Check out our list of Wisconsin fall festivals to find ways to celebrate the harvest before cold weather dominates. You are practically guaranteed to find some things to do near Milwaukee, Madison, Green Bay and Eau Claire in September and October 2017. 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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Kegel’s Inn Oktoberfest - Milwaukee, WI - Aug 25 to Aug 27, 2017
Wisconsin Highland Games - Waukesha, WI - Sep 1 to Sep 3, 2017
It’s a weekend of affordable Celtic fun for the entire family during the athletic competition.
Jonesfest Music Festival - Kennan, WI - Sep 2 to Sep 2, 2017
Bring your lawn chairs as musical acts raise money for a music scholarship offered to a Phillips High School senior.
Labor Fest - Janesville, WI - Sep 2 to Sep 4, 2017
Third Ward Art Festival - Milwaukee, WI - Sep 2 to Sep 3, 2017
Art for all ages with demonstrations, children’s activities, live music and 140+ juried artists.
Wisconsin Sheep and Wool Festival - Edgerton, WI - Sep 7 to Sep 10, 2017
Wool classes, sheep shearing demos, country store and more. Located at the Jefferson County Fair Park, Jefferson, Wisconsin. For additional information call 960-674-7148.
Chilimania - Edgerton, WI - Sep 8 to Sep 9, 2017
A chili cooking contest and salsa contest that has been going on for more than 25 years. It features a morning 5k run-walk, Dixie Band, various contests and of course great good.
SputnikFest - Manitowoc, WI - Sep 8 to Sep 9, 2017
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. Festival is located at the corner of N. 8th and Park Streets in Manitowoc, Wisconsin.
Kohler Falls Oktoberfest - Sheboygan Falls, WI - Sep 8 to Sep 9, 2017
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.
Apple Dumpling Days - Elroy, WI - Sep 9 to Sep 9, 2017
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.
Cheese and Sausage Fall Family Fest - New London, WI - Sep 9 to Sep 9, 2017
Held throughout downtown New London. It features a car and cycle cruise down North Water Street, a kids zone, clowns, fire truck displays, and live music. Also a popular 3 on 3 Basketball tournament.
Uptown Ford Lincoln Frank Mots International Kite Festival - Milwaukee, WI - Sep 9 to Sep 10, 2017
An annual event held for more than 37 years. Located at Veterans Park on Milwaukee’s Lakefront. They expect more than 600 kites
Oconomowoc Fall Festival - Oconomowoc, WI - Sep 9 to Sep 9, 2017
Amery Fall Festival - Amery, WI - Sep 14 to Sep 17, 2017
The 67th anniversary featuring 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.
Wet Whistle Wine Fest - Algoma, WI - Sep 15 to Sep 16, 2017
2,000 visitors enjoy the grape stomp and award winning wines at Von Stiehl Winery. Features heritage foods, fine art, live music, and more. Held annually at 115 Navarino Street, Algoma, Wisconsin.
Wo-Zha-Wa Days Fall Fest - Wisconsin Dells, WI - Sep 15 to Sep 17, 2017
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.
Chippewa Falls Oktoberfest - Chippewa Falls, WI - Sep 15 to Sep 17, 2017
14th 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.
Bay View Bash - Milwaukee, WI - Sep 16 to Sep 16, 2017
12th annual community festival. All-volunteer.
Egg Harbor AleFest - Egg Harbor, WI - Sep 16 to Sep 16, 2017
Enjoy 100+ craft beers from 40 different brewers. Event runs from 1 to 5 PM with early admission to VIP guests. Live music by the O2M Band. Held in Harbor View Park at 7809 Wisconsin Highway 42, Egg Harbor, Wisconsin.
Great Lakes BrewFest - Racine, WI - Sep 16 to Sep 16, 2017
Southeast Wisconsin’s Largest Beer Event with Unlimited Sampling of more than 400 Beers, Ciders and Meads. Held at Racine Zoo.
Maple Fall Fest - Marshfield, WI - Sep 16 to Sep 17, 2017
Handmade craft items. Petting zoo and inflatables for children. Located at Wildwood Park, 1800 S. Roddis Avenue., Marshfield, Wisconsin.
Cedarburg Wine & Harvest Festival - Cedarburg, WI - Sep 16 to Sep 17, 2017
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. Events are held throughout the historic downtown area.
Warrens Cranberry Festival - Warrens, WI - Sep 22 to Sep 24, 2017
Cranfest can draw around 100,000 to the world’s largest cranberry festival. It has been going on for more than 40 years. It is always held the last full weekend in September. Features three days of activities including parade, marching bands, marsh tours, food, contests, and over 1300 booth for shopping.
Apple Harvest Fest - Waukesha County, WI - Sep 23 to Sep 23, 2017
The Retzer Nature Center hosts visitors for delicious apple treats, apple pie baking contest, scarecrow contest, hayrides, music, arts/crafts and children’s activities.
Petfest - Milwaukee, WI - Sep 23 to Sep 23, 2017
Bring your dog/cat to Henry Maier Festival Park.
Oktoberfest Fundraiser - Evansville, WI - Sep 23 to Sep 23, 2017
La Crosse Oktoberfest - La Crosse, WI - Sep 28 to Oct 1, 2017
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 29 to Sep 30, 2017
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.
Oktoberfest - Appleton, WI - Sep 29 to Sep 30, 2017
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
Bayfield Apple Festival - Bayfield, WI - Oct 6 to Oct 8, 2017
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 54 years. Features a Grand Parade, countless booths with fresh foods, and so much more fresh air fun. Located at the Bayfield Lakeside Pavilion.
Fermentation Fest - Reedsburg, WI - Oct 6 to Oct 15, 2017
A live culture convergence with classes, tastings, bike tour, art events and more.
Eagle River Cranberry Fest - Eagle River, WI - Oct 7 to Oct 8, 2017
Eat, drink, and play with the more than 40,000 attendees of this annual event held at Riverview Park. Taste the world’s largest cranberry cheesecake. Also hundreds of crafters and artisans.
Stone Lake Cranberry Festival - Stone Lake, WI - Oct 7 to Oct 7, 2017
Join over 30,000 guests for a day of fun and festivities. See over 300 vendors and artisans, great food, parade, and baking contests.
Sister Bay Fall Fest - Sister Bay, WI - Oct 13 to Oct 15, 2017
This 70th 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 13 to Oct 15, 2017
Primarily an arts and crafts fair with handcrafted products and quality art, but it does offer a beer garden, entertainment, and food.
Cedarburg Oktoberfest - Cedarburg, WI - Oct 14 to Oct 15, 2017
9th 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)
Flyway Film Festival - Pepin, WI - Oct 18 to Oct 22, 2017
An independent film festival on the shores of the Mississippi River.
Kohler Food & Wine Experience - Kohler, WI - Oct 19 to Oct 22, 2017
16th annual four day extravaganza of food, wine, and fun. See complimentary demonstrations and tastings.
Big Water Film Festival - Ashland, WI - Nov 8 to Nov 12, 2017
Held at the Bay Theater. Ticket prices range from $8 per block to $35 for a weekend pass. A great chance to also meet the filmmakers.
Holiday Harvest Wine & Food Festival - Pepin, WI - Nov 11 to Nov 12, 2017
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.
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West Milwaukee Oktoberfest - Milwaukee, WI - Aug 27 to Aug 28, 2016
Central Wisconsin State Fair - Marshfield, WI - Aug 31 to Sep 5, 2016
Midway carnival rides, draft horse show, tractor pull, demolition derby and more. Located at the Central Wisconsin State Fairgrounds at 513 East 17th Street, Marshfield, Wisconsin.
Milwaukee Rally - Milwaukee, WI - Sep 1 to Sep 5, 2016
Willhelm Tell Festival - New Glarus, WI - Sep 2 to Sep 4, 2016
New Glarus has paid tribute to the Swiss archer on stage for more than 78 years. Features a children’s lantern parade, art show, live music, savory music and street dance. Held annually at the William Tell Grounds, W5199 W, New Glarus, Wisconsin.
Waupaca Oktoberfest - Waupaca, WI - Sep 2 to Sep 2, 2016
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.
Kites Over Lake Michigan - Two Rivers, WI - Sep 3 to Sep 4, 2016
Riverfront Jazz Festival - Stevens Point, WI - Sep 3 to Sep 5, 2016
Taste of Madison - Madison, WI - Sep 3 to Sep 4, 2016
The city’s annual Labor Day weekend event. Three stages of live music, food from more than 50 restaurants and food trucks, and other activities. Located all around Capitol Square, Madison, Wisconsin.
Yellow Phone Music Conference - Milwaukee, WI - Sep 8 to Sep 11, 2016
A four day gathering of talented artists and music professionals
Indian Summer Festival - Milwaukee, WI - Sep 9 to Sep 11, 2016
Located at Henry Maier Festival Park at 200 North Harbor Drive, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. An American Indian ethnic festival at the Summerfest Grounds 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 9 to Sep 11, 2016
An annual celebration for well over 65 years. Held at Legion Field with lots of food, music, 4-H and FFA exhibits, a parade and lots more.
Seafood Fest - Menasha, WI - Sep 9 to Sep 10, 2016
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. Entry is absolutely free. Located at Jefferson Park in Menasha, Wisconsin.
Bavarian Bier Haus - Glendale, WI - Sep 9 to Oct 1, 2016
Fridays and Saturdays only.
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.
Cafe Bavaria Oktoberfest - Wauwatosa, WI - Sep 9 to Oct 1, 2016
(Fridays and Saturdays)
Fondue Fest - Fond du Lac, WI - Sep 10 to Sep 10, 2016
More than 20,000 annually enjoy this event dedicated to cheese and chocolate fondue. 9th annual event. Admission is free.
Taste of Lake Geneva - Lake Geneva, WI - Sep 10 to Sep 10, 2016
Held at Flat Iron Park with wines from Studio Winery and local beers. Enjoy the live music and jazz banks along with local restaurant food choices.
Thirsty Troll Brew Fest - Mount Horeb, WI - Sep 10 to Sep 10, 2016
Held at Grundahl Park, 401 Blue Mounds Street, Mount Horeb, Wisconsin. Beer sampling features 25 craft brewers serving over 100 different beers. Masskrugstemmen Troll Strength Competition. An annual event held every year on the 2nd Saturday of September.
Old Settlers Oktoberfest - Paddock Lake, WI - Sep 10 to Sep 10, 2016
Food, beer & wine, music and dancing from noon to 8 PM. There will also be a classic car show, wiener dog races, German Dancers, Sein Hoisting competition, Edelweiss kids dance There are also free kids games, pumpkin painting, face painting, raffles, and fireworks.
Mexican Independence Festival - Milwaukee, WI - Sep 11 to Sep 11, 2016
Festival features clowns, parade, carnival rides, Mexican music, games, face painting, community exhibits, crafts, foods, and merchandise.
Old German Beer Hall - Milwaukee, WI - Sep 13 to Sep 13, 2016
Oktoberfest Release Party.
8th Street Ale Haus Oktoberfest - Sheboygan, WI - Sep 16 to Sep 17, 2016
Lion’s Tale Oktoberfest - Neenah, WI - Sep 16 to Sep 17, 2016
Minhas Oktoberfest - Monroe, WI - Sep 16 to Sep 17, 2016
Harvest Festival and Street Art Auction - Sturgeon Bay, WI - Sep 17 to Sep 17, 2016
Vintage car show, live entertainment, shopping, children’s activities, and more at the Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center at 36 S. Third Avenue in downtown Sturgeon Bay.
Rock the Green - Milwaukee, WI - Sep 17 to Sep 17, 2016
A near zero waste music festival.
Willy Street Fair - Madison, WI - Sep 17 to Sep 18, 2016
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.
Tyranena Oktoberfest Bike Ride - Lake Mills, WI - Sep 17 to Sep 17, 2016
Blair Cheese Fest - Blair, WI - Sep 17 to Sep 18, 2016
Features great music, food, games, parade, tractor pulls, cheese chase run, swap meet and more.
Hayward Fall Festival - Hayward, WI - Sep 17 to Sep 24, 2016
An annual fall celebration with fine arts & crafts booths, food vendors, and live music on Main Street.
The Bottle Room Oktoberfest - Green Bay, WI - Sep 17 to Sep 17, 2016
Oktoberfest in Crivitz - Crivitz, WI - Sep 17 to Sep 17, 2016
Kurts’z Oktoberfest - Two Rivers, WI - Sep 17 to 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.
Gays Mills Apple Festival - Gays Mills, WI - Sep 23 to Sep 25, 2016
The 58th annual event features parades, carnivals, arts & crafts, flea markets, music, dancing, food & festivities. Activities held at various venues in the Village of Gays Mills, Wisconsin.
Beloit Oktoberfest - Beloit, WI - Sep 23 to Sep 23, 2016
Lorelei Inn Oktoberfest - Green Bay, WI - Sep 23 to Sep 24, 2016
New Glarus Oktoberfest - New Glarus, WI - Sep 23 to Sep 25, 2016
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 2016 - Milwaukee, WI - Sep 23 to Oct 1, 2016
Biergarten at the Schwab and the United Donauschwaben Of Milwaukee.
Harvest Fest - Green Lake, WI - Sep 24 to Sep 25, 2016
A two day celebration with thousands attending. Expect over one hundred artist and crafters, local farmers, signature restaurants, classic cars, family activities and of course live entertainment.
Greendale Hay Days Celebration - Greendale, WI - Sep 24 to Sep 24, 2016
Wurst OktoBEERfest - Madison, WI - Sep 24 to Sep 24, 2016
Location: Breese Stevens Field
Essen Haus Oktoberfest - Madison, WI - Sep 24 to Sep 24, 2016
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
Oddtoberfest - Columbus, WI - Sep 24 to Sep 24, 2016
Zoo Brew - Milwaukee, WI - Sep 29 to Sep 29, 2016
An annual event held at the Milwaukee County Zoo.
Great Midwest Harvest Festival - Madison, WI - Sep 30 to Oct 2, 2016
Sheboygan Oktoberfest - Sheboygan, WI - Sep 30 to Oct 1, 2016
9th annual key tapping ceremony. The event starts Friday night. Saturday at 10:00 am is their 4th annual wiener dog race and costume contest.
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.
Thorp Pumpkin Fest - Thorp, WI - Oct 1 to Oct 1, 2016
Entertainment and fun in downtown Thorp with 130 vendor booths, food, crafts, and fall produce. An annual event for 20 years.
Oktoberfest at Kemper Center - Kenosha, WI - Oct 1 to Oct 1, 2016
Dallas Oktoberfest - Dallas, WI - Oct 1 to Oct 1, 2016
Fall Festival of Color - Lake Mills, WI - Oct 2 to Oct 2, 2016
Audubon Days - Mayville, WI - Oct 7 to Oct 9, 2016
Oktoberfest 2016 - Fond du Lac, WI - Oct 7 to 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
Grafton Pumpkin Festival - Grafton, WI - Oct 8 to Oct 8, 2016
Pumpkin carving contest, pumpkin lighting, pancake breakfast and more.
Lake Geneva Oktoberfest - Lake Geneva, WI - Oct 8 to Oct 8, 2016
The 25th 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
Antigo Oktoberfest - Antigo, WI - Oct 8 to Oct 8, 2016
Taste of the North - Chippewa Falls, WI - Oct 10 to Oct 10, 2016
Wisconsin Dells Autumn Harvest Festival - Wisconsin Dells, WI - Oct 14 to Oct 16, 2016
A full range of events including concessions, beer walk, petting zoo, kids activities, magic, and music.
Sparta Fall Fest - Sparta, WI - Oct 14 to Oct 15, 2016
Enjoy the pet parade, pie contest and fun for everyone. Held in historic downtown Water Street, Sparta.
From the Land Festival - Green Lake, WI - Oct 15 to Oct 16, 2016
A gathering of traditional crafts and skills with demonstrations.
Elkhorn Oktoberfest - Elkhorn, WI - Oct 15 to Oct 15, 2016
The 11th annual festival is held on the third Saturday in October at Veterans and Pocket Parks in the downtown square. It runs from 9 AM to 5 PM. A block of Wisconsin Street will be closed down this year for a large stage and more food vendors. The wine and beer tasting starts at 11 AM and offers a commemorative mug and six tastings for $12. Over 100 crafters offer handmade items and antiques for sale. Free entry for classic car show from 11 AM to 2 PM but five non-perishable food items or a donation of $5 for the Elkhorn Food Pantry is encouraged. Have a fantastic ride? Be one of the first 100 cars to put yours on display on a first come, first served basis. Put your recipe against the best in the chili cook-off or taste all of the options for just $5. There’s also a 5K Bier Run/Walk, Beer Olympics and Cornhole Challenge.
Southeastern Wisconsin Festival of Books - Waukesha, WI - Nov 4 to Nov 5, 2016
Held annually at UW-Waukesha.
Lake Geneva Beer & Spirits Festival - Lake Geneva, WI - Nov 5 to Nov 5, 2016
Enjoy an afternoon of unlimited craft beer and specialty liquor tastings. Good food also.
Milwaukee Holiday Festival of Lights - Milwaukee, WI - Nov 17 to Dec 30, 2016
Christmas By the Bay - Sturgeon Bay, WI - Nov 18 to Nov 20, 2016
Annual tree lighting ceremony, holiday parade, Santa brunch and holiday shopping.
Downtown Baraboo Winter Wine Walk - Baraboo, WI - Nov 18 to Nov 18, 2016
Winter Art Fair off the Square - Madison, WI - Nov 19 to Nov 20, 2016
Features 100+ Wisconsin exhibitors. Saturday silent auction benefits youth scholarship fund. Located at the Monona Terrace Convention Center.
PotatoFest – Rhinelander, WI – September 5, 2015.
Whooping Crane Festival – Princeton, WI – September 10-13, 2015. Held at various locations in Green Lake County. Features a weekend of fun with many seminars and events.
Ruffed Grouse Fall Festival – Park Falls, WI – September 12, 2015. Features arts and crafts, hourly draw saw demonstrations, flea market, petting zoo, live music, polka dancing, dog training and various workshops. Held at Triangle Park, 143 S. 3rd Avenue, Park Falls, Wisconsin.
Wisconsin State Chili Cookoff – Green Lake, WI. – September 12, 2015. Once again held in Green Lake at Deacon Mills Park. An annual event held the first Saturday after Labor Day. Features hot chili, live music, and good beer.
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.
Trout Festival – Exeland, WI – Sept 4-6, 2015
Lion’s Sturgeon Festival – Jim Park, WI – Sept 4-7, 2015
Fermentation Fest – Reedsburg – October 2-11, 2015. A live culture convergence with classes, tastings, bike tour, art events and more.
Hay Days – Greendale, WI – Oct 3, 2015. Pony rides, hay rides and more with the Greendale Lions Club. Annually held the first Saturday in October around downtown Greendale.
Fall Festival of Color – Lake Mills, WI – October 4, 2015. Enjoy a day of fun at Common Park with over 130 vendors, kids games, artwork, foods, and live music.
Sparta Fall Fest – Sparta, WI. – October 9-12, 2015. Enjoy the pet parade, pie contest and fun for everyone. Held in historic downtown Water Street, Sparta.
Quivey’s Grove Beer Fest – Madison, WI – October 10, 2015. Now held for over 22 years with cold beer, live music, and hot food. Located at 6261 Nesbitt Road, Madison, Wisconsin.
Neshkoro Scarecrow Festival – Neshkoro, Wisconsin – October 10, 2015. Make your own scarecrow and enter it for a $1 registration fee. Arts & craft vendors, farmer’s market, hayrides, petting zoo, pony rides, live music and food vendors. 10 AM to 5 PM. Activities held at Neshkoro Public Library, Main Street, River’s Edge Park, and throughout the downtown area.
Pumpkinfest – Mishicot, WI – October 17, 2015. Enjoy the pancake breakfast, baking contest, pumpkin carving contest, and local entertainment.
Zoo Brew – Milwaukee, WI – October 22, 2015. An annual event held at the Milwaukee County Zoo.
Marijuana Harvest Festival – Madison, WI – October 2-4, 2015
Driftless Film Festival – Mineral Point, WI – Nov 5-9, 2015
Central Wisconsin Film Festival – Stevens Point, Amherst, Plover, Marshfield, Wisconsin Rapids & Wausau – Nov. 6-7, 2015.
Taste of the North – Chippewa Falls, WI – Nov 12, 2015
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