Let the Fall Festivities Begin!
First up is Wo-Zha-Wa Fall Festival, small town Americana at its best, staged September 18-20. While it may not be easy to spell, Wo-Zha-Wa (a Ho-Chunk phrase meaning “to have fun”) is easy to love for its small town charm and fun street carnival atmosphere. For shoppers, there’s the classic Maxwell Street Days sidewalk sale, an antique flea market, and arts & crafts fair. For the kiddos, carnival rides, concessions and a 100-unit parade. And for those with energy to spare, sign up for the half-marathon or four mile course. Did you know: This will be the 48th running of Wisconsin’s oldest long distance race. A full schedule of events for this three-day festival, September 18-20, can be accessed with a quick click here.
The encore to that event is Fall Festival Weekend, October 16-18, which really amounts to many events in one. Fall Festival Weekend is so chock-full of fun you’re sure to find something that fulfills your fall wish list. For grown-ups in the group, the event kicks off on Friday night with the Dells Craft Beer Walk when participating downtown establishments feature special microbrew tastings. Keep the theme going on Saturday with the Dells on Tap microbrew tasting event, one of the Midwest’s best microbrew events. For families, Autumn Harvest Fest reigns on Saturday. There’s pumpkin decorating, scarecrow stuffing, yummy food, live entertainment, and a really wonderful marketplace with fine arts and quality handcrafted items. On Sunday, the family-friendly Dells Monster Dash 5K is Halloween-themed so start thinking about what you’ll wear. View the full festival brochure here.
A Maze of Autumn Activities
At the risk of sounding corny, we think you should get in on the a-maze-ing craze known as corn mazes. It’s such an easy way to immerse yourself in the season. The only tricky part is finding your way out, as evidenced by this trio of mazes.
Getting lost can be quite fun, as any fan of the corn maze can attest to. Here are three to tackle this fall:
- Chula Vista Resort: Actually it’s not one but two corn mazes offering varying levels of difficulty and covering 20 acres at the Chula Vista Farm. The intricate patterns tie back to the many activities at Chula Vista Resort. Plus there’s a pumpkin catapult, playground, and hay wagon rides. Free shuttles from the resort to the farm.
- Country Bumpkin Farm Market & Lil’ Bumpkin Play Village: At 2 ½ acres and with fun questions to help you through the stalks, this one is ideal for the kids. There’s also a petting farm, straw cave, pumpkin patch, farm train ride, and pumpkin smashin’ catapult.
- Red Ridge Ranch Riding Stable: Not only is there a corn maze here, there’s also a hay maze. Show off your artistic skills with some pumpkin painting, take a hay ride, and visit the petting zoo. And, of course, make time for a horseback trail ride.
Comfort Food for Cooler Weather
While a visit to Wisconsin Dells is sure to warm your heart, let’s take that sentiment a step further with comfort foods to warm your soul. Classics like mac and cheese and meatloaf made our insider recommendations list, along with some seasonal treats.
When the air takes a turn toward crisp, area restaurants take a turn toward comfort, as in comfort food. Forego calorie counting and warm up to these dishes:
- When is mac and cheese more than just mac and cheese? When it’s from MACS – Macaroni & Cheese Shop. Try the Chicken Bacon Ranch Mac or Cheeseburger Mac.
- Sprecher’s Restaurant & Pub of Wisconsin Dells is known for its microbrews, which happen to pair nicely with their Brew Pub Meatloaf served with beer cheese potatoes and vegetables. You can’t go wrong with the Sauerbraten over Spaetzle either.
- It’s a perfect time of the year for pasta, as reflected in the pasta selections at High Rock Café. Go for the Harper Pasta, a concoction of chicken, oven roasted tomatoes, and red onions in a garlic pesto cream.
- Ooohh, warm desserts, who can resist? There’s the Bread Pudding at Moosejaw Pizza & Dells Brewing Co., made with autumn spices and served warm with cinnamon caramel topping and a side of ice cream. At Del-Bar, you must save room for the Crème Brulee and an Irish Coffee.
- Warm up with an after-dinner sip of port from Wollersheim Winery. There’s the traditional port wine plus white port and tawny port varieties.
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