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July 6, 2019 – September 2, 2019

Bristol Renaissance Faire

bristolrenfaire_logo01Along the Wisconsin-Illinois border you can go back to the 16th century at the Bristol Renaissance Faire. A plethora of entertainment, great food, performances, and a marketplace filled with crafts, art, musical instruments, clothes, jewelry, and more await. You’ll find plenty of colorful characters in period costumery, performers twirling fire, people mashing their mouths into giant turkey legs, wandering minstrels, swordfights, jousting… the list goes on and on. It’s a great summer weekend activity just west of Kenosha on the Illinois border!

Bristol Renaissance Faire runs Saturdays and Sundays from July 7th though Labor Day (yes, it runs that Monday and that’s the only Monday.) 2019 marks the Faire’s 31st season.

The Kid’s Kingdom is a newer addition, including the Castle Stage where children can get knighted, a face-painting area (don’t worry, it washes off eventually), hobbit houses, an entrance area with five huge thrones that provide great photo opportunities, and an air-conditioned rest area.

A giant turkey leg slathered in barbecue sauce is an essential part of the Bristol Renaissance Faire experience, but they also offer everything from Cornish pasties and bakery goods to vegan items and gelato. The number of entertainment stages now totals sixteen. Comedic sword-fighting, ropewalking, juggling, fire-whipping, acrobatics, chalk art, a variety of musicians, and more. The Marketplace offers the work of nearly 175 artisans and crafters; you can find Scottish kilts, leather masks, bamboo flutes, jester socks, stage-combat-approved swords, steampunkery, and much more. Glass blowing and blacksmithing activities frequently happen in the Marketplace as well as a variety of other crafting.

Tickets range from $25.95 for adults and $11.50 for children ages 5-12; kids 4 and under are free; advance purchase prices online are a buck or two less. Season passes can be purchased for $125 and you can get discount coupons here. U.S. 41, I-41/94, Highway 165, and the state line border the “Fairegrounds,” with U.S. 45 and Highway 50 also getting you close!

Bristol Renaissance Faire Location:

12550 120th Avenue
Kenosha, WI 53142
(877) 435-9849

Start: July 6, 2019
End: September 2, 2019
Venue: Bristol Renaissance Faire
Phone: 877-435-9849
12550 120th Avenue, Kenosha, WI, 53142, United States
Cost: 25.95

August 23, 2019 – August 25, 2019

Great River Folk Festival

Great River Folk Festival, La Crosse

The 44th annual Great River Folk Festival is a family-friendly weekend features outdoor contemporary and traditional folk music right in La Crosse’s beautiful Riverside Park. Along with the music, you can enjoy demonstrations of traditional crafts and plenty of craft items for sale from artists across the spectrum, ethnic food and children’s activities. Check out the full music schedule below. Ticket prices vary from $10 for a Saturday Day Pass to $45 for an All Events Pass (prices go up after August 16th for some of these.) Get details here.

Riverside Park is a beautiful space along the Mississippi River on the west edge of downtown La Crosse. Along with the Great River Folk Festival you’ll find historic and contemporary statutes, beautiful views of the river and bluffs, access to riverboats, restaurants, hotels, the Turtle Stack Brewing Company, and plenty of hotels to spend the night – all within easy walking distance.

U.S. 14, 53, and 61, as well as Highways 16, 33, 35, and I-90 all bring you to La Crosse, which has plenty of other fun things to check out, too!

Great River Folk Festival Address:

Riverside Park
100 State Street
La Crosse, WI 54601
(608) 784-3033

Great River Folk Festival Music Schedule:

Friday, August 23

Friday Opening Concert: 7:00 pm, Riverside Park (Rain or shine) with The Cactus Blossoms plus Andy Hughes and the Mighty Few

Saturday, August 24
Saturday Daytime Activities: 10:00 – 5:00
Riverside Park (Rain or shine)

  • Traditional arts and craft fair
  • Craft demonstrations
  • Children’s activities
  • Food from a wide variety of vendors
  • Music Performances and Workshops at three stages

5:00 PM Saturday Evening Concert, Riverside Park (Rain or shine) with:
Old Salt Union
Charlie Parr
Emily Earle
Vogts Sisters
Eddie Allen

Sunday, August 25
Sunday Daytime Activities: 10:00 – 4:00, Riverside Park (Rain or shine)

  • Traditional arts and craft fair
  • Craft demonstrations
  • Children’s activities
  • Food from a wide variety of vendors
  • Music Performances and Workshops at three stages

Sunday Farewell Concert: 4:00: Johnsmith
Plus, the Winner of the 2019 Songwriting Contest


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Start: August 23, 2019
End: August 25, 2019
Venue: Riverside Park
Phone: 608-784-3033
100 State Street, La Crosse, WI, 54601, United States

August 24, 2019

Mineral Point Blues & Roots Fest

The Mineral Point Historical Society presents the first annual Mineral Point Blues & Roots Festival, supporting our unique Mineral Point history and Mineral Point Music Boosters through a fun event filled with local and regional musicians. The lineup features The Jimmys, Omar Coleman, Katherine Davis Blues Band, Chicago Bound with Willie Buck, Jimi “Primetime” Smith Trio, Rick Harris with Steve Brown, and Boo Mullarky. Tickets are $20, in advance online or at the event.

Beer, hard cider, soda, water, wine, and food available onsite. No carry-ins. Bring a chair and enjoy the fun.

Mineral Point is a beautiful, historic city that’s easily accessible via U.S. 151, Highway 23, or Highway 39. Come not only for the music, but to check out the downtown streets, Shake Rag Alley, Pendarvis, Brewery Creek, or any of the other shops and sights!

Mineral Point Blues & Roots Festival at Orchard Lawn Museum

Mineral Point Blues & Roots Fest Address:

Orchard Lawn Museum
234 Madison Street
Mineral Point, WI 53565
(608) 558-1937

Mineral Point Blues & Roots Festival

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Start: August 24, 2019 1:00 pm
End: August 24, 2019 10:00 pm
Venue: Orchard Lawn Museum
Phone: 608-558-1937
234 Madison Street, Mineral Point, WI, 53565, United States

August 30, 2019 – September 1, 2019

Paramount Music Festival

Paramount Music FestivalAre you aware of the great music history of Blues, Jazz, R&B, gospel, country, classical and more in… Ozaukee County? The Paramount Music Festival is! Yes, Grafton and Port Washington were music hotspots back in the day, hosting musicians and their studio sessions at Paramount Records. Thousands of recordings were made and millions of records were pressed in Grafton, laying groundwork for the most popular music genres to ever come out of this country from 1917 until 1932.

For a decade and a half, 78 rpm records were pressed and distributed to the nation, allowing artists such as Lawrence Welk, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Tom Dorsey and Louis Armstrong to inspire future music generations and lay the seeds for the R&B and Rock ‘N Roll Eras. Between 1929 and 1932 alone, over 1,600 songs were recorded in Grafton at a make-shift studio in the Wisconsin Chair Factory; the output accounted for about 1/4 of the so-called “race records” of the era. The musicians often came up from Milwaukee or Chicago by train, recorded in Grafton, and stayed overnights in Port Washington where Paramount and the Wisconsin Chair Company had their offices. So many major and influential musicians cut records here that it’s an official stop on the Mississippi Blues Trail!

Paramount Music Festival, Port WashingtonOn August 30 – September 1, 2019, the Paramount Music Festival celebrates the centennial of the opening of Paramount Records and all the music it produced. Three days of incredible live music, food and family fun with local, regional and national musicians take the stage to celebrate the history of Paramount Records. This year’s artists include Alex Wilson, The Jimmys, Revered Raven and the Chain Smokin’ Altar Boys, Ethan Keller, Sue DaBaco, Milwaukee Mike & the Mob, the Tommy Bentz Band, and many more! A full schedule is below.

Paramount Music FestivalThe festivities take place along Lake Michigan in Port Washington’s Veterans Memorial Park. Additional activities take place just a few miles away in Grafton, where the festival originated and the Paramount Records facility once stood. There are shuttles available to get between venues and the two towns.

It kicks off with The Pour, a beer and wine tasting event Friday from 6-8pm. Tickets for this are $25 in advance, $35 at the gate but you get a lot of great samples to enjoy!

Be sure to check out the Beer and Wine Tasting within the Festival, and a Sunday Progressive Brunch, with a portion of the proceeds going to the Port Washington music parents group.

Paramount Music Festival event: The Pour

Highways 32 and 33 bring you within blocks of Veterans Park in Port Washington. I-43, Highway 57, and Highway 60 all bring you close, too.

The Paramount Music Festival is free to the general public, although donations are accepted. VIP tickets can be purchased here. Tickets range from $15 for the Sunday Progressive Brunch to $200 for VIP Weekend Pass covering all three days. Get the full music lineup below!

Paramount Music Festival Address:

Veterans Memorial Park
410 Lake Street
Port Washington, WI 53074
(262) 208-6288


Check their website for the full lineup of performers and activities!

Schedule of Performers

Friday, August 30th

Michael Ammons & the Waterstreet Hotshots – 5:30pm
Aaron Williams & the Hoodoo – 7:00pm
Alex Wilson Band – 8:30pm

Saturday August 31st

Sue DaBaco – 12:30pm
Steven Hull Experience – 1:30pm
Milwaukee Mike & the Mob – 3:00pm
Tommy Bentz Band – 4:00pm
Reverend Raven & the Chain Smokin’ Altar Boys with Westside Andy – 6:00pm
The Jimmys – 7:45pm

Sunday, September 1st

Luke Cerny – 12:30pm
Ethan Keller – 1:30pm
Will Pfrang – 2:30pm
Midlife Oasis – 4:00pm
Trapper Schoepp Band – 6:00pm


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Start: August 30, 2019 5:00 pm
End: September 1, 2019 9:00 pm
Venue: Veterans Park
Phone: 262-208-6288
410 Lake Street, Port Washington, WI, 53074, United States
Cost: Free