Travel Wisconsin: Fall festivals

Chippewa Falls Oktoberfest

The Chippewa Falls Oktoberfest celebration kicks off on Sept. 15 with the Golden Keg Procession from Leinenkugel Brewery.

- The festival features four entertainment stages with 30 acts performing all weekend long. 
  - There’s also a sauerkraut eating contest, a beer stein holding contest and hammerschlagen. 
- Free arts activities, face painting and magic shows also make this a good event for the whole family. 

Warrens Cranberry Festival 

Wisconsin is the largest producer of cranberries in the nation.

- Warrens Cranberry Festival is the world’s largest cranberry festival and celebrates our status as “cranberry king.”

- This year’s festival runs Sept. 22-24 

Visitors can try festival favorites like deep-friend cranberries on a stick and cranberry cream puffs.
Warrens Cranberry Festival is also known its shopping. 

- There are 850 arts and crafts booths, 350 flea market and antique booths, 100 farm market booths and 100 food vendors that span three-miles and sell everything from festival food to handmade crafts to clothing. 

Bayfield Apple Festival 

Bayfield is home to the city’s popular Apple Festival. It has been hailed as one of the country’s 10 best fall harvest festivals by USA Today. 

- This year’s festival takes place Oct. 6-8. More than 50,000 people travel to downtown Bayfield to celebrate the season with everything from apple pies to apple brats to the classic caramel apple. 
  - Other fun activities include an apple peeling contest and live performances by Big Top Chautauqua’s Blue Canvas Orchestra all weekend lone. 

  - The festival culminates with the Grand Parade featuring a Mass Band of 400 musicians playing the On Wisconsin fight song.

Beef-A-Rama in Minocqua 

Beef-A-Rama has been a Northwoods tradition for five decades. This year’s festival runs Sept. 29-30 in Minocqua.  

- The Parade of Beef starts at 3:00. You’ll want to get a good seat to watch the roasters wheel their meat down Main Street in costumes, decorated carts and wagons. 

Fest-goers can enjoy a roast beef sandwich from one of the many street-side roasters.

- There’s also a beef cook-off and a beef eating contest on Saturday morning, a 5K and 10K Rump Roast Run along Lake Minocqua, and live music and a craft show throughout the festival. 

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