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Events that are worth the road trip

Beautiful fall colors aren’t the only reason to hit the road this season. Across the state, festive events are as plentiful as golden leaves. From races to craft fairs, there’s something happening every weekend. These events offer a great chance to discover Wisconsin’s unique communities while taking in food, live music and fall beauty. Here are some upcoming events that are perfect for a fall road trip.

Colorama Arts & Crafts Fair

Boulder Junction

On Sept. 14, top regional crafters will be on hand in beautiful Boulder Junction. They’ll be selling everything from paintings to wood crafts—it’s the perfect place to find a gift or a unique item for your home. Come hungry—the event will include a farmers’ market, and wild game sandwiches will be for sale. See details.

Maple Fall Fest


Celebrate autumn at Maple Fall Fest, a family-friendly annual event in Marshfield’s Wildwood Park. The event takes place Sept. 13-15 and includes a street dance, more than 150 arts & crafts vendors, a zoo tour and of course, plenty of delicious maple syrup! Learn more.

Harvest Hoedown


Join in some old-fashioned fun for this harvest-themed event on Sept. 28, which includes a pig roast, live music, line dancing, horse-drawn wagon rides, pumpkin patches, face painting, and more—the Harvest Hoedown will be fun for the whole family! See details.


Vilas County

Celebrate the start of the fall color and cranberry harvest season in Manitowish Waters! On Oct. 5, enjoy a festive day that includes an arts and craft fair, a Lioness bake sale, fresh cranberry sales, self-guided fall color tours, cranberry samples and more! Learn more.

Fall Fest

West Bend

Dress your little ones in their Halloween best and trick or treat in downtown West Bend on Oct. 11. Look for the pumpkin in the window for participating businesses. There will be lots of fun activities for the whole family to enjoy, including face painting and balloon art. New this year: pumpkin bowling! Roll a small pumpkin, knock down pins and win prizes! See details.


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