Calendar of Events
June 22, 2019
Calling all wine lovers for a viticulture and entertainment extravaganza! The 4th annual Door County Wine Fest is ready to take place Saturday, June 22, 2019 in a new location – Sunset Park in Sturgeon Bay – for unlimited tasting of wines from eight local wineries. There will be plenty of sumptuous food, great live music from the Fabulous Rugburns, and delicious wines produced from across the Door Peninsula.
The Door County Wine Festival showcases the eight wineries on the Door County Wine Trail. The Door County Wine Trail is nestled between Lake Michigan and the Bay of Green Bay and greatly depicts the beauty of Door County and the charm of its small towns. The wineries in this region are well-known for producing fruit wines, especially cherry and apple, however new estate-grown grape wines are becoming popular as well. The Door County Wine Trail is dedicated to making your trip a memorable experience. so sip, swirl and savor the taste of the region.
- Parallel 44
- Door Peninsula Winery
- Simon Creek Vineyard & Winery
- Harbor Ridge Winery
- Stone’s Throw Winery
- Lautenbach’s Orchard Country Winery
- Red Oak Vineyard
- Von Stiehl Winery
Join for an afternoon exploring world-class wines. Taste more than 80 different wines from our local wineries. Enjoy food from The Dog House, Totally Bueno Burritos, Door County Kettle Corn, and Wild Tomato Wood-Fired Pizza & Grille.
Indulge in some of life’s little luxuries, and celebrate the wine-making expertise of the members of the Door County Wine Trail. You can buy regular and VIP tickets here.
Sturgeon Bay, the seat of Door County and gateway the rest of the Door Peninsula via three bridge options, is easily reached via Highway 42 or Highway 57. Sunset Park is along the Green Bay coast of Strugeon Bay, on the “island side.” Best route is through downtown via Business 42/57, following 3rd Street through downtown and continuing on 3rd to Sunset Park.
Door County Wine Fest Address:
June 22, 2019 – June 23, 2019
The Annual Cedarburg Strawberry Festival
Craving an art-filled weekend brimming with the most luscious summer fruit? Check out the 34th annual Cedarburg Strawberry Festival, sponsored by BMO Harris Bank, June 22-23, 2019. This free, family-oriented festival is a favorite of many, drawing up to 100,000 people annually to toast the bold and delicious fruit in all its forms, and enjoy some of the most decadent homegrown strawberries in the area.
The Cedarburg Strawberry Festival’s many food vendors are sure to please any palate, boasting about an extensive Food Court near the Community Center, offering everything from summer favorites like hamburgers, chicken, BBQ and roasted corn, to sweet treats and specialty foods. Festival Food Court’s exclusive favorites include the “Original” Strawberry Brat, Strawberry Chicken Wrap, and strawberry shortcake. Wander through the Festival for other locally made delicacies such as strawberry pie, strawberry crepes, strawberry slushies and chocolate-covered strawberries. Schmit’s Berry Farm, a local grower, provides the festival with the most ripe and juicy strawberries, available for purchase by the quart.
For attendees with a taste for wine, Cedar Creek Winery’s Strawberry Blush Wine is a must – this and the winery’s other award-winning wines can be purchased by the glass throughout the Cedarburg Strawberry Festival.
Wander down Washington Avenue and you’ll see why “Art is a Tradition” in Cedarburg. Fondly referred to as “Arts on the Avenue,” Strawberry Festival highlights more than 250 of the best local and Midwest artists who bring their combined perspectives, skills, and thousands of works of arts to the streets of Cedarburg, including paintings, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, fiber art, fine glass, woodwork, mixed media, and photography. Art on the Avenue is a combined effort of four local organizations, the Cedarburg Cultural Center, Cedar Creek Settlement Merchant’s Association, the Ozaukee Art Center and the Cedarburg Art Museum, and offers one-of-a-kind works of art from functional to surreal, from witty to the elegantly decorative, as well as the opportunity to meet most of the artists in person.
Cedar Creek Settlement events at the north end of town include live bands, food, and features a new Cedar Creek Marketplace as well as a merchant’s marketplace and indoor shopping. The Sunday Morning Strawberry Pancake Breakfast will be worth checking out. The popular breakfast takes place on the north end of the Festival grounds from 8:00-11:00 a.m. and is served by the Cedar Creek Settlement merchants. More than 1,000 customers get their fill of mouthwatering strawberry pancakes while listening to live music outside along Cedar Creek.
Live music all over the Festival’s Historic District satisfies every audiophile all day Saturday and Sunday. The best place to enjoy the live music is at the Gruber Law Office Main Stage – Festival Food Court which will feature rockin’ fun cover bands like Our House and Life in a Tree. Enjoy live music into the evening with extended hours until 8:30 p.m on Saturday, June 23. The Beer Garden offers shaded seating and is in close proximity to the main Festival Food Court.
For the littlest strawberry-lovers, Henry’s Kids Korner at Cedar Creek Park offers Jo-Don Farms pony rides and petting zoo, inflatable bounce houses, food and tons of other activities and vendors. One of the most popular events is the CedarQuacker 500 sponsored by Port Washington State Bank, where hundreds of rubber ducks are launched into the creek in a race to the finish Saturday and Sunday at 1 and 3 p.m.
You can check out a little more of Historic Cedarburg with the Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Ozaukee County’s “Berry Big” 5K Run/Walk, which kicks off in Cedar Creek Park on Saturday at 8:15 a.m. for the timed runners and 8:25 a.m. for fun runners/walkers. The route circles through the neighborhoods that surround the downtown area.
If you tire of walking, take a ride on the Country Aire Rides Tractor Hayride Shuttle that travels around the festival route. Off the festival footprint, the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts and Fiber Arts will feature exhibits and fun family activities.
You’ll find the Cedarburg Strawberry Festival in Cedarburg’s historic downtown along Washington Avenue (historic Highway 57), a few miles north of Highway 167, just east of Highway 181, and south of Highway 60.
Cedarburg Strawberry Festival Address:
Cedarburg, WI 53012
June 21, 2019 – June 22, 2019
This free festival offers a wide variety of cheese curd dishes from Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery for sampling, super-fresh and available battered or not with a variety of pairings, dips, and more.
Also enjoy over 30 craft brews to choose from, along with hard ciders, wines, and other local and regional beverages to try with your curds.
You can also take in eclectic live music performances and other activities for the entire family, including a classic car show, antique tractor show, games, and more. U.S. 10, U.S. 63, and Highway 65 will bring you to town and ensure you don’t leave hungry – or short on calcium.
Ellsworth Cheese Curd Festival Address:
East End Park
U.S. Highways 10/63 at East Wall Street
Ellsworth, WI 54011
Cheese Curd Festival Schedule of Events:
FRIDAY, JUNE 21 – 4 – 10 pm
4:00pm-5:30pm: A Hard Day’s Night (Beatles cover band), Park Stage
4pm- close: Marketplace Vendors
– Part arts and crafts, part farmers market. Browse regional specialties and locally grown, handmade and handcrafted goods.
4pm – 6pm: Craft & Curd: Paired, the ultimate brewery face-off! Five local breweries battle it out for best brew and cheese curd flavor pairing. Who will win? That’s up to you–You’re the judge for this intense (and tasty) competition! Happening at the Tasting Tent
4:30pm – 6:30pm: Little Wing, Point Stage
5pm – Dark: Classic Car Cruise-In & Show, Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery Lot
6:30pm – 8:30pm: Corks & Kegs Tasting Event. Plan to take part in the tasting experiences offered during the festival. Kegs & Corks adult tasting experiences feature local and regional craft beer, wine and hard cider. A happy hour like no other, enjoy unlimited sampling and light appetizers while visiting with the brewers, crafters and reps. At the Tasting Tent.
6:30pm-8:30pm, Mojo Lemon, Park Stage
7:30pm-9:00pm, Lisa Wenger, Point Stage
SATURDAY, JUNE 22 – 8am – 10 pm
8am: 5K/10K Run
8am-10am: Pancake Breakfast
9:30am: Run Awards, Park Stage
10am: Marketplace Vendors. Part arts and crafts, part farmers market. Browse regional specialties and locally grown, handmade and handcrafted goods. Broadway Street
10am-11:30am: C3 Praise Band, Point Stage
11am-12noon: Milk & Cookie Pairing (while supplies last) The Milk & Cookie Pairing and Farmer Meet & Greet is not to be missed! A great opportunity shake hands with a real farmer and learn about today’s agriculture and what it takes to put food on the tables of families across America. At the Tasting Tent.
11:00am-12:30pm: Tommy Bentz Band, Park Stage
12:30-1:30pm: Ice Cream Tasting, Tasting Tent. Families won’t want to miss the Ice Cream Tasting, a one-hour real dairy flavor celebration featuring creative combinations crafted by the innovative folks from UW-River Falls Food Sciences Department.
12:30pm-2pm: Mark Andrew Band, Point Stage
1:30pm-3:30pm: Brian Naughton, Park Stage
2:00pm-3:30pm: Block Party!, Park Stage. One of the largest cheese tastings in the area. Enjoy cheese right off the ‘block’!
3:00pm-4:30pm: Ross Williams Perry, Point Stage
4pm-6pm: Craft & Curd: Paired. Five regional craft breweries compete for your votes by pairing their favorite craft brew with a custom cheese curd flavor! Which craft and curd pairing will be the winner? That’s up to you when you cast your vote for your favorite. At the Tasting Tent.
4:30pm-6:30pm: Starlette’s Web, Park Stage
6pm-7:30pm: Armadillo Jump, Point Stage
6:30pm-8pm: Corks & Kegs Tasting Event, Tasting Tent. Plan to take part in the tasting experiences offered during the festival. Kegs & Corks adult tasting experiences feature local and regional craft beer, wine and hard cider. A happy hour like no other, enjoy unlimited sampling and light appetizers while visiting with the brewers, crafters and reps.
7:30pm-9pm: Jim Stairs, Park Stage
June 21, 2019 – June 23, 2019
The Lakefront Festival of Art (LFOA) is one of the premier art festivals in the country. This family-friendly festival at the world-famous Milwaukee Art Museum features over 170 national artists with art for sale in a variety of media, including paintings, sculptures, jewelry, photography, printmaking, wood, ceramics, fiber, and more. The artists display and sell right on Milwaukee’s beautiful lakefront, both indoors and outside under a series of white tents. Features on the grounds include a sculpture garden, children’s art activities, entertainment, artist demonstrations and food/beverage vendors.
Since 1963, LFOA has been a primary fundraiser for the Milwaukee Art Museum and organized with the help of Friends of Art volunteers. Over 1,300 individuals volunteer annually to help organize and operate events like the Lakefront Festival of Art. FOA’s fundraising efforts have helped the Museum to bring numerous world-class exhibitions to Milwaukee, acquire several hundred pieces of art for its Collection, underwrite audio guides for visitors, as well as produce artful and educational programming.
The Milwaukee Art Museum is home to a rich collection of over 30,000 works of art, the Milwaukee Art Museum is located on the shores of Lake Michigan. Its campus includes the Santiago Calatrava–designed Quadracci Pavilion, annually showcasing three feature exhibitions, and the Eero Saarinen–designed Milwaukee County War Memorial Center and David Kahler‒designed addition. The Museum’s Collection Galleries, having opened in 2017, add nearly 2,500 world-class works of art on view.
Advance tickets $10 (click here to buy online)
Museum Members $10
Three-day pass $25
Free for kids age 12 and under, veterans, active military, and Wisconsin K-12 teachers (with ID)
Lakefront Festival of Art Address:
Milwaukee Art Museum
700 N. Art Museum Drive
Milwaukee, WI 53202
June 20, 2019 – June 23, 2019
The NTT IndyCar Series REV Group Grand Prix takes center stage as an international lineup of drivers will have their chance to battle it out for glory on one of the world’s most majestic road courses: Road America in Elkhart Lake.
Presented by American Medical Response, the race will also feature the Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires, with doubleheader rounds for Indy Lights, Indy Pro 2000, and USF2000. Sanctioned by IndyCar, the Road to Indy develops the stars of tomorrow with many drivers on the NTT IndyCar Series grid as graduates. Additional series’ in competition this weekend include the Blue Marble Cocktails Radical Cup and the Battery Tender Global Mazda MX-5 Cup.
All active-duty first responders will receive FREE entry to the REV Group Grand Prix, presented by American Medical Response weekend. First responders including law enforcement, fire, paramedics and emergency medical technicians, will be admitted free of charge by showing valid identification indicating active service in the form of a department issued ID, badge, copies of certifications or an active roster copy from their department on department letterhead. FREE admission must be redeemed at the gate and is only valid during the event weekend.
Please Note: Due to increased interest and anticipated fan attendance for the Weekend, event parking availability and access will be closely controlled. Guests should expect increased traffic when coming to Road America and are strongly encouraged to enter through the gate nearest where they choose to park. All guests will be parked conveniently and efficiently as they enter the facility within reasonable proximity to the gate they enter. Please follow instructions from gate, security and parking personnel as you enter the facility.
Other activities include the Road America Family Fun Zone on Saturday & Sunday, located by Turn 1 adjacent to Perl’s concession stand; Disc Golf, where you can test your skills on their 18 hole disc golf course – FREE! The Front Nine Tee #1 will be located across from Gearbox concessions in the paddock and the Back Nine Tee #10 will be west of the Sargento Bridge, towards the Motorplex. You rent discs available in the Paddock Shop. Also, there will be Public Karting for all ages 14 and older (a parent/guardian must be present for those under 18). The karts can be found at the CTECH Manufacturing Motorplex, infield over the SpeedVille Bridge, near Turns 7 and 8. And remember, karts can reach speeds of up to 40 mph! (Even though that’s slow compared to the actual race cars.)
NTT IndyCar Series REV Group Grand Prix Address:
N7390 Highway 67
Elkhart Lake, WI 53073
June 15, 2019
The Hoard Historical Museum and National Dairy Shrine in Fort Atkinson has its annual Dairy Day at the “MOOseum” Saturday, June 15th, 2019. It’s a celebration of all things dairy!
Learn about the dairy industry—both past and present—from the cow to the final products of cheese, yogurt, and milk. Booths featuring dairy-related businesses, groups, and dairy samples available throughout grounds and Museum.
Inga from PBS’ Around the Farm Table will be here to talk about dairy tourism and hold a cooking demonstration at 11:30 a.m.
This year’s Dairy Cook-off theme is grilled cheese sandwiches, and you can buy a grilled cheese sandwich from Jefferson County Agribusiness or a Root-breed float in honor of your favorite dairy breed for lunch!
Family friendly activities include as barn games, dairy trivia, and the Cow Parade, which gets “moooo-ving” at 1:30 pm.
In addition, the Hoard Historical Museum and the National Dairy Shrine Museum will be open for visitors from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Dairy Day at the MOOseum Address:
401 Whitewater Avenue (U.S. 12 & Highway 89)
Fort Atkinson, WI 53538
Ephraim explodes with summer excitement as the Fyr Bal Festival (pronounced feer-ball) re-creates traditions of early Norwegians celebrating Midsummer’s Eve. Artists, food, musical entertainment and family activities along the picturesque shoreline of Eagle Harbor welcome the arrival of summer.
Featured activities include a boat regatta, a trolley and historic walking tours through the village, and a chance to explore numerous historic landmarks, shops, galleries and restaurants for which Ephraim is well-known.
The signature Fyr Bal event is an evening bonfire, which represents the burning of the ‘Winter Witch’ to usher in the long days – and beautiful nights – of summer. Fireworks complete a perfect day. Stay and enjoy the Scandinavian atmosphere and hospitality.
Ephraim is right along Highway 42 on the Green Bay side of the Door County Peninsula, between Fish Creek and Sister Bay on the eastern edge of Eagle Harbor and the gorgeous Peninsula State Park. It’s a beautiful town and this event is a fyr-y blast! The rest of the details can be found here on the Fyr Ball web page.
Fyr Ball Festival Address:
Eagle Harbor (Highway 42)
Ephraim, WI 54211
Racine’s award-winning North Beach hosts EVP Beach Volleyball once again on Saturday, June 15, 2019! EVP is calling this the “$3,000 Beach Sports Festival” as they seek to support beach volleyball events that engage families, fans, athletes, students, communities and sponsors in a great day at the beach. At each event, spectators will not only see elite athletes compete on the sand for top honors, they also have the chance to interact with the pros by participating in contests and promotions.
Real Racine officially presents the EVP Beach Sports Festival. The volleyball courts will be set up on North Beach, adjacent to the Oasis. All events are free to spectators. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Two-person men’s and women’s volleyball teams will compete in pro and amateur divisions.
The pro and amateur teams that finish in first and second place are awarded a big to compete in the 2019 EVP World Finals of Beach Volleyball Championship held at Hampton, VA in August.
Friday’s event schedule
8:30 a.m., juniors tournament begins (open to ages 8 through 18).
Saturday’s event schedule
8 a.m. pro matches begin
9 a.m. men’s and women’s amateur tournament begins
11 a.m. center court contest
2 p.m. juniors playoffs begin
4 to 6 p.m, amateur finals.
Sunday’s event schedule
9:30 a.m., co-ed 2s and juniors sign in
10 a.m., men’s pro finals
11 a.m., women’s pro finals.
EVP Beach Sports Festival Address:
About EVP Beach Tours
The EVP® Beach Volleyball Tour’s primary aim is to support beach volleyball events that engage families, fans, athletes, students, communities and sponsors in a great day at the beach. At each event, spectators will not only see elite athletes compete on the sand for top honors, they also have the chance to interact with the pros by participating in contests and promotions at hosting venues.
Teams who finish 1st and 2nd are awarded a bid to compete in the 2019 EVP® World Finals of Beach Volleyball Championship in Hampton, VA at Paradise Ocean Club on: Friday, August 9 (Juniors 12U & 14U) Saturday, August 11 (Pro, Adult & 16U, 18U)
June 15, 2019 – June 16, 2019
Racing is back at the legendary Milwaukee Mile on Father’s Day Weekend this year! The ARCA Racing Series is coming to the Mile Saturday, July 15th and Sunday, July 16th with Saturday practices and Street Drags and Sunday races including the Midwest Truck Series, Mid-Am models, Vintage Stocks, and ARCAMTs.
Sunday’s main races include the ARCAMT Last Chance for 15 laps; Midwest Trucks in a 20-lap race; Vintage Stock Cars will race 12-15 laps; Mid-Am Stock Cars will race 20 laps; and Vintage Indy Registry Cars for 20 laps. It all culminates at 1pm Sunday – Father’s Day – for the main event: the ARCAMT Fathers Day 100 featuring some of the nation’s top up-and-coming drivers!
Reserved Tickets Adults (Advance) – $25 Adults (Day Of) – $30 Child (0-11) – $5
General Admission Tickets Adults (Advance) – $25 Adults (Day Of) – $25 Child (5-11) – $5 Child (4 & Under) – Free
Raceday Infield Tickets $20 / Kids 5-11 $5 / Kids 4 & Under Free
Raceday Infield Car Parking $10
Pit Pricing: $40
ARCA Racing at the Historic Milwaukee Mile Address:
Wisconsin State Fair Park
640 S. 84th Street
West Allis, WI 53214
You’ll find the historic Milwaukee Mile right along Highway 59 (Greenfield Avenue) in West Allis, just east of Highway 181 (84th Street). I-94 is just to the north and I-41/894 is just to the west, giving you fast access to the park and track.
ARCA Races at the Mile Schedule of Events
Saturday, June 15th
11:00 AM 3:00 PM Rotating Practice – MidAm/Trucks, Vintage Cars, Vintage Indy, ARCAMT
5:00 PM Street Drag Pits Open
6:00 PM Trial Runs/Grudge Matches
7:00 PM Street Drag Brackets Begin
10:00 PM Approx Finish Of Street Drags
Sunday, June 16th
9:00 AM Gates Open
9:30 AM Rotating Practice Begins
9:30 AM 9:55 AM ARCAMT Practice
9:55 AM 10:10 AM Midwest Truck Practice
10:10 AM 10:30 AM ARCAMT Practice
10:30 AM 10:45 AM Mid-Am Practice
10:45 AM 10:55 AM Vintage Stock Practice
11:00 AM Qualifying Begins
ARCAMT (Single Car, 2 Laps)
Truck Group Qualifying (As Time Allows)
Mid Am Group Qualifying (As Time Allows)
12:15 PM 12:35 PM Vintage Indy Registry Laps
12:30 PM 1:00 PM Top 16 ARCAMT Autograph Session In Stands
12:50 PM Opening Ceremonies
12:57 PM Invocation/National Anthem
1:00 PM Racing Begins
ARCAMT Last Chance (15 Laps)
Midwest Trucks (20 Laps)
Vintage Stock Cars (12/15 Laps)
Mid-Am Stock Cars (20 Laps)
Vintage Indy Registry Laps (20 Minutes)
Out Of Car Intros If Time Allows
ARCAMT Fathers Day 100
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June 14, 2019 – June 16, 2019
Polish Fest is the largest Polish cultural festival in America, and it’s right on Milwaukee’s lakefront! Authentic dancing, food, music, family activities, and plenty of other entertainment (accordions may be involved.)
Some of that extra entertainment includes vodka tastings, the annual Chopin Youth Piano Competition, folk arts and crafts, and plenty of children’s activities.
Polish Fest runs Friday, June 14th and Saturday, June 15th from noon until midnight; Sunday the 17th from noon to 8pm. A Sunday Mass will also take place, with free admission. Gates open at 9:30am Sunday for the Mass.
Tickets are $12 at the Summerfest Gate. Military personnel, both active and retired, are admitted FREE with military ID.
Check out these event highlights:
Filled by over forty different vendors, our Sukiennice Marketplace gives you a chance to buy Polish items, from traditional Polish toys for children to a new piece of pottery. The Sukiennice Marketplace is also your source for massage & acupuncture, home improvement, and genealogy research. Find everything from relaxation to the knowledge of your Polish roots.
2019 Cultural Village Exhibits will feature folk artists demonstrating traditional Polish crafts, including wycinanki (paper cutting), pisanki (decorated eggs), wianki (floral head wreaths) and more. Polanki’s sales tent featuring handmade Polish pottery (Boleslawiec), Christmas ornaments, recipe books and other folk art are both located in the Cultural Village. The Polish Genealogical Society and the Milwaukee County Genealogical Society will again be at Polish Fest in a new location, east of the demonstrator tent.
There’s also the Polish Forum, click here for a schedule of speakers.
Cooking demonstrations will abound, too: check out this schedule of events.
Get more info and complete schedules at PolishFest.org! See their (quite brief) commercial below, too…
Polish Fest Milwaukee Address:
Henry Maier Festival Park
200 N. Harbor Drive
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Polish Fest Schedule of Entertainment:
Friday – June 14, 2019
Noon Steve Meisner
2:30 Squeezebox featuring Mollie B & Ted Lange
6:00 Opening Ceremony
7:00 Whiskey Belles
9:00 Jim Gaff
Non-Stop Polka Stage
Noon Norm Dombrowski’s Happy Notes
4:00 I.P.A. Tribute Band
5:20 I.P.A. Tribute Band
6:40 I.P.A. Tribute Band
7:20 Polka Country Musicians
8:00 The Knewz
8:40 Polka Country Musicians
9:20 The Knewz
10:00 Polka Country Musicians
10:40 The Knewz
11:20 Polka Country Musicians
12:00 – 3:30 Doo-Wop Daddies Gold
5:00 Cappuchins Walk
9:00 Korona Band (From Canada)
12:30 The Greatest Hits
5:00 FlipSyde w/Red Deacon
9:00 Bobby Way & The WayOuts
1:00 Wayne & Wingnut
2:00 Julie Sobanski – Magicienne & Escape Artist
3:00 Mad Science presents: Sounds Like Science
4:00 Wayne & Wingnut
5:00 Julie Sobanski – Magicienne & Escape Artist
6:00 Ardan James
7:00 David Seebach’s Wonder of Magic
Saturday – June 15, 2019
Noon John Gora & Gorale
1:30 Squeezebox featuring Mollie B & Ted Lange
2:30 John Gora & Grale
3:30 Squeezebox featuring Mollie B & Ted Lange
5:00 Noyz Boyz & Girlz
9:00 Almighty Vinyl
Non-Stop Polka Stage
Noon Tony Blazonczyk’s New Phaze
12:40 Box On
1:20 Tony Blazonczyk’s New Phaze
2:00 Box On
2:40 Tony Blazonczyk’s New Phaze
3:20 Box On
4:00 The Boys
4:40 The Knewz
5:20 The Boys
6:00 The Knewz
6:40 The Boys
7:20 The Knewz
8:00 Polka Country Musicians
8:40 The Polish Connection
9:20 Polka Country Musicians
10:00 The Polish Connection
10:40 Polka Country Musicians
11:20 The Polish Connection
12:00 Jawory Children’s Dance Ensemble
12:30 Zespol Dzianisanie
1:00 Whispers Center for Artistic Expression
2:00 Syrena Polish Folk Dance Ensemble
3:00 Zespol Goralski “Tatry” Polish Highlander Ensemble
3:30 Wici Song and Dance Company
4:00 Wesoly Lud Polish Folk Dance Company
4:30 Polish Folk Song & Dance Ensemble Lajkonik
6:00 PFDAA Polish Folk Dance Gala
8:30 The Silver Orkiestra
Noon Keith Stras & Polka Confetti
3:00 Polka Lessons With Ashley & Randy Thull
4:00 Rebecca & The Grey Notes
8:30 The Britins
Noon Polish Falcons Nest 725 Tumbling Ensemble
1:00 Syrenka Polish Folk Dance Ensemble
2:00 Julie Sobanski – Magicienne & Escape Artist
3:00 Polanie Song & Dance Ensemble
4:00 Hejnal Polish Dance Ensemble
5:00 Julie Sobanski – Magicienne & Escape Artist
6:00 Wayne & Wingnut
7:00 David Seebach’s Wonders of Magic
Sunday – June 16, 2019
Noon Squeezebox featuring Mollie B & Ted Lange
1:30 John Gora & Gorale
2:30 Squeezebox featuring Mollie B & Ted Lange
3:30 John Gora & Gorale
5:00 Larry Lynne Band
Non-Stop Polka Stage
Noon Box On
12:40 The Boys
1:20 Box On
2:00 The Boys
2:40 Box On
3:20 The Boys
4:00 Polka Pak
Sobieski Cultural Stage
1:00 Syrena Polish Folk Dance Ensemble
2:00 Polish Folk Song & Dance Ensemble Lajkonik
4:00 Chopin Youth Piano Competition
Noon Accompany of Kids
1:00 Marcus Band
5:00 Justyna & The Company
Noon – 2:30 Little, Jr, Pre-Teen & Teen Polish Fest Pageant
3:00 Julie Sobanski – Magicienne & Escape Artist
4:00 Wayne & Wingnut
5:30 Kohl’s Wild Theater
June 14, 2019 – June 15, 2019
Steel Bridge Songfest
Steel Bridge Songfest is the “Greatest Original Songwriters’ Festival in the Midwest.” Songwriters of national, regional, and local acclaim come together to write songs inspired by Sturgeon Bay’s Historic Steel Bridge. It consists of a four-day songwriting collaborative called the Construction Zone; their slogan is “Music so fresh it hasn’t been written yet!”
Founded in 2005 by musician Pat MacDonald (of Timbuk3 fame) and his sister, Steel Bridge Songfest began as part of a grass-roots campaign to restore the historic “Steel Bridge” – the original route of Highways 42 and 57 as they crossed Sturgeon Bay. 2019 marks a renewed direction for Steel Bridge Songfest. The non-profit they operate is becoming the Steel Bridge Creative Foundation, and previous events like the pub crawl and the outdoor festival are being suspended for this year while they renew their focus on the music. As they noted:
“While the pub crawl has been an annual shot in the arm for the bar scene, and the outdoor festivals provide some good clean fun for the community, our strongest supporters know that the heart and soul of ALL of our events has always been The Construction Zone where the songwriting and recording happens. This collaborative group process, based on games of spin-the-bottle, is unlike anything else happening anywhere. And we happen to be blessed with the perfect performance venue for bringing it all to light. We love working with Third Avenue Playhouse (TAP) and we’re excited to begin focusing exclusively on the writing, recording, and presentation of our newest “music so fresh, it hasn’t been written yet” at TAP.” — from their site.
Over 200 musicians perform at Steel Bridge Songfest each year. Live performances take place across several venues around Sturgeon Bay, showcasing all of the newly written music as well as past favorites. A list of performers can be found on the festival website.
These “Construction Zone” participants write songs inspired by the bridge (or whatever), and then the songs are recorded on-site at the Holiday Music Motel and released as compilation albums. You can listen to Steel Bridge Radio here or by clicking on the icon.
Steel Bridge Songfest runs from Thursday, June 13th through Sunday, June 16th in venues across Sturgeon Bay. Highways 42 and 57 bring you there. The city will be buzzing with creative artists working on making music throughout the town. While there, check out everything both Sturgeon Bay and the Door Peninsula has to offer, from the beautiful sights, museums like the Door County Maritime Museum, tour a shipbuilding yard, rent a boat, or explore Potawatomi State Park and other natural attractions in this uniquely beautiful area.
Steel Bridge Songfest Address:
Third Avenue Playhouse (TAP)
239 N. 3td Avenue
Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235
Here’s a taste of the festival from previous years:
June 8, 2019
Astronomy lovers and people who just like “far out” things, this is for you! The Modine-Benstead Observatory is hosing one of its Open House Racine County events Saturday night, June 8th for free exploration of the observatory and the stars and planets its telescopes gaze upon.
Seriously, you can just go in for free and look at the universe through their telescopes. Depending on conditions, you can check out the moon, planets, and many deep sky objects. If they’re deep enough, remember that you’re actually looking back in time. For example, when you view the Andromeda galaxy, you are looking back in time 2.9 million years. Trippy, man!
These public open house events are held monthly from April through October. Parking is free along with free admission. The Racine Astrological Society, which runs the whole thing, is a non-profit, volunteer-run organization and of course small donations are welcomed to help defray the yearly costs of observatory maintenance and care. While families are welcome, be sure to keep young children close (it’s a dark area, since the grounds are not illuminated to promote better observing) and instruct them to be careful with the telescope equipment, which is provided by RAS members. Note that there may be lines to make observations through some telescopes. Questions are expected and welcomed, since part of their club mission is to educate and inspire people to participate in the world of amateur astronomy. Astronomical equipment you’ll find at the RAS observatory will range from a few hundred to several thousand dollars in value.The night of an open house there will be a message on the observatory answering machine (262-878-2774) if the skies are too cloudy.
The Modine-Benstead Observatory is located at the intersection of County Highway A & 63rd Drive in Yorkville, less than a mile south of Highway 20, a little over a mile east of U.S. 45, and less than 3 miles west of I-41/94 (take Exit 333/Highway 20 west.)
Open House at Modine-Benstead Observatory Event Address:
112 63rd Avenue
Union Grove, WI 53182
Additional Modine-Benstead Observatory Open House Days in 2019:
Spring Astronomy Day
Sat., May 11th
8:30 – 11:00 PM
Friday, June 7th
8:30 – 11:00 PM
Sat., June 8th
1:00 – 4:00 PM
Friday, July 12th
8:30 – 11:00 PM
Friday, August 16th
8:00 – 11:00 PM
Friday, Sept. 13th
8:00 – 11:00 PM
Fall Astronomy Day
Sat., October 5th
7:00 – 10:00 PM
Well, THIS is an interestingly-named event: the Roofing of the Goats Parade takes place in Sister Bay on Saturday, June 8th, 2019 at 10:30 am right along Highway 42.
All goats are invited to participate in the 7th annual Roofing of the Goats parade! Don’t have a goat? Then line up and watch the famous Al Johnson’s goats while they head down the streets to climb up onto the sod roof. They will be joined by many of their local Door County goat friends who will also be at the festivities. Goat costumes, goatees, Viking hats, and other creative endeavors are encouraged. The parade begins at the corner of Mill Road and Highway 42 in downtown Sister Bay, and goes a trot, kick and a leap down the road to Al Johnson’s Swedish Restaurant. The parade culminates with the roofing of the first goats of the season at Al Johnson’s (weather permitting – the goats don’t go on the roof in rain or snow). The Goat Parade will be followed by Al Johnson’s 3rd Annual Goat Fest, located at Stabbur Beer Garden, next to the restaurant. Goat Fest will feature all day festivities including: live music, kid’s games, various beverages, great food, and a Swedish Pancake Eating contest. Other businesses throughout town will also be celebrating with specials.
Returning this year is the Goat Drop Contest. You can help support the Northern Door Food Pantry and have some fun. With a purchase of a goat drop sticker, you will be entered in to win a Trek Fat Tire Cruiser bike from Husby’s and Flanigan’s Distributing, a $100 gift card from Al Johnson’s, or a Lunch and Farm Tour from Door County Creamery. Stickers will be placed on the street along the parade route. To win, a Goat must make a deposit on your sticker during the Goat parade. All proceeds will go to the Northern Door Food Pantry at the Sister Bay Baptist Church. Stickers will be available for purchase at the parade, or if you can’t attend you can still join in on the fun and purchase your stickers online. You do not need to be present to win! Buy your stickers HERE.
Parade line up begins on the southeast corner of Highway 42 (N. Bay Shore Dr.) and Mill Road, and begins at 10:30 a.m. Don’t be late…the goats walk fast!
After the parade, Goat Fest at Al Johnson’s will begin, and includes Live Music, Kids Games and Crafts, a Swedish Pancake Eating Contest and more.
Sister Bay Roofing of the Goats Parade Address:
Al Johnson’s Swedish Restaurant & Butik
10698 N. Bay Shore Road (Highway 42)
Sister Bay, WI 54234
June 7, 2019
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:
100 Main Street
Racine, WI 53403
June 7, 2019 – June 9, 2019
Copperfest, June 7-9 2019
Copperfest celebrates Wisconsin’s “Copper Country” in Oconto, and this year Copperfest is celebrating 37 years! Come join the fun on June 7, 8 and 9, 2019.
Great music will includes performances by Subject 2 Change, Pretty Naughty, Spitfire Rodeo, Johnny Wad, and Aaron Socha Livewire.
Grilling enthusiasts Mad Dog & Merrill are back, plus Duke Otherwise, Brayson’s Bouncers, Cassady’s Critters, UTL wrestling, a trout pond, horseshoe tournament, fireworks, children’s games, and much more!
The Artist Village with roughly 120 artists and crafters from all over the state runs Friday from 5-9pm, Saturday 10am-5pm, and Sunday 10am-3pm.
The Car Show takes place Saturday 10am-4pm. It’s a judged show with People’s Choice, Children’s Choice, Copperfest Committee Pick, Best of Show and more!
Advanced wristbands are $5 for all weekend and $2 for seniors/youth. Kids under 5 are free. Otherwise, daily admission prices are:
The Friday Kick-off Breakfast is catered by Wayne’s Family Restaurant starting at 6:30am-8:30am, with the crowning of Miss Copperfest at 8:00am. This will happen at the Copperfest grounds (Ner Park), at the corner of Madison & Arbutus.
Saturday’s Parade starts at 10:00am with a “Celebrating our Heritage” theme. The Parade route is from the corner of Chicago and Farnsworth to Main Street down to Park Ave and ending at Monroe and Park Ave.
Fireworks will kick off at 9:30pm Saturday night at Ner Park.
Oconto Copperfest Address:
709 Madison Street
Oconto, WI 54153
You’ll find Oconto at the eastern end of Highway 22, right at U.S. 41. It’s about eight miles east of U.S. 141 and 10 miles south of Highway 64. Copperfest is in town, and just east past downtown is the shores of Green Bay, with lakeside parks and piers and a view across the bay to Door County. It’s only about half an hour from the city of Green Bay and twenty minutes from Marinette.
June 7, 2019 – June 9, 2019
Port Washington’s picturesque setting has helped make this a “must attend” event for boaters, bikers, Buccaneers, Revolutionary War reenactors & families alike from all over the Midwest and beyond.
The event includes the Thieves Marketplace (see a list of vendors below), a Gruel Galley, a Buccaneer Bash, Parade, Children’s activities, demonstrations, educational exhibits, musicians, comedians, a Pirate Ship & much more.
On Saturday night June 8th, the Harborview 8K Run (that’s 5 miles for you non-metrics) will let you experience sunset views as you run next to Lake Michigan and through the Port Washington Marina. There will be commemorative finisher medals, a lightweight hoodie event shirt, free entry into the Port Pirate Family Daze and finally a free drink ticket for the big kids.
Also, feel free to explore the Port Exploreum in town, as well as the shops, restaurants, and more in this beautiful downtown.
Friday 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm; Saturday 10:00 am – 11:00 pm; Sunday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm.
To get to Port Washington, just follow Highway 32 or Highway 33 from I-43 or Highway 57. It’s only about 30 minutes north of Milwaukee. And stay tuned to find out more about their history with the Blues, events like Port Fish Day, and much more!
Thieves Marketplace Vendors:
Junque In Thy Trunk
DaSue Dragon Designs
LuLaroe By Deidre
Renewal By Anderson
The Froggy Viking
Captain Kuts Pirate Ware
Laughing Dawg Studio
Ever Dry Wisconsin
Yellow Dog Treats
Claire’s Creative Designs
June 6, 2019 – June 9, 2019
PrideFest is Wisconsin’s largest LGBT festival and the one that kicks off the “summer of festivals” on Milwaukee’s lakefront. Plenty of shows, activities, food, a marketplace, a parade, and entertainment including a variety of comedy and music acts. The 2019 Pridefest will run June 6th-9th at Maier Festival Park, a.k.a. the Summerfest Grounds.
Acts are still being lined up, we’ll update as more acts are announced, check back here for details!
The Summerfest Grounds & Henry Maier Festival Park can be reached via I-794 and U.S. 18, right where it ends at Lake Michigan. Highway 32 is within blocks; also coming close are I-43/94 and Highways 38, 57, 59, 145, and 175.
Milwaukee’s Summerfest Grounds/Henry Maier Festival Park
200 N. Harbor Drive
Milwaukee, WI 53202
June 6, 2019 – June 9, 2019
Sparta holds some notable festivals, and Butterfest is the biggest one of the year. Along with plenty of butter, the festival features numerous events.
Among them: the A&P Carnival, one of the Midwest’s best. There’s also a craft and flea market, a quilt show, softball tournaments, a cornhole bean bag tournament, dance demonstrations, firemen’s water fights, a milking contest, stage entertainment, and much more. The Miss Sparta Pageant will be held during the event, one of the sanctioned events where the winner can then compete in Miss Wisconsin.
It runs Thursday June 6th through Sunday, June 9th. The Butterfest Parade takes place Sunday at 12:30pm. The whole event takes place at Memorial Park in Sparta. I-90 and Highways 16, 21, 27, and 71 bring you there! (Heck, so does the Elroy-Sparta Trail!)
Live music includes Larry’s Drifters on Thursday, the Pat Watters Band on Friday, High Mileage on Saturday, and The Dweebs on Sunday!
Sparta Butterfest Address:
Sparta Butterfest Schedule of Events
THURSDAY, JUNE 6:
A&P Carnival, 5-10pm
Corporate Sponsors Reception, 5:30pm • Fest Tent
Fest Tent – opening 7pm • Larry’s Drifters
Military Night – All active duty military free with Military ID
FRIDAY, JUNE 7:
Arts, Crafts, Fleamarket and Antiques • 4pm-dusk
Quilt Show Registration – 3pm
A&P Carnival, 5-11pm
Fest Tent – opening 8pm • Pat Watters Band •
SATURDAY, JUNE 8:
Arts, Crafts, Fleamarket and Antiques • throughout the day, beginning 10am
A&P Carnival • Throughout the day • WRISTBANDS • Get a $20 wristband and ride from 12-5pm
Softball Tournament – throughout the day
Pancake and Sausage Breakfast • 7am-10am • At the cheese curd concession stand
3 Person Rotary Golf Tournament • 9am
Poker Run • Registration 9-11am
Quilt Show • 10am-5pm with a Demonstration at 2pm
Fest Tent – opening 12pm • Music provided by Mike Harris
New Age Wrestling, Fest Tent, 2pm
Firemen’s Waterfights • 1pm (registration at noon)
DJ Trivia, 1-3pm
Miss Wisconsin Send Off Party, 12pm in the Fest Tent
Milking Contest • 1:00pm
Kids Craft Area • 2-4pm
Car Show • 1pm-6pm
Cornhole Bean Bag Tournament • 2pm
Quilting Demonstration • 2pm
Kid’s Bike Decorating Contest in the Arts and Crafts area • 2pm • Judging at 4:30pm
Fest Tent 8pm Entertainment – High Mileage
SUNDAY, JUNE 9:
Softball Tournament • Throughout the day
Food Tent • Throughout the day
Arts, Crafts, Fleamarket and Antiques • Throughout the day • 10am-6pm
A&P Carnival • Throughout the day 12pm-8pm
Quilt Show • 12-4pm • Maplewood School
Fest Tent opens at 12:00pm
Parade • 12:30pm
Fest Tent 4pm-8pm Entertainment – The Dweebs
June 1, 2019 – June 2, 2019
Carp Fest is held at Central Park in Two Rivers, where you can enjoy live music, food and refreshments through out the weekend. The annual Carp Fest is a family fun event centered around the prized Golden Carp, which is found in the East and West Twin Rivers that make up why Two Rivers has its name.
The Wisconsin Carp Championship catch and release fishing tournament is held over the weekend, where World Class Carp Anglers are fishing not only to be the WI State Carp Champion, but earn a spot on Team USA and fish the World Carp Championship.
Come out and cheer for one of the Anglers at pegs found at Vets Park, Paddlers Park and Washington Park locations on the East and West Twin Rivers. Bring the kids out to meet Cliff Cousteau the Carp Fest Mascot!
You can find Central Park along Washington Avenue in Two Rivers; Highways 42, 147, and 310 all bring you there.
Sat. June 1st:
Fishing Tournament Begins
Tent at Carp Fest opens – 2:00 pm to 11:00 pm
Conscious Pilot performs from 3:00 to 6:00
Annex performs from 7:00 to 11:00
Sun. June 2nd:
The tent at Carp Fest opens – 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Out of Time performs from 3:00 to 7:00
Fishing Tournament Awards Ceremony
Two Rivers Carp Fest Address:
1750 Washington Street
Two Rivers, WI 54241
Cows on the Concourse is a celebrated tradition that kicks off June Dairy Month in Dane County. At this free and family-friendly event, kids and adults can meet and greet cows and baby calves from local dairy farms.
Check out Cows on the Concourse as you peruse the Dane County Farmers’ Market on Saturday, June 1, 2019 and enjoy live music, tasty food, fun games, and real, live cows!
Cows on the Concourse celebrates Wisconsin’s dairy industry, which contributes more than $43.4 billion to our state’s economy – Wisconsin is truly “America’s Dairyland.”
Get up close and personal with two different herds of cows and baby calves from several dairy breeds. You can even pet them! Joining the cows are local Wisconsin farmers and other “Moo Experts” to answer all your questions.
Get MOOving & Fit Zone
Kids, check out our athletic stations and learn how dairy products are a part of healthy lifestyle and keep your bodies strong. Don’t forget to fuel up with ice-cold milk after you exercise!
Dairy is a rich tradition in Wisconsin, but how did it get to be that way? In this youth-friendly station, learn how dairy has become the cornerstone of Wisconsin’s economy as well as how all the great dairy products have become signature treats for folks in the Badger State.
Cows on the Concourse Big Cheese Zone
Sink your teeth into a melt-in-your-mouth grilled cheese sandwich for only $2. Don’t forget to grab a bottle of ice-cold milk to wash it down!
My Dairyland Scavenger Hunt
Join in the My Dairyland Scavenger Hunt and visit each zone at Cows on the Concourse. Learn fun dairy facts and record your answers for a chance to win a free souvenir t-shirt while supplies last.
Can’t get enough dairy? Hop on a school bus for an excursion to the Town Center at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery on the UW-Madison campus. You will learn about the science of dairy foods and even do some sampling too!
A free shuttle will travel between the two locations, departing every 20 minutes between 10 a.m. and noon.
Saturday Science will include a bonus stop for the My Dairyland Scavenger Hunt.When you complete the My Dairyland Scavenger Hunt at Cows on the Concourse, take your question card to Saturday Science and earn a token for a scoop of Culver’s custard while supplies last!
Cows on the Concourse Address:
Capitol Square, 2 E. Main Street
Madison, WI 53703
Their website (CowsOnTheConcourse.org) has even more details. Check it out Saturday, June 1 from 8am-1pm on the Capitol Square in Madison. U.S. 12, 14, 18 and Highways 30 and 113 all bring you to the city, and U.S. 151 takes you right to the Square!