Milwaukee Guide to Harvest Fair


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!

Enjoy free live entertainment on several stages, including local artists, Amphitheater headliners, and lumberjack shows. Activities the entire family will love include Harvest Fair favorites like Pumpkin Bowling and Make Your Own Scarecrow. Don’t miss food galore, featuring many State Fair vendors, plus shopping at the Farmers Market and more!

Harvest Fair is a FREE festival September 23-25 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). You can also take your chances and look for street parking in nearby residential areas.

Family Friendly Activities at Harvest Fair

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. The Paul Bunyan Lumberjack show will run daily near the UScellular Terrace. This family-friendly show features log rolling, wood chopping, axe throwing, crosscut sawing, a dragster chainsaw competition, and much more. Snap a Harvest Fair selfie in the Say Pumpkin and Smile photo area at the front of Grand Champion Hall. 

Harvest Fair 2018

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 are available at Ride & Activity Card booths located all around the Fair grounds.

Food and Drink at Harvest Fair

Fall flavors abound at Harvest Fair. Enjoy some of your favorite Fair “Fare” during Harvest Fair, or try some delicious, harvest-themed treats! These vendors will be open throughout Harvest Fair.

The fall season reminds us all why we live in Wisconsin despite the months of December through March. Harvest Fair has the best of the season’s offerings for everyone to enjoy, and admission and many attractions are FREE!!! Bring the whole family to Harvest Fest from September 23-25 and play the whole day. See you there!

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Meg hung up her wanderlust over ten years ago to return home to Milwaukee, but before that she bounced from Vermont to New Orleans to Paris. A teacher for twelve years, she taught everything from French to Home Ec, only pausing her love of educating children long enough to earn her Grand Diplome in Cuisine and Pastry from the Cordon Bleu. She and her husband are always cooking up something fun at their home in Shorewood with their three daughters and two cats.


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