With its gently rolling hills and modern cities, Wisconsin is a diverse state with opportunities for all types of visitors. The cities of Milwaukee and Madison offer visitors a wide choice of urban attractions, including museums, festivals and abundant shopping. Visitors who favor a more rustic getaway will find plenty of destinations in Wisconsin's rivers, lakes and forests.
The population of Warrens, WI, swells to over 100,000 the last full weekend in September for the annual Cranberry Festival. With three miles of vendors, a large high school marching band parade, arts and crafts contests, marsh tours, and plenty of food, there's something fun for the whole family.
One of the most popular autumn festivals in the state, Oktoberfest promises nine days of food, fun, and German tradition. With over 150,000 people in attendance, where else do you get to listen to German music, eat authentic German food, and take part of a tradition that started in 1961?
- Downtown and Lakeside Bayfield, WI 54814 in BAYFIELD, WI.
Just in time for fall, the October Bayfield Apple Festival offers an experience like no other. Deemed the "Best Festival in Wisconsin by Wisconsin Trails Magazine, it has the small town atmosphere needed to pull off a festival centered on apples. Gorge yourself on fresh apple pies, tarts, and caramel apples.
- Downtown Main Street Mount Horeb, WI 53572 in MOUNT HOREB, WI.
Hundreds of artists line 'The Trollway,' Mount Horeb's historic main street, the first weekend in October for the annual Fall Heritage Festival. Enjoy a taste of Norwegian food and culture with live performances, buggy rides, a quilt show, farmer's market, and antique tractor show.
- Wisconsin Dells Festival Site La Crosse Street Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965 in WISCONSIN DELLS, WI.
Enjoy a weekend in the fall dedicated to pumpkin decorating, scarecrow stuffing, and microbrew tasting. Adults and children alike find Autumn Harvest Fest exciting. With a large arts and crafts marketplace, hayrides, and music, there's something for everyone at this Wisconsin festival. Don't miss the parade. It's unforgettable.
- Downtown Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235 in STURGEON BAY, WI.
The holiday season kicks off in November with the annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony and Santa parade through beautiful downtown Sturgeon Bay. Bring the kids to have their picture taken with Santa, enjoy a holiday hayride, or get in some early shopping during the special extended hours.