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Published on September 15, 2015

Fall Festival Roundup

5 Local Events for the Changing Season

Fall is in the air, and with it, the food, laughter and culture at your favorite fairs and festivals. Whether you want to stick close to home or take a weekend trip, these Wisconsin events will ensure you and your family have a festive season.

  1. Fall Harvest Festival: Located at the Madison Children’s Museum, the Fall Harvest Festival is a free special event on Sept. 19 and 20. The event invites parents and children to celebrate the fall harvest season by discovering the science and culture behind the food we eat. Activities include traditional song and dance at the museum’s historic 1830’s Log Cabin, cooking demonstrations and tastings on the rooftop, plus games and crafts in the Funkyard.

  2. Fall Food Cart Fest: This delicious festival features tastings, all about $4 or less, from 20 Let’s Eat Out! food carts. Let’s Eat Out! is a coalition of independently owned food carts that aims to bring together neighborhoods through local food. The festival, which includes live music, is Sept. 27 at the Burr Jones Field from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. This event runs in partnership with the last MadCity Bazaar of the year. The Bazaar is an urban pop-up flea market showcasing local artists, makers and collectors.

  3. Milwaukee Film Festival: Spend a day, or an entire weekend, catching flicks at the Milwaukee Film Festival. The festival programming includes “Rated K: For Kids,” a whole series of movies specifically chosen for family audiences. Other programs include “Shorter Is Better,” which features a variety of short films, “Cream City Cinema,” which features Milwaukee-area filmmakers, and several more. Aside from films, there are scores of festival events, like the Rated K: For Kids Barnyard Bash at the East Library on Saturday, Sept. 26 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The festival runs from Sept. 24 to Oct. 9, so there are plenty of opportunities to join in the fun.

  4. Willy Street Fair: The Willy Street Fair, which takes place Sept. 19 and 20 in one of Madison’s most eclectic and vibrant neighborhoods, is the city’s largest block party. The fair features local food carts, street performances, seven music stages, a community raffle and a parade. In its 38th year, this annual street fair is the perfect way to celebrate your community with the whole family.

  5. Wine & Harvest Festival: Less than a two-hour drive away, the Wine & Harvest Festival is a weekend full of festivities to welcome the new season in downtown, historic Cedarburg. Festival highlights include homegrown produce, artisan food products, a farmers’ market, live music, Scarecrow Contest, Giant Pumpkin Weigh-Off and Art on the Avenue, with more than 250 artist booths. The festival takes place Sept. 19 and 20.

What are your favorite Wisconsin fairs and festivals? Share in the comments below! 

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