Calendar of Events

Calendar of Events

September 21, 2019

Party on the Pavement, Racine

It’s a big party in the Belle City! Party on the Pavement is Racine’s biggest one-day festival, and it happens Saturday, September 21st from noon – 7pm in downtown Racine.

This 17th annual edition features things to see and do along more than 12 city blocks. There’s live music on three stages (Gendlin, Liverman & Rymer Stage in at Main & State, the Network Health Stage on Monument Square and the Indian Motorcycle of Racine Stage at 522 Sixth St.), see below for a full lineup of performers!

International cuisine can be enjoyed throughout Party on the Pavement – including Spanish, Filipino, Italian, Korean, Thai, Japanese, Mexican, Irish, Jamaican and American – available all day long. Main Street during Party on the Pavement, RacineThere’s also a car show, an arts/crafts show, the Touch a Truck equipment displays, BMX bike demonstrations, carnival rides and much more.

For the car show, check out the fully-functional KITT car from the “Knight Rider” television show! It will be featured at during the car show along Wisconsin Avenue between Fourth Street and Seventh Street during Party on the Pavement. It is believed to be the only KITT car with a fully operational computer system in North America.

Party on the Pavement favorite Touch-a-Truck is back this year. Large construction equipment, agricultural equipment, law enforcement vehicles and more will be located in the former Porter’s Lot on Sixth Street for everyone to touch, feel, and sit in or on.

You can also check out aerial arts performances will be held at the end of Sixth Street in front of Pepi’s Pub & Grill, create hands-on art projects from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Racine Art Museum, and see live glass blowing demonstrations at Hot Shop Glass (239 Wisconsin Avenue.)

Admission to the Party on the Pavement grounds is free! Party on the Pavement takes place throughout downtown on Main Street from State Street to 7th Street and all of 6th Street from Lake Avenue to City Hall.

Be sure to drop by the Real Racine booth (#118) on the west end of Sixth Street for FREE face painting, kids’ games with prizes and take your picture at our new Selfie Station!

The afterparty to Party on the Pavement will take place at The Brickhouse (316 Main Street) and bring you laser shows, beats, drinks, and treats throughout the night! Enjoy $5 Moscow Mules, $5 Double Tall Absolut Mixers, $3 Smirnoff Berry Bombs, and $25 White Claw Wildberry Fishbowls (and, you know, drink responsibly…)

It’s all presented by the Downtown Racine Corporation. Highway 20, 32, and 38 are right there!

Party on the Pavement Address:

It covers 12 blocks, but it’s centered on Monument Square, 534 Main Street
Racine, WI 53403
(262) 634-6002

Wisconsin Weekend: Party on the Pavement, Racine

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Start: September 21, 2019 12:00 pm
End: September 21, 2019 7:00 pm
Venue: Downtown Racine
Phone: 262-634-6002
534 Main Street, Racine, WI, 53403, United States
Cost: Free

September 21, 2019 – September 22, 2019

Driftless Area Art Festival

The Driftless area, a unique region that escaped the glaciers of the ice age, is an inspirational setting to many talented artists and artisans. Its hills and valleys are home to painters and potters, woodworkers and weavers, musicians and metalsmiths. To see the breadth and variety of their creations, you usually have to visit studios, stores and galleries across the area. But once a year in September, these artists gather together in Crawford County at the Driftless Area Art Festival in Soldiers Grove along Highway 131, right by U.S. 61.

This year, the Driftless Area Art Festival happens Saturday and Sunday, September 21-22, 2019. Admission and parking are free! Enjoy a drive with exceptional scenery, as the Driftless Area of Wisconsin is ridiculously beautiful. You can then stroll through the exhibits, imbibe in some local fare, and sip some local wines. Also, we’re pretty sure if you want to buy some of the art you can do that.

Driftless Area Art Festival, Soldiers Grove

Driftless Area Art Festival Address:

Beauford T Anderson Park
101 Church Street
Soldiers Grove, WI 54655

Driftless Area Art Festival, Soldiers Grove

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Start: September 21, 2019 10:00 am
End: September 22, 2019 5:00 pm
Venue: Beauford T. Anderson Park
Phone: 608-624-3600
Highway 131 & County C, Soldiers Grove, WI, 54655, United States

September 21, 2019 – September 22, 2019

Cedarburg Wine & Harvest Fest

Welcome the transition from summer to fall in historic Cedarburg with the 44th Annual Cedarburg Wine & Harvest Festival! It happens Saturday, September 21 from 10-6 pm & Sunday, September 22 from 10-5 pm. Both the abundance of Wisconsin’s homegrown produce and artisan food products plus the award-winning wines of Cedar Creek Winery are what initiated this free, family-oriented arts and crafts event.

The Festival Food Court offers plenty of options for a quick meal and the Farmer’s Market offers foodstuffs such as honey, syrup, cheese, sausage and jellies are available in each Marketplace located at Turner Street, Mill Street and Cleveland Street. Also, the three Marketplaces offers shopping for find unique handbags, hats, skin care products and more.

Cedarburg Wine & Festival fans can kick back and listen to live music all over town including Top Forty, Folk and Rock & Roll bands. The Gruber Law Offices Main Stage is open until 8:30 p.m. on Saturday night.

Cedarburg Wine Harvest Festival Art on the Avenue“Art on the Avenue” also features over 250 juried artist booths presented by the Cedarburg Garden Club, Cedarburg Cultural Center, Cedarburg Art Museum, and Ozaukee Art Center along Washington Avenue. Drop in at both the Cedarburg Cultural Center for the Cedarburg Artists Guild’s annual juried Fall Show and the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts and Fiber Arts for special exhibits. Take a free haywagon shuttle to their location.

On Saturday from 11am-4pm, check out the third Giant Pumpkin Weigh-Off, with some weighing in at well over 1,000 pounds. You can also see oversize watermelons, tomatoes, and gourds – last year somebody brought a 2,145-pound pumpkin!

The annual Giant Pumpkin Charity Regatta will take place on Sunday.  Previous regattas are YouTube favorites featuring gigantic, decorated, hollowed-out, floatable pumpkins, piloted by intrepid paddlers’ attempting to race across Cedar Creek to win cash for their favorite charity.

Cedarburg Wine & Harvest Festival also features Ashley’s Candyland for Kids with a variety of activities and entertainment geared for children including Popcorn the Clown, a bouncer, coloring tables, spin art, and Paint a Pumpkin. Pumpkin Carver extraordinaire Steve Dahlke will be turning large pumpkins into grotesque faces at the City Hall Lawn on Saturday.

Cedar Creek Settlement will feature a Courtyard Grill with specialty beers and grilled foods with live music each day. At Cedar Creek Winery, you’ll find wine by the glass or bottle, with tours available. Also at the Shops of Cedar Creek Settlement, the Winery’s Grape Stomp offers stomping fun for both adults and kids each day.

For specific times and a complete list of Cedarburg Wine & Harvest Festival events,  a map/schedule will be available at two information booths as well as at most retailers throughout town.  Click here for a downloadable version.  The information booths are on Washington Avenue at Bridge Road and at Mill Street.

Cedarburg Wine and Harvest Festival Location

Check out some great fall fun in historic Cedarburg, along Historic Highway 57 (Washington Avenue) just north of Highway 167 and south of Highway 60. Highway 181 is just to the west. It’s only about 10-12 minutes off I-43/Highway 32, and it’s a great little town!

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Start: September 21, 2019 10:00 am
End: September 22, 2019 6:00 pm
Venue: Downtown Cebarburg
Phone: 262-377-3891
Washington Avenue, Cedarburg, WI, 53012, United States
Cost: Free

September 14, 2019

Tomah Kegs, Corks & Forks

Hey, all roads lead to Tomah, take one of them (I-90, I-94, US 12, Highway 16, Highway 21, or Highway 131… we weren’t kidding about “all roads”) Saturday, September 14th and check out the Tomah Rotary Kegs Corks & Forks Festival! It was formerly the Tomah Beer & Sausage Festival, but with more food, wine, and more being added, a new name was created. We’re cool with that.

Kegs Corks & Forks takes place from 5-8pm at Tomah Recreational Park’s Ice Hockey Rink, although partying will continue well past that. There will be a Smoked Meat Competition where the competitors are the Tomah Police Department vs. the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department, craft beer sampling, wine tasting, plenty of area food vendors offering samples and food for sale, along with prizes, raffles, drawings, and a post-event concert featuring Lassos and Lace followed by Jay Allen.

Tickets range from $40 for general admission, which starts at 6pm; $60 for VIP admission, which begins at 5pm; you can also get concert-only tickets for $20 ahead of time or $25 the day of the show. You can buy tickets ahead of time here.

Tomah is the seat of Monroe County and the place where all the major roads meet and split. I-90 & I-94 converge here, as do their pre-Interstate compatriots, U.S. 12 and Highway 16. Highway 21 skims Tomah to the north and Highway 131 comes in from the Driftless Area south.

This is the start of “Cranberry Country” too, so check out the nearby bogs, sample fresh cranberries and all kinds of tasty foods made with this remarkable little fruit, and explore the town while you’re there!

Tomah Kegs Corks & Forks Address:

Recreation Park (just off Highway 16)
1625 Butts Avenue
Tomah, WI 54660

You’ll find Recreation Park in Tomah just off Highway 16, once the main highway to La Crosse before I-90 was built. Best exit from I-90 to access Recreation Park is via Exit 41 (Highway 131), then west on Highway 16 to Butts Avenue and the Park.

Tomah Kegs Corks and Forks

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Start: September 14, 2019 5:00 pm
End: September 14, 2019 8:00 pm
Venue: Recreation Park
Phone: 608-344-0947
1625 Butts Avenue, Tomah, WI, 54660, United States
Cost: 40

Great Lakes Brew Fest

Great Lakes Brew Fest, Racine

Great Lakes Brew Fest takes place Saturday, September 14th in Racine. The 2019 Festival Theme is Woodstock’s 50 years! The Fest features unlimited sampling of more than 450 craft beers and sodas from over 100 brewers, plus many food trucks with a variety of food offerings, all on the beautiful shore of Lake Michigan at the Racine Zoological Gardens just north of downtown.

All paid attendees will receive a souvenir tasting glass, and local restaurants will have plenty of menu items available for purchase. Doors open at 3pm; VIP members begin at 2 (they get first crack at everything, you see.) The festival also features live music including performances by the world renowned Kilties Drum and Bugle Corps, the internationally-acclaimed group for whom the Great Lakes Brew Fest helps raise money for. There will be more music from Duosonic.

The Great Lakes Brew Fest also serves as the host of the Schooner Home Brew Championship. Home Brew Island will also welcome groups like the Beer Barons of Milwaukee, the Brain Roasters Guild of Pleasant Prairie, Central Wisconsin Vintners & Brewers from Fond du Lac, Society of Oshkosh Brewers, Chicago Home Brewers Group, Square Kegs Homebrewers from Chicago, Forest City Brewers from Rockford, North Shore Brewers Club from Milwaukee, Dells Unified Frequent Fermenters (D.U.F.F.) from Reedsburg, Racine’s own Belle City Home Brewers, and more.

Racine's Great Lakes BrewfestYou must be at least 21 to attend. This is an adult event and all attendees must be of legal drinking age to participate. Children, toddlers, babies or pets are not permitted. However, at other times they are welcome to enjoy the Racine Zoological Gardens, because it’s a terrific zoo!

General Admission tickets are $50; a Basic Designated Driver Fest Pass is $20, which includes admission, a fest pint glass, and complimentary soda and water. A VIP Fest Pass runs $90 and includes early admission (2pm instead of 3pm), a commemorative stein and a pint glass, sausage and cheese sampling, a VIP Lounge area, and secure article check-in, and a $10 voucher off “festival swag.” Get all the ticket details here!

To reach Great Lakes Brew Fest, access Racine via Highways 11, 20, 32, or 38. Downtown Racine is about 8 miles east of I-41/94 and about 4 miles east of Highway 31. The Racine Zoological Gardens is just north of downtown along Lake Michigan via Highway 32, just follow the signs.


Great Lakes Brew Fest Address:

200 Goold Street
Racine, WI 53402
(262) 634-2100

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Start: September 14, 2019 3:00 pm
End: September 14, 2019 6:30 pm
Venue: Racine Zoological Gardens
Phone: 262-634-2100
200 Goold Street, Racine, WI, 53402, United States

International Fall Festival, Eau Claire

The 31st annual International Fall Festival takes place in downtown Eau Claire Saturday, September 14th!

International Fall Festival, Eau ClaireThe International Fall Festival celebrates the diverse cultural makeup of Eau Claire through food, music, and fun. Enjoy a wide variety of food, vendors, and entertainment along South Barstow Street and throughout the South Barstow District in Downtown Eau Claire throughout the day. The Parade begins at 3 pm, and admission is free. This is a great event to bring the whole family so they can experience the culture and all Eau Claire has to do – which is quite a bit!

International Fall Festival Address:

Downtown Eau Claire
203 S. Farwell Street
Eau Claire, WI 54701
(715) 839-4914

Eau Claire is easily reached via I-94, U.S. 12, U.S. 53, or Highways 37, 93, and 124. Downtown Eau Claire has a ton of great restaurants, shops, music venues, and more. The Children’s Museum of Eau Claire is right downtown, so you can add that to the list with the kids. Nearby, Carson Park offers plenty to do from visiting Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox to canoeing and kayaking in Braun’s Bay in the Chippewa River. You can also ride the miniature train, explore the trails, or grab an ice cream soda at the Chippewa Valley Museum & Ice Cream Parlor. The city will definitely be buzzing with activity from students returning to UW-Eau Claire, too! Phoenix Park will be busy and it’s a great launching point for a nice tube float down the Chippewa River. You can also check out The Oxbow, a boutique hotel on Galloway Street on the north side of downtown and The Lakely, a great restaurant offering unique culinary combinations, inside the hotel. And right across the street you’ll find the Volume One Local Store, one of our favorite Eau Claire (and Wisconsin) shops!

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Start: September 14, 2019 11:00 am
End: September 14, 2019 5:00 pm
Venue: Downtown Eau Claire
203 S. Farwell Street, Eau Claire, WI, 54701, United States
Cost: Free

September 14, 2019 – September 15, 2019

Marshfield Maple Fall Fest

Marshfield Maple Fall FestWisconsin’s “Hub City” of Marshfield embraces autumn with Maple Fall Fest, happening Saturday, September 14-15 this year. 2019 marks the 27th anniversary of Maple Fall Fest, and there’s plenty to see, do, buy, eat, drink, and enjoy.

Maple Fall Fest has been known by many as “the” place to find some of the best original artwork and handmade craft items in the Midwest. Over 150 vendors showcase their wares, including local Amish booths on Saturday offering beautiful flowers, handmade baskets, candy and baked goods.

This family-friendly event also features fun attractions like a kids’ zone and petting zoo (9am-4pm Sunday and 10am-4pm Sunday) and performances by the Main Street Conservatory of Dance (10:30am Saturday) and the Marshfield Youth Ballet (11am Saturday). Plus, don’t miss the monarch butterfly release on the Main Stage at 11am Sunday.

The Kid’s Zone ensures that the younger ones have plenty to do. There’s a petting zoo, inflatable rides and of course all of the treats from the food court.

Speaking of treats, Maple Syrup Contests could get sticky. There are two contests – each with prizes up to $250 – to crown the “Best of Maple Fall Fest.” Syrup makers are invited to enter the Maple Syrup Contest, and the bakers are invited to enter the Maple Dessert Baking Contest.

You won’t end up hungry, with a special pancake breakfast and a huge assortment of food vendors ready to serve pizza, brats, cheese curds, egg rolls, fried pasta, hot dogs, hamburgers, gyros, cream puffs, ice cream, kettlecorn, mouse ears, tacos, and a whole lot more.

Marshfield’s “Hub City” status relates to its location close to the exact center of Wisconsin, and many railroads always converged here. Today, you can take U.S. 10, Highway 13, Highway 80, or Highway 97 to reach Marshfield – it truly is in the center of everything.

Maple Fall Fest takes place at Marshfield’s beautiful Wildwood Zoo and Park, just off Central Avenue (Business 13). Check out some great places to stay in Marshfield, too!

Marshfield Maple Fall Fest Address:

Wildwood Park & Zoo
1800 S. Roddis Avenue
Marshfield, WI 54449
(715) 384-4314

See the full schedule below!

Marshfield Maple Fall Fest

Maple Fall Fest Schedule of Events

Friday, September 13
7:30-11pm • Fall Street Dance: Kick off the 27th Annual Maple Fall Fest weekend with a street dance on historic Central Avenue!

Saturday, September 14
7am-Noon • Breakfast: Regular and potato pancakes!

8am Check In/9am Start • Marshfield’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Check in at the Holiday Inn (750 S. Central Avenue, Marshfield). Ceremony and start of walk at 9am. 1 mile route and 3 mile route available. Register at or day of walk.

9am-5pm • 150+ Handmade Arts & Crafts Vendors, Amish Specialties, Maple Village, Maple Syrup Products, Food Court & Beer Garden

9am-4pm • Kid’s Zone and Petting Zoo

10am • Zoo Tour – Meet at the viewing windows in front of the Bear Exhibit

10:30am • Performance by Main Street Conservatory of Dance

11am • Performance by Marshfield Youth Ballet

1pm • Mad Dog & Merrill – “Grillin’ Buddies”

1pm-4pm • Children’s Craft Tent – Get creative and crafty! Options include: Mason Jar Piggy Bank, Fall Handprint Tree Painting, Foam Lightsaber, and Maple Princess Crown. $3-$7 per project. Presented by Columbus Catholic High School Student Council. *Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

2pm • Performance and lessons by the Central Wisconsin Country Dancers

3pm • Maple Dessert Judging Contest

3:30pm • Maple Syrup Judging Contest

6-9pm • Central Wisconsin’s Taste & Talent (UW-Stevens Point at Marshfield). Enjoy a night out to support higher education in our community!

Sunday, September 15
7am-Noon • Breakfast: Regular and potato pancakes!

10am • Zoo Tour – Meet at the viewing windows in front of the Bear Exhibit

10am-4pm • 150+ Handmade Arts & Crafts Vendors, Maple Village, Maple Syrup Products, Food Court & Beer Garden

10am-4pm • Kid’s Zone and Petting Zoo

10:30am • Maple Syrup Demonstration by Wisconsin Maple Syrup Producer’s Association

11am • Marshfield Monarchs Release on Main Stage

1pm • Mad Dog & Merrill – “Grillin’ Buddies”

1pm-4pm • Children’s Craft Tent – Get creative and crafty! Options include: Mason Jar Piggy Bank, Fall Handprint Tree Painting, Foam Lightsaber, and Maple Princess Crown. $3-$7 per project. Presented by Columbus Catholic High School Student Council. *Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

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Start: September 14, 2019 7:00 am
End: September 15, 2019 4:00 pm
Venue: Wildwood Park
Phone: 715-384-4314
1800 S. Roddis Avenue, Marshfield, WI, 54449, United States

Delavan Scarecrow Fest

The 18th Annual Delavan Scarecrow Fest in downtown Delavan is Saturday, September 14th, 2019. Both visitors and community members are encouraged to participate by either building a scarecrow and bringing it with you or building one right at the festival. Scarecrows will be displayed on the street posts throughout the downtown Delavan area, popping up around Labor Day. Throughout the month of September, Downtown Delavan will have “Scarecrows on Parade.”

Activities in Water Town Park include a craft fair and flea market from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Delavan Darien High School Gridiron Club will be selling Brats, Hot Dogs, Chips and beverages from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., plus there will be free pumpkin painting from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. and don’t miss the Annual Pie & Cake Auction that begins at 3:00 p.m.

Delavan Scarecrow Fest - Frank

Sample scarecrow – and Frankenstein can be scary! This guy looks like Fred Gwynne back in the day.

Be at the South Corner of Second and Walworth (Highway 11) for planned activities from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Activities include “Build-A-Scarecrow and Take it Home” for $10.00 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., and the Great Delavan Duck Raffle at 2:30. The raffle tickets are $2, or 3 for $5; they can be purchased at many downtown businesses, including Bradley’s Department Store, Lauren’s Antique & Art Centre, Lubick Gallery, Del-Mart, Remember When, and more. First Place is $200, Second Place is $100, Third Place is $50, plus there are a lot more prizes to win, thanks to the local businesses who donated them for Delavan Scarecrow Fest.

Delavan Scarecrow Festival, recent 3rd place winner

They just get more and more creative with these scarecrows at Delavan Scarecrow Fest!

The Phoenix Park Bandshell will be hosting live music begining at 5:00 p.m. with Audiophilia and Mike Stone and the Rockers at 6pm.

Check out the Walldog Mural Walking Tour, local businesses will have maps. Scarecrows will be “On Parade” throughout downtown Delavan not only Saturday, but through early October.

Be sure to purchase your Duck Raffle Tickets from Linda on the Southeast corner of Walworth Ave. & 2nd.

You can get to Delavan just off I-43, via Highways 11 or 50. Highway 11 is the main street right through downtown. Get some Andes Candies while you’re there!

Delavan Scarecrow Fest Address:

Downtown Delavan
100 W. Walworth Avenue (Highway 11)
Delavan, WI 53115

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Date: September 14, 2019
Venue: Downtown Delavan
100 W. Walworth Avenue, Delavan, WI, 53115, United States

September 13, 2019 – September 14, 2019

8th Street Ale Haus Oktoberfest

Sheboygan is a fantastic town for German heritage, brats, and beer! The 8th Street Ale Haus Oktoberfest celebrates this heritage Friday, September 13th and Saturday, September 14th. 8th Street Ale Haus always has at least 100 beers available, but this particular weekend they’ll have extra on hand for everyone showing up in lederhosen – or whatever clothes, really.

Of course, beer will be involved. 8th Street Ale Haus will also feature terrific German food, HAMMERSCHLAGEN (the game where you drive nails into a huge tree trunk), German Potato Salad Contest, keg tapping, and live music with the Charlie Bucket Band, The Waltzmeister, the Newton Brass Band, and The Honeygoats. Check out the full schedule below!

8th Street Ale Haus Oktoberfest, Sheboygan

You can get to the 8th Street Ale Haus heading east on Highway 23, continuing past its end, and going south on 8th Street. Highways 28 and 42 come together close by, and I-43 is just a few miles to the west.

8th Street Ale Haus Oktoberfest Address:

1132 N. 8th Street
Sheboygan, WI 53081
(920) 208-7540

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Start: September 13, 2019 4:00 pm
End: September 14, 2019 10:00 pm
Venue: 8th Street Ale Haus
Phone: 920-208-7540
1132 N. 8th Street, Sheboygan, WI, 53081, United States

September 13, 2019 – September 15, 2019

Wo-Zha-Wa Days

“Wo-Zha-Wa” means “fun time” in the Ho-Chunk language, and Wisconsin Dells offers just that September 13-15! As one of the largest festivals in Wisconsin, Wo-Zha-Wa is a three day extravaganza with delicious food, a 100-unit parade, rousing live music, and arts and crafts that everyone can enjoy.

Wo-Zha-Wa’s flea market (Maxwell Street Days) always has new novel items to check out including gourmet dog treats, hand-made works of art, custom pieces of jewelry, organic cosmetics, and wood flowers made before your eyes. You can stroll through all these different stalls while chowing down on some of the festival’s favorite culinary treats, like kettle corn and alligator on a stick.

The whole family can enjoy themselves at Wo-Zha-Wa. The yearly Wo-Zha-Wa parade is a spectacle filled with floats, performers, and music that fills the entire street. The carnival rides are always a hit with the kids, who always get a thrill on the rides’ twists, turns, and spins.

When you attend, you’re invited to participate in a street carnival with refreshment concessions and the Wo-Zha-Wa Run, Wisconsin’s oldest long-distance race. Runners can take part in the challenging half-marathon course, or the fast-paced four-mile run.

Festival admission is free, so there is no reason why you shouldn’t go to this Wisconsin favorite!
All activities located in Downtown Wisconsin Dells & Bowman Park.

You can get to the Dells easily, of course: I-90/94, U.S. 12, or Highways 13, 16, or 23 all bring you there. Check their website for full details!

Here’s a video from a previous year of Wo-Zha-Wa Days to give you an idea:

Schedule of Events:

Friday, September 13

All Day Concessions and Carnival Rides
8 am – 5 pm Maxwell Street Days
8 am – 6 pm Antique Flea Market
Noon – 5 pm Arts & Crafts Fair

Saturday, September 14

All Day Concessions and Carnival Rides
8 am – 5 pm Maxwell Street Days
8 am Wo-Zha-Wa Run
8 am – 6 pm Antique Flea Market
9am – 5 pm Arts & Crafts Fair

Sunday, September 15

All Day Concessions and Carnival Rides
8 am – 3 pm Maxwell Street Days
8 am – 3 pm Antique Flea Market
9 am – 3 pm Arts & Crafts Fair
1:30 pm 100-unit Parade

Wo-Zha-Wa Days Address:


Wo-Zha-Wa Days map, Wisconsin Dells

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Start: September 13, 2019
End: September 15, 2019
Venue: Downtown Wisconsin Dells
Wisconsin Dells, WI, United States
Cost: Free

September 13, 2019 – September 15, 2019

Road America Ariens Art on Wheels Weekend

The Ariens Art On Wheels Weekend, featuring The VSCDA Elkhart Lake Vintage Festival® is celebrating the Formula Ford 50th Anniversary in the United States. The FF 50th is expected to attract 200 drivers from across the US as well as Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the UK with gorgeous cars showcasing racing history against the beautiful fall colors at America’s National Park of Speed! The weekend typically draws more than 300 vintage and historic racecars with 11 groups to run over the three-day event. The fan-friendly paddock is open to spectators for close-up views of amazing racing machines prepared to era specifications all weekend. On Saturday fans can watch and participate in the historic road course reenactment tour of race cars and streetcars. The tour will leave Road America and follow a route almost identical to the street course driven in the early 1950s. The reenactment ends on Lake Street where fans can view all the cars and motorcycles.

You can also participate in Disc Golf while at Road America’s Ariens Art on Wheels Weekend. Test your skills on their 18-hole disc golf course, which is FREE for everyone! You’ll find Tee #1 on the Front Nine across from Gearbox concessions in the paddock. You’ll find Tee #10 just west of the Sargento Bridge, towards the Motorplex. Rental discs are available in the Gift Shop.

Get updates and tickets on the Road America websiteWeekend tickets are $60; Friday tickets are $25, Saturday $35, Sunday $30. Anyone 16 and under gets in FREE with a paying adult. You can take advantage of that offer at the gate with proof of age.

You’ll find Road America along Highway 67 just north of Highway 23 and Plymouth and just west of Highway 57 in Sheboygan County.

Road America Address for the Ariens Art On Wheels Weekend:

N7390 Wisconsin Highway 67
Plymouth, WI 53073
(800) 365-7223

More Details for Road America NASCAR XFINITY Weekend:

(All schedules are subject to change.)

Gate entrances open at 7 am.

Main Gate: Ticket sales and Print at Home tickets  — Cash, Visa, Mastercard, Discover and AMEX accepted (located on Hwy 67)

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Start: September 13, 2019
End: September 15, 2019
Venue: Road America
Phone: 800-365-7223
N7390 WIsconsin Highway 67, Elkhart Lake, WI, 53073, United States

September 7, 2019

Pardeeville Watermelon Festival & U.S. Watermelon Speed-Eating & Seed-Spitting Championships

Pardeeville Watermelon Festival logoThe Pardeeville Watermelon Festival celebrates the fact that watermelon is delicious. But what do you do with the seeds? In Pardeeville, they reward you for spitting them out as far as you can! The longtime home of the U.S. Watermelon Speed-Eating and Seed-Spitting Championships, come and enjoy this fun festival in Pardeeville’s Chandler Park Saturday, September 7th!

This festival has been taking place since 1968 and they make the most of it. Free watermelon is included (the seeds are free too) and there are contests for all ages. Watermelon carvings become pretty interesting, too.

The Pardeeville Watermelon Festival officially opens at 10am in Chandler Park. There will be an Open Air Market, concessions, and rides at the Midway all day. The Open Air Market showcases art and craft vendors from all over the area, plus a flea market and commercial vendors such Avon, Scentsy, and Tupperware. The market runs from 10am until about 3pm. Typically there are about 30-40 vendors.

Pardeeville Watermelon Festival um... art

The Watermelon carving contest makes for some interesting creations in Pardeeville.

Pardeeville Watermelon Festival and U.S. Eating & Seed Spitting ChampionshipsWayne the Wizard will be there to provide children’s entertainment, there’s a free Hay Dive at noon, and the championship events for the U.S. Watermelon Speed-Eating and Seed-Spitting Championships begin at 1:30pm.

Find out more about the actual speed-eating and seed-spitting events, including records like the 61 feet,  inches one entrant spat a seed in 1988, here. It’s a fun and unique thing to watch!


Yes, they seriously spit seeds from watermelons as far as they can. There are contests for multiple age categories.

You’ll find Pardeeville along Highway 22, where it meets Highway 44 in Columbia County.

Pardeeville Watermelon Festival Address

Chandler Park
208 Chandler Park Drive
Pardeeville, WI 53954
(608) 535-9139

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Start: September 7, 2019 10:00 am
End: September 7, 2019 5:00 pm
Venue: Chandler Park
Phone: 608-535-9139
208 Chandler Park Drive, Pardeeville, WI, 53954, United States
Cost: Free

Oconomowoc Fall Festival

Celebrate the coming of fall with the Oconomowoc Fall Festival. This lovely town at the western edge of Waukesha County’s Lake Country has a bustling downtown nestled around Fowler Lake and Lac La Belle, and the big party is on Saturday, September 7th from 9am – 7pm, rain or shine.

There will be over 80 street vendors, lots of food, shopping, kids’ events, dancing, and festivities. Hang out at the beer tent, take part in the chili pepper eating contest, watch or participate in kayak races, and enjoy live music.

Check out the Chile Peppers Eating Contest at 4pm! That should be a hot time (yes, I know…)

An outdoor movie begins at dusk, extending the Oconomowoc Fall Festival well into the evening.

You can get to Oconomowoc via Highway 16 or Highway 67. Forget the bypass routes, follow the original roads right into downtown. That includes Main Street, Summit Avenue, and Wisconsin Avenue. The downtown is three miles north of I-94, via Exit 282 – which is Highway 67.

Oconomowoc Fall Festival Address:

Wisconsin Avenue & Main Street (“city” Highways 16 & 67)
133 E. Wisconsin Avenue
Oconomowoc, WI 53066
(262) 567-1826

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Start: September 7, 2019 9:00 am
End: September 7, 2019 7:00 pm
Venue: Downtown Oconomowoc
Phone: 262-567-1826
100 E. Wisconsin Avenue, Oconomowoc, WI, 53066, United States
Cost: Free

September 6, 2019 – September 7, 2019

Sputnik Fest

Sputnik Fest logoManitowoc celebrates Sputnik Fest due to an out-of-this-world experience on September 5, 1962 when a piece of the Soviet satellite Sputnik IV crashed to earth, just north of downtown right in the middle of 8th Street/U.S. 10/Highway 42. It was still glowing from the heat of re-entry when it landed! A brass ring in the street notes the exact spot of impact. The city celebrates Sputnik Fest to commemorate the glowing visitor’s anniversary, where you’ll see some interesting costumes and space-related activities. Basically at Sputnik Fest, science fiction rules the day – even though Sputnik itself was very real. See 5 Things about Sputnikfest in Manitowoc (and why you should go) for more on that.

Sputnik crash site, center of Sputnik Fest

Circle marks the spot where a piece of Sputnik landed. It’s the whole reason for Sputnik Fest.

The landing site is right in front of the Rahr-West Art Museum, which hosts the event and holds a cast from the original piece of the spacecraft – the original was returned to the Russians – that is available for viewing all year.

The festival draws plenty of space fans – with Star Wars and Star Trek characters well-represented – costume contests, music, go-kart racing down 8th Street (there’s a bit of a hill towards the heart of downtown), food, drinks, and even an “alien drop”, where hundreds of mini-alien figures are dropped from a cherry picker – some with prizes. Even the hosting group, the Rahr-West Art Museum, calls it a “wacky tacky” weekend. Music from bands like the Happy Schnapps Combo, playing the night before as well, add to the fun!


Sputnik Fest, recreation of where cops stoodSputnik Fest begins with “Aliens in the Alley” on Friday night September 6th, with music from the Happy Schnapps Combo, food, refreshments, and the crowning of – yes – MS. SPACE DEBRIS! We love that. Judges will include “da Manitowoc Minute” guy dere, Charlie Berens.

The fun continues starting at noon Saturday, September 7th. Events are focused along 8th and Park Streets, just north of downtown Manitowoc. It’s along northbound U.S. 10 and Business Highway 42, just south of Highway 42 itself and just north of U.S. 151.

Sputnik Fest Schedule of events includes:

Main Tent
12:00 pm Bar Opens
12:00 pm Live Music with Double Down (3:30 pm)
1:30 pm Costume Contests
3:30 pm Alien Pet Contest
4:00 pm Sputnik Reenactment
5:00 pm Happy Hour Drink Specials (6:30 pm)
6:00 pm Live Music with The Cougars (10:00 pm)
8:00 pm Ms. Space Debris Pageant with judges Charlie Berens, Mayor Nickels, and Craig Dillon
8:30 pm Alien Drop Raffle

Children’s Area
12:00 pm Bounce Houses Open
12:00 pm Magician Daryl Rogers
1:00 pm Story Time with the Manitowoc Public Library
2:00 pm Cool Chemistry with UWGB-Manitowoc Campus
3:00 pm Manty Dance
4:00 pm Marissa’s Martial Arts
5:00 pm Bounce Houses Close

Shoreline Tent (Front Lawn)
12:00 pm Wacky Weekend Workshop Rocket Making (3:00 pm)
4:30 pm Sci-Fi Trivia Contest

Other Activities
12:00 pm LTC Mobile Lab (4:30 pm)
1:00 pm 501st Legion (3:00 pm)
2:30 pm Lightsaber Duels (Indoors)

Sputnik Fest costume contest banner

Sputnik Fest Ms. Space Debris

Get more details here from the Manitowoc/Two Rivers Convention & Visitors Bureau!

Sputnik Fest Address:

Rahr-West Art Museum
610 N. 8th Street (8th & Park, U.S. 10 & Business 42)
Manitowoc, WI 54220

Manitowoc & Two Rivers CVB

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Start: September 6, 2019 5:00 pm
End: September 7, 2019 10:30 pm
Venue: Rahr-West Art Museum
Phone: 920-686-3090
610 N. 8th Street, Manitowoc, WI, 54220, United States

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

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Start: September 6, 2019 4:00 pm
End: September 6, 2019 9:00 pm
Venue: Downtown Racine
Phone: 262-634-4287
100 Monument Square, Racine, WI, 53403, United States
Cost: Free

September 6, 2019 – September 8, 2019

Dairy Days Celebration

Wisconsin Weekend: Platteville Dairy Days celebration

“COWabunga!” as they say. Hit Platteville not only for the natural beauty surrounding it, the World’s Largest M, the Rollo Jamison Museum, a cool downtown and college campus, and museums, but for the 71st Annual Dairy Days at Legion Field the weekend of September 6-8th. This fun packed weekend starts friday with a flea market, amusement rides and beer tent. The parade down Main Street on Saturday morning is followed by a dairy cattle show at Legion Field Park. While at Legion Field Park, enjoy the arts and crafts fair and plenty of fair food. Evenings are filled with truck and tractor pulls, live music and so much more. Heavy on 4-H exhibits, arts, crafts, a market, and dairy show, you can also enjoy Midway rides, family entertainment and more. The Dairy Days Parade will take place on Main Street Saturday, with a car show on Sunday. There’s also a Talent Show and much more. Get the full schedule on their website here!

Admission is FREE, and unlimited rides can be enjoyed for $20 all weekend long.

Platteville Dairy Days Address:

Legion Field (off Highway 80/Water Street)
Platteville, WI 53818
(608) 348-8888

Platteville is easily accessible via U.S. 151 and Highways 80 and 81.

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Start: September 6, 2019
End: September 8, 2019
Venue: Legion Park
Phone: 608-348-8888
Legion Park, Platteville, WI, 53818, United States
Cost: Free

September 6, 2019 – September 8, 2019

Potosi Tour de Pints

The Potosi Tour de Pints is a three-day bicycle tour of the gorgeous (and hilly) Driftless Area of southwestern Wisconsin and portions of Iowa and far northwestern Illinois. This tour begins Friday, September 6th and finishes on Sunday, September 8th with camping and lodging options, music, food, and more provided at the basecamp each night: Potosi Brewing Company.

Day 1: Friday, September 6th, features a ride from Potosi south to Galena, Illinois. Galena is a beautiful community with rich history, and very popular with tourists. It’s just a few miles south of the Wisconsin-Illinois border. The ride heads down a variety of roadways from Potosi to Galena and then back, where music and entertainment await at the base a.k.a. the Brewery.

Day 2: Saturday, September 7th, you’ll ride southwest from Potosi to Dubuque, Iowa, crossing the Mississippi by bridge into the city. The ride returns to Potosi later that day, where more music, entertainment, and of course craft beer await.

Day 3: Sunday, September 8th includes a ferry ride across the Mississippi! You ride from Potosi to Cassville using Highway 133, cross the river on the Cassville Ferry to Turkey Creek, Iowa, ride to Guttenberg in Iowa, and then loop back to Potosi.

More details will be released as September gets closer.

Potosi Tour de Pints Basecamp Address:

Potosi Brewing Company
209 S. Main Street
Potosi, WI 53820
(608) 763-4002

Start: September 6, 2019
End: September 8, 2019
Venue: Potosi Brewing Company
Phone: 608-763-4002
209 S. Main Street, Potosi, WI, 53820, United States

September 1, 2019

Big Pig BBQ, Milwaukee

Big Gig BBQ happy eatersOn Sunday of Labor Day weekend, the Big Gig BBQ will take place on the Summerfest Grounds to coincide with the Harley-Davidson annual Rally! Enjoy the best BBQ in town on the south end of Henry Maier Festival Park from Noon – 7pm, rain or shine. The Big Pig BBQ will be serving up smoky ribs, savory brisket and signature BBQ from 14 of the best local and national cookers.

Big Gig BBQ ribsAn officially sanctioned event of the Milwaukee Rally, the Big Gig BBQ will feature two stages of live entertainment, including a national headliner, and the finest beer. Some of the BBQ participants include:

Char’d Milwaukee
Iron Grate BBQ Co.
Pigtailz MKE
Pop’s BBQ
Rollin’ Smoke BBQ
Saucy Swine
Saz’s State House
Silver Spur Texas Smokehouse BBQ
Smoke Shack
Yummy Bones BBQ

The cooker voted “fan favorite” wins the Big Gig Pig Award!

As they say, the fun goes beyond the food (which also includes the Corn Man, kettle corn, ice cream and more.) There will be plenty of live music on two stages, Cooking Demonstrations, Family Fun Picnic Games (including Giant Jenga, Kerplunk, and the legendary “Mechanical Pig” you can ride), even a Celebrity Bacon-Eating Contest. The grounds have plenty of room for partying, parking, and the smells alone will direct you to this tasty event. The Big Gig BBQ website has the full schedule and all the details!

Big Pig BBQ Music Schedule:

11am – 12:30 pm: Listening Party
1:30pm – 3:30pm: Idle Minds
4pm – 6pm: Saving Savannah

The Big Pig BBQ takes place on the south end of Henry Maier Festival Park, which many simply call the Summerfest Grounds. It’s along Milwaukee’s lakefront bordered by downtown, I-794, U.S. 18 and Discovery World, and the Milwaukee River as it meets Lake Michigan. Highways 32, 38, 59, and 145 also bring you with blocks. It will be a fun part of the Milwaukee Rally Labor Day weekend!

Big Pig BBQ Address:

639 E. Summerfest Place
Milwaukee, WI 53202
(414) 273-2680

Big Gig BBQ

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Start: September 1, 2019 12:00 pm
End: September 1, 2019 7:00 pm
Venue: Maier Festival Park
Phone: 414-273-2680
200 N. Harbor Drive, Milwaukee, WI, 53202, United States
Cost: 15

August 31, 2019 – September 1, 2019

Great Northern Classic Rodeo

In Superior, check out the Great Northern Classic Rodeo August 31 – September 1,  2019! This is an MRA/URA-sanctioned professional rodeo, including saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, calf roping, team roping, bareback riding, cowgirl’s barrel racing, bull riding. Other events include a 5K walk/run Saturday morning, the Miracle rodeo on Sunday morning, children’s games during all performances and numerous food/merchandise vendors. Great fun for the entire family!

U.S. 2 and 53, and Highways 13, 35, and 105 bring you to Superior. Yee-ha!! The Great Northern Classic Rodeo takes place on the Douglas County Fairgrounds, right along Highway 35/Tower Avenue.

Tickets for the Great Northern Classic Rodeo are $14 in advance, $15 at the gate, $16 for reserved advance seats for adults; kids 6-12 are $7 in advance, $8 at the gate, and kids 5 and under are FREE. Seniors (65+) and Military have additional discounts, get details and purchase tickets here.

Great Northern Classic Rodeo details:

Bareback Bronc Riding   The rigging is a wide leather belt that fits around the horse’s midsection, just behind its shoulders.  The rider holds onto its stiff leather handle and leans back as far as his arm will allow while positioning his heels over the horse’s shoulders for the first jump out of the chute.  This is called “marking the animal out.”  The rider’s free hand cannot come in contact with the horse during the 8-second ride.  Each time the horse kicks, the cowboy brings his knees toward his body, keeping his heels against the horse and his toes turned out (called “spurring), then stretches his legs out again.  SPONSORED BY BARKERS ISLAND INN

Saddle Bronc Riding   This requires the cowboy to sit upright in a saddle on the horse, holding onto a buck rein that is attached only to the horse’s halter and move his legs from the knees down in a back-and-forth motion resembling the movement of a rocking chair.  His feet must remain in the stirrups with his toes turned out.  He must mark the horse out by keeping his heels in the well of the horse’s neck on the first jump and may not touch himself or the horse with his free hand.  The most physically grueling of all the rodeo events.

Breakaway Roping   This requires the contestant to rope a calf in the quickest time, with the rope breaking away from the saddle horn when the calf is caught and pulls the “slack” out of the rope.  The catch is considered clean if it passes over the calf’s head and is pulled taut anywhere on its body-even one heel!  Times can often be as quick as just a few seconds.  A barrier is stretched to allow the calf a “head start” and 10 second penalty applies if the cowgirl starts too early.

Steer Wrestling   The object of steer wrestling, also called “bulldogging,” is to lean onto the back of a steer, catch it from behind the horns, quickly slide from the horse to the ground to stop the steer’s forward momentum and wrestle the animal to the ground with all four of its legs pointing in the same direction.  The bulldogger is assisted by a hazer, who rides along the right side of the steer to keep it running straight.  The hazer is extremely important and can play a great part in whether the rider “gets down on his steer.”

Barrel Racing   A speed event where times are measured in thousandths of a second with electric timers.  Barrel racing is set on a cloverleaf pattern marked by three 55-gallon drums placed on the two sides and far end of the arena.  Beginning and ending from the same point, the rider goes first to either the right or left barrel, circles it, crosses to the other side and circles that barrel, rides to the far barrel and circles it, then rides full speed back across the starting line.  At one world’s final rodeo, the world title was decided by 1/100th of a second in the last run of the last performance! SPONSORED BY BERNICKS PEPSI

Team Roping   A header ropes the animal (around both horns, the neck or half the head) and wraps the rope around the saddle horn (“dallying”) to tow the steer and position it for the heeler to rope both back legs (roping just one leg earns a five second penalty).  The contest is not over until the heeler catches the legs and dallies, the header has turned to face the heeler, and both ropes are tight.  This action is used often on ranches to this date; it allows a steer to be handled in the open pasture if it has been injuried and needs to be doctored or branded.

Bull Riding   Holding a flat, braided “bull rope” that has been placed around the animal just behind its shoulders, the cowboy threads one end of the rope around his gloved hand and pulls it taut.  During the ride, he tries to keep his body close to his hand with his legs slightly forward toes out and heels planted firmly in the bull’s side.  However, the loose hide generally found on rodeo bulls makes them extremely difficult to ride and the size of these animals magnifies the possibility of injury.  The rider cannot touch his free hand to himself or the bull during the eight second time, and as in bronc and saddle riding, two judges score his ride and the performance of the animal.  SPONSORED BY FOND-DU-LUTH CASINO.

Whew! That’s a lot of bull. Literally. Enjoy the Great Northern Classic Rodeo!

Great Northern Classic Rodeo Address:

Tristate Fair Grounds
4700 Tower Avenue (Highway 35)
Superior, WI 54880
(218) 428-6600

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Start: August 31, 2019
End: September 1, 2019
Venue: Tri State Fair Grounds
Phone: 218-727-6336
4700 Tower Avenue, Superior, WI, 54880, United States

August 31, 2019 – September 1, 2019

Kites Over Lake Michigan

The 14th Annual Kites Over Lake Michigan will once again be held at beautiful Neshotah Beach, right off Highway 42 in Two Rivers. This is now one of the largest kite festivals in the Midwest and attracts kitefliers from all over. Check out giant show kites, precision stunt kite teams flying dual- and quad-line kites, spectacular and colorful ground displays, running of the bols, and games for kids. Learn how to fly two and quad line stunt kites from the experts. There will be a night fly on Saturday night, conditions permitting. The FBI and the Untouchable Horns will perform Saturday night, too!

Kites Over Lake Michigan at Neshotah Beach in Two Rivers

Along with live music, enjoy the Fireworks Show after the release of Sky Lanterns on the beach. UFO (Unique Flying Objects, the sponsoring store) will make them available for sale on the beach and the public will be invited to join in the mass ascension. On Sunday, there will be free kite making for kids and another day of kite flying and performances. Free shuttle service available to and from the beach to the Two Rivers High School (Lincoln Avenue/Hwy. 42). Please note that there is not a specific schedule of the various activities for the kite festival, save for kids kite making on Sunday September 1st from 9-11am, because everything is dependent on the wind conditions at that time. They operate on what what’s called “kite time” and all activities are based on that. For example if the wind is light, the stunts teams can still fly with their low wind kites but the giant show kites will likely be grounded until the wind picks up. Activities like running of the bols and glider drops will occur regardless of the wind condition.

Kites Over Lake Michigan Event Address:

Neshotah Beach
500 Zlatnik Drive
Two Rivers, WI 54241
(920) 793-9599

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Start: August 31, 2019
End: September 1, 2019
Venue: Neshotah Beach
Phone: 920-793-9599
500 Zlatnik Drive, Two Rivers, WI, 54241, United States