Wisconsin Weekend: La Crosse Oktoberfest

Wisconsin Weekend: Mid-Oktober & Fall Festivals, Fermentation, Pumpkins, and more!

We’re into the middle of October, and a great Wisconsin Weekend awaits. Fall colors at their peak in many places in the North Woods and many other places aren’t far behind! See the “live feed” Fall Colors Report from Travel Wisconsin to the right for details, by the way.

It’s prime time to road trip around Wisconsin and explore the fall colors, historic and fun towns, quirky stops, and state parks. Ride the state highways and byways and enjoy some great sights, roadside attractions, events, vistas. And check out these State Trunk Tour-recommended Wisconsin Weekend highlights!

Sister Bay: Fall Fest

Sister Bay Fall Fest, Wisconsin WeekendA massive party in this beautiful Door County town, Fall Fest celebrates its 72nd year. Enjoy the popular Saturday Parade, a huge arts and crafts fair, plenty of food and live entertainment, and Bloody Marys at Husby’s, a Sister Bay Fall Fest institution. Kids can enjoy Touch-A-Truck at the fire station, inflatable games, a bungee rock wall, goldfish games and more. There’s plenty of live music up and down the street, and restaurants will have special menu items. New this year, check out the Adult Big Wheel Rally on Sunday morning at 10 on Sister Bay Hill. The race will be in heats, with 16 teams racing each other for title of Big Wheel Champion. It’ll be fun to watch everything go downhill, right? Just take Highways 42 or 57 and you’ll get there!

Fermentation Fest classReedsburg: Fermentation Fest

Talk about a live cultural experience! Fermentation Fest is a “Live Culture Convergence,” an annual celebration of live culture in all its forms from dance to yogurt and poetry to sauerkraut. Presented by the Reedsburg-based Wormfarm Institute, Fermentation Fest brings together farmers, chefs, artists, poets and performers in the beautiful working lands of Sauk County for tastings, demonstrations, cooking classes, art events, performances, food carts and more. Definitely see the City Park Food Chain during Saturday and Sunday. Hit Highway 23 or 33 and check out this cool town and festival!

Cedarburg: Oktoberfest

Cedarburg OktoberfestCedarburg gets in on the fun of Oktoberfest this Wisconsin weekend, with plenty of bier, German food and other specialties, dancing, and presumably a lot of accordions. Live music under the tent will cover German music and entertainment, including the Pommersche Tanzdeel Dancers. There’s even a live Glockenspiel Show! Silly contests with prize awards include Saturday’s Best Lederhosen/Dirndl Judging Contest, and Sauerkraut Eating Contest and Sunday’s German Spelling Bee from Ault to Zither (A-Z). There will be a merchant’s marketplace on the Cedarburg Oktoberfest grounds. Around town, arts will be highlighted all weekend long with the Cedarburg Artists Guild Covered Bridge Studio Tour. Hit Highways 57, 60, or 181 to get to Cedarburg; it’s just 10-12 minutes west of I-43/Highway 32, too!

Wisconsin Dells: Fall Festival & Dells On Tap

Wisconsin Dells Fall Festival Weekend scarecrowWisconsin Dells Fall Festival Weekend and Dells On Tap embraces autumn with a craft beer walk, a 5K dash, and plenty of harvest and other fun activities on Friday and Saturday. This is on top of all the things there are to throughout the Wisconsin Dells and Lake Delton areas, from waterparks to fun shops, museums, and even the World’s Largest Wooden Trojan Horse along Wisconsin Dells Parkway. Hit I-90/94, U.S. 12, or Highways 13, 16, or 23 and check these activities out!

Hales Corners: China Light at Boerner Botanical Gardens

China Lights at Boerner Botanical GardensThe beautiful Boerner Botanical Gardens , part of Milwaukee County’s award-winning Park System, hosts China Lights and the Chinese Lantern Festival this weekend and through October 22. China Lights brings stunning illuminated sculptures to select venues around the world, including right in Hales Corners to celebrate Asian life and culture. The 9-acre Gardens transform into a magical paradise of enchanting illuminated displays. Dragons, glowing pagodas and iridescent pinwheels add color, vibrancy, and excitement. Check out a backstage tour of the lanterns and participate in the nightly parade. Or simply enjoy wandering through the thrilling spectacle, which includes live performances of music, juggling and other arts. Enjoy a variety of Asian and Western cuisine from numerous local vendors, celebrate Asian culture with entertainment and live performances and a bustling marketplace. It’s just off Highways 24 and 100/U.S. 45, two miles south of I-41/43/894.

Richland Center: Hybrid Redneck Rally

Hybrid Redneck Rally truck pull, Richland CenterUp for truck pulls, demolition derby, and mud flying?? Then Saturday, you need to be in Richland Center for the Hybrid Redneck Rally! The Richland County Fairgrounds has all the action with tuff trucks, pulls, grass drags, ATV drags a Twisted Metal Demo Derby, a Kids’ Pedal Pull, Craft Fair, and more. It’s a great, loud, rockin’ time for the whole family! You can reach Richland Center in the beautiful Driftless Area via U.S. 14 or Highways 56 or 80. It’s a great drive!


More for your Wisconsin Weekend

There are MANY more events to check out, including the NEW Zoo Boo in Green Bay, Applefest in Two Rivers, and much, much more. Run around during your Wisconsin weekend. Enjoy the fall weather, some Badgers and Packers football, check out the changing leaves, explore history, enjoy parks, experience shops, trails, bars, and restaurants, and have FUN! In true State Trunk Tour fashion, Pick Some Roads and GO!!!