Ahh Fall, one of the prettiest times of year, especially in and around the Baraboo Range. It is just one thing that brings many visitors to the area. There are plenty of places to hike, bike, canoe, kayak and drive to view the fall colors. Although it seems the leaves are starting to turn earlier this year, Travel Wisconsin is estimating that peak color viewing will be around the 2nd to 3rd weekend in the Baraboo area.
Did you know that Sauk County has this great art trifecta in October?
Fermentation Fest, October 6-8, 13-15, 2017
An annual celebration of live culture in all it forms, from dance to yogurt, poetry to sauerkraut. The Reedsburg, WI-based Wormfarm Institute brings together farmers, chefs, artists, poets and performers in the beautiful working lands of Sauk County, WI for tastings, demonstrations, cooking classes, art events, performances, carts and more.
Fall Fair on the Square, October 7, 2017 – 9am–4pm
Arts and Crafts Show with over 150 crafters and artisans, Food Court, Farmers Market, kids entertainment, and bounce houses, live music and performances.
Fall Art Tour, October 20-22, 2017 – 10am-6pm
The third full weekend each October, some of Wisconsin’s best-known artisans open their studios, allowing visitors a unique, behind-the-scenes view into how their work is created.
Other Area Fall Festivals & Events
There are countless other festivals going on in the area through October, some of the best listed below in date order:
Member Appreciation Day at Intl Crane Fndtn, September 23, 2017, 9am-5pm
Sign up early for behind-the-scenes tours of Crane City, which are first-come, first-served the day of the event (Gates open at 9:00 a.m.) Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see our captive breeding facility up close! Other special activities include a guided prairie walk, radio-tracking demonstrations, photo opportunities with Hope, our Whooping Crane mascot, and special talks by our expert staff!wine
Flyways Waterfowl Experience, Federal and Junior Duck Stamp Traveling Art Exhibit, September 23 – October 8, 2017
Waggin’ Wine Tour, September 24, 2017, 11:30am – 5pm
Waggin’ Wine Tasting Tour for OccuPaws Guide Dogs Start & End at the Sauk City Park & Ride – No need to drive! Transportation is provided between all the stops! Tour & Taste at: Rock N Wool Winery in Poynette Fawn Creek Winery in Wisconsin Dells Baraboo Bluff Winery in Baraboo Appetizers at each stop. Plus door prizes, raffle & more! Cost is just $45/ticket and it all goes to OccuPaws
Friday, September 29, 2017 |Music | Ten Strings and a Goat Skin | 7:30pm
Kilborn City Live, September 30, 2017, 9am-11pm
Palace theater, Wedding Italiano, October 4 – October 29, 2017
With special guest Frankie Avalon, guests will be able to participate in an interactive theater experience at Wedding Italiano. Guests attend the theatrical ceremony, participate in the toast, and dance the night away in this improv extravaganza. Includes dinner 90 minutes before the show.
Ice Wine Release Day at Wollersheim Winery, October 5, 10am-5pm
Wollersheim Winery will release the 2015 vintage of its Ice Wine at a winery event to be held Thursday, October 6. Celebrate with a sample taste of the Ice Wine, along with a variety of special activities.
James Hill , October 5, 2017-7:00pm
Al Ringling Theater Music Series.
Autumn Color™ Weekend, October 6-7-8, 2017
There’s nothing comparable to enjoying the beautiful brilliant hues of autumn in the rural Sauk County countryside from the comfort of our restored vintage passenger cars. Join us for “leaf-peeping” in style along the unspoiled right-of-way of our historic former Chicago & North Western rail line.
Singing at the Ringling & Halloween Party, Saturday, October 7, 2017 – 7 PM – 9:45 PM
Crystal Grand, Steven Curtis Chapman, October 13, 2017 – 6:30pm
Join us for a performance by Christian musician, Steven Curtis Chapman.
The Writer’s Craft: Aldo Leopold’s Use of History and Storytelling, October 13, 2017 – 12pm-1pm
Although trained as a scientist, Aldo Leopold understood the power of good storytelling. Many of Leopold’s most cherished essays, including “Good Oak” and “Marshland Elegy,” are conveyed through the lens of history. As a professor and a mentor, Leopold often encouraged students to study the history of the land. Matt Blessing, state archivist, will consider how Aldo Leopold adapted historical methods and helped to forge the discipline of environmental history.
AJ Croce, Two Generations of Music, Friday, October 13, 2017-7:30pm
Al Ringling Theaters Music Series
The Kite Runner , October 14, 2017 -7:30pm
Al Ringling Theater Theatrical Performance
Scarecrows on Parade, October 14, 2017 – 10am-12pm
ll ages. Create and display a scarecrow in your yard and be part of our community-wide Scarecrow Parade! Display your scarecrow in your yard or on library property October 14 – November 3. Join us at the library on October 14, to create your own family scarecrow. Space is limited, so pre-registration is encouraged. Registration forms are available now. Registered scarecrows will be judged by library staff on Wednesday, October 25
Dells On Tap, October 14, 2017 – 12pm-5pm
Inspiration for A Sand County Almanac Revisited , October 14, 2017 – 11am-12pm
Aldo Leopold’s most influential piece of writing was A Sand County Almanac. Come and explore the Leopold Shack and Farm and read essays in the places from which they were inspired including; “Come High Water” on the banks of the Wisconsin River, “Draba” at the Sand Blow, and “Good Oak” where the mighty tree once stood. Join Aldo Leopold Foundation staff on a special tour and explore the land that influenced one of the most important pieces of environmental writing ever written.
Pumpkin Special™ , October 14-15, 2017
Finding your Halloween pumpkin is more fun at Mid-Continent Railway Museum. Climb aboard the Pumpkin Special and make your way to Quartzite Lake where pumpkins from a local grower await your arrival. The conductor is available to help load your pumpkin for the return to North Freedom. In addition to the Pumpkin Special trains, an Elegant Dinner Train will be offered Saturday evening.
Frank Caliendo, Crystal Grand, October 20, 2017 – 6:30pm
Come and enjoy watching the Big Cats carve there pumpkins,Trick or Treat while surrounded by Lions,Tigers, and Leopards. Enjoy good food,decorations, and scary music.
Halloween Mystery Candlelight Hike at Mirror Lake State Park, October 21, 2017, 6pm- 8pm
Halloween Mystery Candlelight Hike at Mirror Lake State Park Saturday October 21st from 6pm to 8pm The Friends of the Park and the Staff at Mirror Lake State Park will be hosting our annual Halloween Mystery Candlelight Hike. We will have an easy 1 mile torch lit trail to hike. Kids of all ages can help us find clues and discover our mystery guest. The Friends will have food and beverages available for purchase. A Wisconsin State Park admission sticker is required…Costumes are Welcome!
Billy Ray Cyrus, Crystal Grand, October 21, 2017 – 6:30pm
Join us for a performance by Nashville #1 hit-maker, Billy Ray Cyrus.
HARVEST HOEDOWN AT THE RANCH, Wild Rose Ranch, October 22, 2017 – 10am-6pm
Baraboo River Equine-Assisted Therapies, Inc., (BREATHE) and Wild Rose Ranch will host Harvest Hoedown at the Ranch, a Fall-themed family fun day. Vendors, kids activities, riding demos, live music, presentations, food, and of course Packers Game on the big screen. Something for everyone! All proceeds benefit BREATHE, providing therapeutic riding lessons for disabled and special needs children and adults
Espresso Yourself Paint Night, October 28, 2017 – 6pm – 8pm
At Ringling House Bed & Breakfast – First drink and all of the painting supplies for the price of $35.00. Beverages included would be wine, beer or soda. Additional beverages can be purchased for a fee.
Leopold Center Art Day, October 28, 2017 – 10am-4pm
Every fall, we end our visitation season with our annual Leopold Center Art Discovery Day event. Art Day is fun for the whole family! It features presentations, demonstrations, and time for individual interaction with each artist.Each year we select a group of inspiring regional artists and artisans that find inspiration in the land ethic and the natural world for their work. This is a great event to discover new art and maybe even start your holiday shopping a little early. Join us