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Why do people love visiting Waukesha Pewaukee for a getaway or special event? Here are four good reasons: Fall. Winter. Spring. Summer.

A year-round calendar of fun things to see, and do, and enjoy ... all just an interstate away from Chicago. So come visit Waukesha Pewaukee today. And see how many unique and wonderful ways fun can meet variety.


Aug. 30 – Sept. 1

Wisconsin Highland Games

Celebrate all things Scottish, Irish and Celtic with the mighty roar of bagpipes, kilted athletes performing feats of strength, leaping Highland dancers, raising a pint at St. Andrew’s Pub and much more. For more information, visit www.wisconsinscottish.org.

Sept. 7

Waukesha Art Fest

Talk to artists from around the country and shop their masterful creations at this juried art show with children’s activity tent and silent auction held along Main Street in Historic Downtown Waukesha. For more information, visit www.waukeshaartfest.com.

Sept. 20-22

Southeast Wisconsin Festival of Books

National and local authors present sessions about their work, book readings and signings; also featuring cookbook stage with demonstrations and special programming. For more information, visit www.sewibookfest.com.

Sept. 21

Apple Harvest Festival

Shop the apple market, do children’s games and crafts, view the scarecrow competition, hike prairie trails, watch for wildlife and explore nature exhibits. For more information, visit www.waukeshacounty.gov.

Weekends in October

Wisconsin Feargrounds

Selected as one of America’s best, expect the unexpected at three highly decorated, elaborate haunted houses with the highest level of terror interactions. For more information, visit www.wisconsinfeargrounds.com.


Historic Downtown Waukesha

Replete with historical architecture, stroll the streets with cool boutiques, antique shops, a fascinating museum (with the newly opened Les Paul exhibit), new and trendy restaurants (rooftop and patio dining available), art galleries and gathering spots like brew pubs and a cigar bar. Scenic Frame Park and the Fox River host biking, go-carting, an after dinner stroll along the paved pathway or paddle boating along the river bank. Don’t miss the weekly Friday night live music series and Saturday morning farmers’ market.

Pewaukee Lake

Take in the last of warm weather days at the largest lake in Waukesha County, everything from pleasure boating, wave running to water skiing and of course year-round bragging rights to some of the best fishing in the state (including the top spot in Wisconsin to land 50-inch-plus muskies!). The day doesn’t end when the sun goes down. There are numerous lakeside restaurants and pubs, varying from upscale lounges and fine dining to pizzerias and local taverns.