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1 Fall Foliage Cruise—Prairie du Chien. Celebration River Cruises, 11 a.m.–3 p.m. Reservations required. 800/297-0032.

1 Fall Foliage Dinner Cruise—Prairie du Chien. Celebration River Cruises, 6:30–9 p.m. Reservations required. 800/297-0032.

1, 2, 4, 5, 8, 9, 11, 12, 15, 16, 18, 19 Fall Foliage Mississippi River Cruise—Prairie du Chien. Mississippi Explorer Cruises, St. Feriole Island river front, daily 11 a.m. with an additional cruise on Sat. at 2 p.m. Two-hour cruise features the magnificent fall foliage. 877/647-7397.

2 Ruffed Grouse Society Sportsmen’s Banquet—Fifield. Northwoods Supper Club, 5:30 p.m. 715/762-4447.

2 Fall River Cruise— Prairie du Chien to Dubuque, IA. Day-long trip aboard the Celebration Belle, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Reservations required. Transportation will be provided for returning to Dubuque. 800/297-0034.

2–4 POPS Garage Sale—Prentice. Lions Pavilion, 8 a.m.–5 p.m. 715/767-5119.

3, 4 Oktoberfest—Black River Falls. Sand Creek Brewery, Fri. 5–9 p.m. Crafts and food, brewery tours, car show, kid’s activities, tapping of the Golden Keg (1 p.m.), live music, bake sale. 715/284-4658.

3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18 Sunset Fall Foliage Cruise—Prairie du Chien. Mississippi Explorer Cruises, St. Feriole Island river front, departs 4:30 p.m. Two-hour cruise. 877/647-7397.

3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25, 31 Haunted House and Haunted Forest—Unity. Springlake Campground (formerly Monsterhall Campground). 715/302-0413.

4 Cranberry Harvest Day Warrens Wetherby Cranberry Marsh, for tours 9–11 a.m. Wisconsin Discovery Center, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. for cranberry wine tasting, recipe demos, more. 608/378-4878.

4 Treat, Sweets, and Rest Your Feets—Fairchild. Church of Hope, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Next to Library, #4 art tour. Selling hot & cold beverages, variety gourmet homemade popcorn. 715/533-8519.

4 Bazaar, Luncheon, and Madrigal—Holcombe. United Methodist Church, 9:30 a.m.–2 p.m. 715/595-6464.

4 Sledfest Vintage Grass Drag & Show Friendship Adams Co. Fairgrounds, 8:30 a.m. registration. Racing, 11 a.m. 414/688-5053 or www.rusticridgeriders.org.

4 Cranberry Festival Stone Lake. Main Street. Sidewalk sales, arts & crafts, carnival, kid’s games, parade, live music, fishing contest, street dance. 715/865-2486 or www.stonelakecranberryfestival.com.

4 Pigeon & Poultry Club Show—Menomonie. Dunn Co. Fairgrounds. 715/723-2750.

4 Cultural Extravaganza—Cambria. Library and Wagoner Historical House, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Antique appraiser, artists demos and fair, historical tours, live music, 4-H animals and displays, food, free kids art workshop. 920/348-4030 or www.cambriaculture.net.

4 Cheesefest—Shullsburg. Water Street. Free entertainment, kid’s activities, arts & crafts, more. 608/482-1859.

4 Fireman’s Breakfast—Shullsburg. Firehouse, 9 a.m. 608/482-1859.

4 Book Sale—Shullsburg. Community Center, 9 a.m.–2 p.m. 608/214-8836.

4 Fall Fest—Neillsville. The Highground, 10 a.m. Chili cook-off and car/motorcycle show. 715/743-4224 or www.thehighground.org.

4 Breakfast in a Victorian Kitchen—Prairie du Chien. Villa Louis Historic Site, 8:30 a.m.–1 p.m. Reservations required. 608/326-2721.

4 Visiting Our Ancestors Prairie du Chien Fort Crawford Museum, 1 p.m. Tour begins with the Old French Cemetery and ends at the Brisbois Cemetery. 608/326-6960.

4, 5 Shihata’s Orchard Fest—Prairie du Chien. Applehouse. Family fun with wagon rides, u-pick apples, Country Fun Park, the Pumpkin Patch, more. 608/326-2785.

4, 5Gun Show Chippewa Falls Northern WI State Fairgrounds Building C, Sat. 8 a.m.–5 p.m.; Sun. 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Buy, sell, trade. 715/289-5333.

4, 5 Art in the Hills AugustaWhispering Winds Grainery Art Studio, Sat. 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; Sun. 1–6 p.m. 715/286-5123 or www.whisperingwindsgrainery.com.

4, 5 Falling Leaves Art Studio Tour—Fairchild, Augusta, Fall Creek area. Sat. 10 a.m.–6 p.m. and Sun. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Tour Fairchild to Augusta to Fall Creek. Free. 715/286-2464 for brochure.

4, 5 “Superstars: Traditional to Modern” Quilt Show—Janesville. UAW Hall (1795 LaFayette St.). Over 100 quilts, featured quilter, raffle baskets. Appraisals available $45 walk-in or make appointment. 608/755-0211.

4, 5, 11, 12 The 100 Best Things About Wisconsin—Wittenberg. Walls of Wittenberg, 11 a.m.–3 p.m.

4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26 Pumpkin Trains—Wisconsin Dells. R&GN Railway. Free pumpkins to children. 608/254-6367 or www.dellstrain.com.

4–13 Fermentation Fest: A Live Culture Convergence—Reedsburg. Farm/Art DTour, a 50-mile self-guided drive through scenic working lands of northwest Sauk County. From sourdough bread to home-crafted beer, pickles to soy sauce, chocolate to cheese, compost to silage, the Live Culture Convergence has it all. Farmers, chefs, artists, poets and cheese makers converge with a series of classes, tastings, lectures, art events, more. 608/355-7671 or www.fermentationfest.com.

5 Breakfast Buffet—Holcombe. Lions Pavilion, 8 a.m.–1 p.m. All you can eat; full buffet, not just pancakes.

5 Roast Beef Dinner—Gratiot. St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, serving 11 a.m.–2 p.m. Served family style. Country store, silent auction, raffle. 608/482-2425.

5 Sometimes on a Sunday: Civil War Times— Coon Valley. Norskedalen Nature and Heritage Center, 2 p.m. Civil War Times with Dave Glomstad. 608/452-3424 or www.norskedalen.org.

10 Potato & Regular Pancake Supper—Big Flats. Zion Lutheran Church, 4–7 p.m. All you can eat. 608/564-2008.

11 Fall Bazaar—Dellwood. United in Christ Lutheran Church, 9 a.m.–2 p.m. Free will offering. Lunch, white elephant sale, bake sale, craft sale.

11 Community Fall Festival—Stevenstown. Lewis Valley Lutheran Church, 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Live music, auction, bake sale, port sandwich lunch, wagon rides, antique/classic car and tractor show. 608/857-3474.

11 Harvest of Talents Day—Ladysmith. First Church of Christ. Shops are open 7 a.m.–3 p.m. with a wide variety of handmade items for sale. Auction, children’s carnival, car show, cribbage, bluegrass concert.

11, 12 Pottery Tour—Colfax area. The tour starts just over the Minnesota border and extends into western Wisconsin. Visitors will find fine one-of-a-kind handmade pots and meet the artists in their studios. 715/426-7367 or www.westernwisconsinpotterytour.com for more info.

11, 12 Civil War Heritage Weekend—Coon Valley. Norskedalen Nature and Heritage Center, Sat. 9 a.m.–5 p.m.; Sun. 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Presents a small portrait of the American Civil War. 608/452-3424 or www.norskedalen.org.

12 Polka Jam—Marshfield. Eagle’s Club, 12–5 p.m. 715/389-1232.

15 Harvest Supper—Mellen. Congregational United Church of Christ, 4–6:30 p.m. Roast pork, potatoes, rutabagas, squash, applesauce, sauerkraut, Harvard beets, homemade pies, more. Carry-outs available. 715/274-2203.

15, 16 Beginner Glassblowing Classes—Brule. Oulu Glass Gallery. 715/372-4160 or www.ouluglassgallery.com.

15, 16 Fall Clean-Up Days—Neillsville. The Highground, 10 a.m. 715/743-4224 or www.thehighground.org.

17 Jolly Mixers Dance Club—Clintonville. Lanes & Banquet Hall, 7–11 p.m. $8/person for dancing, lunch, door prizes. Music by Polka Country Drifters. 920/525-3713.

17, 18, 24, 25, 31, Nov. 1 The Haunted Halls of Terro—Prairie du Chien. St. Feriole Island, 7–10 p.m. each night. 608/326-7207.

18 Falls Players Fundraiser Black River Falls Sand Creek Brewery, 4–8 p.m. Entertainment, food, raffles. Fundraiser for the Falls Players development fund. 715/896-5719.

18 Quilt Show—Edgerton. Middle School, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. 608/884-3746.

18 Soup Supper—Medford. Community United Church of Christ, 4–7:30 p.m. 715/748-3391.

18 Safe & Spooky Halloween Cassville Stonefield Village, 3–8 p.m. 608/725-5210.

18 Oktoberfest Prairie du Chien.St. Feriole Island Memorial Gardens, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Celebration to show the German heritage of the area. German food, drink, games, music, more. Parade at 10 a.m. downtown PdC. 608/326-2060.

18, Nov. 1 Pinch Pots & Alternative Clay Firings Series—Phillips. Wisconsin Concrete Park, 10 a.m.–3 p.m. In this first of two ceramic workshops, potter John Langer returns to the park to share more advanced techniques in creating ultra smooth surfaces and textures on hand-worked clay pieces. Registration and a $50 fee are required for this 2-workshop series. Second course will be held Nov. 1. 715/339-7282 or www.friendsoffredsmith.org.

19 Fall Harvest Dinner Westby Coon Prairie Lutheran Church, worship service at 8 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. Serving begins at 11 a.m. Meatballs, mashed potatoes, gravy, lefsa, vegetables, assorted salads, desserts. $10 adults; $50 ages 5–12; and 4 and under free. Carry-outs available.
20 Six Appeal Concert—Medford. Senior High Theater (Red/White Room), 7 p.m. 715/748-5244.

23 Pumpkin Walk— Coon Valley. Norskedalen Nature and Heritage Center. First walk leaves at 5:30 p.m. and will be a walk only, along the train to see over 400 glowing jack-o-lanterns. Walks leave every 5 minutes until 7:30 p.m. No creeps, ghouls, or ghosts out on the trail on this night, but treats and cider greet you at the end. 608/452-3424 or www.norskedalen.org.

24, 25 Ghoulees in the Coulees Coon Valley Norskedalen Nature and Heritage Center, 6 p.m. From 6–7 p.m. the spooks will be less spooky, but the scares really ramp up come 7 pm. Pre-paid reservations required. $9/person. 608/452-3424 or www.norskedalen.org.

25 Lutefisk Dinner—Blue River. Five Points Lutheran Church, 11 a.m.–3 p.m. 608/536-3877.

25 Fall Harvest Craft Fair Black River Falls. Middle School. 715/284-4005.

25 Ladies Barbershop Show Colfax Martin Anderson Gymnasium, two shows at 2 p.m. and 5:15 p.m. “Music She Wrote: A Musical Mystery”. The Case of the Missing Song.

25 Chili Supper Lyndon Station. St. Luke Lutheran Church, 4–7 p.m. 608/666-2626.

25 Women’s Health & Wellness Expo Phillips NTC-Phillips Campus, 8:30 a.m.–noon. 715/339-4555.

25 Harvest Festival Dinner Brantwood Community Center, 4–6:30 p.m. Homemade bison stew with all the fixings, homemade bread and pie, raffle drawing. 715/564-2283.

25, 26 Expressions in Wood Expo Eau Claire Plaza Hotel & Suites, Sat. 8 a.m.–6 p.m.; Sun. 8 a.m.–5 p.m. Lathe woodturning demos, exhibits, Instant Art Gallery, silent auction.715/834-1459 or www.expressionsinwood.net.

26 125th Anniversary Celebration—Northfield. Lutheran Church. Church services, 10:30 a.m., followed by a noon meal and brief program. 715/963-4291.

30, 31 Haunted Trail Holcombe Behind Lake Holcombe School, Thurs. 7–9 p.m.; Fri. 7–10 p.m. Tickets and starting point will be at the football concession stand.