6 things to do in Milwaukee this weekend, including Doors Open

1st Doors Open Milwaukee 2022

It’s time for Milwaukee’s most popular peep show: More than 100 places will open their doors, appropriately enough, for Doors Open Milwaukee Sept. 24-25. Most stops are free; some are open only to ticketed tours. For a full list of participating venues and tour schedules, see Historic Milwaukee’s website. Info: historicmilwaukee.org/doors-open.

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2. Festa Italiana

Festa Itailana returns in a new location, with a new date and on a smaller scale, but some things remain constant - including the popular cannoli-eating contest.

After canceling its traditional summer lakefront dates, Festa Italiana is back, in a smaller form, a new location — and a new season. Festa comes to the Italian Community Center, 631 E. Chicago St., from 11 am to 11 pm Sept. 24 and 11 am to 7 pm Sept. 25. There are a half-dozen music performances and a bunch of foodie-first events , including a kids’ pizza-making contest (3 pm Sept 25) and Festa’s popular cannoli-eating contest (4 pm Sept 24). Admission is $5 at the gate. Info: iccmilwaukee.com/festa-italiana.

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3. Wisconsin State Fair Park’s Harvest Fair

Pumpkin bowling is part of the fun at the Harvest Fair at State Fair Park.

It’s going to start looking and feeling more like fall — good timing, then, for the Harvest Fair at State Fair Park. There’s live music on multiple stages, a lumberjack show, pumpkin bowling, rides and an array of eats, including pumpkin spice and latte cream puffs. Hours are 5 to 11 pm Sept 23, 10 am to 11 pm Sept 24, and 10 am to 5 pm Sept 25. Admission is free. Info: wistatefair.com/harvestfair.

4. Fromm Petfest at Maier Festival Park

Leashed dogs and cats can attend Petfest on the Summerfest grounds and take part in activities.

Fromm Petfest returns for its ninth year to Maier Festival Park Sept. 24 from 10 am to 6 pm Doings include dock diving, lure and agility courses, a pet-centric marketplace, live entertainment, and more. Admission for people and their four-legged friends (well, dogs and cats, on a leash and current with vaccinations), is free. Info: petfestmke.com.

5. Mac & Cheese Fest

Mac & Cheese Fest serves up one of nature’s perfect foods at Wisconsin Brewing Company Park, 1011 Blue Ribbon Circle N, Oconomowoc, from 4 to 8 pm Sept. 24. More than 10 mac-and-cheese purveyors will be peddling their wares. VIP tickets are sold out, but “Mac and Beers” tickets (with tokens for seven mac-and-cheese samples and five beer and hard cider samples) are $45 and “Just the Mac” tickets (good for seven mac-and-cheese samples) are $35. Info: wisconsinmacandcheesefest.com.

6th Milwaukee Comic Con

Close to 100 vendors, comic-book dealers, illustrators and related aficionados will be on hand at Milwaukee Comic Con at State Fair Park’s Wisconsin Expo Center 10 am to 5 pm Sept. 24. Admission is $8, free for kids 12 and younger; attendees receive a free comic book at the door. Info: mightyconshows.com/show/milwaukee.

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