The time has come once again for pumpkin-spiced everything and cozy sweaters. Towns are hosting their annual Harvest Festivals and getting the townsfolk out just a couple more times before the cold winter hits and everyone chooses to stay inside. There are so many things to see and do, and many pumpkins to carve. While you are on the hunt for fun events happening near you for shopping or selling, take a look at our list of not-to-miss harvest markets this autumn season.
Breckenridge Oktoberfest in Breckenridge, CO – Sept. 7-9. This Munich-style street party is perfect for anyone looking to have a good time. The largest street party in the Rocky Mountains comes complete with “oompah” dancers, schnitzel, and traditional polka music. Vendor applications are now full, but it’s never too early to think about next year. Check out www.gobreck.com for more information.
Country Living Fair in Columbus, OH – Sept. 14-16. From 10am-5pm each day, local vendors selling handmade, vintage, and yummy food will line the street and greet each passing customer with a smiling face. This is Country Living Fair’s second annual show, the first one being in June, and there will be plenty to do with seminars and how-to’s throughout the day. This event offers visitors the opportunity to fully experience the “country living” lifestyle. There is no deadline for vendor applications, so mosey on over to their website, www.countryliving.com, and submit your application.
Oktoberfest Zinzinnati in Cincinnati, OH – Sept. 21-23. Experience southwest Ohio’s rich German heritage with authentic food, music, and beer at the largest Oktoberfest celebration in the U.S. With plenty of events going on such as the Running of the Wieners and live music entertainment, there will not be a dull moment at this festival. Food and beverage vendors will be lined up along two busy streets to keep visitors happy. Visit their website www.oktoberfestzinzinnati.com for more information.
Warrens Cranberry Festival in Warrens, WI – Sept. 28-30. Who doesn’t love cranberries? The world’s largest cranberry fest has become an international event with over 100,000 yearly visitors. There will be plenty to do at this fruity fest including marsh tours, local shopping, contests, seasonal treats, and a parade. There is also a royalty contest with a queen and two princesses chose by the judges based on their personality, charm, and ability to cook a five-minute cranberry food. Vendor applications can be found on their website at www.cranfest.com.
Heritage Harvest Festival in Monticello, VA – Sept. 22. The 12th annual Heritage Harvest Festival celebrates Thomas Jefferson’s legacy as America’s first “foodie” in a fun, affordable, family-oriented, educational event. The venue will be held at Jefferson’s Lower Grove and provide a beautiful showcase for restored gardens and features of history. There will be plenty of shopping with food, gardening seeds and accessories, workshops, and kids activities with a mini petting zoo. Vendor applications can be found on their website, www.heritageharvestfestival.com.
Wine & Harvest Festival 2018 in Cedarburg, WI – Sept. 15-16. Come and celebrate the start of the fall season at this sweet and savory event. This free, family-oriented arts and crafts event is an absolute must for all fest lovers, with its abundance of homegrown produce and artisan foods plus the award-winning wines of Cedar Creek Winery. There will also be the annual Giant Pumpkin Charity Regatta, which features gigantic, decorated, or hollowed-out pumpkins attempting to race across Cedar Creek to win cash for the winners’ favorite charity. Vendor applications can be found on their website at www.cedarburgfestival.org.