Wo-Zha-Wa Fall Festival Sept. 14-16


Plan an early fall getaway to the Inn at Wawanissee Point atop the color-changing Baraboo Bluffs to celebrate the sweet transition of summer to fall at the annual Wo-Zha-Wa Days Fall Festival in downtown Wisconsin Dells, Wis., and its Bowman Park, Sept. 14–16, 2018.

Book a guest room HERE or call us at 608-355-9899.

Fall weekends are filling fast.

Call to check for last-minute cancellations if you don’t see your desired date available.

This large, autumn street festival that is an easy 30-minute drive from the Inn includes:

  • juried arts-and-craft fair of only original works by more than 200 artisans
  • antique and collectibles flea market
  • Maxwell Street Days sidewalk sales
  • carnival
  • live entertainment
  • tantalizing street food
  • 100-unit Wo Zha Wa Parade Sunday, Sept. 16 at 1:30 p.m.

See the full festival schedule at www.wisdells.com/wozhawa.htm

Like Wawanissee, the festival’s name is Ho-Chunk, the local American Indian tribe. Wo Zha Wa means to have fun.

The H.H. Bennett Studio museum in downtown Wisconsin Dells joins the festival’s sidewalk sale with items marked up to 50-percent. It is the oldest business in Wisconsin Dells and longest continuously operating photography studio in the United States. This Wisconsin State Historical Society historic site is open daily 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

H. H. Bennett was an inventive landscape photojournalist whose iconic photography of the Dells of the Wisconsin River first publicized the area’s natural beauty, attracting tourists by the trainload in the late 1800s. This studio is Bennett’s second, which he opened in 1875 and his family operated until the Society received it in 1998. The historic studio and attached museum display his original work, equipment and inventions from his prolific career including 3-D panoramas he captured with stereographic cameras he built. Learn at hhbennettstudio.wisconsinhistory.org

Other Wisconsin Dells Sites To Consider

  • Port Huron Brewing Company, one mile east of downtown with the Engine House Tap Room.
  • Carr Valley Cheese Company’s downtown Wisconsin Dells retail store, bring a cooler to take home cheeses from one of the country’s most awarded cheesemakers.
  • Fawn Creek Winery complimentary wine tasting from its deck overlooking its seven-acre vineyard and woods, 10 miles north of downtown Wisconsin Dells.
  • Mirror Lake State Park:  2,200 acres with a lake for peaceful, scenic hiking and paddling, slightly southwest of Wisconsin Dells, 25 minutes from the Inn. Rent kayaks, canoes, paddle boards, fishing boats, pontoons and bikes at the Park’s official outfitter Dells Water Sports Mirror Lake Rentals. Celebrating its 50th anniversary.
  • Rocky Arbor State Park, a 244-acre park with wooded hiking trails 1.5 miles from downtown Wisconsin Dells.


See the changing fall colors in the Baraboo Bluffs by visiting the Inn's Live Web Cam at the bottom of our home page at www.bestviewinwisconsin.com.


Fall Fun Around Baraboo Sept. 15–18

Visit Ski Hi Fruit Farm skihifruitfarm.com for apples, pie, cider and other sweet treats. It abuts the west side of Devil’s Lake State Park, 10 minutes from the Inn.

Sept 28.–Oct. 29, 2018:  Leatherberry Acres Corn Maze And Pumpkin Patch, Baraboo, 15 minutes north of the Inn on County Road A on the way to Wisconsin Dells. Friday 2:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m., Saturday 10:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m., Sunday 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m., last maze entry 30 minutes before closing. A 14-acre maze with about 4 miles of trails in the maze and games within for all ages including a pumpkin cannon. Plan at least two hours to complete the maze and all of its activities. Tickets $18.00, includes one pumpkin. Learn more at leatherberryacres.com

Sept. 15: Wine On The Rails at Mid-Continent Railway Museum, North Freedom, 25 minutes west of the Inn. In addition to the regularly scheduled 55-minute ride in vintage cars through the Baraboo Hills’ fall scenery at 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays (weekends only after Sept. 4, 2017) regardless of weather, enjoy the same fantastic ride with:

  • 5:30 p.m. sampling some of Sauk County’s best local wineries, each offering wine tasting with pairings, tickets $52.00 at www.midcontinent.org
  • Dining reservations required. Regular daily coach rides do not require reservations.
  • Details at www.midcontinent.org and by calling 800-930-1385. Museum grounds open 9:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m. to browse indoor and outdoor restored, vintage railway equipment displays.

Sept. 15:  Monarch Tagging at Devil’s Lake State Park, Baraboo, five minutes west of the Inn 1:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. Monarch butterflies are starting to migrate south for the winter so it’s a perfect time to catch and tag them. The results will be recorded with Monarch Watch.org http://www.monarchwatch.org. We provide nets and tags. Meet at Steinke Basin on County Road DL. Call 608-356-8301 ext. 140 or e-mail SusanA.Johansen@wisconsin.gov with questions. More about the park at www.devilslakewisconsin.com

Sept. 15: Mat Kearney Crazy Talk Fall 2018 Tour Ho-Chunk Gaming, between Baraboo and Wisconsin Dells, 6:30 p.m. More details and tickets at www.ho-chunkgaming.com/wisconsindells

Sept. 16: Keeper Talk at International Crane Foundation, between Baraboo and Wisconsin Dells, 1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m., 20 minutes north of the Inn. Aviculture staff share their work behind the public viewing areas to care for the cranes. Open daily 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., April 15–Oct. 31. Learn about and see the world’s 15 crane species cranes that reside here and the organization’s global conservation programs during a guided tour of the breeding grounds with a naturalist at 10:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. weekends only in April, May, September and October, daily Memorial Day through Labor Day. Hike and bird two miles of nature trails through the Foundation’s restored prairie, wetland, and oak savanna ecosystems with interpretive signs and panoramic views from the restoration overlook. Also see interactive exhibits in the visitor center, browse the gift shop and sit in the covered amphitheater of the whooping crane exhibit. Plan at least two hours. Bring a lunch to enjoy in our picnic area. For more information call 608-356-9462 and visit www.savingcranes.org/plan-a-visit

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