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September 22, 2017 – October 29, 2017

China Lights at Boerner Botanical Gardens

China Lights logoBoerner Botanical Gardens hosts China Lights and the Chinese Lantern Festival, now through October 29, 2017 – due to popular demand, it’s been extended for one more week!

NOTE: Online ticket sales will be suspended from 9am Thursday through Monday the 23rd at 9am.

China Lights brings stunning illuminated sculptures to select venues around the world. Now, it floats into Milwaukee for an after-sundown celebration of Asian life and culture. The 9-acre Gardens transform into a magical paradise of enchanting illuminated displays. Dragons, glowing pagodas and iridescent pinwheels add color, vibrancy, and excitement.

Check out a backstage tour of the lanterns and participate in the nightly parade. Or simply enjoy wandering through the thrilling spectacle, which includes live performances of music, juggling and other arts. Enjoy a variety of Asian and Western cuisine from numerous local vendors, celebrate Asian culture with entertainment and live performances and a bustling marketplace. The entertainment ramps up Tuesdays through Sundays, 5:30pm-10pm – China Lights is closed Mondays.

Admission includes a link to the official festival tour mobile guide, which will provide fascinating insight about the wonders all around you as you stroll with your cell phone. Parking is free for China Lights; simply follow the signs along 92nd Street – one mile east of U.S. 45/Highway 100 – to find the lots.

Tickets can be purchased at the on-site box office during the event, through the event website at or they may be purchased at various county park locations. Tickets are good for any night of the current season that the event is open. No reciprocal garden admissions or Friends of Boerner Botanical Garden Memberships are valid during the China Lights special event. There is no refund due to rain, power outages, and/or other unforeseen conditions. In the unlikely event of a weather caused cancellation, patrons on the grounds will be given rain checks for a subsequent show.

Check their Facebook page for updates. You can get to Boerner Botanical Gardens just off U.S. 45/Highway 100 and Highway 24 via Whitnall Park in Hales Corners. I-41/894 & I-43 are also close by!

Address for China Lights & the Chinese Lantern Festival at Boerner:

Boerner Botanical Gardens
9400 Boerner Drive
Hales Corners, WI 53130
(414) 525-5600

Start: September 22, 2017 5:00 pm
End: October 29, 2017 10:00 pm
Venue: Boerner Botanical Gardens
Phone: 414-525-5600
9400 Boerner Drive, Hales Corners, WI, 53130, United States
Cost: 15

October 19, 2017 – October 22, 2017

Flyway Film Festival

Flyway Film Festival 2017 logoThe 10th annual Flyway Film Festival is held in Pepin and Alma along Highway 35, our gorgeous Great River Road, and across the river along U.S. 61 in Red Wing, Minnesota. Over 50 national and international independent films will be shown across multiple venues, with many filmmakers and industry professionals in attendance to interact with audiences via Q&A and networking events. It’s four days of films, workshops, music, and parties along the beautiful bluffs of the Mississippi River.

Check their website for films, times, and more!

Follow them on Twitter at @flywayfilmfest for updates, too.


Films AND views like this along Highway 35?? That’s worth going to!

Flyway Film Festival Venues:

Pepin Minema (that’s spelled right, it’s named for a “mini cinema”)
406 1st Street
Pepin, WI 54759
(855) 800-8008

Big River Theatre
121 S. Main Street (Highway 35)
Alma, WI 54610
(608) 685-4002

Sheldon Theatre
443 W. 3rd Street
Red Wing, MN 55066
(651) 388-8700

Start: October 19, 2017
End: October 22, 2017
Venue: FLyway Film Festival Offices
Phone: 651-304-7960
408 2nd Street, Pepin, WI, 54759, United States

October 20, 2017 – October 21, 2017

Gallery Night & Day, Milwaukee

Happening quarterly, Gallery Night & Day is one of the premier art events in Milwaukee. Over 50 venues throughout the Third Ward and Downtown serve as showcases for viewing art from paintings to sculptures to other creative outlets. Bars and restaurants stay open later than usual Friday night, while Saturday is a prime time to continue the gallery gallivanting while also enjoying the area’s unique and eclectic selection of shops.

This quarter, Gallery Night runs Friday and Saturday, October 20-21, 2017. I-794, U.S. 18, and Highway 32 are all amidst where it takes place; Highways 38, 59, and 145 get you close!

Full details and venue listings are available on their website.

Gallery Night & Day Address:

300 N. Broadway
Milwaukee, WI 53202

Start: October 20, 2017
End: October 21, 2017
Venue: Downtown & Historic Third Ward
Phone: 414-273-1173
400 N. Water Street, Milwaukee, WI, 53202, United States
Cost: Free

October 20, 2017 – October 21, 2017

Fall Fair to Remember

With Fall Fair to Remember, Washington County Fair Park near West Bend brims with an arts and crafts show that fills the Pavilion and Ziegler Fair Park buildings Friday and Saturday October 20-21, 2017. Check out all kinds of unique and attractive works of art for your home, garden, or wherever you choose to put ’em!

Parking is free and over 200 exhibitors will be there, offering paintings, photography, glass in many forms, ceramics, Metal-wood-concrete garden art, woodworking, jewelry, needlework, quilts, floral, pottery, and clothing for adults, children & dolls.

And check out Dick “the Spark Plug Guy” Cooley at Fall Fair to Remember! He’ll be creating unique sculptures right there at the Fair, and showcasing some of his previous creations:

Washington County Fair Park is located just off U.S. 45 and north of Highway 60 just south of West Bend at County PV (which stands for “Paradise Valley”.) Highways 33 and 144 come close too – and the fall colors in Kettle Moraine surrounding the area will be gorgeous!

Hours are 4 pm – 8 pm Friday night, and 9 am – 4 pm Saturday night. Wheelchair access is available.

Fall Fair To Remember Address:

Washington County Fair Park & Convention Center
3000 Highway PV
West Bend, WI 53095
(262) 692-9488

Start: October 20, 2017
End: October 21, 2017
Venue: Washington County Fair Park
Phone: 262-692-9488
3000 Highway PV, West Bend, WI, 53095, United States

October 20, 2017 – October 22, 2017

Harry Potter Festival

Harry Potter fans: ready your wands, cloaks, and brooms and get ready for a magical weekend you’ll never forget! The third annual Harry Potter Festival brings the magic to Jefferson for 2017 to allow an even bigger and better event with all of your favorite activities and vendors– plus a whole range of new experiences for Potter fans of all ages!

Wristbands are available in Jefferson at Piggly Wiggly, City Hall, The Drug Store, The Festival Shoppe at 230 S. Main St. and River’s Edge Meat Market & Catering. They may also be purchased at a price of $25 for Adults and $15 for Children, plus tax, shipping, and handling. Children two years of age and under are free!

Wristbands allow access to specialty events and venues such as live Wizards Chess, Dragon’s Alley, Serpent’s Alley, Festival Village, Quidditch Matches, the Greenhouse, and more! You’ll also be granted access to free shuttles from parking to the events.

For more information visit

General Parking is available Saturday and Sunday; for Friday night activities, attendees are asked to park in downtown Jefferson, around where U.S. 18 meets Business Highway 26. U.S. 18, Highway 26, and Highway 89 all bring you to Jefferson. It’s just 6 miles south of I-94.

Harry Potter Festival Address:

Jefferson County Fair Park
503 N. Jackson Avenue
Jefferson, WI 53549

See the listing of the Schedule of Events below!

Friday, October 20 – 6:30pm
Lighted Festival Parade Starts at 6:30pm. They kick off Ffestival Friday evening with a parade
through town for everyone to enjoy, whether you have a wristband or not.

Saturday & Sunday, October 21 – 22, 8:00am to 4:00pm

  • Serpent’s Corn Maze
    Walk through the long-dead remnants of a massive serpent set in our 5 acre corn field.
    Will you find a way out? Takes approximately 45 minutes. Wristband required.
  • Dragon’s Alley: Shop, eat and peruse the goods at this riverfront location. Wristband required.
  • Festival Village: Explore and shop at our indoor village filled with rare finds and exciting activities. Wristband required.
  • Lego Display at the Owl Post. You’ll be amazed to see your favorite scenes from the books and movies faithfully recreated in Lego form. See how many characters you can identify! Wristband required.
  • Live Wizard’s Chess at Riverfront Park
    Come just to watch or maybe even participate in a life-sized game of chess.
    While you’re there, shop at the many vendors surrounding the board! Wristband required.
  • Mandrake Greenhouse
    Our greenhouse will be filled with all manner of magical plants.
    Stop here to watch a show and learn all about them! Wristband required.
  • Owl Post – Hosted by the Audubon Society
    Get your personalized acceptance letter and other documents. There is an extra charge for this souvenir. Wristband required. Extra fee required for purchases.
  • Quidditch Tournament – Tensfeldt Park
    You’ll be thrilled as you watch college Quidditch teams from across the country play in one of our newest, fastest-growing sports in the world! Wristband required.
    Download 2017 Quiddtich Schedule
  • Serpent’s Alley – Old Firehouse Alley
    Need more shopping? Of course you do! Come by Serpent’s Alley to Find all the treasures you want. Wristband required.
  • Serpent’s Alley Stage
    Looking for a break? Stop the Main Stage to listen to music or a book reading. Classes and contents will also take place.
    Download the Main Stage Agenda
  • Sorting Hat Experience – Hosted by the Masonic Temple at Jefferson County Lodge #9
    Put the Sorting Hat on your head and find out which House you belong to! Wristband required.
  • The Lost Tunnel – Hosted by the FCCU Building
    Explore the hidden part of the Muggle village but don’t let the dragon get too close!
    Also be sure to shop for costumes! Wristband required.
  • Wizard’s Prison at Riverfront Park
    The dementors keep the prisoners contained, but be careful that you don’t also get dragged inside! Wristband required.
  • Other Events – Additional Charge May Be Required
    • Character Meals at 13 East (Neighbor’s)
      Dine and hobnob with your favorite professors and students.
      There is an additional cost and is not included with the wristband. You must purchase your Meal Tickets in advance. These meals will be served at the new 13 East Banquet Hall at 216 Golf Drive, Jefferson, WI 53549.
    • Friday Dinner Buffet will be served at 8pm on Friday, October 20, 2017.
    • Saturday Breakfast Buffet will be served at 7am on Saturday, October 21, 2017.
    • Saturday Lunch Buffet will be served at 11am on Saturday, October 21, 2017.
    • Saturday Dinner Buffet will be served at 5:30pm on Saturday, October 21, 2017.

Friday, October 20 – 8:30pm, Saturday, October 21 – 6:30pm & 9:15pm
Drive-In Movies – Hosted by the Highway 18 Outdoor Theatre and the Jefferson Chamber of Commerce
Adults 12 – 64 years old – $9.00
Kids 5 – 12 years old – $5.00
Seniors 65 – 99 years old – $7.00
Active duty military and children 4 years old and younger are FREE
Friday at 8:30pm – Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.
Saturday at 6:30pm – Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban; 9:15pm – Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
There is an additional cost at the Drive-In entrance and is not included with the wristband.

Saturday & Sunday, October 21-22, 8:00am to 4:00pm
Helicopter Rides
Get a Thestral’s eye view of the entire 6 square miles of the festival in your own helicopter ride!
Cost is $45.00 per person and is not included with wristband. Helicopters provided by Chemair Helicopters. Click Here to Schedule Your Helicopter Ride

VR Experience

Saturday, October 21 – 7:00pm
Harry Potter Themed Artrageous – Hosted by the Council for the Performing Arts
This one-of-a-kind interactive performance incorporates live art, music, dance,
life-sized puppetry, and audience participation all tied to Harry Potter! There is an additional cost and is not included with the wristband. View More Details Here

Sunday, October 22 – 7:00 am to 12:00 pm
Pancake Breakfast
The pancake breakfast will be served at St. Marks Lutheran Church, 324 S. Sanborn Ave. Jefferson, WI 53549. Everyone welcome! Only $5 for adults and $3 for kids ages 4-12 years-old.

Start: October 20, 2017 8:00 am
End: October 22, 2017 5:00 pm
Venue: Jefferson County Fair Park
503 N. Jackson Avenue, Jefferson, WI, 53549, United States

October 20, 2017 – October 22, 2017

Fall Art Tour – Baraboo to Mineral Point

The Fall Art Tour is perfect for State Trunk Tourers with a love of the Driftless Area and art. It’s a self-guided driving tour where you can meet up to 45 area artists and watch them at work as you make your way through Baraboo, Spring Green, Dodgeville and Mineral Point!

Potters, weavers, glassblowers, woodworkers, painters, jewelers, quilters, photographers & sculptors are all part of it. Meet the artists, experience their work spaces, and witness as they create unique works of art. A wide variety of high-quality artwork is available for purchase in every price range.  This is their 21st Anniversary Tour and it’s become one of the most popular art events in the Midwest.

Fall Art Tour ArtisansHighways 33, 130, 136, and 23 figure in this tour, as do many county and side roads. It’s a beautiful drive through the Driftless Area and a great behind-the-scenes look at artists’ studios!

Fall Art Tour Details:

More details can be had by calling (608) 356-9048 or checking out their website,

Also, check out this video for a sample of what you’re in for!

Start: October 20, 2017 10:00 am
End: October 22, 2017 6:00 pm
Venue: Baraboo Area
Phone: 608-356-9048
101 4th Street, Baraboo, WI, 53913, United States

November 3, 2017

First Fridays in Cedarburg

First Fridays in Cedarburg provides opportunity for families to come together to partake in an artistic experience, including unique educational elements for youth ranging from artist-led crafts to hands-on musical experiences. Guests are greeted with an opening band featuring local musicians at 6:00 pm. Dinner will be available for purchase from food trucks, as well as indoors from “After Party” Sponsor, The Stilthouse Restaurant. Other activities include a local handmade art show, kid’s crafts, dancing, cash bar and good times. At 7:00pm, the lights go down and the party turns up as the main act, Consult the Briefcase, takes the stage for two hours. The Center’s full cash bar and dance floor will multiply the fun. This exciting series is free of charge to members of the Cultural Center and children under 5. Non-member general admission is $5 at the door. Full details are on the Cedarburg Cultural Center website.

Historic downtown Cedarburg can be reached via Washington Avenue, which is Historic Highway 57. Today’s Highway 57, as well as Highways 60, 167, and 181, come close. I-43/Highway 32 is also a few miles to the east and you can access Cedarburg via County C (Exit 89).

Start: November 3, 2017 4:00 pm
End: November 3, 2017 11:00 pm
Venue: Cedarburg Cultural Center
Phone: 262-375-3676
W62 N546 Washington Avenue, Cedarburg, WI, 53012, United States
Cost: 5

First Fridays in Racine

Enjoy some Friday night fall fun during Racine First Fridays in Downtown Racine on November 3rd from 4-9pm! It happens throughout the downtown area, centered on Monument Square where Highways 20 and 38 cap the ends of a main thoroughfare that is Highway 32.

Socialize with friends and neighbors or even other road-trippers as you enjoy shopping, cool drinks and take a horse drawn carriage ride or stroll through the historic city streets. Join 50 plus independent downtown business owners as they welcome you to shop and dine locally while enjoying live music and discovering the best of Racine . . . Downtown! Watch for one more during the 2017 season, happening December 1st!

Come early & stay late! If you value a big event in a historic downtown, Racine First Fridays is worth the drive, especially on a State Trunk Tour route! First Fridays is a group of small business owners of boutique shops, restaurants, art galleries and museums who have worked together to put this event on nine times a year for 13 years. Businesses stay open late, put live music outdoors in three parks, have horse & carriage rides and an outdoor beer garden. Art galleries offer artist’s demonstrations, restaurants offer specials and boutiques highlight new or favorite product lines. The sidewalks are filled with people and downtown is alive and vibrant.

Also you could get FREE admission to the Racine Art Museum!

In addition to First Fridays, check out the rest of downtown Racine. Right along the shores of Lake Michigan you can explore their marina, near the beach, zoo, Frank Lloyd Wright architecture and SC Johnson sites.

Take the drive to where Highways 11, 20, 32, and 38 come together in downtown Racine. Enjoy happy people taking in the best of what downtown Racine has to offer! Check out the First Fridays website for more details.

Racine First Fridays Address:

Monument Square
100 Main Street
Racine, WI 53403
(262) 634-4287

Start: November 3, 2017 4:00 pm
End: November 3, 2017 9:00 pm
Venue: Downtown Racine
Phone: 262-634-4287
100 Monument Square, Racine, WI, 53403, United States
Cost: Free