The reality cannot be denied any longer – the days of summer are numbered.
Fortunately for Waukesha residents, there's no shortage of local events or places at which they can soak up as much of Wisconsin's all-too-brief warm season while it lasts.
There are plenty more things to do and places to go, but here are five ways city residents can say goodbye to summer in true Waukesha fashion.
1. Chug a mug at John's Root Beer
John's Root Beer, 1317 Arcadian Ave., is an institution on the city's east side, serving its own distinct brand of root beer and a variety of hot dogs, sandwiches, shakes and more.
Residents can cool off with a mug of root beer or a root beer float after an afternoon in the sun and enjoy a meal with friends or family. The stand's root beer recipe is an offshoot of the A&W recipe – the company that once owned the business – with a unique twist.
John's is open every day from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
2. Cool off in Buchner Pool
Buchner Pool, 223 Oakland Ave., is one of two public pools in the city (the other is at Horeb Spring Park) where residents can splash around.
The pool is available for open swim Monday through Saturday from 12:30 to 8 p.m., and 12:30 to 7 p.m. Saturday. Buchner Pool closes Aug. 26 and has reduced hours, from 2 to 6 p.m., starting Aug. 15.
Admission fees for the pool are $3.50 for children ages 1-17, $4.50 for adults and $1.50 for seniors (55 and older), according to the city's website. Those fees are reduced after 5 p.m. and cost $2.50 for children, $3.50 for adults and $1 for seniors.
Horeb Spring Park, 330 Spring St., which features water slides and other amenities closes Aug. 28. Open swim hours there are also 12:30 to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 12:30 to 7 p.m. Sunday.
3. Wander through downtown during Friday Night Live
Downtown Waukesha is always abuzz in the summer months during Friday Night Live, a widely popular event that features live music on 10 stages and other street performances.
If they haven't already, attendees will get a first-hand look at the recently completed construction work that redesigned Main Street.
The event, which spans 11 city blocks and is put on by the Waukesha Downtown Business Association, runs from 6:30 to 9 p.m. every Friday until Sept. 30.
4. Pick up some flowers or fresh produce at the Waukesha Farmers Market
Summer is farmers market season and the Waukesha market is one of the popular locations in southeastern Wisconsin. Vendors at the market range from fresh fruit and produce sellers to craft-makers, florists and hot food and frozen meat merchants.
The market moved this year to accommodate construction along Main Street between Clinton and North Barstow streets, but seems to have again found its home on the north side of the Fox River, at 313 Bank St., adjacent to Waukesha State Bank.
The market – a public, open-air, producer-only event – is held every Saturday from May 7 through the last week of October. It runs from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
5. Check out a free concert at Cutler Park
Local music lovers know they don't need to spend a dime to enjoy some good tunes throughout the summer with two free concert series at Cutler Park, 321 W. Wisconsin Ave.
One of those series, the Waukesha Civic Band concerts, comes to an end Thursday, Aug. 11. The concert runs from 8 to 9 p.m. at the Les Paul Performance Center.
The other series, the Tribute Tuesday concerts, will continue until about mid-September. This week's concert, scheduled for Aug. 9, was an Elvis Presley tribute performance by Joseph Hall.
The final concert in the tribute series will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Sept. 13. Wisconsin Band Separate Ways will put on a tribute to American rock band Journey that night.