Fall isn’t complete without crisp apples, pumpkin pie and Wisconsin’s own famed cranberries. Feast your way through these fests celebrating the harvest from our state’s orchards, patches and bogs.
Gays Mills' Apple Festival and the Bayfield Apple Festival have been celebrating the bounty from local orchards for more than 50 years, each with a three-day fest. Check them out for a carnival, food stands galore, an arts and crafts fair, live music and plenty of fun competitions!
The Nekoosa GIANT Pumpkin Fest is back this year with the motto “where bigger is better.” Not surprisingly, the main event is the drop of a behemoth pumpkin from a 100-foot crane. In between, you’ll find all manner of contests – from weigh-offs to bake-offs – a carnival, tasty food, farmers and flea markets, and antique tractor and car shows.
Wisconsin’s cranberry capital has the largest celebration in the world of this tart, nutritious fruit each year the last full weekend of September. At the Warrens Cranberry Festival you’ll enjoy more than 1,300 shopping booths set up over three miles, a hundred food stands to choose from, about a dozen contests and a whole lot more. Get your tickets early for the event’s very popular marsh tours, and be sure to meet the cranberry queen and princesses.