Fall events in the Devil’s Lake region really kick off this weekend with Downtown Baraboo’s Fall Fair on The Square on Saturday, Oct 7th from 9am to 4 pm. But that’s just the beginning. There’s no excuse not to stay busy in October! (Click on the links for details.)
Oct 6 – Fermentation Fest – Register online for over 60 classes, hands-on workshops, tastings, lectures, and demonstrations, taught by renowned chefs, fermenters, artists, chocolatiers, herbalists, bakers, and brewers.
Oct 6,7,8 Autumn Color Weekend – Mid-Continent Railway – There’s nothing comparable to enjoying the beautiful brilliant hues of autumn in the rural Sauk County countryside from the comfort of our restored vintage passenger cars. Join us for “leaf-peeping” in style along the unspoiled right-of-way of our historic former Chicago & North Western rail line.
Oct 7th – Second Annual S’more Fun Trail Run – Mirror Lake State Park – Join the Friends of Mirror Lake State Park and trail running volunteers for the 2nd annual S’more Fun Trail Run. There will be 5K and 10K runs as well as a 1-mile hike that is great for all ages. Registration is capped at 400 participants. Registration will be open until September 10, 2017, or until the cap of 400 participants is reached. Parked vehicles require a Wisconsin State Park admission sticker.
Oct 7th – Fall Fair on the Square – Downtown Baraboo – The craft fair includes 150+ artists and crafters from around the Midwest, specialty food vendors, a farmer’s market, children’s activities and performances, a variety live music and a full day of family entertainment.
October 7, 11, 14, 18, 21,25,28 – Baraboo Farmer’s Market – The Baraboo Farmers’ Market on the square in downtown Baraboo, gives consumers direct access to local farmers, growers and producers, thereby supporting local food production, promoting sustainable agricultural practices and healthful eating habits, as well as serving as a community gathering place.
Oct 12 – Wine With The Wolves – Oschner Park – Join us for a night of Wolf Talk paired with wines from Baraboo Bluffs Winery and light appetizers from The Barn Restaurant and Bar! Tickets are available at the City Parks office, The Barn Restaurant and Bar or if you pm message this page I will drop them off! $20/guest. All proceeds go to our beautiful zoo!!
Oct 13, Devil’s Lake Craggin’ Classic – Devil’s Lake State Park – The Craggin’ Classic Series is a nationally-touring, grassroots climbing festival presented by The American Alpine Club. Uniting Climber’s around the campfire at world class destinations. These special 3-day events celebrate all things climbing. Each Craggin’ Classic features climbing clinics taught by professional athletes and local climbing guides, parties with beer from local breweries, films, slideshows, presentations, music, local food, raffles, silent auctions, vendor villages, local crag stewardship projects, and high-fives aplenty.
Oct 14, Durward’s Glen Fall Festival – Enjoy the fall color and goods of the art vendors located throughout the grounds. Guided tractor tours of our historic grounds, artists and other vendors, bakery goods, brats and refreshments. Free event. Donations warmly welcomed. Event held from 10 am-5 pm.
Oct 14,15 Pumpkin Special – Mid-Continent Railway – Finding your Halloween pumpkin is more fun at Mid-Continent Railway Museum. Climb aboard the Pumpkin Special and make your way to Quartzite Lake where pumpkins from a local grower await your arrival. The conductor is available to help load your pumpkin for the return to North Freedom. In addition to the Pumpkin Special trains, an Elegant Dinner Train will be offered Saturday evening.
Oct. 20, 21, 22 – Fall Art Tour – Meet 45 area artists and watch them at work on this self-guided driving tour through Baraboo, Spring Green, Dodgeville, and Mineral Point . Potters, weavers, glassblowers, woodworkers, painters, jewelers, quilters, photographers & sculptors. Meet the artists, experience our workspaces, watch as we create unique works of art. A wide variety of high-quality artwork is available for purchase in every price range.We are proud to be celebrating our 24th Anniversary as one of the most popular art events in the Midwest.
Oct 21 – Friends Halloween Hike – Devil’s Lake State Park from 6 pm to 8:30 pm. Join us for lots of Halloween fun! There’s a lot to do at this annual event sponsored by the Friends of Devil’s Lake. You can go on a 1-mile torch-lit hike; show off your costume by the campfire while roasting a marshmallow or two, and listen to the songs of Campfire Kevin; enjoy some tasty treats sold by the Friends group, and find out about snakes! You can even make a snake to take home with you.
Oct 21 – Holloween Mystery Hike – Mirror Lake State Park from 6 pm – 8 pm. Annual Halloween Hike with Mystery Guest. Join us at the beach are to begin the hike and to answer the clues to WHO is the Mystery Guest at the Amphitheater. The Friends will have a concession stand with hot dogs, brats, chips, hot chocolate, hot cider and sweet treats for sale. All profits benefit Mirror Lake State Park directly. Park stickers are required.
Oct 21, 22 – Trick or Treat With The Big Cats – Wisconsin Big Cat Rescue – Will be held on Saturday, October 21st, and Sunday, October 22nd,2017 from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Come and enjoy watching the Big Cats carve there pumpkins, Trick or Treat while surrounded by Lions, Tigers, and Leopards. Enjoy good food, decorations, and scary music…This is a FREE event, but ” DONATIONS ARE GREATLY APPRECIATED”!!! That way we can keep this a FREE Event. Location: 305 Pine Street, Rock Springs, Wi 53961.
Oct 28 – Tractors,Trunks and Treats – Sauk County Fairground – “TRICK OR TREATING” WILL BE 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Admission is $1 per trick or treater. The event will run from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm Come trick or treating, have some lunch and stay and play some games afterward!
If you’re looking for some spooky October tours, Baraboo Tours offers a variety of tours this month including “Haunted Downtown Walks” and the “Circus of Ghouls”. Click Here for more info.
If you’d like to enjoy the fall colors at Devil’s Lake State Park from a truly unique perspective, you can book a private off-trail, adventure tour through Devil’s Lake Adventure Hikes.