Wisconsin Weekend: Fun in the Ice Cold!
Another February weekend, and a lot more things to do and enjoy across the state! Winter sports, outdoor winter parties, indoor home shows, kite festivals, music shows… all kinds of great activities are happening. There’s a LOT to do during your Wisconsin weekend. Here are some State Trunk Tour event picks as you explore:
The Lakelawn Resort on Delavan Lake offers up fun and free winter thrills during the 5th Annual Sky Circus on Ice this weekend! This three-day spectacle features exciting airborne performances by professional kite teams from across North America, plus snow sculpting and ice carving by top regional artists. Kite making workshops and a mix of outdoor activities and games for all ages will round out the fun. Check out the grand launches scheduled for 11 am both Saturday and Sunday as over 400 kites take flight. Activities and displays spread throughout downtown Delavan will also take place. Lakelawn Resort is right off Highway 50, between Highway 67 and I-43.
Historic and ridiculously beautiful downtown Cedarburg bursts with winter fun and activities Saturday and Sunday, with everything from ice carvings, parades, racing competitions, a chili competition, beer and wine tasting, tractor-drawn hay wagon rides, “make and take” crafts at the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts, live music and plenty of fun at Cedar Creek Settlement and the Cedar Creek Winery, a Dog Weight Pull Competition on Sunday, and much more. It’s all along Historic Highway 57 (Washington Avenue) in downtown Cedarburg.
The Northwoods Blizzard Blast is a “flurry of winter fun for everyone” Saturday in Conover, between Eagle River and Land O’Lakes along Highway 32 & U.S. 45 in the heart of the North Woods! Activities in Conover Community Park include ice bowling, the Dogsled Dash, recliner racing, sledding, face painting, fireworks, horse drawn sleigh rides, snow carving, snowshoe baseball, and an Artisan Bazaar in the adjacent Conover Community Center. The Blizzard Blast Bazaar hosts numerous artisans and exhibitors with hand-crafted items, talents on display, food and beverages, and more. Admission is free for the Bazaar all day.
The American Club in Kohler hosts its In Celebration of Chocolate from Friday, February 16 – Sunday, February 18, 2018. Come as friends or bring your sweetie and fall deeper in love with chocolate during their annual In Celebration of Chocolate. A winter getaway has never tasted so good with a weekend full of food pairings, demonstrations, evening dinners and events. From savory to sweet and everything in between, don’t miss this cocoa-themed celebration of the world’s favorite dessert. Topping things off is the opportunity for guests to taste the signature and newest creations from KOHLER Original Recipe Chocolates. Get the full schedule and more details here. I-43 and Highways 23 & 28 bring you to Kohler, just outside of Sheboygan.
Ashland’s Book Across the Bay is the upper Midwest’s most unique winter event, open to skiers and snowshoers of all ages and ability levels. The 10-kilometer course, which is groomed for both classic-style and skate skiing, starts in Ashland and ends in Washburn, and follows a route not on land, but over the frozen surface of Lake Superior, the world’s largest lake. The event is held at night, and the course is lit by the stars above and up to 1,000 candles in ice luminaries that line the entire route. A ton of other fun events accompany the “booking” itself, find out more here! US. 2 and Highway 13 will bring you to Ashland (U.S. 63 gets you close, too!)
Starting on Friday, witness professional carvers turn blocks of snow into impressive sculptures along the streets of downtown Sturgeon Bay. Saturday morning the fun continues as novice, intermediate, and advanced carvers compete for cash prizes in an ice carving competition. Event maps with the location of ice and snow blocks available at most businesses throughout the weekend or at the Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center. Plenty of shopping and other special activities await you throughout the weekend too. Just hit Highways 42 or 57 north and you’ll get there, right on the other side of the Steel Bridge!
Hey, we’re enjoying the Winter Olympics on TV, why not see some of ski and snowboard action for real? Mt. La Crosse hosts this premier high school event each year. The best snowboarders and skiers travel to La Crosse to compete in a three day competition for their perspective teams. Spectators can enjoy the beautiful views of Mt. La Crosse near the finish line, with an up close view of the athletes as they complete their races. Of course, La Crosse is beautiful this time of year with the snow-covered bluffs no matter where you explore the town. I-90, U.S. 14/61, U.S. 53, and Highways 16, 33, and 35 all bring you there!
More for your Wisconsin Weekend
There are MANY more events to check out, including Blues Bash 2018 in Milwaukee (an event put on by the Paramount Music Association), the Manawa Snodeo (yes, like a rodeo for snowmobilers!), the WBAY Boat Show at the Resch Center in Green Bay, the Greater Madison Golf Show at the Alliant Energy Center, or the Winter Festival in downtown Cedarburg. Or, road trip and watch the Winter Olympics in South Korea from a faraway Wisconsin destination, check out ski hills, snowshoe hikes, and other great winter activities. Run around during your Wisconsin weekend, explore history, enjoy parks, experience shops, trails, bars, and restaurants, and have FUN! In true State Trunk Tour fashion, Pick Some Roads and GO!!!