Disclosure :: This post is brought to you by our sponsors at Harvest Fair. Our enthusiasm for pumpkins and fall family fun is entirely our own.
The air is crisp. Kids are back in school. Football is all Wisconsin can talk about. It’s fall and we are here for it! But just because the summer has gone doesn’t mean festival season is over, and one of our favorite FREE Milwaukee festivals is just around the corner – Harvest Fair!
Harvest Fair is a FREE festival September 27-29 celebrating all the flavor and excitement of the the season. Yes, you read that right: admission to Harvest Fair is free. Pack the car with family and friends and head to State Fair Park for a great time for all ages and interests.
Getting to Harvest Fair and Where to Park
Entrances to the fairgrounds can be accessed from 84th street or Greenfield Avenue. Parking is available Gate 1 at S. 79th Street and W. Greenfield Avenue, Gate 4 on S. 84th Street, and Gate 7 on Kearney Street (I-94 Frontage Road). General Parking is $6 per vehicle or $3 per motorcycle. You can also take your chances and look for street parking in nearby residential areas.
Family Friendly Activities at Harvest Fair
Tons of FREE Fall Family Fun
In addition to tons of free live music, Harvest Fair has plenty of opportunities to enjoy the season at no charge. Check your aim or even get a little competitive with the many cornhole boards located in the Associated Bank Amphitheater. The Hershey’s Heartwarming Tour is making a stop in Central Park, with free s’mores, games, and more! The Paul Bunyan Lumberjack show will run daily in the Back 40 on the west side of the Harvest Cafe. This family-friendly show features log rolling, wood chopping, axe throwing, crosscut sawing, a dragster chainsaw competition, and much more. Kohl’s Building Blocks Program presented by Penfield Children’s Center and Kohl’s Color Wheels will be be at Harvest Fair, providing art projects and family-friendly activities for everyone to enjoy. Tiny Tot Acres is an area for kids 3 and under and features mini pumpkin decorating, coloring, and other attractions for the smallest of fairgoers that can be found in the lobby of the Expo Center. Snap a Harvest Fair selfie in the Say Pumpkin and Smile photo area at the front of Grand Champion Hall.
Rides and Activities at Harvest Fair
Kids of all ages will have no end of fun with the plethora of rides and activities available at Harvest Fair. From staple State Fair Park favorites like the Giant Slide and pony rides to pumpkin bowling and fishing for prizes, there truly is something for everyone in your family to enjoy. Make a scarecrow and decorate a pumpkin to take home- get that fall decorating underway! All of these rides and activities require credits on a Ride & Activity Card. Credits cost a dollar each and are available at Ride & Activity Card booths located all around the Fair grounds.
Enter to Win a A Harvest Fair Ride and Activity Card!
Enjoy up to $25 worth of rides and activities of your choice at Harvest Fair including pumpkin bowling, the Giant Slide, and more!
Food and Drink at Harvest Fair
Fall flavors abound at Harvest Fair. Grab a fresh roasted cob of corn or a slice of pie (or heck, a whole one) from The Elegant Farmer. There is a farmers market at the U.S. Cellular Terrace where you can find many kinds of freshly harvested fruits and vegetables to take home or enjoy at the Fair. Make sure you stop by the Harvest Cafe to enjoy a caramel apple or baked potato! Also in the Harvest Cafe, families can purchase cookie decorating kits and put their own personal touch on their sweet treats. Much to this Mama’s delight, The Micro will be pouring seasonal brews. Most excitingly, on Saturday and Sunday from 9am-1pm, the West Allis Lion’s Club will be serving an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast. What a way to start the day!
Our friends at Authentic Birth Center will have a fabulous lactation lounge set up for a comfortable space to feed and care for your little babes!