Cedarburg Wine & Harvest festival
[ Sept. 15* 10am-6pm & Sept. 16 10am-5pm ]
*Gruber Law Office Main Stage is open with Live Music until 8:30pm
Originally, the wines of Cedar Creek Winery and local homegrown produce were the inspiration for this free, family-oriented event.
The festival has grown through the years to include a huge range of activities, with something for everyone.
For a quick shuttle around town, hop aboard a tractor-drawn hayride wagon and hear the live music featured at several locations both days. At Ashley's Candyland for Kids, find special activities, a magician, Popcorn the Clown, a bouncer, special treats, and Paint a Pumpkin.
Pumpkin Carver extraordinaire Steve Dahlke turns large pumpkins into funny faces at the City Hall Lawn on Saturday.
Art on the Avenue features more than 250 juried artists. Fiber Art also can be found at the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts and Fiber Arts (accessible via the hay wagon shuttle).
The Festival Food Court located at the Community Center features fest favorites like Olsen’s Piggly Wiggly’s Original Harvest Apple Brat and Cranberry Turkey Wraps. New this year are Harvest Apple Bratwurst Corndogs and Cinnamon Sugar Apple Nachos. Also find the Fermentorium Tap Tent serving up their speciality beers.
At the three Festival Marketplaces, find Wisconsin-made foods such as honey, syrup, cheese, sausage and jellies. Purchase fall's bounty at the Farmer's Market located on Columbia at Washington.
On Saturday, from 11am-4pm, the Giant Pumpkin Grower's Weigh-off is presented by Port Washington State Bank in the bank parking lot. The pumpkins weigh more than 1,500 pounds, while other “giants” include watermelons, tomatoes, gourds and more.
The annual Giant Pumpkin Charity Regatta on Sunday features gigantic, decorated, hollowed-out, floatable pumpkins, piloted by paddlers attempting to race across Cedar Creek.
At the Cedar Creek Settlement, home to 25 shops and restaurants, wines are available by glass, bottle or case at Cedar Creek Winery. Food is served at the Settlement's Courtyard Grill.
The crowd-favorite Great Grape Stomp includes the Kids Stomp and the Adults Stomp, both Saturday and Sunday.
New this year is the “Nail It or Fail It” cupcake decorating contest in front of Delicately Delicious. Participants recreate a cupcake masterpiece in 60 seconds.
On the festival website and during the festival, a map/schedule is available at the information booths and most Cedarburg retailers.
Beautifully preserved 19th century architecture makes Cedarburg a popular destination. The entire downtown was named to the National Register of Historic Places in the mid-1980s. Stone buildings, picturesque churches and Victorian homes create a delightful spot for strolling, shopping and dining.
The #CedarburgLove Fun Run/Walk through historic Cedarburg is hosted by the Wine & Harvest Festival and Cedarburg Parks & Recreation, and kicks off activities at 8am on Saturday, Sept. 15. For info, visit cedarburgfestivals.org.
According to organizers, “Cedarburg Loves” promotes Cedarburg as a community of understanding, respect, appreciation, and inclusion through an artistic representation of love – the simple and uncomplicated Big Love Ball, an "inflatable sculpture" in various colors and sizes that encourages people to "share the love!" Balls can be found scattered throughout Cedarburg during the festival.