As we settle back into school year routines, and some wetter, cooler weather creeps into our weekend forecast, we find one spectacular event taking place in Milwaukee, and a couple of big highlights in Racine. Maybe Kenosha is taking a breather after all the barbeque and cheese of previous weekends?

Doors Open Milwaukee

One of the coolest events of the year happens this weekend in Milwaukee: The 5th annual “Doors Open” is a simultaneous free-of-charge open house at over 150 Milwaukee locations — historic buildings, businesses, theaters, radio stations, hotels, churches, campuses, breweries, museums, fire stations, and on and on. Each place is open for public tours on one or both days, so study the list, launch your navigation app (we like Waze), and see how many you can pack in.

Racine Theatre Guild presents Calendar Girls

Writer Tim Firth’s adaptation of his successful movie (about members of a women’s group posing nude for a calendar to raise money for a sofa in a hospital visitors’ lounge) was itself a big success in England. Now through September 27,  Calendar Girls is being staged by the Racine Theatre Guild, with shows this weekend at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, plus a 2:00 Sunday matinee.

Great Lakes Brew Fest

Billed as southeast Wisconsin’s largest beer event, the Great Lakes Brew Fest takes place on the grounds of the Racine Zoo this Saturday from 3 to 7 p.m. A fundraiser for the The Kilties Drum and Bugle Corps, it will allow some 4,500 guests to sample some 400 beers, ciders, and meads. This year, since Saturday is International Talk Like a Pirate Day, walking and talking like a pirate is encouraged, with a prize for the best costume.

Creative-Root.com/events

As always, there are a lot more events going on in our area than we mention here. Check out our Events Page for our extensive list — and also the other events calendars that we link to. Thanks for subscribing, liking, following, sharing, and generally being nice.

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