Top Eight Things To Do In Milwaukee This October

Fall is here, and there’s a whole lot going on.


FEAR District

Through Nov. 3
Deer District

If you didn’t “fear the deer” before, you will now. This month, the Bucks’ home base is being transformed into a spooky fairground of sorts, with carnival games, themed attractions, food, drinks and a haunted house. Tickets cost $20 for adults and $15 for seniors and kids.

Photo by Matt Hrodey




“Chain of Events: Tyanna Buie”

Oct. 5-Nov. 24
Woodland Pattern Book Center

FREE — UW-Madison grad and former Mary Nohl fellow Tyanna Buie is gaining national recognition for her multidisciplinary art. Now she’s the subject of a thought-provoking photographic exhibit that examines the relationship between past and present.




Milwaukee Fashion Week

Oct. 9-10
Plant No. 4

For two nights (don’t take the name “Fashion Week” too literally), a former knitting factory in the Third Ward is going to see more knits and wovens than it likely has in years. Several local designers, like the creepy-cool Silversärk, will be sending looks down the runway for the show. And fashion lovers with a little extra cash in their Birkin bags can chat up the designers afterward, by purchasing tickets to a gala at the Harley-Davidson Museum to celebrate the culmination of the event.

Milwaukee Fashion Week 2018
Milwaukee Fashion Week 2018





Oct. 17-20
Marcus Center

All eyes are on Milwaukee Ballet this fall. The venerable dance company opened a sprawling new space in the Third Ward last month. And this month, it’s kicking off its 50th season by revisiting the first full-length show it ever staged, the 19th-century comic ballet about a man who falls in love with a doll.

Milwaukee Ballet Company, Compieta; photo by Mark Frohna





Oct. 12
South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center

If you liked the Pitch Perfect movies, then you’ll love this. Local high school and college a cappella groups will come together for a workshop led by the internationally acclaimed vocal group Six Appeal (who recently won the Grand Prix prize at the annual Moscow Spring A Cappella festival). And, after spending the day learning how to stay in harmony together, they’ll open for the group at an evening concert. Ticket sales support the Rotary Club of Mitchell Field.




Dia de los Muertos Ofrendas

Oct. 12-Nov. 22
Latino Arts, Inc.

In Mexico, legend has it that the spirits of our deceased loved ones return to us each year from Oct. 31 through Nov. 2. Consider that reason enough to attend this striking cultural exhibition to admire handmade altars, candy skulls, original artwork and other offerings for the dearly departed.

A calavera is a representation of a human skull. The term is most often applied to decorative or edible skulls made (usually by hand) from either sugar (called Alfeñiques) or clay which are used in the Mexican celebration of the Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos) and the Roman Catholic holiday All Souls' Day.
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Brady Street Pet Parade

Oct. 13
Brady Street

Are you wishing for a socially acceptable excuse to dress up your pet? Now you’ve got one! Many of the animals marching in this annual parade will be adorably gussied up. Plus, there are numerous competitions, including best costume, tail-wagging and pet/owner look-alikes. And Father Tim Kitzke will be on hand to bless your four-legged friend.

Brady Street Pet Parade 2013 costume contest winner; photo courtesy of Steph Salvia




Hunting Moon Pow Wow

Oct. 18-20
Wisconsin Center

For 15 years, the Hunting Moon Pow Wow has been celebrating indigenous culture – with singing, dancing and drumming. Even if you can’t claim a single Native American ancestor, you won’t want to miss the sights and sounds of the three-day celebration.

2015 Hunting Moon Pow Wow

This article appears in the October 2019 issue of Milwaukee Magazine.

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