Find a Wisconsin fall festival to attend in 2018. Our events calendar for September, October and November 2018 has things to do across Wisconsin including activities in Milwaukee, Madison, Green Bay and Eau Claire. Our list includes festivals celebrating the local harvest, food, music, beer, Oktoberfest and more.Last Major Update:
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West Milwaukee Oktoberfest - Milwaukee, WI - Aug 27 to Aug 28, 2016
Yellow Phone Music Conference - Milwaukee, WI - Sep 8 to Sep 11, 2016
A four day gathering of talented artists and music professionals
Milwaukee Oktoberfest - Milwaukee, WI - Sep 9 to Oct 1, 2016
Friday and Saturdays starting September 9, 2016 and ending October 1, 2016. The Bavarian Soccer Club hosts this event at the site of the former Bavarian Inn at Heidelberg Park. It has been going on for more than sixty years. Alpine style pavilion equipped with weather curtains on the open sides called the Bavarian Fest Garten hosts the main festivities. Traditional German brass bands, Schuhplatter folk dancing, singing, yodeling, and sing-alongs. Broiled chicken, bratwurst, spanferkel, rollbraten and pretzels are just some of the food available. Oktoberfest Queen contest on the first Saturday. Admission is $5 online and at the door.
Old German Beer Hall - Milwaukee, WI - Sep 13, 2016
Oktoberfest Release Party.
Kurts’z Oktoberfest - Two Rivers, WI - Sep 17, 2016
Travel Wisconsin has this date. We have also seen a band list themselves as playing there Sept. 16th. Will follow up if we receive more information.
Great Rotary Oktoberfest - Middleton, WI - Sep 30 to Oct 2, 2016
The 3rd Annual Great Rotary Oktoberfest at Fireman’s Park (near Middleton High School) from Noon to 10:00 pm. Good Music, Good Beer, GREAT Cause. Over 10 beers on tap, and live music. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Rotary Club of Madison West Towne-Middleton’s charitable efforts. $10 admission for ages 18+. $5 admission for ages 14-18. Children 13 and under are free.
Fall Festival of Color - Lake Mills, WI - Oct 2, 2016
Oktoberfest 2016 - Fond du Lac, WI - Oct 7, 2016
German Dinner and Musical Celebration Friday , Oct.7. Knights of Columbus Hall, 795 Fond Du Lac Ave, Fond du Lac, WI 54935. 5:00 pre-dinner entertainment- Paul Rosenfeldt, Sinatra Favorites, Silent Auction. 6:00 authentic German dinner. 7:00 musical program- featuring Hope Lutheran’s Deutsche Kapelle. (German Band) performing polkas and German waltzes menu: sauerbraten, bratwurst, kasseler-rippchen (smoked pork loin), späetzel dumplings German potato salad, sweet/sour red cabbage, Bohemian sauerkraut. Tickets ($29- adult; $15- 10 years of age and under) may be purchased with cash or check: – by calling Ken at 920-539-3977 or – at Wegners Office Supply, 17 Court St., 923-8200; or – going to http://www.lifeathope.org
Shell Lake Oktoberfest - Shell Lake, WI - Oct 22, 2016
Kites Over Lake Michigan - Two Rivers, WI - Sep 2 to Sep 3, 2017
Cafe Bavaria Oktoberfest - Wauwatosa, WI - Sep 8 to Sep 30, 2017
(Fridays and Saturdays)
Rock the Green - Milwaukee, WI - Sep 9, 2017
A near zero waste music festival.
Racine Color Run - Racine, WI - Sep 16, 2017
The Happiest 5K on the planet comes to Racine, with a Colored Foam Zone and more.
Oddtoberfest - Columbus, WI - Sep 30, 2017
Remington’s Oktoberfest - Thiensville, WI - Oct 7, 2017
Held at Remington’s River Inn
JDRF Ride to Cure Diabetes – La Crosse - La Crosse, WI - Aug 9 to Aug 12, 2018
Brew City Cigar Festival - Glendale, WI - Aug 18, 2018
Enjoy a night of unlimited beer, wine, spirits, and food sampligs while trying premium cigars and meeting with cigar experts. Everything is included in the ticket price.
Central Wisconsin State Fair - Marshfield, WI - Aug 21 to Aug 26, 2018
Midway carnival rides, draft horse show, tractor pull, demolition derby and more.
Kegel’s Inn Oktoberfest - Milwaukee, WI - Aug 24 to Aug 25, 2018
Sparta Eagle’s/Canoe River Rendezvouzers Fall Rendezvous - Sparta, WI - Aug 25 to Aug 26, 2018
Black powder shooting, archery, tomahawk and knife throwing, canoeing, fishing and more, with a flea market and food vendors
Willhelm Tell Festival - New Glarus, WI - Aug 26 to Sep 2, 2018
80th annual. New Glarus pays tribute to the Swiss archer on stage in this festival that also features a children’s lantern parade, art show, live music, savory music and street dance. Since 1938.
Apostle Islands Lighthouse Celebration - Bayfield, WI - Aug 28 to Sep 15, 2018
Head to Apostle Islands National Lakeshore for a celebration of the lighthouses that have kept sailors safe for decades. Enjoy lighthouse tours, cruises, musical tributes to the history of Lake Superior, photography exhibits, and more.
Milwaukee Rally - Milwaukee, WI - Aug 29 to Sep 3, 2018
Motorcycle ride, music, kissing booth, women’s ride, street parties and more.
Wisconsin Highland Games - Waukesha, WI - Aug 31 to Sep 2, 2018
It’s a weekend of affordable Celtic fun for the entire family, with athletic competitions, family history, food and drinks, and more from Scotland and other Celtic nations.
Senior Celebration - Milwaukee, WI - Aug 31, 2018
Milwaukee County Zoo opens up to seniors 55 and older for free admission with ID (parking rates still apply). A health and wellness fair will take place outside the Welcome Center, live music will be inside, and bingo round out the day
Waupaca Oktoberfest - Waupaca, WI - Aug 31, 2018
Central Waters Brewery in Amherst puts on this Oktoberfest with lots of beer, wine, and German food. The Charlie Justmann Band provides the entertainment with plenty oom-pah, big band songs, and oldies. Nothing like a little bit of the old country on a fall afternoon. Proceeds benefit the programs of the Waupaca Breakfast Rotary Club. Location: Under the tent and in the conference center at the Waupaca Ale House.
Jonesfest Music Festival - Kennan, WI - Sep 1, 2018
Bring your lawn chairs as musical acts raise money for a music scholarship offered to a Phillips High School senior. Free admission.
Labor Fest - Janesville, WI - Sep 1 to Sep 3, 2018
Learning from the past, working with the present, building our future – Enjoy mud volleyball, kids games, parade, raffle, demonstrations and entertainment, beer tent, food and more. Free admission!
Riverfront Jazz Festival - Stevens Point, WI - Sep 1 to Sep 2, 2018
Music festival at Pfiffner Pioneer Park.
Taste of Madison - Madison, WI - Sep 1 to Sep 2, 2018
The city’s annual Labor Day weekend event, attended by over 250,,000 people each year, with three stages of live music, food from more than 80 restaurants and food trucks, and other activities. Located all around Capitol Square. Free admission! Raises over $60,000 annually for non-profit organization.
Labor Day Brunch - Wauwatosa, WI - Sep 3, 2018
“Let the Fork do the Work” at this Labor Day Monday Brunch!
Chilimania - Edgerton, WI - Sep 7 to Sep 8, 2018
A chili cooking contest that has been going on for more than 25 years. It features a morning 5k/10k run-walk, various contests and of course great food.
Indian Summer Festival - Milwaukee, WI - Sep 7 to Sep 9, 2018
Located at Henry Maier Festival Park. An American Indian ethnic festival the weekend after Labor Day each year. It features native dance, live music, cooking demonstrations, hoop dancers, boxing, lacrosse tournament, and so much more.
Platteville Dairy Days - Platteville, WI - Sep 7 to Sep 9, 2018
71st annual. Held at Legion Field with lots of food, music, 4-H and FFA exhibits, a parade and lots more.
Seafood Fest - Menasha, WI - Sep 7 to Sep 8, 2018
25th annual. 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 plus food trucks, and live music at night. Free admission. Located at Jefferson Park.
SputnikFest - Manitowoc, WI - Sep 7 to Sep 8, 2018
The event celebrates the landing of a 20 pound piece of Russian Sputnik IV on September 5, 1962, in the middle of the street. Readers Digest called this festival one of the Top Five Funkiest Festivals, and features food, raffles, music, contests, characters, and more.
Wisconsin Sheep and Wool Festival - Edgerton, WI - Sep 7 to Sep 9, 2018
Wool classes, sheep shearing demos, country store and more. Located at the Jefferson County Fair Park.
Kohler Falls Oktoberfest - Sheboygan Falls, WI - Sep 7 to Sep 8, 2018
Sheboygan Falls Lions Club and the Kohler Police Athletic League teamed up for this annual event. German music, dance and food available. Games and contests include the 5K run/walk, teen battle of the bands, sheepshead tournament and cornhole tournament.
Bavarian Bier Haus - Glendale, WI - Sep 7 to Oct 6, 2018
Fridays and Saturdays only.
Apple Dumpling Days - Elroy, WI - Sep 8, 2018
Marathon, Half Marathon, 5K and two kid’s races are held the first Saturday after Labor Day. Event is hosted by the Elroy Lions Club. Since 2007.
Fall Fest - New London, WI - Sep 8, 2018
Held throughout downtown New London. It features a car and cycle cruise down North Water Street, a kids zone, clowns, fire truck displays, craft booths, live music and more.
Fondue Fest - Fond du Lac, WI - Sep 8, 2018
More than 20,000 annually enjoy this event dedicated to cheese and chocolate fondue, plus arts and crafts, music, farmers market, 5k and more. Admission is free. Since 2000.
Oconomowoc Fall Festival - Oconomowoc, WI - Sep 8, 2018
Shop downtown, enjoy music and dancing, food and beer tent, and other festivities
Third Ward Art Festival - Milwaukee, WI - Sep 8 to Sep 9, 2018
Art for all ages with demonstrations, children’s activities, live music and 140+ juried artists.
Thirsty Troll Brew Fest - Mount Horeb, WI - Sep 8, 2018
Beer sampling features craft brewers serving over 100 different beers. Use Troll’s Gold to vote for your favorite beer of the festival! Masskrugstemmen (steinholding) competition too!
Frank Mots International Kite Festival - Milwaukee, WI - Sep 8 to Sep 9, 2018
40th annual kite festival located at Veterans Park on Milwaukee’s Lakefront. They expect more than 600 kites
Old Settlers Oktoberfest - Salem, WI - Sep 8, 2018
German Food, beer & wine, live music, alphorn players and a German dance crew, the D’Oberlanders. There will also be a classic car show, wiener dog races, Sein Hoisting competition, free kids games, Tractor rides, pumpkin painting, raffles and more! As always, Free admission and parking!! All proceeds from the event are going to fund the construction of a band shelter at the park.
Family Farm Weekend - Milwaukee, WI - Sep 8 to Sep 9, 2018
Zoological Society of Milwaukee is sponsering a Family Farm Weekend with special down-home activities highlighting Wisconsin’s rich farming history
Oktoberfest Marshfield WI - Marshfield, WI - Sep 8, 2018
Held on the street in front of the Blue Heron Brew Pub, stop by for live music, Baggo tourney, outdoor games, food and drink specials, and hand-crafted Oktoberfest micro-brews!
Thorp Harvest Festival - Thorp, WI - Sep 8, 2018
2nd annual event celebrating the Agricultural community of the region
McMillan Fall Fest - Marshfield, WI - Sep 8, 2018
30th annual fall fest with fun for all ages! Enjoy music, food, fireworks, a corn hole tournament, and kids’ activities.
Fall Kickoff Vendor Show - Marshfield, WI - Sep 8, 2018
The Old Armory will be filled with 50 direct sales and craft booths, plus food booths. Get an early start on your holiday shopping!
Rib Fest - Madison, WI - Sep 8, 2018
Come down for a day of ribs, music, beer tent and more!
Amery Fall Festival - Amery, WI - Sep 13 to Sep 16, 2018
This festival features a grand parade, arts and crafts, food stands, kids and adult carnival rides, skill tournaments, toy show and pancake breakfast. Most events held near Michael Park.
Blair Cheese Fest - Blair, WI - Sep 13 to Sep 16, 2018
Features great music, food, games, parade, tractor pulls, cheese chase run, swap meet and more.
Wet Whistle Wine Fest - Algoma, WI - Sep 14 to Sep 15, 2018
2,000 visitors enjoy the grape stomp and award winning wines at Von Stiehl Winery. Features heritage foods, fine art, live music, and more.
Wo-Zha-Wa Days Fall Fest - Wisconsin Dells, WI - Sep 14 to Sep 16, 2018
A harvest festival with parade, antique flea market, arts & crafts, and Wisconsin’s oldest long distance race. Activities throughout downtown Wisconsin Dells and Bowman Park. Enjoy live entertainment, a 100 unit parade, and more.
8th Street Ale Haus Oktoberfest - Sheboygan, WI - Sep 14 to Sep 15, 2018
Lion’s Tale Oktoberfest - Neenah, WI - Sep 14, 2018
Chippewa Falls Oktoberfest - Chippewa Falls, WI - Sep 14 to Sep 16, 2018
annual event with 15,000 to 20,000 expected to attend this festival. The announcement of the Festmeister & Festmeisterin happens at noon at the Leinenkugel Brewery followed by the Golden Keg Procession to the grounds. 4 stages with over 30 entertainers including plenty of live music, dancing, magic tricks and a family fun stage. Live music includes both authentic German and polka style bands. Contests include Giant Pumpkin Weigh-off, beer stein holding, sauerkraut eating, euchre card tournament and a German fashion show. Also learn about the German heritage, shop vendors and eat delicious German foods. For kids and families, there are games, art activities, inflatables, fashion show and other entertainment. Daily admission is $8 at the gate but three day admission wristbands are available pre-event only for $15 each. Free parking on Sunday. Sunday is all about the kids – with free admission for all age children. If you are looking to book a room the Country Inn is the official sponsor. All proceeds go to local charities.
Minhas Oktoberfest - Monroe, WI - Sep 14 to Sep 15, 2018
Bay View Bash - Milwaukee, WI - Sep 15, 2018
Annual community festival on the 3rd Saturday of September, featuring food, art, music, crafts, books, and more.
Cedarburg Wine & Harvest Festival - Cedarburg, WI - Sep 15 to Sep 16, 2018
Arts & crafts, homegrown produce and artisan food, plus the award-winning wines of Cedar Creek Winery, scarecrow contest, giant pumpkin weigh-off, plus live music, giant pumpkin charity regatta, kids’ corner with pumpkin painting, magician and clown. Free admission. Events are held throughout the historic downtown area.
Egg Harbor AleFest - Egg Harbor, WI - Sep 15, 2018
Enjoy 100+ craft beers from 40 different brewers. Event runs from 1 to 5 PM at Harbor View Park, with early admission to VIP guests.
Great Lakes BrewFest - Racine, WI - Sep 15, 2018
Unlimited Sampling of more than 450 Beers, Ciders and Meads. Local restaurants will be serving up delicious fare, and live music will set the mood! Held at Racine Zoo.
Harvest Festival and Street Art Auction - Sturgeon Bay, WI - Sep 15, 2018
Vintage car show, live entertainment, shopping, children’s activities, and more.
Maple Fall Fest - Marshfield, WI - Sep 15 to Sep 16, 2018
25th annual. Handmade art and craft items, maple syrup and baking contests, pancake breakfast and other fantastic food offerings. Plus kids can enjoy a petting zoo and inflatables. Located at Wildwood Park & Zoo
Willy Street Fair - Madison, WI - Sep 15 to Sep 16, 2018
Warm-up, parade and fair with 8 stages, 35 performances and 150+ vendors. It covers 3 community blocks starting on the 900 block of Williamson Street, Madison, Wisconsin.
Oktoberfest in Crivitz - Crivitz, WI - Sep 15, 2018
Tyranena Oktoberfest Bike Ride - Lake Mills, WI - Sep 15, 2018
Ride for a reason among scenic Southern Wisconsin views at this annual ride to raise money for Tomorrow’s Hope, which supports programs at local health care facilities and area clinics. Riders get two drink tickets and dinner after the ride.
Mexican Independence Festival - Milwaukee, WI - Sep 16, 2018
Festival features clowns, parade, carnival rides, Mexican music, games, face painting, community exhibits, crafts, foods, and merchandise. Free admission.
Beloit Oktoberfest - Beloit, WI - Sep 21, 2018
Waukesha Oktoberfest - Waukesha, WI - Sep 21 to Sep 22, 2018
A taste of Deutschland in the heart of Waukesha in beautiful Frame Park! Nonstop music, food, and Sprecher products. Rain or Shine most activities take place under the big music tent! Friday 5pm: Opening Ceremony and tapping of the Firkin. Saturday: Live bronze statutes, children’s parade, wurst bier biathalon, masskrugstemmen contest.
Lorelei Inn Oktoberfest - Green Bay, WI - Sep 21 to Sep 22, 2018
Apple Harvest Fest - Waukesha County, WI - Sep 22, 2018
The Retzer Nature Center hosts visitors for delicious apple treats, apple pie baking contest, scarecrow contest, hayrides, music, arts/crafts and children’s activities.
Hayward Fall Fest - Hayward, WI - Sep 22, 2018
An annual fall celebration with fine arts & crafts booths, food vendors, and live music on Main Street.
Petfest - Milwaukee, WI - Sep 22, 2018
Bring your dog/cat to Henry Maier Festival Park. Free admission and free parking.
The Bottle Room Oktoberfest - Green Bay, WI - Sep 22, 2018
Isthmus OktoBEERfest - Madison, WI - Sep 22, 2018
Essen Haus Oktoberfest - Madison, WI - Sep 22, 2018
This is a German restaurant and trinken halle with 16 German biers on tap throughout the year. They’ve been holding an event for more than 30 years. Live music, brat and pie eating contests, beer races, outdoor dance floor, Hammer Schlagen and kids tent for their annual one day event in mid-September. Location: 514 East Wilson Street, Madison, WI 53703
La Crosse Oktoberfest - La Crosse, WI - Sep 27 to Sep 30, 2018
The first Oktoberfest in La Crosse was held in 1961. Over fifty years later, it is still going strong. Activities include live music, Miss La Crosse/Oktoberfest, Festmaster’s Ball, parades, contests, and even a mud run. Location: South Side Festival Grounds – La Crosse St & 2nd St N, La Crosse, WI, 54602
Cable Area Fall Festival - Cable, WI - Sep 28 to Sep 29, 2018
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. Held annually the last weekend in September.
Gays Mills Apple Festival - Gays Mills, WI - Sep 28 to Sep 30, 2018
60th annual celebration of the apple harvest with parades, carnivals, arts & crafts, flea markets, music, dancing, food & festivities. Activities held at various venues in the Village of Gays Mills, Wisconsin.
Warrens Cranberry Festival - Warrens, WI - Sep 28 to Sep 30, 2018
46th annual. Cranfest draws around 120,000 and is one of the world’s largest cranberry festivals. Features three days of activities including parade, marching bands, marsh tours, food, contests, and over 1300 booth for shopping. Free admission.
New Glarus Oktoberfest - New Glarus, WI - Sep 28 to Sep 30, 2018
America’s Little Switzerland holds an annual German festival at the end of September. Keg tapping ceremony on Friday night at 9 PM. Antique tractor pull on Sunday. Fondue tasting and demonstration on Sunday afternoon. 5K run/walk on Saturday morning. Chainsaw carving, wagon rides and plenty of family fun. Sponsored by the New Glarus Brewery. Free admission to the festival tent all weekend long.
Oktoberfest - Appleton, WI - Sep 28 to Sep 29, 2018
A mile of fun on College Avenue in Appleton, in what is described as Appleton’s largest block party. Live music, over 100 food vendors, Friday night classic cars at the License to Cruise, arts & crafts and family fun area with kid-friendly activities and entertainment. Location: College Avenue, Appleton WI
Greendale Hay Days Oktoberfest - Greendale, WI - Sep 28 to Sep 29, 2018
Enjoy the fall season with the Greendale Lions Club, including pony rides and hay rides around the village.
Oktoberfest at the Schwabenhof - Milwaukee, WI - Sep 28 to Sep 30, 2018
Biergarten at the Schwab and the United Donauschwaben Of Milwaukee.
Harvest Fest - Green Lake, WI - Sep 29 to Sep 30, 2018
A two day celebration with thousands attending. Expect over one hundred artist and crafters, local farmers, signature restaurants, classic cars, family activities and live entertainment.
Germantown Oktoberfest - Germantown, WI - Sep 29 to Sep 30, 2018
Sponsored by the Germantown Historical Society. Authentic German food, great music, children’s activities, Dheinsville Dachshund Dash (Saturday 3-4pm), bake sale, Wisconsin Power Reunion Exhibit, Classic Car Display (Sunday 12-3) & more. Free admission and parking.
Oktoberfest at Kemper Center - Kenosha, WI - Sep 29, 2018
Stone Lake Cranberry Festival - Stone Lake, WI - Oct 4 to Oct 6, 2018
40th annual. Join over 30,000 guests for a day of fun and festivities. See over 300 vendors and artisans, tours of the cranberry marshes, great food, parade, and baking contests. Since 1978.
Zoo Brew - Milwaukee, WI - Oct 4, 2018
An annual event held at the Milwaukee County Zoo, with new brews from micro and macro brewers, fun foods from local area vendors, and new friends to meet all over the zoo. 21+ event. VIP tickets get you in one hour earlier.
Audubon Days - Mayville, WI - Oct 5 to Oct 7, 2018
Kick the weekend off with a free Tigerpants concert. Music, competitions, vendors, dance, 5k run/walk, kids’ zone, and more
Bayfield Apple Festival - Bayfield, WI - Oct 5 to Oct 7, 2018
A celebration of the autumn harvest and Bayfield’s agricultural past, where visitors can visit orchards and wineries, check out artists and crafters, sample local foods, enjoy live music and a carnival. Since 1962.
Great Midwest Harvest Festival - Madison, WI - Oct 5 to Oct 7, 2018
Bands, speakers, vendors and more, in the longest running marijuana festival in the country
Fermentation Fest - Reedsburg, WI - Oct 5 to Oct 14, 2018
A live culture convergence with classes, tastings, bike tour, art events and more.
Sheboygan Oktoberfest - Sheboygan, WI - Oct 5 to Oct 6, 2018
Annual key tapping ceremony. The event starts Friday night. Saturday at 10:00 am is their 4th annual wiener dog race and costume contest.
Eagle River Cranberry Fest - Eagle River, WI - Oct 6 to Oct 7, 2018
Eat, drink, and play with the more than 40,000 attendees of this annual event held at Vilas County Fairgrounds, plus tours of the cranberry marsh (leaves from the Chamber of Commerce). Taste the world’s largest cranberry cheesecake and other cranberry foods, and shop with hundreds of crafters and artisans.
Thorp Pumpkin Fest - Thorp, WI - Oct 6, 2018
Entertainment and fun in downtown Thorp with 130 vendor booths, food, crafts, and fall produce. An annual event for over 20 years.
Lake Geneva Oktoberfest - Lake Geneva, WI - Oct 6 to Oct 7, 2018
The annual Oktoberfest. It is a family fall festival with live music, food, craft booths, wagon hayrides, pony rides, bouncy castle and other kids activities. Don’t miss the great pumpkin giveaway! Free shuttle pickup and drop off from select parking locations. This street festival is located in Southeast Wisconsin ninety minutes from downtown Chicago. Location: Downtown Lake Geneva
Dallas Oktoberfest - Dallas, WI - Oct 6, 2018
Antigo Oktoberfest - Antigo, WI - Oct 6, 2018
Throp Pumpkin Fest - Thorp, WI - Oct 6, 2018
130+ arts & craft & food vendors, horse drawn wagon rides, pony rides, Civil War and French & Indian War reenactments plus contests with pumpkin cooking, carving, painting, eating, seed spitting and more
Sister Bay Fall Fest - Sister Bay, WI - Oct 12 to Oct 14, 2018
This annual event is 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.
Our Lady of Lourdes Oktoberfest Artisan Fair - Milwaukee, WI - Oct 12 to Oct 14, 2018
Primarily an arts and crafts fair with handcrafted products and quality art, but it does offer a beer garden, entertainment, and food.
Oktoberfest Fundraiser - Evansville, WI - Oct 13, 2018
Cedarburg Oktoberfest - Cedarburg, WI - Oct 13 to Oct 14, 2018
annual event. Celebrate the ethnic heritage of the area with oompah music from authentic German bands, dancing, food and specialty beers. A huge tent is erected for the festival and a wooden dance floor allows you to polka. Specialty beers from Hofbrau, Hacker Pschorr, Leinenkugel and Bluemoon. Authentic German dinners include wiener schnitzel, bratwurst, currywurst and other dishes. Live entertainment includes the Pommersche Tanzdeel Dancers, Tuba Dan, the Alte Kameraden Band, D’ Lustig’n Wendlstoana Dancers and the Cedarburg Civic Band. Live Glockenspiel show every two hours. Contests and games available for all ages including a sheepshead tournament (Sunday), best Lederhosen/Dirndl contest, sauerkraut eating contest and German Spelling Bee. Cars owned by members of the Milwaukee Region Porsche Club of America will also be displayed from Noon to 3 PM on Sunday. There are also many art exhibits within walking distance of the festival. Free admission and parking. It runs from 11 AM to 8 PM on Saturday and 10 AM to 5 PM on Sunday. Note: pets are not allowed on the festival grounds. Location: Community Center Parking Lot (W63 N641 Washington Avenue)
Sparta Fall Fest - Sparta, WI - Oct 13, 2018
Enjoy the pet parade, pie contest, chili fest, mustache competition, craft vendors, and fun for everyone. Held in Mueller Square, Sparta.
A Better U Fair - Madison, WI - Oct 13, 2018
Free event showcasing vendors and practitioners of all things holistic, homeopathic, naturopathic, and healing. Held at Olbrich Gardens.
Kohler Food & Wine Experience - Kohler, WI - Oct 18 to Oct 21, 2018
Four day extravaganza of food, wine, and fun including complimentary demonstrations, celebrity chefs, and tastings.
Flyway Film Festival - Pepin, WI - Oct 19 to Oct 21, 2018
An independent film festival on the shores of the Mississippi River.
From the Land Festival - Green Lake, WI - Oct 20 to Oct 21, 2018
A gathering of traditional crafts and skills with demonstrations.
Elkhorn Oktoberfest - Elkhorn, WI - Oct 20, 2018
Lake Geneva Beer & Spirits Festival - Lake Geneva, WI - Oct 27, 2018
Enjoy an afternoon of unlimited craft beer and specialty liquor tastings plus good food!
Southeastern Wisconsin Festival of Books - Waukesha, WI - Nov 2 to Nov 3, 2018
An annual event with lots of book vendors and authors, held annually at UW-Waukesha.
Big Water Film Festival - Ashland, WI - Nov 7 to Nov 11, 2018
A film festival with opportunities to meet filmmakers, in and around Ashland.
Taste of the North - Chippewa Falls, WI - Nov 8, 2018
Two floors of food and drinks as Chippewa Valley’s best come out to cook while raising money for the Heyde Center.
Holiday Harvest Wine & Food Festival - Pepin, WI - Nov 10 to Oct 11, 2018
Enjoy holiday foods and wines as you travel the Great River Road Wine Trail. Your tickets gets you free wine and food tasting at each of the 11 wineries along the route.
Winter Art Fair off the Square - Madison, WI - Nov 10 to Nov 11, 2018
Features 100+ Wisconsin exhibitors. Saturday silent auction benefits youth scholarship fund. Located at the Monona Terrace Convention Center.
Milwaukee Holiday Festival of Lights - Milwaukee, WI - Nov 15, 2018
20th annual. The holiday lights come on November 15th, ending with a variety show and fireworks, and the holiday season continues with other events including Cocoa with the Clauses, Santa’s Mailbox, contests and more.
Christmas By the Bay - Sturgeon Bay, WI - Nov 16 to Nov 18, 2018
Annual tree lighting ceremony near the clock tower on Third Avenue, holiday parade, Santa brunch and holiday shopping.
Downtown Baraboo Winter Wine Walk - Baraboo, WI - Nov 16, 2018
A downtown wine tasting tour with merchants offering two wine samples each to enjoy as you stroll. Pick up your tickets and your glass at Bekah Kate’s.
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