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Your Wisconsin Weekend: waving goodbye to summer and hello to fall…

Time is flying, autumn officially begins Monday so we’re waving goodbye to summer on this Wisconsin Weekend. Festivals, fall colors on the rise, Farm Aid happens Saturday night at Alpine Valley, and plenty of activities and sights await in this beautiful time of year. Here are some great options to explore – now “Pick Some Roads and GO!!”

Chippewa Falls: Oktoberfest

Wisconsin Weekend: Chippewa Falls Oktoberfest

The bier flows, the music plays, and everybody has a great time at Chippewa Falls Oktoberfest, taking place this weekend on the Northern Wisconsin State Fairgrounds! Four stages will feature over 30 entertainers while you enjoy authentic German food, dancing, and time-tested fun with events like the beer stein holding competition, the sauerkraut-eating competition, and more! U.S. 53 and Highways 29 and 178 bring you in; you’ll find the festival grounds just north of the Leinenkugel Brewery (where they tap the “golden keg” prior to kicking off the fair) along Highway 124! More…

State Trunk Tour's Eric Paulsen with Dick Leinenkugel of the namesake brewery, toasting Chippewa Falls Oktoberfest.
State Trunk Tour’s Eric Paulsen with Dick Leinenkugel of the namesake brewery, toasting Chippewa Falls Oktoberfest.

Sheboygan: Blue Harbor Craft Beer Festival and River Days

Sheboygan is busy Saturday with the Blue Harbor Craft Beer Festival AND River Days happening at the harbor area downtown! River Days takes place along the boardwalk from 11am – 4pm, where you can explore all the businesses there, watch Coast Guard drills, enjoy live music, free Shebikin’ Rides, Trolley Rides, a Brat Fry, Food Trucks, a Fitness Demo with Anthony Flores, and more. Meanwhile, Blue Harbor Resort offers its Craft Beer Festival held in conjunction with local brewery 3 Sheeps. Over 35 breweries will offer their craft beer for samples Saturday from 1-4pm (11:30am start for VIP ticket holders), plus live music, activities, and beautiful views of Lake Michigan! Tickets and info here.

Cedarburg: Wine & Harvest Fest

Cedarburg Wine Harvest Festival grape stompBeautiful downtown Cedarburg celebrates the coming of fall with its annual Wine & Harvest Festival this weekend, featuring award-winning Cedar Creek Winery wines, Art on the Avenue with over 250 juried artists, grape stomping, Ashley’s Candyland for Kids, the Giant Pumpkin Weigh-Off, and a lot more fun for everyone Saturday & Sunday. Follow Historic Highway 57, just south of Highway 60 and east of Highway 181 to get there! More…

Racine: Party on the Pavement

Wisconsin Weekend: Party on the Pavement, Racine

Racine’s downtown is the epicenter of fun with Party on the Pavement Saturday, featuring everything from art projects you can see and create and a car show featuring KITT from Knight Rider, the one fully-functioning model believed to remain! There’s live music on three stages, ethnic foods to try from all over world, Touch-A-Truck is back, plus aerial arts performances, events for kids, and plenty more – even a fun afterparty at The Brickhouse. It’s all happening Saturday from noon to 7pm (and beyond) in downtown Racine – Highways 11, 20, 32, and 38 bring you there! More…

Soldiers Grove: Driftless Area Art Festival

Driftless Area Art Festival, Soldiers Grove

The 15th annual Driftless Area Art Festival celebrates the artists inspired to create by the remarkable beauty of the Driftless Area. Over 80 artists in the visual, performing, and even culinary arts will gather at Beauford T. Anderson Park in the heart of Soldiers Grove to showcase their talents. Enjoy everything from art exhibits to great food, locally produced wine, and perhaps some of that art home! The drive alone on U.S. 61 or Highway 131, the two roads that intersect in Soldiers Grove, is worth it! The Driftless Area Art Festival runs both Saturday and Sunday on this Wisconsin Weekend. More…

Hales Corners: China Lights at Boerner Botanical Gardens

China Lights at Boerner Botanical Gardens

Boerner Botanical Gardens hosts “China Lights: Panda Mania” and the Chinese Lantern Festival, starting Friday, September 13th and running all the way through October 20th! China Lights brings stunning illuminated sculptures to select venues around the world. Now, it floats into Milwaukee for an after-sundown celebration of 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. The entertainment ramps up Tuesdays through Sundays, 5:30pm-10pm – China Lights is closed Mondays. Admission includes a link to the official festival tour mobile guide, which will provide fascinating insight about the wonders all around you as you stroll with your cell phone. Parking is free for China Lights; simply follow the signs along 92nd Street – one mile east of U.S. 45/Highway 100 – to find the lots. More…

Check out the latest State Trunk Tour Podcasts on the Wisconsin Coastal Food Trail and the Blues history in Ozaukee County!
State Trunk Tour founder Eric Paulsen got to talk with Jason Ring of the Manitowoc CVB about the new Wisconsin Coastal Food Trail that offers pathways for exploring everything from farms and cheese factories to breweries, bakeries, wineries, and distilleries in and around the Manitowoc and Two Rivers area, as well as with Kris Raymond of the Paramount Music Association, about the amazing and little-known history of early Blues and Jazz records being made in Grafton and Port Washington – recordings that helped shape music ever since. Check them both out below:

More for your Wisconsin Weekend

There are MANY more events to check out on this Wisconsin Weekend. Explore history, enjoy parks, experience shops, bars, and restaurants, and have FUN! In true State Trunk Tour fashion, Pick Some Roads and GO!!!