Lake Effect Holding Virtual Halloween Event
Plus, a rooftop concert, fall foliage kayaking and another Oktoberfest event.
There’s plenty to do in the Milwaukee area this week while still maintaining social distancing.
Each week, Urban Milwaukee is curating a list of events that are taking the necessary safety precautions provided by the CDC in order to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
This week, it’s the last call for the Oak Creek, Wawuatosa and Riverwest Farmer’s Markets, so get out there and support your local growers and creatives and stock up on some fresh produce. The kayak tours continue with a fall-foliage float down the Milwaukee River. And don’t forget to celebrate the spooky season by checking out Riverside Theater’s Ghost Tours.
October 16-17: Riverside Theater Ghost Tours
The Riverside Theater (116 W. Wisconsin St.) is continuing its series of Ghost Tours this weekend. Self-proclaimed as one of the “most haunted places in Wisconsin,” The Riverside is offering guests the opportunity to learn more about the various paranormal activities that staff members, guests and professional ghost hunters alike have claimed to come in contact with. Masks are required for this event, and groups must be limited to 10 people or fewer. Tours last for an hour and will include bar service before and after the tours. There will also be an exclusive Late Night Ghost Hunt offered starting at 11:30 p.m. that will include a seance led by a medium. For more information, visit this link.
The Landing at Hoyt Park (1800 N. Swan Blvd.) is hosting its annual Oktoberfest weekend with an outdoor celebration. Guests are encouraged to dress themselves and their dogs up in Oktoberfest outfits with a $25 gift card being awarded to those with the best costumes. The party will also feature food and drink specials, such as brat combos, pretzels, an Oktoberfest brat pizza, German wines, hot cider and a vast selection of fall-appropriate German brews. The event will kick off at 12 p.m. on Saturday.
October 17: Hot by Ziggy at Cafe Benelux
Do you miss in-person concerts? Local band Hot by Ziggy will be performing an acoustic set on the Cafe Benelux (346 N. Broadway) rooftop. The area will be set up with socially-distanced tables and masks will be required to enter. There will be seats at the bar and tables available. They’ll be selling food and drinks, such as a Nashville Hot Chicken Sandwich and an extra-dirty Martini. The show will run from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.
October 17: Last Call for Tosa Farmer’s Market
It’s your last chance to visit the Wauwatosa Farmer’s Market! The market will be open from 8 a.m. to noon. In accordance with guidelines from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and local health officials, the market has added new safety precautions to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Some important guidelines include limiting families to one healthy adult shopper (leave the kids at home if possible), one-way walking traffic routes and pre-ordering for quick pick-up. For a full list of guidelines, check out the Facebook event page. The market is located at Hart Mills Parking Lot at 7720 Harwood Ave.
It’s your last chance to visit the Oak Creek’s Farmer Market! The Market will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The market has new safety precautions in place and added an online ordering option that includes a drive-thru. Vendors start taking orders for pickup each Monday. The market is located at the Drexel Town Square, at 8040 S. 6th St.
October 17: South Shore Farmer’s Market
Every Saturday until the end of October, the South Shore Farmer’s Market at South Shore Park in Bay View will be open from 8 a.m. until noon. The market is following a new social-distancing format that will allow for safe, fast and easy transactions. Pre-orders can be made from the online store Monday through Thursday.
October 17-18, 20, 22: Fondy Farmer’s Market
Every Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday until early November, the Fondy Farmers Market will be operating at 2200 W. Fond Du Lac Ave. Fresh vegetables, baked goods, wellness products and more will be sold. The event is taking precautionary measures to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, such as requiring masks and prohibiting eating on-site. Free masks are available at the information booth. SNAP benefits are accepted, and some vendors also accept WIC and Senior vouchers. The market will run from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
October 18: Greenfield Farmer’s Market
Every Sunday up until the end of October the Greenfield Farmer’s Market at Konkel Park, 5151 W. Layton Ave., will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The market encourages social distancing and mask wearing. And there are one-way traffic arrows to help prevent crowded spaces. The market is accepting cash, Visa, Mastercard and SNAP benefits for payment. For more information, visit the market’s website.
It’s your last chance to visit the Riverwest Farmer’s Market! The market will take place on N. Pierce Street between E. Center Street and E. Hadley Street (next to the basketball court). Fresh produce, flowers and baked goods are just some of the stuff for sale at the market. Vendors will be set up from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
October 18: Fall Foliage Kayak Tour and Riverside Stretch
Adventure Milwaukee and MKE Yoga Social are once again teaming up for a kayak tour followed by a restorative yoga session. Participants will meet at Hubbard Park in Shorewood, where a shuttle will bring kayakers to the drop site. The float down the river will last for somewhere between two and three hours with a stop at Estabrook Park. The float will end at Hubbard Park, followed by the yoga session and a healthy snack. Afterwards, participants are encouraged to stick around and enjoy Hubbard Park’s beer garden. Tickets allow for one-person kayaks and cost $45. Masks are required.
October 20: Lake Effect Goes Virtual for Halloween
WUWM 89.7’s Lake Effect is holding a virtual Halloween event called Lake Effect Off-Site: Halloween Edition. It will be a celebration of the season and all that Milwaukee has to offer. Halloween decorations and streamable horror movies will be discussed, and Milwaukee musicians will break up the talking with some tunes. Other guests include Andy Reid and Jamie Beauchamp, owners of A&J’s Halloween House and Ryan Jay, a film critic and Lake Effect contributor. The event is free, but you will still need to grab tickets by following this link.
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