means that in addition to running this website, she covers art, entertainment, style, home and more for the magazine. It also means she doesn't sleep much.