Things to Do in Milwaukee in Fall


Labor Day has come and gone, and school is officially back in session. Fall is upon us, which means football, bonfires and those beautiful fall colors that Wisconsin is known for. Just because the summer heat is ending doesn’t mean the fun is. Find the fall fun you’re looking for right here in Milwaukee.

Kick off the season right with the Harvest Fair at State Fair Park. The Wisconsin State Fair hosts this annual festival that celebrates all that is fall. There’s live entertainment, family activities and plenty of food. Best of all? Admission is free!

Is beer more your up your alley? This is Brew City, after all! MKE Oktoberfest has all the music, food and, of course, beer you could ask for on a crisp fall day. Stop by Pere Marquette Park and the Marcus Center Grounds for this free fest that celebrates Milwaukee’s rich German culture.

When you start missing Indian Summer, look no further than the annual Hunting Moon Pow Wow! The UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena will come alive with Native American culture. Participants can compete in dance, drum and singing competitions. Other attendees can enjoy taking in the sights and sounds while shopping a wide variety of vendor booths selling supplies, food, arts and crafts.

Milwaukee is always abuzz when Halloween rolls around. Why settle for a scary movie when there are so many spooky thrills within such a short drive? You’ll be sure to find the eerie adventure you’re itching for at one of the area’s many Halloween-time attractions. Check out this comprehensive listing of Milwaukee area haunted houses.


There’s one thing about fall that Wisconsin does exceptionally well – showcase those bright, beautiful fall colors. These hues don’t last long, so be sure to set aside a day to get out into nature and enjoy them. Milwaukee County boasts dozens of hiking and biking trails, and even more breathtaking views available within a relatively short drive. Have you ever seen the fall leaves from the top of historic Holy Hill in Hubertus? Add that to your bucket list!


For those chilly days when you want to get out of the house but need to stay warm, there’s always entertainment inside Potawatomi Hotel & Casino. From blues to funk to rock and roll and so much more, there’s something for everyone. Trying to save some money for the holidays? Check out a free show! Potawatomi Hotel & Casino offers live music and stand-up comedy almost every night of the week, and it won’t cost you a dime!

Hot summer nights may be coming to an end, but there’s plenty of fun left to be had. What memories will you make this fall?