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6 *free* fall festivals for kids and families

1. Harvest Fair 2018 (Free admission!)

September 28-30th

Wisconsin State Fair



Fun activities for kids of all ages include a kiddie tractor maze, hay rides, camel and pony rides, cookie decorating, DIY backpacks, live music, zip line, inflatables, hand-print leaves, make your own caramel apple, a lumberjack show, pumpkin bowling, mini pumpkin decorating, a pumpkin patch, scarecrow making, and much more!


Maker Faire Milwaukee will also be returning this year in the Expo Center. Find more info at


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2. Sturgeon Fest (Free admission!)

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Lakeshore State Park, Milwaukee


Enjoy family fun at Sturgeon Fest, one of the biggest annual conservation events and festivals in Wisconsin, returning a breeding population of Sturgeon to Lake Michigan and the Milwaukee River! The festivities continue all day with games and activities for kids, kayak demonstrations, prairie tours, educational booths, delicious local food trucks, and more. Sturgeon Fest celebrates Riveredge’s 25 year partnership with the Wisconsin DNR to bring back Lake Sturgeon, a critically important species both environmentally and culturally, to the Milwaukee River, where they haven’t been seen in over 100 years.


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3. New Berlin Applefest (Free admission!)

Sunday, October 7th, 2018

1:00pm – 4:00pm

New Berlin Historical Park


Ride the orchard barrel train, check out the cider press, join square dancing in the barn, pick out a pumpkin, operate model trains in the museum, and more!


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4. Fall Festival at Piala’s Nursery (Free admission!)

September 29th and 30th

Piala’s Nursery & Garden Shop, Inc.(S39W27833 Genesee Rd., Waukesha, WI 53189)


All ages are welcome, and there is no charge for admission. Bring the family for a bouncy house, giant slide and games, live music, craft fair with many local artisans, hot food and beverages, animals & peacock palace, pumpkin, squash and gourd carving, raffles, Waukesha Fire Department ladder truck meet and greet, Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department motorcycle meet and greet, and more!


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5. Thiensville Applefest (Free admission!)

Sunday, October 7th

11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Thiensville Village Park


Applefest is a celebration of the autumn harvest and Ozaukee County’s apple heritage. Enjoy the charming small town atmosphere in a beautiful park on the shores of the Milwaukee River. 


Applefest will feature live music by the Squeezettes, fresh apples and apple cider, and other fall treats and crafts. 


This family friendly event will also feature hay rides, a performance by Kohl’s Wild Theatre, an apple pie baking contest, coloring contest, polka contest, big wheel racing, and face painting. Applefest will feature delicious apple brats along with apple pies and other food and beverages. 


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6. Oktoberfest (Cedarburg)

October 13th and 14th, 2018

Historic downtown Cedarburg



A huge tent will be erected in the Community Center Parking Lot (W63 N641 Washington Avenue) to cover the authentic German music and dancers, wood floor for polka, and Glockenspiel Show (Cuckoo Clock). Enjoy german food and beverages including curry wurst, bratwurst and sausage platters. There will even by a Sauerkraut eating contest and german spelling bee! Enjoy the Volkswagon Club car display on Saturday!


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