50th Annual Bayfield Apple Festival Draws Near

Things to Do in Bayfield WI - Apple Festival ParadeWe are gearing up for another Bayfield Apple Festival, and this one is special: it’s the 50th Annual celebration of fall, fun, and of course, apples in Bayfield, WI!

Here at the Rittenhouse Inn, we are busily making Caramel Apple Creme Puffs and getting ready to grill brats (with apple sauer kraut!) all weekend. We’re also serving our famous mulled cider (hot apple cider with a variety of mulling spices including cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice) which can be enjoyed plain, or with a shot of rum or bourbon. As always, we’re featuring South Shore Brewery’s Applefest Ale on tap.

Things to Do in Bayfield WI - Apple FestivalBayfield (population +/-400) will swell up to 60,000 visitors over the weekend coming for all the great food, entertainment, arts and crafts, and carnival rides offered throughout the city. Every hotel room in a 100 mile radius will be full… talk about economic impact! While Rittenhouse Inn is full for lodging, there are still some tables available for dinner: call 715-779-5111.

The fun starts on Thursday October 6, with a Senior Social and Apple Pie Social and the lakeside Pavillion. On Friday through Sunday, here are a few of the events/activities taking place:

Things to Do in Bayfield WI - Apple Festival ParadePhotography and Art Exhibit, Apostle Islands Cruise Service’s Grand Tour, Food and Craft Booths, Pumpkin Picking, Apple Picking, Children’s Activities, Carnival Rides and Games, Orchard Tours, Artists Open House, Book Sales, Big Top Chautauqua artists performing on the big stage, Ojibwe Drum and Dance Troupe at Greunke’s parking lot, Live Entertainment at various bars and at Legendary Waters Casino, Pipes and Drums of Thunder Bay, Pony and Hay rides, Fish Boil, Apple Peeling Contest, Apple Festival Royalty Coronation Ceremony, Venitian Boat Parade, Fido and the Lovedogs at the Pavillion Saturday night, Fireman’s Raffle Drawing, and of course, the 50th Annual Apple Festival Parade on Sunday featuring past and present grand marshals and royalty. For more information and times, visit www.bayfield.org

Once the festival is over, Bayfield will slow down a bit, but the fall color will be peaking over the next few weeks and this is a great time to visit beautiful Bayfield. We have some great fall lodging specials available throughout the month, and it’s also a great time to dine with us: all the wonderful fall produce is rolling in!

Here’s to another safe and fun Applefest! We look forward to seeing you.