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Indulge in apples, pumpkins and wine.

Apple orchard in Door County.

© Beth Gauper

Art and Apples on the Lake in Excelsior, Minn. On the shore of Lake Minnetonka, Art on the Lake combines with Apple Day, with an art fair, apple pie-eating contest, music and a street dance. Sept. 1819.

Wauktoberfest in Waunakee, Wis. This town just north of Madison celebrates with a craft-beer tasting, bike tour, music and lots of contests: frau carrying, yodeling, beer keg race, dachshund dash and Limburger cheese and sauerkraut eating. Sept. 1719.

Gemuetlichkeit Days in Jefferson, Wis. This festival between Madison and Milwaukee is named for the German word for a cozy and congenial atmosphere. It includes sauerkraut-eating, nail-driving, facial hair and costume contests, a vintage car show, music and a parade at noon Sunday. Sept. 1719.

Wine & Harvest Festival in Cedarburg, Wis. There's a pumpkin regatta yes, people paddling hollowed-out pumpkins across Cedar Creek at the fest in this historic mill town just north of Milwaukee. There's also a scarecrow contest, grape stomp, hay rides, juried arts fair and lots of food. Sept. 1819.

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Last updated on September 11, 2021