The apple harvest festival returns to the Retzer Nature Center on Saturday, September 18, 2021

The apple harvest festival returns to the Retzer Nature Center on Saturday, September 18, 2021

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  • Food & Drink

  • “I’m so glad to be coming back together to celebrate fall in Waukesha County at one of our favorite park festivals with delicious treats, fun activities, and great shopping,” said Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow. “Plans are on course for a safe and healthy event throughout the nature center grounds.”

The Delafield Brewhaus Beer Garden will be serving ready-to-eat food and assorted beverages and brews, including ‘Retzer Apple Ale.’ The Apple Market will have a variety of apples from Brightonwoods Orchard and Patterson Orchards. Half gallons of cider and caramel apples will also be available for purchase. Waukesha County Technical College’s Baking and Pastry Management students will be baking whole apple pies, whole apple crisps, individual crisps, and other sweet treats that will be available to go. To limit additional contact points, single-serve pie, ice cream and cups of cider will not be sold at the event this year.

Visitors can shop arts and crafts vendors, bid on items at the Friends of Retzer Nature Center’s Silent Auction, and enjoy a variety of self-guided hikes and educational activities. Scarecrow Lane opens for the season with rows of community-made scarecrows to view and hikers can read the book, Little Acorn, along the Story Hike trail. Children will love the take and make activities, participating in the Passport Expedition and scrambling on the new Wood Climbing Exploration Station recently added to the Discovery Trail. Limited tickets will also be available for the Horwitz – DeRemer Planetarium show.

Fun Activities

Safety Measures

At this time, masks are not required outdoors or indoors during the event. Individuals are encouraged to follow the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance. There will be increased cleaning of touchpoints and restrooms and multiple hand sanitizing stations available throughout the grounds. The event layout will also expand this year to allow for more social distancing, including spreading out picnic tables and spacing lines. To limit crowding indoors, all dessert items will be sold through pass-through windows.


Admission is $10 per car, cash only. Visitors will pay from their vehicle upon entry to the parking area. Friends of Retzer Nature Center members receive free admission with membership card.

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