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September 10-Oct 23, 2022
Autumn Harvest Fest Weekends
Mukuwonago, Wisconsin


October 1-2, 2022
42nd Annual Cranberry Festival
Eagle River, Wisconsin
Cranberry Fest is a family fun festival having something for everyone with activities being held throughout town. Fresh Locally Grown Cranberries, Cranberry Marsh & Winery tours, Large Arts & Crafts show, Cranberry cook-off, World's Largest Cranberry Cheesecake, Cranberry Food of every kind, Antique Market, Flea Market, Cranberry Fiber Arts and Weavers Show & Sale, etc.

October 1-2, 2022  Oktoberfest - Cedarburg, Wisconsin
Our newest festival is Oktoberfest (formally German Festival), celebrating the German heritage of Cedarburg’s founding fathers.  The Annual Oktoberfest will be located in beautiful Cedar Creek Park under a huge tent.

October 7, 2022 - Annual Wine & Beer Tasting - New London, Wisconsin
We will showcase over 75 beverages including; regional and international beers, unique wines and specialty beverages.  Tickets include; a commemorative souvenir glass, hors d’ oeuvres, sampling of all beverages, and live music.


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October 1-3, 2021 - Bayfield Apple Festival - Bayfield, Wisconsin
Bayfield’s Apple Festival has been hailed as the “Best Festival in Wisconsin” by Wisconsin Trails Magazine and one of the “Top Ten Autumn Festivals in North America” by the Society of American Travel Writers. Is it because of the charming small town atmosphere? The famous Grand Parade featuring a “Mass Band”? The countless booths of fresh apple pies, tarts, caramel apples, ciders and other fall treats? Well, YES! Make plans now to experience for yourself all that makes Applefest unquestionably one of the best festivals in October… well, anywhere!

October 2, 2021 - Annual Stone Lake Cranberry Festival
Stone Lake, Wisconsin
A festival saluting cranberry growing in beautiful northwest Wisconsin. Events include cranberry bake-off contest, cranberry marsh tours, pancake breakfast, crafts, parade, street entertainment, helicopter rides and crate derby.  Attendance: 30,000.

October 2, 2021  Cran-A-Rama - Manitowish Waters, Wisconsin
Celebrating the start of our fall color and cranberry harvest season with an arts and craft fair, and “Everything Cranberry” including a cranberry cooking contest, “Taste of Harvest” concessions featuring local restaurants and vendors from 11am – 2pm, free cranberry marsh tours, free Fall Color Pontoon Rides sponsored by the Manitowish Waters Lakes Association, Lioness bake sale, fresh cranberry sales, self-guided fall color tours, cranberry samples and more!

October 2, 2021  Annual Apple Affair - Galesville, Wisconsin
Giant omelets cooked in a 4 1/2 foot skillet, 10 foot apple pie, bicycle apple orchard tours, caramel apple, apple cider, apple juice, if its apple, you'll find it here. Always the 1st Saturday in October. (also: )

October 2-3, 2021  Nekoosa Giant Pumpkin Fest - Nekoosa, Wisconsin
Activities include music, pumpkin weigh-off, pumpkin bake-off, pumpkin carving, pumpkin regatta, pumpkin pie eating contest, car & tractor shows, and vendors.


October 16, 2021  16th Annual Elkhorn's Oktoberfest
Elkhorn, Wisconsin
Food vendors, activities and entertainment for kids, live music by 3 bands, a classic car show, even live chainsaw carving! Prepare your taste buds and come hungry to try over 20 different chilis at our Chili Cook-Off Competition. Then wash it all down at the Beer & Wine Tasting Tent! It's a family fun filled event you won't want to miss.

October 21-24, 2021  20th Annual Kohler Food & Wine Experience
Kohler, Wisconsin
A 4-day extravaganza of food, wine and fun. This interactive culinary event features celebrity chefs, libations specialists, wine experts and epicurean enthusiasts from around the world for dynamic culinary seminars, tastings and signature festivities.  Enjoy exciting fare from award-winning local and international chefs, soak up culinary knowledge from the food and wine specialists, get your cookbooks signed by their celebrity authors, and so much more. Many events are complimentary.


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October 18, 2019  Annual Fall Fest of Ale - Janesville, Wisconsin
Pontaic Convention Center.  A premiere beer tasting event bringing together some of the finest microbrews in Wisconsin and Illinois.

October 20, 2019  33rd Annual Farm Toy & Model Train Show & Craft Sale - Turtle Lake, Wisconsin
Turtle Lake FFA Alumni's Farm Toy & Model Train Show & Craft Sale at the Turtle Lake Elementary School Gym, 205 Oak St. N., from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more info call (715) 357-6170.

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October 21, 2018  Annual Pie Palooza - Madison, Wisconsin
Pie Palooza will NOT be held in 2018.



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October 22, 2017  Waumandee Area Lions Club Plow Fest
Waumandee, Wisconsin
Activities include the air-powered pumpkin cannon, tractor parade, plowing demonstrations, and crafters. Food and beverages will be sold by the Lions Club, with proceeds being donated to community needs and improvement of Harmonia Park.


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October 23-24, 2015  Wisconsin Craft Beer Festival
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
This event is the premier beer-tasting & brew-teaching event in the Great Lakes Area.  We’re committed to providing a Brewer-Centric Event and The Taproom Experience for attendees. Each brewery will bring a Taproom-Only Beer and/or a Rare Limited-Release Option for each of the three sessions.



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