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16 Ways to Enjoy Northeast Wisconsin Before Winter Arrives

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Fall colors in Wisconsin

Even though the Earth is warmer and summer hasn’t seemed to end yet in Wisconsin, we are still nearing our dreaded “Wisconsin Winter.” If you aren’t fortunate enough to have a second home and seasonal work, chances are you will be joining Wisconsin for its annual six month frozen rain festival! But hey, as long as things go somewhat normal, we have two good months of fall before the frost comes. In order for you to thoroughly enjoy this autumn, we took the time at Venture Wisconsin to find you a BUNCH of things to do this fall!

1. Door County Trolley Tours

From now until the end of November, Door County Trolley Tours are running! Check their website for tours that include a lighthouse tour, haunted pub crawl, wine tour, bloody mary and and brunch tour, and more!

Ephraim-Hill

Ephraim Hill. Credit: Door County Trolley Tours.

 

2. Windigo Fest in Manitowoc

The first ever Windigo Fest in Manitowoc on October 6th and 7th was developed for the Halloween inclined. There will be a parade, dark arts performances, and music from a few groups including The Bad Piper who was a finalist in Australia’s Got Talent. Definitely worth it to see the first ever!

3. Green Bay Packer’s Spooktacular

A free event starting at 9am on October 7th at Lambeau Field. Expect a whole line up of entertainment. Bring your coats for the nonprofit Coats for Kids program.

4. Pumpkin Patch Festival in Egg Harbor

October 7th and 8th in Egg Harbor starts at 10am both days and is packed full of crafts, kids activities, live music, carnival rides, and food! Enjoy the fall colors next weekend, and did we mention admission is free?

5. Visit Burial Chambers in Neenah

An award winning haunted house complex, Burial Chambers is for sure something to check out this fall. They event provide free ponchos if it rains, so there is really no excuse.

6. Fall Fest in Sister Bay

Enjoy the beauty of Door County in the peak of fall with the 72nd annual Fall Fest. October 13-15 includes food, live entertainment, classic car show, and more. Check out their link for the full line up.

Fall Fest Sister Bay

Fall Fest Sister Bay. Credit: DoorCounty.net

 

7. Halloween Candlelight Cave Tours

On October 20th and 21st you can head to your local cave (in Chilton, who knew?) and partake in the “Halloween Candlelight Cave Tours!” Say that as fast as you can three times, and it might sound something like this. The event is at the Ledge View Nature Center in Chilton.

8. Be Spooked at Terror on the Fox in Green Bay

Terror on the Fox is a world class haunted attraction in Green Bay. They have been terrifying Wisconsinites for over 20 years! If you are looking for something fun to do before the snow hits us, then look no further.

9. Fright Night in Greenville

Fright night is going on its 20th year, and includes hay rides, a haunted pavilion (basically a smaller haunted house), and a bonfire. This event is five separate days, October 20, 21, 26, 27, 28.

10. Do a Corn Maze or Pick a Pumpkin!

Being an area with an abundance of agriculture and fall spirit, Northeast Wisconsin has many traditional fun things to do in the fall like corn mazes, gourd painting, pumpkin picking, and more. Click the link to find a great list of local farms that have all of the above.

11. Romp in the Swamp in Appleton

The 24th annual event takes place at Bubolz Nature Preserve in Appleton on October 21st. This outdoor event supports nature conservation and education and includes tractor hay rides, trick or treat trail, and a bonfire with s’mores!

 

12. Costumes and Cocktails Cruise in Green Lake

On October 28th you can explore beautiful Green Lake with this boat tour! For $25 you can go out on a tour of Green Lake with the Heidel House Resort. See the fall colors, enjoy the drinks and company!

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Green Lake. Photo Credit: Heidel House

13. Enjoy the Fall Colors

Wisconsin has many trees and thus, great fall colors. As for where to enjoy the colors, start with the Fox River Trail; Washington Island; and lookout towers at High Cliff, Pottawatomie, and Parnell Tower at Kettle Moraine State Forrest. Door county is known locally for their fall colors, so that is a good place to start if you can swing it.

14. Jack O’ Lantern Days in Fish Creek

A community festival that claims to put the “eeek” in Fish Creek on October 28-30! A festival full of pumpkin carving, costume parties, and trick or treating. To top it all off there is a Halloween parade!

15. More Candlelight Hikes in Navarino

At the Navarino Nature center you can enjoy a mile long looped night hike via candle light. Enjoy a new experience on Saturday Oct 28th or Nov 4th!

16. Turkey Trot

The Turkey Trot is put on every year by Festival Foods right before Thanksgiving. This year there are 10 race locations, 5 of them being in Northeast Wisconsin communities. The Trot is a 5 mile run, 2 mile walk, or 2 mile dog jog.

Here is a good starting list. Write some of them down, put them in your calendar, or tag your friends so that you get out and do some of these. There are tons of events and things to do that we missed, but when you aren’t watching the Packer’s play, this list is a good starting spot for fall activities! Thanks for reading and enjoy the season.

About Evan Freimuth

I am a traveler, adventure seeker, and kid from Wisconsin. I founded Venture Wisconsin, and I am an entrepreneur and a UW Oshkosh graduate. Feel free to stay connected with me if you enjoy my content.

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