A Taste of Autumn: The Onalaska Apple Harvest Festival

Sep 10, 2023

Onalaska’s Apple Harvest Festival is an enchanting celebration of fall’s arrival and the bountiful apple harvest that graces our region each year. This annual event draws locals and visitors alike to revel in the vibrant sights, tantalizing flavors, and delightful traditions that make the Onalaska Apple Harvest Festival an annual autumn festival.  This year the festival takes place October 6-8, 2023 in downtown Onalaska.

The roots of the Onalaska Apple Harvest Festival go back to the town’s agricultural heritage. It is not only a testament to the area’s history, but a reflection of the changing seasons.  Traditionally held during the first or second weekend of October, the Onalaska Apple Harvest Festival aligns with the peak of apple-picking season in Washington. The crisp autumn air and the breathtaking fall foliage, provides a stunning backdrop for all the festivities.

The festival will offer handcrafted goods and delicious apple-themed treats from local farm and market vendors.  There will be a local beer, wine and cider garden and a pancake breakfast followed by the barbecue lunch.  Enjoy live performances by local musicians while sipping on freshly pressed apple cider or watching the always entertaining pie-eating contest.

Crowd favorites include the Apple Harvest Parade that showcases the community spirit, the Quilt Show presenting beautiful work by local quilters, apple cider pressing and the cornhole tournament.  Go on a farm and homestead tour and visit working farms located in our rich agricultural lands.

The festival is family-friendly, with a multitude of activities to keep kids entertained. A 5k Apple Fun Run, Royal Course BINGO, Giant Trout Fishing and the open house at the fire station are just a few of the options to ensure a fun day for all ages.  If you’re feeling competitive, enter the apple pie baking contest and showcase your culinary skills. Alternatively, you can simply enjoy tasting the delectable entries by bidding on the delectable entries during the pie auction.

Beyond the delightful activities and mouthwatering treats, the Onalaska Apple Harvest Festival embodies the true spirit of community. It brings together local businesses, farmers, artists, and residents in a celebration of shared traditions and appreciation for the local bounty.  Immerse yourself in the beauty of fall and savor the magic of this annual celebration in Onalaska.

For more information, visit the Onalaska Alliance website.