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.
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.
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.
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.
Des Moines, IA
This festival at Western Gateway Park features Latino music, dancing, arts, cultural booths, children's activities and a corn-eating contest.
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.
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.
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.
This studio tour in eastern Wisconsin includes more than 60 artists in Cedarburg, Grafton, Port Washington, Mequon, Thiensville and Newburg.
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.
Lake Geneva, WI
There will be music, food and free pumpkins on downtown streets.
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.
This big fest features readings, lectures, book discussions, writing workshops, live interviews and children's events.
Stream more than 200 films from around the globe.
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.
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.
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.
This downtown festival near Lake Geneva features wine and beer tasting, music, a car show, arts and crafts and a chili cookoff.
Lake Mills, WI
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.
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.
Iowa City, IA
This festival focuses on the creative processes of musicians, artists, comedians, writers, thinkers, scientists and magicians.
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.
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.