Family Activities & Shopping

Many activities listed below are free, family-friendly activities, while others may require cash. For a list of activities that require tickets, please click here.

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.

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.

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 and the Back 40)

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. For more information, please click here.

Operates from 5 pm – 9 pm on Friday, 10 am – 7 pm on Saturday and 10 am – 5 pm on Sunday.

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.

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.

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.

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.