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September 2-4, 2016  24th Annual Old Time Farmfest
Fountain City, Wisconsin
This annual festival features antique tractors and farm equipment of all types and ages, classic collectors items and one of a kind items. A family orientated event in a rural  setting with something for everyone--music, food, competitions, and camping. A glimpse of historic America.

September 2-4, 2016  79th Wilhelm Tell Festival
New Glarus, Wisconsin
Join us as our community continues its tradition of telling the story of how Wilhelm Tell, his crossbow, and an apple helped Switzerland gain independence. Activities include the play, lantern parade, yodeling concert, and art in the park.


September 3-4, 2016
Taste of Madison
Madison, Wisconsin
Showcases more than 80 local restaurants. 26 beverage stands and three entertainment stages. Benefits local charities.

September 9-11, 2016
Darien Cornfest
Darien, Wisconsin
The festival includes corn eating & milk chugging contests, a pageant, carnival, bingo, bike ride, parade, crafts, fireworks, and softball, volleyball & horseshoe tournaments.

September 10, 2016  49th Annual Pardeeville Watermelon Festival
Pardeeville, Wisconsin
The festival hosts the U.S. Watermelon Speed-Eating and Seed-Spitting Championships. Other activities include an open air farmers market, flea market, arts/crafts, kid's games, music, baked goods auction, and of course, free sliced watermelon for all!

September 10, 2016  Crafty Apple Fest - Chilton, Wisconsin
The community kicks off the fall season with its one-day festival of fun and activities for everyone including live music, artists & crafters, kids' tractor pull, pumpkin bowling, apple and pumpkin beer, and special apple-related food dishes and desserts. Pie Baking Contest.

September 10, 2016  Sunshine House Corn Fest - Carlsville, Wisconsin
Walk the corn maze, 20 acres of twisty, turny fun; silent auction & raffles; Corn Cafe; games & activities for kids; corny joke, pie eating, & corn eating contests. Sunshine House--creating community options for people of all abilities.

September 10, 2016  The Grillmaster's Chowdown in Cheesetown
Plymouth, Wisconsin
Join us for a fun-filled evening at the 3rd annual Chowdown in Cheesetown - benefiting the mission and programs of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Sheboygan County! The event features local amateur chefs serving up a variety of exciting dishes featuring locally produced meats and cheeses, a reverse auction, and a performance by Little Blues Machine.

September 10-October 23, 2016  Autumn Harvest Fest Weekends
Mukuwonago, Wisconsin
Whether you’re continuing a family tradition or starting a new one this fall, The Elegant Farmer offers a family fun farm experience weekends 10 a.m.-5 p.m.  Everyone is welcome to the orchard to pick from our 12 varieties of apples right from the tree or pumpkins from the patch. Enjoy beautiful fall colors aboard a tractor-pulled hayride, pony ride or train ride.

September 15-18, 2016 - Blair Cheese Festival - Blair, Wisconsin
The annual festival will offer fun for the whole family with great music, excellent food, games and entertainment for the kids, car & semi show, tractor poker run, motorcycle poker run, Cheese Chase 5K,  quilt show and more.


September 16-18, 2016
Green County Cheese Days 2016
Monroe, Wisconsin
Oldest food fest in the Midwest celebrating cheese and dairy heritage.  Cheese tent, cheese carving, cheesemaking, cow milking contest,dairy farm and barn quilt tours, Swiss entertainment, activities for kids including Family Farm Adventure Tent.  Also tractor show, 3 entertainment stages Children's Parade Friday and The Swiss Colony Cheese Days Parade on Sunday - Wisconsin's only parade led by a herd of Brown Swiss cows.

September 17, 2016 - Luther Days - Somers, Wisconsin
Taste of Germany at Luther Days.  Taste and Experience a wide variety of German food right here in Somers, Wisconsin! Come hungry so you can try everything from sauerkraut and bratwurst to schnitzel and beer-infused mustard. Food vendors will also sell traditional Bavarian and German food such as spit-grilled chicken, warm soft pretzels, potato salad, apple strudel, and honey-dumplings. Walk the mouth-watering Food Market at Luther Days and enjoy dozens and dozens of different pastries, meats, and finger foods.

September 17-18, 2016 - 44th Annual Wine & Harvest Festival
Cedarburg, Wisconsin
Award-winning wines from Cedar Creek Winery. Tempting foods with a harvest flavor, featuring steamed corn, caramel apples, caramel apple and cherry crepes, kettle corn, apple cider, turkey legs, brats, burgers and savory seasonal delights in food courts all over town.

September 17-18, 2016  18th Annual Thresheree - Richfield, Wisconsin
Steam Driven Threshing & Log Sawing; Plowing with Horses; Demos of Skills from Long Ago; Antique Tractors & Cars; Great Music, Delicious Food.

September 17-18, 2016  24th Annual Maple Fall Fest
Marshfield, Wisconsin
Bring the whole family to celebrate Maple Fall Fest in Marshfield. Come hungry to devour stacks of pancakes and sought after potato pancakes all topped with melted butter, exclusive Wenzel Farm Maple Sausage and some of Wisconsin's best local maple syrup sure to satisfy the whole family. After you eat your fill, check out how maple syrup is made and you can take home some syrup and even the tools and knowledge to tap your trees and cook up some homemade maple goodness of your own.

September 17-18, 2016  River Falls Bacon Bash - River Falls, Wisconsin
Pig-themed activities for the entire family, live music, merchandise from local artists, bacon vendors and much, much more! Come out and sample bacon-inspired dishes from local restaurants and food vendors. Then cast your vote for the People’s Choice Winner!  Partake in pig-themed activities including pig races, live music, local micro-brewed beer and much more. The 2016 Bacon Bash will feature restaurants and food vendors serving dishes ranging from bacon-wrapped delights to ice cream. Some 40 merchandise vendors will be showcasing their products including specialty sauces, ice cream, arts, crafts and novelty items that put a “twist” on marketplace shopping.  The Bacon Bash—now the second largest bacon festival in the Midwest— has been named the Super Qualifier elite event for the World Food Championships.

September 23-24, 2016  52nd Annual Beef-A-Rama
Minocqua, Wisconsin
Storefront beef roast cook-offs, costumes & unique displays, complimentary snacks, shopping specials, 'Parade of Beef,' celebrity judges, awards & famous beef sandwich sale, arts & crafts, live music.  (also: )

September 23-25, 2016  44th Annual Warrens Cranberry Festival
Warrens, Wisconsin
The largest cranberry festival in the world, with about 100,000 people attending. The small community of approximately 300 people is home to the largest concentration of cranberry marshes in the state, which harvest an average of 285 million pounds of the ruby-red berries. Always the last full weekend in September.

September 23-25, 2016  58th Annual Apple Festival
Gays Mills, Wisconsin
Celebrating the apple harvest with parades, carnival, arts & crafts, flea market, music, dancing, food and festivities. Always the last full weekend in September.

September 24-25, 2016  Wisconsin Prepare to Survive Expo
Waukesha, Wisconsin
The "Prepare to Survive Expo" is an action-packed weekend that features a hands-on exploration into prepping, self-reliance, and disaster preparedness. More than 200 million people are affected by disasters each year. Protect yourself and your family by taking steps to be prepared. Prepping and homesteading are lifestyles of self-sufficiency and you will always have something else that you can learn and something else to do. Both urban and rural people can benefit from simple self-sufficient activities. Don't just learn about being prepared...experience it.

September 29-Oct 1, 2016  38th 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



event waiting for new dates

September 5, 2015  Rhinelander PotatoFest - Rhinelander, Wisconsin
Couch Potato Race, Potato Salad Taste Off, Games, Activities, Contests, Parade, Duck Regatta, Live Music, Fendors, Alice in Dairyland.



event waiting for new dates

September 6-October 26, 2014  So Delicious. So Door County.
Door County, Wisconsin
A culinary tour exploring all that is delicious in Door County. Provides visitors with unique opportunities to participate in multi-tour culinary adventures throughout this popular vacation destination.

September 20, 2014  Annual Food for Thought Festival
Madison, Wisconsin
After 16 wonderful years, the Food for Thought Festival is on indefinite pause


Food & Wine Festivals, Shows & Local Event

waiting for new dates

September 14, 2013  Wild Rice Fest - Lac du Flambeau, Wisconsin
Downtown event includes wild ricing demonstrations, wild rice and Indian fry bread cooking contests, arts, crafters, games with prizes.

September 21, 2013  Lake Pepin Food, Wine & Cider Festival
Stockholm, Wisconsin
The annual festival, hosted at Maiden Rock Winery & Cidery, is a beautiful day of great food and drink. Celebrate the season with extraordinary autumn delights of the Lake Pepin region and sample a unique collection of Wisconsin-produced hard ciders from around the state.



waiting for new dates

September 3, 2012  Taste of Racine - Racine, Wisconsin
The 14th annual event, held at the Racine Zoo, benefits Family Service of Racine.


Food & Wine Festivals, Shows & Local Event

waiting for new dates

September 8, 2011  Culinary History Enthusiasts of Wisconsin Meeting
Madison, Wisconsin
CHEW programs include presentations by speakers, lively discussions, foodie quiz contests, and delicious demonstrations. Membership is open to everyone.

September 9-10, 2011  Lena Dairy Fest - Lena, Wisconsin
The 27th annual event will include music, parade, tractor pulls, petting zoo, horse drawn wagon rides, car show, and fireworks.

September 10, 2011  Lake Geneva Wine Festival
Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
No Festival in 2012.  Will return for 2013




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