7 Wisconsin Festivals Only for Fall

Fall in Wisconsin means crunchy leaves, caramel apples, cozy weather and some seriously spectacular colors – and I don’t know about you, but that makes us want to celebrate! Throw on some flannel, pack up your family, and head out for fresh air and a good time at these fall festivals.

Wo-Zha-Wa Days Fall Festival - Wisconsin Dells

Three days of festivities make up this annual autumn event featuring live music, an arts and crafts fair, a fun run and a parade through downtown Dells. Meaning “time of fun” in the Ho-Chunk language, “Wo-Zha-Wa” stays true to its name and offers activities and entertainment for kids (and kids-at-heart!) of all ages. 

Wine & Harvest Festival - Cedarburg

Cedarburg’s popular festival is sure to get you in the autumn spirit. Taste the flavors of fall with seasonal foods like harvest apple brats and cranberry turkey wraps, best enjoyed with a glass of wine from local Cedar Creek Winery.  Check out the giant pumpkin regatta, “Art on the Avenue” juried art fair, or the fan-favorite grape stomp competition – bonus point if you roll up your pantlegs and join in!

Octoberfest - Appleton

Join the fun at Appleton’s largest block party! You’ll hear live music on five different stages, taste authentic German food and take a trip back in time at the License to Cruise car show, featuring over 400 classic cars.   

Warrens Cranberry Festival - Warrens

What better place to host the World’s Largest Cranberry Festival than the “Cranberry Capital of Wisconsin”? Visit Warrens to celebrate all things cranberry at this favorite fest, where you’ll find arts and crafts, over 100 farm market vendors, and a variety of food stands serving unique and delicious cranberry treats. Get an up-close look at how cranberries are made on a guided marsh tour, offered Friday and Saturday.

Gays Mills Apple Festival - Gays Mills

Head to charming Gays Mills for this annual fall festival to enjoy all there is to love about apples in autumn. Taste all kinds of apple products, browse the flea market, take a spin at the carnival and be sure to stick around for the big event – Sunday’s Apple Festival parade!

Audubon Days Fall Family Festival - Mayville

Audubon Days kicks off strong with an annual crowd-pleaser – bed races down Main Street Mayville.  Kids and teens each get their own dance party to attend on Friday night, while adults can relax over beer and wine tasting and live music.  Keep the fun going all weekend with kid’s games, a parade and the Rock River Rubber Duck Race, where over 4,000 rubber ducks will float down the river to victory! 

Autumn Fest - St. Croix Falls

See the St. Croix River Valley ablaze with fall color at Autumn Fest, featuring an art fair, live music and a fresh farmer’s market. Autumn Fest is all about capturing St. Croix Falls’ unique sense of place and highlighting the natural northern beauty found right in their own backyard – you won’t want to miss it!

Keep the good times rolling at these 8 Great Fall Beer and Wine Festivals, or browse our trip ideas for more tips on getting out and about this autumn!

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