Covered Bridge Festival

October 12th & 13th

In addition to being home to the Iowa Quilt Museum, Winterset is the county seat of Madison County. Yes, that Madison County, the one with the covered bridges and the love story between Francesca & Robert.

Long before Robert James Waller brought our covered bridges into the national spotlight, though, some ‘big thinking’ Madison County citizens came up with the idea for a festival celebrating these unique historical landmarks. For 5o years that tradition has continued and we now host the Covered Bridge Festival annually on the 2nd full weekend of October.

Come to Winterset on October 12th and 13th this year to enjoy good food, a HUGE variety of vendors, games, demonstrators of heritage skills, tours of the covered bridges, a quilt show, a car show, a parade, live music…..I could go on forever.

While you’re here, look for the quilted barn which will lead you right to the Iowa Quilt Museum. We’ll be open extended hours (9-5 both Saturday and Sunday) to coincide with the festival so come see our current display, A Fons & Porter Homecoming and check out our gift shop. We’ll also have an authentic treadle sewing machine set up so you can try your hand at sewing like your grandma might have done!