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June 28, 2017 – July 9, 2017


Summerfest! It’s the “World’s Largest Music Festival” on Milwaukee’s lakefront. For 11 days, you and nearly 900,000 of your closest friends can enjoy over 1,000 performances from nearly 800 acts on the 75-acre Maier Festival Park grounds.

summerfest2015_169wSummerfest dates back to 1968 and has since become the backdrop for the music industry’s hottest stars, emerging talent and local favorites to create unforgettable live music experiences in a world-class festival setting. Running along Milwaukee’s lakefront nestled within downtown, Discovery World, I-794, and Lake Michigan, Summerfest offers not only music but over 45 food and beverage vendors, four marketplaces offering crafts and wares from all over the world, interactive exhibits, and just cool general fun.

Acts booked for 2017 continue to emerge. Headliners play the 23,000+ seat American Family Insurance Amphitheater; so far, booked headliners include:
Red Hot Chili Peppers, June 28
Luke Bryan with the Brothers Osbourne, June 29
Zac Brown Band, July 1
P!nk, July 2
The Chainsmokers featuring Vice and Captain Cuts, July 4
Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers 40th Anniversary Tour with special guest Chris Stapleton, July 5-6
Dierks Bentley with Cole Swindell and Jon Pardi, July 7
Big Sean with Future and Migos, July 8
The Outlaws Tour featuring Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan, Sheryl Crow, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, Margo Price, and Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, July 9

Summerfest itself runs Wednesday, June 28th through Sunday, July 9th; it will be closed Monday, July 3rd. Tickets run $20 per day, but two discount options exist. One involves a “Weekday admission” ticket, which gets you in any time before 4pm weekdays and runs $13; the other is the 11-Day Power Pass. For frequent festival-goers (we average 9-10 days at this thing), the Power Pass is a great deal: $90, and you get admission each day. You can purchase and print tickets online here. Parking lots are available just to the west of the grounds and throughout downtown Milwaukee and the Historic Third Ward. The Milwaukee County Transit System also offers “freeway flyer” express buses to and from the grounds from numerous Park & Ride lots in the metro area.

The Summerfest Grounds can be accessed directly via I-794, U.S. 18, and Highway 32. I-43/94 and Highways 38, 59, and 145 also bring you within a mile of it – which is how far away some people park! Either way, it’s one of the greatest music festivals on the planet and a definite State Trunk Tour recommendation.

Start: June 28, 2017 11:30 am
End: July 9, 2017 11:55 pm
Venue: Maier Festival Park
Phone: 414-273-2680
200 N. Harbor Drive, Milwaukee, WI, 53202, United States

July 8, 2017 – September 4, 2017

Bristol Renaissance Faire

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

Bristol Renaissance Faire runs Saturdays and Sundays from July 8th though Labor Day (yes, it runs that Monday and that’s the only Monday.) 2017 marks the Faire’s 29th season.

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

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

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

Bristol Renaissance Faire Location:

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

Start: July 8, 2017
End: September 4, 2017
Venue: Bristol Renaissance Faire
Phone: 877-435-9849
12550 120th Avenue, Kenosha, WI, 53142, United States
Cost: 25.95

July 12, 2017 – July 16, 2017

Northern Wisconsin State Fair

The Northern Wisconsin State Fair is always a fun-filled, family event that brings folks back year after year. This year, it runs July 12-16.

Northern Wisconsin State Fair rocks

The five days of the fair feature midway carnival excitement, numerous exhibits, animal judging, contests for milk drinking, pie eating, karaoke and more, animal shows, a talent show, a draft horse show, Royal white tigers, a pedal tractor pull, and much more.

Of course, the food is always a highlight. Each day offers new and exciting competitions and entertainment. Musical acts announced include Granger Smith featuring Earl Dibbles Jr., Clint Black, Dennis DeYoung: The Music of Styx, and The Beach Boys!

The Northern Wisconsin State Fairgrounds are right along Highway 124 in Chippewa Falls, just a hop, skip, and a jump north of the Leinenkugel Brewery! Highways 29 and U.S. 53 bring you close by.

Start: July 12, 2017
End: July 16, 2017
Venue: Northern Wisconsin State Fairgrounds
Phone: 715-723-2861
225 Edward Street, Chippewa Falls, WI, 54729, United States
Cost: 10

July 13, 2017 – July 16, 2017

Bastille Days

It’s Milwaukee’s annual French festival, and it’s tres magnifique. Set around Cathedral Square on the east side of downtown, Bastille Days begins with a 5K “Storm the Bastille” run on Thursday night and then plenty of food, wine, beer, music, art, chef cooking demos, and over 25 sidewalk craft tents, all capped with a 43-foot replica of the Eiffel Tower.

The festival covers the blocks around Cathedral Square, including along Wells, Kilbourn, Jefferson, and Jackson Streets. U.S. 18 and Highway 32 actually detour around the festival, which is one of the largest French festivals in the nation. I-43/94, I-794, and Highways 38, 59, and 145 all bring you close. Grab your beret and check it out!

Bastille Days Info

825 N. Jefferson Street
Milwaukee, WI 53202


Start: July 13, 2017
End: July 16, 2017
Venue: East Town Association
Phone: 414-271-1416
825 N. Jefferson Street, Milwaukee, WI, 53202, United States
Cost: Free

July 13, 2017 – July 15, 2017

Rock Fest, Cadott

Cadott hosts some major music festivals, including Rock Fest – the Largest Rock & Camping Festival in the US.

Now in its 24th year, it is THE top venue for people of all ages to come together for one common purpose: to congregate with other rock fans from across the world, in a place where rock music still matters. Featuring the very best of active and classic rock and legendary names in Rock Music, entertainment and experience are first priority. Aerosmith, Iron Maiden, Avenged Sevenfold, Kiss, Motley Crue, Fleetwood Mac, Tom Petty, Kid Rock, Shinedown, Five Finger Death Punch, Rob Zombie, Korn & many, many more rock legends have graced this permanent Main Stage spanning almost a quarter century.

This year’s acts include Rob Zombie, Slayer, Korn, Lita Ford, Avenged Sevenfold, Shinedown, Megadeth, Stonesour, Anthrax, Volbeat, Lamb of God, Clutch, Insane Clown Posse, Ratt, Sevendust, Lit, Jack Russell’s Great White, Faster Pussycat, and many more!

Rock Fest is set on 320 acres of picturesque land in Cornell near the junction of Highway 27 and 29. There are nearly 7,000 campsites within easy walking distance; hotels are available (especially in nearby Eau Claire and Chippewa Falls), plus daily shuttle service. Yes, this is kind of a big deal.

Festival Grounds Features

  • World-class entertainment ~ 50 + Bands
  • Opportunity to win prizes and meet n’ greets in the concert grounds
  • Interactive Games
  • RFID Exciting Activations
  • Bean Bag Toss
  • Huge variety of pizza, food, beverages and merchandise
  • Bud Light, Budweiser, Jack Daniels, Captain Morgan & Coca-Cola brands
  • Fest breakfast buffet is served in the “Load & Local” stage daily from 9am to Noon.
  • 5 stages of all-day entertainment
  • Picture taking line access to front of Main Stage
  • Free Hot Showers
  • 2 Convenience Stores open 24 hours
  • ATM’s in concert grounds and convenience stores.
  • RFID Cashless
  • Ticket booths accept cash or credit cards
  • Ice available for sale on site
  • Fresh water stations (limited hours)
  • Free RV dump station
  • Porta Potties located throughout grounds
  • 24 hour Security
  • Night lighting
  • Easy accessible dumpsters for garbage and recyclables
  • Festival Souvenir Store
  • Photo Booths
  • Misting Stations
  • Free Mobile Phone App
  • Wireless Internet in Concert Grounds
  • Phone Charging Stations in Concert Grounds

Get all the details, lineup, ticket options, and more at the Rock Fest website!

Start: July 13, 2017
End: July 15, 2017
Venue: Rock Fest
Phone: 800-326-3378
24447 County S, Cadott, WI, 54727, United States

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

July 15, 2017

Port Fish Day

Port Fish Day logoPort Fish Day features “The World’s Largest One-Day Outdoor Fish Fry.” What more needs to be said?

Okay, along with the fish fry, we’re talking lots of fun: music on four stages, rides, fireworks, and plenty of other cool stuff like soccer water fights all along Port Washington’s beautiful harbor on Lake Michigan.

The 53rd annual Port Fish Day runs all day and also features an Art Design Contest, a run/walk, and more fried fish than you can shake a stick at. There is free admission to the grounds. You can enjoy music on the Main Stage with the purchase of a button, which will cost $5.

Port Fish Day runs Saturday, July 15th along the beautiful harbor area in downtown Port Washington. Highways 32 and 33 bring you right into downtown Port, just east of I-43 and Highway 57, a few miles north of Highway 60.

Port Fish Day, Harbor

All the details are on their website.

Port Fish Day Address:

Port Washington Harbor
100 N. Franklin Street (Highway 32)
Port Washington, WI 53074
(262) 284-0900

Start: July 15, 2017 10:00 am
End: July 15, 2017 10:30 pm
Venue: Port Washington Harbor
Phone: 262-284-0900
100 N. Franklin Street, Port Washington, WI, 53074, United States
Cost: Free

July 20, 2017 – July 23, 2017

Country Thunder

Some of the biggest acts in country music hit Twin Lakes for Country Thunder over four days, July 20-23!  Plenty of campsites are available and you can purchase tickets here. If you don’t want to camp, you can stay elsewhere and shuttle in, including the Lakefront Shuttle from Lake Geneva.

Headliners include Jason Aldean, Keith Urban, Thomas Rhett, Billy Currington, Big & Rich, Old Dominion, Maddie & Tae, Dan + Shay, Tracy Lawrence, Restless Heart, Chase Bryant, Cam, and a slew of others, , Chris Young performs Thursday night; Florida Georgia Line head up Friday night; Jake Owen leads Saturday night; and Eric Church finishes it up Sunday night. Other artists performing on the Main Stage include Thomas Rhett, The Cadillac Three, Parmalee, Dallas Smith, A Thousand Horses, Joe Diffie, Chase Bryant, Granger Smith, Terri Clark, the Bellamy Brothers, David Ray, Gunnar & the Grizzly Boys, Haley Georgia, nightly themed parties with DJ KO, and many more.

Country Thunder Schedule for 2017

Thursday, July 20
3:30 Dorado
5:00 Runaway Jane
6:30 Chase Bryant
8:00 Dallas Smith
10:00 Billy Currington

Friday, July 21
2:30 Brandon Ray
3:30 Restless Heart
5:00 Michael Ray
6:30 Frankie Ballard
8:00 Dan + Shay
10:00 Keith Urban

Saturday, July 22
2:00 Ryan Hurd
3:30 William Michael Morgan
5:00 Cam
6:30 Tucker Beathard
8:00 Old Dominion
10:00 Thomas Rhett

Sunday, July 23
2:30 High Valley
4:00 Tracy Lawrence
5:30 Maddie & Tae
7:00 Big & Rich
9:00 Jason Aldean

The Boathouse Cabana will feature many additional acts across all four days.

The Country Thunder grounds are very close to the Wisconsin-Illinois state line, centrally located between Highway O and Highway P, near 119th St in southwestern Kenosha County. U.S. 12 is close by; Twin Lakes is a few miles south of Highway 50 and west of U.S. 45 and Highway 83.

Country Thunder East
2305 Lance Drive
Twin Lakes, WI 53181
(866) 802-6418

Start: July 20, 2017
End: July 23, 2017
Venue: Country Thunder East
Phone: 866-802-6418
2305 Lance Drive, Twin Lakes, WI, 53181, United States

July 21, 2017 – July 23, 2017

Waterford Balloonfest

Ready for colorful dotted skies over this pretty southeastern Wisconsin town? The 7th annual Waterford Balloonfest features over a dozen balloonists from around the nation through the weekend of July 21-23, 2017. The classic “evening balloon glows” are take place Friday and Saturday evenings, plus balloonist flight competitions which will highlight their amazing flying skills… which is tricky in a balloon! (Trust us, we’ve been in one.)

Craft and business vendors will show their wares and provide information on their businesses. Local food establishments will offer food and beverages, including many desserts. Another activities include a kids’ area with games, activities, and entertainment, a 5K run/walk, helicopter rides, and much more!

Information on getting a hot air balloon ride or a tethered ride can be found by contacting WindDancer Balloon Promotions by e-mail:

Admission is FREE! Preferred parking is available for $10, motorcycles $5.

Highways 20, 36, 83, and 164 all bring you to Waterford, which is in far western Racine County.

Evergreen Elementary School
817 W. Main Street
Waterford, WI 53185

Here’s the Daily Schedule for Waterford Balloonfest:
4pm: Event Starts
4pm – 8pm: Helicopter Rides*
4pm – 8pm: Arts & Crafts Fair, Kids Activities, Fire Department
4pm – 8pm: “Say Cheese for Charity”
4pm – Close: Inflatable Amusements / Games
4pm – 9pm: Food Vendors
5pm: Square Dancers
5:45pm: Opening Ceremony
6pm Tethered Rides*
6pm – 8pm: Kids From Wisconsin
6:30 – 7:45pm: Balloon Launch Window*
8:15pm: Evening Glow*
6am – 7:30am: Balloon Competition Window*
6am: Tethered Rides*
6am – 11am: Pancake Breakfast
6am – 9pm: Food Vendors
9am – Close: Inflatable Amusements / Games
10am – 5pm: Business Vendors
10am – 5pm: Say Cheese for Charity
10am – 8pm: Helicopter Rides*
10am – 8pm: Arts & Crafts Fair, Kids Activities
10am – 6pm: Entertainment
11am – 2pm: Meet & Greet with Pilots
2pm: WUHS Alumni Jazz Band
6pm – 8pm Rock Band “Clove”
6pm: Tethered Rides*
6:30 – 7:45pm: Balloon Launch Window*
8:15pm: Evening Glow*
6am – 7:30am: Balloon Launch Window*
6am: Tethered Rides*
6am – 10am: Food Vendors

Start: July 21, 2017
End: July 23, 2017
Venue: Evergreen Elementary School
Phone: 262-534-5911
817 W. Main Street, Waterford, WI, 53185, United States
Cost: Free

July 21, 2017 – July 23, 2017


Paperfest logoPaperfest 2017

The Fox Valley’s paper making history gets its salute with the 29th annual Paperfest celebration! This year, Paperfest takes place in Kimberly’s Sunset Point Park, right along the Fox River. Paperfest is a fun, family-oriented festival spanning three days offering up plenty of games, sports, music and food – and education about paper.

Friday night features the Paper Chase, a 4 mile run/walk. Saturday is the Tour de Fest ’17, a biking competition which will be held rain or shine. This annual bike tour offers cyclists a choice of four routes – 18, 40, 70, and 100 miles. The cyclists should their energy – the 100 mile route includes the appropriately named Seven Hills Road!

Rest stops along the way will provide bagels, fruit, snacks, beverages, and restrooms. SAG wagons will patrol the routes until 3:00 p.m., providing direction, mechanical assistance and transportation, if needed. Spectators can watch and enjoy while imbibing in the food and drink available at Paperfest and at establishments along each route.

Paperfest SawdustOther fun things to check out include the toilet paper toss, carnival rides, lawn games, yoga, and more. Saturday features events in the Family Tent including comedy, magic, and karate demonstrations. On the music stages across three days The Bomb, Road Trip. Rob & The Rest, Eminence, Boogie & The Yo-Yo’z, Bad Habits, and RPM perform.

There is also a papermaking demonstration, the Age of Reptiles show, a petting zoo, graffiti fence painting, a sawdust hunt, sidewalk chalk art, hula hoop games, face painting, and more. The Family Stage will feature children’s music and magic tricks. Sports events include a volleyball tournament and tug-of-war competition.

You can reach Kimberly and Paperfest by following I-41, U.S. 10, Highway 55, Highway 96, or Highway 441 to get close, then follow the streets to Sunset Park.

Paperfest Location:

Sunset Park
Sunset Point Road
Kimberly, WI 54136


Start: July 21, 2017 5:30 pm
End: July 23, 2017 7:30 pm
Venue: Sunset Park
Sunset Park Road, Kimberly, WI, 54136, United States