Calendar of Events

Calendar of Events

April 20, 2019

Eggstravaganza at Racine Zoo


The Racine Zoo’s annual Eggstravaganza is 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, April 20th at the zoo, right along Highway 32 north of downtown, along the beautiful Lake Michigan lakefront.

Children and parents are invited to have fun hunting for the six “cluck-cluck” doors, playing themed games, enjoying two bouncy houses, cookie decorating and crafts, as as well as up-close animal encounters with the Racine Zoo Animal Ambassadors. Of course, food and beverages will be available for purchase. The Easter Bunny will be on hand to pose for photos at an additional $5 charge.

This “hoppin’ event” will feature:

• A hunt for 6 cluck-cluck doors throughout the Zoo to collect candy
• A photo with our special guest…the Easter Bunny! (digital photo will be emailed to you)
• Bounce houses
• EGG-cellent games
• Fun crafts and yummy snacktivities
• Easter Egg and Cookie Decorating
• Egg Dig
• Hoppin’ Dance Party
• Trunk Hunt (“Easter Style” of Trunk-or-Treat)

EggStravaganza Admission Rates:

Zoo Members: FREE
Adults: $8
Child 3-15: $6
Seniors 62 & Older: $7
2 & Younger: FREE

You’ll find the Racine Zoo, which is fun any time of year, just north of downtown Racine along Highway 32. Highways 11, 20, and 38 also bring you close. Nearby, you can enjoy North Beach and the shopping, restaurants, and fun to be had in downtown Racine including the Racine Art Museum and Monument Square. To the north, the Wind Point Lighthouse beckons for a beautiful look at history and Lake Michigan; and in various locales around town, you can explore Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired architecture including the famous Johnson Wax Research Tower, Wingspan, and more. Kids might also love the historic fire station along 6th Street near City Hall and interactive exhibits at the Racine Historical Museum. All of the action is about 9-10 miles east of I-41/94; good north-south road trip alternates – if you want to avoid interstate construction zones – include U.S. 45 and Highway 31.

EggStravaganza Address (Racine Zoo)

Racine Zoo
2131 Main Street (Highway 32)
Racine, WI 53402
(262) 636-9189
Website




Start: April 20, 2019 9:00 am
End: April 20, 2019 4:30 pm
Venue: Racine Zoological Society
Phone: 262-636-9189
Address:
2131 N. Main Street, Racine, WI, 53402, United States

April 13, 2019

Dairy State Cheese & Beer Festival

The 12th Annual Dairy State Cheese & Beer Festival returns to the legendary Brat Stop in Kenosha on Saturday, April 13th! This fun-filled event features a variety of Wisconsin cheeses, some of the most sought after beers from Wisconsin and beyond and awesome live music!. This is a “don’t miss event” for anybody who likes beer, cheese and music!

Last time we checked over 50 different brewers will be there, with everything from Miller, Point, and Lakefront to Schell’s, Chimay, Bell’s, Estrella, Alaskan, and more – plus four local home brew societies. They’ll be pouring samples and providing info about their beers and brewing processes. Of course, great food – including brats – will be part of the sustenance and bands will be playing to serenade your eating, drinking, talking, and enjoying.

Proceeds benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of Kenosha. Check the Dairy State Cheese & Beer Festival Website for tickets, continued updates, and other details!

You’ll find the Brat Stop right along Highway 50, just west of the I-41/94 interchange. It’s a Wisconsin staple, after all.

Dairy State Cheese & Beer Festival Address:

The Brat Stop
12304 75th Street (Highway 50)
Kenosha, WI 53140
(262) 653-7304
Website




Start: April 13, 2019 1:00 pm
End: April 13, 2019 5:00 pm
Venue: Brat Stop
Phone: 262-653-7304
Address:
12304 75th Street, Kenosha, WI, 53140, United States
Cost: 45

April 13, 2019 – April 14, 2019

East Troy Bunny Train


The East Troy Bunny Train provides Easter weekend family fun on Saturday and Sunday, April 13th and 14th, and Saturday, April 20th. The ride is a ten-mile round trip starting at the East Troy Depot. Board the heated train where kids can participate in Easter themed activities during the ride to the Elegant Farmer. Enjoy bunny displays by local 4-H Students and treats at the Elegant Farmer. Every Child with a ticket will receive an Easter gift! Boarding is only done at the East Troy Depot and advance reservations are required. Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable, all ticket sales are final. Tickets can be purchased online or by phone & leave a message. A volunteer will return your call, and they appreciate your interest and support!

Bunny Train Admission Prices:

$8.00 – Toddlers (ages 0-2)
$14.00 – Children (ages 3-14)
$17.00 – Adults (ages 15 and up)
$12.00 – Members (call 262-642-3263 for details on membership)

Bunny Train FAQs

More details and advance ticket purchases can be made on their website.

You can get to the East Troy Depot via Highway 20 or Highway 120, just north I-43. It’s also known as Church Street just north of the town square.

East Troy Bunny Train Address:

East Troy Railroad Depot
2002 Church Street
East Troy, WI 53120
Website




Start: April 13, 2019 9:30 am
End: April 14, 2019 4:00 pm
Venue: East Troy Electric Railroad Museum
Phone: 262-642-3263
Address:
2002 Church Street, East Troy, WI, 53120, United States

April 12, 2019 – April 14, 2019

River Falls Roots & Bluegrass Festival

riverfalls-rootsbluesfestlogoThe River Falls Roots and Bluegrass Festival is a FREE three-day musical festival located in the heart of downtown River Falls. Enjoy over fifty hours of foot stompin’ Bluegrass, Roots & Cajun at multiple venues! Headliners this year include Kind Country, Dead Horses, Art Stevenson and High Water.

The weekend kicks off with the 4th Annual Beer & Wine Tasting at Junior’s Bar and Restaurant. Enjoy the character of their historic Main Street (Historic Highway 35) as you move from venue to venue to experience both regional and local roots and bluegrass music all weekend long. Enjoy a variety of free workshops and participate in free jam sessions.

Check out the new Roots and Bluegrass Festival Band Contest and the Singer/Songwriter Competition which promises to be an exciting competition among the best of the best. Prizes will be awarded for the top three artists.

The River Falls Roots & Bluegrass Festival website has more details and updates.

You can get to River Falls via Highways 29, 35, or 65. It’s just minutes south of I-94. Don’t miss over 50 hours of foot-stomping bluegrass! Make a weekend out of it!




Start: April 12, 2019
End: April 14, 2019
Venue: Downtown River Falls
Phone: 715-425-2533
Address:
214 N. Main Street, River Falls, WI, 54022, United States

April 6, 2019

Phelps Maple Syrup Fest

Phelps Maple Fest logoDid you know Wisconsin is fourth in the nation in the production of maple syrup?  Phelps Maple Syrup Fest celebrates this sweet and natural concoction on Saturday, April 6th!

Head up Highway 17 to Phelps and get in on the action. Learn more about how and where maple syrup is made, browse local arts & crafts, and tickle your taste buds… not only with maple syrup, but with honey this year, too!

Phelps Maple Syrup Fest is centered on the grounds of the Phelps school. There will be tree-tapping demonstrations and driving tour or guided bus tours of local sugar bushes to see where this popular treat originates and how sap becomes maple syrup. Furthermore, kid’s games and activities, a wonderful arts and crafts show with over 70 vendors, maple syrup and honey displays, and a maple syrup contest judged by local celebrities makes the Phelps Maple Syrup Fest a great event for the whole family. Be sure to taste the maple syrup goodies available at the Maple Cafe, try your hand at making Maple Taffy on the snow, or bring your homemade maple syrup to enter into the judging contest!

Phelps Maple Syrup Fest items for saleThe day’s activities and sugar bush tours are free of charge for all attendees. Interested in learning how to make maple syrup or honey? This will be the first year for a new Beekeepers 101 class and a Maple Syrup 101 class. Each class is $10 per person, with no pre-registration required.

 

Phelps is a quiet and beautiful little town on the eastern end of North Twin Lake. It’s less than 20 minutes north and east of Eagle River via Highway 17 in Vilas County. Phelps is in the midst of the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, right along the border with the U.P. of Michigan.




Phelps Maple Syrup Fest Address:

4451 Old School Road
Phelps, WI 54554
(715) 545-3800
Website
Facebook page

Start: April 6, 2019 8:00 am
End: April 6, 2019 4:00 pm
Venue: Phelps School
Phone: 715-545-3800
Address:
4451 Old School Road, Phelps, WI, 54554, United States

April 5, 2019

First Fridays in Racine

Enjoy some Friday night fun during Racine First Fridays in Downtown Racine from April – December from 4-9pm! It happens throughout the downtown area, centered on Monument Square where Highways 20 and 38 cap the ends of a main thoroughfare that is Highway 32.

Socialize with friends and neighbors or even other road-trippers as you enjoy shopping, cool drinks and take a horse drawn carriage ride or stroll through the historic city streets. Join 50 plus independent downtown business owners as they welcome you to shop and dine locally while enjoying live music and discovering the best of Racine . . . Downtown!

Come early & stay late. If you value a big event in a historic downtown, Racine First Fridays is worth the drive, especially on a State Trunk Tour route. First Fridays is a group of small business owners of boutique shops, restaurants, art galleries and museums who have worked together to put this event on nine times a year for 13 years. Businesses stay open late, put live music outdoors in three parks, have horse & carriage rides and an outdoor beer garden. Art galleries offer artist’s demonstrations, restaurants offer specials and boutiques highlight new or favorite product lines. The sidewalks are filled with people and downtown is alive and vibrant.

Also you could get FREE admission to the Racine Art Museum!

In addition to First Fridays, check out the rest of downtown Racine. Right along the shores of Lake Michigan you can explore their marina, near the beach, zoo, Frank Lloyd Wright architecture and SC Johnson sites.

Take the drive to where Highways 11, 20, 32, and 38 come together in downtown Racine. Enjoy happy people taking in the best of what downtown Racine has to offer! Check out the First Fridays website for more details.

Racine First Fridays Address:

Monument Square
100 Main Street
Racine, WI 53403
(262) 634-4287
Website




Start: April 5, 2019 4:00 pm
End: April 5, 2019 9:00 pm
Venue: Downtown Racine
Phone: 262-634-4287
Address:
100 Monument Square, Racine, WI, 53403, United States
Cost: Free

April 5, 2019 – April 7, 2019

Lake Geneva Festival of Wine

Welcoming all wine lovers 21 and older! Check out the 2019 Lake Geneva Festival of Wine at Grand Geneva Resort & Spa. They have an entire weekend of vintage entertainment planned for all enthusiasts, from social wine drinkers to sommeliers. Eat, drink and learn more about wines from around the world. From their top of the line Blue Chip wine dinner to the Grand Tasting, you can book a weekend package with friends who share your love for wine.

The Grand Tasting is on Saturday, April 6 from 4-6pm. Need an extra hour? Upgrade to our VIP experience to start at 3pm and enjoy a bonus bubbles sampling in the VIP Lounge. We are happy to once again be partnering with the United Way of Walworth County this year. Pull a cork for a great cause! Stop by the cork pull station for your chance to take home 1 of 100 wines. 10% of all wine sales will also be donated to United Way. Don’t forget to order your favorite bottles before you leave! Must be 21 or older to attend.

The Grand Geneva is truly a grand resort, famously once the Playboy Club. It’s located along Highway 50 (near Highway 120) at U.S. 12 on the east end of Lake Geneva. Check out this great event and explore the town while you’re at it!

Check out the event website here for more details and to buy tickets, and see the Schedule of Events below!

Lake Geneva Festival of Wine Address:

Grand Geneva Resort
7036 Grand Geneva Way
Lake Geneva, WI 53147
(262) 248-8811
Website




 

Lake Geneva Festival of Wine

Lake Geneva Festival of Wine Schedule of Events

Friday, April 5th

7pm: Blue Chip Wine Dinner – Savor top of the line wines with a reception followed by four courses of delicious food prepared by Grand Geneva’s Executive Chef Nelly Buleje.
$125 per person including tax and gratuity
Click here for menu

8pm: Paint ‘N Sip – Let out your inner artist. Enjoy a glass of wine while participating in a step-by-step painting tutorial, then take home your original masterpiece.
$45 per person

Saturday, April 6th

9am – Yoga and Mimosas – Start the morning with a relaxing yoga session and a mimosa. All skill levels are welcome to relax and learn about the health benefits of wine.
$15 per person

9am – Nature Walk – Enjoy a guided morning hike along the White River Trail. Take a breath of clean country air and enjoy the sights and sounds of the outdoors before all of the wine tasting begins.
Complimentary, no reservation needed

10am: Paint ‘N Sip – Let out your inner artist. Enjoy a glass of wine while participating in a step-by-step painting tutorial, then take home your original masterpiece.
$45 per person

11:30am-12:15pm & 1:30-2:15pm – Wine Tastign Seminars. Learn, interact and taste during two sessions of their Wine Tasting Seminars. Topics include wine blending, meat, cheese, and chocolate pairings and trendy grapes. $25 per person

12:45-2:00pm – Chef Demo Lunch. Watch Grand Geneva Executive Chef Nely Buleje as he shows you his passion for cooking while building a delicious light lunch paired with wines. $45 per person

3pm – VIP Hour. Enjoy an extra hour to sip the 50 bottles of wine carefully selected for this year’s event and enjoy a bonus bubbles sampling in the VIP Lounge. Plus, learn more from chef and wine talks on the half-hour mark, every hour during the Grand Tasting. $110 per person from 3-6pm

4-6pm – Grand Tasting. Eat, drink, and learn at their main event! Meet at the Grand Ballroom to taste a diverse array of wines from around the world, paired with delicious samples of food to match the wine regions. $85 per person

Lake Geneva Festival of Wine - Yoga & MimosasSunday, April 7th

9am – Yoga and Mimosas – Start the morning with a relaxing yoga session and a mimosa. All skill levels are welcome to relax and learn about the health benefits of wine.
$15 per person

9am – Nature Walk – Enjoy a guided morning hike along the White River Trail. Take a breath of clean country air and enjoy the sights and sounds of the outdoors before all of the wine tasting begins.
Complimentary, no reservation needed

10am-2pm – Sunday Brunch – End the weekend on a high note with our Sunday Champagne Brunch in Geneva ChopHouse from 10am-2pm. Extra bubbly drinks will be served in honor of Lake Geneva Festival of Wine Weekend!
$44.95 per person, plus tax and gratuity
Call (262) 249-4788 for reservations

Start: April 5, 2019
End: April 7, 2019
Venue: Grand Geneva Resort & Spa
Phone: 800-558-3417
Address:
7036 Grand Geneva Way, Lake Geneva, WI, 53147, United States

April 4, 2019 – April 7, 2019

Wheel & Sprocket Bike Expo at WI State Fair

 

Wheel & Sprocket hosts its 35th annual Wheel & Sprocket Bike Expo – the nation’s largest bike sale – at the Wisconsin State Fair Exposition Center. This year, it takes place April 4-7, 2019! Over 2,000 bikes and thousands of accessories are on sale at the best prices of the year. Seminars and exhibitors are all around, too – let it get you in the mood for spring!

If you are looking for a new bike for you or a friend, this is the best time to buy at the lowest prices of the season, trade-in a used bike, or get all the necessary bike accessories you need to ensure you can “enjoy Your Ride!”

Bicycles are available for every type of riding from the best brands in cycling. Road bikes, mountain bikes, hybrid bikes, cruisers, and more. Get amazing discounts on bikes for women and children, plus cycling apparel for all riders on clearance.

Check out the FREE Electric Bike Test Ride Course (sponsored by Bosch) to finally try out an electric bike, state of the art digital fit stations to ensure you get the right size bike, along with an Expo Women’s Night on Thursday April 4th (learn more).

Ready to upgrade your bike? Check out the Trade-In, Trade-Up used bike trade program that lets you Bring in your quality used bike and get a gift card for the trade-in value of the bike as appraised by Bicycle Blue Book. It’s a great way to recoup value from your old bike and make space in your garage for a brand new one!

Meet the experts and take advantage of the FREE Seminar Program with topics focusing for every kind of rider click to learn more.

Learn more about people to pedal with, places to explore, and reasons to rides that will make 2019 your year for cycling!

Admission is FREE. Hours are:
Thursday, April 4: 5pm – 9pm
Friday, April 5: 12pm – 9pm
Saturday, April 6: 10am – 8pm
Sunday, April 7: 11am – 5pm

You’ll find the Wisconsin State Fair Exposition Center at the corner of Highway 59/Greenfield Avenue and Highway 181/84th Street just south of I-94 in West Allis. U.S. 18/Bluemound Road is just to the north, I-41/894/U.S. 45 is a mile and a half to the west and Highway 175/Miller Park Way is a few miles to the east.




Wheel & Sprocket Bike Expo Address:

Wisconsin State Fair Park Expo Center
640 S. 84th Street (Highway 181 @ 59)
West Allis, WI 53214
(414) 336-1270
Website

Start: April 4, 2019 5:00 pm
End: April 7, 2019 5:00 pm
Venue: Wisconsin State Fair Exposition Center
Phone: 414-336-1270
Address:
640 S. 84th Street, West Allis, WI, 53214, United States
Cost: Free

March 28, 2019 – March 31, 2019

Chippewa Falls Sesquicentennial Celebration Kickoff

The lovely and fun city of Chippewa Falls turns 150 this year, and its Chippewa Falls Sesquicentennial Celebration Kickoff was Monday, March 25th. The celebration continues, especially into this weekend!

Okay, sesquicentennial (pronounced “sĕsˌkwĭ-sĕn-tĕnˈē-əl”) is a tricky word. But the events around it for the year will be fun! This first Chippewa Falls Sesquicentennial event to celebrate the city’s incorporation in 1869 is a musical.

You can experience it at the Heyde Center for the Arts and take a step back in time as the Wayward Players, dressed in period costume, sing songs from CHIPPEWA FALLS 1869: THE MUSICAL on the same date that the proclamation that founded the city was signed: March 25th. Browse through historic photographs, enjoy complimentary snacks and beverages, and talk with city officials and historians about the past, present and future of Chippewa Falls. The Chippewa County Historical Society will have books about Chippewa Falls on sale, a table and display of artifacts from the early 1800s, fur trade re-enactors from the Past Passed Here, and more. The Chippewa County Genealogy Society will be on hand with insights on many of the city’s founding families.

At 7:00 p.m. a formal program will be held in the Heyde Center auditorium starting with two songs by the Wayward Players. This will be followed by a brief speech by the Mayor of Chippewa Falls and finally the delivery of the proclamation to Doug Richter, the great-grandson of William Irvine (of Irvine Park fame). Richter will be the Grand Marshal of the August 10, 2019 Pure Water Days Parade in downtown Chippewa Falls. No cost for admission.

The musical continues at the Heyde Center later Thursday, March 28th – Sunday, March 31st. More Sesquicentennial events will follow, and we’ll keep you up to date on them!

Chippewa Falls Sesquicentennial Celebration Kickoff Address:

Heyde Center for the Arts
3 S. High Street
Chippewa Falls, WI 54729
(715) 726-9000
Website

 




 

You’ll find the Heyde Center just east (and up the hill) from downtown Chippewa Falls. U.S. 53 and Highway 29 bring you there via freeway and local Business routes. Highways 124 and 178 bring you right in towards downtown!

Chippewa Falls Sesquicentennial Musical

Start: March 28, 2019 5:30 pm
End: March 31, 2019 9:00 pm
Venue: Heyde Center for the Arts
Phone: 715-726-9000
Address:
3 S. High Street, Chippewa Falls, WI, 54729, United States

March 23, 2019 – March 24, 2019

Rock Gem & Mineral Show, Janesville

The 49th annual Rock Gem & Mineral Show hits the Rock County Fairgrounds Saturday, March 23rd and Sunday, March 24th. The Badger Lapidary and Geological Society presents this show, with dealers, excellent speakers, many beautiful club displays, lapidary demonstrations, club sales table, door prizes, educational films and activities for kids. A full menu is available.

Eleven dealers will be at this show dealing in minerals, fossils, gems, and jewelry. Children’s activities include a fish pond, scavenger hunt, rock crafts, and the Roaming Rock Wizard.

Rock Gem & Mineral Show Hours:

Saturday, March 23rd: 9 am – 5 pm
Sunday, March 24th: 9 am – 4 pm

You’ll find the Rock County Fairgrounds on the east side of Janesville, the “City of Parks.” I-39/90, U.S. 14, U.S. 51, and Highways 11 and 26 all bring you there!

Rock Gem & Mineral Show Address:

Craig Center, Rock County Fairgrounds
1301 Craig Avenue
Janesville, WI 53545
Website





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Start: March 23, 2019 9:00 am
End: March 24, 2019 4:00 pm