MidwestWeekends.com — Your Travel Guide to the Upper Midwest
ornament
Calendar view | List view
ornament
September 2020  October 2020 November 2020
Sun
4
-
Sat
26

Fermentation Fest

Sauk City, WI

This fest in the scenic hills of southwest Wisconsin is not only about pickles and sourdough bread but also cheese, chocolate, beer and wine. There are classes, tastings and the 50-mile Farm/Art DTour, punctuated by art installations.

This year, the self-guided Farm/Art DTour is still on. There will also be a Food Chain marketplace of food, art and ideas at Witwen Park & Campground, between Plain and Prairie du Sac.

Sun
11
-
Sat
26

Virtual Doors Open Milwaukee

Milwaukee, WI

More than 150 historic buildings — theaters, breweries, mansions, cathedrals, hotels, museums — are open to the public, and many offer free guided tours.

More than three dozen in-depth walking tours also are offered but sell out quickly.

This year, the event is virtual.

Sat
3

Apple Affair

Galesville, WI

In the bluffs above Trempealeau, this festival features a 10-foot apple pie, a hunt for a Silver Apple, a race of floating wooden apples and a bicycle tour with a 20-mile route through apple orchards and hillier 35- and 60-mile routes.

Fall Village Market

Mount Horeb, WI

This town west of Madison offers vintage and handmade goods, live music and food trucks.

Tickets are $5 and available for time slots until 5 p.m.

Sun
4

Latino Heritage Virtual Festival

Des Moines, IA

This festival at Western Gateway Park features Latino music, dancing, arts, cultural booths, children's activities and a corn-eating contest.

Sun
11
-
Mon
5

Virtual Iowa City Book Festival

Iowa City, IA

The first North American town to be named a UNESCO City of Literature offers talks, readings, panels, exhibits and a walking tour of literary Iowa City.

This year, events and readings are online.

Sun
11
-
Fri
9

Scenic Drive Festival

Van Buren County, IA

In the southeast corner of Iowa, 11 villages feature quilt shows, scarecrow contests, bake sales, tours of historic sites, wine tasting and street fairs.

Scarecrow Festival

St. Charles, IL

There's a big scarecrow contest plus a carnival, music, dance and the Autumn on the Fox arts show in this town west of Chicago.

This year, the carnival and art show are canceled, but there will be a scarecrow stroll, drive-in concert, scavenger hunt, pumpkin carver and items to purchase, such as Scarecrow in a Box.

Covered Bridge Studio Tour

Cedarburg, WI

This studio tour in eastern Wisconsin includes more than 60 artists in Cedarburg, Grafton, Port Washington, Mequon, Thiensville and Newburg.

 

Sat
10

Pipestone Paranormal Weekend

Pipestone, MN

This town in the southwest corner of Minnesota concentrates on the supernatural, with a ghost walk, ghost hunt, cemetery tour, psychic gallery readings and tales from the grave.

Sun
11
-
Sat
10

Oktoberfest

Lake Geneva, WI

There will be music, food and free pumpkins on downtown streets.

Sun
25
-
Wed
14

Chicago International Film Festival

Chicago, IL

This year's program includes 65 films and nine programs of shorts that are screening virtually and at the ChiTown Movies Drive-In in Pilsen.

Sat
17
-
Thu
15

Wisconsin Virtual Book Festival

Madison, WI

This big fest features readings, lectures, book discussions, writing workshops, live interviews and children's events.

Thu
29
-
Thu
15

Virtual Milwaukee Film Festival

Milwaukee, WI

Stream more than 200 films from around the globe.

Sun
18
-
Fri
16

Moose Madness Festival

Grand Marais, MN

This Lake Superior town offers  a medallion hunt, family geocaching contest, fun run, appearances by Murray the Moose and family courses at the North House Folk School.

Sun
25
-
Fri
16

Open House Chicago

Chicago, IL

The Chicago Architecture Foundation sponsors this free, behind-the-scenes peek at more than 200 mansions, clubs, churches, hotels and theaters.

This year, all of the tours will be outdoors or online.

Sat
17

Oktoberfest

Alexandria, MN

Carlos Creek Winery's brewing partner, 22 Northmen, hosts this festival, which includes a stein-holding contest, pumpkin throwing, horse-drawn wagon rides and live bands.

 

 

Oktoberfest

Elkhorn, WI

This downtown festival near Lake Geneva features wine and beer tasting, music, a car show, arts and crafts and a chili cookoff.

Sun
25
-
Sat
24

Earth Wood & Fire Artist Tour

Lake Mills, WI

Visit artists in their studios in and around Lake Mills, Cambridge and Fort Atkinson, between Madison and Milwaukee.

Sat
31
-
Sat
24

Halloween

Anoka, MN

This town, just north of Minneapolis, calls itself the Halloween Capital of the World. Festivities include a house-decorating contest Oct. 29-30, with results viewable from cars, and a Grande Day Parade  11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 31, with the parade stationary and viewers in cars.

Sun
25

Great Pumpkin Halloween Celebration

St. Paul, MN

The Landmark Center in Rice Park hosts this free party for kids of all ages. Admission is by reservation with timed entry.

Sat
31
-
Fri
30

Witching Hour Festival

Iowa City, IA

This festival focuses on the creative processes of musicians, artists, comedians, writers, thinkers, scientists and magicians. 

Zombie Days

Washburn, WI

Zombies will take over this town on Chequamegon Bay, and there are also carved-pumpkin, costume and house-decorating contests, a ghost hunt and a drive-in movie.

Sat
31

Arts in the Dark Halloween parade

Chicago, IL

This year, the "parade'' will be stationary, and spectators will view it by driving by its stations in Washington Park. It's free, but reservations are required to attend, at noon, 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. slots.