Ultimate Fall Bucket List :: 50 Things to Do in Milwaukee this Fall {Free Printable!}

Summer is coming to a close and we are soon approaching 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 Quick and Dirty Guide to Fall in Milwaukee

Milwaukee Area Pumpkin Patches and Apple Orchards

Coming Soon: Fall Festivals, Haunted Houses, Trick or Treat Times and more!

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 8th, November 5th, and December 3rd. 
  • Head to Apple Harvest Fest in Waukesha on September 17 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 23-25) 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 2nd and tour the historical museum, ride the barrel train, and square dance in the barn. 
  • Watch the Milwaukee River Challenge
  • Neighborhood Night at Betty Brinn Museum offers free admission on the third Thursday of every month. 
  • Rake a leaf pile…and jump right in!
  • The Family Farm in Grafton is open in October 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 25th. Yara in the Leaves - Ultimate Fall Bucket List
  • Put on your brave face and visit a haunted house.
  • Check out the third annual Maker Faire Milwaukee at the State Fair Grounds. 
  • 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; because Mom and Dad need a fall celebrations too. 
  • Make a Halloween costume! 
  • Go out with the girls to MKE Oktoberfest held on September 29th to October 2nd. 
  • Go trick or treating. 
  • Take Fido (or Frida) to Barktoberfest and enjoy a Stein. 
  • Go to Fright Fest at Six Flags. 
  • Date night at The Best of Milwaukee Awards Party hosted by Milwaukee Magazine on September 22nd. 
  • Get down and dirty at the Tomato Romp
  • Take a hike at one of the many area hiking trails and do a nature scavenger hunt. 
  • Have a day date at Milwaukee Oktoberfest happening at Veteran’s Park on October 13th-16th. Apple Picking - Fall Bucket List
  • Go apple picking. 
  • Attend Laborfest on September 5th – 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 16th. 
  • Bake an apple pie. 
  • Welcome fall with Indian Summer Festival at Summerfest grounds. 
  • Spend an evening 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 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 8th and 9th) 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. 
  • 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 22nd to October 6th. 
  • Get the girls together for a Pinterest night at Loft 24 – every first Thursday of the month – bring your Pinterest board ideas!
  • Expect trills, chills, and frightful fun at Halloween Spooktacular at MKE Zoo. 
  • 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. 

To make things even easier for you to check out all these fun Milwaukee activities, we’ve made a PRINTABLE Milwaukee Fall Bucket List! Show off your Milwaukee fall by using #mkembfall on Instagram. 

Ultimate Milwaukee Fall Bucket List

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What fabulous activities would YOU add to this list? 

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