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“September Seven” (7 must-do events in September!)

The “September Seven” are our top seven events for families to enjoy this month. Bet you can’t choose just one!

1. Free day at Boerner Botanical Gardens (September 1st)- Don’t miss the last free day of the year at Boerner Botanical Gardens. Enjoy free admission on the first Tuesday of the month. (Also planned for families at Boerner Botanical Gardens this month is Kids Art Day on Saturday, September 12, and Enchanted Evening in the Garden for families on Saturday, September 19th, and a Family Fun Workshop on Saturday, September 26th.)

2. Canoeing for beginners (ages 6 and older) (September 5th) – The Washington Park Lagoon is a beautiful, calm and spacious body of water; a perfect place for learning the basics of paddling! The classes at Urban Ecology Center will cover choosing the right equipment, boating safety and paddling technique. Then you’ll practice with guided instruction from their trained educators.

3. Free family movies (throughout the month) – Enjoy the last of Wisconsin’s warm weather with a free family movie in the park this month. Check out “E.T.” in Veteran’s Park on Sunday, September 6th, “Never Ending Story” in Humboldt Park Saturday, September 5th, or “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate factory” at the Milwaukee Public Museum on Thursday, September 17th, as part of the Summer of Adventure Movie Series.

4. Family Farm Weekend at the Zoo (September 12th and 13th) – Enter the milk chugging contest, visit the Farmer’s Market, watch cooking demonstrations, compete in the tractor-pull contest, and more!

5. Apple picking begins – The Autumn Harvest Festival at Elegant Farmer begins September 12th and runs through apple picking season. Pick from12 varieties of apples right from the tree or select the prefect pumpkin from the patch. Enjoy the fall colors aboard a tractor-pulled hayride, pony ride or train ride. The East Troy Electric Railroad’s turn-of-the-century train departs Saturdays and Sundays from and returns to The Elegant Farmer Depot. Check out over 5-acres family-friendly corn maze farm scene. Try specialty foods including cider, make-your-own caramel apple, warm cider donuts, pulled pork and chili, just to name a few favorites.

For a different experience, head to Wisconsin’s only organic apple farm, Peck and Bushel Fruit Company in Colgate.

The options for apple picking are plentiful! Check out our Apple Picking Guide here.

6. Symphony Sunday (September 13th) – A kid-friendly symphony concert, best for children 2nd grade and older! The concert will feature three compositions inspired by America: “Variations on America” by Charles Ives, “New England Triptych” by William Schuman, and “Florida Suite” by Frederick Delius.

Festival City Symphony welcomes children to these concerts, which are most appropriate for those in second grade and older. Prior to each concert at 2:45 p.m., Jayne Perkins presents “Children’s Program Notes,” offered to help children become familiar with the music they are about to hear. Conductor Monte Perkins will also include descriptive program information from the stage. Admission to each concert is $14 for adults and $8 for children, students, and seniors.

7. Wine & Harvest Festival in historic Cedarburg (September 19th-20th) – This family-friendly event includes a scarecrow contest, hay rides, live music, a giant pumpkin regatta, a professional pumpkin carver, a kids’ grape stomp and more!

8. Okay, fine. I couldn’t pick just seven. You have to check out Doors Open Milwaukee (September 19th-20th)! The fifth annual event will open the doors to over 150 wonderful buildings free-of-charge to the public, often with guided tours. These buildings hold hidden treasures and special stories – from churches to office buildings, theaters to work sites, museums to hotels, clubs to universities; all sites of historic, architectural, cultural, or commercial interest.

Family Passport Program – Doors Open Milwaukee designates 24 sites of special interest to families with children.Children 18 and under may pick up a FREE passport book featuring these family-friendly sites at any designated passport location, and have them stamped. Locations include the BMO Harris Bradley Center, Havenwoods Environmental Center, Milwaukee Fire Museum, Milwaukee Fire Station #2 and #12, The Milwaukee Public Museum Planetarium the Schlitz Audubon Nature Center, and more!

Bring on September!

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