Citing COVID-19 and ongoing precautions and risks due to the virus, the Wisconsin State Fair has decided to cancel their 2020 edition, the first time they’ve done so in 75 years. More details can be found on their site; the 2021 Wisconsin State Fair will run August 5-15.
Cheese Curd Trailers offering up goodness in Ellsworth, Comstock
To help spread cheesy goodness, Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery has their Cheese Curd Trailers open and offering up delicious curds Thursdays-Sundays from 10am-5pm. Check them out in Ellsworth along U.S. 10/63 or in Comstock, also along U.S. 63! Apparently U.S. 63 is the “Cheese Curd Trailer Trail” right now.
More Wisconsin drive-ins are open and ready, whether it’s for burgers and shakes or movies!
We’re ready to drive around the state and enjoy some great meals off a tray. Check out 20+ great, locally-owned Wisconsin Drive-Ins! And outdoor movie drive-ins are opening too, including a brand new pop-up one in the heart of Milwaukee that debuts Friday. More details to come!
Almost all State Parks are now back open (with a few restrictions), Drive-Ins for food and movies are opening up, some craft breweries, wineries and distilleries have tap and tasting rooms available again, and for events and sights, it varies. Here’s what you need to know!
Wisconsin State Parks
The state parks are open now, with the exception of four State Natural Areas: The Dells of the Wisconsin River, Gibraltar Rock, Parfrey’s Glen, and Pewits Nest. Every other park in the system has resumed regular hours of 6am-11pm, seven days per week. Restrooms are still not open during this holiday weekend. They are scheduled to reopen Wednesday, June 3rd. The DNR has stated to not expect hand sanitizer at the restrooms, however. Campsites remain closed until June 7th; the policy after that is still under review. Annual park stickers or trail passes are required to visit state parks and trails. They can be purchased online or by calling (888) 305-0398 daily from 8am-4pm. Capacity limits are being enforced due to COVID-19. Note that most facilities currently closed such as towers, shelters, playgrounds, nature centers, headquarters, entrance stations and concession buildings remain closed to the public. Also, if COVID-19 wasn’t enough, remember it’s the season where ticks are out and Lyme Disease can be a concern; please take the proper precautions! Get more details from the Wisconsin DNR here.
Now that Memorial Day Weekend has arrived, most drive-In restaurants have been opening back up for the season all over Wisconsin. Some are offering take-out only for consumption off the premises (subject to local orders), but since sitting in your car enjoying a meal is a good social distancing practice, most places offering car hop service are in full swing. Check out over 20 options here, from Grantsburg, Land O’Lakes, and La Crosse, over to Oshkosh, Washington Island, and down through Milwaukee and Kenosha and more!
The 1950s and 1960s may have been the peak era of the classic drive-in theater, but some have held on across the state and we’re even seeing some new ones, like the Milky Way in Franklin, just outside Milwaukee. Some, like the Highway 18 Outdoor in Jefferson, have yet to open for the season. But others from Door County (the Skyway along Highway 42) to Monroe (the Sky-Vu along Highway 69) are ready to show you some great (and maybe some not-so-great, but fun) movies from the comfort of your car! Here’s a guide to drive-in theaters across the state from OnMilwaukee.com.
Breweries, Wineries, Distilleries!
Many of the state’s craft breweries, wineries, and distilleries have been offering their creations for curbside pickup through the COVID-19 pandemic (hey, alcohol kills the virus, right?) but now some of them are re-opening tap/tasting rooms – with social distancing enforced, some requesting masks – and some have their outdoor patios to offer. Now, this depends on the place and their layouts. New Glarus Brewing, for example, remains closed as their brewing facilities are so close to where people come they’re preferring to keep their tasting room and gift shop closed for now. Most others are open to some extent. For example, if you’re in New Glarus, just west on Highway 39 from town will bring you to Bailey’s Run Winery, which offers indoor and outdoor seating. The options are many across the state!
Get out and explore Wisconsin, just be safe – and ENJOY! It’s been a looooong spring.
The Milky Way brings the drive-in movie experience back to Milwaukee, starting Friday
Ah, the drive-in movie! It’s been decades since the Milwaukee area has had them. Memories still linger of the 41 Twin and other places where you could pull up and watch a movie (or not) from the comfort of your own car. And now the drive-in is making a comeback, right off Highway 36!
The Milky Way Drive-In is a new “pop-up” outdoor movie theater at Ballpark Commons in Franklin, right next to where the Milwaukee Milkmen baseball team plays when there isn’t a pandemic going on. The Milky Way opens this Friday, May 22nd, and will show movies on a 40-foot LED screen in a parking lot that accommodates up to 150 cars. Admission is $35 per car per movie, and they plan on showing two per evening on average, with three showing on select weekends.
You’ll find the Milky Way Drive-In in the north parking lot at Ballpark Commons in Franklin, next to the Milwaukee Milkmen’s home stadium. The address is 7900 Crystal Ridge Drive, right off 76th & Loomis.
Ticket sales are online only, at milkywaydrivein.com. The first movie of the night will be family-friendly, with movies geared towards grown-ups showing after. You can listen to the movie from their outdoor speakers or on your FM radio; there’s also an app you can use. Concessions will be available; you can order food and drinks from an app and car hops will bring it to you. Of course, you can bring your own food and drink in, too. No need to hide stuff in a purse!
Here’s the movie schedule, so far:
The titles will all be second-run features or “classics.” Friday, for example, the drive-in is showing “Onward,” the Pixar action-fantasy movie, at 6 p.m., and “Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbes and Shaw,” the spinoff action comedy with Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham, at 8:45 p.m
Friday, May 22nd: Onward, 6pm; Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw, 8:45pm
Saturday, May 23rd: Dolittle, 5pm; Jumanji: The Next Level, 7:45pm; The Gentlemen, 10:30pm
Sunday, May 24th: Frozen II, 3pm; Sonic the Hedgehog, 6pm; Knives Out, 8:45pm
Monday, May 25th: Toy Story 4, 3pm; Men in Black: International, 6pm; 1917, 8:45pm
Tuesday, May 26th: Onward, 6pm; The Gentlemen, 8:45pm
Wednesday, May 27th: Sonic the Hedgehog, 6pm; Knives Out, 8:45pm
Thursday, May 28th: Jumanji: The Next Level, 6pm; Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw, 8:45pm
Friday, May 29th: Dolittle, 6pm; Goonies, 8:45pm
Saturday, May 30th: Frozen II, 5pm; Men In Black: International, 7:45pm; The Lodge, 10:30pm
Sunday, May 31st: Toy Story 4, 3pm; Mamma Mia!, 6pm; Ted, 8:45pm
It’s been happening across the country, and on Tuesday, May 12th Wisconsin will get the salute. The 115th Fighter Wing will pay tribute to health care workers and first responders who are working hard and supporting communities across Wisconsin during this COVID-19 pandemic response.
During the day Tuesday, the 115th Fighter Wing will perform flyovers with four F-16 Fighting Falcons over healthcare facilities across Wisconsin. They start with Froedtert hospital in Pleasant Prairie and continue past Racine, the Milwaukee area, Sheboygan, Green Bay and Appleton to Oshkosh, then up to Wausau and over to Marshfield and Eau Claire. The jets will then head south to La Crosse, over to Tomah and down essentially along the I-90/94 corridor to Madison and Middleton. Here’s the schedule for the statewide plan, including times and from which direction the F-16’s will be coming: