9 of Wisconsin's Top Fall Food Festivals

Fall isn’t complete without crisp apples, pumpkin pie and Wisconsin’s own famed cranberries. Feast your way through these fests celebrating the harvest from our state’s orchards, patches and bogs.


The communities of Gays Mills and Bayfield have been celebrating the bounty from local orchards for more than 50 years, each with a three-day Apple Festival. Check out a carnival, food stands galore, an arts and crafts fair, live music and plenty of fun competitions from Sept. 22-24, 2017 in Gays Mills and Oct. 6-8, 2017 in Bayfield.

Try apple beer and foods Sept. 8, 2018 at the Crafty Apple Fest in Chilton, and don’t miss your chance to see a 10-foot apple pie baked right before your eyes at Galesville’s Apple Affair on Oct. 7, 2017.


The Nekoosa GIANT Pumpkin Fest is back this year on Oct. 7-8, 2017 with the motto “where bigger is better.” Not surprisingly, the main event is the drop of a behemoth pumpkin from a 100-foot crane. In between, you’ll find all manner of contests – from weigh-offs to bake-offs – a carnival, tasty food, farmers and flea markets, and antique tractor and car shows.

Egg Harbor’s Pumpkin Patch Festival keeps the fun going on Oct. 7-8, 2017, and you’ve got to try the pumpkin pancakes at the Mishicot Pumpkinfest on Saturday on Oct. 21, 2017.


Wisconsin’s cranberry capital has the largest celebration in the world of this tart, nutritious fruit each year the last full weekend of September. At the Warrens Cranberry Festival from Sept. 22-24, 2017, you’ll enjoy more than 1,300 shopping booths set up over three miles, a hundred food stands to choose from, about a dozen contests and a whole lot more. Get your tickets early for the event’s very popular marsh tours, and be sure to meet the cranberry queen and princesses.

If you can’t get enough of Wisconsin’s cranberries, come back for Eagle River’s Cranberry Fest on Oct. 7-8, 2017, where you can drool over the world’s largest cranberry cheesecake.


For more autumn happenings, browse our directory or order your copy of the 2017-18 Wisconsin Fall/Winter Event Guide.