Harvest some fun in Walworth County!

🎶 I love you…..a bushel and a peck and a hug around the neck! 🎶

Some of the fondest family memories are those made when you are romping through the patch to find the plumpest pumpkin to adorn your stoop or racing through the canopy of trees to nab a fresh, crisp apple right off the branch. With so many local orchards and farms to choose from in the Lake Geneva area, fall festivities are right around every corner.

Apple orchards celebrate picking season with cider donuts and hayrides through the orchard at their apple picking festivals. Family farms design corn mazes and display patches full of pumpkins to truly honor the beginning of fall. Explore this list for the best places to find your seasonal apples and pumpkins in Walworth County!


Apple Barn Orchard & Winery

W6384 Sugar Creek Road, Elkhorn

During apple season, the Apple Barn allows guests to pick their own apples on weekends only beginning in September. Check their “What’s Picking” page to find out if your favorite variety of apple is ready to pick!

Or join the jubilation on September 29-30 for the 30th annual Apple Fest! Indulge in apple cider donuts, kettlecorn, and tastings of the Apple Barn’s award-winning fruit wines. Peruse the Country Store and Bakery for donuts, cider or other treats and gifts. Craft vendors and a bounce house for the kids make a day filled with family fun and everlasting memories!

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Pumpkin season will be welcomed in October. Grab a little red wagon and pick that perfect pumpkin directly from the patch or from the beautiful selection in front of the Country Store.

The Elegant Farmer

1545 Main Street, Mukwonago
Every weekend is Harvest Fest at The Elegant Farm from September 8 to  October 21, 2018! Enjoy an old fashioned on the farm experience picking your own apples*, vintage train rides by the East Troy Electric Railroad, pony rides, hayrides, and more!   

Elegant Farmer - apple pie in a bagTasty treats are to be had at the Smilin’ Barn with make-your-own caramel apple or leave it to the award-winning Farm Kitchen Bakery, Deli & Market; grab an infamous Apple Pie Bake in a Paper bag for a slice of autumn heavenliness. Check the Elegant Farmer’s homepage every Wednesday in season to see What’s Pickin’ and plan your weekend of blue ribbon fun!
*The orchard is only open on weekends, so plan accordingly if you’re looking for pick your own.


Pearce’s Farm Stand

W5740 N. Walworth Road, Walworth

As Pearce’s Farm Stand continues to grow, so does their collection of seasonal produce 

(including apples), canned goods, and fall decor. Beginning in mid-September, Pearce’s Farm Stand offers free wagon rides to the pumpkin patch on Saturdays and Sundays from 11am – 4pm. Pick from a large variety of pumpkins and gourds in their patch grown right on their farm. 7 days a week, though, you can visit their stand from the freshest produce, hay bale jumping or tackling their 12-acre corn maze!Pearce'sMaze2018

Pesche’s Greenhouse & Gift Barn

W4080 Wisconsin 50, Lake Geneva

Pesche’s Greenhouse offers a wide variety of plants, gifts, & home decor – including all of your festival fall decorations!  Pick up pumpkins of varying sizes for yard decorations or for carving. While you’re there, check out their selection of fall mums and other fall annuals & perennials.


Royal Oak Farm Orchard

15908 Hebron Road, Harvard

The finest apples can be found on Royal Oak’s 120 acres containing 30 varieties of apples. Enter the U-pick apple orchard or pumpkin patch by the new Harvest Barn. Purchase you entertainment tokens good for any train and carousel rides, hay ride or orchard tour. If you’re feeling adventurous conquer their Amaze n’ Apples apple tree maze! Make sure to check their schedules so you don’t miss out on a bit of fun!Copy 2.jpg

But it’s totally ok to simply enjoy their signature apple cider slushies and some cider donuts while shopping for fresh, pre-picked apples, pumpkins as well as treats and treasures in the Apple Barn, Harvest Barn or Country Market.

Mark your calendar for their 3rd Annual Great Apple Ride on October 13, to benefit the Agape House School for Girls in Walworth, WI! Doing good while enjoying good!


For more fall fun ideas, check out our events calendar at www.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!