Wine & Harvest Festival
Sept. 16 10am-6pm* & Sept. 17 10am-5pm, Cedarburg
*Saturday only: Extended hours to 8:30 p.m. at the Gruber Law Office Main Stage
Celebrate fall in Historic Cedarburg at the 45th Annual Wine & Harvest Festival.
Originally, the wines of Cedar Creek Winery and Wisconsin’s homegrown produce and artisan foods were the inspiration for this free, family-oriented event.
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 presented by Cedarburg Cultural Center, the Cedarburg Art Museum, the Ozaukee Art Center and the Cedarburg Garden Club.
The Wisconsin Museum of Quilts and Fiber Arts (east of downtown but accessible via the hay wagon shuttle) also has art-related exhibits on their grounds.
The Festival Food Court located at the Community Center features lots of fest favorites. Special options include Olsen’s Piggly Wiggly’s Original Harvest Apple Brat and Cranberry Turkey Wraps at the Official Festival Food Booth.
New this year is the "Containers Up" Portable Bar, sponsored by the Fermentorium, set up at Festival Food Court.
At the three Festival Marketplaces, find Wisconsin-made foods such as honey, syrup, cheese, sausage and jellies as well as other unique finds and products. Purchase some of fall's bounty at the Farmer's Market located on Columbia at Washington.
Color Blaze Fun 5K Walk/Run
The 1st Color Blaze Fun 5K Walk/Run, hosted by Wine & Harvest Festival and Cedarburg Parks and Recreation is being held at 8am on Saturday, Sept. 16.
The 5K fun run/walk kicks off the Cedarburg Wine & Harvest Festival. The run/walk course is through historic Cedarburg, starting and finishing at Cedar Creek Park.
The first 200 registrants that register by Sept. 1 receive a free race day pack that includes a Color Blaze T-shirt, color powder packet, sunglasses, rubber bracelet, sticker and two temporary tattoos. Call (262) 377-3891 for details.
On Saturday, from 11am-4pm, the eighth Giant Pumpkin Grower's Weigh-off is presented by Port Washington State Bank in the bank parking lot. While pumpkins weighing more than 1,500 pounds reign at this event, 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.
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.
Premier sponsor is BMO Harris Bank. For more fest information, phone
(262)-377-3891 or visit cedarburgfestivals.org.