Funtober Fall Festivals

Fall Wisconsin Festivals in 2015

Check out our list of Wisconsin fall festivals to find ways to celebrate the harvest before cold weather dominates. We currently have more than 40 options for fall fun, so you are practically guaranteed to find some things to do near Milwaukee, Madison, Green Bay and Eau Claire in September and October 2015.  It would be hard to top Oktoberfest in Wisconsin, but some of these events might give the German festivals a run for their money.

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September 2015:

Central Wisconsin State Fair – Marshfield, WI - September 2-7, 2015
Midway carnival rides, draft horse show, tractor pull, demolition derby and more.

Taste of Madison – Madison, WI – September 5-6, 2015
Three stages of live music, food from more than 50 restaurants and food trucks, and other activities.

Wisconsin Sheep and Wool Festival – Edgerton, WI – September 11-13, 2015
Wool classes, sheep shearing demos, country store and more.

Seafood Fest – Menasha, WI – September 11-12, 2015
A two day community event sponsored by Menasha Rotary Club, Neenah Rotary Club, and the Fox Cities Morning Rotary Club. Lobster, crab leg and salmon dinners. Live music at night.

Apple Dumpling Days – Elroy, WI - September 12, 2015
Marathon, Half Marathon, 5K and two kid’s races.

Thirsty Troll Brew Fest – Mount Horeb, WI – September 12, 2015
Held at Grundahl Park. Beer sampling features 25 craft brewers serving over 100 different beers. Masskrugstemmen Troll Strength Competition.

SputnikFest – Manitowoc, WI – September 12, 2015
The event celebrates the landing of a 20 pound piece of Russian Sputnik IV on September 5, 1962. Readers Digest called it one of the Top Five Funkiest Festivals.

Chilimania – Edgerton, WI - September 12, 2015
A chili cooking contest and salsa contest that has been going on for more than 25 years.

Ruffed Grouse Fall Festival – Park Falls, WI – September 12, 2015

Great Lakes BrewFest – Racine, WI – September 19, 2015
Southeast Wisconsin’s Largest Beer Event with Unlimited Sampling of more than 400 Beers, Ciders and Meads. Tickets go on sale May 1. Held at Racine Zoo.

Egg Harbor AleFest – Egg Harbor, WI –  September 19, 2015
Enjoy 100+ craft beers from 40 different brewers. Event runs from 1 to 5 PM with early admission to VIP guests.

Willy Street Fair – Madison, WI – September 19-20, 2015
Warm-up, parade and fair with 8 stages, 35 performances and 150+ vendors.

Warrens Cranberry Festival – Warrens, WI – September 25-27, 2015
Cranfest can draw around 100,000 to the world’s largest cranberry festival. It has been going on for more than 40 years.

Wo-Zha-Wa Days Fall Fest – Wisconsin Dells – September 18-20, 2015
A harvest festival with parade, antique flea market, arts & crafts, and Wisconsin’s oldest long distance race.

Harvest Festival and Street Art Auction – Sturgeon Bay – September 19, 2015
Vintage car show, live entertainment, shopping, children’s activities, and more on Third Avenue.

Cable Area Fall Festival – Cable – September 25-26, 2015
Fall Harvest Dessert Contest, Beer & Wine Garden, Pumpkin Pecan Pancake Breakfast, Art & Craft, Zip Line, Cooking Demos, Bounce Houses, Classic Car & Truck Show, and Live Music.

Gays Mills Apple Festival – Gays Mills, WI – September 25-27, 2015
56th annual event. Parades, carnivals, arts & crafts, flea markets, music, dancing, food & festivities.

Harvest Festival – Lake Tomahawk, WI – September 19, 2015
Sponsored by the Lake Tomahawk Lioness and Lions Clubs. A family event, it was attended by over 2000 last year. The arts & crafts show starts at 9:00 am and runs until 3:00 pm, the car show starts at 10:00 am and runs until 3:00 pm. Held in Snowshoe Park. Food, children’s “pumpkin” decorating.

Cedarburg Wine & Harvest Festival – Cedarburg, WI – September 19-20, 2015
Arts & crafts, homegrown produce and artisan food, plus the award-winning wines of Cedar Creek Winery, Scarecrow Contest, Giant Pumpkin weigh-off. Live music with Top Forty, Folk and Rock & Roll bands. Giant Pumpkin Charity Regatta. Kids’ corner with pumpkin painting, magician and clown. Free admission.

Fondue Fest – Fond du Lac, WI - September 12, 2015
More than 20,000 annually enjoy this event dedicated to cheese and chocolate fondue. 9th annual event. Admission is free.

Willhelm Tell Festival – New Glarus, WI - September 4-6, 2015
New Glarus has paid tribute to the Swiss archer on stage for more than 75 years.

October 2015:

Hay Days – Greendale, WI – Oct 3, 2015
Pony rides, hay rides and more with the Greendale Lions Club.

Sister Bay Fall Fest – Sister Bay, WI – October 16-18, 2015
70th annual event considered the “Grandaddy” of Door County festivals. Ping pong ball shoot, classic car show, scavenger hunt, parade, arts & crafts, food, children’s activities and live entertainment.

Grafton Pumpkin Festival – Grafton, WI – October 9-10, 2015
Pumpkin carving contest, pumpkin lighting, pancake breakfast and more.

Bayfield Apple Festival – Bayfield, WI – October 2-4, 2015
USA Today called it one of the 10 best specialty food festivals in the nation. 50,000 annually attend this event which has been going on for more than 50 years.

Fermentation Fest – Reedsburg – October 2-11, 2015
A live culture convergence with classes, tastings, bike tour, art events and more.

November 2015:
Central Wisconsin Film Festival – Stevens Point, Amherst, Plover, Marshfield, Wisconsin Rapids & Wausau – Nov. 6-7, 2015

Christmas By the Bay – Sturgeon Bay – Nov 20-22, 2015
Annual tree lighting ceremony, holiday parade, Santa brunch and holiday shopping.

Winter Art Fair off the Square – Madison – Nov 14-15, 2015
Features 100+ Wisconsin exhibitors. Saturday silent auction benefits youth scholarship fund. Located at the Monona Terrace Convention Center.

Big Water Film Festival – Ashland, WI – Nov 6-8, 2015
Held at the Bay Theater. Ticket prices range from $8 per block to $35 for a weekend pass.

Last Year’s Events

Trout Festival – Exeland, WI - August 29-31, 2014
PotatoFest – Rhinelander, WI - August 30, 2014
Kites Over Lake Michigan – Two Rivers, WI – August 30-31, 2014
Jonesfest Music Festival – Kennan, WI - August 30, 2014
Apple Harvest Fest – August 30-31, 2014
Labor Fest – Janesville, WI - August 30 – September 1, 2014
Lion’s Sturgeon Festival – Jim Park, WI - August 29 – September 1, 2014
Riverfront Jazz Festival – Stevens Point, WI – August 30-31, 2014
Taste of Racine - Racine, WI – August 31, 2014
Dairy Days – Platteville, WI - September 5-7, 2014
Indian Summer Festival – Milwaukee, WI - September 5-7, 2014

Wet Whistle Wine Fest – Algoma, WI – September 12-13, 2014

Uptown Ford Lincoln Frank Mots International Kite Festival – Milwaukee, WI – September 6-7, 2014
Amery Fall Festival – Amery, WI – September 11-14, 2014
Blair Cheese Fest – Blair, WI – September 11-14, 2014

Whooping Crane Festival – Princeton, WI - September 12-14, 2014

Maple Fall Fest – Marshfield, WI - September 13-14, 2014
Mexican Independence Festival – Milwaukee, WI - September 14, 2014
Golden Days Harvest Fest – Green Lake, WI - September 27-28, 2014
Thirsty Troll Brew Fest – Mount Horeb, WI - September 13, 2014
Cheese and Sausage Fall Family Fest – New London, WI - September 13, 2014
Taste of Lake Geneva – Lake Geneva, WI – September 13, 2014

Oconomowoc Fall Festival – Oconomowoc, WI – September 13, 2014
Hayward Fall Festival – Hayward, WI – September 20, 2014

Sparta Fall Fest – Sparta, WI – October 3-5, 2014
Audubon Days – Mayville, WI - October 3-5, 2014
Stone Lake Cranberry Festival – Stone Lake, WI – October 1-3, 2015
Eagle River Cranberry Fest – Eagle River, WI – October 4-5, 2014
Kohler Food & Wine Experience – Kohler, WI – October 23-26, 2014

Quivey’s Grove Beer Fest – Madison, WI – October 4, 2014
Thorp Pumpkin Fest – Thorp, WI – October 4, 2014
Pumpkinfest – Mishicot, WI - October 18, 2014
Fall Festival of Color – Lake Mills, WI - October 5, 2014
Wisconsin Dells Autumn Harvest Festival – Wisconsin Dells, WI – October 18, 2014

From the Land Festival – Green Lake, WI – October 18-19, 2014

Marijuana Harvest Festival – Madison, WI – October 3-5, 2014

Zoo Brew – Milwaukee, WI – October 23, 2014

Neshkoro Scarecrow Festival – Neshkoro, Wisconsin – October 11, 2014

Northern Lights Bellydance Festival – Wisconsin Dells, WI – November 14-16, 2014
Lake Geneva Beer & Spirits Festival – Lake Geneva, WI – November 1, 2014
Driftless Film Festival – Mineral Point, WI – Nov 6-9, 2014
Southeastern Wisconsin Festival of Books – Waukesha, WI – Nov 7-9, 2014
Downtown Baraboo Winter Wine Walk – Baraboo, WI – Nov 21, 2014
Taste of the North – Chippewa Falls, WI – Nov 8, 2014

Fond du Lac Jazz Fest – Fond Du Lac, WI, Nov 7-8, 2014
Milwaukee Holiday Festival of Lights – Starts Nov 20, 2014

Afton Harvest Festival – Afton, WI – October 4-6, 2013 (reader report)

Find other fun things to do in Wisconsin in October:

Oktoberfest in Wisconsin
Wisconsin Corn Mazes
Wisconsin Ghost Tours
Haunted Houses in Wisconsin
Pumpkin Patches in Wisconsin

3 COMMENTS

  1. I drive thru Afton Wisconsin all the time…. I have seen signs up that say there Fall Festival is October 4, 5, and 6. Just thought I would share since it says above that you haven’t found dates for it yet.

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