Wisconsin Dells has a calendar that is jam-packed with activities and events. Playing in the waterparks, hopping on amusement rides and a competitive game of mini-golf or go-karting are always good reasons to visit, but here are a few more ideas for a little getaway.


Automotion is a classic car show featuring nearly 1,200 classic rides. There is live music, food, a car parade, car corral, swap meet and awards presentation. The festival also features a “Hollywood on Broadway” event on Saturday night when iconic Hollywood cars go on display in downtown Wisconsin Dells. The event runs two weekends prior to Memorial Day.


Taste of the Dells celebrates the start of summer with tasty samples from area restaurants, a craft show, corvette parade, family stage, inflatable fun zone and more. The event is located in downtown Wisconsin Dells and is held the first weekend in June.


 For the 4th of July, the Wisconsin Dells Municipal Pool is the site for the city fireworks, plus there are fireworks displays for guests of the large waterpark resorts including Mt. Olympus Theme Park & Water Park, Kalahari Waterpark Resort Convention Center, Great Wolf Lodge, Chula Vista Resort, and visitors to Christmas Mountain Village.


 Wo-Zha-Wa Days Fall Festival started out as a festival for the locals to celebrate a successful conclusion to the summer travel season. Now it’s a downtown shindig for both residents and visitors, with streets closed to allow for foot traffic to all the attractions. There are classic food and beer tents, a flea market featuring antiques and collectibles, a juried fine arts and crafts show, live music, and a sweet 100-unit parade that finishes with the crowd favorite Chicago-based South Shore Drill Team. The event is always held the second weekend after Labor Day.


 Fall Festival Weekend encompasses four events on the third full weekend in October. Dells Craft Beer Walk, on Friday night, features samplings from select craft brewers at participating bars throughout the downtown area. On Saturday, Autumn Harvest Fest celebrates the season with a craft fair, tempting food, live music and children’s activities galore. Also on Saturday, Dells on Tap honors Wisconsin’s proud brewing heritage, with some 30 microbreweries offering tastings under a huge tent hoisted on the downtown festival grounds. There’s even a VIP admission, limited to just 350 people for one hour before the event opens to the public. This special ticket allows microbrew aficionados the chance to chat it up with the brewmasters while nibbling on pretzel necklaces. Finally, a Halloween-themed 5k Run/Walk on Sunday morning finishes out the weekend.


 Many of these events are also local favorites, drawing residents to come out for the food, fun and entertainment.