Chocolate Fest in Burlington« Back to Events
Burlington is “Chocolate City, USA,” named so for its Nestle plant, which opened in 1965. Chocolate Fest started 22 years later in 1987 and has been delighting chocolate lovers ever since. Although the dates used to move around, it now takes place every Memorial Day weekend – this year, that means May 26-29, 2017.
Plenty of exhibits on chocolate, demonstrations on chocolate-making, and samples highlight the main theme of the festivals. Music from national and regional acts, family events, and more add to the fun. Need a sugar rush? There’s a cupcake-eating contest if you’re in a hurry for it!
There’s also a Rotary Carnival, a Chocolate City Bike Ride, fireworks, and a Memorial Day Veterans Day Parade. Chocolate Jenga is a crowd-pleaser – and suspenseful at times! Chocolate carvings, treats, and more add to the tasty fun.
The Burlington Festival Grounds are just off Milwaukee Street (City Highways 36 & 83) along Maryland Avenue near the Fox River and Riverside Park, northeast of downtown. City Highway 11 just to the south, and Highway 142 approaches from the southeast. While in town, you can check out other places like the Spinning Top & Yo-Yo Museum and Fred’s, one of Wisconsin’s legendary burger joints.
Live music and other performances will take place on several stages across the grounds. The Main Stage will include performances from the Lunch Money Bullies Friday night, Separate Ways and Royal Bliss Saturday night, Reverend Raven and Bella Cain Sunday night, and The Britins and the Orange Crush Band on Monday.
Tickets run $8 for people ages 12 and up, $4 for kids 5-12, and free for children 4 and under. Get all the details and updates on the Chocolate Fest website.
Have a chocolatey good time!
Chocolate Fest Address:
Burlington Festival Grounds
681 Maryland Avenue (off Business 36)
Burlington, WI 53105