Our Favorite Milwaukee Fall Festivals 2016


Milwaukee Fall Festivals

Fall is so beautiful in Wisconsin, the colors pop making our city come alive! And guess what? The festivals don’t stop just because one summery season ends and a new one begins, so here’s the short list of Fall Festivals in Milwaukee!

Big Gig BBQ — Milwaukee (Summerfest Grounds), September 4: The Big Gig BBQ will be serving up smoky ribs, savory brisket and signature BBQ from ten of the best local and national cookers.

Indian Summer Festival — Milwaukee (Summerfest Grounds), September 9-11: Indian Summer Inc. was formed for the purpose of organizing and presenting an American Indian ethnic festival. The mission is to educate, preserve and promote American Indian cultures; showcase the diversity that exists within tribal cultures; provide economic opportunities to our people and strengthen communication and understanding.

Taste of Mequon — Mequon, September 10: This family event has everything from children’s activities to artists and music. 

Tomato Romp Fest — Milwaukee East Side, September 10: A day of throwing tomatoes, live music, the East Side Green Market and Black Cat Alley live large-scale street art mural installations. All proceeds go to Hunger Task Force.

Frank Mots Int’l Kite Festival — Milwaukee (Veteran’s Park), September 10-11: Fly your kites high with the rest of Milwaukee on the special day by the lakefront! 

Raspberry Festival — Jackson (Jackson Historical Society Museum & Grounds), September 11: Come to an old fashioned family ice cream social with Amish-made raspberry pie and Hone Acres ice cream! Friendly for the entire family!

Rock the Green — Milwaukee (Reed Street Venue), September 17: Rock the Green is a non-profit organization with a green mission. The core of this mission is the production of a large scale festival that showcases zero waste best practices and world class music.

Apple Harvest Festival — Waukesha (Retzer Nature Center), September 17: Come for apple pies, apple crisp, and caramel apples; stay for the nature and the family memories. 

Bay View Bash — Bay View, September 17: A community festival of food, art, music, crafts, books and community organizations. Striving to be a zero waste festival! 

Wine & Harvest Festival — Cedarburg (Festivals of Cedarburg), September 17-18: Spend a sweet, end-of-summer weekend in the country in Historic Cedarburg during the 44th Annual Wine & Harvest Festival. Both the abundance of Wisconsin’s homegrown produce and artisan food products plus the award-winning wines of Cedar Creek Winery are what initiated this free, family-oriented arts and crafts event.

Fromm Petfest — Milwaukee (Summerfest Grounds), September 24: Petfest will host a variety of pet-focused attractions and activities, including dock diving, agility and lure courses, main stage presentations featuring disc dogs and pet costume contests, a pet-themed marketplace, family-focused activities, music, food and more.

Sausage Fest — Franklin (The Rock Sports Complex), September 24: This fall celebration will showcase a variety of hand-linked and smoked sausages, mustards, relishes, pickles, sauerkrauts and so much more!

Harvest Fair — Milwaukee (Wisconsin State Fair Grounds), September 23-25: Get the family together for a day at Harvest Fair! Enjoy fall-focused events, activities, live entertainment, competitions, scarecrow making and the much anticipated Pumpkin Bowling!

Oktoberfest 2016 — Cedarburg (Festivals of Cedarburg), October 8-9: A perfect weekend in October at Oktoberfest includes authentic german music, german cuisine and beer, polka dancing, Glokenspiel shows, fun contests, art and more!

Fall Festival — Waukesha, October 8-9: The fest will include a craft fair, live music, hot food, snacks, beverages, family activities, community involvement and awareness, door prizes and more.

Dia de los Muertos Milwaukee Festival — Walker’s Point (Walker Square Park), October 29: The Mission/Misión is to bring communities within Milwaukee together through El Dia de los Muertos/Day of the Dead Parade Project. It’s purpose is to preserve, promote, and share the traditions and significance of the Day of the Dead by inviting the community to participate in this joyful event and in the process promote cultural awareness,understanding & peace. 

Trainfest — Milwaukee (Wisconsin State Fair Grounds), November 12-13: Join the Fun at Trainfest, America’s largest operating model railroad show. Find the adventure this year when kids from 5 to 99 can run the trains at many of the railroads. There so many opportunities for both kids and adults to be more hands-on than ever before!


  1. We love going to the Apple Harvest Fest at Retzers! Thanks for making this list! I love fall but didn’t realize there were so many other fall festivals in our area.


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