Pick of the Patch: Pumpkin Patches 2016

Charlie Brown may have found THE Great Pumpkin, but that doesn’t mean that you won’t be able to find your perfect pick of the patch this autumn. The Lake Geneva area is home to multiple farms where you can pick your own pumpkin, or choose your favorite from available pre-picked pumpkins.  Many of the area patches are already open and ready for pumpkin season, with just a couple of the pick-your-own patches opening October 1st.

Pumpkin Patches throughout the Lake Geneva area, Walworth County, WI

Here are a few quick pumpkin patch links:

Apple Barn Orchard & Winery

Pearce’s Farm Stand

Pesche’s Greenhouse & Gift Barn

Royal Oak Farm Orchard (Pick-Your-Own begins October 1st)

The Elegant Farmer (Pick-Your-Own begins October 1st)

For more fall fun in the Lake Geneva area, please go to VisitWalworthCounty.com.


Walworth County Fall Bucket List

Summer is quickly coming to a close, but that doesn’t mean the fun has to end. Walworth County offers a wide variety of fall-themed activities that deliver everything from apple and pumpkin picking to fall festivals to scenic tours on land, in the air, or on the water. Whether you’re looking for a family day out or a unique date for just the two of you, the Lake Geneva area has fall fun for everyone.

To find additional information on these activities and more, please go to www.visitwalworthcounty.com or call 800-395-8687.

Fun things to do throughout fall in Walworth County, WI.

This Weekend in Walworth County: September 25-27

Wow – there is a lot to do this weekend!  Whether you want to get out of the house with your kids, enjoy typical fall activities, explore local farmers markets, or listen to live music…there’s plenty for you to choose from.  We’ve pulled just a “few” of the area events – for the full list of events, visit our Events Calendar.  Now get out there & have a great weekend!

If you’re looking for kid-friendly…

If you’re into antiques…

If you’re looking for classic fall fun…


Looking for more fall fun?  Check out our website, updated daily with new events & activities happening throughout Walworth County.

Fall Fun Fridays: October 10

The Lake Geneva area is full of fun fall activities, and we’ve got the highlights for you right here!  Each week, we’ll feature Five Fun Fall Festivities (activities you can do this weekend)!  For details or more things to do, visit our website.

  1. Visit downtown Lake Geneva for their annual Oktoberfest celebration.  
    Happening Saturday, October 10, the event features music, magic, and the Great Pumpkin Giveaway at 1:00 pm!  Enjoy food and craft booths, restaurant & shopping specials, wagon hayrides, pony rides, bouncy castle, and more!  Plus – don’t worry about parking; take the FREE shuttle!  Park (for free!) at the northeast corner of the Home Depot parking lot; the shuttle runs continuously every 20 minutes to the downtown US Bank.  The shuttle will run Saturday & Sunday, 10 am – 7 pm. IMG_0865
  2. Check out a local fish fry (or boil).  
    Our area is home to so many great fish fry restaurants – and a great fish boil!  Why not treat your family to a dinner out tonight?!Fish Fry Fridays Final
  3. Visit Busy Barns’ Autumn Adventures, happening every weekend through October 26.  
    Your kids will love the hayride out to the pumpkin patch, picking their own pumpkin, and visiting the baby animal barn.  Test your skills at the pumpkin launcher and work your way throughout the 4-acre trivia corn maze!  The fun never ends at Busy Barns this fall. Rows of Pumpkins
  4. See the foliage in a whole new way – aboard the Lake Geneva Cruise Line.  
    Summer may be over – but cruising season is not!  In fact, fall may be one of the best times to be aboard the Lake Geneva Cruise Line.  The shoreline is bursting with autumn colors, and once the leaves are gone – you have a better view of the lake homes!  Tours happen daily, including the Geneva Bay Tour, Full Lake Tour, Expanded Bay Tour, and Ice Cream Social.  Visit their website for a full tour schedule.  fall cruise
  5. Join the festivities at Fall Family Festival at Lake Lawn Resort.  
    This weekend (Oct 10-12) is an “end of summer weekend celebration” at Lake Lawn Resort – packed with entertainment and activities for the whole family.  Participate in fun fall games like scarecrow building, a scarecrow dress-and-dash, family Minute to Win It, pumpkin bowling, gourd room games, and more.  Locals are invited to come out – caramel apple decorating, pumpkin painting, and the Fall Harvest Buffet can be purchased at each event location.  Click here for the daily schedule of activities.??????????????????????????


Check back next week for another five fun things to do this fall!

Fall Fun Fridays: September 26

There is SO much fun to fun to be found in the Lake Geneva area this fall, so we’re making it easy for you!  Each week, we’ll feature Five Fun Fall Festivities (activities you can do this weekend)!  For details or more things to do, visit our website.

  1. Take an autumn train ride with the East Troy Electric Railroad.
    The East Troy Electric Railroad runs every weekend in the fall (September 6 – November 2), going from the East Troy depot to The Elegant Farmer every hour.  PLUS – this Saturday is their “Milwaukee Day” where all of the train cars are taken out, so guests can view the collection.  Train tickets are good all day long (as many rides as you’d like) and cost just $12.50 for adults and $8.00 for children (ages 3-11).
  2. Stop by Apple Barn Orchard in Elkhorn for their 26th annual Apple Fest.
    The annual Apple Fest at Apple Barn is this weekend, September 27-28 from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm.  Just a few of the activities they will have throughout the weekend are:  face painting, food & refreshments, live music, Walworth County Cloggers performance, jump/slide for kids, tree maze, arts & crafts, and of course – pick your own pumpkins and apples.  If you’re heading out – make sure you bring your own wagon/stroller for your time in the orchard/pumpkin patch!apple barn
  3. Get lost in the corn maze at Army Lake Camp.
    Army Lake Camp, located in East Troy, features a corn maze, wagon rides, pumpkin patch, concessions, a climbing wall, and kids’ games.  The camp & corn maze is open September 26 – November 1 on Fridays & Saturdays.  Groups (scouts, schools, churches, etc) can make special group reservations for Wednesdays & Thursdays.  At $8.00 per adult and $5.00 for children (5-12 years old), the corn maze is a great way to have fun this fall!Army-Lake-Corn-Maize
  4. Visit one of the local farmers’ markets for fall decor and fresh produce.  
    Many of our local farmers markets are open through October, including Lake Geneva (Thursdays at Horticultural Hall) & Whitewater (Saturdays at Winchester True Value).  There is plenty of great produce in the fall, and you know exactly what you’re getting when you buy directly from the farmer!DSC_0312
  5. Check out The Elegant Farmer‘s Autumn Harvest Fest.  
    This fall festival is happening every Saturday & Sunday (September 6 – October 26) from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm.  The fest features hayrides to the orchard & pumpkin patch, pony rides, train rides, “make your own caramel apple,” a corn maze, and more!  The corn maze is just $5 per person.  Don’t forget to stop inside to pick up one of their famous Apple Pies Baked in a Paper Bag – YUM!elegantfarmer


Check back next week for another five fun things to do this fall!


Walworth County Fall Festivals [2014]

It’s Labor Day weekend – and for most, this means back to school and the start of fall.  It doesn’t have to mean the end of fun though!  There’s so much to look forward to in the autumn season when you visit the Lake Geneva area – hayrides, scenic drives, apple picking, carving pumpkins, and (my favorite) local fall festivals!

Walworth County boasts some of the best fall festivals around, and they happen throughout the season, so you’re bound to find one that you can go to!

Fall Festivals 2014

Walworth County Fair | Elkhorn
August 27 – September 1
If you haven’t been to the fair yet – hurry up!  The fair will be open and filled with fun for the whole family now through Monday evening.  With great musical acts performing, plus delicious fair food, carnival rides & games, farm exhibits and more, the Walworth County Fair is known as one of the best fairs in Wisconsin.

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Darien Corn Fest | Darien
September 5-7
This festival is a favorite for young and old alike, featuring free sweet corn from 11 am – 3 pm on Saturday & Sunday.  Three days of outstanding live entertainment, volleyball and softball tournaments, bingo, a carnival, fireworks display, food, beer tent, and a parade are just a ‘few’ of the events planned for this weekend!


Wine & Food Festival | Delavan
September 5-6
Wine and food enthusiasts will rejoice at this two-day festival!  Joint he wine dinner on Friday night, or head to “The Great Taste” on Saturday 12-5 pm, which will feature wines and area restaurants.  Saturday will also offer a “farm fresh to table” marketplace with locally grown produce, grass-fed meats, artisan cheeses, and more.WineFestLogo

Taste of Lake Geneva | Lake Geneva
September 13
Another great foodie event is happening on Saturday, September 13 at Flat Iron Park in Lake Geneva.  From 11 am to 5 pm, the park will be overflowing with food tents offering tempting treats from the area’s finest dining establishments.  Enjoy a boutique wine tasting and brews from Lake Geneva Brewing Company, Sprecher’s and New Glarus in our “Madras Lounge.” Wrap up the summer in style, and don’t forget to wear your whale pants, monograms, and PLAID!


Delavan Scarecrow Fest | Delavan
September 13
Head to downtown Delavan for the annual Scarecrow Fest.  Participate in the famous “Build a Scarecrow” event or head to the Phoenix Park Bandshell for live concerts throughout the day.  A flea market, pie auction, duck races, plus food & beverage vendors will all be located downtown for this local festival.
Scheduled activities include: free pumpkin painting, free children’s face painting, live music by Cheryl Niemo & the Down Home Boys, Live music by Cedric Square, vendors in the park, sidewalk sales, food, and our Fourth Annual pie & cake auction! You can even build your own scarecrow and take it home with you. The nominal $10 fee includes supplies and help to build your scarecrow.


East Troy Bluegrass Festival | East Troy
September 13-14
The village square in East Troy comes alive with music this weekend, as it becomes to home to the 21st annual East Troy Bluegrass Festival, where live bands play both Saturday & Sunday, and fans can delight in great food, contests, and more!  Performers include:  Milkhouse Radio, Bluegrass Express, Piper Road Spring Band, The Karl Shiflett & Big Country Show, Big Cedar, The Bluegrass Cavaliers, The Burie Family, Above The Town, and more.

Mike Morbeck's roof photo

Antique & Classic Boat Show | Fontana
September 27-28
Head to the water for the annual Antique & Classic Boat Show, located at the Abbey Resort.  The show features classic and vintage boats from all over the country; boats are on display throughout the weekend for free public viewing.  PLUS – Stop by Saturday at 4 pm for the boat parade on Geneva Lake.


Antique Flea Market | Elkhorn
September 28
This local flea market is a huge hit with people all over the state – with over 500 dealers, you’re sure to find a great deal at the Antique Flea Market, held at the Walworth County Fairgrounds.  For more information on the flea market (plus tips on how to get the most out of your day!), click HERE.


Lake Geneva Oktoberfest | Lake Geneva
October 11-12
The 23rd annual Lake Geneva Oktoberfest will include music, magic, and the Great Pumpkin Giveaway (1 pm) on Saturday!  Enjoy food & craft booths, downtown shopping specials, wagon hayrides, pony rides, bounce houses, and more.
There will be a FREE shuttle this weekend for downtown Lake Geneva – Pick up/Drop off locations: Free Parking at the northeast corner of the Home DePot Parking lot. (Hwy 50 & Edwards Blvd.). And drop off/pickup at Downtown U.S. Bank, 303 Center St. Sat. 10am-7pm., Sun. , 10am – 7pm. Running continuously approximately every 20 minutes.


Elkhorn Oktoberfest | Elkhorn
October 18
The 9th annual Elkhorn Oktoberfest will fill the town square with fall fun for the whole family from 9 am to 5 pm on this autumn Saturday!  Peruse the craft fair, the classic car show, food booths, or enjoy live entertainment on the stage.  Kids will love the games, pumpkin decorating, bounce house, slides, and more.  Plus – don’t miss the chili cook-off or the wine & beer tasting tent!


Delavan Oktoberfest | Delavan
October 25
Join the town of Delavan at Community Park for another great fall festival, featuring live music, a variety of German foods, beers, wines, pastries, desserts, and vendor booths!  There is no charge for this community festival, so bring the whole family down for a fun time!


Beer & Spirits | Lake Geneva
November 1
Don’t miss out on the fun!  This adults-only festival features “brews, bites, and so much fun…it’s scary.”  Guests can enjoy unlimited tastings of beer plus specialty liquors and foods.  Live music will be playing throughout the event plus games and fun activities.  Not drinking?  No problem – they offer a special designated driver ticket that includes unlimited gourmet soda, food sampling, and entertainment.




Do you have a favorite fall festival or activity?  Tell us about it!  Comment below.