Fall is absolutely the best season to really enjoy all of what the Midwest has to offer, from the corn mazes and pumpkin patches to the events and festivals.

Midwestern States Have Top Fall Festivals in America

Readers of USA Today from across the country selected their favorite fall festivals in the U.S. and some of the top celebrations are happening right here in the heart of America.

According to the 10 Best Reader's Choice 2023 in USA Today, the overall #1 Best Fall Festival in the U.S. happens in southern Indiana on the first full week in October.

The West Side Nut Club Fall Festival in Evansville, Indiana features more than 130 food booths, and live entertainment which attracts over 200,000 visitors for the week-long celebration. To understand just how many people attend this festival, their half-pot this year was over $1.8 million.

Wisconsin Only State With 2 of Top 10 Best Fall Fests

Even the big state of Texas has only one fall festival ranked in the Top 10 and it's in San Antonio. The Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) at Hemisfair is the #6 best Fall Fest in America which "pays homage to the dearly departed through colorful candy skulls, vibrant marigolds, and altars."

The Fall Festival ranked 8th in the U.S. happens way up in the far northwestern corner of Wisconsin on the first weekend of October. The Bayfield Apple Festival was first held in 1962 and is considered "one of northern Wisconsin's most popular events in the modern era," according to USA Today.

This Fall Festival in Wisconsin Ranked 3rd Best in U.S.

USA Today readers have chosen their favorite fall festivals in America and the Warrens Cranberry Festival in Warrens, Wisconsin was right at the top.

There are more than 3 miles of shopping and a "variety of contests, including cranberry chiffon pie eating, photography, and quilt and needlepoint."

CLICK HERE to see all 10 of the Best Fall Festivals in the U.S.

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