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Cranberry Fest • Oct 2 - 3, 2021

Saturday and Sunday – October 2 – 3, 2021

Marsh and Wine Tasting Tours (Thursday – Sunday) – September 30 – October 3, 2020

(Adults: $8.00 ea., Kids 12 and under:$5 ea., Kids 3 and under: Free)

Reservations suggested.  Call the Eagle River Chamber of Commerce at 800-359-6315.

Event Newspaper for More Information – Click Here

A Berry Good Time

The Eagle River area celebrates the fall cranberry harvest the only way it knows how the first weekend in October every year – Cranberry Fest! The entire city and surrounding area goes cranberry crazy as it praises the Wisconsin state fruit with locals and tourists alike.

More than 40,000 people are expected to attend the annual festival spanning from cranberry marsh tours beginning Thursday, September 30 through a full schedule of events that run through Sunday, October 3. Food and drink sampling, arts and crafts vendors, a live auction, and so much more make this event worthy of a fall pilgrimage.

Check out the complete schedule of Cranberry Festival events. And if you need help getting to all of the festival activities, be sure to read the Cranberry Festival map. Cranberry Fest Information Headquarters located in the Vilas County Fairgrounds can assist with any needs you might have.

Eating and Drinking Cranberries

This is the main reason we all come together, right?! More than 8,000 pounds (that’s 4 TONS!!!) of cranberries will be sold during the festival. Cranberry Fest will have cranberry soup, cranberry brats, and cranberry baked goods to go with char-broiled chicken sandwiches and other tasty treats.

Raw cranberries are for the purists, but we like to bake with them, use them as a relish, garnish other foods with them, and add them to other favorite dishes. Get inspired by some of our favorite cranberry recipes.

Some of our vendors will also be whipping up some of their favorite cranberry drinks, too. The Cranberry Wine and Beer Garden is a fun stop for visitors 21 years of age and older. From cranberry juice to cranberry wines and other libations, chances are there will be a cranberry beverage made to your liking.

The Marsh Tour

We invite all of our Cranberry Fest-goers to see how cranberries are harvested by taking a marsh tour at Lake Nokomis. While cranberries aren’t grown in water, it sure is fun to see them gathered up in flooded fields. Some say it’s even more fun to see this practiced while sampling cranberry wine, which is available on the tour.

Shuttles leave from the Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center from Thursday through Sunday. Reservations are not required, but are strongly encouraged to guarantee a spot on the tour and place on the shuttle.

More Than Cranberries

While cranberries might be the main dish at Cranberry Fest, there are many side acts to check out during the weekend. There will be an arts and crafts fair, a farmer’s market, and family entertainment to provide a memorable experience for attendees.

Cranberry Fest October 2-3

Start the fall season off the right way by joining our successful harvest of cranberries in Eagle River! We’ve got the cranberries and places to stay. All we need is you to make this annual event the best one yet!

Thursday, September 30, 2021

CRANBERRY MARSH TOURS

11:00 am and 11:30 am.  Tours leave from the Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center.
Call 800-359-6315 for reservations.

Friday, October 1, 2021

CRANBERRY MARSH TOURS

11:00 am and Noon. Tours depart every half hour.  Tours leave from the Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center.
Call 800-359-6315 for reservations.

Saturday, October 2, 2021

9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Free Shuttle Bus to all the various festival locations: Festival Grounds (Vilas County Fairgrounds-Hwy 70W) and Downtown Eagle River.  Shuttle available from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. (Shuttles run approximately every 20-30 minutes depending on traffic).

CRANBERRY FESTIVAL GROUNDS ACTIVITIES

(Vilas County Fairgrounds – Hwy 70 W)  Free Shuttle Bus available to all other activities.  Available from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

  • Arts & Crafts Fair – 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
  • Cranberry Fest Pancake Breakfast 7:00 am to 10:00 am
  • Cranberry Bake Sale
  • Cranberry Food Products and Souvenirs
  • Cranberry Beer and Wine Garden
  • Family Entertainment
  • A variety of foods with and without Cranberries

DOWNTOWN EAGLE RIVER ACTIVITIES

Free Shuttle Bus available to all other activities.  Available from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

  • Open Air Antique and Farmers Market –  8:00 am to 4:00 pm
  • Musical Entertainment

Cranberry Marsh Tours  

9:00 am to 3:00 pm.  Leaving every thirty minutes.  Tours leave from the Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center – 201 N. Railroad St.
Call 800-359-6315 for reservations.   Reservations are recommended.

FRESH CRANBERRY AND CRAISIN SALES

Cranberry Fest Festival Grounds (Hwy 70 W), Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center (201 N. Railroad St.), Corner of Hwy 70 W & Railroad St. and Downtown Eagle River.

Sunday, October 3, 2021

9:00 am to 3:00 pm  (No shuttle bus available on Sunday)

CRANBERRY FESTIVAL GROUNDS ACTIVITIES  (VILAS COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS – HWY 70 W)

  • Arts & Crafts Fair – 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
  • Cranberry Fest Crafter Items Auction – 11:30 am
  • Cranberry Bake Sale
  • Cranberry Food Products and Souvenirs
  • Cranberry Beer and Wine Garden
  • Family Entertainment
  • A variety of foods with or without Cranberries

CRANBERRY MARSH TOURS

10:00 am to 2:00 pm.  Leaving every hour.  Tours leave from the Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center.  Call 800-359-6315 for reservations.

FRESH CRANBERRY AND CRAISIN SALES

Cranberry Fest Festival Grounds (Hwy 70 W) and the Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center (201 N. Railroad St.)

MARSH AND WINE TASTING TOURS (THURSDAY – SUNDAY) – SEPTEMBER 30 – OCTOBER 3, 2021

ADULTS: $8.00 EA., KIDS 12 AND UNDER:$5 EA., KIDS 3 AND UNDER: FREE

Reservations suggested: 800-359-6315


PLEASE KNOW: NO PETS AT THE VILAS COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS – THANK YOU

Vilas County Ordinance: 19.08

Cranberry Fest Maps

Click Here for Map of Activities throughout the City

 Click Here for Map of Cranberry Fest Festival Grounds

Click Here for 2021 Cranberry Country Crier Festival Newspaper

ARTS-N-CRAFTS VENDORS

If you are a creator of arts-n-crafts, you will want to display your fine talents at Cranberry Fest in Eagle River, WI. Must be all handmade by the seller.

2021 Crafter Application:  Click Here

Cranberry Fest Crafter Booth Layout: Click Here

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Event Liability Insurance – Purchase Here

PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL ARTS AND CRAFTS MUST BE HAND MADE BY THE SELLER – NO BUY/SELL ITEMS ALLOWED

 

AUXILIARY FOOD VENDORS

2021 Auxiliary Food Vendor Application Booklet – Click Here

2020 Auxiliary Food Vendor Application – Click Here

Please call 800-359-6315 or email events@eagleriver.org for more information.

If you are a food vendor, you will want to sell your fine foods at Cranberry Fest in Eagle River, WI.  (Food items sold will not be duplicated by any other food vendor and will not compete with our local service clubs in the Cranberry Fest Food Tent.)

We are sorry to announce that the Berry Bog 5K Walk and Jog will no longer take place.

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