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April 6, 2017 – April 23, 2017

International PEEPS Art Exhibition at the Racine Art Museum

Racine Art Museum on Main Street

Within the pristine white walls of a contemporary art museum that overlooks Lake Michigan, the Racine Art Museum presents an untraditional exhibition showcasing fluffy, sugar-coated marshmallow PEEPS®.

International PEEPS Art Exhibit, Marge SimpsonThe RAM 8th Annual International PEEPS Art Exhibition will open to the public on April 6 and run through April 23. Last year’s show drew over 4,000 visitors to the museum during its three-week run, setting daily spring attendance records along the way.

Exhibiton Events for PEEPS

Artist Preview and Awards Ceremony
Wednesday, April 5
5:30 – 7:30 pm
Awards announced at 6:00 pm
Additional Artist Preview tickets may be purchased for $5 each. RAM Members receive free admission.
Media is welcome to attend.

Vote for Your Favorite PEEPS
April 6 – April 23, 2017
Stop by the museum to vote for your favorite PEEPS creation. You will decide who wins the coveted PEEPles Choice Award, announced at the end of the show.

You’ll find the Racine Art Museum along Main Street/Highway 32 in downtown Racine, just blocks from Lake Michigan. Highways 20 and 38 also bring you downtown, and Highway 11 is just to the south.

441 Main Street
Racine, WI 53403
(262) 638-8300

Start: April 6, 2017
End: April 23, 2017
Venue: Racine Art Museum
Phone: 262-638-8300
441 Main Street, Racine, WI, 53403, United States

April 7, 2017

First Fridays in Racine

Fall into Fun during Racine First Fridays in Downtown Racine on April 7th 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! After the April 7th event, watch for more throughout the 2017 season, including May 5th, June 2nd, July 7th, August 4th, September 1st, October 6th, November 3rd, and December 1st!

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.

In addition to First Fridays, downtown Racine is on the shores of Lake Michigan next to their beautiful, filled almost to capacity 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 as we head into the holiday season! Check out the First Fridays website for more details.

Start: April 7, 2017 4:00 pm
End: April 7, 2017 9:00 pm
Venue: Downtown Racine
Phone: 262-634-4287
100 Monument Square, Racine, WI, 53403, United States
Cost: Free

April 22, 2017

Dairy State Cheese & Beer Festival

The 10th Annual Dairy State Cheese & Beer Festival returns to the legendary Brat Stop in Kenosha on Saturday, April 22nd!

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

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

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

Start: April 22, 2017 1:00 pm
End: April 22, 2017 5:00 pm
Venue: Brat Stop
Phone: 262-653-7304
12304 75th Street, Kenosha, WI, 53140, United States
Cost: 45

June 2, 2017 – June 3, 2017

Willow River Blues & Brews Fest

Check out New Richmond’s 10th annual Willow River Blues & Brews Fest, coupled with their 50th annual Park Art Fair, June 2-3, 2017! Enjoy the works of many artists and the art of making handcrafted beer, all of which takes place – not surprisingly – right along the Willow River in Mary Park.

There’s no cover charge for music or the Park Art Fair. Food, soda & beer concessions available all weekend.

For the “Brews” part of the Willow River Blues & Brews Festival, beer sampling from over 125 crafters takes place Saturday from 4-6pm; tickets are $25 advance/$30 at the gate.

Friday, June 2: 5-8pm
Saturday, June 3: 10am-9pm

New Richmond is at the junction of Highway 64 and Highway 65, just north of U.S. 12 and I-94 in St. Croix County.

More Willow River Blues & Brews Festival Info, courtesy of the New Richmond Chamber:

Both events are held in Mary Park in New Richmond, just a few blocks from downtown New Richmond on Green Avenue.

From the north or south proceed on Highway 65 to downtown New Richmond. Proceed east on First Street to Green Avenue. Locate available on street parking and walk to Mark Park on the very north end of Green Avenue. Watch for signs.

There is no parking allowed in Mary Park for the events. There is ample on-street parking throughout the Mary Park neighborhood and in downtown New Richmond. Please wear comfortable shoes as you will probably have a bit of a walk to the festival area of 4 to 8 blocks.

Shuttle Service:
Shuttle Service is provided by North America Central School Bus/New Richmond School Bus. Pick up locations are in the Bosch parking lot on the South end of New Richmond and on the North end by Super America (gravel lot).

Carry-Ins and Alcohol Consumption:
Absolutely no beverage or food carryins of any kind will be allowed into Mary Park. All persons wishing to consume alcohol must obtain an alcohol wrist band. Anyone who appears to be 35 or younger will have ID checked. No one under the age of 21 will be allowed to purchase or consume alcohol even with parent present.

There are a variety of lodging options in New Richmond and nearby for hotels. Camping is available in New Richmond’s Hatfield Park, about two miles from festival area.

Taxi Service:
There will be taxi onsite providing free rides to anywhere in New Richmond if you feel your should not drive. Stop at the beer concession area to receive your taxi voucher. The New Richmond Area Chamber encourages you to drink responsibly.

NO COVER CHARGE/All ages welcome:
There is no cover charge for any portion of the event except the brew sampling. You may listen to all music performances for free. There will be concession food and beverages for sale. All ages are welcome.

The festival in a open air festival. There is limited cover in the case of rain. There will be some picnic tables available to sit on. You may bring your own blanket or lawn chair. NO COOLERS.

There are flush toilets on site. There will also be portapotties in the festival area.

Mary Park
New Richmond, WI 54017
(715) 246-2900

Start: June 2, 2017
End: June 3, 2017
Venue: Mary Park
Phone: 715-246-2900
401 N. Green Avenue, New Richmond, WI, 54017, United States
Cost: Free

July 14, 2017 – July 15, 2017

Milwaukee Air & Water Show

Milwaukee Air & Water Show


An “M” for Milwaukee at the Milwaukee Air & Water Show we snapped from Back Bay Park on Milwaukee’s East Side.

The Milwaukee Air & Water Show, sponsored by Waterstone Bank, offers one of the top air shows in the Midwest along the city’s gorgeous lakefront. The Navy Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Squadron will return and headline the show! The Blue Angels’ six demonstration pilots fly the F/A-18 Hornet at over 34 locations throughout the U.S. each year, where they still employ many of the same practices and techniques used in their aerial displays when formed in 1946.

Other exciting acts to perform in Milwaukee’s skies this July include the U.S. Army Golden Knights Parachute Demonstration Team, Team Aerostars, Firebirds Xtreme, Lucas Oil Airshows and the A-4 Skyhawk.

Water acts scheduled for this year’s Milwaukee Air & Water Show include Tony Demattero’s “Hustler 50 Raceboat” and Gene Greber’s MTI Racing Team on the Wake Effects Champion Superboat. Gary Burtka will perform an exciting Jet Ski freestyle show, and the Water Show Ski Team will show off their skills. The Milwaukee Fireboat and a demonstration from the U.S. Coast Guard Rescue Helicopter will show the crowd their detailed skill when dealing with crisis on the water. In addition, Seven Marine outboard boats will take their talents to the western waters of Lake Michigan to show off power and speed.

Milwaukee Air & Water Show, two planes

You can watch from Bradford Beach and many other areas along Milwaukee’s lakefront for free. Ticketed areas offer the closest proximity, the best views, hosted narration, the best access to concessions, and great seating. This is definitely a benchmark summer event in Milwaukee! U.S. 18, Highways 32, 36, 38, 57, 59, 145, 190 and more all bring to within eye (and definitely ear!) shot of the show.

2272 N. Lincoln Memorial Drive
Milwaukee, WI 53211
(414) 482-2069

Friday, July 14th Air Show Practice
Food & Beverage
Air Show Exhibits
Air Show Box Office
11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
 Saturday, July 15th Air Show Box Office
Water Show
Daily Air Show
Navy Blue Angels           
8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
10:00 a.m.
Noon – 4:00 p.m.
3:00 p.m.
 Sunday, July 16th Air Show Box Office
Water Show
Daily Air Show
Navy Blue Angels  
8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
10:00 a.m.
Noon – 4:00 p.m.
3:00 p.m.
Start: July 14, 2017
End: July 15, 2017
Venue: Milwaukee's Lakefront
Phone: 414-482-2069
2272 N. Lincoln Memorial Drive, Milwaukee, WI, 53211, United States

August 12, 2017 – August 20, 2017

Oconto County Fair

The 76th annual Oconto County Fair runs August 12-13 and 17-20 in Zippel Park in Gillett, Wisconsin.

Highlights will include a Youth-Decorated Cake Auction, Human Foosball, a Tractor Pull, the Fairest of the Fair Competition, and the Ultimate Grilled Cheese Contest!

Grandstand shows will include family fun events like a 4X4 Truck Pull, Farm Tractor Pull, and a Draft Horse Pull. Of course, being a county fair, you’ll see plenty of animals from area farms. There will be a Goat Show, Poultry Show, Rabbit Show, Swine Show, Sheep Show, Beef Show, and much more… that’s a lot of shows.

The Exhibition Area will be open every day featuring vendors with a variety of products, shows, and more. You can enjoy live entertainment nightly, plenty of eats, drinks, rides, and fun.

Plenty of specific additions will be announced as the Oconto County Fair date draws closer. Check their website for updates!

Zippel Park is just east of Highway 22 and west and south of Highway 32 in Gillett. Follow either highway to get to Gillett, the “ATV Capital of the World,” and enjoy the 2017 Oconto County Fair!

East Park Street
Gillett, WI 54124
Event Website

Start: August 12, 2017
End: August 20, 2017
Venue: Zippel Park
E. Park Street, Gillett, WI, 54124, United States