Here are some of the more interesting events, deals, websites and other travel tidbits that have come across our desk recently:
•Enjoy fall colors in southwest Wisconsin while taking a self-guided driving tour to visit artists’ studio spaces and galleries. Scheduled for Oct. 19-21, the Fall Art Tour visits locations in Baraboo, Spring Green, Dodgeville and Mineral Point, and the artistic creations include painting, jewelry, pottery, sculpture and photography. www.fallarttour.com
•Starved Rock Lodge at Starved Rock State Park in Oglesby, Ill., is celebrating Oktoberfest on Oct. 20-22. The event features German food, wine and beer and live music by a German band. Price for the food-only buffet is $25 a person; for the buffet and beer and wine tastings and a stein it’s $40. Oct. 20-21 festivities are in the evening. Oct. 22 is a lunch. https://tinyurl.com/y9rropp2
•The Lake Geneva, Wis., area has lots of Halloween-related activity on tap for the end of October and first of November. Among the fun: the American Horrors Film Festival at the downtown Geneva Theater on Oct. 26-27, the Boos and Brews Halloween Bash on Oct. 26-27 at Lake Lawn Resort, Covetoberfest on Oct. 27 at The Cove of Lake Geneva, magic shows Oct. 27 and Nov. 3 at Tristan Crist Magic Theatre and the Lake Geneva Ghost Walk on Oct. 26-27 and Nov. 2-3. Check out all of the events at https://tinyurl.com/ycazogj8.
•The Dennos Museum Center at Northwestern Michigan College in Traverse City, Mich., is beginning its concert season, which runs through May 2019. Performances range from blues to bluegrass and from jazz to world music. Chicago bluesman John Primer and jazz standout Bob James Trio are among the talent on the lineup. https://tinyurl.com/yk76p4l
•This year marks the 72nd installment of Indianapolis’ Historic Irvington Halloween Festival. It runs from Oct. 20-27. Among the highlights are a Street Fair, a Battle of the Bands, the Charity Ball, a Spooky Organ Concert and Slightly Haunted Puppet Show. https://tinyurl.com/y8nnbuyb
•Keeping with the Halloween season, the Missouri tourism folks have put together a list of spooky spots in their state. They range from the haunted Belvoir Winery in Liberty, a suburb of Kansas City, to the mansions of Hannibal’s Millionaire’s Row and their dark secrets. There are also tours of the 1836 Missouri State Penitentiary. https://tinyurl.com/yd6qqtw7
•Get your floating frights every Friday and Saturday night in October at the Manistee Ghost Ship. The historic 1931 S.S. City of Milwaukee car ferry is turned into five decks of thrills and chills on the Manistee, Mich., waterfront. www.manisteesghostship.com
•The Zimmerman Art Glass Factory in Corydon, Ind., holds its annual Glasstoberfest on Oct. 19-20. Demonstrations of glass making highlight the fest, but there’s also German food, live music, a beer garden and artists’ booths. https://tinyurl.com/y9erst6q
•The 10th Annual Milwaukee Film Festival will be Oct. 18 through Nov. 1. More than 300 films will be screened, including seven world premieres, and there will be lots of sessions with filmmakers. The historic Oriental Theatre will be the hub for the festival. www.mkefilm.org
•The Wall That Heals, a three-quarter scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, will be exhibited Oct. 25-28 at the Milner & Orr Funeral Homes in Paducah, Ky. The replica is 375 feet long and 7½ feet high at its tallest point. A Mobile Education Center is also part of the traveling exhibit. https://www.vvmf.org/twth
•Gallery Night and Day will be held Oct. 19-20 in Milwaukee. Much of this popular 30-year-old art event is in the city’s Historic Third Ward, but there’s plenty to see throughout downtown. Participants include galleries and museums, and there are plenty of restaurants and bars for when you’re “arted” out. https://tinyurl.com/ycsqk939
•The Three Rivers Wine Trail features wineries, a brewery and a distillery in the Appalachian foothills of Coshocton County in east central Ohio. https://tinyurl.com/y757ehj6
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Phil Marty is a freelancer.