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September 21, 2018 – October 21, 2018

China Lights: Panda Mania at Boerner Botanical Gardens

China Lights Panda Mania 2018 logoBoerner Botanical Gardens hosts “China Lights: Panda Mania” and the Chinese Lantern Festival, September 21 – October 21, 2018!

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: Panda Mania & the Chinese Lantern Festival at Boerner:

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

Start: September 21, 2018 5:00 pm
End: October 21, 2018 10:00 pm
Venue: Boerner Botanical Gardens
Phone: 414-525-5600
9400 Boerner Drive, Hales Corners, WI, 53130, United States
Cost: 15

September 27, 2018 – September 30, 2018

New Glarus Oktoberfest

The delightful Swiss-esque (if that’s a word) enclave of New Glarus comes alive with New Glarus Oktoberfest September 27-30, 2018.

Sponsored by the New Glarus Brewery, there’s plenty of lederhosen, live music, and a ceremonial keg tapping of New Glarus Brewery’s Staghorn Oktoberfest beer. You can also enjoy chainsaw wood carving, an antique tractor pull, wagon rides, activities for the kids, food stands, plus a fondue demonstration and tasting on Sunday afternoon. Admission to New Glarus Oktoberfest is FREE!

New Glarus is reached via Highways 39 and 69, just 30 minutes south of Madison.

Get the full lineup and updates at Also see the schedule below:

New Glarus Oktoberfest Address:

Downtown New Glarus
418 Railroad Street
New Glarus, WI 53574
(608) 527-2095

New Glarus Oktoberfest Schedule:

Thursday, Sept. 27

7pm – 11pm Polka music by the Steve Meisner Band (wear your lederhosen and dirndls!)

8;30 pm: King and Queen contest. You could be our Oktoberfest royalty for the weekend! Cash prizes, free beer and food for the King & Queen. Dress in your best Oktoberfest attire and let the people be the judges on best costumes.

Friday, Sept. 28

6pm Beer tent opens

6pm Food stands open

6pm Craft vendors and farmers market open

7:00pm Tap the Wooden Keg Annual Oktoberfest Event! New Glarus Brewing Company will be tapping a wooden keg of Staghorn Oktoberfest

8:00pm – Midnight Madison County Band. Hottest Country Band in Wisconsin!

Saturday, Sept. 29

8am 5K/10K Run & 2 Mile Walk

11am Beer tent opens

11am Craft vendors and farmers market opens

11am Food stands open

Noon – 6pm Antique Tractor Pul

Noon – 3:00pm Mex Drexler Bavarian Brass Band

1pm – 4pm Chainsaw wood carver

4pm – 7pm Wheelhouse Band

7:00pm Tap the Wooden Keg Annual Oktoberfest Event! New Glarus Brewing Company will be tapping a wooden keg of Staghorn Oktoberfest

8pm – Midnight  Music by Boogie & the Yo-Yo’z

Sunday, Sept. 30

7am Chili Cook-off starts

11am Beer tent opens

11am Food stands open

11am Craft vendors and farmers market opens

11am – 2pm DJ music

3pm – 6pm The Jimmys wrap up our Oktoberfest celebration!

Start: September 27, 2018
End: September 30, 2018
Venue: Downtown New Glarus
Phone: 608-527-2095
418 Railroad Street, New Glarus, WI, 53574, United States
Cost: Free

September 27, 2018 – September 30, 2018

La Crosse Oktoberfest

It’s one of the largest Oktoberfest celebrations in the country! La Crosse Oktoberfest hosts events in two locations in the city: Copeland Park right off U.S. 53 on the north side, and off 2nd & La Crosse Streets downtown – also right off U.S. 53. Get driving directions here. This time of year both Munich and La Crosse are filled with “merrymaking” and a carnival atmosphere known in both cities as Oktoberfest.

Oktoberfest, USA, is one of the few authentic Old World folk festivals held annually in the United States. You’ll find plenty of beer, music, fun, food, lederhosen, dirndls, and more complemented with a carnival featuring rides, parades featuring the annually-elected “Royal Family,” the 2017 Miss La Crosse/Oktoberfest Pageant, and enough accordions and Munich-style tents to make you feel like you’re in Deutschland.

The Torchlight Parade will take place opening day, Thursday, September 27th, with Craft Beer Night happening that evening. For $30 admission, the FestZelt tent will feature over 40 craft brewers and their products – and you can sample ’em all!

Friday night September 28th has the Festmaster Ball at the La Crosse Center’s South Hall, where the Festmaster and Frau will be introduced.

For 2018, La Crosse Oktoberfest USA offers new, printed 4-day admission passes to the Oktoberfest Southside Grounds (the Northside Grounds have free admission.) The 2018 Advance Price for the 4-day pass is $10 and is good for admission all four days of Oktoberfest 2018 and for ticketed events as noted.

Single day admission tickets for Southside Grounds: (available day-of at Fest office only)
Thursday, Sept. 27 – $5 (starting at 4pm)
Friday, Sept. 28 – $10 (all day)
Saturday, Sept. 29 – $10 (all day)
Sunday, Sept. 30 – $5 (all day)
No button or admission ticket required for the Northside Grounds for Oktoberfest 2018

Children 12 and Under Admitted Free
All Southside Ground patrons will have ID’s checked. Those 21 and over will be wrist-banded. Some portions of the Southside Grounds are restricted to 21 and over.
The Oktoberfest Shelter on the Northside is 21 and over only. IDs will be checked. Balance of Northside Grounds (food vendors and carnival area) is open to all ages.

A number of Oktoberfest events require additional ticketed admission. Tickets for most events are available from the Oktoberfest Online Store or at the Oktoberfest office.

La Crosse Oktoberfest USA is a great time in a true beer town. La Crosse is easily reached via U.S. 14, 53, or 61; I-90; and Highways 16, 33, and 35. The drive to and from is gorgeous too, especially at this time of the year!

Check the La Crosse Oktoberfest USA website for additional details!

Start: September 27, 2018
End: September 30, 2018
Venue: Copeland Park
Phone: 608-784-3378
1130 Copeland Park Drive, La Crosse, WI, 54601, United States

September 28, 2018 – September 30, 2018

Warrens Cranberry Festival

Warrens Cranfest Cranberry FestivalWarrens is “Wisconsin’s Cranberry Capital,” so it’s only fitting they host the World’s Largest Cranberry Festival! Held annually since 1973, the Warrens Cranberry Festival welcomes over 110,000 visitors each year from places all over the world. Seriously, when we went we met people from Australia and other countries throughout Europe and South America!

Taking place the last full weekend of every September, activities a’plenty abound. Enjoy a guided bus tours of cranberry marshes (brilliant red colors mean you should have your camera ready!) and bogs that show you the harvesting of these tasty, nutritious, UTI-fighting berries.

Warrens Cranberry Festival crowd

Warrens Cranberry Festival, Eric & MariahIn town – and the festival truly takes over the whole town – enjoy block after block of vendors, food stands, and beverage stops. Over 1,300 booths of arts & crafts, antique & flea markets, and farm market items can be explored and enjoyed. Plenty of fall produce is available with of course plenty of cranberry-based items including Cranberry Cream Puffs, barbecue sauces with cranberry, cranberry-inspired hot sauces, and more. On Sunday, September 24th at noon the largest band parade in Wisconsin will be featured.

Warrens Cranberry Festival includes contests such as “Crazy for Cranfest”, where guests can win special prizes for crazy or creative costumes. They also have prizes for the Biggest Berry Contest, a Button Design Contest, a Cranberry Chiffon Pie-Eating Contest, a Flower Contest, Marsh Medallion Hunt, a Photography Contest, Quilt & Needlework Contest, Scarecrow Contest, and more.

Getting to Warrens Cranberry Festival (aka Cranfest):

Warrens is a small, pleasant town north of Tomah in Monroe County. To access Warrens, follow I-94 to Exit 135 (County EW) by the Three Bears Resort. U.S. 12, which runs basically parallel to I-94 in this area, also comes close to Warrens. Highways 21 and 173 are just a few miles away, closer to Tomah but they still bring you close. Follow County O or EW into town – there will be plenty of signs!

Start: September 28, 2018 7:00 am
End: September 30, 2018 5:00 pm
Venue: Warrens Cranberry Festival
Phone: 608-378-4200
402 Pine Street, Warrens, WI, 54666, United States
Cost: Free

September 28, 2018 – September 30, 2018

Gays Mills Apple Festival

The Gays Mills Apple Festival – the 60th annual, no less – runs September 28-30, 2018! Gays Mills is pretty much the apple capital of Wisconsin, and it celebrates the apple harvest with parades, carnivals, arts and crafts, flea markets, music, dancing, a 2K and 5K fun run/walk, food and festivities.

Gays Mills Apple Festival

Get the rest of the details from their website or see the schedule below!

You’ll find Gays Mills in the heart of Wisconsin’s beautiful Driftless Area, where Highways 131 and 171 meet by the Kickapoo River. It’s worth going for the drive alone!

Gays Mills Apple Festival Address:

Highways 131 & 171
Gays Mills, WI 54631
(608) 735-4341


2018 Gays Mills Apple Festival Schedule of Events

Carnival: Wristband Friday Night 5 – 9 pm
American Legion Food Stand: 10-5 at Fairgrounds
Flea Market: 9am-? At Fairgrounds: Crafts, Antiques, Collectibles, Food
Halver’s Town Tap: Music by Dr. Rumley’s Snuff Band 9pm-1am (315 Main)
J&J On Main: Music by Swing Crew Band 9pm-1am (312 Main)
Lion’s Club Food Stand: 5-9pm at Lions Club Park
St. Mary’s Tent: 10 am-4 pm Taco Salad, Apple Pie, Schwan’s Ice Cream on Main Street

Runs and Walk Registration: 8 am (Main St. by the bridge)
2 & 5 Mi. Runs; 2 Mi. Walk; ¼ Mi. Kids Fun Run: 9 am (Main St. by the bridge)
Flea Market: 8am-? At Fairgrounds: Crafts, Antiques, Collectibles, Food
Carnival: 10 am – 5 pm at Lion’s Park
Pace Club Arts and Crafts: 9am-5pm at County Shop (222 Grove St) and Riverside Park at Bridge
Open Horseshoe Tournament & Food Stand: Sat. draw for partners, Sun. bring partners, 11am at Log Cabin Village (10am registration)
Museum of the Kickapoo: 10 – 4 pm at Robb Park
American Legion Volleyball Tournament: 9 am – ? 4 person Co-Ed Teams (312 Main St)
Library Book Sale: 9 am – 4 pm at (212 Main)
Sawdust Hunt at Lions Club Park: 2 pm, by the Bridge. Sponsored by Royal Bank.
Societies Sons Motorcycle Club: Music (afternoon) Blackwater Gin (evening) (401 Main)
Halver’s Town Tap: Music
J&J On Main: Music by DJ Dom (312 Main)

St. Mary’s Tent: 10am–4pm Taco Salad, Apple Pie, Schwan’s Ice Cream on Main Street
St. Mary’s Church: Pancake & Sausage Breakfast 7-11:00 (both days) 121 School Street.
American Legion Food Stand: 10am-5pm at Fairgrounds.
Kickapoo Exchange Co-Op: 10am-5pm Burrito Bar, Salsa Buffet & Water Crest Café: Food 209 Main Street
Lions Club Food Stand, Raffle: 10am-5pm at Lions Club Park.
Luther Memorial Food Stand: At Fairgrounds.
Ocooch Mtn. Rescue Food Stand: Main Street.
Sportsmen’s Club Food Stand: 10am-5pm Main St.


Ride the FREE Trolley stops at Flea Market & Main!

Flea Market: 8am-? At Fairgrounds: Crafts, Antiques, Collectibles, Food
Carnival: 10 am – 5 pm at Lion’s Park
Kickapoo Exchange Co-Op: 10am-5pm Burrito Bar, Salsa Buffet & Water Crest Café: Food 209 Main Street
Pace Club Arts and Crafts: 9am-5pm at County Shop (222 Grove St) & Riverside Park at Bridge.
Open Horseshoe Tournament & Food Stand: Sat. draw for partners, Sun. bring partners, 11am at Log Cabin Village (10am registration)
Museum of the Kickapoo: 10 am – 4 pm Robb Park
Library Book Sale: 10am – 2pm (212 Main)
Lions Park.

*APPLE FESTIVAL PARADE 1:30 PM*, Main St to Riverside Park

Start: September 28, 2018 9:00 am
End: September 30, 2018 5:00 pm
Venue: Downtown Gays Mills
Phone: 608-735-4341
Highway 171, Gays Mills, WI, 54631, United States
Cost: Free

September 28, 2018 – September 30, 2018

Harvest Fair/Maker Faire at State Fair Park

Wisconsin Weekend: Harvest Fair in West Allis

Harvest Fair at Wisconsin State Fair Park presented by Meijer features tons of fall-focused events, activities, live entertainment, competitions, scarecrow making and the much anticipated Pumpkin Bowling. It runs September 28-30, 2018 and has FREE admission.

Check out the Antique Tractors Display, the Backyard Circus, Camel and Pony Rides, a Farmers’ Market, Free Live Music, Giant Cookie Decorating, Hay Rides, a Kiddie Tractor Maze, “Make Your Own Caramel Apple” fun (they provide a lot of toppings), even a chance for kids to slide down the “World’s Largest Piggy Bank.” Headlining musical acts include Morgan Wallen, Mark Farner’s American Band, Bobby Way and the Fabulous Wayouts, and local cover band favorites Cherry Pie.

Also, Maker Faire is happening there the same weekend! Co-sponsored by the Milwaukee Makerspace and Betty Brinn Children’s Museum, Maker Faire brings together an eclectic group of artists, crafters, hobbyists and inventors to showcase their passion for building, design, and demonstration. Maker Faire Milwaukee & Robofest will take place in the Exposition Center Saturday and Sunday. Demonstrations, hands-on workshops and activity areas showcasing 3D Printing, Robotics, lasers, and alternative energy (just as a start) will be featured. There’ll be competitive high school robotics teams and a remote control racing competition.

And, a lot more! Check their website for full schedules and details.

Wisconsin State Fair Park is in West Allis, minutes west of downtown Milwaukee. I-94 and Highways 59 and 181 border the park; I-41, I-894, U.S. 18, U.S. 45, and Highway 100 all get you close.

Harvest Fair / Maker Faire Address:

Wisconsin State Fair Park
640 S. 84th Street (Highways 181 & 59)
West Allis, WI 53214
(800) 884-3247

Start: September 28, 2018 5:00 pm
End: September 30, 2018 5:00 pm
Venue: Wisconsin State Fair Park
Phone: 800-884-3247
640 S. 84th Street, West Allis, WI, 53214, United States
Cost: Free

September 28, 2018 – September 29, 2018


With Beef-A-Rama, the smell of beef fills the air and more than 12,000 people fill the streets of downtown Minocqua. For over 50 years, Beef-a-Rama™ has been a premiere event drawing visitors back year after year to join in on the one-of-a kind fun you can only find in the Northwoods.

Roasters begin cooking their signature beefs before dawn. Herds of creative festival goers dressed in cow-themed costumes start packing downtown early for the 10K and 5K Rump Roast Run and Walk along Lake Minocqua, live music, & Prime Choice Craft Show featuring more than 70 vendors.

Mooo-ve on down to Torpy Park to grab a roast beef sandwich and watch the Beef Eating Contest, Cow Pie Plop, and of course the famous Roaster Parade down main street!

Listen for the top roasters at the Awards Ceremony at 3pm following the Parade. Check for the latest itinerary online.

Minocqua is along “Wisconsin’s Backbone,” U.S. 51, just south of Highways 47 and 70.

Beef-A-Rama Address:

Torpy Park
806 U.S. Highway 51
Minocqua, WI 54548
(715) 356-5266

Check out the Schedule of Events below!

Beef-A-Rama Schedule of Events:

Friday, September 28th
10am-Noon Live Radio Broadcast with WRJO at the Minocqua Area Chamber of Commerce
6:00-9:00pm Lakeland Rotary Rump Roast Run registration at American Legion Hall
6:30-9:30pm Live Music The Lincoln Boys Band and Beer Garden sponsored by The Minocqua Island Business Association at Torpy Park

Saturday, September 29th
7am Rump Roast Run Registration at the American Legion Hall
7:30am Street Closure Begins
7am-8pm Shuttles Run ($3 fee per car) from Lakeland Union High School, Hribar Corporation/Truck Country, Lakeland Hawks Ice Arena & Builders First Source
8:15am Lakeland Rotary’s Calf Mile Run for Kids
9am Lakeland Rotary’s Rump Roast Run
​9am-3pm Live Radio Broadcast by WRJO at Torpy Park
9am-11:00am Live Music Red Ben and the Missing Miles at Torpy Park
9am-5pm Bouncy Houses for Kids on the lower level of Torpy Park
9am-5pm Prime Choice Craft Show on the lower level of Torpy Park
9am-5pm Official Beef-A-Rama­™ apparel sales at Torpy Park
10am-5:00pm Henna, Face painting, Glitter Painting at Veterans Park
10am-9:00pm Lakeland Rotary Beer Garden on Chicago Street
10am-9:00pm Minocqua Lions Club Beer Garden at Torpy Park
10am-5pm Official Beef-A-Rama™ Sandwich Sales at Torpy Park
10am-12pm Live Music by Corey Carlson at the Rotary Beer Garden on Chicago Street
10am-3pm Kids’ Games, Bouncy Houses, and Face Painting in lower level of Torpy Park
10am-4pm Kraft’s Kuddly Kritters Petting Zoo at Veterans Park
10am-5pm Twisted Widdlin’ Fool chainsaw carving exhibition
10am Food Sales Begin Torpy Park & Chicago Street
11am-1pm Kids’ Activities at Redman Realty on Oneida Street
11am-1:45pm Judging of the Beef along Oneida Street
11am-3pm Cow Pie Plop & Mechanical Bull sponsored by Lakeland Hawks Ice Arena at Island City Ice Cream
11:00am Beef Eating Contest at Torpy Park sponsored by Associated Bank
Noon-4:00pm Live Music by The Lincoln Boys at Torpy Park
Noon-3:00 pm Live Music by Useful Jenkins at the Rotary Beer Garden on Chicago Street
3:00 pm Parade of Beef down Oneida Street from Redman Realty to Torpy Park
3:15 pm Awards Ceremony and Beef Raffle Drawing at Torpy Park
3:00-5:00 pm Live Music by Corey Carlson at the Rotary Beer Garden on Chicago Street
5pm Street Open to Traffic
4:00-8:30 pm Live Music Reality Bites sponsored by the Minocqua Lions Club at Torpy Park
5-9:00pm Live Music Whitehouse Players at the Rotary Beer Garden on Chicago Street

Start: September 28, 2018 6:30 pm
End: September 29, 2018 8:00 pm
Venue: Torpy Park
Phone: 715-356-5266
816 U.S. 51, Minocqua, WI, 54548, United States

September 29, 2018 – September 30, 2018

National Alpaca Farm Days

Ever meet alpacas up close and personal? National Alpaca Farm Days in Beloit offers you the chance to do just that. You can also learn about alpacas, their care, and their fiber, which can be spun into amazing products. It takes place at Pacesetter Alpacas in Beloit Saturday and Sunday, September 29-30, 2018.

During National Alpaca Farm Days, you will be able to learn about alpacas, their care, and their fiber. There will be local fiber artists on-site to demonstrate fiber preparation techniques (skirting, picking, carding), spinning fiber into yarn, then knitting, weaving, or felting the fiber and yarn into product. The event provides an excellent opportunity to shop early for the holidays! Items for sale include clothing, socks, handmade accessories, dryer balls, raw fleece, roving, yarn, and more! There will also be fun activities for kids, and food will be available from Rosemarie’s Kitchen Table.

The owners of Pacesetters Alpacas, Dennis and Christy Pace, purchased 80 acres of land in 1995 and soon after became interested in Suri alpacas. There are two kinds of alpacas, the Huacaya (pronounced Wuh-kai-ya) and the Suri. Huacaya alpacas are fluffy like teddy bears and Suri alpacas have long shiny locks like very soft, slightly curly hair. Along with their alpacas, the Paces have a store with a variety of items for sale including warm and soft alpaca socks, hats, scarves, sweaters and much more. The store is open on Saturdays 9 am-3 pm and Sundays 12-4 pm between Thanksgiving and Christmas or by appointment. The store will be also open during the event. Saturday hours are 9 am-4 pm and Sunday hours are 12-4 pm. If you are unable to visit us during those times, give us them a call at 608-751-2261.

Proceeds from the event will benefit Friends of Noah Wisconsin—an all-breed animal rescue.

Saturday, September 29, 9 am-4 pm
Sunday, September 30, 12-4 pm

National Alpaca Farm Days Address:

Pacesetter Alpacas
5546 Plymouth Church Road
Beloit, WI 53511
(608) 751-2261
Facebook Event Page

Start: September 29, 2018 9:00 am
End: September 30, 2018 4:00 pm
Venue: Pacesetter Alpacas
Phone: 608-751-2261
5546 Plymouth Church Road, Beloit, WI, 53511, United States

October 5, 2018 – October 7, 2018

Milwaukee Oktoberfest

Milwaukee OktoberfestMilwaukee is one of the most Germanic cities in the U.S., so why wouldn’t it host one of the oldest Bavarian Oktoberfests in the Midwest? And this year, Milwaukee Oktoberfest is the FIRST event held on the Plaza of the new Fiserv Forum (or “,” stylized) October 5-7, 2018!

The Milwaukee Oktoberfest has moved toward the new Fiserv Forum so you can experience the new plaza area. It’s still sponsored by Spaten. The fun includes traditional German brass bands, sing-alongs and spontaneous dancing for everyone. Delicious and authentic German food is available, from huge pretzels and brats to a variety of specialties from the Levy Restaurant Group. Of course there’s plenty of beer/bier on tap imported and domestic – as well as wine, soft drinks and, yes, even coffee.

Milwaukee Oktoberfest food

Hey, the mustard is healthy… there’s turmeric in it.

Check out live music from the Mike Schneider Band, the Klaberheads, the Jeff Winard Band, Austrian Express, Polka Floyd, the Jay Fox Band, and Blaskapelle. Also check out the Wiener Dog Show, a Bags Tournament, the Miss Oktoberfest Competition, a Brat-Eating Contest, the Stein Hoisting Competition, and more.

The Milwaukee Brat House will host the Official After Party each night of the 9th annual Milwaukee Oktoberfest!

Milwaukee Oktoberfest Das Boot Bar Crawl

Das Boot Bar Tour festivities on Saturday extend Oktoberfest up along Old World Third Street.

Don’t forget the “Das Boot Bar Tour” on Saturday, hosted on Old World Third Street from noon-6pm. Each bar will decorate with a German theme and participants will have the chance to try a different Oktoberfest Beer, essentially making it a bar tour and beer festival combined. Along with the Bar Tour, there will of course be liter size Das Boots for each person on the tour. These will allow you to receive drink specials during the tour and only during the tour. Attendees are more than welcome to bring their boots back to refill at the Main Event!

It’s all based in downtown Milwaukee, at the plaza in front of the new Fiserv Forum, near State Street (U.S. 18), 6th Street/McKinley Avenue (Highway 145) Old World 3rd Street and the Milwaukee River. I-43/94, I-794, and Highway 32 also bring you close. Prosit!

Milwaukee Oktoberfest Address:

The Plaza in front of the Fiserv Forum, as well as on adjacent blocks (Old World Third Street, State Street, Highland Avenue)
901 N. 4th Street (Vel Phillips Avenue)
Milwaukee, WI 53202

Start: October 5, 2018 5:00 pm
End: October 7, 2018 6:00 pm
Venue: Plaza outside of the Fiserv Forum
Phone: 262-949-6903
901 N. Vel Phillips Street, Milwaukee, WI, 53202, United States

October 13, 2018 – October 14, 2018

US Australian Football National Championships

Ready for some Footy?? That’s the nickname for Australian Rules Football, and the US wing of the Aussie League is bringing the Australian Football National Championships to Racine County!

This is the world’s largest Australian football tournament, taking place October 13-14, 2018 at the Soccer Complex of Racine (SCoRe) in Franksville, just northwest of Racine proper.

Australian Football (nicknamed “Footy”) has some significant differences with American Football. The field is oval-shaped and about twice the length of an American football field. Teams of 18 players can move the ball using any parts of their bodies. They’re not wearing the football pads and uniforms that American football players do – they dress like soccer or rugby players. Any player can score by kicking, hitting, or running the ball through the goal. Aussie Football games consist of four 20-minute quarters, time continues to roll and more time is “added on” if play is delayed – similar to soccer – and players can move freely around the field and sub in or out at any time. Oh, and a player advancing the ball must bounce the ball or touch it to the ground every 15 meters. So in a sense, there’s a basketball move involved in this too. Get more details on Australian Rules Football here.

The USAFL (United States Australian Football League) governs the sports in the US and sanctions men’s and women’s competitions among over 35 clubs across the country, with over 2,000 players participating. About a dozen of these teams have advanced to play in this championship tournament in Racine County; teams from Houston, Denver, Minneapolis-St. Paul and more will be descending here to compete for it all.

Matches start at 9am Saturday, October 13th; finals are scheduled to begin around 5:30pm. Spectator admission is FREE!

You’ll find the SCoRe complex just off County K between I-41/94 and Highway 38 in Franksville. It’s about two miles north of Highway 20.

Australian Football National Championships Address:

Soccer Complex of Racine (SCoRe)
9509 Dunkelow Road
Franksville, WI 53126
(262) 884-6400


USAFL Championships in Racine, Oct 13-14. 2018

Start: October 13, 2018
End: October 14, 2018
Venue: SCoRe, Soccer Complex of Racine
9509 Dunkelow Road, Franksville, WI, 53126, United States
Cost: Free