What’s Up This Weekend in Walworth County | September 24th-26th

Always Patsy Cline Presented by the Lakeland Players

A musical tribute to a country-western legend comes to life as the Lakeland Players present Always Patsy Cline, opening Friday, September 24th. Licensed by the family and the estate of Patsy Cline, the show celebrates the life and legacy of one of the most influential vocalists of the 20th century. Get your tickets for opening weekend by calling 262-723-4848 or online at www.lakeland-players.org.

Harvest at Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge

Join Kettle Moraine Land Trust and Geneva Lake Conservancy for a seed-collection outing to Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge in celebration of 2021 Land Trust Days! Volunteers from throughout the Hackmatack region will be on hand to harvest native prairie seeds under the guidance of professional staff from Kettle Moraine Land Trust and Geneva Lake Conservancy. Volunteers are encouraged to wear long pants, long sleeves, closed-toe shoes or boots, and a sun hat. Please bring your own seed collection bag (a reusable grocery bag is fine) and your own water. Seeds collected there during the Land Trust Days event will be turned over to the US Fish & Wildlife Service for native species enrichment within the Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge.

2021 Discover Lake Geneva Bridal Showcase

Calling all 2022, 2023, and beyond brides! Step aboard the Lake Geneva Cruise Line fleet decorated by top wedding professionals and discover local vendors, planners, and premier partners to help make your wedding day the day of your dreams. The 2021 Discover Lake Geneva Bridal Showcase takes place, Sunday, September 26th on the Riviera Docks.

For information on these events and more, go to VisitWalworthCounty.com/Events. Enjoy your weekend here in Walworth County.

Its Fall Y’all: Scarecrow Fest Returns to Delavan Saturday, September 18th 2021

It’s almost Fall, y’all! And you know what that means! The 21st Annual Scarecrow Fest is just around the corner! Join in on the free and festive fun Saturday, September 18th for a full day of fall activities for the whole family throughout historic Downtown Delavan! 

This year’s Scarecrow Fest event will feature the ever popular Scarecrow Walk, free pumpkins, Walldog Mural tours, food trucks, DIY Scarecrow building workshops, sidewalk sales, market vendors, live music, and so much more, there’s sure to be something for everyone!

Scarecrow Walk

A Scarecrow Fest tradition lives on! Stroll the bricks streets and meet the Scarecrows built and decorated by local businesses and organizations.  From kooky, to classic, to farm style favorites, the Scarecrow Walk is the highlight of the festival you will not want to miss. You can even vote for your favorite Scarecrows to earn their creators awards and prizes.

Family Activities

When we say ‘fun for the whole family’ we truly mean it! Get inspired by the Scarecrows lining the streets and purchase a DIY Scarecrow Kit to go and build your buddy at home. Kiddos can pick up a free pumpkin at the Pumpkin Patch. Embark on a Wallldog Mural Tour and learn more about Delavan’s unique history while completing a Scavenger Hunt perfect for all ages. Pose for a photo-op in front of an old fashioned pickup truck at the Aram Public Library. Ever wanted to hug a sheep or befriend a bearded dragon? Head to the Gee Funny Farm Petting Zoo at the Library throughout the afternoon and meet some new fuzzy friends. Gearheads can check out classic and modified cars at the Scarecrow Fest Car Show throughout the day.

Chow Down

With all the activity, your stomach will definitely be grumbling. Eat your way through Scarecrow Fest by visiting the many food trucks and vendors for a savory snack or a sweet treat. Enjoy offerings from the Isola.eats, Sandwich Sisters, The Mini Donut Truck, Taqueria La Estrella, and Pastries by Chad. Utiger’s Jewelry, the Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, and La Monarcha will also be selling burgers, brats, hotdogs, corn, baked potatoes, chili, and other refreshments! Can you say yum?!

Live Entertainment

No Downtown Delavan event could be complete without some live entertainment! The Scarecrow Fest lineup includes performances by The Sonic Boomers, Underground Sound Jazz, and Paulie and the Poor Boys. Pink Fraud will round out the festival with a free concert in the park at 7:00 pm at the Phoenix Park Bandshell and feature a laser light show by Laser Fusion.  

Shop the Downtown

While you’re exploring Downtown Delavan, be sure to shop the craft and vendor market featuring over 50 unique crafters, artisans, home bakers, and small business owners. With products ranging from homegrown produce, handcrafted pottery, and uncommon finds, your new favorite treasures are sure to be found. Additionally, downtown businesses will be hosting sidewalk sales and Scarecrow Fest specials available for one day only!

Don’t miss Scarecrow Fest, Saturday, September 18th, 2021 10 am – 4 pm in beautiful downtown, Delavan, Wisconsin. Scarecrow Fest is sponsored by the Downtown Business Association, Delavan Historic Foundation, Visit Delavan, Connect Communities, and Delavan-Delavan Lake Area Chamber of Commerce.

For more information on Scarecrow Fest and other upcoming events, go to VisitWalworthCounty.com. See you at Scarecrow Fest 2021!

2021 Fall Preview

Summer is winding down here in Walworth County. And while we may be soaking in the last few sunshine filled days, we are eagerly awaiting Fall’s arrival! There is so much in store for you this Autumn here in the Lake Geneva Area, so take a peek into what’s to come as the season starts to turn and get some incredible travel inspiration that will leave you dreaming of your next Walworth County getaway.

Upcoming Fall Festivals

The Fall season is jam packed with festivals, festivities, and fun here in Walworth County! Plan your weekend getaway around one of the amazing upcoming area festivals:

Apple Picking and Pumpkin Patches

The best place to celebrate Fall is on the Farm! Join us in Walworth County for the best pumpkin patches, apple orchards, and farmstands to get your autumnal adventures on. Check out a few of our favorites below:

Apple Orchards

Pumpkin Patches

Itinerary Ideas

While the season can be enjoyed anywhere throughout the county, here are some of our favorite intineraries to experience the joys of Autumn in Walworth County.

  • Take the Scenic Route: Did you know Walworth County is home to 8 Wisconsin State Rustic Roads? Take a detour off the big roads, and traverse the countryside and take in the breathtaking fall colors along the way! Trust us when we say Snake Road is a must see come mid-October. Our Rustic Road Guide can be found within our digital Travel Guide here.
  • Unbeleafable Hikes: Lace up your hiking boots and hit the trails this harvest season! Take on the Ice Age Trail Challenge and hike your way through the Southern Kettle Moraine State Forrest, or take a gentle trek through the trails at Lake Geneva Ziplines and Adventures after you’ve toured the treetops by zipline. For more outdoor adventure ideas, click here.
  • Seasonal Sipping: Its no secret that the fall is often the best time to visit our local breweries and wineries! Seasonal selections including Pumpkin Ales, Maple Bourbon, and Apple Wine begin popping up on menus early-October. Sip your way through these seasonal selections with exclusive deals and discounts with the Walworth County Beer and Wine Trail. Sign up for free at Explore.VisitWalworthCounty.com today and discover your new favorite brews.

For more fall travel inspiration, check out our website at www.VisitWalworthCounty.com. Happy Fall y’all!