5 things to do in Milwaukee this weekend, from Empty Bowls to the Milwaukee Comedy Festival – Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

5 things to do in Milwaukee this weekend, from Empty Bowls to the Milwaukee Comedy Festival – Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Empty Bowls, the tasty fundraiser where you get the soup and keep the bowl, returns at a new location this year — the Beer Garden in the Deer District adjacent to Fiserv Forum — Oct. 9 from noon to 3 p.m. Tickets are $30 for one artist-made bowl, with which you get two soup samples. (You get to pick your own bowl.) Additional soup samples are $5. Student-made bowls are also available for $15. All proceeds benefit organizer Friedens Food Pantries’ four Milwaukee food pantries. Info: friedenspantry.org/empty-bowls.  
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Check out about 60 public, private and somewhere-in-between spaces Oct. 8 and 9 during Waukesha Unlocked, a Doors Open-style event that highlights the city of Waukesha’s history and architecture. Visiting hours vary by location; see the website for a complete list. Info: waukesha-wi.gov/residents/waukesha-unlocked.php. 
RELATED:Waukesha Unlocked, a hit in 2021, returns for second historic tour of places and businesses
The Milwaukee Comedy Festival goes out with a bang this weekend — eight programs of regional and national comedians Oct. 7-9 at the Laughing Tap, 706 S. Fifth St., and a closing-night performance by comedian Laurie Kilmartin at 7 p.m. Oct. 9 at Shank Hall, 1434 N. Farwell Ave. Tickets for Kilmartin’s show are $25; the other programs go for $15 and $20. See the website for a full schedule. Info: mkecomedyfest.com.     
The Vliet Street Fall Festival celebrates the season along the Washington Heights thoroughfare from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 8, with a make-and-take scarecrow lot, pumpkin giveaways with a combined purchase of $30 at Vliet Street retailers, and more. Info: West Vliet Street Fall Festival Facebook event page. 
HKE MKE, a fundraising hike for the Urban Ecology Center, runs (well, walks) from noon to 4 p.m. Oct. 9. Starting and ending at the center’s Riverside Park campus at 1500 E. Park Place, the 2½-mile hike’s course follows both sides of the Milwaukee River. The registration fee is $25, $15 for children ages 6 to 17 and free for kids 5 and younger (participants also can seek donations for additional support). Info: urbanecologycenter.org.  
Contact Chris Foran at chris.foran@jrn.com. Follow him on Twitter at @cforan12. 

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