Top Fall Festivals
Pick out a free pumpkin (with admission) from Mulberry Lane Farm’s 10 acre patch in Hilbert to get into the fall spirit. Don’t forget to check out some of the adorable farm animals as well–visitors can milk a cow, cuddle up with kittens and even ride a pony. If it’s a colder autumn day, stop by the concessions stand to grab a cup of piping hot apple cider or hot chocolate. Farm hours vary — call 989-3130 to plan your visit.
Autumn Harvest Fest
Visit Waupaca’s Autumn Harvest Fest on County Road QQ for an interactive, family-friendly day of festivities from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Attendees can see the stunning fall colors from the water on boat tours at Harbor Bar or hitch a wagon ride to the pumpkin patch. The fest will also include artist demonstrations including chainsaw carving, craft and food vendors and live music from The Rotten Bros featuring Arian. Be sure to stop by the Amish bakery stand for delicious baked goods, a big hit at the festival. Call 715-412-1423 for details.
Join Downtown Menasha business owners for the 1st Annual Harvest Fest on October 7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Festively decorated for the season, the day will feature a costumed pet parade, pumpkin pie eating contest, specials at each participating business, refreshments, live music, in-store demos, caramel apples and give-a-ways. For more info contact Sandi Pufahl of La Belle Maison at 456-9490 or Greg Curtiss of The Wreath Factory at 886-9989.
Harvest Moon Festival
Play under the moon at Mosquito Hill Nature Center in New London during the 15th annual Harvest Moon Festival. See smiling jack-o-lanterns, take a ride on a wagon filled with fresh straw and observe the live critters who visit the center. The evening, which runs 5 to 9 p.m., will be filled with stargazing through telescopes, the Great Pumpkin Walk, learning sessions, games and much more. Snacks and beverages will be for sale. Call 779-6433 for more information. —KM
Join the Neenah Parks & Recreation staff for its annual Build-A-Scarecrow Day on October 14 from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Meet at Neenah’s Riverside Park Pavilion and decorate your own scarecrow with adult clothes and props that you bring from home or pick up from a local thrift store. Frame, twine and straw are provided. Register by calling 886-6060.