With stories, hikes, and spirits, Whitewater and the surrounding areas offer a whirlwind of autumn adventures for you, a group of friends, or family time. Pick your favorite or try them all for a fall to remember.
The Storytelling Festival – Sept. 23rd-25th
Immerse yourself in the magic of autumn and let Whitewater’s storytellers and artists enchant you at this year’s Storytelling Festival. From children’s stories to Sip & Tell, an artisan market to art galleries, there’s a little something to inspire everyone.
Ice Age Trail Mammoth Hike Challenge – October
Hike, walk, run, or backpack 42 miles of the Ice Age Trail during the month of October and visit 3 Trail Communities to earn a hiking certificate and a limited-edition patch. Log your miles over days, weekends, weeks, or one big adventure. You have the entire month of October to do it!
Spirit Tour – Oct. 7th-8th
The city of Whitewater, known as “Second Salem”, is famous for the “Witches of Whitewater” legends and its rich spiritual history. With stories of witches and ghosts to alleged murders and occult practices, the Spirit Tour is for you. Enjoy a night of lore and unique, behind-the-scenes access to haunted sites throughout Whitewater.
Shockwave Haunts – Weekends in October
If you like being scared out of your mind and appreciate haunts made from scratch with real actors instead of automatons, head to Shockwave Haunts this year. Offering haunted houses like no other in the middle of Whitewater’s countryside, you’re guaranteed to look over your shoulder for a day or two after.
Farmhouse to Brewhouse: Seasonal Beer Dinners featuring Wisconsin Breweries – Aug. 27th & Sept. 24th
Includes an early look at the brand new Brewhouse, beers from local Wisconsin breweries, a tasting sample of some of the first brews created at Old World Wisconsin, and a delicious four-course meal including locally sourced meats and vegetables.
Legends & Lore – Fridays & Saturdays in October
Troves of supernatural tales brought to Wisconsin over the generations come to life at this always spooky, sometimes scary, Halloween event.
Throughout fall, enjoy apple & pumpkin picking, corn mazes, apple cider donuts, craft brews, fun with farm animals, and checking out area barn quilts!
- Apple Barn
- Busy Barn Adventure Farms
- Barn Quilts of Jefferson County Tour
- Duesterbeck’s Brewing Company
Area Farmers Markets
For those who love to shop small and support local, don’t forget about the autumn bounty at our area farmers markets through October!
- Whitewater City Market – Tuesdays 4-7p
- Whitewater Farmers Market – Saturdays 8-12p
- Fort Farmers Market – Saturdays 8-12p
If you’re planning to stick around the area, book a room at Hamilton House Bed & Breakfast, Victoria on Main, Fairfield Inn & Suites, or Baymont Inn and take in everything our charming Ice Age Trail Community has to offer.