Red Bull comes to Harriet Island Park with its goofy flying-machine competition, in which showmanship and craft creativity are at least as important as flight distance (usually the homemade craft plunge straight into the water).
The Germanic American Institute is producing this version of St. Paul's Oktoberfest at Schmidt Brewery in the West End. There will be a beer-wagon parade, a human glockenspiel, bed racing, dachshund racing, a stein-hoisting contest and a real German wedding in addition to music and dancing.
See the Parade of Nations, visit an international bazaar and listen to 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.
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.
In this town southwest of Des Moines, there are balloon races and night glows, a parade with marching-band contest, an arts and crafts fair and a flea market.
No one's more fun than a voyageur, and they'll be dancing, boasting and trying to best one another at this family-friendly event at the Snake River (formerly North West Company) Fur Post, an hour north of the Twin Cities. For the kids, there's a bead scramble, candle-dipping and a scavenger hunt.
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 festival in this town on the Illinois River between Ottawa and Joliet offers stagecoach and train rides, a crackerbox derby, a pie-eating contest, music, a carnival, Saturday fireworks and a parade at 2 p.m. Sunday.
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.
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, such as spin art and face-painting.
This festival at Western Gateway Park features Latino music, dancing, arts, cultural booths, children's activities and a corn-eating contest.
There will be dachshund racing, stein-hoisting and brat-eating competitions as well as music and dancing in the plaza outside the Fiserv Forum arena.
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.
This festival at Stronghold Conference Center features swordfighters, minstrels, magicians and the Gremlin's Garden for children.
In town, more strolling performers appear at the Autumn on Parade Festival, and the Harvest Time Parade is on Sunday.
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 town west of Madison offers fjord horses, buggy rides, a Norwegian breakfast, a mini tractor pull, rosemaling and lefse-making demonstrations and photo opps with Jorgen the Troll.
In this northeast Wisconsin lakes town, there will be marsh tours, music, a cranberry beer and wine garden, an antiques market, fiber-art show and crafts fair.
The festival in this town next to big Horicon Marsh features bed races, a car show, craft fair, bag tournament and music.
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.
Solve the mystery of "The Snake River Soap Opera'' at the re-created Snake River (formerly North West Company) Fur Post, an hour north of the Twin Cities. The program is family-friendly, and reservations are recommended.
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.
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.
Stop by the studios of more than 400 artists in Lowertown and the Raymond-University area.
This pioneer farmstead in the coulees southeast of La Crosse is wonderfully atmospheric, and the crackerjack re-enactors of the Second Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry's Company B give the region's most affecting portrayal of war.
In this river town, there will be a pumpkin pie-eating contest, a pumpkin regatta on the St. Croix, a microbrew tasting and a pedal tractor pull.
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.
A parade with music, floats and puppets begins at 6 p.m. on State Street at Lake. There's a party afterward in Millennium Park, with stilt walkers and performance artists.
Carlos Creek Winery's former Applefest will include nail-driving and stein-holding contests, craft beer, pumpkin tic-tac-toe, horse-drawn wagon rides and live bands.
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 jazz brass bands.
Suggested donation is $10-$20.
Zombies will take over this town on Chequamegon Bay, and there's also a haunted hallway, carved-pumpkin contest and 2 p.m. Saturday parade.
There's a craft fair, kids' games and a Forbidden Forest, but the 1 p.m. parade is the main event in this riverside village just south of Madison, where residents reported more than a dozen UFO sightings in the winter of 1987.
This fest along State Street features music on three stages, outdoor horror movies, a costume contest with prizes and much sampling at bars. Headliners include the Gin Blossoms and Lil Yachty.
At Heritage Hill Historical Park, meet Snow White, Rapunzel and Rumpelstiltskin, hear stories, make crafts and play games.
This Fox River town hosts a pumpkin roll, pumpkin-carving battles, "Thriller'' dances, marshmallow shooting and a parade.
See independent films and meet filmmakers in the 1916 opera house of this artistic town west of Madison.
This festival focuses on the creative processes of musicians, artists, comedians, writers, thinkers, scientists and magicians.
It's at 11 a.m., starting in Pere Marquette Park and following Kilbourn Avenue toward the lakefront. This year, it marks the 75th anniversary of D-Day.