Summer is but a memory and chillier temperatures have swept in, and a cold front will bring pounding waves to our Lake Michigan shore on Friday and Saturday — but there also is sunshine in the weather forecast for Saturday and Sunday, so grab a sweater and your shades as you head out to sample some of this weekend’s cool events.

Indian Summer Festival

An eclectic mix of activities will be going on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday when this year’s Indian Summer Festival is held at Henry Maier Festival Park (the Summerfest grounds) in Milwaukee. An amateur boxing tournament, lacrosse demonstrations, and a flute workshop are among the attractions — along with a wide variety of food and beveragesmarketplace vendors, and a contest powwow at this annual celebration of Native American traditions and culture.

East Troy Bluegrass Festival

For 22 years now, East Troy, Wisconsin has been hosting an annual bluegrass festival at its village square (2881 Main St,) and it’s happening again this Saturday and Sunday. Music from guitars, banjos, fiddles, and harmonizing voices will fill the air from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. each day. A $5 wristband is all you need for the weekend — plus maybe some lawn chairs and some spending money for the food and marketplace vendors. Kids under 15 get free admission. Headlining Saturday evening will be The Little Roy & Lizzy Show. Closing the festival on Sunday evening is Donna Ulisse.

Old Settlers Oktoberfest

Saturday at Old Settlers Park, 24100 75th St. on Paddock Lake, you can enjoy authentic German food, music, and beer at the town’s annual Oktoberfest celebration from noon to 8 p.m. In addition to the polkas and the wurst, there’s a classic car show, a Little Miss Edelweiss Pageant, and weiner dog races. Admission is free, and a fireworks display over Paddock Lake tops off the event.

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For an extensive listing of car shows, church festivals, fundraisers, and farmers’ markets going on this weekend and all year ’round, visit the Events page at Creative Root. Thanks for subscribing, liking, following, visiting, and generally spreading the word!

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