Event Calendar

October 3, 2021

  1. Oktoberfest

    La Crosse, WI Sep 30 - Oct 3

    At this big riverfront festival, there's food, music and carnival rides, plus the opening Torchlight Parade and the Maple Leaf Parade on Saturday morning.

  2. Apple Festival

    Bayfield, WI Oct 1 - Oct 3

    It's the 60th year of this big festival on Lake Superior, which features  orchard tours, history walks, an apple-peeling contest, live music and a big parade at 2 p.m. Sunday.

  3. Oktoberfest

    Amana, IA Oct 1 - Oct 3

    There's German music and food at this Amana Colonies village, plus contests that include the Eisenmann, or Iron Man, competition: Teams roll kegs, walk a balance beam with full steins of beer and saw logs. The parade is at 10 a.m. Saturday.

  4. Door County Lighthouse Festival

    Sturgeon Bay, WI Oct 1 - Oct 3

    The Door County Maritime Museum sponsors tours by air, land and water to lighthouses on the peninsula, some of which can be visited only during festival weekends. Reserve as early as possible.

  5. Big Island Rendezvous and Festival

    Albert Lea, MN Oct 2 - Oct 3

    This southern Minnesota festival is great for families, with a voyageur encampment of more than 1,000 reenactors dancing, demonstrating, competing and pulling visitors back into the fur-trade era.

  6. Oktoberfest

    Cedarburg, WI Oct 2 - Oct 3

    This festival just north of Milwaukee features music and food plus goofy contests: best lederhosen/dirndl, sauerkraut-eating, a German spelling bee and a live Glockenspiel show.

  7. Giant Pumpkin Fest

    Nekoosa, WI Oct 2 - Oct 3

    This town near Wisconsin Rapids calls itself the Giant Pumpkin Capital of Wisconsin and features a pumpkin-pie eating contest, pumpkin rolling and carving, a carnival and craft show.

  8. Autumn on Parade

    Oregon, IL Oct 2 - Oct 3

    Strolling performers appear at the Autumn on Parade Festival, and the Harvest Time Parade is on Sunday.

    The Stronghold Conference Center outside town offers Olde English Faire on the same weekend, featuring swordfighters, minstrels, magicians and the Gremlin's Garden for children. However, it may not be held in 2021.

  9. Fall Village Market

    Mount Horeb, WI Oct 2 - Oct 3

    This town west of Madison offers vintage and handmade goods, live music and food trucks.


  10. Rivertown Fall Art Festival

    Stillwater, MN Oct 2 - Oct 3

    This juried arts festival along the banks of the St. Croix River includes music and food vendors.

  11. Cranberry Fest

    Eagle River, WI Oct 2 - Oct 3

    In this northeast Wisconsin lakes town, there will be marsh tours, music, a cranberry beer and wine garden, an antiques market, fiber-art show and crafts fair.