FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
With the size of our festival and the many events taking place all weekend, there are always frequently asked questions that we thought we'd answer for you. If you have more questions, please contact us through our Contact Us Page or 608-378-4200.
Will the Festival ever be cancelled due to weather or other reasons?
The Festival takes place rain or shine, it has never been cancelled and it never will be.
What time does the Festival begin and end each day?
The Festival takes place the last full weekend in September (Friday, Saturday and Sunday). Booths open at 7:00 a.m. each day and stay open until 5:00 p.m. or 6:00 p.m., depending on weather and the size of the crowds.
When are cranberry marsh tours?
Cranberry Marsh Tours take place Friday and Saturday of the Festival.
Ticket sales start at 7:30 a.m. each day, and tours run every 15 minutes on Friday and every 10 minutes on Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. both days. Make sure to get your tickets early! The tours often sell out by Noon and tickets are only sold outside, in tent by Wetherby Stone Building, where the tours begin. Sorry, but advance ticket sales are not available. Friday & Saturday purchase your tickets early for a preferred time.
Tickets are $7.00 for adults and $4.00 for children (ages 4 to 17) children 3 and under free, if they sit on parent's lap..
Will I be able to see cranberries being harvested?
Due to the volume of guests we have in Warrens for the Festival, over 140,000 people over the three-day weekend, we schedule the event ahead of the cranberry harvest. However, you can see a working cranberry marsh on one of our Cranberry Marsh Tours. You will be able to see harvesting equipment, cranberry marshes and buy fresh cranberries, honey and wine.
If you would like to experience a cranberry harvest, there is a Public Harvest Day in Warrens, held at the Wetherby Cranberry Company, always the first Saturday in October, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. For more information, visit www.freshcranberries.com
Do you have Handicapped Parking?
Handicapped Parking is available on the grounds with a valid permit. When you arrive, parking personnel will direct you to the Handicapped Parking Areas.
Do you offer shuttles from the parking lots?
The Festival offers free shuttle service from Birkholz Field, Jellystone Campground and McMullen Campground. The shuttles run all three days from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
The Tomah Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center offers a shuttle service from Tomah to Warrens during the Festival. For more information about the shuttle, call 1-833-948-6624.
What cranberry products are available at the Festival?
There is a variety of cranberry items available at the Festival, including fresh fruit, juice, sweetened dried cranberries, honey, wine and much more.
There is also an assortment of official Festival souvenirs, including t-shirts, sweatshirts, buttons and cranberry gifts. You can find these items and more at the official Warrens Cranberry Festival Souvenir Booth located at 402 Pine Street across from Queen of the Apostles Church.
Which day of the Warrens Cranberry Festival is the busiest?
In the past, Friday and Saturday have been our busiest days. Sunday is a little slower. Our gigantic Parade takes place on Sunday at 1 p.m., but shopping continues all day on Sunday, even during the Parade.
Is there a way I can avoid the crowds when parking?
The best way to avoid the crowds is to come early! The Festival opens at 7:00 a.m. each day, and things are in full swing by 9:00 a.m. Be prepared to wait while you park.
Is there transportation around the Festival grounds?
Limited transportation is available on the Festival grounds due to the large crowds. There are some courtesy golf carts to transport guests and their packages, but be prepared to do a lot of walking. There are no scooter or wheelchair rentals on the grounds, at this time. There are some seating areas in the Food Courts, but those are often crowded. Visitors are encouraged to bring a folding chair to use.
What should I bring to the Festival?
The Festival is completely outdoors, so be sure to check the weather and dress accordingly.
Bring an umbrella or a poncho if it looks like rain.
Dress in layers, it is often chilly in the morning hours.
If you have trouble standing for long periods of time, bring a folding chair so you can rest.
Stop at the Main Information Booth on Main Street when you arrive to pick up a map that will help you find your way around the Festival.
Remember to wear comfortable shoes!
Can I bring pets to the Festival?
We love pets but prefer you be kind to your pets and leave them at home, due to weather and large crowds. Pets, service animals and any other types of animals must be continuously restrained so that they are under the immediate physical control of their escort at all times.
Do you have any other advice?
Plan a place to meet ahead of time if you get separated from your group. The Main Information Booth on Main Street has a Public Address System, but personal announcements are not made.
Don't forget to ask for a business card, that way you can contact a vendor for that special item you saw at the Festival and place your order.