A Special Fall in Sauk Prairie

Sauk Prairie, Wisconsin

The scenic Sauk Prairie Riverway bursts with color each fall, making it the perfect backdrop for the special events taking place in Sauk Prairie in the coming weeks. First up is Fermentation Fest (Oct. 1-10), a multifaceted food and farming event that showcases and celebrates the harvest season in southwestern Wisconsin. During its 10-day run you can watch fermentation demonstrations, see sculptures crafted from hay bales and listen to book readings and performances in the pasture. There are also interactive workshops and, of course, plenty of fresh food. This year, the biennial Farm/Art DTour is also part of the fun. A 50-mile, self-guided drive between Sauk City and Plain, the route showcases site-responsive artwork, local food markets, roadside poetry and more.

The Prairie du Sac Night Market is up next (Oct. 14). Set along the banks of the scenic Wisconsin River at Riverwalk Park, the free, open- air street market will feature live music by guitarist and singer Mike Droho, arts and crafts vendors, food trucks and other events tailored to women and families.

Finally, help Sauk Prairie honor women who are making a difference in their families and workplaces by purchasing a ticket for Women, Wine & Wizardry (Oct. 19). The evening event, which will be held at Vintage Brewing Co., includes heavy appetizers, wine and even a spooky adventure or two, allowing you to just relax, laugh and connect. To learn more and purchase your ticket, visit saukprairie.com.

BY WOMEN, FOR WOMEN

Sauk Prairie is home to many quality female-owned businesses, like Unfolded Clothing & Home. The boutique’s clothing, home décor and wellness products are targeted at women of all ages, so everyone can enjoy shopping together. At 3 Generations, you’ll find home décor and gifts such as candles, garden art, large wall hangings, inspirational signs and vases galore. The team of artists and makers at Retwist-T produce fine art, gifts and home décor, often using vintage, reclaimed and rustic materials. There are handmade kids’ clothes, kitchen goods and collectibles here, too.

REVEL IN THE OUTDOORS

On a crisp, fall evening, there’s nothing better than enjoying live music al fresco. At The Vines, you can do just that. The Vines is a vineyard and music venue tucked in between Fish and Crystal lakes, with beautiful views of the surrounding countryside. Grab some lawn chairs and arrive in time to catch the show, or come earlier with some food and drink to relax and soak up the ambience.

Vintage Brewing Co. occasionally offers live music in its beer garden, where you can drink in beautiful views of the Wisconsin River. So when music is on tap, head over and order a margherita flatbread, Big Sky burger or bluegill fish fry — plus suds, of course — and enjoy the tunes.

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