With the recent turn of the calendar page to September, autumn is in the air in Wisconsin’s North Woods as cooling temperatures and shortening daylight hours spur trees to begin switching out their green summer foliage to fall oranges, reds and yellows.

A number of North Woods communities have planned celebrations of Colorama and the fall cranberry harvest in the coming weeks:

Phelps — This Saturday, Sept. 18, the 12th annual Scarecrow Fest will be held in downtown Phelps, with proceeds benefitting the Phelps Women’s Club. 

The free admission festival offers a variety of activities, entertainment and concessions. 

For more information, call (715) 545-3800 or visit phelpsscarecrowfest.org.

Land O’ Lakes — Also this Saturday, Sept. 18, Art Harvest will be held beginning at 10 a.m. in Land O’ Lakes on the VFW and Community Garden grounds.

The free admission Art Harvest event offers fine arts and crafts offered for sale by local artisans. 

Art Harvest also features art demonstrations, live music, a quilt show, an art exhibit and tours of the Community Garden. 

For more information, call (715) 547-3950 or visit go­land­o­lakeswi.com.

St. Germain — For 63 years, St. Germain has proudly laid claim to the title “Birthplace of Colorama.” 

Colorama activities will be held this Saturday, Sept. 18, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at St. Germain Community Park. 

The Colorama celebration at St.?Germain will include a craft show and farmers market, free horse-drawn wagon rides, live entertainment, concessions, a cornhole tournament, pumpkin painting, a mum sale and regional microbrew sampling at “Pints in the Park.” 

For more information, phone (715) 477-2205 or visit st-germain.com.

Three Lakes — Oktoberfest will be held in downtown Three Lakes this Saturday, Sept. 18, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Three Lakes Oktoberfest will feature a variety of food, entertainment and vendors. 

Wausau’s Pommersche Danz Gruppe will perform German folk dances in authentic costumes throughout the day, and Jim Pekol and his band will be playing polka tunes. 

For more information, phone (715) 546-3400 or visit threelakes.com. 

Boulder Junction — Also this Saturday, Sept. 18, the Boulder Junction Lions Club will host the community’s 61st annual Colorama Dinner from 5:15 to 7:30 p.m. in historic Nash Lodge at Camp Manito-wish YMCA. 

Dinner proceeds will benefit fourth- and eighth-grade classes at North Lakeland School to help fund their spring 2022 class trips. 

Doors at Nash Lodge will open at 5:15 p.m., with dinner served at 6 p.m. 

Advance ticket purchases are strongly recommended, as the Colorama Dinner is usually a sellout. Tickets, $17 for adults and $8 for children age 12 and younger, are available at the Boulder Junction Chamber of Commerce. Payments are accepted by check or cash only. 

For more information, call the Boulder Junction chamber at (715) 385-2400 or visit boulderjct.org.

Land O’ Lakes — On Saturday, Sept. 25, Land O’ Lakes will celebrate Oktoberfest at the Snowflake Ice Rink with a traditional German beer, music and food festival. There also will be raffles.

Tickets, $20 each at the door, includes two beers and two musical groups between 5:45 and 10 p.m. 

Food will be catered by Bear Trap Inn and The RBA Food Truck. 

For more information, phone (715) 547-3432.

Minocqua — Also on Sept. 25, Beef-A-Rama will be presented by the Minocqua Chamber of Commerce.

Held in downtown Minocqua, Beef-A-Rama will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with many activities headquartered at lakeside Torpy Park.

Beef-A-Rama includes beef cook-offs,  live music, Prime Choice Craft Show, 10K and 5K Rump Roast Run, beef eating contest, Cow Plop Contest and 3:30 p.m. awards ceremony for the top beef roasters. 

For more information, phone (715) 356-5266 or 1-(800) 44-NORTH, or visit minocqua.org. 

Manitowish Waters — On Saturday, Oct. 2, the Man­i­to­wish Waters Chamber of Commerce will host its 22nd annual Cran-A-Rama festival from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Manitowish Waters Community Center. 

Cran-A-Rama includes an indoor and outdoor arts and crafts fair, fresh cranberry sales, a cranberry cooking contest, bake sale, a Taste of Harvest food festival featuring local restaurant fare, self-guided fall color tours, cranberry product samples and free cranberry marsh tours. 

For more information, phone (715) 543-8488 or visit manitowishwaters.org.

Eagle River — On Oct. 2-3,?Eagle River’s Cranberry Fest will again be headquartered at the Vilas County Fairgrounds, with cranberry food and drink sampling, arts and crafts vendors, a live auction, ticketed marsh and wine-tasting tours, and more. There will be an antique show and farmers market downtown on Saturday only.  

For more information, phone 1-(800) 359-6315 or visit eagle­river.org. 

North Woods — On Oct. 8-10, the Northwoods Fall Art Tour will be held daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Northwoods Fall Art Tour is a self-guided tour of artist-owned galleries and studios, with artist demonstrations and art available for purchase. Brochures are available at area chambers of commerce or online at northwoodsarttour.com. 

For more information, phone (715) 966-1048.

Boulder Junction — On Saturday, Oct. 9, the Boulder Junction?Chamber of Commerce will host its 26th annual Harvest Fest from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in downtown Boulder Junction, offering a variety of activities including a scavenger hunt, scarecrow decorating contest, games, fall treats and visits with Granny Autumn.

For more information, phone (715) 385-2400 or visit boulderjct.org.

Three Lakes — Also on Oct. 9, Pumpkin Fest will be held 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Three Lakes High School.

Sponsored by the Three Lakes Fire Department Auxiliary, Pumpkin Fest will feature food concessions, arts/crafts and farmers market vendors, raffles and a bake sale, with proceeds benefitting the Three Lakes Fire Department. 

Attendees are asked to bring a nonperishable food item in support of the Three Lakes Food Pantry. 

For more information, phone (630) 325-1718 or email tlakes­w15@gmail.com.