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Bayfield Apple Festival

53rd Annual Bayfield Apple Festival
October 3-5, 2014, 10am – 5pm

Bayfield’s Apple Festival has been hailed as the “Best Festival in Wisconsin” by Wisconsin Trails Magazine and one of the “Top Ten Autumn Festivals in North America” by the Society of American Travel Writers. Is it because of the charming small town atmosphere? The famous Grand Parade featuring a “Mass Band”? The countless booths of fresh apple pies, tarts, caramel apples, ciders and other fall treats? Well, YES! Make plans now to experience for yourself all that makes Applefest unquestionably one of the best festivals in October… well, anywhere!

We are still accepting applications for 2014:

Artists! Apply online through Zapplication

2014 Artist Application

2014 Vendor Application

2014 Food Vendor Application
Be sure to read the food vendor rules available here!

Join us this fall in Bayfield! Come often. Stay long. And don’t miss Apple Festival.

      • 52 years as one of Wisconsin’s premiere festivals, located on the shores of Lake Superior in Bayfield, Wisconsin, which is honored by the Chicago Tribune as the “Best Little Town in the Midwest”.
      • Touted by Wisconsin Trails Magazine as Wisconsin’s “Best” festival.
      • 50,000 visitors attend Apple Festival from throughout the Midwest.
      • Visit our Facebook page to see what our fans are saying.

The Apple Festival features:


THE WEEKEND BEFORE! Friday, September 26, 2014

Friday, Saturday, Sunday – October 3, 4 and 5, 2014

      • Over 60 orchard and food booths selling Bayfield’s apples and apple desserts and delicacies; Caramel apples, apple pies, apple tortes, dumplings or tarts, apple sundaes, apple cider, bags and bushels of apples – even apple bratwurst, mustard, and butter.
      • A kids’ carnival with games, rides and favorite foods.
      • Plenty to buy and see including over 150 arts and crafts booths.
      • Fine art exhibitors in Memorial Park featuring pottery, paintings, glassworks, photography, wood crafts, weaving and traditional Native American beading – the list goes on.
      • A Grand Parade on Sunday featuring a 400 member “Mass Band” finale
      • Big Top Chautauqua’s Blue Canvas Orchestra will perform throughout the weekend on the Grandstand stage. Hear the original Apple Festival song!
      • The annual Apple Dumpling Gang contest for the little ones including a drawing to win one of three prizes.
      • The Venetian Boat Parade on Saturday evening featuring the Pipes and Drums of Thunder Bay.
      • Bus shuttles for easy parking at Hauser’s Superior View Farm and Legendary Waters Casino.
      • Bayfield Fire Department offers a traditional fish boil dinner on Saturday afternoon at Lakeside Pavilion followed by a Saturday evening dance.
      • Ongoing street performers throughout the festival grounds, including Red Cliff’s Native Expressions Drum and Dance Troop.
      • Ongoing boat cruises of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore.
      • Peel Out 5K trail run at Mt. Ashwabay
      • Musical entertainment at many local pubs and Legendary Waters Resort & Casino
      • Drive 5 minutes outside of town and tour over 14 local orchards, many with pick-your-own apples and pumpkins.

Can’t make it to Apple Festival? Then come any time during September and October to savor the beauty and bounty of Fall in Bayfield. Enjoy apple picking, apple sampling, and cider tasting among the explosion of fall colors throughout Bayfield’s orchard country. Take advantage of our special Fall Harvest Lodging Packages and indulge in hearty autumn menus offered by Bayfield’s gourmet eateries.

We thank our wonderful 2013 supporters for making the 52nd Annual Bayfield Apple Festival one of Wisconsin’s most celebrated and successful festivals:

      • Apostle Islands Marina – Operations
      • Apostle Highlands Golf Course – On-site vehicles
      • Bayfield Inn – Senior Social
      • Bayfield Lumber – Operations
      • Bremer Bank – Apple Pie & Dessert Contest
      • CORE Community Resources – Senior Social
      • Evergreen Shopper – Official Festival Directory
      • KDAL Radio – Official Radio Station
      • Lake Superior Magazine – Official Magazine Sponsor
      • Madeline Island Ferry Line – Apple Festival Portrait Board
      • Maggies, Egg Toss, and Wild Rice Restaurants – Mass Band
      • Memorial Medical Center – First Aid & Safety
      • Northern State Bank – Supporting Sponsor
      • Northland News Center – Official Television Station
      • Northland College – On-site Support
      • Port Superior Marina – Pipes & Drums of Thunder Bay
      • Printing Plus – Official Apple Festival Poster
      • Xcel Energy – Grand Parade Awards

Get your Apple Festival merchandise today!

The 2013 Apple Festival poster and other Apple Festival merchandise are still available. (click on image for a larger view)

Call in your order to the Chamber at (715) 779-3335.

The Bayfield Apple Festival is a Travel Green Wisconsin certified event.

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Download an 2014 Apple Festival Parade Application