A listing of home and garden events for the Milwaukee area (Fall 2020 edition)

Find home improvement and gardening classes for Milwaukee, Waukesha and the surrounding counties. Here is a roundup of home and garden events, craft and hobby shows, and where to find more information:



a group of people standing in a garden: They're decking out the Mitchell Park Domes for the popular Milwaukee landmark's annual holiday show, which opens Saturday.


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They’re decking out the Mitchell Park Domes for the popular Milwaukee landmark’s annual holiday show, which opens Saturday.

All Saints Lutheran Church: Fall Craft Fair, 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Nov. 7. Crafters, raffle, bake sale and luncheon. 9131 S. Howell Ave., Oak Creek. (414) 762-5111.

American Legion Park: Pioneer Farm Days, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 10-11. Old-time farm show with antique tractors, engines and machinery. Flea market, farmers market and food. Free admission. 9327 S. Shepard Ave., Oak Creek. (414) 768-8580; pioneerfarmdays.com

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Apple Holler: Apple Picking, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Last bag sold one hour before closing. 5006 S. Sylvania Ave., Sturtevant, (262) 884-7100; appleholler.com

Boerner Botanical Gardens: Outdoor grounds are open daily without reservation, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. (through Oct. 30). Visitor Center is closed. Whitnall Park, 9400 Boerner Drive, Hales Corners. Information: (414) 525-5600; boernerbotanicalgardens.org

  • Wednesday Night Walks. Sept. 30, Oct. 7 and 14.

Cedar Creek Settlement: Festive Friday Eves are held from 5 to 9 p.m. and feature holiday entertainment and activities, gift and specialty shops, antique stores, galleries, restaurants, and the Cedar Creek Winery decorated for the holidays. N70-W6340 Bridge Road, Cedarburg, (262) 377-8020. cedarcreeksettlement.com

  • Settlement Christmas Showcase. Nov. 20.
  • Home for the Holidays. Nov. 27.
  • Santa’s Workshop. Dec. 4.
  • The Christmas Spirit. Dec. 11.
  • Countdown to Christmas. Dec. 18.

Cedarburg Artists Guild: Covered Bridge Art Studio Tour, noon-5 p.m. Oct. 9; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 10-11. Free. Artists open their studio spaces to the public. Tour begins at any of the locations in Port Washington, Grafton, Cedarburg and Mequon. Most of the artists will be creating art during the event and will explain their artistic processes and inspirations. cedarburgartistsguild.com

Cedarburg Cultural Center: “The Sick to Death of It” Gothic History Tour, 6:30 p.m. Oct. 23-34 and Oct. 30-31. One mile walk is 90 minutes with steps, no seating or bathrooms, and sidewalks and ground may be dark or uneven in the cemetery. Advance ticket purchase required. W62-N546 Washington Ave., Cedarburg..(262) 375-3676; cedarburgculturalcenter.org

Christkindl LIVE Market: Virtual Christmas market with live stream experience, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Nov. 15-Dec. 31. Christkindl.live

Delafield Hotel: Boutique Wedding Showcase, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 29. Visit with vendors offering a variety of wedding services. Complimentary admission and valet parking. 415 Genesee St., Delafield. premierbridewisconsin.com

East Troy Railroad Museum: Fall Harvest Fest Trains, Saturday-Sunday, (through Oct. 25). Christmas Trains, Nov. 28-29, Dec. 5-6, 12-13, 19-20. Advance electronic ticket purchase required. Depot, 2002 Church St., East Troy. (262) 642-3263; easttroyrr.org

Elegant Farmer Harvest Fest: Weekend of activities include a corn maze for all ages, hayrides, pony rides and train rides, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday (through Oct. 25). Check out what’s picking in the orchard, or shop the Farm Kitchen Bakery, Deli & Market, 1545 Main St., Mukwonago, (262) 363-6771; elegantfarmer.com

Elkhorn Oktoberfest: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 17. Crafters and vendors with handcrafted items, antiques, produce and plants. Veterans Park, 100 W. Walworth St., Elkhorn.

Elmbrook Historical Society: “George and Martha Washington” dinner, Nov. 9 at Western Racquet Club in Elm Grove. Reservation required by Nov. 6. Enjoy cocktails and dinner, followed by historian David Wiedenkeller and his wife Mary portraying the first couple. (262) 782-4057; elmbrookhistoricalsociety.org

Elmbrook Historical Society: Christmas at the Inn Arts & Crafts Fair, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 5; 1-4 p.m. Dec. 6. Cash only event, $6 adult; $3 child, ages 3 to 12. Shop the arts & crafts fair and bake sale, enjoy soup and muffin sampling, and holiday music. Dousman Stagecoach Inn Museum, 1075 Pilgrim Pkwy, Brookfield. elmbrookhistoricalsociety.org

Friends of the Domes: In-person and virtual adult education workshops. Visit website for information and registration. milwaukeedomes.org

  • Kombucha 101. Oct. 8.
  • Bee Bundles & Pollinator Hotels. Oct. 18.

Hawthorne Hill Farm: “Decorate!” Holiday Market, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 6-7; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 8. Shop home and garden décor, antique and vintage items, quilts, furniture and accessories. 16370 W. Small Road, New Berlin. hawthornehillfarm.com

Hearthstone Historic House Museum: “Sequential Killers of the Victorian Age,” 6-9 p.m. Friday-Saturday through Oct. 31. Walk-through tour with characters depicting criminals, victims and detectives. 625 Prospect Street, Appleton. (920) 730-8204; hearthstonemuseum.org

Historic Milwaukee: Virtual Doors Open, (through Oct. 11). Online building tours of Milwaukee will showcase sites using photos, videos and 360 virtual reality tours. Doors Open booklet recommends family activities and structures in a variety of Milwaukee neighborhoods to explore. historicmilwaukee.org

Hoard Historical Museum: Drive-thru Harvest Fest, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 31. Event features fall-themed crafts, activities and Halloween candy. 401 Whitewater Ave., Fort Atkinson. (920) 563-7769.

Johnson’s Gardens: Garden related classes/demos/workshops are offered throughout the year. Classes are free, except for the hands-on workshops. Registration is required for all classes. 8504 Highway 60, Cedarburg. (262) 377-2500; www.jgplants.com

  • Hardy bulbs for Wisconsin gardens. Oct. 3.
  • Christmas Open House. Nov. 14-15.

Lake Geneva Walking Tour: Sordid and Scandalous, 11 a.m. Oct. 10. $10. Learn about the history of Lake Geneva with a 90-minute walking tour of downtown and the historic Maple Park neighborhoods. Advance registration required. Riviera Building, 812 Wrigley Drive, Lake Geneva. (262) 248-1888.

Lynden Sculpture Garden: Open, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday-Wednesday, (closed Thursdays). Experience art in nature through its collection of more than 50 monumental sculptures sited across 40 acres of park, lake and woodland. 2145 W. Brown Deer Road. (414) 446-8794; lyndensculpturegarden.org 

  • Virtual Tables Across Borders Community Cooking Series: The Great Rice Community Cooking Show. Oct. 25.

MKE Fine Craft Studio Tour: Fall showcase, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 3-4. Features nine working studios in Milwaukee. Attendees will be able to view the creative environments where the host artists develop and produce their wares while also shopping the one-of-a-kind artisan goods. MKEfinecraftstudiotour.org

Melinda Myers Virtual Gardening Seminars: Each class is designed to deepen your horticulture knowledge, enhance your gardening skills, and help you transform your landscape. The seminars are free, but registration is required. melindamyers.com

  • Fall Care for Your Landscape and The Pollinators. Oct. 7.
  • The First Steps to Creating a Low Maintenance, Ecofriendly Landscape. Oct. 14.

Milwaukee Food & City Tours: A local guide leads the tour of historic neighborhoods, unique food stops and breweries. (414) 255-0534; milwaukeefoodtours.com

Milwaukee Public Library: Full list of virtual workshops available at mpl.org

Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory: “Haunting of Sleepy Hollow” Fall Garden Floral Show, open through Nov 8. Visit all three living museums of The Domes from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Friday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Advance reservations are required. 524 S. Layton Blvd. (414) 257-5611; milwaukeedomes.org

  • Day of the Dead Virtual Celebration. Oct. 30.
  • Poinsettia Promenade Holiday Show. Nov. 21-Jan. 8.

Monches Artisans: Holiday Open House, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 4-6. Free. Driving tour of artist studios in the Monches area. monchesartisans.com

NARI Milwaukee: Home & Remodeling Show, noon-8 p.m. Oct. 16; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Oct. 17; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 18. $5. Talk with home improvement specialists. Wisconsin Exposition Center, State Fair Park, 640 S. 84th St., West Allis. (414) 771-4071; narimilwaukee.org

New Berlin Historical Society: Free walking tours of the Prospect Hill Historic District, 1 and 2 p.m. Oct. 4. Registration required. See the homes, church and school of New Berlin’s founding families. Information: Sue, (262) 679-3461.

North Point Lighthouse Museum: Take a self-guided tour of maritime museum, 1-4 p.m. Oct. 3 and 10. 2650 N. Wahl Ave. northpointlighthouse.org

Old World Wisconsin: Fall Family Fun Drive, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 10, 11, 17, 18. $20 per vehicle. Scenic tour highlights landscape with historical vignettes. Advance registration and payment required. W372-S9727 Highway 67, Eagle. (262) 594-6301.

Our Lady of Lourdes: Oktoberfest Virtual Artisan Fair, noon-4 p.m. Oct. 10; curbside food pickup begins at 11:30 a.m. Oct. 11. Online shopping, live streaming performances, and curbside food pickup. 3722 S. 58th St., (414) 545-4316.

Roots and Branches: Virtual “Garden Party” online auction benefit, Oct. 4-11. 1115 S. Main St., West Bend. Visit website for event information: rootsbranches.org

Taliesin Preservation: House and estate tours of Frank Lloyd Wright’s home, studio and school are designed for every level of interest. Frank Lloyd Wright Visitor Center, 5607 County Road C, Spring Green. taliesinpreservation.org/tours

Tower Heritage Center: Campus includes two museums and one historic site that trace the history of Washington County. 320 S. 5th Ave., West Bend. (262) 335-4678; historyisfun.com

Wade House Historic Site: Hearthside Dinner, Oct. 17. $55. Help prepare a stagecoach era menu and enjoy the meal in the dining room. W7965 Highway 23, Greenbush. (920) 526-3271; wadehouse.wisconsinhistory.org/

  • Breakfast at the Inn. Oct. 24.

Washington County Fair Park: Christmas Fair, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 12. $3. 3000 Pleasant Valley Road, West Bend.

Wendland Nursery: Fall Patio Planter, 11 a.m. Oct. 3. Holiday Patio Planter Workshops, noon or 1 p.m. Nov. 20; 10:30 or 11:30 a.m. Nov. 21 or Nov. 28; 2 or 3 p.m. Dec. 4; 10 or 11 a.m. Dec. 5. $35. Create a 14 inch patio planter; class is held in nursery. W172-N10415 Division Road, Germantown. (262) 251-9678; wendlandnursery.com

  • Live Reindeer Visit. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Nov. 29.

Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts: Exhibition of works by fiber artists demonstrating traditional to contemporary techniques, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday; noon-4 p.m. Sunday. N50-W5050 Portland Road, Cedarburg. (262) 546-0300; wiquiltmuseum.com

Please submit your event three weeks before the event or registration deadline to [email protected], with “Attention Home and Garden calendar” in the subject line.

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