Ultimate Fall Bucket List 2017 :: 50 Things to Do in Milwaukee this Autumn

Milwaukee Fall Bucket List

Time for FALL, the season of pumpkin spice lattes, cute boots, giant leaf piles and so much more! There are so many things to do in Milwaukee this fall, and we can hardly WAIT to get started! We are famous for our festivals, fairs and fun so be sure to get out there and see what the Milwaukee area has to offer. 

For more great resources for fall in Milwaukee, be sure to check out our many guides to the best of autumn in the area: 

The Milwaukee Mom’s Guide to September

Milwaukee Area Pumpkin Patches & Apple Orchards

Our Favorite Milwaukee Fall Festivals

15 Fall Road Trips for Milwaukee Families

15 Fabulous Hiking Trails

Pumpkin & Apple Recipe Round-Up

This year’s bucket list offers 50 ideas of things to do this fall for every budget, interest, and age. We’ve even included some fun ideas for date nights as well as for when you get together with the girls. Think you’ve done it all in Milwaukee, think again! (Please note to check each event/business website for the most up to date information.)

  • September is the beginning of Packer season! What a perfect time to put up fall decor and host a Packer party! More into college ball? Jump Around with BuckyPacker Party - Fall Bucket List
  • Visit Holy Hill
  • Join Milwaukee at the Zoo for Fall Family Free Days – October 7th, November 4th, and December 2nd. 
  • Head to Apple Harvest Fest in Waukesha on September 23rd for a day full of hay rides, nature walks, and the star of the show, apples!
  • Pack up your summer clothes and bust out the boots and scarves!
  • Go to Harvest Fair (September 22-24) at the Wisconsin State Fair Grounds. Admission is free to live entertainment and fun family activities. 
  • Run, walk, or tiptoe through a corn maze!
  • Go to New Berlin’s Apple Fest on October 1st and tour the historical museum, ride the barrel train, and square dance in the barn. 
  • Watch the Milwaukee River Challenge on September 16th. 
  • Neighborhood Night at Betty Brinn Museum offers free admission on the third Thursday of every month from 5-8pm. 
  • Rake a leaf pile…and jump right in!
  • The Family Farm in Grafton is open from September 27th until October 31st (closed on Mondays) to show off the fall colors and the splendor of a historic farmstead. 
  • Settle in for a night of pumpkin carving and spooky stories. 
  • Chill out at the Cheery Cherry Fall Fair in Menomonee Falls on September 24th. Yara in the Leaves - Ultimate Fall Bucket List
  • Put on your brave face and visit a haunted house.
  • Check out the 4th annual Maker Faire Milwaukee at the State Fair Grounds, September 23-24th. 
  • Take a Sunday drive through the fall colors
  • Get a babysitter for the littles and have a date night at the Cedarburg Wine and Harvest Festival, September 16-17; because Mom and Dad need a fall celebration too. 
  • Make a Halloween costume! 
  • Go out with the girls to Milwaukee Oktoberfest held on September 29th to October 1st AND get double the fun with the second weekend, October 6-8th 
  • Go trick or treating. 
  • Take Fido (or Frida) to the 6th annual Barktoberfest and enjoy a Stein on September 16th. 
  • Go to Fright Fest at Six Flags which runs from September 16th to October 31st. 
  • Date night at The Best of Milwaukee Awards Party hosted by Milwaukee Magazine on September 21st. 
  • Get down and dirty at the Tomato Romp on September 9th. 
  • Take a hike at one of the many area hiking trails and do a nature scavenger hunt. 
  • Take a tour of Lakefront Brewery for half the regular price every Monday from 4-8pm and also enjoy half price tap beer and cheese curds.
  • Go apple picking
  • Attend Laborfest on September 4th – It starts with a parade at Zeidler Square Park and ends at the Summerfest Grounds. 
  • Go for a hay ride
  • Join Historical Downtown Delafield for the Fall Art Walk on September 15th. 
  • Bake an apple pie. 
  • Welcome fall with Indian Summer Festival at Summerfest grounds, September 8th-10th. 
  • Spend the evening of October 20th at Kids Night Out with the Wisconsin Humane Society. 
  • Drink a seasonal brew
  • Celebrate Dia de Los Muertos at the Art Museum on October 16th. 
  • Sit back and relax at a backyard bonfire. 
  • Explore MKE on September 23rd and 24th with Doors Open Milwaukee: Make it extra exciting and let the kids pick where they want to go!
  • Paint a teal pumpkin to make your house allergy friendly for trick or treaters. 
  • Head down to Downtown Historic Cedarburg for a perfect October (the 14th and 15th) weekend at Oktoberfest.
  • Participate in International Peace Day on September 21st. 
  • Come out for a Milwaukee tradition at Briggs & Al’s Run & Walk to support Children’s Hospital on September 16th. 
  • Dress up for Boo at the ZooBoo at the Zoo - Fall Bucket List
  • Take a group – the family, the girls, or a double date – and go to a painting bar
  • See what’s new in the film world with the Milwaukee Film Festival happening September 28th to October 12th. 
  • Make your own caramel apple, take a train ride, or find your way through the corn maze at The Elegant Farmer for Autumn Harvest Festival.
  • Expect trills, chills, and frightful fun at Halloween Spooktacular at MKE Zoo on October 21st and 22nd. 
  • Go to a pumpkin patch
  • Visit the Third Ward for Gallery Night and Day for a Girls Night Out or a date night.
  • Support our local home teams and take the family to a sporting event or a Friday night high school football game. 

Show off your Milwaukee fall fun by using #mkembfall on Instagram. 

What fabulous activities would YOU add to this list? 

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One Response to Ultimate Fall Bucket List 2017 :: 50 Things to Do in Milwaukee this Autumn

  1. Oscar O'Malley October 31, 2017 at 10:13 am #

    Wow, thanks for the huge list of things to do in Milwaukee! I really like the “Boo at the Zoo” idea since it’s Halloween! I think my kids would love that. I love that there are so many fun things I can do with my kids here.

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