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September What’s Up Guide

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

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Beer Gardens

The Traveling Beer Gardens and The Vine Humboldt close for the season after Labor Day, but there are still plenty of opportunities for #beergardening.

Pop-Up Beer Garden at Craft Fair

Enjoy a brew at the Pop-Up just outside the entrance to the Harvest of Arts & Crafts, a juried fair of more than 100 artists.

Sept. 7 & 8, at Trimborn Farm

Get Details on the Craft Fair!

But Wait, There's More!

Continue to support your parks at the season-long beer and wine gardens, including South Shore Terrace and Whitnall Beer Garden.  

Get Details on All the Beer Gardens!

Kite Festival at Veterans Park

International Kite Festival

See the giant kites at the Frank Mots International Kite Festival at Milwaukee's Lakefront. Bring your kite or buy one onsite and take part in the Grand Launch of hundreds of kites! FREE admission!

Sept. 7 & 8, at Veterans Park

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Harvest Moon

Quarter- and Full-Moon Walks

Stroll through the Botanical Gardens by the light of the First Quarter moon at the Family Moonlight Walk.

Sept. 6, at Boerner Botanical Gardens

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Join a Wehr Naturalist to explore facts and folklore surrounding the moon, go on a one-hour hike under the Harvest moon and end the evening around the campfire.

Sept. 14, at Wehr Nature Center

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MC Smith & John Minard at South Shore Terrace

More Music!

Take in some great local talent performing at Bay View Beats at South Shore Terrace, the Whitnall Beer Garden, as well as farmers markets and special events in the Parks.

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

Monarch Butterfly Taggin at Grant Park

Monarch Tagging

Become a citizen scientist for a day by helping to capture, tag and release monarch butterflies. Recommended for ages 5 and up. Registration required!

Sept. 7, at Grant Park

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Cross Shooshko Cyclocross Race at Kosciuszko Park

WI CX Series Cyclocross Races

Cross Shooshko & Humboldt Park CX

Register to take part or just come out to watch! Bikers will be navigating the obstacles on mixed-terrain courses and will be showing some skillful bike-handling! 

Sept. 8, at Kosciuszko Park
Sept. 28, at Humboldt Park

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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.

Sept. 13 – Oct. 20, at Boerner Botanical Gardens

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Barktoberfest at Estabrook Park


It's Gemütlichkeit for dogs! It's a day of fun and activities for all ages, and it's for both humans and their K9 friends. There's a lure course, an agility course, vendors and of course, beer! 

Sept. 14, at Estabrook Park

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Wisconsin Orchid Society Show & Sale at The Domes

Orchid Show & Sale

Everything you wanted to know about orchids in one place! See award-winning orchids and orchid-related exhibits, talk with Wisconsin Orchid Society members, purchase orchids and orchid-related items. The show is included with general admission to The Domes.

Sept. 14 & 15, at The Domes

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Mexican Independence Parade

Mexican Independence
Parade & Festival

Celebrate Mexican Independence! See the parade's colorful floats and units featuring traditional attire. At the festival, enjoy live music, food and entertainment — including an El Grito performance. Fun for the family! FREE admission.

Sept. 15, Parade Kickoff, at 20th & Oklahoma
Festival, at UMOS Center

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Welcome to Hundred Acre Woods

Floral Shows

Explore a fall 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.

Sept. 8, LAST DAY: summer show, Fathoms Below
Sept. 21 – Nov. 10, fall show, Welcome to Hundred Acre Woods, at The Domes

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Bug Day at Wehr Nature Center

Bug Day: Butterflies, Ladybugs…

Explore the world of butterflies, ladybugs, beetles and other invertebrates through show, tell and touch displays with live critters from Wisconsin and across the globe. Dress like a bug, go on a bug discovery walk and sample creepy crawly cuisine (yes, insects!).

Sept. 22, at Wehr Nature Center

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The Great Inflatable Race

The Great Inflatable Race

Take part in "The Bounciest Fun Run on Earth!" You and your friends will feel like kids again as you jump, dive and bounce to the finish line of this race course filled with inflatable obstacles. 

Sept. 28, at Veterans Park

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Glo Run Night Race at Milwaukee's Lakefront

5K,10K Run/Walks

Featured Run: Glow Run Night Race

Join the late-summer night race along Milwaukee's Lakefront! Choose a timed 5K or 10K, or a fun run 5K. The event charity partner is Ronald McDonald House Charities Eastern Wisconsin.

Sept. 7, at McKinley Park

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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")

Walker Square Farmers Market

Farmers Markets

Weekly farmers markets have sprouted up 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 six parks.

Get Details on Each Farmers Market!


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