Autumn is just around the corner, and art and craft fairs around Wisconsin are setting up for a full season of festival fun. While you’re sure to find a stunning selection of handmade goods, artwork, and crafts, many art fairs around the state offer an additional lineup of fun activities to keep you entertained all day – from live music and farmer’s markets to wagon rides, children’s games, and more.
Here are just a few of the art fairs, festivals, and tours going on this fall!
Wausaukee Fall Festival – Wausaukee
Around 100 crafters and vendors gather in downtown Wausaukee for this autumnal celebration. In addition to local craft booths, stop by for a ride on a horse-drawn wagon, or take to the skies with a helicopter ride for a birds-eye view of fall color! The fun continues with live music, a farmer’s market, and more.
Set off down scenic roads for a tour of art studios around southeastern Wisconsin. This self-guided road trip highlights a variety of local studios, where dozens of artists will be on site offering demonstrations of their work. Small town charm abounds on the path from studio to studio, and visitors are encouraged to stop by partner businesses in the area for tastes of local food and brews!
Fall Heritage Festival – Mount Horeb
Stop by downtown Mount Horeb for an all-out celebration of Norwegian heritage! In addition to a wide selection of artistry and crafts, enjoy buggy rides, a pumpkin parade, and a traditional Norwegian breakfast on the city’s historic “Trollway,” a Main Street lined with life-sized mythical creatures. Immerse yourself in local culture for two days of fun in the Troll Capitol of the World!
This semiannual fair features over 150 exhibitors from across the Midwest. A full-day family event, visitors will be treated to live music, children’s activities and performances, a farmers market, and more. A variety of local restaurants will also be serving up some of their best dishes on site, so be sure to come hungry!
Monona Fall Festival and Chili Cookoff – Monona
This fun-packed, three-day festival features a wide variety of free activities including a cow milking contest, hay bale maze, children’s obstacle course and more. Art and craft booths open for business on the second day of the fest and feature handcrafted, one-of -kind items. No worries if the weather cools down, because Monona’s annual Chili Festival is held in conjunction with the craft fair—the perfect combination!
Spirit of the St. Croix Art Festival – Hudson
Art, in all its forms, is at the center of this celebration on the banks of the scenic St. Croix River. Over 90 juried artists will be showcasing their work in the Artist Village, while musicians will take the stage at the bandshell for a full day of fantastic entertainment. A number of downtown restaurants and businesses will also be joining in the fun, displaying creative scarecrows and offering tasty, seasonal treats.
Looking for more festivals happening this fall? Check out these 8 Great Beer and Wine Festivals, or view our entire events directory.