Activities & Attractions

Admission to Harvest Fair is FREE! Enjoy several free, family-friendly activities throughout Harvest Fair, while other attractions may require tickets. Tickets cost $1 each and are available for purchase at several Ticket Booths at Harvest Fair.

Activities & Shopping
Ticketed Activities
Maker Faire©

Amusement Rides (The Back 40)

Kid-friendly rides abound in this exciting area behind the Harvest Cafe. Amusement rides will include: Cliff Hanger, Scooter, Sizzler, Wacky Shack, Mardi Gras, Spider-Man (Raiders), Orient Express, Bumblebee, Puppies, Merry-Go-Round, Monster Truck, Rocking Tug, Farm Tractor, Rio Grande and Lolli Swing. 3 TICKETS

Closes at 11 pm on Friday & Saturday and 5 pm on Sunday.

Camel and Pony Rides (Central Mall)

Kids can take a ride on either a camel or a pony from Jo-Don Farms. 5 TICKETS

Closes at 9 pm on Friday & Saturday and 5 pm on Sunday. 

Cookie Decorating (Harvest Cafe)

Purchase a cookie decorating kit and put a personal touch on your tasty treats! $3 for one (1) kit or $5 for two (2) kits.

Farmers Market (U.S. Cellular Terrace)

Peruse vendors selling fresh produce and hand-made products. For a list of vendors, please click here. (Cash Only)

Free Live Music

Enjoy a variety of musical genres, from country to classic rock. Click here for more details.

Giant Slide (Central Mall)

Take a ride down the Giant Slide! 3 TICKETS

Closes at 11 pm on Friday & Saturday and 5 pm on Sunday. 

Harvest Shopping (Associated Bank Amphitheater, Central Mall)

Shop for unique and seasonal items! For a list of vendors, please click here.

Kenny Ahern’s Family Comedy Show (The Back 40)

Presented by Empower Credit Union

Join Kenny Ahern, a Wisconsin State Fair staple, in his brand new Harvest Fair family comedy show! This physical comic will have kids and parents laughing. Kenny Ahern’s shows are filled with AMAZING comedy antics, HILARIOUS physical comedy and FUN audience play!

Showtimes are as follows: Friday at 6, 7 & 8 pm; Saturday at 11 am, 1, 3 & 5 pm; and Sunday at 11 am, 1 & 3 pm.

Kiddie Activities and Inflatables (Central Mall)

Various activities (like a zip-line!) and fun inflatables fill this area. 3-8 TICKETS


ZIP LINE – 8 tickets for one zip
MY LITTLE FARM – 2 tickets
CRAYON BOUNCE – 3 tickets
CORN MAZE – 3 tickets
RAIN FOREST – 3 tickets
ADRENALINE RUSH 3 – 3 tickets
ROCK WALL – 3 tickets

Closes at 9 pm on Friday & Saturday and 5 pm on Sunday. 

Kohl’s Building Blocks Program & Penfield Children’s Center

(Central Mall)

Kohl’s Building Blocks Program presented by Penfield Children’s Center, is a program that promotes the health and positive development of children and celebrates their unique abilities. Stop by and enjoy some fun, family-friendly activities that will promote your child’s development.

Open from 9 am – 7 pm on Saturday and 9 am – 5 pm on Sunday.

Kohl’s Color Wheels & Milwaukee Art Museum (Corner of Second

Street and Central Avenue)

Kohl’s Color Wheels is the Milwaukee Art Museum’s mobile art studio that offers art activities, free of charge, at events throughout the community year round.

Open from 5 pm – 9 pm on Friday, 9 am – 9 pm on Saturday, and 9 am – 5 pm on Sunday.

“Leaf Your Print” on the Harvest Fair Forest (Exploratory Park)

Kids can leave their mark on this forest with their adorable hand-print leaves.

Closes at 9 pm on Friday and Saturday, and 5 pm on Sunday.

Maker Faire© Milwaukee (Exposition Center)

Who is a Maker?  You are a Maker!

From engineers to artists to scientists to crafters, Maker Faire is a place for “makers” to share their work – projects, experiments, hobbies and more – with each other and with the community.

Makers are people who love to explore and learn skills, and the global Maker Movement invites everyone to join in and make something.

We call it the Greatest Show (& Tell) on Earth – and it’s free to attend!  Maker Faire will feature demonstrations, hands-on workshops and activity areas; some areas do require a fee. Please visit our website to pre-register to participate at the event and skip the lines – click here!

For more information on Maker Faire Milwaukee, please click here.

Friday, September 28: 5 pm – 9 pm – Commercial Maker vendors will be open in the Expo Center and our Back 40 experience will be open until 9 pm
Saturday, September 29: 10 am – 7 pm    Expo Halls A, B and C and Back 40 attractions open
Sunday, September 30:: 10 am – 5 pm   Expo Halls A, B and C Back 40 attractions open

Maker Faire Milwaukee (Back 40)

Friday Night Preview Party in the Back 40 – From Toronto, Canada, the fire-breathing Heavy Meta Dragon art car will be anchoring our inaugural preview from 5 pm to 9 pm.  Join us for music, dancing and previews of some of Maker Faire’s special weekend events.  Please pre-register for all Maker Faire events and skip the lines here!

Back 40 fun – all weekend long!  Check for more details about these Makers and more:

  • Heavy Meta Dragon performances
  • Rat Patrol Bikes
  • Power Racing Series
  • UWM Print Roller Extravaganza
  • Underwater Drones

Meijer (Main Street across from Central Park)

Join Meijer for an opportunity to take a photo in the Big Red Chair, free giveaways, activities and more!

Open Saturday only from 9 am – 5 pm.

Pig Slide & Fishing Fountain (Central Park)

Children squeal with delight as they slide down the “World’s Largest Piggy Bank” and the Fishing Fountain offers the chance to “fish” for fun little prizes. 1 TICKET (2 slides) | 2 TICKETS

Closes at 9 pm on Friday & Saturday and 5 pm on Sunday. 

Pumpkin Bowling (Central Mall)

This Harvest Fair favorite offers the chance to bowl on a real bowling lane with real pins. Bowlers even get to keep their mini pumpkin “ball”. 3 TICKETS

Pumpkin Decorating (Exploratory Park)

Decorate a pumpkin! 3 TICKETS
Closes at 7 pm on Friday and Saturday, and 5 pm on Sunday.

Pumpkin Patch (U.S. Cellular Terrace)

Purchase pumpkins of all shapes and sizes before you head home! (Cash only)

Say Pumpkin and Smile (Associated Bank Amphitheater)

Take advantage of this opportunity for some beautiful fall photos.

Scarecrow Making & Scarecrow Daycare (Central Park)

This Harvest Fair tradition includes everything you need to make a scarecrow to take home! Not ready to leave? No worries! Drop your scarecrow off at Scarecrow Daycare. 10 TICKETS | 2 TICKETS

Tiny Tot Acres (Exploratory Park)

For tots 3 and under – Includes mini pumpkin decorating, coloring and more.

Closes at 9 pm on Friday and Saturday, and 5 pm on Sunday.

Trackless Train (Exploratory Park Entrance)

All Aboard! Take a ride on the trackless train through Harvest Fair. 3 TICKETS

Wilderness Resorts (Information Booths & Guest Services Pavilion)

Stop by an Information Booth or the Guest Services Pavilion all weekend long to enter to win a one night stay to Wilderness Resorts. Plus, grab a photo with Monty the Moose at the Guest Services Pavilion on Sunday from 11 am – 3 pm.

Open from 5 pm – 10 pm on Friday, 9 am – 10 pm on Saturday and 9 am – 5 pm on Sunday.

World Beef Expo (Ag Village)

Join visitors from around the country for one of the Midwest’s largest cattle expositions! Celebrating its 26th year, World Beef Expo will feature more than two dozen breed shows and a wide variety of activities. For more information, please click here.

Open from 8 am – 8:30 pm on Friday, 8 am – 9 pm on Saturday and 8 am – 4 pm on Sunday.