Milwaukee Events – October 2016

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Oktoberfest

Milwaukee Cocktail Week: Sept. 26-Oct. 2: Catch the last couple days of Cocktail Week! Dozens of Milwaukee bars and restaurants are offering special week-long menus.

China Lights: Oct. 1-Nov. 6, open nightly 5:30-10:00 p.m. The Boerner Botanical Gardens is hosting the internationally acclaimed China Lights exhibit for the entire month of October. The 38-acre gardens boast 38 displays with more than 1,000 lighted components.

Book of Mormon: Oct. 25-30 at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts. The Book of Mormon is making its second run in Milwaukee for one week only! If you haven’t seen the show yet, make it a priority to go this month.

Sept. 22-Oct. 6: Milwaukee Film Festival
Oct. 1: East Town’s Bloody Mary and Chili Challenge
Oct. 1: Milwaukee Cider & Nano Beer Fest
Oct. 1: Night Nation Run
Oct. 7-9: LEGO KidsFest
Oct. 8-9: Piala’s Nursery Fall Festival
Oct. 14-16: Hunting Moon Pow Wow
Oct. 21-22: Gallery Night and Day
Oct. 23-24: Wisconsin Craft Beer Festival
Oct. 29: Dia De Los Muertos Festival

Holy Hill in the Fall | https://www.roseclearfield.com

October is an ideal time to visit Holy Hill and climb the scenic tower to experience southeast WI’s fall colors in their full glory. The final Holy Hill Art & Farm Market for 2016 takes place October 15-16. The tower is open Sundays 1:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. and Monday-Saturday 9:00 a.m.-6:30 p.m., weather permitting. While you’re in the area, check out Jim Zamzow’s annual Halloween yard display.

Farmers Markets

The greater Milwaukee area is home to dozens of fabulous farmers markets, including one of my personal favorites (and one of the biggest in the area), the West Allis Farmers Market. Many Milwaukee farmers markets operate through mid to late fall. Pick up apples, pumpkins, cider, and much more.

Beer Gardens

Milwaukee is home to four fabulous beer gardens, all of which operate through October. It’s not too late to enjoy a brew and a giant pretzel in a gorgeous park setting. The Landing at Hoyt Park features live music on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays (see event calendar for times), and the South Shore Terrace features live music Wednesday evenings from 5:00-8:00 p.m.

Are you looking for even more things to do in Milwaukee on the cheap?
Check out Free Things To Do In Milwaukee WI.

[Disclaimer: I do not work for the city of Milwaukee. I am not paid to promote any of the events listed on this page. I’m simply a resident of southeast WI who loves Milwaukee and enjoys attending and generating exposure for events in Milwaukee.]

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Casual Women’s Fall Fashion Inspiration

Casual Women's Fall Fashion Inspiration

Hopefully, your September has been as warm as it’s been here in southeast Wisconsin, and you haven’t had to bust out too much of your fall / winter clothing yet. We have months and months to enjoy our cold weather clothes so I’m never in a hurry to rush that transition. However, as we move into October, the transition will happen. I’ve picked up a few new items and been browsing lots of fall clothing images to get a little more excited about it. Today I’m sharing some of my favorite casual women’s fall fashion inspiration as well as a few top picks for those still filling out their fall wardrobes.

A Rainbow Over Lake Michigan

Sometimes life presents those moments where you have to drop everything and take advantage of a rare opportunity before it’s gone. Yesterday evening as I was sitting at my desk, I looked out the window and saw a rainbow over the lake. After I did a double take, I grabbed my camera and got outside as quickly as I could.

Rainbow Over Lake Michigan | https://www.roseclearfield.com

Rainbow Over Lake Michigan | https://www.roseclearfield.com

Rainbow Over Lake Michigan | https://www.roseclearfield.com

We were blessed with the rainbow for nearly half an hour, giving lots of neighbors a chance to see it before the storm rolled in and then it got dark.

Rainbow Over Lake Michigan | https://www.roseclearfield.com

Rainbow Over Lake Michigan | https://www.roseclearfield.com

Rainbow Over Lake Michigan | https://www.roseclearfield.com

The darker it got, the clearer the rainbow shone. As I was walking back to my house, I saw the other end of the rainbow. The clouds weren’t allowing for a full arch, but it was so neat to see even a glimpse of the other end.

Rainbow Over Lake Michigan | https://www.roseclearfield.com

No two days by the lake are ever exactly the same. It’s always neat to see what the current day brings, but some really blow you away. Yesterday was definitely one of those days.

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Laundry Themed Baby Shower Gift Idea

Laundry Themed Baby Shower Gift Idea | https://www.roseclearfield.com

Today I’m sharing my newest favorite baby shower gift idea. Like many people, I love to shop for baby clothes and other fun baby items. I also have many many friends who have received far more baby clothes and other fun items (i.e. stuffed animals, toys) than their babies will ever possibly use. Practical gifts aren’t as exciting to buy, but they are often very much appreciated.

This past year I attended a baby shower for a very good friend. Part of my gift was basic laundry supplies, which she really loved, especially the mesh laundry bags. You can never have too many mesh laundry bags, particularly when you’re washing tons of baby socks and other small clothing items. This past month, I put together another large baby gift for another good friend and decided to stick with the laundry theme.

Laundry Themed Baby Shower Gift Idea | https://www.roseclearfield.com

In addition to the obvious need for laundry supplies when you have a new baby in the house, there are a couple reasons I really like the laundry themed baby shower gift basket.

  1. You use up laundry supplies. Again, it’s easy to get overwhelmed in toys and books. You’ll continue to use and consequently, use up laundry supplies every month and then need to buy more.
  2. Laundry supplies aren’t gender-specific. The first time I gave the laundry gift, the recipient wasn’t finding out the gender at all. The second time, the recipient wasn’t sharing the gender with anyone but her husband. Buying a more practical gift, such as feeding or bath time supplies, instead of clothes or toys is often easier when you don’t know the gender.

What I included in my laundry gift:

  • Basic large white laundry basket
  • 64-load baby laundry detergent (I bought the generic Target brand, but Dreft is also a great option)
  • Dreft Blissfuls In-Wash Scent Booster
  • 105-count free + clear dryer sheets
  • Three mesh laundry bags – 2 small, 1 large

Laundry Themed Baby Shower Gift Idea | https://www.roseclearfield.com

In the basket, you’ll also see a set of baby towels and washcloths, which wasn’t laundry themed but was part of the gift. (I just really like giving gifts and can never seem to help myself from picking up one more item for someone.) I purchased all of these items at Target. Dreft also sells a laundry stain remover. I’ve never found it at Target and have never gotten my act together to order it online or check another store before a shower, but it would be a great item to include in the basket as well.

The second recipient was also very welcoming of the laundry gift. I know I’ll have many more opportunities to use the idea in the future.

Laundry Themed Baby Shower Gift Idea | https://www.roseclearfield.com

Finally, some of you may be wondering how I wrapped the big laundry basket gift. Confession: I didn’t. I wasn’t able to attend the shower. I attended the recipient’s birthday party a couple days before the shower and gave it to her then exactly as you see it here. If I were going to wrap it, I would do something really simple and inexpensive like covering it with a couple garbage bags and decorating it with large cardstock polka dots.

Do you have any go-to baby shower gifts?
I’d love to hear your best ideas!

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