What family-friendly festivals beckon Badger State denizens for summer’s final fall weekend? Several intriguing fairs and exhibitions are on-deck from Saturday, September 14, through Sunday, September 15.
Summer officially ends with the autumn equinox, which arrives on Sunday, September 22. Still, as mild weather persists, Badger State folks are out and about, enjoying these popular events. Most of the festivals are free, although refreshments, activities, and purchases carry fees.
Here’s a peek at five fine festivals taking place in Wisconsin on the second weekend of September.
- The 2013 Cheese and Sausage Fall Family Fest comes to downtown New London on September 14. This gathering, hosted by the New London Area Chamber of Commerce, attracts thousands each year. With craft and food vendors, kids’ entertainment, and a petting zoo, the festival runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free. (Contact: 920-982-5822.)
- Gemuetlichkeit Days German Heritage Festival takes place September 14 and 15 at the Jefferson Fair Park, in Jefferson, Wisconsin. This lively cultural event offers a bike race, a craft fair, German food, live music, a parade, a best facial hair contest, and much more. Admission fees may apply. (Contact: 920-674-6124.)
- In Marshfield, the annual Maple Fall Fest goes on September 14 and 15. This autumnal celebration, which draws more than 22,000 each year, features a maple pancake breakfast, maple syrup contests, and plenty of additional activities. Admission is free. (Contact: 715-384-4314.)
- Also on September 14 and 15, the Cedar Creek Mall Arts and Crafts Fair occurs in Rothschild. This free event features a bounty of handicrafts, from jewelry to woodworking and textiles. (Contact: 715-355-0011.)
- The Driftless Area Art Festival is set for Soldiers Grove on September 14 and 15. Ceramics, paintings, photography, sculptures, woodworking, and other creative works are on display. This free event includes live music and food concessions.
Attendees are advised to confirm times, locations, and other details before traveling to events, as last-minute changes and cancellations may occur.
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