By Molly Snyder Senior Writer Published Sep 27, 2023 at 4:57 PM

Festival City is hopping this summer! OnMilwaukee's Festival Guide is brought to you by Potawatomi Hotel & Casino. Escape the heat and step inside! 

Embrace crisp fall temperatures with the 30th Harvest Fair, hosted Friday, Sept. 29 through Sunday, Oct. 1 at Wisconsin State Fair Park. 

The annual Harvest Fair rings in the falling leaves and temperatures with three days of autumnal entertainment including live music, shopping for autumnal goodies, pony rides, pumpkin bowling, crafts and – of course – cream puffs. 

Best of all, admission to Harvest Fair is free. Parking is $10; $5 for motorcycles.

Live music takes place Friday, Sept. 29 at 8:30 p.m. with Too Hype Crew; Saturday, Sept. 30 at 8:30 p.m. with Here Come The Mummies; and Sunday, Oct. 1 at 2 p.m. with Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.

To help harvest the most fun out of Harvest Fair possible, here are more events and offerings happening during the fall festival weekend:

Fall Family Acitivities (These have an additional cost and tickets are available here.) 

  • Pumpkin Patch
  • Family and Kid’s Amusement Rides
  • Giant Slide
  • Pony Rides
  • Make Your Own Scarecrow, presented by St. Vincent de Paul
  • Pumpkin Bowling and more

Food highlights

  • NEW! Cinnamon Apple Crisp Lumpia by Lumpia City
  • NEW! Cookie & Mini-Cake Decorating by Moms Tasty Treats
  • Pumpkin Spice and Latte Cream Puffs by Original Cream Puffs
  • Harvest Stew by Kozie’s
  • Elegant Farmer Pies

Local shopping and farmers market

  • Craigland Farms – Pumpkin patch and produce
  • Embark Maple - Bourbon barrel-aged maple syrup and organic maple syrup
  • Flower Petals Farms – Seasonal potted plants and floral décor
  • Royal Images – Fall-themed décor and potpourri

Molly Snyder started writing and publishing her work at the age 10, when her community newspaper printed her poem, "The Unicorn.” Since then, she's expanded beyond the subject of mythical creatures and written in many different mediums but, nearest and dearest to her heart, thousands of articles for OnMilwaukee.

Molly is a regular contributor to FOX6 News and numerous radio stations as well as the co-host of "Dandelions: A Podcast For Women.” She's received five Milwaukee Press Club Awards, served as the Pfister Narrator and is the Wisconsin State Fair’s Celebrity Cream Puff Eating Champion of 2019.