Disclosure :: This post is brought to you by our sponsors at Harvest Fair. Our enthusiasm for pumpkins and fall family fun is entirely our own.
The air is crisp. Kids are back in school. Football is all Wisconsin can talk about. It’s finally fall and we are here for it! Of course, just because the summer has gone doesn’t mean festival season is over and one of our favorite FREE Milwaukee festivals is just around the corner – Harvest Fair!
Harvest Fair is a FREE festival September 28-30 celebrating all the flavor and excitement of the the season. Yes, you read that right: admission to Harvest Fair is free. Pack the car with family and friends and head to State Fair Park for some fun for all ages and interests.
Getting There and Where to Park
Entrances to the fairgrounds can be accessed from 84th street or Greenfield Avenue. Parking is available Gate 1 at S. 79th Street and W. Greenfield Avenue, Gate 4 on S. 84th Street, and Gate 7 on Kearney Street (I-94 Frontage Road). General Parking is $6 per vehicle or $3 per motorcycle. You can also take your chances and look for street parking in nearby residential areas.
Family Friendly Activities
Tons of FREE Fall Family Fun
In addition to tons of free live music, Harvest Fest has plenty of opportunities to enjoy the season at no charge. At Exploratory Park, kids can decorate a forest with their own handprint leaf or watch the Model Garden Trains run. The Tiny Tot Acres is an area for kids 3 and under and features mini pumpkin decorating, coloring, and other attractions for the smallest of fairgoers. Snap a selfie by the fall photo props at the Associated Bank Amphitheater. On Sunday at noon, gather all your Packer fans for a Packer Palooza Sunday Funday watch party at the Budweiser Pavilion.
The 5th annual Maker Faire Milwaukee will be at Harvest Fair and it is completely FREE. They call it The Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth, featuring engineers, artists, scientists, crafters, and more! On Friday night from 5-9pm the fire-breathing Heavy Meta Dragon art car from Toronto, Canada will be part of the launch party. On Saturday and Sunday, don’t miss the wearable art and cosplay fashion show. Throughout the weekend, visit the handmade market place, participate in the design and build derby, and attend workshops, talks, and performances galore. While the Maker Faire is free, they do require guests to register and wear a wristband. Skip the line and pre-register here!
Kids of all ages will have no end of fun with the plethora of ticketed activities available at Harvest Fest. From staple State Fair Park favorites like the Giant Slide and Pig Slide to pumpkin bowling and hay rides, there truly is something for everyone in your family to enjoy. Make a scarecrow and decorate a pumpkin to take home- get that fall decorating underway! Tickets are $1 each and are sold at ticket booths located all around the fairgrounds. Attractions range in price from 1 to 10 tickets, most being between 3-5 tickets each.
Enter to Win a Fall Family Fun Activity Pack at Harvest Fair!
(2) games of pumpkin bowling
(2) tries at the fishing fountain
(2) decorate your own pumpkins
(1) make your own scarecrow
CLICK HERE to Enter to Win!
(giveaway ends on September 18th)
Food and Drink
Fall flavors abound at Harvest Fair. Grab a fresh roasted cob of corn or a slice of pie (or heck, a whole one) from The Elegant Farmer. There is a farmers market at the U.S. Cellular Terrace where you can find many kinds of freshly harvested fruits and vegetables to take home or enjoy at the Fair. Make sure you stop by the Harvest Cafe to make your own caramel apple with all of your favorite toppings! Also in the Harvest Cafe, families can purchase cookie decorating kits and put their own personal touch on their sweet treats. Much to this Mama’s delight, The Micro and Wineberry Wine Bar and Lounge will be pouring forty-eight different seasonal brews and glasses of wine (because it’s harvest time after all). Most excitingly, on Saturday and Sunday from 9am-1pm, the West Allis Lion’s Club will be serving an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast. What a way to start the day!
Our friends at Authentic Birth Center will have a fabulous lactation lounge set up for a comfortable space to feed and care for your little babes!
The fall season reminds us all why we live in Wisconsin despite the months of December through March. Harvest Fair has the best of the season’s offerings for everyone to enjoy, and admission and many attractions are FREE!!! Bring the whole family to Harvest Fest from September 28-30 and play the whole day. See you there!