October is nearly here, and it has already arrived in full effect.
I’ve been sneezing a lot lately, which is how I can tell that fall has truly started. But those sneezes aren’t going to stop me from experiencing the fun that’s going to be gracing Milwaukee this week.
Gesundheit!…I mean…Guten Tag! Oktoberfest is finally here in all of its fabulous German glory. There are a couple different takes on Oktoberfest (and beer) in the next few days. Here are a few:
Starting today and continuing through Sunday, the MKE Oktoberfest is an event you aren’t going to want to miss. Held at the Pere Marquette Park in downtown Milwaukee, you’ll be able to get your fill of the holy trinity of Oktoberfest – beer, pretzels, and polka.
There is also an Oktoberfest event being held at the Bavarian Bierhaus in Glendale, which is a newly opened craft brewery! They have a beer hall, beer garden, and a sweet dining/tap room. There will be some Oktoberfestivities (see what I did there?) that include dancing, music, pretzels, and of course, Usingers Sausage. The Bierhaus is actually built on landmark property, and used to be the home of several German establishments! Most recently, it was home to the Bavarian Inn, which served as a hub for German culture in Milwaukee, and is actually home to the Bavarian Soccer Club – which is one of the premier soccer (or should I say futbol?) clubs in Wisconsin. This event is a continuation of the longest running Oktoberfest celebration in the city, which is pretty darn amazing. Special shoutout to Dan Beyer of Dan Beyer Architects for designing such a beautiful space! Since they did just open, there is sure to be some great beer on tap, and it will definitely satiate your need for an authentic Oktoberfest!
East Troy Oktoberfest Train
Saturday at 5PM you’ll be able to enjoy a fifteen-mile train ride with German food and beer! I know it is a bit of a way outside of Milwaukee, but it will most definitely be worth the small drive. The scenery will be wonderful and not a bad way to take in the beautiful fall colors, the atmosphere will be impeccable, and the libations will be fantastic. It’s kid friendly too, there will even be a stop for them to get off and have some time outside on a playground! Although a ticket comes to $64 per person, this is a very unique event that will stick in your memory for a long while. Plus, how many people get to say they experienced Oktoberfest on a train?
Mobcraft Brewery Grand Opening
Milwaukee is getting graced with yet another brewery opening! Walker’s Point will be the newest location for the Madison-based company. This is a three day celebration, with Friday & Saturday full of free music and special tappings, and Sunday with a ticketed beer & breakfast pairing! They have a very unique idea for a brewery, as all of their craft brews are made through requests from customers! This is a giant step for any brewery to take, because it makes all of their beers ‘seasonal’ in a way. As a Madison native, and Milwaukee transplant, I’ve seen the waves that Mobcraft has created throughout Southern Wisconsin, and I’m so excited to have one of their breweries available in Milwaukee! If you’re a person that loves variety when it comes to beer, this is going to be your new favorite hangout.
Haunted History Pub Crawl Tour
This is actually one of the most creative bar/pub crawls I’ve seen in a while. This is the kick-off weekend for the event, which will be taking place every weekend until Halloween! Hop on the bus and get taken on a journey through the haunted and mysterious history of our great city. You’ll hear scary stories, truthful tales, and horrible hauntings on this 21+ adventure. Just to let you know, these sites that you’ll be visiting do have active ghost sightings, so maybe bring an extra pair of underwear too. As far as the locations you'll be hopping to? They're an eery mystery. Grab your tickets ($35 per person) today and prepare to be spooked!
Alright, so we’ve gotten through our Oktoberfest and beer related good times, now let’s move on to the non-alcoholic fun.
Bucks Fan Fest
This Sunday is the Bucks’ first open practice and (fourth annual) Fan Fest! Round up the family, head to the Bradley Center, and let loose. The absolute best part about this event? IT’S FREE! That’s right, you get to see an hour long practice (introducing some awesome new talent to Milwaukee), and then participate in a few activities. There will be autograph signing, photos with the players, free throw shooting, a NBA 2K17 video game station, and appearances from your favorite Bucks Dancers and of course, my favorite, Bango. I’m out of breath trying to explain everything that will be happening, and I haven’t even gotten to the end of the list! Check out more on the Bucks’ website, here. Saturday afternoon is going to be a slam-dunk of a good time. Don’t miss it.
Boerner Botanical Gardens will be hosting this beautiful installation throughout the month of October! These lights and structures are brought in from Zigong City, China, and were created on-site by the artists. An absolutely wonderful feat of art is able to be viewed here – including a two story tall pagoda, a three-foot glass panda, and 36 other installations throughout the gardens. The month of October will also be filled with traditional Chinese performances such as Tibetan dance, face changing, Sichuan Opera, and traditional Chinese dance throughout stages in the garden. The entertainment doesn’t stop there – traditional Chinese dishes will be available for purchase, and there will be an illumination parade every night at 6:15. I really can’t wait to head over to the gardens, it looks so cool!
That’s all I have for you this week, did we miss anything that you think should have been included? Let us know! We hope you have an amazing week, and we will be checking back with you soon.