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  • Chain O' Lakes Blues Festival

    Waupaca, WI

    Listen to the blues at the historic Indian Crossing Casino.

  • CelebrAsian Asian Heritage Festival

    Des Moines, IA

    This festival at Western Gateway Park features such activities as martial arts, lion dancers, chopstick races, a fashion show and, of course, food.

  • Door County Lighthouse Festival

    Sturgeon Bay, WI

    The Door County Maritime Museum sponsors tours by air, land and water to lighthouses on the peninsula, some of which can be visited only during festival weekends. Reserve as early as possible.

  • Big Island Rendezvous and Festival

    Albert Lea, MN

    This southern Minnesota festival is great for families, with a voyageur encampment of more than 1,000 reenactors dancing, demonstrating, competing and pulling visitors back into the fur-trade era.

  • Oktoberfest

    Galena, IL

    The Lions Club puts on this riverfront festival, which includes wiener-dog races, polka lessons, nail-driving, pumpkin-decorating and a beanbag tournament.

  • Autumn on Parade

    Oregon, IL

    Strolling performers appear at the Autumn on Parade Festival, and the Harvest Time Parade is on Sunday.

    The Stronghold Conference Center outside town offers Olde English Faire on the same weekend, featuring swordfighters, minstrels, magicians and the Gremlin's Garden for children. However, it may not be held in 2021.

  • Northside Oktoberfest

    Iowa City, IA

    The Iowa City Brewfest is part of this festival, which includes keg bowling, beer sliding and nail-striking as well as traditional Oktoberfest music in an outdoor beer hall.

  • Autumnfest

    St. Croix Falls, WI

    This town on the St. Croix River offers live music, a car show, food trucks and an arts and crafts fair in Overlook Park.