Its Fall again. The trees turn rusty red and golden yellow, and its harvest time. The crops in the fields and orchards are ripe, ready to be plucked and eaten. September and October are the last few months when people enjoy the warm weather until the next spring.
During these months, people get out of their homes during the weekends, making Autumn a busiest tourist season of the year. It’s during these months Fall festivals are held.
What Is Fall Festival
The orchards and fields beckon the people from the neighboring towns and cities to participate in the harvest festival, popularly known as the fall festival. Fall festivals attract huge crowd where people travel across the country to participate in the popular festivals such as Bayfield’s Apple Festival, Cranberry Fest in west-central Wisconsin and more.
Festival List – Second and Third Weekend in September
Second Weekend in September
Many people combine scenic drives with these festivals. Therefore, if you want to travel in the second and third week of September plan ahead, verify the dates to ensure that you get the best glimpses of the festival, especially the parades.
- Whooping Crane Festival in Princeton, WI – This begins on Sept 8 and ends on Sept 11. Nature walks, canoe trips, bird walks and children’s activities along with marketplace marks the festivities here.
- James J. Hill Days in Wayzata, MN This Minneapolis suburb features daschund races, a craft beer fest, marketplace and carnival, water ski show, fireworks on Saturday and ends with a parade on Sunday. Sept 9-Sept 11.
- Festival of the Vine in Geneva, IL There’s an arts and crafts show, flower market, music, wine tasting and sampling of food from local restaurants. Sept. 9–11.
- Ethnic Fest in Walker, MN Alphornists, Scandinavian dancers and Anishinaabe drum and dance corps perform in this town on the shores of Leech Lake. There’s also a parade at 11 a.m. Sept. 10.
- Taste of the Trail in Lanesboro, MN In Lanesboro, Whalan and Peterson on the Root River State Trail, enjoy music, wagon rides and free samples from local restaurants and growers. Sept. 10.
- Washington County Bluegrass Festival in Lake Elmo, MN Bluegrass bands will play at this family festival at Lake Elmo Park Reserve, free with $5 vehicle permit. There also will be camping and food vendors. Sept. 10.
Third Weekend in September
- Pumpkin Festival in Morton, IL This town near Peoria, home of the Libby’s pumpkin-packing plant, calls itself the Pumpkin Capital of the World and serves pumpkin ice cream, pancakes and fudge at its festival, which features a 10:30 a.m. Saturday parade. Sept. 14–17
- The Northern Harvest in Grand Marais, MN The harbor-side North House Folk School celebrates with storytelling, traditional workshops, a fish boil and concerts by songwriter/musicians. Sept. 15–18.
- Oaktoberfest in Oak Park, IL In this western suburb of Chicago, famous for its Frank Lloyd Wright district, there’s music, craft beer, food from local restaurants and, for kids, a root-beer garden, games and zucchini-car races. Sept. 16–17.
- World Food & Music Festival in Des Moines, IA In downtown’s East Village, eat at more than 50 cultural cafes for $5 or less (or taste for $1), shop at the world marketplace or listen to musicians strolling the streets or on stage. Sept. 16–18.
- Cheese Days in Monroe, WI This festival is held every other year in the capital of cheese country, the home of Swiss Colony and the last Limburger factory. There’s a cow-milking contest, yodeling, dancing, tours and a big parade at 12:30 p.m. Sunday. Sept. 16–18.
- Wauktoberfest in Waunakee, WI This town just north of Madison celebrates with a craft-beer tasting, bike tour, music and lots of contests: frau carrying, yodeling, beer keg race, dachshund dash and Limburger cheese and sauerkraut eating. Sept. 16–18.
- Scarecrow Fest in Phelps, WI See early fall color around this town in Nicolet National Forest. There’s pumpkin-chucking, pumpkin and scarecrow contests, a craft fair, car show, hay rides and free chili and deep-fried pickles. Sept. 17.
- Wine & Harvest Festival in Cedarburg, WI There’s a pumpkin regatta — yes, people paddling hollowed-out pumpkins across Cedar Creek — at the fest in this historic mill town just north of Milwaukee. There’s also a scarecrow contest, grape stomp, hay rides, juried arts fair and lots of food. Sept. 17–18.
The list courtesy midwestweekends.com
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