This festival in central Iowa, just west of Ames is named for a steam engine and features Civil War battle reenactments, mud volleyball and rides on the Boone and Scenic Valley Railroad. A parade is Saturday.
Celebrate the whooping-crane migration with voyageur canoe trips, a marketplace, crane trivia, children's activities and bird walks.
This lakefront festival features a powwow, canoe rides, Aztec dancers, lacrosse lessons and fireworks.
This town between Rockford and Sycamore offers a Volksmarch along the Kishwaukee River and a Craft Beverage Fest on Saturday, a duck race and family games on Sunday and music all three days.
Go on guided tours of Ashland's famous murals, meet the artists and go on a mural scavenger hunt. There's also food, music, crafts and a car show.
Ride a 15-, 30- or 45-mile route along the Mississippi, lakes Como and Phalen and St. Paul parkways, starting and ending at the University of St. Thomas and punctuated by food and live music.
This festival in Vasa Park, along the Fox River, features music, dancing, food and crafts from the Nordic countries.
This self-guided tour of homes on one of the nation's best-preserved Victorian streets is held only once every two years. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 on the day of the tour if available.
There will be bed racing, polka lessons and German comedy shows in addition to music and dancing in Rice Park downtown.
In this western suburb of Chicago, famous for its Frank Lloyd Wright district, there's music, craft beer, food from local restaurants and, for kids, a root-beer garden, games and zucchini-car races.
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.
See the Parade of Nations, an international bazaar and music on the World Stage.
See early fall color around this town in Nicolet National Forest. There's pumpkin-chucking, pumpkin and scarecrow contests, a craft fair, car show, hay rides and free chili and deep-fried pickles.
This street festival in the Bay View neighborhood includes music on four stages, a children's area, cooking demonstrations and a strong man competition.
See the new art installations at Franconia Sculpture Park, just west of town, and watch art in progress. There will also be music, food and art-making for the whole family, including spin art and face-painting.
On the shore of Lake Minnetonka, there's an artisan fair, apple pie-eating contest, music and a street dance.
Ride 16, 25 or 32 miles on parkways along the Mississippi and the Chain of Lakes. Start and finish is Boom Island, along the river in northeast Minneapolis; there's a party afterward with food, music and beer.
In the old lead-mining district in southwest Wisconsin, play shove ha'penny in the Kiddleywink Pub, eat figgyhobbin and pasties, listen to tommyknocker tales and tour Cornish miners' cottages.
There will be music, dancing, children's games and lock and dam tours in this antebellum town on the Mississippi River.
This Mennonite community just southwest of Iowa City, famous for its quilts, offers pony rides, a pumpkin-carving contest, demonstrations of Old World artisanry, music and homemade potato chips, apple fritters, ice cream and chicken, biscuits and gravy.
In this northern Wisconsin lake-resort town, there's a Rump Roast Run, beef-eating contest and Parade of Beef.
This festival at the Rock Island County Fairgrounds includes balloon glows, launches, tethered rides and a play area for children.
In this Brainerd-area lake town, watch 12 professional carvers turn logs into art. There will also be lumberjack/jill shows, horse racing, artisan booths and children's games.
It's the Iowa Barn Foundation's annual free, self-guided tour of restored historic barns.
Beer-barrel relay races, polka lessons, a farm market and a tug of war are part of this downtown festival. The Sault International Marathon is held in the morning.
Racine's biggest street festival features five stages of entertainment and a car show, art walk, carnival rides and zones for kids and sports.
The Iowa City Brewfest is part of this festival, which includes keg bowling, beer sliding and nail-striking as well as a SodaFest with pop and stage entertainment for kids.
This large downtown festival is more general civic celebration than German festival, with an arts and crafts show, car show and music on five stages.
In addition to a juried art show, the festival in this town at the start of the Lake Wobegon Trail also features music, street performances, horse-drawn trolley rides, history tours and a vintage car and tractor show.
This town near Wisconsin Rapids calls itself the Giant Pumpkin Capital of Wisconsin and features a pumpkin-pie eating contest, pumpkin rolling and carving, a carnival and craft show.
The Lions Club puts on this riverfront festival, which includes wiener-dog races, polka lessons, nail-driving, pumpkin-decorating and a beanbag tournament.
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, performances, the 50-mile Farm/Art DTour, with Roadside Culture Stands, and Bike the DTour.
This fest features dancing, dachshund races and lots of contests: frankfurter eating, stein holding and barrel rolling.
The festival in this town next to big Horicon Marsh features bed races, a bike tour, rubber-duck races and parade at 11 p.m. Sunday.
Drive through bluff country to see 56 artists at 43 sites around Decorah, Burr Oak, St. Lucas, Waukon, West Union, Cresco, New Albin, Lansing, Elgin and Clermont.
Every year, this northern suburb of Chicago tries to break the record for most lighted jack-o-lanterns. In addition to all-you-can-carve stations, there will be costume, pie-eating and carving contests and a parade at noon Sunday.
There will be wagon rides, music, magic, free pumpkins and crafts on downtown streets.
There's a juried show of more than 90 artists downtown, plus music and food.
This Lake Michigan beach town offers wine and craft-beer tasting, hay rides, pumpkin painting, live music and fine arts.
There will be a pumpkin pie-eating contest, a pumpkin regatta on the St. Croix River, a microbrew tasting and a pedal tractor pull.
This Civil War festival off I-80, half an hour west of Starved Rock State Park, includes battle re-enactments both days.
There will also be a Grand Entrance parade with the Lincolns, a Lincoln look-alike contest, medical scenarios and period music and dance.
There's a pumpkin-carving contest, kids' inflatables, pumpkin roll and, in the evening, a zombie run in the forest, bonfires and live music.
See old-time artisanry at the Swiss Historical Village, including sausage-stuffing and cheese-making in the 1890s cheese factory.
The street party in this northern Illinois town, gateway to Starved Rock State Park, features vats of "pioneer'' stew, a crafts fair and music.
There's music, food, dachshund racing and stein-hoisting and brat-eating competitions in Veteran's Park.
This popular studio tour includes artists at studios between Mineral Point, Spring Green, Dodgeville and Baraboo.
Solve a mystery by lantern light at the re-created North West Company Fur Post, an hour north of the Twin Cities. The program is family-friendly, and reservations are recommended.
This town in the southwest corner of Minnesota concentrates on the supernatural, with a ghost walk, ghost hunt, cemetery tour and tales from the grave.
At Heritage Hill Historical Park, meet Wizards and Witches, test your magic skills and fill your cauldron with candy.
This big fest features readings, lectures, book discussions, writing workshops, live interviews and children's events.
This downtown festival includes hayrides, a scarecrow contest, pumpkin-chucking, zombie runs, a pet-costume parade and a haunted asylum at the Maritime Museum.
This town, just north of Minneapolis, calls itself the Halloween Capital of the World. Festivities include a Light up the Night parade Oct. 22, pumpkin-carving and house-decoration contests and a 1 p.m. Grand Day Parade Oct. 29.
A cultural festival around Millennium Park includes mask-making workshops, tarot readings, ghost stories, a disco line, improv comedy, a children's costume procession with treats and a lighted parade along Columbus Avenue at 6 p.m.
This Fox River town hosts a pumpkin roll, hay rides, pumpkin-seed spitting contest, "Thriller'' dances, marshmallow shooting and a parade at 11:50 a.m.
Enter a pie-eating contest, listen to bands, go on a horse-drawn wagon ride and watch a pumpkin-catapult contest and quilt auction at Carlos Creek Winery.
The festival in this town, just west of Racine, features a pumpkin catapult contest, barbecue cook-off, pie auction, pumpkin-baking contest, children's games and music.
This bluff-country town, the southern trailhead of the Harmony-Preston Valley State Trail, celebrates Halloween with pumpkin decorating, lantern tours of nearby Niagara Cave, a costume contest and a 4 p.m. parade.
This family festival along Grand Avenue features a petting zoo, a children's karaoke contest and pony rides.
In this town between Rockford and DeKalb, there will be a pie-eating contest, carnival, craft shows, decorated pumpkins and a parade Sunday.
This all-ages evening spectacle in Hidden Falls Regional Park features larger-than-life puppetry, fire, song, stilting and, after the performance, food and dancing to the Brass Messengers, Jack Brass Band and Jazzland Wonderband.
This year's theme is "You Were Once Wild Here.'' Suggested donation is $10-$20.
Zombies will take over this town on Chequamegon Bay, with zombie Zumba, a zombie show choir, a zombie walk/run and a zombie pub crawl, as well as a haunted house, pumpkin carving and a parade.
The town's annual parade is along Main Street at 6:30 p.m.
This fest along State Street features music on two stages, outdoor horror movies, a costume contest with prizes and much sampling at bars.
In Walker Square Park, there will be an art market, ofrenda-making, Aztec dancers and a 1 p.m. parade.
Visit three parks just west of town, Heritage Village, McGulpin Point Lighthouse and Headlands International Dark Sky Park, for spooky but family-friendly surprises. There's a free trolley between Heritage Village and the lighthouse, and admission is free.
In the northeast arts district, 250 visual artists team with musicians and writers for this free festival.
Listen to experts discuss Lake Superior shipwrecks and maritime history and join tours of the aquarium and Coast Guard Center.
This festival features the creative processes of musicians, artists, comedians, writers, thinkers, scientists, magicians. Russian activists Pussy Riot will speak, and musicians include Wu Fei and the Duluth band Low.
It's at 11 a.m. downtown.
Attend demonstrations and seminars on more than 150 breeds at Alliant Energy Center.
See a variety of shorts, full-length films and documentaries at the Bay Theater downtown.
This event, which commemorates the 1975 sinking of the ore freighter with 29 men, is the only time the public can see the interior of the light tower when the beacon is lighted.
The fourth edition of this festival features a wave dash, shipwreck stories, and children's activities.
The nation's largest operating model railroad show includes more than 60 scenic railroads, clinics for hobbyists and a Kids' Activity Zone with racing trains, face painting and a Circus Train.
This free festival northwest of Des Moines showcases more than 100 Iowa artists, poets and musicians in seven venues, including the Hotel Pattee, in the downtown historic and cultural district. There will also be children's activities.
The expo at the Midwest Mountaineering store on the West Bank includes dozens of speakers and seminars about skiing, sled-dog racing and ice-climbing as well as camping, backpacking and other year-round adventures.
There's a tent encampment, winter skills seminars, Arctic film festival and chili feed at the North House Folk School.
This event at the Museum of Contemporary Art and Overture Center features fine art, music, treats and the Rediscovered Art & Treasures Sale.
Celebrate global cultures at the Hjemkomst Center, with folk dancing, storytelling, music and foods from seven countries. Children can pick up a passport to get stamped at booths.