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Welcome to the great state of Wisconsin! up As the days get warmer, the fun also heats in Wisconsin. Our state offers so many fun things to do year-round. From music festivals to art fairs, water parks to Native American do pow-wows, we know you’ll find lots to during your visit. With more than 500 events, this guide offers the perfect starting point to build your own
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Lambeau Field, Green Bay Apostle Islands, Bayfield Contents 2 APRIL EVENT 6 MAY EVENTS 12 JUNE EVENTS 20 JULY EVENTS 28 AUGUST EVENTS 34 SEPTEMBER EVENTS 43 ONGOING EVENTS 45 EXHIBITS 46 PERFORMING ARTS 49 TOURISM CONTACTS 53 STATE REGIONS: MAP AN EVENT
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1 Event Guide Browse 6 Campground Directory more than a thousand of The Wisconsin Association Wisconsin’s top events with of Campground Owners Fall Color Report: Plan your this guide’s two annual provides this guide of the trip to view the hues of autumn editions—spring/summer and state’s private campgrounds, with weekly updates on foliage fall/winter. listed by region. conditions around the state in September and October. 2 Travel Guide Find the WHEN YOU’RE HAVING FUN, WE’RE HAVING FUN. 7 State Parks Visitor Guide 1 2016-17 WISCONSIN FALL/WINTER EVENT GUIDE 53 2 fun in Wisconsin – from Snow Conditions Report: Get Discover the recreational all-seasons adventure in weekly updates on conditions for the great outdoors to food opportunities and facilities downhill and cross-country skiing itineraries, scenic driving awaiting you at more than and snowmobiling throughout tours and indoor escapes. 100 state parks, forests and Wisconsin this winter. trails in Wisconsin. This 170-page guide breaks Wisconsin Traveler: This down travel both by region 8 Bed & Breakfast twice-monthly newsletter and activity. brings you the latest essential Directory Flip through 3 4 information for trekking across 3 Native American Tourism more than 200 charming the state, including getaway official guide of Wisconsin’s Wisconsin B&Bs in this ideas, events, packages and deals. showcases the attractions, WISCONSIN handy pocket-sized brochure Camping Memories Made Here! events and history of the provided by the Wisconsin Camping2016 Trip Planner: Explore. Save. Guide Share. Create a new trip or edit state’s 11 tribal communities. Bed & Breakfast Association. existing trips, then share your 4 Wisconsin Golf trip with friends on your favorite This comprehensive golf social network or via email.
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Around 20,000 fun-lovers 50-yard-line on the football whoop up spring’s arrival with field, and many linger in stadium an 8-kilometer run or 2-mile seats for free music (and beer, walk between Capitol Square for those of legal drinking age) – and Camp Randall Stadium. The even if it’s snowing. beloved tradition began in 1982,
raises money for University Wisconsin Athletics of Wisconsin Athletics and honors the late legendary wide receiver Elroy “Crazylegs” Hirsch. Some folks wear a crazy costume; feel free to dash, jog, plod along or take shortcuts. Everybody ends up at the same finish line, near the
o EAT Fortify yourself with quiche or a frittata at the always-packedMarigold Kitchen before hoofing it, or go with a skillet scramble or monstrous piece of coffee cake from no-frillsMickie’s Dairy Bar afterward. Between the Crazylegs start and finish is Bassett Street Brunch Club, where specialties include fat-n-fresh doughnuts and slushy screwdrivers. Save room for a scoop of campus-made ice cream: Lines usually are shortest at Babcock Dairy Store, which also sells the award-winning cheeses made there, curds to brick.
o STAY Feed the campus fever with a room at The Graduate Madison, a stylishly outdoorsy boutique hotel downtown. The best views come from the hotel’s rooftop restaurant. Only one block from Camp Randall isHotelRED , a boutique beauty with cardinal décor. Well-heeled pets are welcome, and seasonal bike/kayak rentals complimentary. For elegant but homey digs, book the Varsity or University Suite at The Buckingham Inn, a bed and breakfast in a century-old, Prairie School-style house that has a rich UW history. o PLAY Get to Capitol Square as early as 6 a.m. on race day, to shop and stash goodies from the Dane County Farmers’ Market. No other producer- operated farm market in the U.S. is larger. Prolong your university immersion and people watching with a visit to Memorial Union Terrace, which faces Lake Mendota, or spacious Union South, big enough for billiards, bowling and a bouldering wall. Although shopping’s good along State Street, lesser-known Monroe Street contains one-off stores that are equally fine.
MARCH 30-APRIL 6 WJJQ Home, Sport & Travel Show with Health Expo Midwest Horse Fair Tomahawk (NE) Madison (SC) Wisconsin Film Festival Take a look at outdoor displays of new cars, boats This three-day horse fair will feature more than 600 Madison (SC) and RVs at this free-admission event featuring door horses, 500 vendors, hundreds of clinics, seminars This festival is an eight-day exploration of new prizes. and educational events. dramatic and documentary independent films, ani- 715-453-4482 920-623-5515 mation, experimental restorations and revivals. www.wjjq.com www.midwesthorsefair.com 608-262-9009 www.wifilmfest.org Wolf River Builder’s Association Home & Cottage Show APRIL 22 Shawano (C) Between the Bluffs Beer, Wine and Cheese Festival MARCH 31-APRIL 2 Check out the latest in home building, furnishings, Home & Sport Show remodeling, landscaping, crafts and more. La Crosse (SW) Stop by for a night of sampling with more than 200 Ashland (NW) 715-853-2310 www.wolfriverbuilders.com quality beers, 45 types of wine, and an array of Displays and demos of home and recreational gourmet cheeses to choose from. products. 608-782-2250 715-682-2727 APRIL 9 www.betweenthebluffsbeerfest.com www.visitashland.com Milwaukee Miniature Motors & Toy Show Waukesha (SE) Wisconsin Deer & Turkey Expo Collectible, antique to new model automobiles, toys MACC Pine Line Marathon Madison (SC) to buy, sell, and trade. Medford (NW) This expo features how-to seminars, shooting rang- 262-646-4114 Events include a marathon, half marathon, relay es, contests and hundreds of hunting products. www.milwaukeeminimotors.com and 5K run/walk. 800-324-3337 715-748-4729 www.deerinfo.com/wisconsin APRIL 19-22 Central Wisconsin Horse Sale APRIL 22-23 APRIL 1 Neillsville (C) All Breed Dog Show, Obedience and Rally Trial Annual Tomah Antique Toy Farm Show - Old & New Wisconsin’s largest horse and equipment sale Fond du Lac (EC) Tomah (SW) attracts buyers and sellers from across the country. Fond du Lac County Kennel Club’s dog show will 715-570-7749 Check out scale replicas of trucks and farm-related include conformation, obedience and rally trial www.centralwihorsesales.com equipment, past and present. competition. 608-372-6907 920-923-2102 APRIL 20-22 www.fdlckc.org Maple Syrup Festival UW Varsity Band Spring Concert Poynette (SC) Madison (SC) Clark County “Spring Into The Arts” Studio Tour Learn about the MacKenzie Center’s sugar bush A three-night extravaganza complete with profes- Neillsville (C) and how Native Americans, pioneers and today’s sional staging, lighting, sound and pyrotechnics Artists and their creations are showcased in this performed for 25,000 Badger fans each year. volunteers make maple syrup. Enjoy a pancake self-guided tour along scenic country roads and 608-265-4120 breakfast and horse-drawn wagon rides. quaint communities. www.badgerband.com 608-635-8105 715-255-9100 www.dnr.wi.gov/education/Mackenzie www.clarkcountytourism-wi.org APRIL 20-23 Baileys Harbor Brown Trout Tournament Crazy Quilters Quilt Show APRIL 1-2 Mukwonago (SE) Baileys Harbor (NE) MapleFest at Glenna Farms A $25 entry fee is needed for one of the premier Over 300 items on display from quilters with a Amery (NW) fishing contests on Lake Michigan. More than passion for quilting as an art form. Special exhibits, Eat pancakes, take a self-guided “sap to syrup” tour $7,000 in prizes will be awarded for the biggest bed turning, quilt raffle and silent auction. and visit a petting zoo. catches. 414-529-2593 800-310-5050 920-839-2366 www.mukwonagocrazyquilters.com www.glennafarms.com www.baileysharbor.com Model Train Show APRIL 7-8 APRIL 21 Fond du Lac (EC) Spring Home, Garden & Recreation Show Girls Night Out - Spring Fling Come on down and enjoy the massive display of Amery (NW) Cambridge (SC) model trains, operating layouts of all gauges, rolling See exhibits on homes, furnishings and appliances, Enjoy special deals, tastings and gifts at this girl’s stock, and operating accessories. landscaping, cars, greenhouses, golf, boats and night out in downtown Cambridge. 920-933-2835 ATVs. 608-423-3780 www.fdl.com/events.html 715-268-8101 www.cambridgewi.com www.amerywisconsin.org APRIL 27 Taste of the North APRIL 8-9 APRIL 21-22 Gallery Night and Day Minocqua (NE) Antique Show & Sale Meet more than two dozen chefs, sample their Milwaukee (SE) Neenah (EC) signature dishes and vote on your favorite in each Gallery Night and Day is the premier art event in Shop furniture, home and garden decor, glassware category. Milwaukee for gallery hopping and art viewing, and china, quilts and linens, toys and sporting 715-356-5266 showcasing 50 venues throughout downtown. goods, country primitives, paper and textiles, adver- www.minocqua.org 414-273-1173 tising and signage, jewelry and collectibles. www.gallerynightandday.org 920-730-8204 APRIL 28-29 www.hearthstonemuseum.org Villa Louis Behind the Scenes APRIL 21-23 Prairie Du Chien (SW) Spring Gift and Craft Show Central Wisconsin Concertina Festival See Villa Louis from top to bottom during extended Onalaska (SW) Merrill (NE) tours of the mansion highlighting the care and Browse more than 140 booths of home and garden This festival highlights more than 100 concertina keeping of a unique object from the Dousman items at this free event. artists from around the state and beyond. family collection. 608-781-9566 715-536-9405 608-326-2721 www.omnicenter.net www.merrillchamber.org www.villalouis.org
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APRIL 28-30 APRIL 29-MAY 5 APRIL 30 Big Whopper Weekend (Fishing Contest) Art Show Oshkosh Marathon, Half Marathon & 5K New London (EC) Waupaca (C) Oshkosh (EC) Fish the Wolf River during the annual walleye run. Artists from throughout central Wisconsin and Annual Oshkosh Marathon, Half Marathon and 5K The event will include contests, food, live music and beyond display works and compete for prizes in Run/Walk, all offering scenic diversity from the a huge raffle. this annual, professionally-judged show sponsored historic homes to the river. 920-982-5822 by Waupaca Fine Arts. 920-574-2972 www.newlondonfishandgame.com 715-258-7343 www.dutrirun.com www.fineartsfestival.org Capital City Jazz Fest Madison (SC) Don’t miss an unparalleled line-up of jazz musi- cians from all across the country. 608-850-5400 www.madisonjazz.com Women’s Weekend Lake Geneva Lake Geneva (SE) Bring your best gal pals for a weekend of shopping and fun activities. Pre-registration is required. 262-248-8911 x224 www.lakegenevawomensweekend.com APRIL 29 Crazylegs Classic Madison (SC) A must-do spring-time tradition in Madison. Both the run and walk follow a scenic course starting in downtown Madison at Capitol Square, through the UW campus and end near the 50 yard line in Camp Randall Stadium. 608-261-5347 www.crazylegsclassic.com Springtime Splendor Art & Craft Show Fond du Lac (EC) This art & craft show features close to a hundred vendors with handmade gifts and home decorat- ing ideas, door prizes, food concessions and free parking. 920-929-2885 www.fdlrecdept.com Taylor County Lions Maple Fest Medford (NW) The full day of activities include a pancake break- fast and maple-flavored foods, maple syrup demon- strations, wood crafts, baking and cooking contests and antique tractor displays. 715-785-7573 www.taylorcountylionsmaplefest.org Winefeast Oshkosh (EC) Sample fine wines from around the world, sip tantalizing brews and try tasty cuisine from area restaurants. 920-424-1300 www.bgcosh.org Wisconsin Grilled Cheese Championship Dodgeville (SC) Amateurs and professionals will compete for prizes and the honor of best grilled cheese sandwich in Wisconsin. Sample their creations, enjoy beer and wine, and listen to live music. 608-935-9200 www.grilledcheesewisconsin.com APRIL 29-30 TitleTown Train Show Green Bay (NE) Don’t miss northeastern Wisconsin’s premier train show with 40,000 sq. ft. of model trains, operating layouts, and exhibits. 920-217-5318 www.ttsgbllc.com Knuckleheads, Wisconsin Dells
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Fishing season opens this in the Chippewa Valley, St. month in Wisconsin, but not Croix Valley, Eagle River, Fond everybody who enjoys the du Lac, Madison, Milwaukee sport can maneuver a boat, and other locations nationwide get onto a fishing pier or bait during fishing season, but a hook without help. Since Hayward is where it all began. 1988, volunteers have made it possible for people with Dawn Cross physical or cognitive limitations to fish on the Chippewa Flowage. They loan their boats, make meals, clean fish and help up to 140 men and women pursue a dream. The annual effort is duplicated
o EAT Savor pitmaster meats by the pound, platter or sandwich at finger-lickin’ Old Southern BBQ, whose owner was the founder of Famous Dave’s barbecue chain. Watch for deer and other wildlife at the outskirts of town, especially at dusk, during a fish fry atThe Ranch, which is also known for its steaks. For dessert, nothing beats The Norske Nook, whose pies are national award winners, or a cool scoop from West’s Hayward Dairy, making ice cream since 1954.
o STAY Motel rooms to five-bedroom villas accommodate couples to crowds at the 64-acre Treeland Resort on the Chippewa Flowage. Check out from- scratch pizza at the lodge restaurant, where you can watch boats on Musky Bay or ride a pontoon. At Grand Pines Resort, on Round Lake, find hand- built log cabins and motel rooms. On staff are fishing guides who also teach fly fishing. Within a walk of downtown Hayward is family-owned, budget- minded Riverside Motel at the Namekagon River and Lake Hayward.
o PLAY Walk into the gut of a 143-foot-long musky, Wisconsin’s official state fish, for 40-foot-high views from the fish’s mouth at theFresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame and Museum. Other bigger-than-life replicas of fish make the grounds a fun place to picnic. At seasonal Fred Scheer’s Lumberjack Shows, competitors speed-chop wood, throw axes, race across floating logs, climb 60-foot-tall poles and show their brawn in additional “Olympics of the Forest” events. Finish the day with miniature golf at Lumberjack Village.
all finishers receive medals, shirts and refresh- APRIL 29-MAY 5 ments at the end of the course. MAY 12-13 Art Show 920-421-1519 Birding Festival Waupaca (C) www.doorcountyhalfmarathon.com Manitowish Waters (NE) Artists from throughout central Wisconsin and Explore the wonders of birding in Wisconsin’s beyond display works and compete for prizes in Northwoods during peak warbler migration. Great Lakefront Artists Fair this annual, professionally-judged show sponsored Lakes area experts lead trips, seminars and work- Racine (SE) shops aimed at improving birding skills, knowledge, by Waupaca Fine Arts. Racine’s first outdoor art fair of the season features and conservation and habitat measures. 715-258-7343 more than 100 artists from throughout the Midwest. 715-543-2085 www.fineartsfestival.org 262-637-7892 www.discoverycenter.net www.racinemontessori.com/lakefront-artist-fair MAY 4-6 MAY 12-14 Nancy’s Notions Sewing Weekend Motorsports Mayhem Gays Mills Spring Festival Beaver Dam (SC) Richland Center (SW) Gays Mills (SW) Experience sewing contests, an in-style seminar, Snowmobile grass drags, ATV drags, dirtbike drags, Tour one of Wisconsin’s prime apple growing areas in- nationally known speakers, hands-on classes, demo derby, truck/tractor pull, FMX, and truck/car cluding orchards in bloom, a flea market, food stands, presentations, product demonstrations packed with drags. and the annual Festival of Folk Music and Dance. ideas and hints, an auction to benefit a local charity 608-604-5068 608-735-4341 and lots of shopping. www.hybridredneck.com www.gaysmills.org 800-739-3936 www.nancysnotions.com Portage County Cultural Festival Jazz on the Vine Stevens Point (C) Elkhart Lake (EC) See dynamic performances by world-renowned jazz MAY 5 Celebrate the cultural diversity of Portage County Falls Sampler musicians while indulging in The Osthoff Resort’s with delicious ethnic food, arts and crafts, and up- award-winning cuisine and sampling more than 100 St Croix Falls (NW) beat music and entertainment from many cultures. domestic and international wines. Sample wines and foods from local eateries while 715-341-1525 888-330-5664 x830 enjoying live music and drawings. www.portagecountyculturalfestival.org www.jazzonthevine.net 715-483-3580 www.fallschamber.org USS LAGARTO Remembrance MAY 12-15 Manitowoc (EC) Horicon Marsh Bird Festival MAY 5-7 Remember the 86 crewmen of the sunken, Manito- Horicon (SC) 2017 Wisconsin Indian Head Country’s Governor’s woc-built submarine USS Lagarto with a ceremony Experience the peak of the spring bird migration Fishing Opener held on the deck of the USS Cobia. around the Horicon Marsh area with guided hikes, Cable (NW) 920-684-0218 bus and boat rides. Reservations are required for Come to learn about the latest techniques for land- www.wisconsinmaritime.org some events. ing the big one, win fabulous prizes, participate in 920-387-7893 free workshops, and shop the many sport vendors Wisconsin Marathon www.horiconmarshbirdfestival.com on site. Kenosha (SE) 715-798-3833 Celebrate with a brat and beer after this marathon and half marathon along a lakefront course. The MAY 13 www.cable4fun.com Journeys Marathon event also includes an untimed two-mile family Eagle River (NE) fitness walk. Badger Steam and Gas Engine Club Spring Swap Meet Scenic point-to-point road race, USAT&F-certified & Auction 847-675-0200 x210 26.2-mile, 13.1-mile power walk, 10K and 5K races. Baraboo (SC) www.wisconsinmarathon.com Music and food. Gas engines, tractors, farm primitives, collectables, 800-359-6315 tools, cars, trucks, and parts. Auction on Saturday Waukesha Art Crawl www.journeysmarathon.org and food for sale on the grounds. Waukesha (SE) 608-393-3021 Walk the downtown streets to see art at several Mid-Continent Railway Dinner Trains www.badgersteamandgas.com venues, shop the boutiques, listen to live music, North Freedom (SC) and indulge in food and drink. Enjoy an evening of fine dining inspired by authen- Montello Fish-N-Fun Fest 262-542-1522 tic railroad recipes aboard vintage First Class cars Montello (C) www.waukeshaart.com built in 1914 and 1929. Three fun-filled days and nights of carnival rides, 608-522-4261 music, softball, crafters, door prizes, and much MAY 6-7 www.midcontinent.org more. Annual Gem, Mineral, Fossil & Jewelry Show 888-318-0362 Marshfield (C) Pewaukee Kiwanis River Run www.montellofishnfunfest.com See a variety of beautiful gems, stones and fossils Pewaukee (SE) at this annual event featuring dealers, displays, A timed six-mile canoe/kayak race will start at Springtime Polka Fest speakers, and more. Hammel Machine in Pewaukee and end at Frame Osseo (SW) 715-387-8782 Park in Waukesha. Enjoy a weekend of polka featuring great dance 262-691-2700 bands from across the Midwest. Earth Arts Studio Tour www.pewaukeekiwanis.org 715-533-1968 St. Croix Falls (NW) www.rhythmplayboys.com This self-guided art tour highlights the work of Spring Bird Migration Day more than 45 artists from the Earth Arts Group of Ferryville (SW) Lake Country Arts & Antiques Show Polk County. See warblers, rare spring birds, wildflowers, plants Waukesha (SE) 715-483-3150 and a panoramic view of the Mississippi River on Browse antique dealers from across the country www.earthartswi.org an easy, guided hike on Sugar Creek Bluff. displaying American and English furniture, acces- 608-734-9077 sories, folk art, jewelry, oriental rugs, lighting and MAY 11-14 www.visitferryville.com clocks. The Past Passed Here 262-896-8490 Chippewa Falls (NW) Spring’s Wings Bird Festival www.antiquescenteratwales.com Head to the historical encampment for an event Green Bay (NE) highlighting the historic sights and sounds of early Explore and celebrate the many ways we interact MAY 6 Chippewa Falls, including camp skill competitions, with birds with field trips, demonstrations, and Door County Half Marathon and Nicolet Bay 5K 1800’s style food, traders row, and live entertainment. activities. Fish Creek (NE) 715-723-0619 920-391-3671 Race winners will be presented with awards, while www.thepastpassedhere.org www.baybeachwildlife.com
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Touch-a-truck and Bike Rodeo Madison Magazine BBQ Festival Fort McCoy Armed Forces Day Open House Cambridge (SC) Sauk City (SC) Fort McCoy (SW) Tour a fire truck, semi-truck, police car, race car, Madison Magazine’s BBQ Festival is a Kansas City Celebrate the armed forces with a day of demon- tow truck and more. Other activities include bouncy Barbecue Society sanctioned contest featuring 24 strations, interactive marksmanship gallery, bus house, face painting and balloons. Free admission. BBQ pros, live music, and delicious food. tours of Fort McCoy and more. 608-423-8108 800-683-2453 608-388-2407 www.visitcambridgewi.com www.madmagbbqfest.com www.mccoy.army.mil
Downtown Baraboo Fair on the Square MAY 19-21 White Deer Triathlon Baraboo (SC) Cellcom Green Bay Marathon Boulder Junction (NE) This semi-annual arts and crafts show with more Green Bay (NE) This timed triathlon’s three legs include a 3K than 150 vendors offers food, a farmers market, In addition to a marathon, the event will include a canoe/kayak/stand-up paddleboard course on children’s activities, live music and family enter- half marathon, 5K run/walk and half-mile kids run beautiful Boulder Lake, 22K bike ride along rustic tainment. on Saturday, along with a Wisconsin-style tailgate roads and 6K run on beautiful roads and trails in 608-448-3490 party at the finish line and a health expo. the woods of Boulder Junction. www.downtownbaraboo.com 920-432-6272 715-385-2400 www.cellcomgreenbaymarathon.com www.boulderjct.org/white-deer-triathlon MAY 13-14 Flea Market and Craft Sale SVRA Spring Vintage Car Weekend MAY 20-21 Elkhart Lake (EC) Hatfield (SW) Automotion Head to Elkhart Lake for Road America’s first race Shop from more than 160 vendors at this free-ad- Wisconsin Dells (C) weekend in 2017 when it hosts the SVRA Spring mission event. Fun-filled weekend with over 1,200 cars on display. Vintage Weekend, kicking off a summer full of 608-989-2275 Rare antiques, vintage classics, a car corral for racing. www.clarkcountytourism-wi.org selling cars, swap meet and much more! Live enter- 800-365-7223 tainment and great food. www.roadamerica.com MAY 14 800-223-3557 www.wisdells.com Marshfield Art Fair Syttende Mai Folk Festival Marshfield (C) Stoughton (SC) Join New Visions Gallery in sharing a Marshfield America’s largest celebration of Norwegian Consti- Blessing of the Fleet Festival & Lake to Table tradition with family and friends, offering a wide tution Day boasts two parades, folk dancing, rose- Culinary Event variety of fine arts and crafts by more than 100 maling, hardanger and quilt exhibits, ethnic food, Baileys Harbor (NE) Midwestern artists. an arts and crafts fair, a canoe race, the Syttende Listen to a broadcast over CB radios by Father 715-387-5562 Mai Run, a Viking Games Strongman Competition Ruby, tour charter boats and commercial fleets, www.newvisionsgallery.org/marshfield-art-fair-c1e37 and a Norwegian (bunad) style show. meet local fishing legends, watch a boat parade, 608-873-7912 and listen to stories of maritime history on the MAY 18 www.stoughtonwi.com/syttendemai Great Lakes. Arts and crafts and farm markets, live Horse-A-Rama Tack Swap & Silent Auction music, and local food and drinks are part of the event. Manitowoc (EC) Wisconsin State Polka Festival 920-839-2366 Booths and displays, silent auction of donated Oconomowoc (SE) www.baileysharbor.com items. Eleven big bands featuring polka music from 920-242-4416 around the world will take over two wooden dance www.horse-a-rama.org floors along with great food, prizes, and the Wis- Gem, Mineral & Fossil Show consin State Polka Queen. Wauwatosa (SE) TasteBud Outdoor Culinary Event 262-894-6998 Dealers from all over the Midwest will sell lapidary Green Bay (NE) www.wisconsinpolkaboosters.com supplies, tools, books, rough material, slabs, Enjoy tasting delicacies from area caterers and finished specimens, cabochons, jewelry, carvings restaurants served throughout the budding spring MAY 20 and fossils. Children’s activities, exhibits, displays, gardens and bid on a variety of rare plants and Algoma Main Street’s Classic Car Show presentations and food sales are included. more in a silent auction. Algoma (NE) 414-771-8668 920-490-9457 See classic and collector cars, trucks, and motor- www.wisgeologicalsociety.com www.gbbg.org cycles displayed on Algoma’s Main Street. Enjoy a day full of music, food and drink. Morel Mushroom Festival 920-487-5498 Muscoda (SW) MAY 18-20 www.algomamainstreet.org Chequamegon Bay Birding & Nature Festival Try fried morels or take some home, attend a fire- fighter-sponsored steak feed, craft fair, flea market, Ashland (NW) Amherst Quilt, Craft & Amish Furniture Auction car show and carnival. Fireworks Saturday and Take part in three days of birding and nature Amherst (C) parade Sunday. programs on the south shore of Lake Superior at Amish quilts and furniture are auctioned under 608-739-3182 the peak of migration, with more than 100 activities huge tents. Baked goods, other food and refresh- www.muscoda.com guided by experts. ments will be available. 715-682-2500 920-450-1843 www.birdandnaturefest.com www.maderauction.com MAY 21 Greek Fest
Downtown Hartford Old-Fashioned Block Party and Fond du Lac (EC) MAY 18-21 Enjoy a day of authentic Greek cuisine and pastries, Girlfriends Great EGGscape Classic Car Show Hartford (SC) traditional music and dancing, games for children Egg Harbor (NE) and raffles. This getaway weekend offers a variety of work- Main Street will be closed to enjoy classic cars from all eras plus food, live entertainment, games and 920-921-4364 shops, exercise classes, shopping, a wine tasting www.holytrinity.wi.goarch.org and cooking classes and more. contests for kids. 262-673-7193 920-868-3717 www.eggharbordoorcounty.org www.downtownhartfordwi.com Nature’s Images Art Fair Kaukauna (EC) Festival of Spring More than 50 artists will display their nature MAY 19-20 Oshkosh (EC) inspired paintings, photography, sculpture, and Fishing Has No Boundaries - Hayward Annual spring plant sale and over 100 vendors of crafts all made from natural materials, botanicals, Hayward (NW) original art, fine craft, plant and landscape vendors. and herbs. 715-634-3185 920-235-6903 920-766-4733 www.haywardfhnb.org www.thepaine.org www.1000islandsenvironmentalcenter.com
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Wisconsin Micro-Brewers Beerfest Yesteryear’s Weekend and children’s activities with an eclectic blend of Chilton (EC) Albany (SC) original artwork from more than 100 exhibitors. More than 30 Wisconsin micro-brewers offer 180 Celebrate Memorial Day weekend with a street 920-743-6246 hand-crafted brews, from ales to stouts as you dance, parade, carnival and chicken barbecue. www.sturgeonbay.net enjoy live music. Pre-registration is required. 608-862-3240 920-849-2534 www.greencounty.org MAY 27-29 www.rowlandsbrewery.com Celebrate De Pere MAY 26-30 DePere (NE) Wisconsin Veterans Home Open House and Old Car Show NCAA Division III Baseball National Championships Enjoy live entertainment, activities and shows for King (NE) Appleton (EC) kids, food and beverage tents, a water ski show, This annual open house includes live entertain- Regional winners from across the country will play fireworks and a parade. ment, cruises on the Chain O’ Lakes, food and in this eight-team tournament hosted by Lawrence 920-336-7980 refreshments, and an old car and vintage military University. www.celebratedepere.com vehicles show. 920-733-4152 715-258-4247 www.ncaa.com/championships/baseball/d3 www.dva.state.wi.us Ho-Chunk Pow-Wow Black River Falls (SW) MAY 27 Enjoy drums, dancing and crafts from throughout MAY 25-28 Green County Breakfast on the Farm the country at this celebration of thanks. Door County Festival of Nature Brooklyn (SC) 715-284-9343 Baileys Harbor (NE) In addition to breakfast, enjoy farm tours, arts and www.ho-chunknation.com The Ridges Sanctuary and five local conservation crafts, farm equipment displays, a petting zoo, groups offer guided field trips through some of educational stations and live entertainment. Flea Market and Craft Sale Door County’s unique and beautiful natural areas 608-214-3330 Hatfield (SW) not generally open to the public. Pre-registration for www.greencountyagchest.com Shop from more than 160 vendors at this free-ad- field trips is required. mission event. 920-839-2802 Rib Mountain Adventure Challenge 608-989-2275 www.ridgessanctuary.org Wausau (C) www.clarkcountytourism-wi.org Teams of two to four members will run, bike, and Memorial Weekend ATV/UTV Rally paddle their way through the rugged and beautiful Hurley (NW) central Wisconsin wilderness using only a map and MAY 28 Join the Hurley Area and Iron County for a weekend compass to complete this adventure race. Choose Chippewa Valley Century Ride on more than 200 miles of trails on Wisconsin’s either a three-hour or eight-hour challenge. Chippewa Falls (NW) largest ATV/UTV system. The event includes Wis- 715-630-6444 Choose from 30-, 50-, 75- or 100-mile routes along consin’s largest ATV parade and a mud pit, great www.ribmountainadventurechallenge.com Bridgewater Avenue at Irvine Park. Rest stops with food, live music and veterans memorial activities. food and water, a SAG wagon and brat feed are 715-561-4334 Wisconsin Canoe Heritage Day included. www.hurleywi.com Spooner (NW) 715-723-0331 Celebrate the history of canoes with live music and www.chippewavalleyride.us MAY 26-28 a boat show in front of this grain-elevator-turned Music Fest museum, plus tours and an open house in the mu- seum exhibit hall, canoe workshops, and food and Classic Sled Round-Up New Glarus (SC) beverage in the beer garden. St. Germain (NE) This family-oriented Memorial Day weekend cele- 715-635-5002 This vintage and antique sled show and swap at bration will have music, children’s activities, food www.wisconsincanoeheritagemuseum.org Community Park includes music, food and an and live bands. awards presentation. 608-527-2095 715-542-4463 www.ngmusicfest.com MAY 27-28 www.snowmobilehalloffame.com Burlington Jaycees Arts & Crafts Fair MAY 26-29 Burlington (SE) Lawn Mower Races ChocolateFest Browse handmade arts and crafts, sculptures, gar- Fifield (NW) Burlington (SE) den and metal yard art, handmade jewelry, clothing, The event includes six classes of races along with Dedicated to the celebration of all things choco- birdhouses, food and furniture. kids classes, with time trials an hour beforehand. late, this annual event draws a crowd of more than 262-210-1428 Concessions are available. 35,000 visitors to experience a weekend of fun, www.burlingtonjaycees.org 715-762-4739 games, rides, cooking demonstrations and sweets. www.tn.fifield.wi.gov 414-254-4813 Fort Koshkonong Rendezvous www.chocolatefest.com Fort Atkinson (SC) Maxwell Street Days 2017 Visitors can step back in time and see how life was in Cedarburg (SE) Memorial Total Off-Road Rally the 1800s. Witness living history and eat period food. This Cedarburg Volunteer Fire Department tradition Dresser (NW) 920-563-7769 offers more than 700 spaces filled with antiques, 4x4 truck pull and monster trucks. Two spectator www.hoardmuseum.org collectibles, crafts, produce, sports and rum- events including NTPA sanctioned truck and tractor mage-sale items, along with food and music. pull on Saturday and demolition derby. Maifest 262-377-8412 952-380-3435 Jacksonport (NE) www.cedarburgfiredept.com www.mngo4s.com Art fair, fun run, food, music, horse pull, parade, and more. World’s Largest Brat Fest 920-823-2199 Race Into Summer Madison (SC) www.jacksonport.org/maifest Beaver Dam (SC) Kick off summer with live bands, food, activities This community celebration includes live music, to burn off the brats and family fun at the Alliant Sturgeon Bay Fine Art Fair children’s activities, race car displays, and food and Energy Center’s Willow Island. Sturgeon Bay (NE) beverages. 608-236-2031 Held in conjunction with the Door County Festival of 920-885-4442 www.bratfest.com Blossoms, this event combines live entertainment www.wbevradio.com
10 2017 WISCONSIN SPRING/SUMMER EVENT GUIDE TRAVELWISCONSIN.COM Widely regarded as America’s greatest architect, Frank Lloyd Wright was a Wisconsin native whose work was shaped by his surroundings. Born in the state’s Driftless Area, his organic architecture and famous Prairie School style was inspired by the region’s dramatic land- scape. The Frank Lloyd Wright Trail traces the steps of this world-renowned architect across nine stops in southern Wisconsin. Learn more at TravelWisconsin.com/frank-lloyd-wright.
1 1 and 2. SC Johnson Administration Building and Research Tower – Racine Serving as the worldwide headquarters for SC Johnson, the SC Johnson Administration Building has been called one of the top 25 buildings of the 20th century. Perhaps most impressive is the Great Workroom’s massive tree-inspired columns. The Research Tower features windows made of 2 thousands of Pyrex tubes, but the most renowned exhibit is a replicated 1950s laboratory. 3. Wingspread – Wind Point SC Johnson’s third-generation leader, H.F. Johnson Jr., also commissioned the architect to build his family estate. With four wings jutting out across 14,000 square feet, Wright named the sprawling creation “Wingspread.” The estate stays true to the architect’s organic roots, blending into the 3 surrounding 30 acres with the use of natural materials.
4. Burnham – Milwaukee Wright didn’t just build custom mansions and towering workspaces – he had a dream of building affordable homes for the typical American family. His American System-Built Homes were short- lived, and only 16 models have been identified throughout the Midwest, including this one. Tours of 4 the home are given on select weekends, no reservations required.
5. Monona Terrace – Madison Popping out of the Madison skyline, Monona Terrace frames the lake for which it was named. Though Wright first proposed this “dream civic center” in the 1930s, the terrace wasn’t com- 5 pleted until 1997, nearly 60 years after the inception of the project. Today, Monona Terrace is a popular spot for conventions, community programs and weddings, with an on-site café and Wright-themed gift shop.
6. First Unitarian Society Meeting House – Madison As a member of the church’s congregation, the commission of the First Unitarian Society Meet- 6 ing House was one of the closest to his heart. It was completed in 1951, just a few years before Wright’s death, and has been hailed as one of the world’s most innovative examples of church architecture.
7. Taliesin & Frank Lloyd Wright Visitor Center – Spring Green 7 For the Frank Lloyd Wright fan, nothing tops the 700-acre estate and studio he built in Spring Green. Taliesin, which means “shining bow” is a nod to Wright’s Welsh grandparents. Today, the Taliesin Preservation manages the grounds and offers five touring options, along with other arts and cultural educational programs and special events like a farm dinner series and biking tour.
8. Wyoming Valley School Cultural Arts Center – Spring Green 8 Wyoming Valley School is a nonprofit organization promoting the arts and culture of the surround- ing region. Designed and donated by Wright in honor of his mother, the school provides spaces for workshops, performances, lectures and exhibits for all ages.
9. AD German Warehouse – Richland Center 9 Completed in 1921, this four-story warehouse is probably the most notable commission Wright took on in his hometown. Once a storage place for sugar, flour, coffee, tobacco and other commod- ities, today it houses a gift shop, small theater and exhibit of large murals illustrating Wright’s architectural work. 11 STATE PARKS OPEN HOUSE
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During this weekend, admission views of terrain formed by is free to Wisconsin’s state parks, glaciers long ago. Fish for brook fishing is possible without a trout on Carter Creek, or take the license, and there is no charge family on a geocache adventure.
to use the dozens of state Travelwisconsin.com hiking trails and ATV/UTV trails. Expect a one-of- a-kind experience while communing with nature, regardless of where you land. Example: Roche- A-Cri State Park, in Adams County, protects ancient petroglyphs and pictographs. Climb a 300- foot stairway on a sandstone outcropping for incredible
o EAT Becky’s Sugar Shack, in a bright pink building on Main Street in Friendship, serves Italian beef sandwiches and cupcakes to cannoli. It’s all-you-can-eat baked and fried chicken at Carlson’s Rustic Ridge on Sundays, or simply soak up the lakefront view with a glass of something cold at the outdoor bar. Look for pierogi, kielbasa and other authentic Polish products inside of J.B. Sales, a gas station near Arkdale, and Adams Polish Deli on Main Street in Adams.
o STAY Rough it at Roche-A-Cri, which has 41 rustic campsites, or head a dozen miles southwest to the hot showers and 200 campsites at Castle Rock County Park. Cute and quiet log cabins come with a private fire pit and are tucked into the woods at Little Pond Lodge, near New Lisbon. Condo rentals at Northern Bay Resort, on Castle Rock Lake, include easy access to a swimming pool, playground, restaurant, tiki bar and 18-hole championship golf course.
o PLAY Hitch up your own boat or rent one to explore the 60 square miles of Petenwell and Castle Rock lakes. Fishing for walleye to panfish is good on these manmade reservoirs, which are the second and fourth largest lakes in Wisconsin; picturesque shorelines are a mix of cottages and undeveloped areas. Also in the neighborhood: Necedah National Wildlife Refuge, known as a refuge for at-risk species such as the whooping crane. Take a self-guided auto tour of the 44,000 acres.
sports, food and more. Big Gust Days JUNE 1-4 715-234-2126 Grantsburg (NW) Dairyfest www.aquafestonline.com Grantsburg celebrates “Big Gust”, the legendary Marshfield (C) village Marshall of the early 1900’s, with an annual Celebrate Wisconsin dairy with the Cheese Chase JUNE 3 community-wide garage sale, soap box derby, 2k and 5k runs, the mayor’s dairy breakfast, an Birky Challenge antique tractor and car show, and more. old-fashioned picnic and movie in the park. Fond Du Lac (EC) 715-463-2405 715-384-3454 Choose a 67-, 40-, or 20-mile ride from Fond du www.grantsburgchamber.org www.marshfieldchamber.com Lac toward the Kettle Moraine State Forest. Rest stops will be spaced out about every 12 miles with JUNE 4 JUNE 2 food and water. Art Along the Willow Horse Vaulting Show 920-322-3700 Hudson (NW) Phillips (NW) www.birkychallenge.com Get free admission to Willow River State park for Watch gymnastic and dance routines set to music Canal Days a fine arts and crafts fair, storytelling, children’s and performed on horseback. activities, train rides and a silent auction. 715-339-2819 Portage (SC) 715-386-5931 www.ranchofrescuedhope.com Enjoy reenactments, canoe races on the river, and tours of the Historic Indian Agency House and Fort www.willowkinnifriends.org Winnebago Surgeon’s Quarters. JUNE 2-3 608-742-6242 Art on the Island Fun Fest www.portagewi.com Fond du Lac (EC) Fennimore (SW) Shop from more than 70 arts and crafts vendors in This event includes games for the kids, kickball Dragon Art Fair a park along Lake Winnebago. Food, live music and tournaments, a judged car show, a parade, conces- DeForest (SC) kids’ crafts will be a part of the event. sions and live music. Browse handcrafted works from more than 100 920-979-1977 608-485-0820 artisans and check out a plant sale. The event will www.fdl.com www.fennimore.com include music, food and children’s activities. 608-846-8891 Family Nature Faire Willow River Blues & Brews Fest www.dragonartsgroup.org Kansasville (SE) New Richmond (NW) You won’t need an admission sticker to enjoy food, Enjoy the works of many artists and the art of Family Festival raffles, live animals, and art and nature booths at making a handcrafted beer, music and art fair. Spooner (NW) Richard Bong State Recreation Area. Concessions will be available all weekend. Enjoy an afternoon of miniature train rides, face 262-878-5601 715-246-2900 painting, craft projects and a petting zoo. www.bongnaturalistassociation.org www.newrichmondchamber.com 715-520-2676 www.business.spoonerchamber.org Wolf River Classic Chevy Club Annual Car Show/Swap JUNE 2-4 Meet and Craft Show Festa Italia June Bloom Arts & Crafts Festival New London (EC) Fitchburg (SC) Minocqua (NE) All makes and models are welcome at this event Join the Italian Workmen’s Club for a weekend of More than 50 exhibitors will offer original artwork, which will include a swap meet, flea market, food, Italian food, culture, live entertainment, spaghet- pottery, jewelry, tapestries, clothing, photography, refreshments and music. ti-eating contest, and more! wood creations and leather goods. 920-993-5311 608-258-1880 715-356-5266 www.newlondontourism.com www.festaitaliamadison.com www.minocquaartsandcrafts.com Mt Borah Epic JUNE 8 Great Wisconsin Cheese Festival Frank Lloyd Wright’s Birthday Celebration Little Chute (EC) Cable (NW) Head to the Mt. Borah Epic for this one-of-a-kind Greenbush (EC) Cheese tastings, carving demonstrations, and Help celebrate the life of Frank Lloyd Wright, with the curd-eating and cheesecake contests are the bicycle race winding through 30 miles of Northern Wisconsin’s most beautiful trails. unveiling one of Wright’s carriages, a roof-seat omni- highlights of this event, which also includes a bus, which was restored by Wesley Jung in 1967. carnival, petting zoo, parade, walk/run and grilling 608-381-1033 www.mtborahepic.com 920-526-3271 competitions. wadehouse.wisconsinhistory.org 920-423-3869 Nature Festival www.littlechutewi.org/cheesefest Oconto (NE) JUNE 8-10 Green Bay Botanical Garden - Garden Fair Reconnect with nature and all it has to offer Blue Ox Music Festival Green Bay (NE) through a day of demonstrations, guided nature Eau Claire (NW) Featuring more than 100 vendors of garden plants, walks, refreshments, and more. The biggest concert of its kind in the upper Midwest landscaping ideas, accessories, gardening demon- 920-328-5554 features a lineup of the finest acoustic, bluegrass strations and presentations, live music, and food. www.cityofoconto.com and string band groups touring the nation. 920-490-9457 Wright and Like Tour 2017: Milwaukee 715-839-7500 www.gbbg.org/GardenFair www.blueoxmusicfestival.com Milwaukee (SE) Spring Art Tour This Frank Lloyd Wright event features guided inte- rior tours of private homes and public buildings by JUNE 8-11 Mount Horeb (SC) Sparta Butterfest Explore the beauty of Wisconsin’s Driftless area as Frank Lloyd Wright and his contemporaries. Sparta (SW) you tour rarely seen art studios in Mount Horeb, 608-287-0339 Sparta’s biggest festival of the year includes a Verona, Mazomanie, Black Earth, Cross Plains and www.wrightinwisconsin.org carnival, craft and flea market, quilt show, softball Blue Mounds. tournaments, car and van show, stage entertain- 608-437-5914 JUNE 3-4 ment and parade. www.springarttour.com 4-Pack of Fun Weekend Madison (SC) 608-269-4123 Each first full weekend in June, the Wisconsin www.spartabutterfest.com JUNE 2-11 Department of Natural Resources offers free entry Aquafest to state parks, forests and trails, along with free Summer Frolic Rice Lake (NW) fishing access and equipment available for loan. Mount Horeb (SC) Ten days of family fun with top-name national en- 608-266-2621 Enjoy a fun-packed weekend of music, entertain- tertainment, a parade, Art in the Park, kids’ games, dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks ment, Stihl Lumberjack Competition, food, midway
14 2017 WISCONSIN SPRING/SUMMER EVENT GUIDE TRAVELWISCONSIN.COM JUNE rides, arcade games, bingo, prizes and fireworks. Wisconsin River Pro Rodeo Taste of the Arts Fair 608-437-5914 Merrill (NE) Sun Prairie (SC) www.mthorebsummerfrolic.com Watch bareback riding, steer wrestling, tie-down Artists and crafters from around the state will sell roping, saddle bronc riding, team roping, barrel their wares in beautiful Sheehan Park. A wine and JUNE 9-10 racing and bull riding. Dances will follow the Friday cheese tasting, food vendors, entertainment and a Northwoods Bluegrass Festival and Saturday performances. children’s playground will be part of the event. Ladysmith (NW) 715-536-9474 608-837-4547 The Northwoods Blugrass Festival features six great www.wrpr.rodeo www.sunprairiechamber.com bluegrass bands during this two-day event includ- ing instrument workshops, food vendors, camping, JUNE 10 Tri County Dairy Breakfast and more. Spooner (NW) 715-532-7328 Art Fair on the Courthouse Lawn Celebrate Dairy month with a huge spread of pan- www.ladysmithchamber.com Rhinelander (NE) cakes, sausage, bacon, milk and ice cream. Enjoy Browse original artwork and crafts from about 100 face painting, a petting zoo, silent auction, door JUNE 9-11 Midwestern artisans, with entertainment and food prizes, music and horse and wagon rides. AHRMA Vintage Motorcycle Classic and Rockerbox offered. 715-822-8805 Motofest 715-365-7464 www.dairydaysofsummer.com www.ExploreRhinelander.com Elkhart Lake (EC) Walk in the Woods Art Fair Enjoy off-track festivities in addition to on-track action and a vintage motorcycle show. BBC - Beer, Bacon and Cheese St. Germain (NE) 920-892-4576 New Glarus (SC) Midwestern artists offer an eclectic mix of pottery, www.roadamerica.com Browse booths of craft brews, cheese and cured paintings, photography, woodcarvings, furniture and meats, and enjoy live music in the Polka Fest tent. handmade jewelry. Enjoy wine and cheese tastings Door County Lighthouse Festival 608-527-2095 and live music as you stroll through the woods of Sturgeon Bay (NE) www.swisstown.com City Park. Get access to 11 historic Door County lighthouses, 715-477-2205 including those not typically open to the public, Cesky Den - Czech Heritage Festival www.st-germain.com with boat excursions and guided land-based tours. Hillsboro (SW) Yellowstone Trail Heritage Day 920-743-5958 Ethnic festival featuring Czech food, Czech/craft www.dcmm.org Hudson (NW) beer, polka music, dancing, arts and crafts fair, Celebrate the heritage of Hudson along the historic Fiesta Waukesha bake sale, Czech story teller, and flea market. Yellowstone Trail, the route of the first transconti- 608-516-3994 nental road. A vintage vehicle display, “slow race,” Waukesha (SE) www.ceskyden.com Multicultural awareness is the focus of this free historical geocaching and a cemetery walk are planned. festival, which will offer Hispanic entertainment, Latin American cuisine, amusement rides, music Elkhart Lake International Triathlon 715-386-8411 and children’s activities. Elkhart Lake (EC) www.hudsonwi.org/play/festivals--2 262-547-0887 An Olympic distance event will include a one-mile www.lacasadeesperanza.org swim, 25-mile bike ride and 6.2-mile run, while JUNE 10-11 a Sprint distance event will include a 400-yard Geneva Lake Arts Foundation 15th Annual Paint-In Iron River Summerfest, Spider Lake Run & Town-Wide swim, 12.4-mile bike ride and 3.1-mile run. Kids can Lake Geneva (SE) Rummage Sales participate in their own triathlon. Artists from Wisconsin and Illinois paint on the Iron River (NW) 847-359-7374 streets of Lake Geneva. Activities include city-wide rummage sales, a www.elkhartlakemultisports.com 262-249-7988 firefighters’ benefit dance, and a 10K, 5K, two-mile www.genevalakeartsfoundation.org walk/run and kids’ race. Flag Day Parade Historic Point Basse Pioneer Festival 715-372-8558 Appleton (EC) Nekoosa (C) www.visitironriver.com Celebrate America with bands, floats and other Historic Point Basse’s premier annual event offers displays at the nation’s oldest Flag Day Parade. demonstrations of period crafts, foods, music and Oconto Copperfest 920-954-9112 dancing, along with a cooking contest. Oconto (NE) www.appletondowntown.org Head to Oconto for a day of live music performanc- 715-459-1722 www.historicpointbasse.com es, trout pond, street market, fireworks, and plenty Frederic Lion’s Classic Bike Race of activities for the kids. Frederic (NW) 920-834-6969 Lumberman’s Day Take part in a 26-mile time trial with age group Catawba (NW) PrideFest awards. Camp the night before, with showers A logging contest and a variety of other competi- Milwaukee (SE) offered after the race. tions fill the lineup for this weekend of community Enjoy food, entertainment and a marketplace at 715-327-4158 fun, which also will include a barbecue chicken Wisconsin’s largest LGBT festival. www.fredericwi.com feed, kids’ games, a queen coronation and more. 414-272-3378 715-474-6626 www.pridefest.com Old Time Cheesemaking at Imobersteg Factory Monroe (SC) Monument Square Art Festival Walleye Weekend Watch Green County cheesemakers create a Racine (SE) Fond du Lac (EC) wheel of Swiss the old-fashioned way, hand-stirred Eighty artists from around the country will exhibit This free family festival features sporting events, in a copper kettle at the historic Imobersteg Farm- their works in one of Wisconsin’s oldest and most fishing tournaments, musical acts and attractions stead Cheese Factory. Enjoy music and signature respected juried fine arts fairs. Live entertain- for all ages. food items like cream puffs and grilled cheese ment, a silent auction and children’s activities are 920-923-6555 sandwiches. planned. www.fdlfest.com 608-325-4636 262-635-0261 www.nationalhistoriccheesemakingcenter.org www.monumentsquareartfest.com Wisconsin High School Rodeo Finals Richland Center (SW) Salute to Freedom Oshkosh Irish Fest Kids compete in 13 events to qualify for Nationals: Kenosha (SE) Oshkosh (EC) bareback & saddle bronc riding, bull riding, barrel Reenactors will put on cavalry and artillery demon- Experience authentic Irish and Celtic music, food, racing, pole bending, cutting, calf roping, break- strations while you enjoy music and hands-on dance and wares, along with a 5K run/walk, raffle away roping, and more. family activities. and children’s activities. 608-475-1886 262-653-4141 920-233-0543 www.richlandcentertourism.com www.thecivilwarmuseum.org www.oshkoshirishfest.com
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ties and a state queen pageant. JUNE 11 JUNE 15-18 715-339-4100 Circus of Chefs... The Gala 2017 Chilton Summer Festival www.czech-slovak-festival.com Baraboo (SC) Chilton (EC) Sample the signature creations of more than 30 Culminating in the state’s biggest Father’s Day pa- Dairy Days Celebration chefs from central and southern Wisconsin. Enjoy rade, this fest also will feature live music, rummage Soldiers Grove (SW) live jazz, a martini bar and big-top performers as sales, concessions and kids rides. Highlights of this annual celebration include a you peruse silent auctions featuring fine art, jew- 920-418-1650 horse show, tractor and truck pull, children’s pedal elry, electronics and rare photo prints from Circus www.chiltonchamber.com pull, softball & volleyball tournaments, a children’s World’s collection and spa packages. carnival, live music, dancing, food, and a parade 608-356-8341 Cottage Grove Firemen’s Festival 608-624-3264 www.circusworldbaraboo.org Cottage Grove (SC) www.soldiersgrove.com Cottage Grove’s premier summer event raises funds Frederic Family Days Manitowoc County Breakfast on the Farm for the local volunteer fire department and includes Maribel (EC) live music, carnival rides, a Kansas City Barbeque Frederic (NW) Celebrate June Dairy Month with breakfast, farm Society sanctioned BBQ contest. The lineup includes a talent contest, classic car tours, Manitowoc County Dairy Princess crowning, 608-839-4343 show, parade, sidewalk sales, softball tournaments, Alice in Dairyland appreance, and much more! Fee www.cottagegrovefire.org fireworks and concessions. Charged. 715-327-4836 920-253-5303 Cranberry Blossom Festival www.fredericwi.com Town ‘N Country Day Wisconsin Rapids (C) Lakefront Festival of Arts Celebrate beautiful cranberry blooms with live River Falls (NW) Milwaukee (SE) music, a parade, arts and crafts vendors, a carnival Celebrate the agricultural heritage of River Falls This juried show features 175 national artists who and treats featuring Wisconsin’s number one fruit and the surrounding communities for a day of fun display, demonstrate and sell, along with a sculp- crop. interactive activities for the entire family! ture garden, children’s art activities, entertainment 715-422-4650 715-425-2533 and food vendors www.blossomfest.com www.rfchamber.com 414-224-3200 www.lfoa.mam.org Winnebagoland Fine Arts Fair Prairie Villa Rendezvous Oshkosh (EC) Prairie du Chien (SW) Mackville Nationals Truck and Tractor Pull You’ll find a family-friendly park setting for this The largest buckskinners and fur trade re-enact- Mackville (EC) fine art and craft fair. Entertainment and food are ment in the Midwest features bow and black pow- The 42nd annual Mackville Nationals Truck and available. Free admission. der shoots and a primitive cooking contest. Tractor Pull features activities for the whole family, 414-651-7507 608-326-8555 mouthwatering food, and live music. www.oshkoshfinearts.org www.prairieduchien.org 920-475-6979 www.mackvillenationals.com JUNE 12-17 WeatherTech Chicago Region SCCA June Sprints Larson’s Famous Birth of the Baby Clydesdale Week Elkhart Lake (EC) Polish Fest Ripon (EC) Stock to modified race cars from ten groups fill four Milwaukee (SE) America’s largest Polish festival features traditional, Come see the newest addition to Larson’s Famous days of practice, qualifying and racing. The event classical and rock Polish music, along with dancing, Clydesdales and enjoy the rare opportunity to pet a offers food, track-side viewing, and up-close access a cultural village and marketplace, folk art demon- foal. Your 90-minute tour of the ranch will include a to drivers and teams. strations, the Chopin Youth Piano Competition, a grandstand show featuring the horses. 800-365-7223 children’s stage and Polish food. 920-748-5466 www.roadamerica.com 414-529-2140 www.larsonsclydesdales.com JUNE 16-17 www.polishfest.org
JUNE 12-18 Metro Jam The Energy Fair: Clean Energy & Sustainable Living Butter Festival Manitowoc (EC) Custer (C) National and regional acts with a variety of music Reedsburg (SC) A great opportunity to learn about green living. styles will perform at this free-admission event. Once the top butter producer in the world, the The largest event of its kind in the world, the fair 920-683-5980 Reedsburg community celebrates Dairy Month with features more than 200 workshops, 200 exhibitors, www.metrojam.org the Miss Reedsburg contest, tractor pulls, an arts tours and demonstrations, plus entertainment. and craft show, a chicken barbecue feed, a demoli- Monroe Balloon and Blues Fest 715-592-6595 tion derby, live music, a carnival, concessions and www.midwestrenew.org a parade. Monroe (SC) 608-524-2850 Watch hot-air balloons take flight from the Green JUNE 17 www.reedsburg.org County Fairgrounds twice, with two balloon glows also scheduled. Live bands will play both evenings. Amery Woman’s Club Arts & Crafts Fair JUNE 13-15 608-214-3852 Amery (NW) www.monroeballoonrally.com Art & craft fair with a large variety of vendors and WIAA State Spring Baseball Tournament food for purchase. Appleton (EC) Onalaska Community Days 715-554-3961 Divisions 1 through 4 will compete at the Wisconsin www.ameryartandcraftfair.com Interscholastic Athletic Association high school Onalaska (SW) boy’s baseball state championship. Partake in food, entertainment, fireworks, bingo, Annual Strawberry Fest & Craft Fair softball, a bean bag toss, and euchre and Texas 715-344-8580 Sun Prairie (SC) Hold’em tournaments. www.wiaawi.org Delicious strawberries are the centerpiece of this 608-783-3300 festival, which also features a breakfast and lunch, www.onalaskapost336.org JUNE 14-15 craft fair, run/walk, raffles, children’s carnival, com- If Tombstones Could Talk puter arcade and book sale. Green Bay (NE) JUNE 16-18 608-837-4611 Meet some of Green Bay’s famous and not-so-fa- Czech-Slovak Festival www.colonialclub.org mous departed citizens as they describe their lives Phillips (NW) on the Wisconsin frontier. Outdoor walking tour with This year’s activities include an arts and crafts fair, Aurora BayCare Toughman Wisconsin costumed actors. Admission fee. Czech-Slovak cuisine, kolacky baking and eating Sherwood (EC) 920-437-1840 contests, cultural exhibits, ethnic singers, dancing, The half-marathon consists of a 1.2-mile swim in www.browncohistoricalsoc.org antique machinery displays, a bike ride, kids activi- Lake Winnebago, 56-mile bike ride and 13.1 mile
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run, while the sprint consists of a 1/4-mile swim, JUNE 17-18 one of the nation’s top country music and camping 22-mile bike ride and 5K run. 1860s Dairy Day festivals. Special VIP and reserved seating, a mar- 800-429-8044 ketplace and concessions will be available. Greenbush (EC) www.dutrirun.com 920-882-4949 Wade House will celebrate Wisconsin’s dairy www.countryusaoshkosh.com Beach Bash and Paddlefest heritage with cheese, butter and ice cream making, Sister Bay (NE) along with stagecoach rides. Four events in one spectacular location. Paddlefest 920-526-3271 JUNE 21-25 with Bay Shore Outfitters, volleyball, live music by www.wadehouse.org Day Out With Thomas Hoi Polloi at the Performance Pavilion and fireworks Columbus Carriage Festival Green Bay (NE) over the bay. Columbus (SC) Take a train ride with Thomas the Tank Engine and 920-854-2812 From miniatures to drafts across eight divisions, Sir Topham Hatt at the National Railroad Museum, www.cometosisterbay.com experience one of the largest horse and carriage which has planned a full lineup of kid-friendly activities. Fyr Bal Festival pleasure driving shows in America. 608-235-1755 920-437-7623 Ephraim (NE) www.nationalrrmuseum.org Boat regatta, Ephraim historical walking tours, www.columbuscarriagefestival.org crafts, music, food booths, fish boil, tradition- Gleason Lions Heritage Days/Mud Bog Race al Scandinavian dancers and singers, Chieftain Gleason (NE) JUNE 22 ceremony, fireworks over Eagle Harbor at sunset Watch 4x4 trucks race through a 300-foot mud pit Ice Cream Sundae Thursday Saturday. at this free-admission event, which also will offer Two Rivers (EC) 920-854-4989 concessions. Event features 25-cent ice cream sundaes, chil- www.ephraim-doorcounty.com 715-873-4515 dren’s entertainment and live music in the “birth- Gleason Mud Bogs www.merrillchamber.org place of the ice cream sundae.” 920-793-5590 Gleason (NE) Indianhead Gem & Mineral Show www.tworiverseconomicdevelopment.org Eight different vehicle classes will compete for cash Frederic (NW) in a 300-foot mud pit throughout the afternoon. The 50th annual show offers something for every- 715-873-3436 one who loves rocks and jewelry. Don’t miss the JUNE 22-24 www.merrillchamber.org beautiful rock art or the agate pit where kids can Darboy Chickenfest LakesFest dig for treasure. Appleton (EC) Community festival celebrating chicken, Friday Lac Du Flambeau (NE) 715-648-5620 night fireworks, live music, carnival rides & games. Native tribes, local and state agencies will display www.cameronamericanlegion.org/rockclub.html 920-277-8028 exhibits at this environmental fair, which also will Norskedalen’s Midsummer Fest include canoe races with cash prizes, entertainment www.darboyfest.org Coon Valley (SW) and raffles, and free hot dogs and soda. Celebrate the summer solstice Scandinavian-style! 877-588-3346 Events include live music, pioneer craft demonstra- JUNE 22-25 www.lacduflambeauchamber.com tions, woodcarving show, wagon rides and tons of Budweiser Dairyland Super National Truck & Tractor Pull Leinie Lodge Family Reunion delicious Scandinavian food. Tomah (SW) Pulling of semis, 4WD, 2WD, diesel trucks, unlimit- Chippewa Falls (NW) 608-452-3424 ed tractors, modified tractors, super stock tractors, The Leinenkugel brothers thank Leinie loyalists with www.norskedalen.org food, beer sampling and entertainment. mini rods and super farm tractors. Commercial and Old World Wisconsin Scandinavian Midsommar Cele- vendor exhibits, art/craft show, and flea market. 715-723-5557 bration www.leinie.com 608-372-2081 Eagle (SE) www.tomahtractorpull.com Robert Wellnitz Memorial Air Show Celebrate the year’s longest day at Old World Wisconsin by decorating and raising a maypole and Fond du Lac (EC) making flower crowns. Enjoy a traditional Swedish Clear Lake Heritage Days See radio controlled and aerobatic aircraft doing meal, along with folk music and dancing. incredible stunts, participate in a raffle and enjoy Clear Lake (NW) 262-594-6300 food and drinks. The four-day lineup will include a pancake break- www.oldworldwisconsin.wisconsinhistory.org 920-907-6159 fast, bingo, concerts and dancing, a parade, queen www.fdlaa.com pageant, arts and crafts show, demolition derby, Strawberry Fest Model Railroad Show carnival rides and games, and a car, motorcycle and Strawberry Fest Waupaca (C) vintage snowmobile show. Browse ten operating model railroad layouts, swap Waupaca (C) 715-263-2157 and sales tables. The event includes a demolition Enjoy strawberry shortcake, fresh fruit and other www.clearlakewi.com derby, food and demonstrations, and kids can enjoy foods, along with arts and crafts vendors, live mu- miniature train rides and their own hands-on Thom- sic and children’s activities. as the Tank Engine layout. Country Fest 715-258-7343 715-824-2045 Cadott (NW) www.waupacamemories.com www.wamrltd.com Camp in style at this outdoor concert, which fea- Taste of Wisconsin tures a natural amphitheater, superb sound system, jumbo screens, picture-taking line up to the stage, Beaver Dam (SC) JUNE 18 food, souvenirs and amenities. This craft beer and cheese tasting features unlim- Carl Zach Cycling Classic 715-289-4401 ited sampling of more than 160 Wisconsin-made Waukesha (SE) products. Watch speedy international bicycle racers take www.countryfest.com 920-887-8879 hairpin turns on the streets of downtown Wauke- www.tasteofwisconsin.net sha during the last leg of the Tour of America’s Verizon INDYCAR Series Kohler Grand Prix/Pirelli Dairyland series. World Challenge Wisconsin Dells Waterslide-athon 262-524-3737 Elkhart Lake (EC) www.tourofamericasdairyland.com Wisconsin Dells (C) An international lineup of drivers will compete for For every guest who goes down designated water glory in the INDYCAR Series on one of the world’s slides, the Dells’ water parks will give a donation to JUNE 20-24 finest road courses. They will be joined by the the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Madison. Country USA Pirelli World Challenge. 800-223-3557 Oshkosh (EC) 920-892-4576 www.wisdells.com/waterslideathon Cheer on some of today’s hottest headliners at www.roadamerica.com
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Forest County Potawatomi Brush Run Races JUNE 23-24 JUNE 24 Crandon (NE) Browntown Summerfest Cranberry Blossom and Bison Viewing Day Nearly a dozen race classes will fill the weekend Browntown (SC) Warrens (SW) with non-stop action. Enjoy an antique tractor pull, ballgames, a fish boil, Tour a marsh to see beautiful blossoms being 715-478-2222 live music and fireworks. pollinated by honeybees and learn how cranber- www.crandonoffroad.com 608-966-3273 ries grow, then stop by the Wisconsin Cranberry www.browntown.us Discovery Center in Warrens for cranberry wine and Heidi Festival gourmet food tastings. New Glarus (SC) Cool City Classic Car Cruise & Car Show 608-378-4878 Heidi drama performances. Craft fair and mini expo Two Rivers (EC) www.discovercranberries.com in Village Park. Friday evening cruise and up to 100 classic and 608-527-2095 older cars on display. Saturday includes hundreds Fete de Fleurs at Chateau St. Croix Winery www.swisstown.com of beautiful show cars lining Washington Street St Croix Falls (NW) in downtown Two Rivers. Enjoy music, food and Celebrate the flowering of the vines at Chateau St. Heritage Hill- Civil War Reenactment refreshments while admiring the cars. Croix Winery with wine tastings, tours, gourmet Green Bay (NE) 920-794-1482 food vendors, arts and crafts booths, live music and View demonstrations of Civil War life from both the www.tworiversmainstreet.com carriage rides. military and civilian perspectives at Heritage Hill 715-483-2556 State Historical Park. Kids can become a soldier for
Ellsworth Cheese Curd Festival www.chateaustcroix.com a part of the day, complete with marching training Ellsworth (NW) and lunch with fellow recruits. This food-filled weekend features a cheese-curd- 920-448-5150 Old World Foundation’s Midsummer Magic eating contest, beer/wine tastings, classic car show, www.heritagehillgb.org and live entertainment take place throughout the Eagle (SE) Stroll the grounds, sample foods, shop and listen festival. Presque Isle Days to music during this adult fundraising event at Old 715-273-6442 Presque Isle (NE) World Wisconsin. www.ellsworthchamber.com/cheese-curd-festival Head to Presque Isle for a weekend of festivities 262-594-2922 including live music, softball tournament, frog & www.friendsoww.org Pewaukee Kiwanis Beach Party with the Lake Country turtle races, lots of crafts, and more. Clean Water Festival 715-686-2910 Pewaukee (SE) Sawyer County Dairy Breakfast www.presqueisle.com This two-day lakefront festival will feature a ski Hayward (NW) show and water activities, along with entertain- Pancakes, sausage, strawberries, ice cream and JUNE 25 ment, live music and an all-you-can-eat pancake beverages will be served at this event, which also Albany Lions Car Show breakfast. will feature live music, an antique tractor display Albany (SC) 262-695-1492 and farm animals. An impressive array of vehicles, variety of food and www.pewaukeekiwanis.org 715-266-3414 drink offerings and live music make for a fun day www.dairydaysofsummer.com for car enthusiasts. JUNE 23-25 608-751-2895 Alma Center Strawberry Festival Superior Vistas Bike Tour www.albanylionsclub.com Alma Center (SW) Washburn (NW) This fest will include carnival rides, a parade, fun Bicyclists will ride paved 13-, 19-, 34-, 40-, 52-, Central Wisconsin Auto Collectors Car Show run, classic car show, live bands, kiddie parade and 70- or 100-mile routes of gently rolling hills along Oshkosh (EC) activities, and horseshoe and volleyball tourna- farmland, forest and lakes. Maps, support vehicles Collector car show for all makes 1900-94 with 16 ments. A beer tent and chicken, brats and strawber- and refreshment stops will be available, with food judged classes, a flea/swap market, food, music, ry shortcake will be available. and music at the finish. and prizes all day. No admission fee. 800-404-4008 715-682-2500 920-424-9997 www.blackrivercountry.net www.superiorvistas.org www.visitoshkosh.com Greek Festival Fond du Lac County Breakfast on the Farm Racine (SE) UW-Parkside Summer Arts & Crafts Festival Brandon (EC) Kenosha (SE) Enjoy ethnic music and dancing, church tours, Stop in for a farm-fresh breakfast with delicious, A colorful marketplace with about 200 artisans carnival rides and food including roasted lamb eggs, ham, cheese, and all of the fixings. offer unique handmade pieces against a backdrop and chicken, gyros, shish kabobs, honey puffs and 920-921-9500 of live music and food vendors. pastries. www.fdlac.com/breakfast-on-the-farm.html 262-632-5682 262-595-2581 www.kimissis.org www.uwp.edu Pleasant Prairie Triathlon Pleasant Prairie (SE) Milltown Fisherman’s Party JUNE 24-25 More than 1,000 athletes from across the Midwest Milltown (NW) Cedarburg Strawberry Festival will compete in these first-class sprint and Olym- Annual Celebration: food, tournaments, bingo, kids Cedarburg (SE) pic-distance triathlons. events, book sale, music, parade and raffle drawing This festival will include downtown art fairs and 262-925-6742 on Sunday. shopping, live music, contests, demonstrations and www.recplexonline.com 715-825-2222 children’s activities. 262-377-5856 JUNE 28-JUL 9 Musky Festival www.cedarburgfestivals.org Summerfest Hayward (NW) Milwaukee (SE) Partake in fishing contests and browse sidewalk Ellison Bay Days The world’s largest music festival offers 11 days sales and craft vendors at this event, which also Ellison Bay (NE) of top-notch musical entertainment on 11 stages, will include live music, street dances, a parade, Parade on Saturday at 11am. Community Park. Arts, along with good food, comedians, a children’s kids’ games, a carnival, food, 5K run and queen’s crafts, food, fun, games, and surprises for the whole play area, daily demonstrations and activities, and pageant. family. amusement park rides. CLOSED JULY 3RD. 715-634-8662 920-854-5448 414-273-2680 www.muskyfest.com www.doorcountynorth.org www.summerfest.com
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JUNE 30-JULY 2 showcasing the unique artistic styles of Native JUNE 29-JUL 1 Booster Days Americans in the upper Midwest.
Mid-Western Rodeo Hudson (NW) 920-494-7300 Manawa (C) This Independence Day celebration includes a car- www.woodlandindianart.com See all the action of bull and bronc riding, steer nival, food, bands, games, a parade and fireworks. wrestling, team and tie down roping, and women’s 715-386-8411 JUNE 30-JULY 4 barrel racing. The event also includes pony rides, www.hudsonboosters.org Riverfest vendors, free dances, a chicken barbecue, the La Crosse (SW) Stampede 5K/10K and a rodeo parade. Elkhart Lake Fireman’s July 4th Weekend Celebration Enjoy top-name entertainment for all ages and 800-747-6336 Elkhart Lake (EC) continuous offerings, including food and a beverage www.manawarodeo.org This family event features music, children’s games, tent, a fair, fireworks, crafts, live music and dancing. food, fireworks and a parade. 608-782-6000 920-876-3788 www.riverfestlacrosse.com
JUNE 30-JUL 1 Riverfront Rendezvous Karner Blue Summer Festival Sawdust Days Stevens Point (C) Oshkosh (EC) Black River Falls (SW) Stevens Point celebrates the 4th with live music, Celebrate the multicultural heritage of “Sawdust Visit a learning center and habitat sites at this food & refreshments, fireworks and a boat parade City” with five days of music, food, parades and the event, which also will include a 5K/10K and on Saturday. largest Fourth of July fireworks display in the Fox half-marathon run, grand parade, arts and crafts, 715-346-1531 Valley. and historical museum tours. www.stevenspoint.com/rr 920-235-5584 715-284-2503 www.sawdustdays.com www.blackrivercountry.net Woodland Indian Art Show & Market Green Bay (NE) Don’t miss this art competition and market
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Time to get your wings on. No pilgrimage for aviation enthusiasts airfield in the world is busier all over the globe. The 65th annual than Wittman Regional Airport event, as usual, is expected to during the annual summer fly-in draw 500,000 attendees from of 10,000 experimental, vintage, 80-some nations. Count actor military, ultralight and other Harrison Ford among the EAA’s aircraft. Warbirds, wingwalkers, celebrity fans. parachutists and plucky pilots perform aerobatic ballets and synchronized formations during afternoon and evening airshows. Workshops, exhibits, entertainment and fellowship pack the EAA’s 1,600 acres and make Oshkosh a point of
o EAT Order lake perch at Wendt’s, on Lake Winnebago, 10 miles south of town and near seaplane parking. Sip Blu Bobber, a blueberry ale, with your burger at Fox River Brewing Company, where you can look up at gliding aviators or out onto the procession of boats. For another kind of grace in movement, watch roller-skating carhops at Ardy and Ed’s, a drive- in restaurant since 1948. Just as classic is The Roxy, a supper club with German specialties on Tuesdays.
o STAY Thousands haul tents and RVs to Camp Scholler on the EAA grounds, and lots of pilots set up camp next to their parked aircraft because it is convenient and Oshkosh lodging books up quickly. University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh offers standard dorm rooms to suites and arranges AirVenture shuttles. If you savor silence in faith-based surroundings, check out the serenity of Jesuit Retreat House on Lake Winnebago. Staff at Oshkosh Convention and Visitors Bureau match visitors with private housing rentals.
o PLAY Open all year is EAA’s AirVenture Museum, home to 200 historic aircraft and oral histories from legendary aviators. Kids can enter the cockpit of a half-sized F-22 Raptor stealth fighter.Herbie’s Acee Deucee looks like an average neighborhood bar, but it’s a hot spot for pilots to talk shop. Play darts between taps. Want to watch aerobatic action away from the crowds? Rent a boat from Lakeside Marina, then look up: Pilots may be practicing on a lake above you.. JULY
on Saturday. along the shores of Lake Superior. JUNE 28-JULY 9 715-346-1531 715-682-5000 Summerfest www.stevenspoint.com/rr www.visitashland.com Milwaukee (SE) The world’s largest music festival offers 11 days Woodland Indian Art Show & Market Beer, Brats and Beethoven of top-notch musical entertainment on 11 stages, Green Bay (NE) Appleton (EC) along with good food, comedians, a children’s Don’t miss this art competition and market Join us at Fox Cities Stadium for a free musical play area, daily demonstrations and activities, and showcasing the unique artistic styles of Native celebration fit for the whole family. amusement park rides. CLOSED JULY 3RD. Americans in the upper Midwest. 920-968-0300 414-273-2680 920-494-7300 www.foxvalleysymphony.com www.summerfest.com www.woodlandindianart.com Freedom Fest JUNE 29-JULY 1 JUN 30-JULY 4 Janesville (SC) Mid-Western Rodeo Riverfest This community event started as a backyard bar- Manawa (C) La Crosse (SW) becue in 2002 and offers free activities including carnival rides, contemporary Christian music See all the action of bull and bronc riding, steer Enjoy top-name entertainment for all ages and performances and fireworks. wrestling, team and tie down roping, and women’s continuous offerings, including food and a beverage 608-756-4175 barrel racing. The event also includes pony rides, tent, a fair, fireworks, crafts, live music and dancing. www.freedomfestnewlife.com vendors, free dances, a chicken barbecue, the 608-782-6000 www.riverfestlacrosse.com Stampede 5K/10K and a rodeo parade. Just Tri-It Triathlon 800-747-6336 Manitowish Waters (NE) www.manawarodeo.org Sawdust Days Oshkosh (EC) The race includes a 300-yard swim, 10K mountain JUNE 30-JULY 1 Celebrate the multicultural heritage of “Sawdust bike race and 5K trail run. 715-543-2085 Karner Blue Summer Festival City” with five days of music, food, parades and the www.discoverycenter.net Black River Falls (SW) largest Fourth of July fireworks display in the Fox Valley. Visit a learning center and habitat sites at this 920-235-5584 Muggy Buggy 5K event, which also will include a 5K/10K and www.sawdustdays.com Minocqua (NE) half-marathon run, grand parade, arts and crafts, In addition to the 5K, the event features a 2.5K and historical museum tours. Xtreme Mud Run. 715-284-2503 JULY 1 Annual PiTri Challenge 715-356-3309 www.blackrivercountry.net/events www.minocquawinterpark.org Richland Center (SW) JUN 30-JULY 2 Paddle 4.4 miles on the Pine River, Pedal 12 miles P-4: Pedal, Paddle, Plod and Plunge across rural Richland County, and run 3 miles Booster Days La Pointe (NW) through the lush parks of Richland Center. Must Hudson (NW) Trophies will be awarded to the top teams in this pre-register. This Independence Day celebration includes a car- relay event. 602-828-2776 nival, food, bands, games, a parade and fireworks. 715-747-2801 www.pitrichallenge.org 715-386-8411 www.madelineisland.chambermaster.com www.hudsonboosters.org Art & More on the Lakeshore JULY 1-2 Phillips (NW) Elkhart Lake Fireman’s July 4th Weekend Celebration Silver Cup XVII PDGA B-Tier Disc Golf Tournament Elkhart Lake (EC) Browse arts and crafts from 100 artists while enjoying music, demonstrations and concessions Manitowoc (EC) This family event features music, children’s games, along Elk Lake. Amateur Divisions. Food, vendors, spectator events food, fireworks and a parade. 715-820-0441 and activities. 920-876-3788 www.phillipswisconsin.net 920-629-9997 www.silvercupdiscgolf.com Riverfront Rendezvous Bay Area Car Club Car Show Stevens Point (C) JULY 4 Stevens Point celebrates the 4th with live music, Ashland (NW) Vintage vehicles are the highlight of this car show Circus World Anniversary Days food & refreshments, fireworks and a boat parade Baraboo (SC) Celebrate Circus World’s 59th Anniversary for a remarkable four day celebration to experience the collection of over 200 wagons and vehicles, historic Ringling buildings, new and updated exhibits and more than 60 acres of circus wonders. 608-356-8341 www.circusworldbaraboo.org
Flea Market and Craft Sale Hatfield (SW) Shop from more than 160 vendors at this free-ad- mission event. 608-989-2275 www.clarkcountytourism-wi.org JULY 2 Ducktona 500 Sheboygan Falls (EC) Thousands of plastic ducks will race down the She- boygan River for cash prizes at this event, which also will include a car show, arts and crafts, live music, pony rides, petting zoo, big wheel race for kids and food court. 920-467-6206 Salmon-A-Rama, Racine www.sheboyganfalls.org
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Picnic in the Park Jelly Belly Carnival boat parade, fireworks, and more activities for the Winchester (NE) Pleasant Prairie (SE) whole family. Enjoy music, games, food and fun. Celebrate summer with carnival rides, midway 920-684-0218 715-686-2123 games and more at Jelly Belly Visitor Center. Enjoy www.wisconsinmaritime.org www.winchesterwi.com free tours and samples inside the Visitor Center. 262-947-3800 Turtle Lake Inter-County Fair JULY 3 www.visitkenosha.com Turtle Lake (NW) Art and Craft Show Three days of food, music, rides and games. Other Lifest Tomahawk (NE) events include sheep and dairy shows, horse, truck Crafts, jewelry, clothes, garden decor and much Oshkosh (EC) and tractor pulls, pancake breakfasts, turtle derby, more. Held rain or shine. Wisconsin’s largest Christian music festival offers prize drawings. 715-453-5334 150 acts on seven stages, entertainment, games, 715-986-2241 www.gototomahawk.com fireworks, worship services, swimming and pottery www.turtlelakewi.com workshops. 920-738-5588 Lions July 4th Celebration JULY 8 Edgerton (SC) www.lifest.com Art on Track Musical entertainment, all day family entertain- Lodi Agricultural Fair ment, food, beverages and a spectacular fireworks Iola (C) Lodi (SC) Held in conjunction with the Iola Old Car Show, this display at dusk. Join the community in celebrating Lodi’s agriculture event will feature more than 85 artisans showing 608-884-2862 with a fair full of music, food, carnival rides, demo- and selling on the Iola-Scandinavia School Athletic www.edgertonfireworks.com lition derby, and more. Track. 608-592-4499 715-445-2411 x321 JULY 4 www.lodiagfair.com www.ischamber.com Independence Day Celebration Marquette County Fair Eagle (SE) Island Art Walk Take in three days of games, patriotic activities and Westfield (C) Minocqua (NE) an old-fashioned parade. Try climbing a greased 4-H exhibits, mutton busting, bull riding, music, Discover a wide variety of hand made artistry as pole, help make ice cream, enter the pie-eating and tractor pulls. artists showcase their unique talents. Make sure contest and test your muscles in a tug-o-war 608-297-3141 you save room for some great food from the Lake- competition. www.marquettecountyfair.org land Area Kiwanis concession stand featuring the 262-594-6300 world famous Trig’s Smokehouse Brats. www.oldworldwisconsin.wisconsinhistory.org JULY 7-9 715-892-1204 45th Annual Trempealeau Lions Catfish Days www.lakelandkiwanis.com Leopolis Booster Club Triathlon Trempealeau (SW) Leopolis (C) Three days of delicious catfish, great music, and Competition in 3 classes: the jock class (50-yard exciting activities for all ages. Mill Street Festival swim, 12-mile bike and 5-mile run), the beer belly 608-534-6780 Plymouth (EC) (50-yard swim, 5-mile bike, 2-mile run) and the www.trempealeau.net Experience horse and wagon rides, arts and crafts, 16 & under (50-yard swim, 5-mile bike and 2-mile food, two stages of live music, more than 100 ven- run). Food & music. Bear River Pow-Wow dors, a petting zoo and pony rides. 715-524-2139 Lac du Flambeau (NE) 920-893-0079 Tribes from across the nation will celebrate togeth- www.plymouthwisconsin.com JULY 6-8 er and invite the public to share in crafts, food and dancing. Annual Heart of the North Rodeo Namekagon Art & Music Festival 715-588-3333 Seeley (NW) Spooner (NW) www.lacduflambeauchamber.com Fine artisans will show their creations against a Watch bareback and saddle bronc riding, tie-down backdrop of live regional musicians. Another stage roping, steer wrestling, barrel racing, bull riding and Monticello Homecoming will offer a poetry jam contest and live original team roping. Monticello (SC) theater. 715-635-9696 Enjoy live music, a carnival, tug-of-war competition, 715-634-8662 www.spoonerrodeo.com sand and mud volleyball tournaments, motorcycle www.cablehaywardarts.org poker ride, fireworks and a homecoming parade. Beaver Dam Lake Days Food offerings include pie, cheese curds and chick- Phillips Chain of Lakes Tri Beaver Dam (SC) en barbecue. This community festival features a water ski show, 608-938-4383 Phillips (NW) live music, fireworks, food and refreshments, and www.monticello-wi.com Swim a 1/4 mile on the Phillips Chain of Lakes, bike carnival rides. 18 miles on rural roads and run three miles along 920-356-1711 New Holstein Firemen’s Picnic Lake Duroy as an individual competitor or relay team. Kids will enjoy a free fun run. www.beaverdamlakedays.com New Holstein (EC) 715-339-2143 The largest fireworks display north of Milwaukee, a www.phillipschainoflakestri.org Iola Old Car Show & Swap Meet huge parade and a chicken dinner are the highlights Iola (C) of this annual fest. Trucks and Dodge Chargers will be the featured 920-898-5766 Gleason Mud Bogs exhibit at this year’s event, which will include an www.travelcalumet.com Gleason (NE) educational tent, huge swap meet, car corral area, Eight different vehicle classes will compete for cash food and camping. Pewaukee Multisport Weekend in a 300-foot mud pit throughout the afternoon. 715-445-4000 Pewaukee (SE) 715-873-3436 www.iolaoldcarshow.com Swim, bike and run around Pewaukee Lake on www.merrillchamber.org a course ideal for both seasoned veterans and JULY 6-9 beginners. Lawn Mower Races Amish Quilt Show & Sale 262-695-9735 Fifield (NW) Jacksonport (NE) www.pewaukeemultisportweekend.com The event includes six classes of races along with Peruse handmade Amish quilts, rugs and wall kids classes, with time trials an hour beforehand. hangings. Subfest Concessions are available. 920-823-2288 Manitowoc (EC) 715-762-4739 www.jacksonportcraftcottage.com Experience self-guided submarine tours, lighted www.tn.fifield.wi.gov
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also will include food and arts and crafts. JULY 8-9 JULY 13 Albertfest 715-682-2500 Eagle River Fishing Day For Kids www.ashlandbaydays.com Sun Prairie (SC) Eagle River (NE) Join us for family fun, great music, and big prizes! Area guides come together to share the beautiful Birchwood Bluegill Festival 608-837-3798 Northwoods by taking a child, ages 7-12, fishing for www.saintalberts.org/albertfest Birchwood (NW) the afternoon. Enjoy a fishing contest, medallion hunt, softball Art Fair on the Square 715-479-6400 tournament, children’s games, horse pull, food, Madison (SC) www.eagleriver.org street dances and a parade. Featured works of art will include ceramics, draw- 715-354-3411 ings, graphics, prints, fiber, leather, furniture, glass, JULY 13-15 jewelry, metal, paintings, photographs, sculpture, Rock Fest Caz Celebration 3D mixed media and wood. Cadott (NW) Cazenovia (SW) 608-257-0158 Enjoy the best of rock music, food and camping in Horseshoe tournaments, ball games, DJs, dances, www.mmoca.org the Chippewa Valley. rides, and a big parade on Sunday morning. 715-289-4401 608-983-2758 Brussels Lions Belgian Days www.rock-fest.com www.richlandcentertourism.com Brussels (NE) Live music, Belgian Trippe, pies, hamburgers, Edgerton Tobacco Heritage Days beverages. Parade on Sunday 10:30am. Big Dogs JULY 13-16 Balloon & Rib Fest Edgerton (SC) baseball tournament, Coed Volleyball, Craft Fair. Live music, food, family entertainment. Arts in the Wausau (C) 920-743-4456 Park Craft Fair, open air market, car show, living In addition to hot air balloons and rib vendors, this www.e-clubhouse.org/sites/brusselswi history events and demonstrations, tobacco demon- event includes kites, pig racing, bounce houses, strations all on Saturday. City Wide Rummage Sale. food and the largest fireworks show in the region. JULY 9 Parade on Sunday. 715-297-9531 A Day in the Park Art & Craft Show 608-931-4833 www.wausauevents.org Beaver Dam (SC) www.edgertontobaccodays.com Over 200 vendors display and sell their crafts. Bastille Days Food, beverages and ice cream available on the LCO Honor the Earth Pow Wow Milwaukee (SE) grounds. Hayward (NW) Attend this free four-day bash and enjoy live 920-887-8879 This traditional Ojibwe celebration will include music, an international marketplace, chef and wine www.beaverdamchamber.com/craftfair music, dancing, crafts and food, create an authentic demos, French and Cajun cuisine, roaming busker tribal experience. entertainment and a signature 43-foot Eiffel Tower Faire on the Green 715-634-8934 replica offering hourly light shows. Oshkosh (EC) www.lco-nsn.gov This lively outdoor festival will feature the works 414-271-1416 of more than 200 emerging artisans, food and www.easttown.com entertainment. Lucky Days Festival 920-235-6903 Fun Fest Luck (NW) www.thepaine.org New Richmond (NW) Take in bed races, softball, foot races, a classic car Four days of fun will include a carnival, entertain- show, sawdust pile for the kids, food court, used ment, food stands, beer tent, sporting events and book sale and parade. The Cars Time Forgot grand parade. 715-462-2221 Delavan (SE) 715-246-2900 www.luckwisconsin.com Classic and collector cars from all eras. Food, mu- www.newrichmondchamber.com sic and sales. Weekend activities include car rally, Summer Dog Agility Trials BBQ dinner, meet and greet, and special rates. Hodag Country Music Festival Fond du Lac (EC) 262-728-5095 Rhinelander (NE) Experience this exciting sport on the Fond du Lac www.delavanwi.org Come to the Northwoods for top country music County Kennel Club grounds. stars, on-site camping, vendors and a state band 920-923-2101 contest. JULY 11-13 www.fdlckc.org Wisconsin Farm Technology Days 715-369-1300 www.hodag.com Algoma (NE) JULY 15 The largest agricultural show in Wisconsin show- Portage County Fair - Amherst casing the latest improvements in production Artarama Amherst (C) agriculture with more than 600 exhibitors. Eagle River (NE) Enjoy 4-H & FFA exhibits, carnival rides, truck and 920-242-6826 In addition to a juried show with more than 90 tractor pulls, market animal sale, volleyball tourna- www.wifarmtechnologydays.com artisans, this event will include music, picnic-style ment, vacation raffle, famous fair food, games, cake food and a youth art tent. auction, animal judging, pedal tractor races. 715-525-2100 JULY 12-16 888-221-4714 www.artarama-er.com Door County Folk Festival www.amherstfair.com Sister Bay (NE) Balsam Lake Classic Fishing Tournament River Falls Days Featuring dance and music workshops, parties Balsam Lake (NW) and concerts, children’s programs, fish boil dinner, River Falls (NW) Pre-registration is required for this annual fishing Festivities include a parade, live music, dancing, music and dance in the park and much more. tournament at Balsam Lake. food, fireworks, and a 10K, two-mile run and kid’s 920-421-2986 715-296-7837 fun run. www.dcff.net www.polkcountytourism.com 715-425-7433 www.rfchamber.com Northern Wisconsin State Fair Fish Day Chippewa Falls (NW) Port Washington (SE) Livestock, crafts, homemaking and educational JULY 14-16 The world’s largest outdoor one-day fish fry exhibits, and outstanding 4-H displays. More than Bay Days Festival includes a huge parade, live music on five stages, a mile of midway thrills, great food stands, and free Ashland (NW) arts and crafts show, car show, run/walk and grandstand entertainment. Several contests from pie-eating to cardboard boat fireworks. 715-723-2861 races and toddler runs to a strongman competition 262-284-0900 www.northernwistatefair.com are just a few of the highlights of this event, which www.portfishday.com
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Fly-In Fish Boil War of 1812 Battle of Prairie du Chien Reenactment and national entertainment and education for all Washington Island (NE) Prairie Du Chien (SW) ages. An aviation wonder of over 100 flying machines See a historic encampment and battle reenactment 262-544-5922 arrive at the Washington Island airport for your on Wisconsin’s only War of 1812 battlefield, now the www.waukeshacountyfair.com viewing pleasure. Musical entertainment, hayrides lawn of the Villa Louis mansion. for kids, crafts and great family fun for the day. Fish 608-326-2721 JULY 20 boil served from 11am-1pm. www.villalouis.org Curiosity Fair 920-874-2070 Manitowoc (EC) www.washingtonislandchamber.com JULY 16 Kids and adults are invited to play, create and Appleton Old Car Show & Swap Meet investigate the mysteries of the world through a Freedom Fest Appleton (EC) series of activities, presentations and hands-on La Crosse (SW) Browse more than 1,200 hot rods, classic, muscle demonstrations. Discover what living things are An outdoor music festival and motorcycle rally. and modified cars at one of the largest free car in your own backyard, and find out how milk goes Take a scenic ride through beautiful bluffs of south- shows in the Midwest. from udder to glass. ern Wisconsin. 920-968-6360 920-684-4445 608-779-9994 www.appletonoldcarshow.com www.manitowoccountyhistory.org/curiosity-fair www.freedomfestlacrosse.com Arts Festival - Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass Lake Superior Day JULY 20-22 Neenah (EC) Country Jam USA Port Wing (NW) Bringing together 4,000 people for a day of fine Eau Claire (NW) Activities, events, speakers and tours. All about life arts, great food, live music and children’s activities. along the Lake. Enjoy three days of country music’s top entertain- Purchase original art from more than 70 fine art ers, vendors, food and camping. 715-774-3383 and craftspeople from across the region. www.portwingwi.com 715-839-7500 920-751-4658 x304 www.countryjamwi.com www.bmmglass.com JULY 15-16 Antique & Tractor Expo Maxwell Street Days 2017 Lumberjack World Championships Phillips (NW) Cedarburg (SE) Hayward (NW) Browse antique tractors and all manner of machin- This Cedarburg Volunteer Fire Department tradition More than 100 men and women will compete for ery and collectibles. Kids can enjoy a petting zoo offers more than 700 spaces filled with antiques, world records and $50,000+ in prize money in and pedal tractor pull. collectibles, crafts, produce, sports and rum- about two dozen events, including logrolling, chop- 715-339-3761 mage-sale items, along with food and music. ping and a pole climb. www.pricecountyantiqueassociation.org 262-377-8412 715-634-2484 www.cedarburgfiredept.com www.lumberjackworldchampionships.com Antique Tractor & Machinery Show Saukville (SE) JULY 19-23 Rollin’ Iron Bike Fest Wisconsin Antique Power Reunion, featuring many Barron County Fair Hurley (NW) vintage tractors and equipment. Threshing, sawing, Rice Lake (NW) Food, drinks, street bands and a poker run are plowing, corn shelling and kids pedal tractor pull 4-H projects and judging, grandstand shows, tractor planned for this weekend of motorcycle fun. both days at 12:30. Access to over 20 restored and and truck pulls, harness racing, draft horse show, 715-561-2767 furnished vintage buildings in Pioneer Village. midway rides, demolition derby, and concessions. www.hurleywi.com 262-377-9620 715-736-3247 www.ochs.co.ozaukee.wi.us/Events.htm www.barroncountyfair.com JULY 20-23 Bayfield Festival of Arts & Gallery Tour Dane County Fair Country Thunder Bayfield (NW) Madison (SC) Twin Lakes (SE) This juried arts and crafts show on the shores of Enjoy fabulous fair food, an interactive children’s Take in the biggest names in country music, with Lake Superior offers pottery, paintings, jewelry, petting zoo, carnival rides along with great enter- helicopter and thrill rides, camping, food, specialty sculptures, glass works, wood carvings, photog- tainment. vendors and late-night entertainment available. raphy, open houses, demonstrations and special 608-244-0500 866-802-6418 sales. www.danecountyfair.com www.countrythunder.com 715-779-3335 www.bayfield.org Fond du Lac County Fair Iron River Lions Blueberry Festival Fond du Lac (EC) Iron River (NW) Chalkfest Exhibits, carnival, concessions, grandstand shows, Rides, crafts, talent show, contests, food, parade, Wausau (C) education, and entertainment. games and, of course, blueberries. Artists and their colorful pastel art drawings will 920-251-1199 715-372-8558 transform a downtown block into a visual museum. www.fonddulaccountyfair.com www.irlions.com 715-297-9531 www.wausauevents.org Green County Fair
Monroe (SC) Kewaunee County Fair Connecting Cultures: Exploring the Lake Superior Fur A 4-H fair with concessions, grandstand entertain- Luxemburg (NE) Trade ment, cheese judging and auction, carnival, tractor Join the 100th annual Kewaunee County Fair. Get La Pointe (NW) pull, demo derby, and harness racing. up close with cows, horses, pigs, sheep, chickens Educators, living history reenactors and fur trade 608-325-9159 and more. 4-H projects, great live entertainment, experts demonstrate the skills and tradition of the www.greencountyfair.net delicious fair food, carnival rides and much, much 1700s fur trade. more. 715-747-2415 La Crosse Interstate Fair 920-845-9798 www.kewauneectyfair.com www.madelineislandmuseum.org West Salem (SW) Youth exhibits, crafts, food exhibitions and competi- Mount Horeb Art Fair tions, animals, music, family fun, and carnival rides. Manito Art League Art Show Mount Horeb (SC) 608-788-5506 Manitowish Waters (NE) This art and craft fair on Mount Horeb’s historic www.lacrosseinterstatefair.com All works for sale, people’s choice voting, patron “Trollway” will offer Norwegian culture, food, a preview the night before the show opens, live mu- silent art auction, raffles and music. Waukesha County Fair sic, and refreshments. 608-437-5914 Waukesha (SE) 715-282-6198 www.trollway.com Oldest county fair in the state highlighting regional www.manitoartleague.org
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Northland Mardi Gras Two Rivers Fish Derby & Festival performance. Ladysmith (NW) Two Rivers (EC) 715-543-8488 Community celebration featuring a Venetian Night Enjoy a Fish Fantasy Parade and go for more than www.manitowishwaters.org Parade on the Flambeau River. Midway rides, arts $10,000 in prizes. & crafts show (Sat 9am-2pm), sporting tourna- 920-553-3956 JULY 22-23 ments, music, street parade, and activities for www.trkiwanis.org Scenic Shore 150 Bike Tour families and children. Mequon (SE) 715-532-7212 World Championship Snowmobile Watercross The Scenic Shore 150 Bike Tour along Lake Michi- www.ruskcountywi.com Grantsburg (NW) gan to Potowatomi State Park. Fully supported with IWA sanctioned Oval & drag racing snowmobiles on rest stops every 10-12 miles, delicious food, prizes Pulaski Polka Days open water, including vintage snowmobiles. Fire- and amazing scenery. Pulaski (NE) works, two bands, food & beverage booths, & other 262-785-4244 One of the largest Polish and polka fests in the Mid- activities. Camping available. www.scenicshore150.org west will offer an arts and crafts show, polka mass 715-463-4269 and Lutheran Worship Service, parade, fireworks, www.grantsburgwatercross.com JULY 23 firefighter water fights, food and campsites. Airport Day 920-822-3869 JULY 22 New Holstein (EC) www.pulaskipolkadays.com Baraboo’s Big Top Parade & Circus Celebration A fly-in breakfast kicks off this free-admission event, which also will include a food court, barrel The WeatherTech International Challenge Baraboo (SC) Parade at 10am, featuring wagons from Circus train rides, kids’ activities, farmers’ and flea mar- Elkhart Lake (EC) World’s collection and honoring Baraboo’s rich kets and music by a DJ. Kids can get free airplane One of the largest vintage gatherings in America Circus Heritage home to the Ringling Bros. World’s rides. offers more than 30 classes of cars in ten race Greatest Shows, the John Robinson Circus, the 920-898-5847 groups, with on-site camping available. Gollmar Bros. Circus, the Adam Forepaugh & Sells www.travelcalumet.com 800-365-7223 Bros and more. A special post parade admission www.roadamerica.com price to Circus World of $5 awaits in honor of the Best Friends Gourmet Bike Tour 5th Anniversary of this amazing community event! Neenah (EC) Wisconsin State Water Ski Show Championship 608-356-8333 Choose from routes through the countryside Wisconsin Rapids (C) www.bigtopparade.com ranging from 4 to 100 miles, with rest stops and re- Water ski teams will perform hour-long shows fea- freshments along the way, and return to a gourmet turing ballet lines, back barefooting, jumping, swivel Gandy Dancer Fly In/Drive In picnic. skiing, shoe skiing, air-chairs and more. Enjoy 920-729-5600 Siren (NW) refreshments and see the newest ski equipment, www.bestfriendsnm.org This event will include airplane and helicopter boats and motors during breaks. rides, an aerobatics show, aircraft display, remote 715-459-6117 JULY23-29 control planes, classic cars, a 5K trail race, kids www.aquaskiers.org/wi-state activities and food. Hometown Festival Week 800-788-3164 Platteville (SW) JULY 21-22 www.gandydancerflyindrivein.com A plethora of activities during festival week will Annual Gem & Mineral Show include food events, a golf outing, and arts and crafts fair. Minocqua (NE) Mardi Gras Arts & Crafts Fair 608-348-8888 Over 35 dealers of jewelry, gems, agates, crystals, Ladysmith (NW) www.platteville.com fossils, artifacts, wire wrappers, metal detectors, Local arts and crafts booths, farmers market, car and many other items. Several geologists will show, plus food vendors. JULY 24-30 be onsite to help you identify your minerals and 715-532-7328 stones. www.ladysmithchamber.com EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 715-477-2519 Oshkosh (EC) www.lakelandgemclub.com Orchard Country Winery Summer Harvest Fest The world’s largest gathering for recreational pilots Fish Creek (NE) and aviation enthusiasts features more than 10,000 Gallery Night and Day Enjoy complimentary wine and farm market airplanes and 600,000 people. 1,000 forums/semi- Milwaukee (SE) tastings, pick your own cherries, take horse-drawn nars, 900 product exhibitors, concessions and daily Gallery Night and Day is the premier art event in wagon rides and free guided tours, listen to live mu- air shows. Milwaukee for gallery hopping and art viewing, sic, and join apple cider donut and apple pie-eating 920-426-4818 showcasing 50 venues throughout downtown. contests. www.airventure.org 414-273-1173 866-946-3263 www.gallerynightandday.org www.orchardcountry.com JULY 25-30 Kenosha Homecoming Car Show JULY 21-23 River Bluff Daze Kenosha (SE) Ferryville (SW) Join the Kenosha History Center at various loca- Festa Italiana tions for car shows, a car parade, Scoop the Loop in Milwaukee (SE) An antique tractor pull, kid’s carnival, raffles, food and fireworks over the Mississippi River are the Downtown Kenosha and the big car show rounding America’s largest Italian cultural event will offer highlights of this free-admission event. out the 5 days of events on Saturday. nine stages of international and local entertain- 608-734-9406 262-654-5770 ment, a Sicilian brass marching band, cultural www.visitferryville.com www.kenoshahistorycenter.org exhibits, nightly fireworks and a colorful procession following Sunday Mass. 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414-223-2808 Summer Classics/Art Impressions Seymour (EC) www.festaitaliana.com Land O’Lakes (NE) Carnival, big name entertainment, junior fair ex- Peruse a wide variety of art and hand-crafted hibits, commercial exhibits, free midway entertain- Paperfest items for show and sale at this Land O’ Lakes area ment. Kimberly (EC) summer highlight. 920-833-2941 Celebrating 29 years of this Free Family Festival, 715-547-3950 www.outagamiecountyfair.com 3 days of music 3 stages, sports events, car show, www.lolaartswi.com craft show, Battle of the Bands, family fun, rides, Rock County 4-H Fair food & beverages. Come celebrate with us. Horse- Taste of Manitowish Waters Janesville (SC) drawn wagon rides & big wheel races. Manitowish Waters (NE) As the oldest 4-H fair in the United States, with 920-851-1279 Indulge in local food and drink as you enjoy live plenty to offer each and every visitor. Numerous www.paperfest.org music, an art show, sidewalk sales and a water ski animals, carnival, unique exhibits, showcasing
26 2016-17 WISCONSIN FALL/WINTER EVENT GUIDE TRAVELWISCONSIN.COM JULY amazing entertainment and a variety of activities Taste of Lake Country & Fine Arts Festival Chalkfest for the whole family. Pewaukee (SE) Eau Claire (NW) 608-755-1470 Community restaurants will sell their signature food Yards of sidewalk space displaying amazing chalk www.rockcounty4hfair.com items as you enjoy performances by local musi- artwork. The entire park will be illuminated while cians and an art show from area artists. people view the finished work, meet the artists and JULY 26-30 262-695-9735 mingle. Columbia County Fair www.tasteoflakecountry.com 715-552-0457 Portage (SC) www.volumeone.org/sites/chalkfest Midway rides, fireworks, grandstand shows, food JULY 28-30 and fun. Brownstone Summerfest Forest Fest 608-745-0719 Washburn (NW) Eagle River (NE) www.columbiacofair.com Live music, car show, art/craft vendors and food Highlights include logging equipment displays, booths along main street. Also, an off-road bike chainsaw carvers, woodturners, trappers, timber- Langlade County Youth Fair race, a run, fireworks and more. sports, arts and crafts, kid’s activities, horse-drawn Antigo (NE) 715-373-5017 wagon rides, live entertainment and food. www.washburnchamber.com This 5-day event features live music, shows, mid- 715-479-6456 way, animal judging & sales, demo derby, stock car www.treesfortomorrow.com racing, and tractor pulls! German Fest 715-216-2356 Milwaukee (SE) Kentuck Day Festival Get Your Deutsch On at one of the largest, most www.langladecountyfair.com Crandon (NE) authentic HAUS parties in North America! 5 stages Celebrate the area’s early settlers from Kentucky Lincoln County Fair of German music, food, cultural village, Glocken- with arts and crafts, downtown sidewalk sales, Merrill (NE) spiel, fireworks, children’s activities, Dachshund specialty foods, bluegrass music, kids’ games and Bring your family for animal judging, midway thrills, Derby, parades and more! STIHL TIMBERSPORTS a car show. exhibits, entertainment, food and more. U.S. Championships. 715-478-3450 715-536-5212 414-464-9444 www.visitforestcounty.com www.lincolncofair.com www.germanfest.com Lac du Flambeau Lions Brewfest Monroe County Fair Italian Festival Minocqua (NE) Tomah (SW) Racine (SE) Sample craft beers while you enjoy food, live music Carnival, food, arts and crafts fair, 4-H exhibits, This event sponsored by Roma Lodge will include and a raffle. Designated drivers and children get animal judging, and much more. Italian food, live music and family entertainment, free admission. 608-372-2081 and fireworks displays. 715-588-3414 www.monroecountyfairwi.com 262-898-1694 www.lacduflambeaubrewfest.com JULY 27-29 www.romalodge.com JULY 29-30 Door County Antique Show National Antique Tractor Pull & Thresheree 1860s Ginger Beer Making Fish Creek (NE) Symco (C) Greenbush (EC) Thirty-five professional exhibitors will display and Check out a tractor pull, antique tractor display, Homebrewers can discover secret tips and tra- sell works including primitives, fine art, ornate country music concert and food. ditional recipes for brewing ginger root and try Victorian, early country, jewelry and furniture. Have 920-596-2446 samples at this old-fashioned Wade House event. your crystal and china repaired on site. www.symcoutc.com 920-526-3271 715-355-5144 www.wadehouse.org www.antiqueshowsinwis.com/DoorCounty.html Taste of Wisconsin AAUW Art Fair on the Green Kenosha (SE) JULY 27-30 This craft beer and cheese tasting features unlim- La Crosse (SW) Artists from all over the country will display their Polk County Fair ited sampling of more than 160 Wisconsin-made works, including Batik, metalwork, paintings, draw- St Croix Falls (NW) products. ings, fiber works, jewelry, glass and photography. Demolition derby, tractor pull, truck pull, exhibits, 262-496-9400 605-895-2109 carnival rides, live entertainment, food and animal www.tasteofwi.com www.lacrosse-wi.aauw.net/art-fair judging. 715-483-3391 JULY 29 Wausau 24 www.polkcountyfair.com Amish Quilt and Consignment Auction Wausau (C) Albany (SC) Washburn County Fair 24-hour competitive mountain biking race. The 6 Hundreds of items, from handcrafted quilts to furni- hour race will begin with the 12 and 24 events, and Spooner (NW) ture and farm equipment, will be sold in an auction it is a great way to experience endurance racing for County fair with a carnival, food, entertainment, ring. Try Amish baked goods and ice cream cranked the first time or get in a race on Saturday and be horse pull, kiddie tractor pull, livestock show and via horse power. home that night. Awards ceremony after. auction, and 4-H and other exhibits. 608-897-8500 715-497-8800 715-468-7633 www.wausau24.com www.washburncountyfair.com Cambridge Lake Ripley Ride JULY 28-29 Cambridge (SC) JULY 30 Hub City Days Choose from three distances along quiet country Annual Arts & Craft Fair Marshfield (C) roads. Registration includes shirt, map/cue sheet, Shawano (C) Celebrate downtown Marshfield’s heritage with a scenic rest stops, SAG wagon, a sandy swimming More than 100 artisans and crafters will sell their weekend of fun, food and entertainment. beach, and a post-ride celebration featuring live wares in the woods surrounding the Mielke Arts 715-387-3299 music and a Cambridge Lions Club dinner. Center. Concessions available. www.mainstreetmarshfield.com 608-423-8108 715-526-2525 www.cambridgecap.net www.shawanoarts.com Prairie Dog Blues Festival Prairie du Chien (SW) Carlsville Day Art at the Park, Trout Museum Art’s Blues bands, from regional to internationally Carlsville (NE) Appleton (EC) renowned acts, will perform at this two-day event Parade, cherry stomp, wine tasting, doggie contest, Join us and over 200 exhibiting artists in Apple- featuring concessions, on-site camping and a hotel cherry pie eating contest, corn maze, live music, ton’s historic City Park for this much anticipated shuttle. food and more than 40 craft vendors. summer tradition! 608-326-0085 920-743-2228 920-733-4089 www.prairiedogblues.com www.carlsvilledoorcounty.com www.troutmuseum.org
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Sizzling sausages, plump cream giant slide (200 feet long), win a puffs, racing pigs, diving dogs, stuffed animal bigger than your country to rock music: the State firstborn and shop for whatever Fair annually attracts 1 million cheesy to practical treasure your people because there is more heart desires. than a little something for all ages. Giant vegetables? Check. Funhouses? Uh-huh. Toe rings and temporary tattoos? You bet. Food served on sticks? All courses covered. Add treats made with Wisconsin ingredients – apple dumplings, cranberry juice, cobs of corn, butterflied pork sandwiches – and factor in enough time to ride the
o EAT Take a one-hour factory tour at Palermo’s Pizza to see how the pies are made, and end with a hot slice from the on-site restaurant, which serves salad, soups and sandwiches too. Kids can play secret agent with grownups before 8 p.m. at SafeHouse, a spy-themed restaurant and nightclub. Even the food menu sounds covert. Can’t decide on dessert? Order a flight of four kiddie scoops made at Purple Door Creamery, a popular urban ice cream maker.
o STAY Pet-friendly Aloft Hotel turns children into happy campers by providing an indoor splash pool and stocking child-sized air mattresses and goodie bags. Roomy suites at the downtown Hampton Inn contain a refrigerator and microwave; rates include a hot breakfast or, when in a hurry on weekdays, grab a bagged breakfast to take along. Inside Country Springs Hotel, 15 miles west of State Fair Park, is a games arcade and water park with tube slides, body slides and lazy river floating.
o PLAY Time your visit to Milwaukee County Zoo to coincide with animal feedings or performances. Cover the 200 acres fast with a Zoomobile, Sky Safari or zip line ride. Explore the tall ship Denis Sullivan at Discovery World, where science and technology spell fun, or board an Edelweiss Cruises boat and sail along the Milwaukee River and Lake Michigan harbor. Other lakefront options: renting a paddleboat, surrey bike, stand-up paddleboard or kayak near Bradford Beach, where kite flying is popular.
AUG 1-6 IMSA Continental SportsCar Challenge and WeatherTech Scandinavia Corn Roast SportsCar Championship Wisconsin Valley Fair Scandinavia (C) Elkhart Lake (EC) Enjoy music, entertainment, baseball games, a Wausau (C) The IMSA Continental Sports Car Challenge and carnival, tractor pull, pie social and free corn on the The second largest county fair in Wisconsin. Enjoy WeatherTech SportsCar Championship takes over fest’s closing day. big name grandstand entertainment, carnival rides, Road America’s 4-mile circuit for what will be one 715-467-2366 animals, youth projects, an antique farm machinery of the most incredible weekends of sports car www.cornroast.net museum and more. racing in the world! 715-261-1539 920-892-4576 Soil Sisters www.wisconsinvalleyfair.com www.roadamerica.com Monroe (SC) Immersive farming and culinary experiences led by AUG 2 Iron County Fair women in agriculture highlighted with workshops Loon Day Art & Craft Fair including fiber arts, fermenting, artisan food demos Saxon (NW) Mercer (NW) and farm to table feasts. Good ol’ country fair with food, midway thrills, mu- Browse more than 250 exhibitors and enjoy a loon 608-329-7056 sic, competitions, exhibits and entertainment. calling contest, food, music, sidewalk and bake www.soilsisterswi.org 715-561-5780 sales, face painting, flea market and a live perfor- www.ironcountyfair.org mance of the Lakeland Barbershop Chorus. AUG 5 715-476-2389 Siren Summerfest Cherry Fest www.mercercc.com Jacksonport (NE) Siren (NW) Celebrate the cherry harvest in Door County with Enjoy sidewalk sales, music, softball and volleyball AUG 2-6 baked goods and other food, historical displays, tournaments, a classic car show and parts swap, Jackson County Fair arts and crafts, and music. pie eating contest, food, flea/ farmers markets and Black River Falls (SW) 321-543-4887 the “Lucky Ducky” Rotary Retrieve. Great Plains Rodeo, dog agility show, best dessert www.jacksonporthistoricalsociety.org 715-349-8399 contest, antique tractor pull, tractor pull, gymkan- www.VisitSiren.com na horse show, demolition derby, entry judging, Cookie Daze 2017 midway thrills, exhibits, grandstand entertainment, Ripon (EC) concessions and family fun. AUG 3-12 This fest features all things cookies, from decorat- 715-284-4257 Sturgeon Bay Maritime Week ing and a baking contest to themed bingo and even Sturgeon Bay (NE) cookie blaster rockets. Ozaukee County Fair “A Salute to the U.S. Coast Guard”: A variety of 920-748-6764 Cedarburg (SE) maritime events happening in various places www.ripon-wi.com The Ozaukee County Fair, a free county fair, offers around Sturgeon Bay. a five-day run including demolition derbies, truck 920-743-6246 Fire Fest pulls, live music and a full midway. The fair offers www.sturgeonbay.net New Glarus (SC) a grand opening day fireworks show and a Friday Watch firefighter competitions and water fights, and night concert. AUG 3-13 enjoy a steak and brat fry, beer tent and live music. 262-375-6185 Wisconsin State Fair Kids can explore a firehouse and take firetruck rides www.ozaukeecountyfair.com West Allis (SE) 608-527-5300 The state’s largest agricultural showcase features www.newglarusfd.com AUG 3 amusement rides, a game area, 30 free stages, Taste on Broadway educational exhibits, shopping, and hundreds of Lakewood Arts and Crafts Show Green Bay (NE) food and beverage options. Lakewood (NE) Local breweries, wineries, and chefs serve up their 414-266-7000 About 195 crafters will sell original work at this specialty dishes against a backdrop of live music www.wistatefair.com free-admission event. and socializing. 715-276-3956 920-437-2531 AUG 4-6 National Mustard Day www.tasteonbroadway.com Jack Pine Savage Days Middleton (SC) Spooner (NW) The event traditionally includes free hot dogs and AUG 3-5 This event includes a carnival, pancake breakfast, mustard sampling, music, games and entertain- Country on the River arts and crafts fair, sidewalk sales, car and outdoor ment. Prairie du Chien (SW) shows, sports tournaments and the Savage Dash 608-831-2222 Local bands and national acts alike will perform at 5K Mud Run. www.mustardmuseum.com this three-day country music festival. 715-635-2168 888-353-7554 www.jackpinesavagedays.com Savage Dash 5K Mud Run/Obstacle Course www.countryontheriverwisconsin.com Spooner (NW) Menominee Nation Contest Pow-wow Held during Jack Pine Savage Days. Challenging AUG 3-6 Keshena (C) race featuring 5k obstacle race and mud. Flambeau Rama Contestants and spectators gather to enjoy the 715-635-2168 Park Falls (NW) finest in dance competition and in live singing and www.jackpinesavagedays.com Highlights of this festival include live music, a car- drumming. Offering a diverse array of merchandise nival, food court, arts and crafts fair, car show, 5K inspired by Native American artwork, beadwork and AUG 5-6 run/walk and kids’ fun run, flea/farmers markets, apparel. Indulge in a variety of traditional Native Annual Arbor Vitae Firemen’s Picnic and Summerfest pageant, parade and contests. American and contemporary cuisine. Arbor Vitae (NE) 715-762-2703 715-799-5114 x1267 Join the local fire and rescue team for music on the www.parkfalls.com/flambeau-rama grounds, fireworks and plenty to eat and drink. Trap Midwest Recumbent Rally Shoot and Car show on Sunday. Highground Bicycle Tour Stevens Point (C) 715-356-5266 Neillsville (C) World’s Largest Recumbent Bike Rally. Fri: Regis- www.townofarborvitae.org Join at any point on routes from Racine, Apple- tration, check in and ice cream social. Sat: morning ton, New Richmond, Madison, Hayward, and even biking tour, test rides, swap meet, lunch, self-guid- Northeast Wisconsin Czech & Kolache Festival Dubuque, Iowa, varying in length from 150 to 350 ed tour. Sun: breakfast buffet, super tour, lunch. Kewaunee (NE) miles. Events, prices, times are subject to change. The largest Czech Festival in Northeastern Wiscon- 715-743-4224 715-341-2453 sin! Czech Food, Kolache baking demonstrations www.thehighground.org hostelshoppe.com/92/Midwest-Recumbent-Rally and Kolache sales. Czech music, beer gardens,
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Czech vendors and displays! Sunday’s Polka Mass demolition derby, dirt dash, carnival and much tractor pull, car show, art festival, street dance, followed by a Czech dinner and music. more. parade, flea market, sidewalk sales and softball 920-388-0604 715-373-6125 x7 tournaments. www.agriculturalheritage.org www.bayfieldcounty.org 608-897-8411 www.BrodheadChamber.org Pike River Rendezvous Rusk County Junior Fair
Kenosha (SE) Ladysmith (NW) Greater Wisconsin Outdoor and Sportsman Festival Oshkosh (EC) Reenactors encamped on Simmons Island will Activities include rides, spectrum amusements, Providing interactive entertainment and a shop- create the atmosphere of Colonial times through tractor/truck pulls, demo derby, food, livestock ping mecca for the sportsmen and women of the the Western Fur Trade, roughly from the 1650s to displays, 4-H projects, music, and more. the 1840s. 715-532-2151 Midwest. From all species of hunting to fishing, to 262-653-4140 www.rusk.uwex.edu/junior-fair hiking and biking you can experience it here. The www.kenoshapublicmuseum.org event features acres of boats, RVs, ATVs, UTVs and AUG 11 more! AUG 6 Cheese Capital Jazz Crawl for the Arts 920-203-8692 www.wioutdoorfest.com Escarpment Bicycle Tour Plymouth (EC) Eleven jazz groups from small combos to a full Chilton (EC) orchestra swing band will perform live at venues Irishfest Ride one of six routes along the Niagara Escarp- throughout the area. La Crosse (SW) ment on this full-service tour. Maps, cue sheets, 920-892-8409 Irish & Celtic music from all over Ireland, Scotland, marked routes, a SAG wagon and food are included. www.plymoutharts.org and the U.S,. including local musicians. Wee Folks 920-849-7094 area with games and activities, sheep shearing, bag- www.travelcalumet.com/ledge-view-nature-center AUG 11-12 pipe demonstration, Irish dogs, puppet theater, music Burger Fest & Balloon Rally and contests. Cultural tent and Arts Tent. Irish food Heritage Days & Rail Fest menu, Kilt run/walk, Highland games and more. Seymour (EC) New London (EC) 800-658-9424 Birthplace of the hamburger, Seymour celebrates See a western or lumberjack show and visit a www.irishfestlacrosse.org with the “World’s Largest Hamburger Parade,” buckskinners’ rendezvous encampment, where recipe and eating contests, a ketchup slide and dis- you’ll see tomahawk and knife tosses along with Musky Jamboree Weekend plays of burger memorabilia. A car show, motorcy- other demonstrations. A bake sale, live music and Boulder Junction (NE) cle charity ride, fun run for kids, live music and hot non-denominational church service are part of the Check out an antique auto show, more than 150 air balloon trips also will be part of the event. event. arts and craft vendors, a flea market, and 5K and 920-833-6688 920-982-8557 10K runs as you enjoy live entertainment and con- www.homeofthehamburger.org www.historicalvillage.org/heritagedays.html cessions. Kids can participate in their own casting Hillsboro Charity Tractor Pull contest and fun run. 715-385-2400 Indianhead Swap Meet and Car Show Hillsboro (SW) www.boulderjct.org Chippewa Falls (NW) Voted Lucas Oil Pull of the Year! Seven classes on Browse more than 700 show cars and parts ven- the Lucas Oil Champion’s Tour. Three shows offered Rib Lake Ice Age Days dors and have a bite to eat at this annual event. Fri evening, Sat afternoon & evening. Featuring Rib Lake (NW) 715-832-0552 Super Modified Tractors, Unlimited Super Stock This family event offers a fish boil, street dance, www.indianheadcarshow.com Tractors, Hot Rod Semis, Super Farm Tractors, Pro classic car show, parade and two runs, along with Stock Tractors, Super Stock Diesel Trucks, Mini amusement rides and concessions. Rods, Light Weight Super Stock Tractors and more! Volksfest 715-427-5404 Camping available on site. New Glarus (SC) www.riblakewisconsin.com Celebrate Swiss Independence Day with yodeling, 608-489-2275 flag throwing, dancing and music, including choral www.charitypull.com Shanty Days Celebration of the Lake folk singers and alphorn and accordion performanc- Leinenkugel’s 150th Celebration Algoma (NE) es. The region’s largest parade highlights this commu- 608-527-2095 Chippewa Falls (NW) nity celebration, which also includes more than 150 www.swisstown.com Take a step back in time and discover our flavorful arts/crafts and street vendors, a car cruise, book history at our 150th Celebration! Event will be held sale, fireworks and kids’ activities. AUG 9-13 at both Leinie Lodge and the Northern Wisconsin 920-487-2041 State Fair Grounds. www.algomachamber.org/shanty-days Clark County Fair 888-534-6437 Neillsville (C) www.leinie.com/home Shawano Folk Music Festival Truck pulls, entertainment shows, demolition derby, Shawano (C) 4-H animal show, carnival rides, great food, and Rogers Street Days Featuring concerts on Fri & Sat evenings, plus day- many displays. Two Rivers (EC) time workshops, performances, children’s program, 715-743-6444 Celebrate heritage at this Rogers Street Fishing quilt raffle and crafts. Enjoy a mix of ethnic and www.neillsville.org Village and Great Lakes Coast Guard Museum contemporary folk music and dance. fundraiser offering food, live music, a kayak parade 715-850-1244 The Shakedown and games for kids. www.shawanofestival.com Oshkosh (EC) 920-793-5905 Fly in a 1928 Tri-Motor Ford or 1929 Travel Air www.rogersstreet.com AUG 12 open-cockpit bi-plane. See hundreds of 1964 and Antigo Tater Trot older modified vehicles, with pre-1965 styling. A Waupun Truck-N-Show Antigo (NE) special section for all show vehicles up to 1975. Waupun (SC) Participate in a 10K, four-mile or one-mile timed Car flame throwing demonstrations at dusk. Over This annual salute to the trucking industry features walk/run. The post-race celebration will include live 20 music acts performing on multiple stages for parades, free live music, children’s activities, food entertainment and a baked potato bar. three days. and fun for the whole family. 715-627-4336 x2617 920-540-4576 920-324-9985 www.antigotatertrot.com www.oshkoshshakedown.com www.waupuntrucknshow.com Dirty Girl Mud Run Waukesha (SE) AUG 10-13 AUG 11-13 Women will run, walk, climb, crawl and jump their Bayfield County Fair Covered Bridge Days way through a muddy 3.1-mile obstacle course. Iron River (NW) Brodhead (SC) 262-896-8490 Horse shows, animals, music in the beer garden, Attend an old-time thresheree with an antique www.godirtygirl.com
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Door County Festival of Fine Arts & Stargazing Party AUG 13 style show, buffet dinner, egg toss, tug-of-war, kids’ Sister Bay (NE) Cars, Crafts & Rock-N-Roll in the Park activities, and an evening program. Festival features demonstrations and artwork for Turtle Lake (NW) 715-539-0250 sale by Door County’s finest artists, live musical More than 50 craft vendors will fill Turtle Lake Park www.sites.google.com/site/spirithillogema4hfair performances, and hands-on activities for all ages. along with classic ‘50s and ‘60s rock. Dash plaques Voices of Peace Gospel Music Fest Stargazing in sports complex, bring your own and trophies will be awarded at the car show. telescope. 715-986-4680 Hilbert (EC) 920-854-2812 www.turtlelakewi.com Nearly 20 performing groups will play country, www.cometosisterbay.com bluegrass and southern gospel music. Food and AUG 16 refreshments will be available. 920-756-3830 Oktoberfest Paul Bunyan Fest Conover (NE) www.voicesofpeace.net Eagle River (NE) Enjoy the music of the Jim Pekol Orchestra, danc- Feast on a Paul Bunyan-sized meal and enjoy ing, and German food and beer. AUG 18-20 chainsaw carving demos at this event, which also National Championship Musky Open 715-479-5757 includes an arts and crafts show and musical www.conover.org entertainment. Eagle River (NE) 800-359-6315 World’s largest amateur musky tournament in- Paavo Nurmi Marathon & Relay www.eagleriver.org cludes a sport show, trophies, food and fun for the Hurley (NW) whole family. Wisconsin’s oldest and most prestigious marathon AUG 16-20 800-359-6315 includes a torch-lighting ceremony, pre-race spa- Dodge County Fair www.muskyopen.com ghetti dinner and awards following the race. Beaver Dam (SC) 715-561-4334 North Hudson Pepper Festival Huge midway, main stage with top national country www.hurleywi.com North Hudson (NW) and western and classic rock entertainment. Lots North Hudson celebrates its Italian heritage with of exhibits and vendors. Live music, a magic show, Pure Water Days ethnic foods. Spaghetti and hot pepper-eating chain saw carving, pony rides & a petting zoo. Huge Chippewa Falls (NW) contests, a parade, carnival, music, bingo, 5K/10K demolition derby Sunday Races, sporting events, kids’ games, fireworks, live runs, and a queen coronation. 920-885-3586 entertainment, food, parades and other city-wide 715-386-8411 www.dodgecountyfairgrounds.com events fill this fest’s lineup. www.pepperfest.org 715-723-6661 Venetian Festival www.chippewafallsmainst.org Star Prairie Ox Cart Days Lake Geneva (SE) Star Prairie (NW) A lighted boat show and fireworks display on Gene- Susie the Duck Day The three-day festival includes softball tourna- va Lake are the highlights of this festival, which also Lodi (SC) ments, a queen coronation, canoe races, medallion features a carnival, craft fair, music and local foods. Watch a parade and the “Duck Derby” along Spring hunt and a parade, with high school marching 262-215-9112 Creek at this event held in conjunction with the bands from many northwestern Wisconsin commu- www.lakegenevaJaycees.org Taste of Lake Wisconsin & Lodi. nities performing. 608-592-4412 AUG 17-20 715-246-2900 www.lodilakewisconsin.org www.oxcartdays.org Irish Fest AUG 12-13 Milwaukee (SE) Valmy Thresheree & Antique Machinery Show Art in the Park The nation’s largest Irish festival-Irish music, dance, Valmy (NE) culture, sports and cuisine, from entertainers on 17 Lake Geneva (SE) Friday night dance. Thresheree Sat & Sun with stages to Celtic canines and Irish wares. Artists will display their creations along Geneva tractor pull, entertainment, games for the entire 414-476-3378 Lake’s shores in this juried show on Geneva Lake. family, arts & crafts fair, great music, food and www.irishfest.com 262-729-5225 refreshments. www.genevalakeartsfoundation.org 920-743-4859 Sweet Corn Festival www.valmythresheree.org Iola Vintage Military & Gun Show with Vintage Tractors Sun Prairie (SC) & Equipment Aside from tasty sweet corn and concessions, enjoy AUG 19 a craft show, beer tent with live bands, family activ- Iola (C) Cheesehead Run 5K, Half Marathon ities, carnival rides and tractor pull. Check out exhibits of vehicles from tractors to & Half Marathon Relay 608-837-4547 military equipment, along with living history en- Hilbert (EC) www.sunprairiechamber.com campments and reenactments of World War II and Choose from a 5K, half marathon or half-marathon Vietnam era battles. relay at this race known for themed costumes, 715-445-4005 AUG 18-19 unique awards, collectible shirts and a finish line www.iolavms.com Arts on the Square feast. Waupaca (C) 920-853-3013 Steam & Gas Engine Show An eclectic celebration of the arts with a juried www.cheeseheadrun.com Chilton (EC) art show and sale, live music, and theater on 3 Browse antique farm machinery, model steam entertainment stages, farmer’s market, participato- Father Marquette Day engines, a toy show and flea market. ry events and workshops, and an art of home brew Montello (C) 920-989-2412 and wine making venue. Crafters and vendors, Kid’s games, Car Show, www.wisteam-engine.com 715-258-3741 Parade, Duck Raffle, Slow-pitch men’s softball tour- www.waupacaarts.org nament, Horse shoe tournament, Volleyball tourna- Wade House Carriage Driving Days ment. Lots of food and drinks. Parade at 11am. Greenbush (EC) Highground Annual Ride to Remember Motorcycle Rally 888-318-0362 Celebrating carriage-driving style of the late Neillsville (C) www.travelmarquettecounty.com nineteenth and early twentieth centuries which Opening Ceremony Friday 5:30pm, Ride to Remem- encompasses horsemanship, driving acumen, care ber held on Saturday. Starting at various locations Friendship Village Celebrates Zona Gale and preservation of carriage and harness, and the in the state. Portage (SC) intangible qualities of good sportsmanship. Watch 715-743-4224 This commemoration of Pulitzer Prize-winning drivers in traditional dress and their horse-drawn www.thehighground.org dramatist and activist Zona Gale will include poetry vehicles of all types compete in a turnout inspec- and play readings, cemetery and homes tours, tion, country drive and cones course. Spirit-Hill-Ogema 4-H Fair music and an ice cream social. 920-526-3271 Ogema (NW) 608-742-2228 www.wadehouse.wisconsinhistory.org An old-fashioned type fair including exhibits, 4-H www.portagewi.com
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Pewaukee Antique & Classic Boat Show AUG 25-26 Rhythm On The River Pewaukee (SE) Grill Games Festival Fort Atkinson (SC) Browse classic cars, model toy watercraft and more Experience the Taste of Fort and an evening of live Kenosha (SE) than 50 antique boats while enjoying live music music and food on the downtown riverwalk. Interact with the Kansas City Barbecue Society Na- and family activities. The event will include a vin- 920-563-3210 tional BBQ Circuit Teams, learn their secrets, taste tage airplane fly-by. www.fortchamber.com and purchase BBQ, and vote for your favorite local 262-695-2994 and national teams. Show off your mad BBQ skills www.glacbs.org/Events/PewaukeeBoatShow.aspx in the Community BBQ Challenge. Waupaca Rod & Classic Car Club Car Show 262-654-1234 Seeley Lions Club Pre-Fat Bike Race Waupaca (C) www.grillgames.org Hayward (NW) Participants will pick the winners at this car show, 3 divisions: 25 mile Expert-Fat, 15 mile Sport-Fat, which also will offer raffles, door prizes, music and 10 mile Citizen-Fat & 3k Cub Race. Registration and Lake Superior Dragon Boat Festival food. check in at the Sawmill Saloon. Superior (NW) 715-281-8233 715-634-5660 Watch the races at Barker’s Island; feast on fan- www.seeleylions.org tastic food; gather for celebratory music, song and dance; peruse the craft fair; and commemorate the AUG 26-27 Waupaca Area Triathlon weekend with a time-honored awards ceremony. Waupaca (C) Festival in the Pines 715-395-6169 Eau Claire (NW) The full course includes a 1/2-mile swim, 20-mile www.lakesuperiordragons.com bike race and 5k-run, while the short course offers This fest’s lineup includes more than 250 arts and a 1/4-mile swim, 12-mile bike and 2-mile run. Kids crafts booths, food from Chippewa Valley restau- can compete in their own event. AUG 25-27 rants, a beer and wine garden, performers on three 715-258-7343 Artstreet stages and children’s activities. www.waupacaareatriathlon.com Green Bay (NE) 715-552-5504 This event showcases more than 200 artists, music www.festivalinthepines.com Gleason Mud Bogs and performing arts on multiple stages, edible arts Gleason (NE) and demonstrations, literary events, activities for Eight different vehicle classes will compete for cash children and cultural exhibits. Tigerton Lumberjack Days in a 300-foot mud pit throughout the afternoon. 920-435-5220 Tigerton (C) 715-873-3436 www.mosaicartsinc.org/artstreet Celebrating 52 years with lumberjack contests, food www.merrillchamber.org and fun. Music and corn roast on Saturday. Parade Great River Folk Festival on Sunday. AUG 19-20 La Crosse (SW) 715-535-3300 Moon Lake Threshing Bee A family-friendly weekend of outdoor contemporary www.shawanocountry.com/events Clayton (NW) and traditional folk music. Enjoy demonstrations See threshing and crafts building demonstrations of traditional crafts, ethnic food and children’s and browse a steam powered sawmill, blacksmith activities. AUG 27 shop and miniature steam train. Shop a flea market 608-784-3033 Annual Arts and Crafts Fair and food vendors. www.greatriverfolkfest.org Greenbush (EC) 800-811-0338 Artisans and craftspeople from Wisconsin and www.moonlakeshow.org Mexican Fiesta across the Midwest display and sell their wares. Enjoy wonderful crafts and delicious food amid the The Oconomowoc Festival of the Arts Milwaukee (SE) Spice up your life with authentic Mexican food, lovely wooded grounds of Wade House. Horse- Oconomowoc (SE) rousing mariachi bands, the foot-stomping rhythms drawn transportation on the site included in ticket In addition to a juried fine arts show, this event will and colorful swirl of traditional dancers, and the cost. offer three stages of entertainment, a children’s art handmade treasures of the marketplace. 920-526-3271 tent and food. 414-383-7066 www.wadehouse.org 262-567-1243 www.mexicanfiesta.org www.oconomowocarts.org AUG 20 North Central Wisconsin Antique Steam and Gas Engine Show AUG 30-SEPT 4 Badgerland Classics & Customs Annual Car Show & Edgar (C) Central Wisconsin State Fair Swap Meet Gas and steam engine powered machinery will Marshfield (C) be on exhibit at this event, which will include a Enjoy the exhibits, entertainment, a draft horse Antigo (NE) flea market, weaving, wine making, flour grinding, show, carnival rides, tractor pull and demolition Antique and collectible cars and trucks will be on ice cream making, music, food, a petting zoo and derby. display at this event, which also will include parts games for children. 715-387-1261 vendors and classic cars for sale. 715-352-7722 www.centralwisconsinstatefair.com 715-623-7351 www.edgarsteamshow.com www.badgerlandcc.org Shawano County Fair Race the Lake Century Ride AUG 26 Shawano (C) Fond Du Lac (EC) Annual Potosi BrewFest Highlights include a 5K, crafts, classic car show, Participate, as an individual or team, in this 100 Potosi (SW) auto races, tractor pulls and a demolition derby, mile bike race around the majestic Lake Winneba- Annual Brewfest includes samples from more than along with a carnival and bands. go, full of scenic diversity and enjoyed by all abili- 35 vendors of craft beer, wine, specialty meat and 715-526-5419 ties from professional to the beginning cyclists. cheeses. Try your hand at the Beer Stein Holding www.shawanocountyfair.net 920-574-2972 contest or enjoy music. www.dutrirun.com 608-763-4002 www.potosibrewery.com Walworth County Fair AUG 24-27 Elkhorn (SE) Loyal Corn Festival Corn Fest The county’s biggest annual event is one of Wiscon- Loyal (C) New Richmond (NW) sin’s oldest fairs. The grandstand lineup includes In addition to some famous local corn on the cob, Feast on free corn on the cob as you enjoy live mu- entertainers, bull riding, truck and tractor pulls, enjoy a horseshoe tournament, run/walk, carnival, live sic, kids games, food concessions, a 5K/10K race monster trucks, a demolition derby, horse events, music, parade and horse, truck and tractor pulls. and one-mile youth run. and an antique auto and tractor show. 715-255-8772 715-246-2252 262-723-3228 www.loyalcornfest.com www.nracentre.com www.walworthcountyfair.com
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Expect a rush of thrills on 800 and 2017 is the 48th year of acres of grassland, woodland competition. Expect police and a ginormous granite pit escorts for team processions, collectively known as the “Big a Labor Day parade and rock House.” What began as a quiet music to unwind at the end of lumber town in Forest County the day. today awards the world’s biggest purse for off-road short-course racing. The winner takes home $45,000 in cash and additional prizes during the Labor Day spectacle, where speeds exceed 100 mph. Racing happens in pro and sportsman categories,
o EAT Thick-cut pork chops and smoked ribs are two specialties at Main Street Ed’s in Argonne. Hotel Crandon serves steaks and prime rib on Saturday nights; the parking lot has room for RVs. Nearby, Tricia’s Treasures sells jewelry to home decor and serves paninis to wraps, lattes to smoothies in the cozy bistro. Play pool while waiting for your burger at The Knothole, a drive-in with indoor seating located on a Nicolet ATV trail in Wabeno.
o STAY Amenities at Potawatomi Carter Casino Hotel include an indoor pool and sauna; Wisconsin microbrews dominate the 14 tap lines at The Springs, near the hotel lobby. Tidy rooms with quilt-topped beds at family-owned Main Street Inn feel like home and are centrally located in Crandon, one block from Surprise Lake. Each room is uniquely decorated. Cottages come with a charcoal grill and fire pit atPort Townsend Resort, in business since 1946 and on the 800-acre Townsend Flowage.
o PLAY Explore the 1.5 million acres of Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest at your own speed and in your own way. A self-guided natural history auto tour traverses 80 miles in Forest and Vilas counties. Trout streams are plentiful, or book a boat at Recreational Rentals in Pearson for lake fishing. Meet Goliath, a slot machine more than seven feet tall, atMole Lake Casino, and find the historic marker en route that explains the 1806 Battle of Mole Lake.
AUG 30-SEPT 4 Town & Country Days Lion’s Sturgeon Festival Central Wisconsin State Fair Shell Lake (NW) Jim Falls (NW) Marshfield (C) Celebrate Labor Day weekend in this charming This annual Labor Day weekend festival is the big- Enjoy the exhibits, entertainment, a draft horse lakefront community with sailboat regattas, a gest fundraiser of the year for the Jim Falls Lions. show, carnival rides, tractor pull and demolition tractor pull, live music and a street dance, an arts Enjoy a carnival, nightly music performances, dem- derby. and crafts fair, sports tournaments and a whole lot olition derby, a truck and tractor pull, and a parade. 715-387-1261 of family fun. 715-382-4538 www.centralwisconsinstatefair.com 715-468-7289 www.jimfallslionsclub.org www.washburncounty.org/tourism Marathon Fun Days Shawano County Fair Trout Festival Marathon (C) Shawano (C) Exeland (NW) Join Marathon’s celebration featuring a carnival, Highlights include a 5K, crafts, classic car show, This event includes a fishing contest, pancake and games, music, fireworks, golf, old-timers slow pitch auto races, tractor pulls and a demolition derby, trout feeds, 5K obstacle run, ATV pull, carnival, and more. along with a carnival and bands. parade, live music, tournaments, lawn mower races, 715-355-8788 715-526-5419 contests, bow shoot and raffles. www.shawanocountyfair.net 715-266-4181 www.exelandrodandgunclub.org Rock River Thresheree Walworth County Fair Edgerton (SC) Elkhorn (SE) Wilhelm Tell Festival Drive your first tractor! Rock River Cannonball train The county’s biggest annual event is one of Wiscon- New Glarus (SC) rides, operating saw mill, flea market, blacksmith sin’s oldest fairs. The grandstand lineup includes Enjoy a weekend of Swiss charm, including a shop, wheelright, pile driver, tractor parade daily at entertainers, bull riding, truck and tractor pulls, children’s lantern parade, art show, ethnic music, 2pm. Admission charged. monster trucks, a demolition derby, horse events, street dance, savory food and even a yodeling 608-868-2814 and an antique auto and tractor show. showcase. The final pageant performance is in www.thresheree.org 262-723-3228 German. www.walworthcountyfair.com 608-527-2095 Rosholt (Portage County) Fair www.wilhelmtell.org Rosholt (C) AUG 31-SEPT 4 The “park in the pines” has something for everyone, Iowa County Fair Wisconsin Highland Games including 4-H exhibits, a carnival, live music and Waukesha (SE) Mineral Point (SC) entertainment, fair treats, a parade and demolition This Celtic festival features Scottish and Irish ath- Held in Mineral Point, this county fair offers fun derby. letics, tournaments, highland dancing, a pipe and for the whole family, including children’s activities, 715-677-4708 drum competition, cultural and kids area, ethnic rides, exhibits, animals, music, grandstand activi- www.rosholtfair.com ties and food. music, a pub tent and food. 608-987-3490 262-548-7200 www.iowacountyfair.org www.wisconsinscottish.org SEPT 2 Downtown Kenosha Classic Cruise-In World Championship Off-Road Races Kenosha (SE) SEPT 1-2 Crandon (NE) This free event is open to all makes and models Wisconsin State Cow Chip Throw Premier off-road racing at its best and most thrill- of vehicles and motorcycles. Show off your car Prairie du Sac (SC) ing. 40,000 race fans attend annually. and see what downtown has to offer, including live Join 40,000 fans in watching competitors aim for 715-478-2222 music and refreshments. the state record of 248 feet. If flying cow chips www.crandonoffroad.com 262-818-6410 don’t excite you, the free entertainment, arts and crafts fair, food booths or 5K/10K runs should do SEPT 1-4 the trick. Festivale Italiano Calumet County Fair Hurley (NW) 608-643-4317 Chilton (EC) Embrace your Italian side at this craft fair and flea www.wiscowchip.com The “biggest little fair in Wisconsin” is a fair by day market, and enjoy a Marty’s Goldenaires Drum and and festival by night, with local bands and a variety Bugle Corp performance, kids’ games, refresh- SEPT 1-3 of family entertainment leading the grandstand Can-Yak Fishing Tourney ments, raffles and ethnic food. acts. 715-561-4334 Mercer (NW) 920-853-3338 www.HurleyWi.com Whether you like to paddle, fish or both, head to www.calumetcountyfair.com the Turtle River to take part in demonstrations and Fish Boil workshops, or compete in the all-species fishing Hillsboro Firemen’s Labor Day Celebration contest. Also enjoy campfires and nightly socials. Port Wing (NW) Hillsboro (SW) This annual Port Wing tradition is a tasty one, with 715-476-2389 Enjoy music and entertainment at this affordable www.can-yak.com lake trout, potatoes, onions, coleslaw, bread and family fun festival. Attend the junior fair, craft fair, drinks on the menu. Be sure to check out the arts carnival, demolition derby, rodeo, lawnmower races Great Northern Classic Rodeo and crafts show, and stay in town for the Lions Club and area’s largest Labor Day parade. Fall Festival the next day. Superior (NW) 608-489-2521 715-774-3555 This United Rodeo Association-sanctioned event www.hillsborofire.info www.portwingwi.com will include bareback and saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, calf and team roping, barrel racing and La Crosse Area Labor Day Weekend Bicycle Festival bull riding. Other activities include children’s games La Crosse (SW) Walk In The Woods Art Fair Kenosha (SE) during intermissions, rodeo dances and a worship Enjoy four days of self-supported, on- and off-road More than 60 artists display and sell their creations service. bike rides in the Driftless Region, architectural along the wooded trails and gardens of Hawthorn 218-428-6600 tours and coffee, live music and entertainment, Hollow. Live entertainment, food, face painting and www.greatnorthernclassicrodeo.com muffin and ice cream rides. 800-658-9424 a kids’ nature play station are available throughout www.bicyclelacrosse.com the day. Red Cliff Days 262-552-8196 Red Cliff (NW) Labor Day Celebration www.hawthornhollow.org A large carnival, lake activities and unique cultural Suring (NE) exhibitions. This event throughout the festivities Attend this family event for refreshments, enter- Gleason Mud Bogs will include our tribal drum group, Ojibwe story tainment, tractor and truck pulls, a chili cook-off, Gleason (NE) telling, native flute player, demonstrations of Ojibwe children’s chalk art, swap, 5k/10k walk/run, fish Eight different vehicle classes will compete for cash cultural activities and more. boil, demolition derby, parade and fireworks. in a 300-foot mud pit throughout the afternoon. 800-226-8478 920-842-2333 715-873-3436 www.legendarywaters.com www.ci.suring.wi.us www.merrillchamber.org
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SEPT 2-3 Food, beverage and fun add to this Labor Day Taste of Madison Arts & Crafts Show weekend event. Madison (SC) Port Wing (NW) 920-749-2787 Join thousands of fellow epicureans for two days Buy and sell at this regional two-day arts and crafts www.foxjazzfest.com of tasty treats from more than 80 local restaurants show, held in conjunction with the Port Wing Fish Kites Over Lake Michigan and 20 beverage stands, along with rock, country Boil and the South Shore Lions Fall Festival Two Rivers (EC) and R&B performers on three stages. 715-774-3624 Marvel at giant show kites, stunt teams and 608-276-9797 www.portwingwi.com spectacular ground displays. A night fly, bonfire, www.tasteofmadison.com sky lantern release, fireworks, kite making and live Cheese-A-Palooza music also will be part of the largest kite festival in Kenosha (SE) the Midwest. Celebrate all things cheese during the two-day 920-793-9599 SEPT 2-4 Cheese-A-Palooza festival along the harbor down- www.uniqueflyingobjects.com Flea Market and Craft Sale town. The free event features a variety of entertain- Hatfield (SW) ment. Marina Fest Shop from more than 160 vendors at this free-ad- 262-564-8800 Sister Bay (NE) mission event. www.wisconsincheeseapalooza.com Enjoy a waterski show by the Waterboard Warriors, 608-989-2275 food, drinks, entertainment and a fireworks display www.clarkcountytourism-wi.org Corn-on-the-Curb Days at this tribute to the Sister Bay Marina-turned Balsam Lake (NW) beloved annual event. 920-854-4457 Feast on sweet corn served by local Girl Scouts as www.sisterbaytourism.com Ho-Chunk Pow-Wow you enjoy live music and dancing and the Turtle Black River Falls (SW) Crunch Demolition Derby. Prentice Progress Days Enjoy drums, dancing and crafts from throughout 715-405-3456 Prentice (NW) the country at this celebration of thanks. www.polkcountytourism.com Experience tasty food, live music and a parade. 715-284-9343 Play golf, softball, volleyball and bean bags, or Flambeau 40 On-Road Bike Race & Time Trial compete in watermelon-eating contest. There are www.ho-chunknation.com Park Falls (NW) plenty of activities for the kids, too. Participate in this 35-mile bike road race along the 715-428-2124 Flambeau River’s picturesque rolling hills or try www.pricecountywi.net SEPT 3 the next day’s 12-mile time trials. Pre-registered Harrisville Bratfest entrants receive a shirt and food. Shake the Lake Harrisville (C) 715-762-2703 Oshkosh (EC) Come to the state’s largest one-day brat festival www.parkfalls.com/events Stock and modified outboard hydroplane boats will race in this free-admission event. Food, drink and for a carnival, truck and tractor pull, carriage rides, Fox Jazz Fest restrooms are available on site. softball, volleyball, music and - of course - brats! Menasha (EC) 920-420-2151 888-318-0362 Enjoy local, national and international Jazz artists. www.bsoa.net www.travelmarquettecounty.com
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Pike Lake Chain Firefighters Fun Day Sputnikfest SEPT 9 Park Falls (NW) Manitowoc (EC) A Country Afternoon Win prizes at this event’s raffles, or the $1,000 cash Commemorate the 1962 crash of a piece of the Brantwood (NW) drawing. Other events include a horseshoe tourna- satellite Sputnik in Manitowoc. Join us for food, Experience an old-time country social with a picnic ment, games, refreshments, music and fireworks. refreshments, music, Trivia and the crowning of and cookout. Try farm chores like clothes washing 715-762-3872 Miss Space Debris! and butter churning. Activities include a baking www.tn.fifield.wi.gov 920-686-3090 contest, arts and crafts sale, quilt raffle and live www.manitowoc.org music. South Shore Lions Club Fall Festival 715-428-2261 Volksfest German Ethnic Festival Port Wing (NW) www.sites.google.com/site/knoxheritagecenter This annual festival offers a car show, parades, arts Waupun (SC) and crafts, a 5k walk/10k run, flower show with Live music, German food and beverages, Volkswalk ribbons, and food booths. sculpture tour, wild goose chase run, and more. Art on the Kinni 715-774-3944 920-324-2610 River Falls (NW) www.portwingwi.com www.waupunvolksfest.com Browse and buy from 60 juried artists and listen to music at River Falls’ annual art fair showcasing Southern Blues BBQ & Crawdad Festival SEPT 8-10 unique, hand-crafted items. Kids will have an art Phillips (NW) Community Fair & Parade tent of their own. Join the fun and feast on crawdads and a delicious Osceola (NW) 715-425-7143 southern barbecue spread with all the fixins’ while Celebrating rural life and family, this nearly centu- www.riverfallscab.org listening to live music on the shores of Wilson Lake. ry-old tradition offers a car show and fly-in break- 715-339-3151 fast, carnival, truck and tractor pulls, music, food, Celebrate Amherst River Fest www.birchislandresortllc.com exhibits, petting zoo, queen coronation and parade. Amherst (C) 715-755-3300 This family-friendly event features artists, upcycled Maxwell Street Days 2017 www.osceolacommunityfair.com goods, crafters, trash to treasure workshops, shop- Cedarburg (SE) ping, food vendors, music, area-wide scavenger This Cedarburg Volunteer Fire Department tradition Dairy Days Celebration hunt and a free evening concert featuring pop, rock offers more than 700 spaces filled with antiques, Platteville (SW) and country music. collectibles, crafts, produce, sports and rum- Enjoy carnival rides, a parade, arts and crafts fair, 715-824-2319 mage-sale items, along with food and music. tractor and truck pulls, music and food, Farm Olym- www.stevenspointarea.com 262-377-8412 pics and sports tournaments. www.cedarburgfiredept.com 608-348-8888 Cheese & Sausage Fall Family Fest www.plattevilledairydays.com New London (EC) SEPT 4 Shop more than 100 craft, produce and food Merrill Lion’s Car Show, Parade & Celebration Historic Re-enactment vendors, or taste and purchase locally made cheese Merrill (NE) Platteville (SW) and sausage at this family event with games, en- Come to the fairgrounds following the local Labor Military demonstrations and tradesmen, storytell- tertainment, a climbing wall, raffle and live music. ing, and period food and music create the essence Day parade for a classic car show, flea market, 920-982-5822 of Wisconsin life in the 1800s. Learn from historians farmers market, silent auction, entertainment for www.newlondonchamber.com and local teachers. the kids and concessions. 608-348-8888 715-536-7313 Corn Fest www.platteville.com www.merrillparkandrec.com Sturgeon Bay (NE) Get your fill of cookout foods and baked goods, Indian Summer Festival join corn- and pie-eating contests or a tug-of-war SEPT 7-9 Milwaukee (SE) competition, and walk the 20-acre corn maze. Kids’ Quilt Expo Celebrate Native American culture at the Indi- games, raffles and silent auctions fill the lineup. Madison (SC) an Nation’s largest festival in the country, along 920-743-7943 x204 This ultimate quilting adventure offers a quilt Milwaukee’s lakefront. Enjoy a traditional pow-wow, www.sunshinehouseinc.org/events/cornfest contest, vendor mall, raffles, and workshops and fireworks, dance troupes, tribal villages, demon- lectures by celebrity presenters. strations, storytellers, lacrosse tournament, fine art, 608-267-3976 traditional and contemporary entertainers, authen- Fall Family Art Festival www.wiquiltexpo.com tic food, a farmers market, as well as an extensive Green Bay (NE) marketplace featuring jewelry, arts and crafts. Explore the Green Bay Botanical Garden with SEPT 8-9 414-604-1000 art viewing, plant sales, displays by local garden Chilimania www.indiansummer.org groups and activities for kids. Edgerton (SC) 920-490-9457 Taste your way through a championship chili cook- Pacelli Panacea www.gbbg.org off, along with traditional chili cooking, salsa and Stevens Point (C) Bloody Mary contests. Entertainment by top bands Carnival, Friday fish fry, Sunday chicken dinner, Firemen’s Dance and Poker Run rock the festival stage Friday night and all day super bingo, live bands, raffle, silent auction, shops, Cambridge (SC) Saturday. and concessions. Play bingo and games, enjoy an ice cream social, 608-561-7566 715-341-2445 try for some winnings at a raffle, take in a car show, www.chilimania.com www.pacellicatholicschools.com dance to music and take off on a poker run. 608-423-2013 Falcon Frontier Days Rodeo Villa Louis Carriage Classic www.visitcambridgewi.com River Falls (NW) Prairie Du Chien (SW) Students from the region will compete in the big- More than 100 drivers hitch trained horses to new Fondue Fest gest college rodeo in the upper Midwest. Cowboys and restored carriages at this elegant event, which Fond du Lac (EC) and cowgirls will participate in stock events like bull includes tours of the historic home and food and With over 200 vendors, we offer three music stages, riding, saddle bronc and bareback riding. beverage service on the lawn. the Big Brothers Big Sisters Splash & Dash 5K, 715-425-3911 608-326-2721 Fashion Shows from Edith’s Bridal, and a Kids Zone www.uwrf.edu/ANFS/FalconFrontierDaysRodeo.cfm www.carriageclassic.com full of bounce houses, a rock wall, balloon animals and other great attractions. Seafood Fest World Championship Musky Classic 920-322-2006 Menasha (EC) Boulder Junction (NE) www.downtownfdl.com Three rotary clubs join forces to put on this bash Boulder Junction, Presque Isle, Manitowish Waters with food, fun and free music. Enjoy a sit-down and Winchester join together each year for this Greenwood End of Summer Fest and Car Show meal of lobster tail or a salmon fillet, or choose catch-and-release musky tournament on area lakes. Greenwood (C) from more than 70 food tent treats. Trophies will be awarded to winners. Community church service, volleyball tournament, 920-734-3358 715-543-2657 horse pull, Queen coronation, arts and crafts fair, www.neenahrotary.org www.wcmuskyclassic.com city wide garage sales, Stampede 2 and 5 mile
38 2016-17 WISCONSIN FALL/WINTER EVENT GUIDE TRAVELWISCONSIN.COM SEPTEMBER walk/run, Dairy Days parade & Kiddie parade, pedal courts and two entertainment stages of fun. Days, live entertainment, parade and the Wo-Zha- tractor pull, carnival, bands, entertainment, food 715-842-1676 Wa Run. and quilt show. www.wausaufoa.org 800-223-3557 715-267-6205 www.wisdells.com/wozhawa www.greenwoodwi.com Grape Stomp at Chateau St. Croix Winery & Vineyard St Croix Falls (NW) SEPT 16 Mural Fest & Classic Car Show Enjoy this free Grape Stomp festival featuring local Art in the Park Ashland (NW) food, fantastic wine and an afternoon with your Stevens Point (C) Tour the murals as you revel in the heritage of Ash- family at the chateau! Artists and crafters from around the state will gath- land with sidewalk sales, a car show, craft and food 715-483-2556 er to display and sell their wares along the banks of vendors. Several kids’ activities will be available. www.chateaustcroix.com the Wisconsin River in downtown Pfiffner Pioneer 715-682-2500 Park. Kids can participate in art projects. www.visitashland.com Mid-Lakes Thresheree 715-344-8901 Manitowoc (EC) www.artintheparkstevenspoint.org Rock River Valley Carvers Show and Sale Discover what life was like in a rural community Janesville (SC) in Manitowoc’s early years with live field demos, Watch carvers and a chainsaw artist at work, shop steam engines, farm tractors, and activities in 25 Art in the Square from woodworking vendors, join in the rafflers and historic buildings at the Pinecrest Historical Village. Crandon (NE) vote in the people’s choice awards. 920-732-1562 Browse arts and crafts and tantalize your tastebuds 608-868-4522 www.mid-lakesrusticiron.org with specialty food booths. Kids can decorate www.rockrivervalleycarvers.com pumpkins and take horse and wagon rides. SEPT 10 715-478-3450 Taste of Lake Geneva Door County Century Bike Ride www.visitforestcounty.com Lake Geneva (SE) Sturgeon Bay (NE) Local chefs and restaurateurs come together in Flat Trace the famed Door Peninsula on routes of 30, Iron Park to serve a variety of culinary delights. 64, 75 and 100 miles at this advance-registration Cambridge Fall Fest 262-729-9872 event. Rest stops, refreshments and restroom facili- Cambridge (SC) www.visitlakegeneva.com/ ties will be available. Enjoy tractor hayrides, scarecrow building, bee- 920-606-3216 keeping and chainsaw art demonstrations, music, a Thirsty Troll Brew Fest www.doorcountycentury.com pie contest and auction, face painting and the farm Mount Horeb (SC) animal petting zoo. Two dozen brewers will offer samples of close to IRONMAN Wisconsin Triathlon 608-423-3780 100 beers from Wisconsin and the Midwest at this Madison (SC) www.cambridgewi.com event, which also will include food and music. Cheer on elite athletes as they swim Lake Monona, 608-437-5914 bike throughout the countryside and run downtown. Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival www.trollway.com The race begins early morning at the Monona Cable (NW) Terrace and concludes at midnight at the Capitol Riders participate in a 16 or 40-mile, mass start, U.S. Watermelon Speed-Eating and Seed-Spitting Square. off-road bicycle event. Travel downtown to the Championships 608-255-2537 famed Birkie Trail, down forest roads, snowmobile www.ironman.com/triathlon Pardeeville (SC) trails and other wooded lanes to the finish line in Enjoy all-you-can-eat watermelon, carve a rind or Cable. participate in the speed-eating and seed-spitting, SEPT 14-17 715-798-3594 arts and craft fair and concessions. Amery Fall Festival 608-697-6744 Amery (NW) www.cheqfattire.com www.pardeevillewatermelonfestival.com Enjoy the grand parade, queen pageant, arts and crafts fair, tent dance, high school football game, Colorama Arts & Crafts Fair Wheels and Wings quilt show and demolition derby. Boulder Junction (NE) Osceola (NW) 715-268-8101 Artisans and crafters show and sell their wares as This annual aviation fly-in and collector car show www.ameryfallfestival.org you browse a farmers market and taste wild game also includes a pancake breakfast, air show, sandwiches. helicopter rides, radio-controlled model planes, Tomahawk Fall Ride for MDA 715-385-2400 entertainment and food. Tomahawk (NE) www.boulderjct.org 715-755-3300 This fall ride brings in about 40,000 motorcycle www.wheelswings.com enthusiasts to enjoy entertainment and the newest Colorama Festival motorcycles and accessories from Harley-Davidson. St. Germain (NE) Whooping Crane Festival 715-453-5334 Events at St. Germain, hailed as the “birthplace of Princeton (C) www.tomahawkfallride.com Colorama,” include a craft show, farmers market, Annual festival featuring: pancake breakfast, beer tasting, pumpkin painting, plant sale and vendors market, silent auction, food & concessions, SEPT 15-16 horse-drawn wagon rides. artists and speakers, guided tours. No admission Wet Whistle Wine Fest 715-477-2205 fee for Saturday’s Festival in Princeton, registration Algoma (NE) www.st-germain.com fees for other events can be found online. Enjoy this wacky and fun event with costumes, 920-295-3877 wines, grape stomps, live music and food. EAA Warbirds Fly-In www.operationmigration.org/CraneFest.asp 920-487-5498 Oconto (NE) www.vonstiehl.com/events Historic aircrafts slated for this year’s event include Wolfman Triathlon Yaks, WACO, L 19 Bird Dogs and a TBM Avenger. White Lake (NE) SEPT 15-17 Enjoy displays of remote-controlled aircraft, cars This unique off-road triathlon features a down-river Oktoberfest and tractors. Airplane and helicopter rides, food paddle on a class II whitewater section of the Wolf Chippewa Falls (NW) River, a 12-mile mountain bike ride on a technical Enjoy more than 30 entertainers on four stages, and arts and crafts round out the lineup. singletrack, and a 3-mile trail run on the banks of sauerkraut eating and beer stein holding contests, 920-246-5620 the Wolf. kids’ games, authentic German foods, dancing and www.warbirdsix.com 715-882-3502 giant pumpkins. www.wolfmantriathlon.org 715-723-0331 Ethnic Fest www.oktoberfestcf.com Two Rivers (EC) SEPT 9-10 Come for the music and dance, enjoy the food and Artrageous Weekend Wo-Zha-Wa Days Fall Festival shop the many vendors selling items from every Wausau (C) Wisconsin Dells (C) continent. A parade of flags kicks things off. Art hop and shop from more than 120 juried artists This festive celebration of autumn includes an arts 920-794-1482 from all over the country. Enjoy two days, two food and crafts fair, carnival, flea market, Maxwell Street www.tworiversmainstreet.com
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Fall Fun Fest & International Migratory Bird Day and entertainment. sin’s Northwoods. Helmets are required, with SAG Celebration 715-623-4525 support, rest areas, food and refreshments offered. Bristol (SE) www.antigochamber.com 715-623-4134 Mark fall with hayrides, kids’ crafts, food and green www.antigochamber.com vendors. Admission is free, and activity prices vary. Grantoberfest Grantsburg (NW) 262-857-8008 Main Street Festival www.pringlenc.org A ton of fun activities for kids young and old includ- ing a wiener dog race, petting zoo, kid zone, ladies Whitewater (SC) Fall Harvest Festival nail driving contest, giveaways and more! The historic architecture and natural beauty serves Lake Tomahawk (NE) 715-828-2381 as the perfect backdrop for exploring galleries, local Kids can decorate wooden pumpkins and get their www.grantoberfest.com shops and restaurants and to experience the many faces painted, while adults enjoy shopping arts and diverse forms of the arts. crafts vendors and a farmers market. Try one of the Horse & Buggy Days 262-473-2200 famous pies or caramel and turtle apples. Weyauwega (C) www.wwmsfestival.blogspot.com 715-499-1263 Watch a horse and buggy parade, enjoy a street www.minocquaartsandcrafts.com festival, take part in a pool tournament and listen to Rails & Ales Brewfest a variety of music. Green Bay (NE) 920-867-2500 Festifall Stroll among the National Railroad Museum’s www.weyauwegachamber.com Lakewood (NE) full-size trains while sampling dozens of local and Art, music and food come together for this autumn regional craft beers and fine wines along with hors bash at locations throughout Lakewood. Shop from Kickapoo BRAVE Ride d’oeuvres. Take home a keepsake sampling glass. local artisans, crafters and antique dealers, have Gays Mills (SW) 920-437-7623 a bite from the food vendors and hear local musi- This event takes riders on beginner, intermediate or cians at various venues. advanced routes through the Driftless Area ranging www.nationalrrmuseum.org 715-276-3473 from 15 to 100 miles through breathtaking scenery www.ocontocounty.org and panoramic views of valleys. Scarecrow Fest 608-326-6658 Delavan (SE) Fly In Air Show www.kickapoobraveride.com Scarecrows will line the sidewalks as you enjoy Antigo (NE) food, arts and crafts, a flea market and live music, Enjoy a pancake and waffle breakfast and free Lakes and Leaves Bike Ride along with Delavan’s famous rubber ducky race. Young Eagle flights for first-time flyers ages 8 to 17. Summit Lake (NE) 262-740-0959 Also available are aerobatic demos, aircraft displays Take a ride through the autumn colors of Wiscon- www.delavanwi.org
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Septemberfest sample wine and eat tasty fall treats, and join in Oktoberfest Ripon (EC) on the pumpkin carving, pumpkin regatta, grape New Glarus (SC) Head downtown for a custom car and vintage mo- stomping and grape spitting contests. Events include the ceremonial keg-tapping, food by torcycle show, craft show, pet parade, Krazy Kolor 262-377-9620 local restaurants, chainsaw carving, wagon rides Extravaganza run and live music. www.cedarburgfestivals.org and activities for the kids. Listen to live music all 920-748-6764 weekend. www.ripon-wi.com SEPT 17 608-527-2095 Dozynki Harvest Festival www.swisstown.com Sorghum Fest Stevens Point (C) Fall River (SC) Dance the Polka to live bands, feast on Polish and Warrens Cranberry Festival See sorghum processed, buy your own, try a cold American food and beer, and a Polka Mass at a Warrens (SW) sorghum beer, feast on a potato and buttermilk Enjoy more than three miles of shopping booths, a pancake breakfast and hearty cookout lunch, listen local church. 715-343-5356 hundred food stands and a dozen contests at the to live music and shop at an open-air market. largest cranberry celebration in the world. Get your 920-484-6257 www.polishheritageawareness.com tickets early for the popular marsh tours. www.savannaoakscenter.com 608-378-4200 Pedal the Kettle www.cranfest.com Sturgeon Bay Harvest Festival & Street Art Auction Waukesha (SE) Sturgeon Bay (NE) The Spring City Spinners Bicycle Club hosts this Commemorate autumn’s bounty with a vintage car SEPT 23 fully-supported tour along scenic country roads. Apple Harvest Festival show, shopping booths and deals in stores, food Bike 30, 64 or 100 miles, with a meal at the end. vendors, live music and kids’ activities. Waukesha (SE) 262-607-2722 920-743-6246 Celebrate heritage along with the apple harvest. www.springcityspinners.org www.sturgeonbay.net Enjoy an auction, hayride, music, artists and exhibi- tors, pies and cider, and children’s activities. Wild Rice Fest The Autumn Trek Ride 262-896-8007 Lac du Flambeau (NE) River Falls (NW) www.waukeshacounty.gov/appleharvestfestival Celebrate Native American heritage with harvesting Choose from 25, 45, 66 and 101-mile rides through demonstrations, cooking and pie-eating contests, a the countryside, with refreshments and rest stops Colorama Bike Tour 5K run/walk, arts and crafts, ethnic food vendors along the way and a cookout at the end. Merrill (NE) and kids’ games. 715-425-2533 Take a 10-mile family ride, 30 or 50-mile bike tours 715-588-3346 www.rivervalleytrails.org/trek.html for splendid fall scenes along the Wisconsin River. www.lacduflambeauchamber.com 715-536-7313 www.merrillparkandrec.com SEPT 16-17 SEPT 22-23 Apple River Quilt Guild Show Harvestfest & Homecoming Colorama Dinner Amery (NW) Siren (NW) Boulder Junction (NE) Held at a local church, this Amery tradition offers a The annual event features the High School home- This annual tradition features wild game and baked silent auction, vendors, raffle, demos and food. coming activities, a handmade artisan and crafter chicken served in historic Nash Hall at Camp 715-268-2564 show, carriage rides, motorcycle show, farmers Manitowish YMCA. Entertainment and door prizes www.polkcountytourism.com market, pumpkin bowling, a petting zoo, walk for are planned. the animals and contests. 715-385-2400 Bacon Bash 715-349-8399 www.boulderjct.org River Falls (NW) www.visitsiren.com Celebrate all things oink at the nation’s largest free Fall Harvest Festival bacon event, an outdoor festival featuring food and SEPT 22-24 Phillips (NW) craft brews, cook-offs, contests, live music and Browse an arts and crafts fair on the courthouse goods from local artists. Held in conjunction with Antique and Classic Boat Show Fontana-on-Geneva Lake (SE) lawn, listen to live music, enjoy bakery sales, shop River Falls’ Car Cruze-In. from non-profit food vendors and buy fresh local 715-425-2533 Boats on display all weekend, showcasing Streblow, cranberries and craisins. www.riverfallsbaconbash.com Gage Hacker, Gar Wood and many more. Vendors and “Start Your Engines” boat parade Saturday. 715-339-4100 www.phillipswisconsin.net Dancing Dragonfly Winery Food & Wine Festival Free. 630-802-2698 St Croix Falls (NW) Enjoy a winery tour and tastings, as well as great www.genevalakesboatshow.com Green County Fall Nationals Tractor and Truck Pull Monroe (SC) food and music throughout the weekend. You won’t want to miss the grape stomp. Apple Festival This sanctioned pulling event will include several classes of trucks and tractors. Proceeds from ticket 715-483-9463 Gays Mills (SW) sales are donated to Green County charities. www.dancingdragonflywinery.com Participate in a celebration of apples during this 608-558-2316 weekend-long event including an arts and crafts www.greencountyfallnationals.com Driftless Area Art Festival fair, big flea market, run/walk, horseshoe tourna- Soldiers Grove (SW) ment and parade. Hayward Fall Festival Once a year, artists who draw their inspiration from 608-735-4341 the Driftless Area gather in Crawford County to Hayward (NW) www.gaysmills.org/applefest.html display their work. Main Street will fill with arts and crafts vendors at 608-624-3600 this event, which also will include a farmers market, www.driftlessareaartfestival.com Community First Fox Cities Marathon food, live music, trail run, brew & wine garden, and Menasha (EC) baking and scarecrow contests. Events include a marathon and half marathon, Maple Fall Fest 715-634-8662 relay, competitive walk and wheelchair division. Marshfield (C) www.haywardareachamber.com 920-882-9499 Eat hearty potato or regular pancake breakfasts, check out maple syrup and maple dessert contests, www.foxcitiesmarathon.org Orchard Country Winery Fall Harvest Fest and shop from more than 150 arts and crafts ven- Fish Creek (NE) dors and Amish products. Harvest Fair Enjoy complimentary wine and farm market tast- 715-384-3454 West Allis (SE) ings, pick your own apples, take horse-drawn wagon www.visitmarshfield.com Enjoy fall-focused events, activities, entertainment, rides and free guided tours, listen to live music, competitions, scarecrow making and pumpkin and join apple cider donut and apple pie-eating Wine & Harvest Festival bowling. contests. Cedarburg (SE) 414-266-7300 920-868-3479 Oktoberfest, La Crosse Shop a farmers market, browse Arts on the Avenue, www.wistatefair.com www.orchardcountry.com
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Spirit Lakes Musky Tournament SEPT 24 Fall ColorRide Bicycle Tour Rib Lake (NW) FFA Alumni Farm Toy Show & Sale Washburn (NW) Up to 19 teams of two fishermen per boat compete Fennimore (SW) Drive or bike with an experienced ride leader for prize money for most and longest muskies Show, sell and trade antique and collectible farm through scenic roads and trails of the Bayfield caught on Spirit Lake. Fee includes a meal served toys. A pancake breakfast is served concurrently Peninsula, from national forests to beaches and during the wrap-up ceremony. with the event. sea caves. Experience fall colors at the tip-top of 715-573-8014 the state. www.spiritlakeassoc.org/events 608-822-7806 www.fennimore.com/events 715-373-5017 www.washburnchamber.com TriRock Lake Geneva Williams Bay (SE) Heritage Day at Fennimore Railroad Museum Start on the Lake Geneva beaches of Williams Bay Fennimore (SW) for a memorable autumn triathlon full of scenic See demonstrations of old world crafts, antique SEPT 30 views and rolling hills. Stick around for the finish tractors and farm equipment, plus hit and miss Birkie Trail Run & Trek festival. engines. The event includes food, tractor-drawn Hayward (NW) 262-248-4416 shuttle rides and mini-train rides for kids. Spend the day along the beautiful Birkie Trail, par- www.trirock.competitor.com/lake-geneva 608-822-3446 ticipating in one of the eight events offered. www.fennimore.com/railmuseum/index.php 715-634-5025 Wild Game & Natural Foods Cook-Off www.birkie.com Presque Isle (NE) SEPT 28-OCT 1 Area cooks vie for the title of ‘Wildest Cook’ and Caroline Lions Colorama Trail Ride you are the judge! Awards for winning recipes: Caroline (C) Christmas Tree Festival appetizer, main dish (wild game), side dish, soup/ Horse-drawn wagon rides, camping, Wisconsin’s Ogema (NW) salad, and dessert. largest horse trail ride, parade Sunday at 1pm. Holiday fun with a tree contest, tree toss contest, 715-686-2910 715-754-2010 www.presqueisle.com parade, “Run to the Peak” race at Timm’s Hill, tours www.carolinelionscolorama.com of Pioneer House Museum, arts & crafts, ATV pull, SEPT 23-24 Oktoberfest USA and more. Autumnfest Pistons & Pin Ups Auto Show & Hey Hey 5K La Crosse (SW) 715-767-5989 Baileys Harbor (NE) A variety of family activities; Maple Leaf Parade, www.pricecountywi.net A festival, auto show and 5k combine for a weekend carnival rides, ethnic foods, authentic German of fall fun, with live music, a poker run, arts and entertainment, national entertainers, children’s acts crafts show, farmers market, and classic auto and and more. Fall Festival motorcycle ride. Albany (SC) 920-839-2366 608-784-3378 Shop an arts and crafts fair, browse food stands www.baileysharbor.doorcounty.com www.oktoberfestusa.com and listen to musical entertainment. Children can Earth Science Club Gem & Mineral Show SEPT 29 play games and participate in a kiddie tractor pull. Oshkosh (EC) Octoberfest License to Cruise Car Show 608-862-3240 Shop from dealers of minerals, geodes, fossils, jew- Appleton (EC) www.albanywi.org elry and home decor. You’ll see demonstrations and Browse through more than 400 classic cars along- exhibits. There are special activities for kids. side live entertainment and food vendors. 920-725-1640 920-734-3377 Octoberfest www.visitoshkosh.com www.octoberfestonline.org Appleton (EC) Enjoy more than 100 food booths serving ethnic Leaf it to Rusk Fall Festival SEPT 29-30 delights, a large arts and crafts section, family area Ladysmith (NW) Beef-A-Rama and live music on five stages all weekend. Hike, bike or ride your ATV on guided tours, see fall Minocqua (NE) 920-734-7101 color from a chair lift, shop a farmers market and Partake in the Beef Cook-offs as well as live music www.octoberfestonline.org garage sales, browse art and railroad displays, taste & other tasty treats. Run/Walk, Craft Show, Beef wine, beer and cheeses, and visit the local airport Eating Contest and Parade. for a fly-in and pancake breakfast. 715-356-5266 SEPT 30-OCT 1 715-532-7328 www.beefarama.com www.ladysmithchamber.com Fall Colors Comet Sky Ride Cable Area Fall Fest Wausau (C) Spirit of the St. Croix Art Festival Cable (NW) Experience fall colors as you journey to the top of Hudson (NW) This old-fashioned autumn fest includes a pancake Rib Mountain on the Comet Sky Ride at Granite More than 90 artists showcase their best work breakfast, local wine and microbrews, a pig and Peak Ski Area. Take a walk around the top before throughout Hudson’s Lakefront Park over this two- corn roast, dessert contest, chili cook-off, craft fair, your ride back down. day event. Listen to music and taste local fare to classic car show and games for kids. 715-845-2846 celebrate the beauty of the St. Croix River. www.skigranitepeak.com 715-386-8411 715-798-3833 www.SayHellotoHudson.com www.cable4fun.com/events
Villa Louis Behind the Scenes Shawano Country Miles of Art Wade House Civil War Weekend Shawano (C) Greenbush (EC) Prairie Du Chien (SW) Enjoy emerging and established artists, local/re- Experience one of the largest Civil War reenact- See Villa Louis from top to bottom during extended ments and encampments in Wisconsin. See an tours of the mansion highlighting the care and gional artists, Native American art, interdisciplinary authentic skirmish, visit President Abraham Lincoln keeping of a unique object from the Dousman artworks, and diverse mediums and perspectives. and listen to the music of the Civil War era. family collection. 715-524-2139 920-526-3271 608-326-2721 www.smartwisconsin.com www.wadehouse.org www.villalouis.org Wausau Snowmobile Grass Drags & Swap Meet SEPT 29-OCT 1 Shihata Orchard Fest Marathon (C) Cornish Festival Prairie du Chien (SW) Organizers hail this annual event as Wisconsin’s Mineral Point (SC) Take a wagon ride, pick your own apples and pump- largest snowmobile and ATV/UTV swap meet. Fans Three days of music, food, workshops, films, craft kins, try some award-winning cider, and browse know it as the official start of snowmobile season. demonstrations and more all over town. jams, jellies, wine, cheese and sausage. 715-571-9768 608-987-2122 608-326-2785 www.wausaugrassdrags.com www.cornishfest.org www.shihataorchard.com
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APR 6-SEPT 6 New Hope Cave, the largest cave in Manitowoc JUNE 7-AUG 30 County. The cave is electrically floodlighted and is Beloit Snappers Baseball (Wednesdays) suitable for all ages. See water worn river passage- Beloit (SC) Dine on the Deck ways, stalactites, flowstone, a giant rock column, and Enjoy major league fun at minor league prices. Green Bay (NE) unique geologic rock formations. On the third Sunday Final games of the season for this Class A affiliate Enjoy fantastic food offerings from 10 locally owned of the month. Donations only. downtown restaurants in a waterfront dining setting. of the Oakland A’s are held Labor Day weekend. 920-683-4189 920-437-5972 Family fun, fireworks and special events are offered www.maribelcaves.com www.downtowngreenbay.com/events.html throughout the season. 608-362-2272 MAY 27-SEPT 2 JUNE 8, JUNE 22, JULY 6, JULY 20, AUG 3, www.beloit.snappers.milb.com (Wednesday & Saturday) AUG 17 Thursday Evening Paddle Outings Aquanut Water Shows Phillips (NW) APR 8-JUN 4 Twin Lakes (SE) Season of Blossoms Fun and easy outings for all skill levels. Outings Family focused choreographed Water Ski Show meet at an area waterway for a one-and-a-half Sturgeon Bay (NE) Team performs on Lake Mary. 2015 National Show to two hour easy out-and-back paddle. Weather Enjoy our celebration of spring as the cherry and Ski Champions! dependent. apple blossoms, wildflowers and gardens explode 262-877-2348 715-339-6254 into life. Special events include garden tours, a www.aquanutwatershows.com www.thecrazyloon.com/thursday-evening-paddle shipyard tour, fishing tournaments, community festivals and more. MAY 28-SEPT 3 JUN 8-AUG 24 920-743-4456 (Thursdays) (Sunday & Wednesday) www.doorcounty.com Concerts on the Square Rock Aqua Jays Waterski Shows Baraboo (SC) Janesville (SC) Free concerts on Baraboo’s historic downtown APR 22-OCT 7 Enjoy pyramids, ballet, jumping and barefoot water (Saturdays) Courthouse Square. Some chairs provided or bring skiing. The show features performers of all ages and Famous Princeton Flea Market your own chair or a blanket. Refreshments for sale. skill levels. Admission is free. No shows on tourna- Rain location across the street at the historic Al. Princeton (C) ment weekends, July 23 and August 13. Shows are Ringling Theatre. Join the fun at Wisconsin’s largest weekly outdoor dependent upon water and weather conditions. 608-356-8333 flea market. Shop for antiques, plants, produce, arts 608-757-3171 www.baraboo.com and crafts, furniture and food (including squeaky www.rockaquajays.org cheese curds!). Children’s playground, picnic tables JUNE 10-AUG 5 and central hot food stands are available. (Saturdays) 920-295-3877 MAY 29, JUNE 1 - AUG 31, JULY 4, SEPT 4 Chain Skiers Water Ski Shows www.princetonwi.com Pewaukee Lake Water Ski Show King (NE) Pewaukee (SE) Water ski show for the whole family featuring fun MAY 12-JUN 11 Entertaining weekly themed shows filled with bare- on and off the water. Bayfield In Bloom footing, pyramids and acrobatic skills performed on 715-256-9377 Bayfield (NW) Pewaukee Lake. Month-long spring festival while the wildflowers, 414-322-8713 daffodils and apple blossoms are in bloom. Local www.plwsc.org JUNE 15-AUG 31 (Thursdays) events include a garden expo, garden tours, the Waterfest Concert Series traditional Blessing of the Fleet, plant sales, golf MAY 29-SEPT 4 Oshkosh (EC) events, music concerts, theater, and more. (Thursdays) Outdoor concerts held Thursday evenings, weather 715-779-3335 Brown’s Lake Aquaducks Waterski Shows permitting. Features local, regional, and national en- www.bayfield.org/bayfield-activities/bayfield-in- Burlington (SE) tertainers including the Bo Deans, Vince Vance & The bloom Shows feature human pyramids, ballet/chorus line, Valients, Bogie and The Yo Yozz, Ted Nugent Band, barefoot acts, jump acts, dancing, and trick skiing. Mt Olive, Road Trip, Vic Ferrari, and Alice Cooper. MAY 12-AUG 4 262-594-3295 920-303-2265 x22 Annual Juried Art Exhibit: Alive in the Arts www.aquaducks.org www.waterfest.org Plymouth (EC) Artists are invited to submit slides for show. Pieces MAY 31-AUG 30 JUNE 16-AUG 26 are judged and awards are given. Free admission. (Wednesdays) Music in the Park River Falls (NW) 920-892-8409 Badgerland Water Ski Shows Features a diverse range of wonderful live enter- www.plymoutharts.org Waukesha (SE) tainment for all ages in beautiful Veteran’s Park, Bring the family to free shows featuring barefoot centrally located in the heart of downtown River MAY 19-SEPT 15 skiing, jumps, human pyramids, jazz dancing and Falls. Friday & Saturday nights. Art on the Town eye-catching costumes. 715-425-5219 Appleton (EC) 262-542-0330 www.riverfallscab.org Downtown Appleton’s galleries, studios and stores www.badgerland.org host artists so attendees can experience their favor- JUNE 17-AUG 12 ite form of art or a new one; on the third Friday of JUNE 1-AUG 31 (Wednesday & Saturday) the month. (Thursdays) Skiing Skeeters Waterski Shows Manitowish Waters (NE) 920-954-9112 Northwoods Outdoor Artists www.appletondowntown.org/artonthetown Free water ski shows performed by one of the old- Manitowish Waters (NE) est amateur ski clubs in the country every Wednes- Artists of all abilities are welcome to join these day and Saturday mid-June through mid-August. MAY 21-OCT 15 outdoor, on-location sessions. Paint or draw in any Bring a blanket or lawn chair or watch from your Maribel Cave Tours media. Participation is free. boat on Rest Lake. Maribel (EC) 715-543-2101 715-543-8488 Guided, underground walking cave tours of Maribel www.northwoodsoutdoorartists.weebly.com www.mwskiingskeeters.com
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JUNE 21-AUG 23 JULY 10-OCT 6 AUG 29-SEPT 16 (Wednesdays) (Fridays) Apostle Islands Lighthouse Celebration Buttermilk Festival Free Cranberry Marsh Tours Bayfield (NW) Fond du Lac (EC) Manitowish Waters (NE) Celebrate the historic lighthouses of the Lake Supe- Bringing back old friends and new faces for their Learn all about cranberries with an educational rior shore on a cruise to view or tour the beacons of free outdoor concerts with different musical per- display, samples, video and Q&A session. Then the Apostle Islands. formers each week. drive to the Vilas Cranberry Co. marsh for an up- 715-779-5619 920-907-7678 close look. www.lighthousecelebration.com www.fdlsymphonicband.com 715-543-8488 www.manitowishwaters.org SEPT 9-NOV 26 Birds in Art Concerts on the Square JULY 22-23, AUG 26-27 Wausau (C) (Wednesdays) Family Overnight on the USS Cobia Birds of the land, sea, and sky find a hospitable Wausau (C) Manitowoc (EC) welcome and a refuge in the Woodson’s galleries, Ten-week concert series offers a variety of music Ahoy mates! Your family can spend the night where each painting, work on paper, and sculpture genres that appeals to the most discerning of aboard the USS COBIA, the nationís most fully-re- is the Birds in Art equivalent of a Faberge egg - tastes. Carry ins welcome. Free admission. stored WWII submarine. gemlike and precious. 715-297-9531 920-684-0218 715-845-7010 www.wausauevents.org www.wisconsinmaritime.org www.lywam.org
JULY 8-SEPT 4 JULY 22-30 SEPT 23-24, SEPT 30-OCT 1 (Weekends & Labor Day) The World of Little House Autumn on the Farms at Old World Wisconsin Bristol Renaissance Faire Eagle (SE) Eagle (SE) Kenosha (SE) Laura Ingalls Wilder was born in Wisconsin’s “Big Celebrate an 1800s harvest and help farm families Huzzah! Enjoy 16th-Century merriment, music, food Woods” in 1867. A full month of daily activities and villagers bring in crops, stock the larder and pre- and games at this outdoor experience. Head back let you live like Laura and the Ingalls family and pare produce for winter. Each weekend has a different in time to meet Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth while friends. Dress as a character from one of the Little seasonal theme packed with harvest activities from she visits the English hamlet of Bristol. House books and receive a discount on admission. plowing the fields to tasting tempting foods. 847-395-7773 262-594-6301 262-594-6300 www.RenFair.com/bristol www.oldworldwisconsin.org www.oldworldwisconsin.org
Whistling Straights Golf Course, Kohler
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APPLETON MILWAUKEE PLYMOUTH History Museum at the Castle Milwaukee Art Museum Plymouth Arts Center 920-735-9370 414-224-3200 920-892-8409 www.myhistorymuseum.org/play.html www.mam.org www.plymoutharts.org Aug 18-Aug 31: Play: The Golden Age of Toys Dec 10-May 31: Lawrence Weiner Mar 24-May 5: Kindred Spirits Art Gallery Exhibit Jan 27-April 16: James Nares: Street and Pendulum May 12-Aug 4: Annual Juried Art Exhibit: Alive in the Arts Feb 11-May 21: Eastman Johnson in Focus CABLE Mar 31-June 25: How Posters Work PORTAGE
Downtown July 28-Oct 1: Frank Lloyd Wright: “Buildings for the Prairie” Portage Center for the Arts 715-413-0396 608-742-5655 www.cablehaywardarts.org MONROE www.portagecenterforthearts.com June 1-Aug 31: Gallery On Main Street Monroe Arts Center Jun 2-June 30: Art That Blooms 608-325-5700 PRAIRIE DU CHIEN EAU CLAIRE www.monroeartscenter.com Villa Louis Eau Claire Regional Arts Center Apr 7-June 9: Wisconsin Regional Arts Exhibit 608-326-2721 715-832-2787 www.villalouis.wisconsinhistory.org www.eauclairearts.com/art_gallery.phtml Monroe Clinic Hospital 608-325-5700 May 6-Aug 6: Villa Louis Presents: Wisconsin Women of Style - Mar 31-May 12: Anne-Bridgette Gary & Richard Milheiser www.monroeartscenter.com The Victorian Wedding May 19-June 30: Beth Stoddard & Hope Greene April 7-June 9: Mostly From My Collection June 23-Aug 11: Kay Kittell - A Life with Paint SHEBOYGAN MANITOWOC John Michael Kohler Arts Center Pinecrest Historical Village OSHKOSH 920-458-6144 www.jmkac.org 920-684-4445 Oshkosh Public Museum www.manitowoccountyhistory.org 920-236-5799 Jan- 1-Dec 31: The Road Less Traveled June- 1-Jun 30: Working Warriors Traveling Exhibit www.oshkoshmuseum.org Feb 4-May 14: The World of Jan Brett WAUSAU Rahr West Art Museum Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum 920-686-3090 Paine Art Center and Gardens 715-845-7010 www.rahrwestartmuseum.oVrg 920-235-6903 www.lywam.org Jun 11-Aug 13: Marc Chagall Le Curque www.thepaine.org Dec 3-July 30: Enduring Beauty: Art Nouveau Glass Aug 27-Sep 17: Rahr-West Art Museum: Manitowoc County Artists Feb 11-May 28: Craig Blietz Exhibition Sep 9-Nov 26: Birds in Art
Milwaukee Art Museum
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American Players Theatre, Spring Green
AMERY DELAFIELD April 28: Chippewa Valley Jazz Orchestra: Crooners & Swooners May 4-7: The Drowsy Chaperone Northern Lakes Center for the Arts SummerStage May 14: Under The Streetlamp 715-258-6811 262-337-1563 June 22-25: Grease www.northernlakescenter.org www.summerstageofdelafield.org July 15-16: A Little Night Music Apr 29: Northern Lakes Center for the Arts Concert Series June 25: Wisconsin Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra Jul y26-30: Madagascar: A Musical Adventure July 7: Magic - Illusionist Show with Glen Gerard APPLETON July 8: Wheelhouse Aug 6: Milwaukee Musaik Chamber Orchestra Fox Cities Performing Arts Center EDGERTON Aug 11: A Night with Tony 920-730-3760 Edgerton Performing Arts Center Aug 12: Fun with Shakespeare www.foxcitiespac.com 608-561-6093 Aug 24-27: Romeo & Juliet Apr 8: Elephant & Piggie’s We Are In A Play! www.edgerton.k12.wi.us Aug 31-Sep 3: Romeo & Juliet Apr 17-22: Finding Neverland April 8: Jump, Jive & Wail featuring the Jive Aces Sept 7-9: Romeo & Juliet Apr 27: Driving Miss Daisy Sept 10: Graminy Chamber Group May 12-14: Mamma Mia! Sept 16: Reverend Raven & the Chain Smokin’ Altar Boys EGG HARBOR May 30-Jun 4: Beautiful - The Carole King Musical July 20-22: Present Laughter Birch Creek Music Performance Center, Inc. Aug 30-Sep 10: Wicked July 27-29: Present Laughter 920-868-3763 Aug 3-5: Present Laughter www.birchcreek.org Fox Cities Stadium Aug 19: Whiskey Belles June 22-24: Percussion & Steel Band Series 920-968-0300 June 28-July 1: Percussion & Steel Band Series www.foxvalleysymphony.com DODGEVILLE July 4: Birch Creek Independence Day Concert July 1: Beer, Brats and Beethoven Folklore Village July 6-8: Birch Creek Symphony Concert Series 608-924-4000 July 12-15: Birch Creek Symphony Concert Series Big Band Jazz Series CEDARBURG www.folklorevillage.com July 19-22: Big Band Jazz Series Cedarburg Cultural Center April 1-2: Norwegian Music & Dance Festival Weekend July 26-29: Big Band Jazz Series 262-375-3676 April 21-23: English Country Dance Weekend with Bare Necessities Aug 2-5: Big Band Jazz Series www.CedarburgCulturalCenter.org May 6: Maypole Dance Family Evening Aug 9-12: Talk of the Town April 7: First Fridays at the Cedarburg Cultural Center Jun 3: Healthy Hoedown Barn Dances Sep 2: Sept- 16: Ted Yoder May 5: First Fridays at the Cedarburg Cultural Center EAU CLAIRE Cedarburg Performing Arts Center Eau Claire Regional Arts Center FISH CREEK 262-376-6162 715-832-2787 Door Community Auditorium www.cedarburgpac.com www.EauClaireArts.com 920-854-4060 May 5: Steep Canyon Rangers at CPAC April 6-9: Oliver! www.musicfestival.com May 21: Lakeshore Symphonic Band Concerto Concert April 13-14: Jesus, Son of God: The Passion of the Christ Aug 1-19: Peninsula Music Festival
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Northern Sky Theater MADISON Milwaukee Repertory Theater 920-854-6117 Overture Center for the Arts 414-224-9490 www.northernskytheater.com www.milwaukeerep.com 608-258-4141 Four shows performed in repertory - summer Grounded June 14-Aug 26: www.overturecenter.org Feb 22-Apr 2: The Glass Menagerie April 7-9: Kanopy Dance presents Snapshots of Spain Mar 7-Apr 9: FOND DU LAC Frank Ferrante in An Evening with Groucho April 14: Arsenio Hall Mar 24-May 28: Fond du Lac High School Performing Arts Center April 22: Kanopy Dance presents Pictures Without Frames Apr 25-May 21: Jane Eyre 920-907-7678 April 29: Itzhak Perlman www.fdlsymphonicband.com May 9-14: The Book of Mormon Next Act Theatre Apr 23: Symphonic Band Annual Pops Concert June 13-18: Beautiful - The Carole King Musical 414-278-0765 June 22-25: Man of LaMancha www.nextact.org Sept 9-10: Miss Wisconsin USA & Miss Wisconisin Teen Apr 6-Apr 30: Bloomsday by Steven Dietz USA Pageants Wisconsin Union Theater 608-265-2787 FORT ATKINSON www.union.wisc.edu MINERAL POINT Fireside Dinner Theatre April 13: The Alt- John Doyle, Nuala Kennedy, and Eamon O’Leary Orchard Lawn Museum 800-477-9505 April 20: King Sunny Ade and His African Beats 608-987-3201 www.firesidetheatre.com April 22: Los Angeles Guitar Quartet www.mineralpointhistory.org Mar 2-Apr 16: Disney’s Beauty and the Beast April 27: Zakir Hussain and Rahul Sharma Jun 9: Jammin’ on the Porch Apr 20-Jun 4: South Pacific April 30: Lea Salonga Jul 14: Jammin’ on the Porch Jun 8-Jul 23: Back to the 50’s May 21: Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra Aug 11: Jammin’ on the Porch Jul 27-Sep 10: Church Basement Ladies June 17: Terence Blanchard Featuring the E-Collective Sep 8: Jammin’ on the Porch Sep 14-Oct 29: Elvis Lives MANITOWOC MINOCQUA GREEN BAY Capitol Civic Centre Campanile Center for the Arts Weidner Center for the Performing Arts 920-683-2184 715-356-9700 920-465-2726 www.manitowoc.uwc.edu/music www.campanilecenter.org www.WeidnerCenter.com Apr 8: UW-Manitowoc Lakeshore Wind Ensemble Apr 10: Masters of Soul Apr 1: The Madhatters “Music of the Masters” May 18: China Grove Apr 19: Pippin Apr 15: N.E.W. Wind Symphony: Celebrate America Aug 19: Lakeland Barbershop Chorus May 4: The Who’s Tommy: A Bluegrass Opry Apr 22: Manitowoc Symphony Orchestra: Goes to the Movies American Players Theatre, Spring Green May 7: Alton Brown Live: Eat Your Science Tour Apr 28: BIMS: The Magic of Bill Blagg Live! May 6: UW-Manitowoc Lakeshore Wind Ensemble: Music from Lakeland Union High School HARTFORD France and Revolution 715-356-5645 www.lakelandperformingarts.com Schauer Arts Center May 11-13: The Masquers: The Great Gatsby 262-670-0560 x3 Apr 20: Dallas Brass www.schauercenter.org MILWAUKEE May 12: America’s Roots of Pop Apr 8-Apr 9: FourGuyz in Dinner Jackets BMO Harris Bradley Center May 12: The WhiskeyBelles 414-227-0400 MONROE Apr 1: The Next Generation Leahy www.bmoharrisbradleycenter.com Monroe Arts Center Apr 2: Mr. Pete Sings Apr 14: Eric Church 608-325-5700 Apr 7: Windy City Dueling Pianos Jun 16: Soul2Soul The World Tour 2017 www.monroeartscenter.com Apr 21: The Teacher From the Black Lagoon Apr 21: Six Appeal Vocal Band Apr 22: Beginnings May 20: Evening with the Lowe Family June 2: Comedy Night: MKE Vs Chicago Broadway Theatre Center July 26: Kids from Wisconsin in Hartford 414-291-7800 www.r-t-w.com OCONOMOWOC HUDSON Apr 7-30: The Violet Hour Oconomowoc City Beach/Bandshell Phipps Center for the Arts Apr 13-30: Great Expectations 262-569-3235 715-386-8409 Sep 7-12: Br!NK New Work Festival www.oconomowoclegionband.org www.ThePhipps.org Sep 11: 9-11 Rememberance Concert Mar 17-Apr 2: Stepping Out In Tandem Theatre, Inc. April 5-8: Our Mighty Mississippi 414-271-1371 April 28-30: Rapunzel OSHKOSH www.intandemtheatre.org May 5-7: Rapunzel Grand Opera House Apr 21-May 14: Carnival (Book by Michael Stewart; Music May 13: Deuces Wild! Dueling Pianos 920-424-2350 and lyrics by Bob Merrill) May 21: Sheldon Theatre Brass Band www.grandoperahouse.org June 4: Barbary Coast Dixieland Show Band Apr 7: Oshkosh Symphony Orchestra: 75th Anniversary Concert June 10: Dave Wickerham Marcus Center for the Performing Arts Apr 22: Missoula Children’s Theatre- Treasure Island 414-273-7121 Apr 28-30: Oshkosh Community Players: Calendar Girls JANESVILLE www.marcuscenter.org May 4-6: Oshkosh Community Players: Calendar Girls
Janesville Performing Art Center Mar 28-Apr 2: Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella Jun 3: The Highway Men Live 608-758-0297 Apr 7-Apr 9: Men Are From Mars...Women Are From Venus www.janesvillepac.org Apr 22: Stunt Dog Experience PARK FALLS April 1: Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus Live! Apr 25-30: Chicago April 8: Sweet Dreams & Honky Tonks Chequamegon High School April 21-23: The Odd Couple May 6: Recycled Percussion 715-762-3145 April 28-30: The Odd Couple May 19: Larry Gatlin: Stories and Songs www.woodsandwatersarts.org May 13: Family Fest Jun 20-25: Beautiful - The Carole King Musical May 1: The Concert Series May 13 Storytelling with Reid Miller Jul 23: Kids from Wisconsin at the Peck Pavilion July2: The Concert Series
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PLYMOUTH SHEBOYGAN WAUSAU Plymouth Arts Center Stefanie H Weill Center for the Performing Arts Grand Theater 920-892-8409 920-208-3243 715-842-0988 www.plymoutharts.org www.weillcenter.com www.grandtheater.org April 1: Jimmy Webb - The Glen Campbell Years July 7: Mill Street Live April 7: Adam Trent: The Futurist April 9: Taylor, Chapin and Eva July 14: Mill Street Live April 20: Pippin July 21: Mill Street Live April 23: Family Series: Big Bang Boom April 27: The Time Jumpers With Vince Gill July 28: Mill Street Live STEVENS POINT May 11: Mamma Mia! Aug 4: Mill Street Live Sentry Theater Aug 11: Cheese Capital Jazz Crawl for the Arts 715-346-4100 Aug 18: Mill Street Live WISCONSIN DELLS www.kidsdfromwisconsin.org Palace Theater Aug 25: Mill Street Live July 20: Kids from Wisconsin in Stevens Point 608-253-4000 STOUGHTON www.dellspalace.com PORTAGE Stoughton Opera House Mar 29-April 1: Jack and the Beanstalk - The Musical (Children’s Theater) Portage Center for the Arts 608-877-4400 Mar 30-April 2: Menopause The Musical 608-742-5655 www.stoughtonoperahouse.com April 5-8: Jack and the Beanstalk - The Musical (Children’s Theater) www.Portagecenterforthearts.com April 1: Emo Philips April 5-9: Menopause The Musical April 22: Hiroya Tsukamoto April 8: Del McCoury Band (2nd Strings support) April 12-15: Jack and the Beanstalk - The Musical (Children’s Theater) April 9: Opera for the Young: The Elixir of Love April 20: Asleep at the Wheel Apr 13-16: Late Nite Catechism - Sisterís Easter Catechism PRAIRIE DU SAC April 21: Asleep at the Wheel Apr 21-23: The Buddy Holly Story River Arts Center April 22: Caitlin Canty April 26-30: The Buddy Holly Story 608-643-5215 April 27: Suzy Bogguss May 3-7: The Buddy Holly Story www.riverartsinc.org April 28: Hal Ketchum May 10-14: The Buddy Holly Story April 9: A Long and Winding Road starring Jim Witter April 29: April Verch Band Jun 16-18: Wedding Italiano May 5: Ray Wylie Hubbard May 6: The Midwest Gypsy Swing Fest On-The-Road featuring Jun 21-25: Wedding Italiano REEDSBURG Harmonious Wail & The Robin Nolan Trio Jun 28-July 2: Wedding Italiano CAL Center May 12: SHEL July 5-9: Wedding Italiano 608-985-7307 June 2: Stoughton Chamber Singers Jul 12-Jul 16: Wedding Italiano www.calcenterpresents.org VERONA July 19-23: Wedding Italiano May 7: 1st Brigade Band Verona Area Performing Arts Series July 26-30: Wedding Italiano 608-848-2787 Aug 2-6: Wedding Italiano RHINELANDER www.vapas.org Aug 9-13: Wedding Italiano April 22: Classic Nashville Roadshow with Jason Petty Aug 16-20: Wedding Italiano Nicolet College Theatre 715-365-4646 WASHINGTON ISLAND Sep 22-24: Neston & Kopit’s - PHANTOM Sep 28-Oct 1: Neston & Kopit’s - PHANTOM www.nicoletlive.com Trueblood Performing Arts Center May 5-7: Nicolet Players Present: Arsenic and Old Lace 920-847-2987 May 11-14: Nicolet Players Present: Arsenic and Old Lace www.washingtonislandmusicfestival.com June 8: Concert: An Evening With Tess & Chris & Friends July 31-Aug 11: Washington Island Music Festival
Great Nortthern Railroad, Osceola
48 2017 WISCONSIN SPRING/SUMMER EVENT GUIDE TRAVELWISCONSIN.COM Cambridge Chamber of Commerce Dodge County Tourism Association 608-423-3780 920-386-3266 TOURISM CONTACTS cambridgewi.com dodgecounty.com Dodgeville Area Cassville Department of Tourism Do you need information on lodging, attractions or local events? Go Chamber of Commerce right to the source! Here we’ve listed Wisconsin’s convention & visitors 608-725-5855 608-935-5993 bureaus, chambers of commerce, and county and area tourism offices. These cassville.org organizations are ready and waiting to help you plan your Wisconsin getaway. dodgeville.com Castle Rock - Petenwell Tourism and Economic Development Door County Visitor Bureau 920-743-4456, 800-527-3529 608-847-1904 Adams County Chamber of Berlin Chamber of Commerce doorcounty.com Commerce & Tourism 920-361-3636 castlerock-petenwell.com 608-339-6997, 888-339-6997 berlinchamber.net visitadamscountywi.com Cedarburg Chamber of Douglas County (see Superior-Douglas County) Birchwood Area Commerce and Visitor Center Algoma Area Chamber of Commerce 262-377-9620, 888-894-4001 920-487-2041, 800-498-4888 Chamber of Commerce cedarburg.org Driftless Wisconsin, Inc. algomachamber.org 800-236-2252 608-326-6658 birchwoodwi.com Alma Area Chamber of Commerce Chetek Area Chamber of Commerce driftlesswisconsin.com 608-685-3303 715-924-3200, 800-317-1720 almawisconsin.com Black River Area chetekwi.net Eagle River Area Chamber of Chamber of Commerce Commerce & Visitors Center Antigo/Langlade County 715-284-4658, 800-404-4008 Chetek Resort Owners Association 800-359-6315 Chamber of Commerce eagleriver.org blackrivercountry.net 800-224-3835 715-623-4134, 888-526-4523 antigochamber.com chetek.net Bloomer Chamber of Commerce East Troy Area Chamber of Commerce Appleton 715-568-3339 Chilton Chamber of Commerce 262-642-3770 (see Fox Cities) bloomerchamber.com 920-418-1650 easttroy.org chiltonchamber.com Arbor Vitae (see Minocqua Area) Boscobel Chamber of Commerce Eau Claire (Visit Eau Claire) 608-375-2672 Chippewa Falls Area 715-831-2345, 888-523-3866 boscobelwisconsin.com Ashland Area Chamber of Commerce Chamber of Commerce visiteauclaire.com 715-682-2500, 800-284-9484 715-723-0331, 888-723-0024 visitashland.com Boulder Junction chippewachamber.org Edgerton Area Chamber of Commerce Chamber of Commerce Augusta, City of 715-385-2400, 800-466-8759 Clark County Economic 715-286-2555 608-884-4408 boulderjct.org cityofaugusta.org Development Corporation edgertonchamber.com 715-255-9100 Balsam Lake, Village of Brodhead Chamber of Commerce clarkcountytourism-wi.org Elkhart Lake Tourism Commission 715-483-1410, 800-222-7655 608-897-8411 920-876-2385, 877-355-4278 co.polk.wi.us/tourism cityofbrodheadwi.us Columbia County Visitor Bureau elkhartlake.com 608-742-6161 Baraboo Area travelcolumbiacounty.net Elkhorn Area Chamber of Commerce Chamber of Commerce Brookfield Convention & Visitors Bureau 262-723-5788 608-356-8333, 800-227-2266 Columbus Area elkhornchamber.com baraboo.com 262-789-0220, 800-388-1835 visitbrookfield.com Chamber of Commerce Barron County Economic 920-623-3699 Elroy Commons Tourist Info Center columbuswichamber.com 608-462-2400 Development Corporation Buffalo County Clerk’s Office 715-637-6871, 800-529-4148 elroywi.com 608-685-6209 barroncounty.com buffalocounty.com Conover Chamber of Commerce 715-479-4928, 866-394-4386 Ephraim Bayfield Chamber of conover.org (see Door County) Commerce & Visitor Bureau Burlington Area Evansville Area 715-779-3335 Chamber of Commerce Cornell, City of bayfield.org Chamber of Commerce & Tourism 262-763-6044 715-239-3710 608-882-5131 burlingtonchamber.org cityofcornell.com Bayfield County evansvillechamber.org Tourism & Recreation 715-373-6125, 800-472-6338 Burnett County Tourism Information Crivitz Recreation Association Fennimore Chamber and 1-844-274-8489 bayfieldcounty.org 715-349-5999, 800-788-3164 Economic Development Office crivitzrecreation.com burnettcounty.com 608-822-3599, 800-822-1131 Beaver Dam Area fennimore.com Chamber of Commerce Darlington Chamber of Commerce 920-887-8879 Cable Area Chamber of Commerce 608-776-3067 Fish Creek Civic Association beaverdamchamber.com 715-798-3833, 800-533-7454 darlingtonwi.org 920-868-2316, 800-577-1880 cable4fun.com visitfishcreek.com Beloit Convention & Visitors Bureau Delafield Chamber of Commerce 608-365-4838 Florence County Tourism Cadott Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Council visitbeloit.com 715-528-5377, 888-889-0049 715-289-3338 262-646-8100, 888-294-1082 exploreflorencecounty.com cadottchamber.org visitdelafield.org SYMBOL KEY Delavan-Delavan Lake Area Fond du Lac Area Convention Certified Travel Green Wisconsin Businesses Calumet County Tourism Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau Member or associate member of the Wisconsin 920-849-1493, ext. 263 262-728-5095, 800-624-0052 920-923-3010, 800-937-9123 Great Nortthern Railroad, Osceola Association of Convention & Visitors Bureaus. They offer meeting and convention facilities. travelcalumet.com delavanwi.org fdl.com
TRAVELWISCONSIN.COM 2017 WISCONSIN SPRING/SUMMER EVENT GUIDE 49 Forest County Hartland Chamber of Commerce Kewaunee County Madison Convention Chamber of Commerce 262-367-7059 Promotion & Recreation Department & Visitors Bureau, Greater 715-478-3450, 800-334-3387 hartland-wi.org 920-388-0444 608-255-2537, 800-373-6376 goforestcounty.com www.kewauneeco.org visitmadison.com Hayward Lakes Fort Atkinson Area Visitors & Convention Bureau Kickapoo Valley Reserve Manitowish Waters Chamber of Commerce 715-634-4801, 800-724-2992 608-625-2960 Chamber of Commerce 920-563-3210 haywardlakes.com kvr.state.wi.us 715-543-8488, 888-626-9877 fortchamber.com Hazelhurst Information Center Kohler (Destination Kohler) manitowishwaters.org 715-356-7350 855-444-2838 Manitowoc Area Fox Cities hazelwi.net destinationkohler.com Visitor & Convention Bureau Convention & Visitors Bureau 800-627-4896 920-734-3358, 800-236-6673 Hidden Valleys La Crosse County manitowoc.info foxcities.org 608-562-6450, 800-592-6968 Convention & Visitors Bureau hiddenvalleys.com 608-782-2366, 800-658-9424 Marinette County Tourism explorelacrosse.com 715-732-7453, 715-732-7532 Fremont Chamber of Commerce Horicon Chamber of Commerce therealnorth.com Lac du Flambeau 920-446-3838 920-485-3200 Marinette Menominee Chamber of Commerce travelfremont.com horiconchamber.com Area Chamber of Commerce 715-588-3346, 877-588-3346 715-735-6681 lacduflambeauchamber.com Galesville Hudson Area Chamber of Commerce mandmchamber.com (see Trempealeau County) & Tourism Bureau Ladysmith 715-386-8411, 800-657-6775 (see Rusk County) Marquette County discoverhudsonwi.com Tourism & Visitors Bureau Gays Mills, Village of Lafayette Development Corporation 888-318-0362 608-735-4341 Hurley Area Chamber of Commerce 608-776-4850 travelmarquettecounty.com gaysmills.org www.co.lafayette.wi.gov 715-561-4334 Marshfield Convention hurleywi.com and Visitor Bureau Geneva Lake West Lake Geneva, Visit Chamber of Commerce 715-384-4314, 800-422-4541 Iron County Development Zone Council 262-248-4416, 800-345-1020 visitmarshfield.com 262-275-5102 715-561-2922 visitlakegenevawi.com genevalakewest.com ironcountywi.com Mauston, Greater Lake Mills Area 608-847-4142 Germantown Area Iron River Area Chamber of Commerce Chamber of Commerce mauston.org Chamber of Commerce 715-372-8558, 800-345-0716 920-648-3585 262-255-1812 visitironriver.com lakemills.org Mayville Area germantownchamber.org Chamber of Commerce Jackson County Lake Tomahawk Information Bureau 920-387-5776, 800-256-7670 (see Black River Area) 715-277-2602 mayvillechamber.com Grant Co. UWEX Office laketomahawkwi.org 608-822-3501, 866-472-6894 Janesville Area Medford Area grantcounty.org/visitor Convention & Visitors Bureau Lakewood Area Chamber of Commerce 608-757-3171, 800-487-2757 Chamber of Commerce 715-748-4729 medfordchamber.org Grantsburg Chamber of Commerce janesvillecvb.com 715-276-6500 715-463-2405 lakewoodwisconsin.org Mellen Area Chamber of Commerce Jefferson Chamber of Commerce grantsburgchamber.com 715-274-2330 920-674-4511 Lancaster Area Chamber of Commerce mellenwi.com jeffersonchamberwi.com Green Bay Convention & 608-723-2820 lancasterwisconsin.com Menasha Visitor Bureau, Greater (see Fox Cities) 920-494-9507, 888-867-3342 Jefferson County Tourism Council 920-648-3585 Land O’ Lakes Chamber of Commerce greenbay.com Menomonie Area Chamber of enjoyjeffersoncounty.com 715-547-3432, 800-236-3432 Commerce & Visitors Center, Greater landolakes-wi.org Green County Tourism 715-235-9087 608-328-1838, 888-222-9111 Juneau Chamber of Commerce menomoniechamber.org greencounty.org 920-386-3359 Langlade County juneauwi.org (see Antigo/Langlade County) Mercer Area Chamber of Commerce Green Lake Area Lodi & Lake Wisconsin 715-476-2389 Chamber of Commerce Juneau County Economic Chamber of Commerce mercercc.com 920-294-3231, 800-253-7354 Development Corporation 608-592-4412 visitgreenlake.com 608-427-2070 Merrill Area Chamber of Commerce lodilakewisconsin.org juneaucounty.com & Information Center Green Lake Country Visitors Bureau Lincoln County Forestry, 715-536-9474 merrillchamber.org 920-294-1050 Kaukauna Land & Parks glcountry.com (see Fox Cities) 715-539-1034 co.lincoln.wi.us Merrimac Hartford Area (see Lodi & Lake Wisconsin) Kenosha Area Chamber of Commerce Convention & Visitors Bureau Long Lake Chamber of Commerce 262-673-7002 Middleton Tourism Commission 262-654-7307, 800-654-7309 715-635-3260 hartfordchamber.org 800-688-5694 visitkenosha.com longlakewisconsin.org visitmiddleton.com SYMBOL KEY Madeline Island Kewaunee Chamber of Commerce Chamber of Commerce Milton Area Chamber of Commerce Certified Travel Green Wisconsin Businesses 920-388-4822 Member or associate member of the Wisconsin 715-747-2801, 888-475-3386 608-868-6222 Association of Convention & Visitors Bureaus. www.kewaunee.org maccit.com They offer meeting and convention facilities. madelineisland.com
50 2017 WISCONSIN SPRING/SUMMER EVENT GUIDE TRAVELWISCONSIN.COM Milwaukee (VISIT Milwaukee) Oconto County Tourism Polk County Information Center Sauk Prairie Area 414-273-3950, 800-554-1448 920-834-6969, 888-626-6862 715-483-1410, 800-222-7655 Chamber of Commerce visitmilwaukee.org ocontocounty.org polkcountytourism.com 608-643-4168 saukprairie.com Mineral Point Chamber of Commerce Oconto Falls Area Portage Area Chamber of Commerce 608-987-3201, 888-764-6894 Chamber of Commerce 608-742-6242, 800-474-2525 Sayner-Star Lake mineralpoint.com 920-846-8306 portagewi.com Chamber of Commerce ocontofallschamber.com 715-542-3789 Minocqua Area Chamber of Potosi Tennyson Area sayner-starlake.org Commerce (Arbor Vitae, Lake Omro Area Chamber of Commerce Chamber of Commerce Tomahawk, Woodruff) 920-685-6960 608-763-2261 Shawano Country 715-356-5266, 800-446-6784 futureomro.org potosiwisconsin.com Chamber of Commerce minocqua.org 715-524-2139 Oneida County Tourism Prairie du Chien Area shawanocountry.com Monroe Chamber of Commerce 1-800-236-3006 Chamber of Commerce 608-325-7648 oneidacountywi.com 800-732-1673 Sheboygan County monroechamber.org prairieduchien.org Chamber of Commerce Ontario, Village of 920-457-9491 Monroe County Economic 608-337-4381 Prescott Area Chamber of Commerce sheboygan.org Development Corporation ontariowi.com 715-262-3284 608-769-9910 prescottwi.com Sheboygan Falls Chamber - Main Street gomonroecountywi.com Osceola Area Chamber of Commerce Presque Isle Chamber of Commerce 920-467-6206 715/755-3300 715-686-2910, 888-835-6508 sheboyganfalls.org myosceolachamber.org Montello Area presqueisle.com Chamber of Commerce Shell Lake Chamber of Commerce Oshkosh Convention 715-468-4340 608-297-7420, 800-684-7199 Price County Tourism Department & Visitors Bureau shelllake.org montellowi.com 715-339-4505 920-303-9200, 877-303-9200 pricecountywi.net Mount Horeb Area visitoshkosh.com Siren Area Chamber of Commerce Chamber of Commerce Princeton Area 715-349-8399 Osseo City Hall visitsiren.com 608-437-5914, 888-765-5929 Chamber of Commerce, Greater 715-597-2207 trollway.com 920-295-3877 cityofosseo.us princetonwi.com Sister Bay Advancement Association 920-854-2812 Muscoda, Village of Ozaukee County Tourism Council cometosisterbay.com 608-739-3182 262-284-9288, 800-403-9898 Real Racine muscoda.com ozaukeetourism.com 262-884-6400, 800-272-2463 realracine.com Somerset Chamber of Commerce Neenah Park Falls Area Chamber of Commerce 715-247-3366 (see Fox Cities) 715-762-2703, 877-762-2703 Reedsburg Area Chamber of Commerce somersetchamber.org parkfalls.com 608-524-2850, 800-844-3507 Neillsville Area Chamber of Commerce reedsburg.org Sparta Area Chamber of Commerce 715-743-6444 Pelican Lake Chamber of Commerce 608-269-4123 Rhinelander Area neillsville.org 715-487-5222 bikesparta.org pelicanlakewi.org Chamber of Commerce 715-365-7464 New Glarus Chamber of explorerhinelander.com Spooner Area Chamber of Commerce Commerce & Visitor Information Pepin County Tourism 715-635-2168, 800-367-3306 715-672-5709, 888-672-5709 608-527-2095, 800-527-6838 Rice Lake Area Chamber of Commerce spoonerchamber.org swisstown.com visitpepincounty.com 715-234-2126, 877-234-2126 ricelakechamber.org New London Tourism Pepin Area Community Club Spring Green Chamber of Commerce 920-982-5822 715-544-7829 608-588-2054 Rice Lake Tourism newlondontourism.com pepinwisconsin.com springgreen.com 800-523-6318 New Richmond Area Peshtigo Chamber of Commerce ricelakewis.com St. Croix Falls (Falls Chamber of Commerce) Chamber of Commerce 715-582-0327 715-483-3580 715-246-2900 peshtigochamber.com Richland Center Tourism fallschamber.org newrichmondchamber.com 608-649-3376 Phelps Chamber of Commerce richlandcentertourism.com Oconomowoc Area 715-545-3800 St. Germain Chamber of Commerce 715-477-2205 Chamber of Commerce phelpswi.us Ripon Chamber of Commerce 262-567-2666 920-748-6764 St-Germain.com oconomowoc.org Phillips Area Chamber of Commerce ripon-wi.com 715-339-4100, 888-408-4800 Stevens Point Area Convention Oconomowoc Bureau of Economic phillipswisconsin.net River Falls Area Chamber of & Visitors Bureau Development & Tourism Commerce & Tourism Bureau 715-344-2556 262-569-2186 Pickerel-Pearson Business Association 715-425-2533 stevenspointarea.com oconomowoc-wi.gov 715-484-4653 rfchamber.com pickerel-pearson.com Stockholm Merchants Association Oconto Area Chamber of Commerce Rock County Tourism Council 715-442-2266 920-834-6254 Platteville Regional Chamber 866-376-8767 stockholmwisconsin.com ocontoareachamber.com 608-348-8888 rockcounty.org platteville.com Stone Lake Area SYMBOL KEY Plymouth Chamber of Commerce Rusk County Tourism & Visitors Center Chamber of Commerce Certified Travel Green Wisconsin Businesses 920-893-0079, 888-693-8263 800-535-7875 715-957-0022 Member or associate member of the Wisconsin Association of Convention & Visitors Bureaus. plymouthwisconsin.com ruskcountywi.com stonelakewi.com They offer meeting and convention facilities.
TRAVELWISCONSIN.COM 2017 WISCONSIN SPRING/SUMMER EVENT GUIDE 51 Stoughton Chamber of Commerce Walworth County Visitors Bureau Waupaca Area Whitewater Tourism Council 608-873-7912, 888-873-7912 262-728-6000, 800-395-8687 Chamber of Commerce 262-473-4005; 866-499-8687 stoughtonwi.com visitwalworthcounty.com 715-258-7343, 888-417-4040 discoverwhitewater.org waupacamemories.com Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center Warrens Area Business Association Winchester Chamber of Commerce 920-743-6246, 800-301-6695 608-378-4200 sturgeonbay.net 715-686-2123 visitwarrens.com Waupun Area Chamber of Commerce winchesterwi.com Sun Prairie Chamber of Commerce Washburn Area 920-324-3491 608-837-4547 Chamber of Commerce waupunchamber.com Winneconne Area sunprairiechamber.com 715-373-5017 Chamber of Commerce washburnchamber.com Wausau/Central Wisconsin 920-582-4775 Superior-Douglas County Convention & Visitors Bureau winneconne.org Chamber of Commerce Washburn County Tourism 888-948-4748 715-394-7716, 800-942-5313 715-635-9696, 800-367-3306 visitwausau.com Winter Area Chamber of Commerce superiorchamber.org washburncounty.org 715-266-2204, 800-762-7179 Waushara Area Chamber of Commerce winterwi.com Taylor County Tourism/Medford Washington County wausharachamber.com Chamber of Commerce Convention & Visitors Bureau Wisconsin Dells Visitor 715-748-4729 262-677-5069, 888-974-8687 Webster & Convention Bureau medfordchamber.org visitwashingtoncounty.com (see Burnett County) 608-254-4636, 800-223-3557 wisdells.com Three Lakes Area Washington Island Chamber of Commerce Chamber of Commerce West Bend Area Wisconsin Indian Head Country 715-546-3344, 800-972-6103 920-847-2179 Chamber of Commerce 262-338-2666, 888-338-8666 800-826-6966 threelakes.com washingtonisland-wi.com wbachamber.org wisconsinindianhead.org Tomah Convention & Visitors Bureau Watertown Area Westby Chamber of Commerce 608-372-2166, 800-948-6624 Chamber of Commerce 608-634-4011, 866-493-7829 Wisconsin Rapids Area tomahwisconsin.com 920-261-6320 Convention & Visitors Bureau watertownchamber.com westbywi.com 715-422-4650, 800-554-4484 Tomahawk Chamber of Commerce visitwisrapids.com Waukesha Pewaukee Weyauwega Area 715-453-5334, 800-569-2160 Convention and Visitor Bureau Chamber of Commerce gototomahawk.com 262-542-0330 920-209-4405 Woodruff visitwaukesha.org weyauwegachamber.com (see Minocqua Area) Trempealeau Chamber of Commerce 608-534-6780 trempealeau.net
ATTRACTIONS Off-Road Bicycling Twin Lakes Area Chamber MORE SOURCES www.worba.org & Business Association Association of Wisconsin 262-877-2220 FOR TOURISM Tourism Attractions www.wiattraction.com Wisconsin Association twinlakeschamber.com of Campground Owners INFORMATION www.wisconsincampgrounds.com Wisconsin Association of Convention and Visitor Bureaus Two Rivers ACCOMMODATIONS www.escapetowisconsin.com Wisconsin Department of (see Manitowoc Area VCB) Wisconsin B&B Association Natural Resources dnr.wi.gov www.wbba.org Wisconsin State Historical Society www.wisconsinhistory.org Uplands of Southwest Wisconsin Wisconsin Hotel and Golf Course Owners of Wisconsin 800-279-9472 Lodging Association DINING www.gcow.org www.wisconsinlodging.info uplandsguide.com Wisconsin Restaurant Association www.wirestaurant.org Association of Wisconsin Snowmobile Clubs AGRICULTURAL INFO www.awsc.org Vilas County Tourism and Publicity Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board MEETINGS & 800-236-3649 www.eatwisconsincheese.com CONVENTIONS Skiing Wisconsin vilaswi.com Wisconsin Agricultural Wisconsin Association of www.skiingwisconsin.org Tourism Association Convention and Visitors Bureau Viroqua Tourism www.visitdairyland.com www.thinkwisconsin.com HIGHWAYS & ROADS 608-637-2575 ARTS & CULTURE viroqua-wisconsin.com RECREATION Wisconsin Road Conditions Wisconsin Arts Board INFORMATION and Construction www.artsboard.wisconsin.gov Wisconsin ATV Association www.511wi.gov The Cultural Coalition www.watva.org www.portalwisconsin.org Rustic Roads, Rest Areas SYMBOL KEY Native American Tourism of Wisconsin Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin and Transportation www.natow.org www.bfw.org wisconsindot.gov Certified Travel Green Wisconsin Businesses Member or associate member of the Wisconsin Association of Convention & Visitors Bureaus. They offer meeting and convention facilities.
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