Waukesha County

Apple Harvest Festival Returns to Retzer Nature Center September 22

The Friends of Retzer Nature Center’s Annual Apple Harvest Festival returns for its 32nd year of celebrating Waukesha County’s apple-growing heritage on Saturday, September 22 at Retzer Nature Center. The event is offering an apple market, arts and crafts vendors, a beer garden, live music, and many family-friendly activities from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Retzer Nature Center is located at S14W28167 Madison Street, Waukesha.

“This festival is a great opportunity for residents to welcome fall with fun activities, food, drink, and homemade apple desserts,” said Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow. “The horse-drawn wagon rides and scarecrow displays are always popular with visiting families.”


The Heirloom Apple Market will have 38 apple varieties and fresh apple cider. Visitors can also purchase apple pies, apple crisp, and caramel apples. The family-friendly Delafield Brewhaus Beer Garden will be serving food and beverages, including ‘Retzer Apple Ale’ beer and apple cider ice cream floats. Live folk music from Apple Jam will entertain all ages from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


In addition to the apple items, visitors can shop over 30 arts and crafts vendors and bid on items at the Friends of Retzer Nature Center’s Silent Auction. Other activities and events are scattered throughout the day. Families will enjoy the recycling-themed Scarecrow Lane, nature inspired Passport Expedition, games and crafts in the Children’s Area, Horse-Drawn Wagon Rides, shows at the Horwitz – DeRemer Planetarium, and stories at the John and Florence Retzer Reading Corner.


Admission is $5 per car, cash only. Friends of Retzer Nature Center members receive free admission.

For more information about becoming a Friends member, visit: www.friendsofretzer.org. For details on the festival, building a scarecrow, or volunteering at the event, call Retzer Nature Center (262) 548-7801, or visit www.waukeshacounty.gov/appleharvestfestival


Full event schedule available below.


The Friends of Retzer Nature Center’s Apple Harvest Festival Schedule of Events

September 22, 2018





Heirloom Apple Market
and Apple Cider Sales

9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Shop 38 Wisconsin apple varieties and fresh apple cider.
*While supplies last

Apple Pies, Apple Crisps, and

Caramel Apple Sales

9 a.m. – 5 p.m.


Single slice or whole desserts available.

*While supplies last


Art & Craft Fair

9 a.m. – 5 p.m.


Over 30 vendors demonstrating and selling. Paintings, carvings, soaps, jewelry, photos, weaving, and more!


Friends of Retzer Nature Center’s

Silent Auction


9 a.m. – 4 p.m.


Benefiting Friends of Retzer Nature Center. Bid on unique items.

Delafield Brewhaus Beer Garden

9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.


Family-friendly food, snacks, and beverages. Beer for ages 21+

Live Folk Music

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Performances by Apple Jam at the

Beer Garden.


John and Florence Retzer

Reading Corner


9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Fun kids’ stories read by volunteers.

Horwitz – DeRemer Planetarium Show


9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

* Show runs every half hour

Watch Sky Wars: Battles of Discovery and witness the connections and conflicts between astronomy and astrology. $2.00/person.

Horse-Drawn Wagon Rides

11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Ride the wagon throughout the grounds of Retzer Nature Center.


Children’s Area

9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Explore nature with this fun guide. Begin at any Nature Station throughout the grounds.


Passport Expedition

9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Play games, make crafts, and earn prizes. Purchase tickets to participate.


Scarecrow Lane

9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Stroll the paved walkway and view the Scarecrows made from recycled items.



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