It’s all about apples!

Saturday, September 14, 2024

Apfelfest is a festival dedicated to America’s favorite fruit! It’s a beautiful time to visit the Colonies and you’ll find apple treats, apple gifts, and apple desserts at many of the businesses. Of course, Allen’s Orchard of Marion, IA will be on site at the Visitors Center to sell you fresh apples to take home.

Take the Apfelfest Sampling Stroll and visit a variety of businesses that will all have something apple for you to sample, then when you’ve finished turn in your brochure and be entered into a drawing for a gift certificate. You can visit all the businesses for an extra chance to win! Find the Sampling Stroll passport and all the great Apfelfest events in our event brochure, available at various businesses and the Amana Colonies Visitor Center.

This year find even more exciting Apfelfest things at the Peace Garden located just outside the Visitors Center.

  • Chainsaw artist Bobby Ward of Colony Carvers will be showcasing his fall work, including hand carved apples. A perfect souvenir of the day.
  • From 11:00 am – 3:00 pm we will have a Kids Corner full of apple themed crafts, games, and stories.
  • Allen’s Orchard will be joining us again this year from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm selling some of their delicious apples and apple cider donuts for you to enjoy. Don’t be late or you might just miss out.


Fall Volksmarch

We will revive a German tradition with our Fall Volksmarch on the Amana Nature Trail in Homestead. Join us as we walk the Nature Trail to the river overlook and back. Order your favorite lunch to go and enjoy it overlooking the Iowa River at the end of the trail! While enjoying the trail, leave nothing but footprints; please clean up any trash you create and do not litter. We encourage you to dress for the timber and bring water along with you. You may also want to have bug spray on hand for hotter or humid weather. In case of rain, the Volkmarch will be moved from the Nature Trial into Amana on our paved Recreational Trails. In case of severe inclement weather, the Fall Volksmarch will be canceled.

Brochures + Forms

This Year’s Event

Special Thank You to our 2024 Festivals & Events Sponsors: