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Guide to Loving Fall in Milwaukee

Annual fall events in Milwaukee, WI

As the fleeting Wisconsin summer leaves as quickly as it came, autumn begins to roll in. This season is a favorite of many and can be a blast when you do it right. So what’s the best way to relish the crisp autumnal vibes in Milwaukee, WI?

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A family poses through their sunroof on a fall day.Enjoy the Fall Colors in Nature

Perhaps the most iconic fall image is that of the color-changing leaves. We get to enjoy many wonderful autumn colors here in Wisconsin, and it can be truly striking to get out and enjoy them. A great way to appreciate the beauty is to journey out on one of Milwaukee’s quality hiking trails. Some of our favorites include the Seven Bridges trail, Wehr Nature Center trails, Oak Leaf trail, Hank Aaron State trail, Beerline trail, and the Havenwoods State Forest trails.

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Milwaukee Film Festival

Autumn is also home to the city’s biggest arts event: the Milwaukee Film Festival. Beginning on the fourth Thursday of September and lasting for 15 days, the Milwaukee Film Festival generally hosts more than three hundred films from over fifty different countries, altogether making it the fifth largest film festival in the US.

The films of the Milwaukee Film Festival can be viewed at the Avalon Atmospheric Theater, Jan Serr Studio Cinema, Oriental Theatre, Times Cinema, Downer Theater and Fox Bay Cinema Grill.

Get Spooky

Fall in America bears the strong imprint of one iconic holiday: Halloween. Milwaukee is loaded with great Halloween events for both kids and adults. Events for kids and families include Boo at the Zoo, fun and treats at Betty Brinn Children’s Museum, and the family-friendly Halloween Legends and Lore at Old World Wisconsin.

Adults, meanwhile, can get their scare on with Adult Trick or Treat, the Gothic Milwaukee Tour, haunted trails at the Rock Complex, and a ghostly drinking experience at Shakers, Milwaukee’s haunted bar. DIYers can take a stroll through Forest Home Cemetery, a beautiful garden-style cemetery in its own right that features many of Milwaukee’s deceased legends.

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