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Fun in the sun: Things to do in Mukwonago |

Fun in the sun: Things to do in Mukwonago

Summertime brings with it plenty to do in Southeastern Wisconsin, and Mukwonago is no exception. I took to social media to survey people about things to do locally. Many responded with summer festivals and big events such as the village of Big Bend’s annual Rumble by the River, Mukwonago’s Summerfeste, Eagle’s Kettle Moraine Days and Mukwonago’s Father’s Day parade.

Here are some other suggestions:

1. Red Brick Museum

In downtown Mukwonago sits the historic Victorian building built in 1842 by original Mukwonago settler Sewall Andrews.  This year the charming building is celebrating 50 years as the Red Brick Museum. 

The main museum features artifacts from Mukwonago’s past, including clothing, furniture, dinnerware, quilts and many other items.  The museum decorations and furnishings reflect the post Civil War period.

The museum also features Native American artifacts such as clothing, furs, beads, pottery, arrowheads, weapons and other items.

The Mukwonago museum is at 103 Main St., at the west side of the intersection of Highways 83 and ES.  The museum is open from 1 to 4 p.m. the second and fourth Sundays of each month, June through September.  Learn more at

2. Vernon Marsh

The Vernon Wildlife Area covers 4,655 acres just north of Mukwonago in eastern Waukesha County. According to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, the property consists of mostly wetlands/flowages with the Fox River snaking through.

Parking lots are off Highway 83, Frog Alley Road, Highway I, Highway NN and Benson Avenue. A boat launch can be found off Frog Alley Road. 

Learn more at and

3. Elegant Farmer

Visitors to The Elegant Farmer, 1545 Main St., Mukwonago, love the apple pies baked in paper bags. Besides delicious pies, there are homemade, fresh-picked and other offerings in the Farm Kitchen Bakery, Deli Market.

The Elegant Farmer hosts a full calendar of family fun events, including apple picking and pumpkin picking. Visit

4.  Mukwonago Farmers Market

Fresh produce, cute crafts and beautiful plants are just some of the many things you will find at the Mukwonago Farmers Market. In addition to food and crafts, there are music and other family-fun activities scheduled. The farmers market is open from 2 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays, through Oct. 11, at Field Park, Highways 83 and NN. 

5.  Kettle Moraine State Forest Southern Unit


The Kettle Moraine State Forest Southern Unit is 61 miles east of Madison and 37 miles southwest of Milwaukee. Activities include picnics and beach time at Ottawa Lake, looking at the serene views at Paradise Springs Pond and hiking on the numerous trails. Learn more at

6. Old World Wisconsin 

Old World Wisconsin is in southwest Waukesha County, near the village of Eagle. Old World Wisconsin is a 600-acre attraction that features interactive environments and stories of 19th- and early 20th-century Midwestern immigrant farm and rural life. A highlight is the Eagle Diamonds, a base ball club based on the 19th-century Waukesha Diamonds. Old World Wisconsin is on Highway 67 just south of Eagle. For more information visit or call 262-594-6301.


7. Mukwonago Maxwell Street Days

Who doesn’t love a good flea market? Many people enjoy finding trinkets and treasures as they walk around Field Park at Highways NN and 83, Mukwonago. The dates for the rest of the summer are: Aug. 19 and 20; and Sept. 9 and 10. Give vendors until 8 a.m. to get set up before you start shopping for deals. Best of, admission is free! 

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