With crisp air and crunchy leaves, apple trees and pumpkin patches, hayrides and corn mazes, fall in Wisconsin is a time worth celebrating. And celebrate, we do. Here are just a few of our favorite fall festivals coming up this season.
If any state knows how to polka, it’s Wisconsin. Get out your beer stein, put on your lederhosen, enjoy some traditional German food, and polka your hintern off. Sheboygan does Oktoberfest big.
Did you know that Wisconsin produces more than 60 percent of the world’s cranberries? With peak cranberry season in late September and early October, there’s no better way to celebrate autumn in Wisconsin than with Cranberry Fest. The festival offers everything from fresh cranberries, craisins, delicious foods and warm autumn drinks, to homemade goods, arts and crafts, and music.
Washington Island is a favorite summer getaway, but its beauty doesn’t fade in the fall. Bring your own apples on the trip, or buy a bucket there, and press them into a gallon of cider. Its wagon rides, caramel apples, brats, fresh pressed cider, and old-fashioned games make it a fabulous fall getaway.
Door County’s summer season comes to a close with Sister Bay Fall Fest, which celebrates with a parade, live music throughout the town, street food, arts and crafts fair, classic auto show, and children’s activities.
If you’re up for celebrating Halloween but looking to avoid the spooky spots, this is for you. The Enchanted Forest & Hollywood Hayride is a non-scary event for families with young children, and features The Enchanted Forest candlelit walk, with scenes from famous nursery rhymes and fairytales with live actors, beautifully constructed sets, costumes and props.
Fall is what many locals believe to be the best time on Madeline Island, and to top it off, the third weekend in October is always Fall Fest. Come take in the vivid fall colors and enjoy pumpkin decorating, a costume parade, face painting, tasty treats, crafts and more!
Jack O’ Lantern Days puts the “eek” in Fish Creek. This family-friendly Halloween celebration offers mask making for kids, pumpkin carving, a Halloween parade, trick-or-treating, and costume parties for both kids and adults.
Halloween on a school night is no fun, so Burlington (or should I say Boolington?) celebrates a few days early. With trick-or-treating, spooky crafts, free hayrides, a costume parade, a family movie and more, this is the place to be.
November 10-11, 2018
Great River Road Wine Trail: Holiday Harvest & Wine Food Festival – Stockholm
With November comes the transition from autumn festivals to celebrations of the holidays. Taste your favorite foods and wines of the holiday season, all while taking in the Great River Road and the gorgeous scenery that comes with it.
While summers seem to go by faster each year, we’re lucky to be greeted by such a beautiful fall season here in Wisconsin. What’s your favorite way to take in the fall season? Share with us on social media using #DiscoverWisconsin.