A celebration of the autumn harvest and Bayfield’s agricultural heritage, tour the orchards and wineries, peruse fine arts and crafts while sampling local foods at more than 60 food booths. Live music by the Blue Canvas Orchestra of Big Top Chautauqua and a carnival round out the offerings.
Special events include the crowning of the Apple Queen, and apple peeling contest and a Saturday evening fish fry at the historic Bayfield Lakeside Pavilion. The festival culminates with the Grand Parade, featuring a mass band with 400 participants playing On Wisconsin, marching down historic Rittenhouse Avenue, to Lake Superior.
55 years as one of Wisconsin’s premiere festivals, located on the shores of Lake Superior in Bayfield, Wisconsin, which is honored by the Chicago Tribune as the Best Little Town in the Midwest and Smithsonian Magazine as one of America’s Best Small Towns.
Touted by USA TODAY as one of the 10 Best Fall Harvest Festivals in the nations and by Wisconsin Trails Magazine as Wisconsin’s Best Festival.
50,000+ visitors attend Apple Festival from throughout the Midwest.
Join us on Saturday, October 19 in downtown La Pointe for good ol’ family fun. Madeline Island Family Fall Festival is an annual event celebrating local art, fall colors and our community. The event features a farmer’s market, art vendors & food booths, artist demonstrations, vintage car show along with free activities for families including pumpkin decorating, birdhouse making, clown fun and a costume parade. Stop by local shops and restaurants to enjoy special activities and sales.
Click here for more information and schedule of events.
Learn Madeline Island history while strolling downtown La Pointe.
The Angus Cheese House and Transportation murals are located at the Madeline Island Heritage Center, 273 Colonel Woods Avenue. The Peterson Night mural is located at Island Carvers, N662 Main Street. The Poppy mural is located behind the Parkside Condominiums, Main Street across from Joni’s Beach.
All murals designed and painted by Holly Tourdot. The Angus Cheese House, Transportation Mural and Peterson Music Night Murals were supported by a grant from the La Pointe Center for the Arts and the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin. Additional funding for the Peterson Night Mural was provided by Island Carvers.
Situated at the top of Wisconsin on the shores of Lake Superior, Bayfield Wisconsin has something for everyone. You can stroll the streets of this quaint village and see the Victorian homes or shop in stores that feature beautiful local art and other gift items as well as traditional souvenirs. Bayfield was once home to many ships and captains operating on the lake. You can see this heritage at the Maritime Museum. One of the most beautiful of the homes, the Rittenhouse Inn, has been turned into a bed and breakfast so you can stay there for a night or two, or just enjoy a delicious lunch or dinner. Many water sports activities await you in Bayfield. Guided k tours and lessons are available as well as charter and bare boat fishing and sailing boats. While in Bayfield Wisconsin, don’t miss a trip to the apple orchards on the hills above town. Berries of all kinds are grown all summer long, and you can pick your own or buy some in the carton. For a fall visit, plan to attend the annual Apple Festival. For help planning your itinerary, contact the Bayfield Chamber of Commerce. Wisconsin can be your year-round vacation destination. And, of course, no trip to northern Wisconsin is complete without a ferry ride across the lake to Madeline Island. Historic Madeline Island is only minutes away from Bayfield and well worth the trip.