Best Bets for October Fests
Last Updated: 10/4/2013
Wisconsin’s festival calendar is full of fun, year-round. This October, it features everything from fermentation to film. We’ve rounded up some of the best bets for big fun, so get out there, enjoy the fall colors, and celebrate with us:
October 4-13, 2013
This food and farming festival focuses on fermentation – the magic behind brining and brewing – with over 30 classes, tours, and tasting events. Drive or bike the Farm/Art DTour, a 50-mile self-guided tour through scenic farmland punctuated by art installations, roadside stands, and performances.
October 5&6, 2013
How does Nekoosa celebrate giant pumpkins? Well, there’s the pumpkin weigh-off, the pumpkin bake-off, the pumpkin drop, the pumpkin pie eating contest…you get the idea. And oh, there’s a flea market, a midway, and a car, truck, and motorcycle show too.
October 17-20, 2013
This annual event has become a highlight of America’s culinary calendar. Among this year’s heaadliners are Christopher Kimball from America’s Test Kitchen and legendary TV chef Jacques Pépin. The full line-up of visiting chefs and wine experts will offer hands-on demonstrations, seminars, and tastings in the five-star surroundings of the American Club.
Flyway Film Festival, Pepin & Stockholm
October 17-20, 2013
This small-town, world-class indie film fest brings more than 30 visiting filmmakers and more than 50 features and short films to the shores of Lake Pepin. Talks and workshops will include “Screenwriters, Bring Out Your Scenes!,” “Breaking In Outside of Hollywood,” and “Crowdfunding 101.”
Chippewa Valley Book Festival, Eau Claire
October 14-20, 2013
This is a festival for all ages, celebrating authors with ties to the Midwest. Highlights of this year’s schedule include a reading by Wisconsin poet Max Garland on Friday night and readings by the winners of the Young Writers Competition on Sunday.
Fall Art Tour – Baraboo, Dodgeville, Mineral Point, Spring Green
October 18-20, 2013
This self-guided tour brings you through the rolling hills of Southwest Wisconsin and behind the scenes into professional artists’ studios, where you can learn about their work through conversation and demonstrations.
October 24-27, 2013
Medford’s harvest celebration kicks off with a 5K Great Pumpkin Run on Thursday, and wraps up with a parade on Sunday. In between, the fun includes an arts walk, scavenger hunt, candy drop, chili contest, movies, and hay wagon rides.
Keep your calendar full of fall fun: our Fall Playlist has plans hand-picked for you.