As I was out running errands on my lunch hour last week, I spotted a truck filled with baskets of flowers. It was hard for me to believe that mid-October is here and the beautiful flower baskets that are so iconic to our downtown community were being carted away now that cooler fall temperatures have arrived. Boats are starting to be removed from the marinas. Patio furniture is slowly being put away at area restaurants. The final outdoor HarborMarket event has come and gone. Sure signs that summer is over.
Don’t let me fool you, though. While these signs of seasons changing can see depressing, they actually are signs that more fun is ahead of us in Downtown Kenosha. Watching the fall colors change along our beautiful lakefront is just part of the attraction of autumn in Downtown Kenosha! Here are some events that I am very excited for this fall:
Kemper Center’s Haunted House
Just south of the main stretch of Downtown Kenosha, this is one of my all-time favorite fall activities. Haunted Houses terrify me, but I have always been drawn to the spooks at Kemper Center. The haunted house is open through Halloween night, so you still have plenty of time to figure out if the ghosts of Kemper are real or just for show.
WinterMarket at the Rhode
Kenosha HarborMarket is definitely one of the best parts of every summer weekend, but the indoor market is just as fun! Music, vendors, and good company abound when the market moves indoors. And since you’re a few blocks closer to downtown stores, you can do more browsing around the neighborhood.
Boofest at the Museums
While I don’t have kids of my own, my husband and I have “nieces” and “nephews” who we like to cart around as our ticket in to these cool family-friendly events. The best part about Boofest is that all the activities are free!
Monster Mash Dance & Costume Party at Fusion
This inaugural event will feature Halloween themed food, prizes for best costumes, and more! Think of it as the adult version of custom day at school!
The Lakeside Players Production of TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD
Perfectly connected to The Big Read campaign wrapping up, the Lakeside Players will open their production of TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD at the Rhode Center for the Arts on November 6.
November Second Saturday, the 37th Annual Mayor’s Turkey day Run, and more can be found on the Downtown Kenosha event calendar. Fall is a great time to explore the public art in Downtown Kenosha, too - the Sculpture Walk in HarborPark, the murals and artwork on Downtown buildings, and the galleries that call our neighborhood "home." If you can't find something to do, you aren't looking hard enough. There is plenty to keep you busy this fall! Just wait until I start talking about winter fun – but I’ll spare you of my over ambitious excitement for the holidays, snow, and Santa for now.