Milwaukee County Parks

October What’s Up Guide

Pumpkin Pavilion at Humboldt Park

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Your quick guide to events and programs coming up in Milwaukee County Parks.

South Shore Terrace - Private Rentals

Beer-Gardening Weekends

Enjoy the lake view with a brew at South Shore Terrace Kitchen & Beer Garden. Our most popular beer garden is open to the public Saturdays and Sundays only. 

Weekends through Nov. 3, at South Shore Park 

Private Weekday Events

Share the experience of South Shore Terrace with your friends and guests at your next private gathering! Schedule your rental Monday – Friday, through Nov. 1

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Wisconsin Music Ventures Find Us in the Park Concert Series

Fall Outdoor "Find Us" Concerts

Professional musicians and audiences come together to experience inspiring performance environments in unexpected locations. See upcoming concerts at Kletzsch Park near the Oak Leaf Trail north of Picnic Area 2 and Noyes Park on the grassy area east of the driving range.

Oct. 5, Dream City Strings at Kletzsch Park
Oct. 20, Avec le Bois at Noyes Park

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Find more music at Farmers Markets and events …

More Music! (under "Park Events," check "music")

Cider Sunday at Wehr Nature Center

Cider Sunday

Enjoy a fall festival loaded with apples! Use a cider press, see apple butter being made over an open fire and have a sample, go pumpkin bowling, top your own caramel apple, and try a variety of apples and apple treats. Lots of food, activities, and entertainment for all ages!

Grand Reopening Celebration

Join us at 12:30 p.m. to mark the completion of our building remodeling project and our 10-year journey to make Wehr not only a Place for All Seasons, but A Place for Everyone! 

Oct. 6, at Wehr Nature Center

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China Lights Tickets on Sale Aug.8

China Lights Lantern Festival

See the spectacular China Lights: Treasures of China! The lantern festival features sculptural displays from three-feet to three-stories high, professional entertainment, a variety of Asian and Western food selections, and a bustling marketplace.

Through Oct. 20, at Boerner Botanical Gardens

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Illuminate MKE - concert at Veterans Park

ILLÜMINATE MKE Music Festival 

Head down to the Lakefront for a night of exceptional music by local artists, food, carnival games, and unforgettable memories.

Oct. 11, at Veterans Park

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Warbler from Birds of Lake Park

Important Bird Area Status for Parks

Join Natural Areas Coordinator, Brian Russart, as he speaks about Milwaukee County Parks being recognized by the WI Bird Conservation Initiative as an Important Bird Area.  

Oct. 13, at Lake Park

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Halloween Haunts at Wehr Nature Center

Halloween Haunts

Walk into the woodland for Halloween fun combined with the beauty of nature at night. Designed especially for families with children age 4 to 10. Advance Tickets Required!

Oct. 17 – 19, at Wehr Nature Center

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Accessible Halloween Haunts Matinee

Take a daytime self-guided walk into Wetland Wonderland, featuring costumed characters. Registration required for groups. 

Oct. 19, at Wehr Nature Center

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Pumpkin Pavilion at Humboldt Park

Pumpkin Pavilion

Help create the 1,000 jack-o'-lanterns for the Pumpkin Pavilion. Return on Friday for the Grand Lighting at 7 p.m., the kickoff to two days of glowing pumpkins, hayrides, live music, local food, and more! (See top banner photo of the pumpkins at night!)

Oct. 16 & 17, Pumpkin Carving
Oct. 18 & 19, Pumpkin Pavilion Festivities
at Humboldt Park

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And More Pumpkins!

Autumn Celebration: Oct. 12, at Washington Park 

Pumpkins in the Park: Oct. 12, at Pulaski-Cudahy Park

Trek n Treat: Oct. 13, at Grant Park

Pumpkin Fest: Oct. 18 & 19, Hales Corners Park 

Fall Fest: Oct. 19, at Center Street Park

Halloween in the Park: Oct. 19, at Greenfield Park


Milwaukee Monster Fore Miler at Brown Deer Golf Course

5K,10K Run/Walks

Featured Run: Monster Fore Miler

Put on your costume and come out for a nighttime fun run, winding your way along the paved cart paths at Brown Deer Golf Course. Choose the Fore Miler, the 1-mile Mulligan March, or the Kiddos 1K. Stay for the costume contests!

Oct. 19, at Brown Deer Golf Course

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Join a run/walk to do your personal best and to help an organization do good in the community.

More Run/Walks! (under "Park Events" check "Run/Walk")


Lake Park Poster available at

New Maptacular Posters

Decorate your walls AND support your Parks at the same time! The 2019 Maptacular posters are now available. Artists with Milwaukee ties created maps in their own distinct styles. The 11 new maps include Lake Park, Estabrook Park, and Cathedral Square.

See All the Posters!

Fall Scramble at Milwaukee County Golf

Fall Scrambles at 7 Courses!

The Golf Season is still going strong! Some of the courses have special themes, such as the “Family Spooky Scramble” at Dretzka. Sign up as a foursome, individual…or as a family!

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Lake Park Vintage Postcard

The Olmsted Legacy

Join Paul Daniel Marriott, PhD for the presentation, Beyond the Olmsted Legacy: Valuing Lake Park and Other Historic Milwaukee Landscapes. Frederick Law Olmsted, the Father of Landscape Architecture and designer of New York's Central Park, designed Milwaukee County's Lake, Riverside, and Washington Parks.

Oct. 19, at Lake Park

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Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) at The Domes

Dia de los Muertos

Celebrate Day of the Dead! The Desert Dome will be filled with candlelight, orange marigolds, ofrendas, and cheerful, brightly colored decorations. Join us for live music and dance, crafts for the kids, food, and special character appearances!

Oct. 25, at The Domes

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Welcome to 100 Acre Woods - Fall Floral Show at The Domes

Fall Floral Show

Visit Welcome to Hundred-Acre Woods, a garden show inspired by AA Milne's works about his son, Christopher Robin, exploring the woods with his favorite bear and bestest friends. Chrysanthemums blanket the show with rich fall color. The show is included with general admission to The Domes.

Through Nov. 10, at The Domes

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Walker Square Farmers Market

Fall Harvest at the Farmers Markets

Fall's bounty is showing up at weekly farmers markets in the Parks! Fresh-from-the-farm produce from local farmers and a variety of prepared foods by local vendors are ready to take home or eat on the spot!

The big harvests are coming in at five parks.

Get Details on Each Farmers Market!


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