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May 24, 2019 – May 26, 2019

World’s Largest Brat Fest

World's Largest Brat Fest, MadisonWorld’s Largest Brat Fest

Since you’ve been freezing your buns all winter, cele-BRAT-e the official start of summer with the World’s Largest Brat Fest in Madison! Presented by Johnsonville, it takes place Memorial Day weekend at Willow Island. Putting the sizzle into summer for over 30 years, Brat Fest is one of the Midwest’s largest and best, family-friendly music festivals right in the heart of the capital city. And they’ve also sold over 3.8 million brats!

Brat Fest Music Lineup

The diverse music lineup features over 100 bands covering folk, country, jazz, blues, soul, and rock. Headliners this year include Smashmouth, Randy Houser, Fastball, “The Voice” runner-up Chris Kroeze, Wayland, Madison County, and Little Miss Whiskey. Other artists include Steve Adler from Guns N’ Roses, WheelHouse, Foo Foo Dolls, RetroBus, The Racing Pulses, Wurk, Autumn Reverie, Mariachi Monarcas, Sanctus, Shallow Side, Rip, Adelaide, Jessi Lynn, Ayiesha Woods, the Kelsey Miles Band, Bucky Covington, Michael Alexander & Big Whiskey, the Pat Watters Band, SuperTuesday, and more! Get the full lineup here.

Kids racing at Brat Fest in MadisonIt’s not all about the music, however. Enjoy ice cold beverages and tasty food, including BRATS, of course. The Bratteyball Tournament is a “bratty” volleyball tournament with four divisions competing on Saturday. There will be a kids’ zone with plenty of activities to keep the young ones busy – including a “bounce zone” and a petting zoo. There’s Ultrazone Laser Tag, a Sports Zone, even the Budweiser Clydesdales will make an appearance!

Free shuttle buses will be running between the zoo and Brat Fest all weekend, giving families the chance to see the new Arctic Passage exhibit.

Admission to the World’s Largest Brat Fest is FREE!  And while it’s a little known fact that brats are even tastier when eaten for a good cause, all of the Fest’s proceeds go to numerous local charities. Check it all out on Willow Island at the Alliant Energy Center and kick off the summer right with some of that Brat Fest sizzle.

Harley Davidson of Madison is providing exclusive V.I.P. motorcycle parking for 200 bikes – just use the entrance off Rimrock Road (just off the Beltline) to access that area.

Get details on all the events, food and drink menus, and more at the Brat Fest website here.

Brat Fest concert, Madison

You can get to Madison so many ways: I-39/90, I-94, U.S. 12, 14, 18, or 151, or Highways 30 or 113. Enjoy a beautiful Memorial Day weekend in town with Brat Fest – and check out the State Capitol, the Wisconsin Memorial Union Terrace, Lakes Mendota and Monona, the Henry Vilas Zoo, and everything else our capital city has to offer!

World’s Largest Brat Fest Address:

Alliant Energy Center
1919 Alliant Energy Center Way
Madison, WI 53713

Start: May 24, 2019 10:00 am
End: May 26, 2019 9:00 pm
Venue: Alliant Energy Center
Phone: 608-236-2031
1919 Alliant Energy Center Way, Madison, WI, 53713, United States
Cost: Free

May 31, 2019 – June 2, 2019

Dairyfest 2019

Marshfield features its 38th annual Dairyfest the weekend of May 31  – June 2, 2019. This is Hub City’s annual honor of the dairy industry! This community tradition has been providing fun for the whole family, during these “dairy-licious” days. The kick-off to the event is a Mayor’s breakfast held on Friday, May 31, from 5:30-9:30 am at the Central Wisconsin State Fairgrounds. The celebration includes kids entertainment, food trucks, an interactive education exhibit “On the Moove”, a downtown parade, an old-fashioned picnic and movie in the park, cornhole tournament, and softball tournament. Later that day, an old fashioned Picnic in the Park is offered in Columbia Park. Pack your own picnic lunch or purchase food from both commercial vendors and non-profit organizations. Children’s games including a coin/candy hunt, children’s games, petting zoo, the civic band concert, and an outdoor movie in the park complete the evening.

Saturday is Family Fun Day at Dairyfest. Activities are jam packed, starting with the annual Cheese Chase (2K run/walk, 5K and 10K runs), which kicks off at 7:30am.

More Saturday activities include an arts/crafts show selling some of the Midwest’s finest treasures, a kids’ parade just prior to the grown-ups’ parade, a mesmerizing magic show, face painting, a petting zoo, inflatable fun for kids of all ages, and food booths galore to tempt everyone’s taste buds – and yes, much of it will be dairy-oriented! In fact, there will be FREE milk from 1-4pm.

Completing the weekend Dairyfest activities are a co-ed softball tournament, and the ACO Wisconsin State Cornhole Championships. This fun and lively championship match pits cornhole (“bags”) players from across the state to reign supreme in this fun and – not always so easy – game. The action is held in the Expo Building on the Central Wisconsin State Fairgrounds, 512 E. 17th Street.

Dairyfest events take place in Marshfield’s Columbia Park, the new Wenzel Park, the Central Wisconsin State Fairgrounds, and the Governor William Upham House. Get the full lineup of ALL the activities (and there are a ton of them) HERE via .pdf.

Marshfield is nicknamed “Hub City” for being VERY centrally-located in the state and was hub for many early railroads. Today, you can reach Marshfield via U.S. 10 or Highways 13, 80 or 97. And while you’re there, check out the Blue Heron Brewpub, the shops and restaurants along Central Avenue, and more!

Dairyfest Address:

Various locations around town, including the Central Wisconsin State Fairgrounds
513 E. 17th Street
Marshfield, WI 54449

Event Brochure (.pdf)

Start: May 31, 2019
End: June 2, 2019
Venue: Central Wisconsin State Fairgrounds
Phone: 715-387-1261
513 E. 17th Street, Marshfield, WI, 54449, United States

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.

PrideFest Address:

Milwaukee’s Summerfest Grounds/Henry Maier Festival Park
200 N. Harbor Drive
Milwaukee, WI 53202
(414) 272-3378
PrideFest website


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Start: June 6, 2019 2:30 pm
End: June 9, 2019 10:00 pm
Venue: Henry Maier Festival Park
Phone: 414-272-3378
200 N. Harbor Drive, Milwaukee, WI, 53202, United States
Cost: 13

June 7, 2019 – June 9, 2019

Port Washington’s Port Pirate Fest

Port Washington Pirate Festival logoHey, what’s a pirate’s favorite sock? ARRRR-gyle! The Port Pirate Fest hits this beautiful lakefront city June 7-9, 2019, with plenty of fun mayhem and merriment sure to please.

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.

Port Washington Pirate Festival Parade

Port Washington Pirate Festival Zorb BallThe 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.

Port Washington Pirate Festival Cardboard Boat RacePort Pirate Fest Address:

Port Washington Lakefront
105 N. Lake Street
Port Washington, WI 53074
(262) 323-6612
Facebook page

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
Singletree, Inc
The Froggy Viking
Captain Kuts Pirate Ware
US Cellular
Aurora’s Apothecary
Laughing Dawg Studio
Ever Dry Wisconsin
Archimedes Azure
Yellow Dog Treats
Claire’s Creative Designs
Huasi Craft


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Start: June 7, 2019
End: June 9, 2019
Venue: Port Washington Lakefront
Phone: 262-323-6612
105 N. Lake Street, Port Washington, WI, 53074, United States
Cost: Free

June 8, 2019

Sister Bay Roofing of the Goats Parade

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.

Sister Bay Roofing of the Goats Parade

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
(920) 854-2626

Al Johnson's in Sister Bay is unmistakeable as you drive by.

Start: June 8, 2019 10:30 am
End: June 8, 2019 5:00 pm
Venue: Al Johnson's Swedish Butik
Phone: 920-854-2626
10698 N. Bay Shore Road, Sister Bay, WI, 54234, United States

June 14, 2019 – June 16, 2019

Polish Fest

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:

Sukiennice Marketplace
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.

Cultural Village
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! 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

Miller Stage

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
3:20 DynaBrass
4:00 I.P.A. Tribute Band
4:40 DynaBrass
5:20 I.P.A. Tribute Band
6:00 DynaBrass
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

Cultural Stage

12:00 – 3:30 Doo-Wop Daddies Gold
5:00 Cappuchins Walk
9:00 Korona Band (From Canada)

Folk Stage

12:30 The Greatest Hits
5:00 FlipSyde w/Red Deacon
9:00 Bobby Way & The WayOuts

Children’s Stage

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

Miller Stage

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

Cultural Stage

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

Folk Stage

Noon Keith Stras & Polka Confetti
3:00 Polka Lessons With Ashley & Randy Thull
4:00 Rebecca & The Grey Notes
8:30 The Britins

Children’s Stage

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

Miller Stage

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

Folk Stage

Noon Accompany of Kids
1:00 Marcus Band
5:00 Justyna & The Company

Children’s Stage

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

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Start: June 14, 2019 12:00 pm
End: June 16, 2019 8:00 pm
Venue: Maier Festival Park
200 N. Harbor Drive, Milwaukee, WI, 53202, United States
Cost: 12

June 21, 2019 – June 22, 2019

Ellsworth Cheese Curd Festival

Ellsworth Cheese Curd Festival logoEllsworth backs up its claim as the “Cheese Curd Capital of Wisconsin” with their annual Cheese Curd Festival this weekend, filled with flavor and fun! We’re talking over 2,500 pounds of curds here.

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.

Ellsworth Cheese Curd FestivalYou 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
(715) 273-6442

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

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Start: June 21, 2019 4:00 pm
End: June 22, 2019 10:00 pm
Venue: East End Park
Phone: 715-273-6442
149 N. Crosscut Street, Ellsworth, WI, 54011, United States
Cost: Free

June 22, 2019 – June 23, 2019

Cedarburg Strawberry Festival

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:

Downtown Cedarburg
Washington Avenue
Cedarburg, WI 53012
(262) 377-5856

Start: June 22, 2019 10:00 am
End: June 23, 2019 5:00 pm
Venue: Downtown Cebarburg
Phone: 262-377-5856
Washington Avenue, Cedarburg, WI, 53012, United States

June 26, 2019 – July 7, 2019


Milwaukee Summerfest 2019

Summerfest 2019! 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.

Announced Summerfest headliners include:

American Family Insurance Amphitheater:
Wednesday, June 26th: Thomas Rhett with special guest Dustin Lynch, 7:30pm
Thursday, June 27th: The Outlaw Music Festival starring Willie Nelson & Friends, 7:30pm
Friday, June 28th: Jason Aldean with special guest Kane Brown, 7:30pm
Saturday, June 29th: Bon Iver with special guests Lord Huron & Julien Baker, 7:30pm
Sunday, June 30th: Zac Brown Band, 7:30pm
Monday, July 1st: CLOSED
Tuesday, July 2nd: Lionel Richie with special guest Michael McDonald, 7:30pm
Wednesday, July 3rd: Jennifer Lopez “It’s My Party” Tour, 7:30pm
Thursday, July 4th: Ozzy Osbourne: No More Tours 2 with special guest Megadeth, 7:30pm
Wednesday, July 5th: The Killers with special guest Death Cab for Cutie, 7:30pm

BMO Harris Pavilion:

Miller Lite Oasis:

Harley-Davidson Roadhouse:

U.S. Cellular Connection Stage:

Summerfest 2018, skyline and US Cellular Stage Sign

Part of Milwaukee’s skyline hovering above the northern part of the Summerfest Grounds, including the new US Cellular Connection Stage sign. The stage was completely redone for 2018.

Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard:

Uline Warehouse Stage:

Johnson Controls World Sound Stage:

Watch for new announcements, see for more lineups the timeliest way possible!

Summerfest itself runs Wednesday, June 26th through Sunday, July 7th; it’s closed Monday, July 1st. In 2020, Summerfest will run June 26 – July 5.

Tickets run $21 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.

Summerfest 2019 Address:

Henry Maier Festival Park
200 N. Harbor Drive
Milwaukee, WI 53202
(414) 273-2680

Start: June 26, 2019 11:30 am
End: July 7, 2019 11:55 pm
Venue: Maier Festival Park
Phone: 414-273-2680
200 N. Harbor Drive, Milwaukee, WI, 53202, United States

July 10, 2019 – July 14, 2019

Northern Wisconsin State Fair

Chippewa Falls Sesquicentennial Northern Wisconsin State Fair grounds logoThe Northern Wisconsin State Fair is always a fun-filled, family event that brings folks back year after year to Chippewa Falls, right along Historic U.S. 53 and today’s Highway 124. This year, it runs July 10th – 14th!

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 including a Horse Speed, Game, and Fun Show, the Northern Wisconsin Show Us Your Talent Show, a draft horse show, a pedal tractor pull, and much more.

Of course, the food is always a highlight. Each day offers new and exciting competitions and entertainment.

Northern Wisconsin State Fair rocks

Music Headliners on the Main Stage include:
Roots & Boots 90s Electric Throwdown Tour featuring Sammy Kershaw, Collin Raye, and Aaron Tippin, Wednesday, July 10
Hairball, Thursday July 11
Big & Rich with Cowboy Troy & DJ Sinister, Friday, July 12
Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Saturday, July 13
and Mutton Bustin Rodeo, Sunday, July 14th!

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 and across from beautiful Irvine Park and the Irvine Park Zoo. Highways 29 and U.S. 53 bring you close by.

Northern Wisconsin State Fair Address:

Northern Wisconsin State Fairgrounds
225 Edward Street (just off Highway 124)
Chippewa Falls, WI 54729
(715) 723-2861

A full Schedule of Events list is below! For more on Chippewa Falls in general and more about the Northern Wisconsin State Fair, check out our State Trunk Tour Chippewa Falls Podcast:

2018 Northern Wisconsin State Fair Schedule of Events

Wednesday, July 10

Free Bike Corral, Pig, Duck, and Goat Races
8:30 am – Judging Sheep (Junior Fair)
9:00 am
Judging- Open Class Flowers & Houseplants, Junior Flowers & Houseplants, Exploring & Cloverbuds, Cultural Art, Junior Food
9:30 am – Judging Photography (Junior Fair)
10:00 am – Judging Equestrian (Junior Fair), Judging Plant & Soil Science (Open Class)
10:30 am – Judging Woodworking (Junior Fair)
11:00 am – CVTC Zone, Green Bay Packer Tundra Line, Official Flag Raising Ceremony
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm Carnival Rides, Gypsy Rattle Can
12:30 pm – LoonWatch & Wolf Alliance – Loon Watch & Wolf Alliance
1:00 pm – Judging Beef Cattle (Junior Fair), Judging Natural Sciences (Junior Fair)
1:00 pm – Pedal Tractor Pull, Wisconsin Book Worms
1:30 pm – Amazing Mazey, the Monarch, The Chillbillies
2:00 pm – Jared Sherlock Comic Magician & Illusionist
2:30 pm – What’s Buzzing? Barden Bumblebees
4:00 pm – Amazing Monarch Presentation, Judging Natural Sciences
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm – Northern WI Show Us Your Talent Show
8:00 pm – Main Stage Performance: Roots & Boots 90s Electric Throwdown Tour
9:30 pm – Live Music: Contradiction

Thursday, July 11
Free Bike Corral, Pig, Duck, and Goat Races
9:00 am – Judging Dairy Cattle (Junior Fair), Equestrian – Qualifying Classes, Goats (Open Class)
11:00 am – CVTC Zone
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm Carnival Rides, Gypsy Rattle Can
1:00 pm – Live Music: Liscio
1:00 pm – Wisconsin Book Worms
1:30 pm – Amazing Mazey, the Monarch
2:00 pm – Jared Sherlock Comic Magician & Illusionist
2:30 pm – What’s Buzzing? Barden Bumblebees
3:00 pm – Sheep Shearing Demonstration
6:00 pm – Quality Meat Animal Show and Sale
8:00 pm – Main Stage Performance: Hairball

Friday, July 12
Free Bike Corral, Pig, Duck, and Goat Races
9:30 am – Judging Rabbits & Dogs
11:00 am – CVTC Zone
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm Carnival Rides, Gypsy Rattle Can
1:00 pm – Live Music: Brady Luke
1:00 pm – Wisconsin Book Worms
1:30 pm – Amazing Mazey, the Monarch
2:00 pm – Kenny Ahern Physical Comic
2:30 pm – What’s Buzzing? Barden Bumblebees
6:00 pm – Judging Cats (Junior Fair)
8:00 pm – Main Stage Performance: Big & Rich with Cowboy Troy & DJ Sinister
9:30 pm – Live Music: Phoenix
9:30 pm – Live Music: The Commotion

Saturday, July 13
Free Bike Corral, Pig, Duck, and Goat Races
9:00 am – Judging Dairy Cattle & Poultry (Open Class)
9:00 am – 10:00 am – Open Class Horse Speed, Game and Fun Show
10:00 am – Judging Sheep & Llamas (Open Class)
11:00 am – CVTC Zone
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm Carnival Rides, Gypsy Rattle Can
1:00 pm – Live Music: CJ & The Boys
1:00 pm – Wisconsin Book Worms
1:30 pm – Amazing Mazey, the Monarch
1:30 pm – Judging Ale/Beer & Equipment Display
2:00 pm – Kenny Ahern Physical Comic
2:30 pm – What’s Buzzing? Barden Bumblebees
4:00 pm – Judging Beef Cattle (Open Class)
8:00 pm – Main Stage Performance: Joan Jett & the Blackhearts
9:30 pm – Live Music: Phoenix
9:30 pm – Live Music: The Commotion

Sunday, July 14
Free Bike Corral, Pig, Duck, and Goat Races
9:00 am  – 10:00 am – Draft Horse Show
10:30 am – CHURCH@theFair
11:00 am – CVTC Zone
12:00 pm – Antique Tractor Parade
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm Carnival Rides, Gypsy Rattle Can
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm – CHIPS
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm – Amazing Mazey, the Monarch
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm – Live Music: Unstable Boys
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Mutton Bustin Rodeo at the Main Stage
2:30 pm – 5:30 pm – What’s Buzzing? Barden Bumblebees
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm – Rice Bull Riding

Start: July 10, 2019
End: July 14, 2019
Venue: Northern Wisconsin State Fairgrounds
Phone: 715-723-2861
225 Edward Street, Chippewa Falls, WI, 54729, United States
Cost: 10

July 12, 2019 – July 14, 2019

Subfest in Manitowoc

Subfest in Manitowoc celebrates its 5th annual event July 12-14, 2019, with the celebration of 50 YEARS of the Wisconsin Maritime Museum!

Subfest Cobia

Manitowoc celebrates its maritime heritage at #SubFest2019 with a wide variety of events on land and water for everyone: Music, food, sidewalk sales, self-guided submarine tours, fireworks, kid-friendly activities, plenty of food, and so much more! Museum admission is $10 for adults, $5 for youth and submarine veterans, for gallery and sub tours. This includes educational programs on Saturday, July 13th. General grounds will be open, and there will be special ticket pricing for Tall Ship Adventure tours.

Subfest fireworks

There’s also a special Fish Boil Friday night, get your tickets here!

Manitowoc is easy to access via I-43, U.S. 10, U.S. 151, or Highway 42. Follow Waldo Blvd. or U.S. 151 from I-43 to get to the downtown and lakefront areas, and be ready for a fantastic time! Don’t forget to pick up some candy and sweets at Beerntsen’s on 8th Street while you’re there (it’s a State Trunk Tour favorite.)

Manitowoc Subfest Address:

Wisconsin Maritime Museum
75 Maritime Drive
Manitowoc, WI 54220
(920) 684-0218

Subfest parade

A Schedule of Events is below!

2019 Subfest Schedule of Events:

Friday, July 12th
9:00 am – 6:00 pm Museum open and self guided sub tours with submarine veterans
10:00 am – 6:00 pm Krazy Daze Sidewalk Sales
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm Beverage Tent
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm: Jamus Unplugged on the Main Stage

Saturday, July 13th
8:00 am – 4:00 pm Krazy Daze Sidewalk Sales & Famers Market (until 1:00)
9:00 am – 7:00 pm Museum open and self guided sub tours with submarine veterans
10:00 am – 5:00 pm Submarine models and Boat Pond
10:00 am – 5:00 pm Kids activity area open
10:00 am – 10:00 pm Food Vendors & Beverage Tent
11:00 am Stand Up Paddleboard & Kayak Race
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm Rising Phoenix
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm Sub Pub open to public
Approximately 9:15pm Lighted Boat Parade
Approximately 10:00 pm Fireworks

Main Stage Entertainment
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm Rising Phoenix

Sunday, July 14th
9:00 am – 6:00 pm Museum open and self-guided sub tours with submarine veterans (Sub tours begin at 11:00 am)
10:00 am Tolling of the Boats Ceremony on deck of Cobia
12:00 pm – 4:00 Krazy Daze Sidewalk Sales (select locations)
Educational Talks and Movies in the museum

Subfest Tall Ships

Parking and Transportation Information for Subfest 2019:

The parking lots at the Museum will not be available Sub Fest weekend. There are several public parking lots that will be available after 5:00 pm on Friday and street parking is also available throughout the downtown area. Maritime Drive will be closed off in front of the Museum from 8th street to Buffalo street.

Motorcycle parking will be available on Maritime Drive between the Museum and Baymont Hotel. Entrance near the Baymont.


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Start: July 12, 2019
End: July 14, 2019
Venue: Wisconsin Maritime Museum
Phone: 920-684-0218
75 Maritime Drive, Manitowoc, WI, 54220, United States

July 18, 2019 – July 21, 2019

Country Thunder

Some of the biggest acts in country music hit Twin Lakes for Country Thunder over four days, July 18-21!  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.

Performers include Trace Adkins, Michael Ray, Locash, Marty Stuart and the Fabulous Superlatives, Lonestar, High Valley, Ashley McBryde, Lindsay Ell, Jimmie Allen, Jameson Rodgers, Hunter Brothers, and more.

Country Thunder Headliners for 2019:

Thursday, July 18
Jake Owen

Friday, July 19
Tim McGraw

Saturday, July 20

Sunday, July 21
Chris Stapleton

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 18, 2019
End: July 21, 2019
Venue: Country Thunder East
Phone: 866-802-6418
2305 Lance Drive, Twin Lakes, WI, 53181, United States

July 20, 2019

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 55th 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. Lineups will be announced shortly!

The Lake View Stage features Random Riot early, Piano Brew in the late afternoon, and Blue Light Scene at night. This is also where the Fish Eating Contest happens at 2:30pm!  You can also check out the Family Zone in Upper Lake Park, with a whole variety of family-friendly fun.

Port Fish DayPort Fish Day runs Saturday, July 20th 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.

Further details are on their website. While in Port Washington, be sure to check out Coal Dock Park, trace the history of the Blues, shop Duluth Trading Company or any of the local stores downtown, and enjoy the lakefront!

Port Fish Day Address:

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

Start: July 20, 2019 10:00 am
End: July 20, 2019 10:30 pm
Venue: Port Washington Harbor
Phone: 262-284-0900
100 N. Franklin Street, Port Washington, WI, 53074, United States
Cost: Free

July 22, 2019 – July 28, 2019

EAA AirVenture Oshkosh

EAA AirVenture 50 year celebration

EAA AirVenture Oshkosh name in smoke

Yep, they can spell out anything at EAA!

EAA AirVenture is the World’s Largest Fly-In! What CAN’T you experience here? This year, they’re celebrating 50 years in Oshkosh, with extra celebrations all around!

EAA stands for Experimental Aircraft Association, and it’s a total blast. Whether you come to fly or just watch, you experience the world’s greatest aviation celebration. Warbirds. Vintage. Homebuilts. Ultralights, even the Blue Angels!

Enjoy all kinds of planes, aerobatics, hands-on workshops, and celebrations. AirVenture draws flight enthusiasts from across the globe, briefly turning Oshkosh’s Wittman Regional Airport into one of the busiest airports in the world.

Aerial firefighting will be a major theme at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2019 with support from the U.S. Forest Service and other aircraft operators and manufacturers. EAA will also be working with the U.S. Forest Service and other entities to bring various firefighting aircraft to AirVenture to allow visitors to see them up close.

EAA AirVenture Aerial Firefighting

EAA AirVenture runs a full week, from Monday, July 22 – Sunday, July 28, 2019. Features and attractions include air shows and aircraft neighborhoods where you can check out full assortments of plane types and styles. Plus, there’s KidVenture for the young ones, the Aviators Club, Aviation Gateway Park, the Pathways Pavilion, and more.

Plenty of activities run all day. But into the evening, concerts, feature films, and special programs take place to keep the fun going. It’s a full week of camaraderie.

Here’s some video to help get you fully into the spirit!

Be sure to check out the EAA AirVenture Museum while you’re there. Hit I-41, U.S. 45, or Highways 21, 26, 44, 76, or 91 to get you to Oshkosh to take in all the fun of EAA’s AirVenture!

Ticket prices vary, check this out for all the details.

EAA AirVenture Address:

Wittman Regional Airport
525 W. 20th Avenue
Oshkosh, WI 54902
Fly over to for all the info!

EAA AirVenture Oskhosh plane on display

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Start: July 22, 2019
End: July 28, 2019
Venue: Wittman Regional Airport
Phone: 920-236-4930
525 W. 20th Avenue, Oshkosh, WI, 54902, United States
Cost: 30

August 1, 2019 – August 11, 2019

Wisconsin State Fair

Wisconsin State Fair: Wheel at Night

One of the nation’s greats, the Wisconsin State Fair runs August 1-11, 2019. Everything from the animals to rides, concerts, exhibits, and tasty food and beverages (like flavored milks, only 50 cents each with more new flavors this year) are yours for the taking!

Potawatomi Hotel & Casino Main Stage headliners at Wisconsin State Fair include:

Wisconsin State Fair Main StageREO Speedwagon with special guest Night Ranger, Thursday, August 1st
Fitz and the Tantrums, Friday, August 2nd
Brett Eldredge, Saturday, August 3rd
The Happy Together Tour 2019, Sunday, August 4th
for King & Country, Monday, August 5th
KIDZ BOP World Tour, Tuesday, August 6th
TBD, Wednesday, August 7th
Jeff Dunham, Thursday, August 8th
TBD, Friday, August 9th
The Isley Brothers & The Commodores, Saturday, August 10th
Melissa Etheridge, Sunday, August 11th

As always, the State Fair will feature a huge variety of animals from farms all across the state, letting you learn more about and even interact with some – from cows to chickens and rabbits to llamas, ostrich, goats, and more!

Wisconsin State Fair Milk House

The Wisconsin State Fair Milk House, with all kinds of great flavored milks for 50 cents.

You will not go hungry: favorite foods at the Fair include the roasted corn, corn dogs, flavored milks, all kinds of creative deep-fried foods, sausages, as much as you can imagine on a stick, and the legendary Wisconsin cream puffs that become a “must have” for attendees needing their true dairy (and carb) fix! They get more eclectic with things like deep-fried bull testicles (listed as “Rocky Mountain Oysters” on the menu at Big Sky Country Bar & Grill), ants on a stick (literally), and earthworm and cricket jerky. But hey, it’s up to you.

The Milwaukee Mile race track, which hosts races, auto testing, and more throughout the year is just one of the places you can park – which is cool, since you can walk on and check out this legendary oval, the oldest continuously operating raceway in the world.

Get all this year’s details here. This is definitely one of the best State Fairs in the nation!

Check out this map of Wisconsin State Fair… you can enlarge it by clicking on it or get a printable .pdf HERE.

Wisconsin State Fair Map

Wisconsin State Fair Park is in West Allis, less than ten minutes from downtown Milwaukee. Bordered on the south by Highway 59/Greenfield Ave., on the west by Highway 181/84th Street, on the north by I-94, and on the east by 76th Street. U.S. 18/Bluemound Road comes close to the north, I-41/U.S. 45 and then Highway 100 skim by 2 miles to the west, and Highway 175 is about 2 miles east as it passes Miller Park. There are a lot of great ways to get to the Park!

Wisconsin State Fair Address:

Wisconsin State Fair Park
640 S. 84th Street (Highway 181 at Highway 59)
West Allis, WI 53214
(414) 266-7000

Start: August 1, 2019
End: August 11, 2019
Venue: Wisconsin State Fair Park
Phone: 800-884-3247
640 S. 84th Street, West Allis, WI, 53214, United States

August 10, 2019

Pure Water Days Riverfest

Chippewa Falls celebrates its clean, bountiful water, its sesquecentennial, and the community in general with the 43rd Annual Pure Water Days Parade and Riverfest celebration Saturday, August 10th!

With Pure Water Days, enjoy the big parade early Saturday afternoon with over 70 parade entries and a vintage car parade. Then, head down the street to Allen Park for RiverFest, which begins at 2pm.

Bring the kids and take advantage of the giant inflatables, games for both kids and adults, tons of prizes, a balloon artist, live music by Irie Sol, a Veterans tribute, food trucks, a beer tent, arts and crafts vendors, and fireworks. Throughout the day, city-wide events also include YMCA races and other sporting events, plus much more. It’s always an awesome family-friendly time!

During Pure Water Days, you can also enjoy the classic Cruise-In Car Show. This is the fourth of four car shows held downtown every summer. Vintage cars, trucks, and motorcycles with great music!

The Pure Water Days Parade theme for 2019 is “History of Chippewa Falls,” perfect for the city’s ongoing 150th (sesquicentennial) celebrations! So expect a lot of historic-looking floats and formations. The Chippewa River and Duncan Creek flow through town and provide pure water and plenty of scenic beauty.

While in Chippewa Falls, be sure to explore the famous Leinenkugel Brewery and take a tour; enjoy the amenities of nearby Irvine Park and Zoo, Brewster Brothers Brewing & the Chippewa River Distillery on the west edge of downtown along Business 29 & 53, the lovely Riverbend Vineyard & Winery west of town along Business 29, the historic Cook-Rutledge Mansion, the downtown shopping, nearby Lake Wissota State Park, and much more. And be sure to mark your calendar for the upcoming Oktoberfest celebration at the Northern Wisconsin State Fairgrounds! It’s definitely one of the best in the Midwest.

Chippewa Falls is easy to get to! Today’s U.S. 53 freeway, Highway 29 freeway, Highway 124, and Highway 178 all bring you to Chippewa Falls, too. It’s only about 15 minutes north of Eau Claire off I-94, too.

For more on #GOChippewa Falls, check out our State Trunk Tour Chippewa Falls Podcast:

Date: August 10, 2019
Venue: Downtown Chippewa Falls
Phone: 715-723-6661
1 N. Bridge Street, Chippewa Falls, WI, 54729, United States

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 20, 2019 – September 22, 2019

Chippewa Falls Oktoberfest

Chippewa Falls is plenty of fun any time of the year, but as summer turns to fall Chippewa Falls Oktoberfest hits the Northern Wisconsin State Fairgrounds and the party really starts! This year, Chippewa Falls Oktoberfest runs from Friday, September 20th – Sunday, September 22nd.

Chippewa Falls OktoberfestRaise a stein, don a dirndl or some lederhosen, and enjoy live music ranging from polka to folk. Plenty of German food, kids’ activities, dancing, and more can be enjoyed at Chippewa Falls Oktoberfest. It’s located adjacent to the Leinenkugel Brewery and lovely Irvine Park, so there’s a great source of beer and another source of recreation just a stone’s throw away!

Admission to Chippewa Falls Oktoberfest is $8 at the gate; kids 12 and under get in free.

Chippewa Falls is easy to get to! The Northern Wisconsin State Fairgrounds are right along Highway 124 (U.S. 53 back in the day), just north of Business Highway 29. Today’s U.S. 53 freeway, Highway 29 freeway, and Highway 178 all bring you to Chippewa Falls, too. It’s only about 15 minutes north of Eau Claire off I-94, too.

Chippewa Falls Oktoberfest Address:

Northern Wisconsin State Fair
331 Jefferson Avenue
Chippewa Falls, WI 54729
(866) 723-0340

Wisconsin Weekend: Chippewa Falls Oktoberfest

Here’s the Chippewa Falls Oktoberfest Schedule of Events:

11:00 am – 11:00 pm Grounds Open
11:00 am- 8:45 pm Souvenir Haus Open
Noon Announcement of 2019 Festmeister and Festmeisterin Golden Keg Procession from the Leinenkugel Brewery
1:30 pm Boxx Sanitation’s Kid’s Kingdom and Games Open
3:00 pm Glockenspiel

Northwestern Bank Hauptfestzelt – Main Entertainment Tent
Upon Entrance: Golden Keg Tap
12:00 pm – 3:00 pm  The Bavarian Musikmeisters
3:30 pm – 6:30 pm  Brass Barn Polka Band
6:35pm – 7:00 pm TBD
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm Barefoot Becky & the Ivanhoe Dutchman

Oktoberfest Biergarten
2:30 pm- 6:00 pm  Top Notchman
7:00 pm  Beer Stein Holding Competition
7:30 pm – 11:00 pm  Bad Habits Brass

Leine Lodge Biergarten
1:00 pm – 3:15 pm  Richie Yurkovich & Polkarioty
3:45 pm – 7:00 pm  The Squeezettes
7:30 pm – 11:00 pm  The Swing Crew

Famileintreff (Family Fun) Stage
1:30 pm – 7:30 pm Free Kids’ Art Activities
3:00 pm – 7:30 pm Face Painter Open
3:00 pm – 3:45 pm  TBD
4:00 pm – 4:30 pm What’s Inside an Accordion with Crazy George
4:45 pm – 5:45 pm TBD
5:45 pm – 6:15 pm TBD
6:30 pm – 7:00 pm TBD
7:10 pm – 7:40 pm Sing-a-longs with Crazy George
7:45 pm Sauerkraut Eating Competition

11:00 am- 11:00 pm Grounds Open
11:00 am Boxx Sanitation’s Kid’s Kingdom & Games Open
12:00 pm  Keg Rolling Competition
1:00 pm Sheepshead & Euchre Card Tournament
3:00 pm On Grounds Parade
4:00 pm Glockenspiel
5:00 pm  Keg Rolling Competition
9:00 pm Glockenspiel

Northwestern Bank Hauptfestzelt – Main Entertainment Tent
11:00 am – 2:00 pm  Jim Busta Band with Karl
2:30 pm – 6:30 pm  Blaskapelle Milwaukee
6:35 pm – 7:00 pm  TBD
7:15 pm – 11:00 pm  Copper Box

Oktoberfest Biergarten
11:30 am – 2:30 pm  Marshall Star Band
3:15 pm – 6:15 pm  Troppo
7:00 pm  Beer Stein Holding Competition
7:30 pm – 11:00 pm  Rural Route 5

Leinie Lodge Biergarten
12:00 pm- 3:00 pm  The Swing Crew
3:30 pm – 6:30 pm  Malek’s Fisherman
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm  Shirts & Skins

Familientreff (Family Fun) Stage
11:00 am – 7:30 pm Free Kid’s Art Activities
11:45 am – 12:45 pm  Sing-a-longs with Crazy George
12:00 pm – 7:30 pm Face Painter Open
1:00 pm – 1:30 pm TBD
1:40 pm – 2:10 pm TBD
2:15 pm – 2:45 pm  Kinder Kostume Fashion Show (Kids’ Ethnic Attire)
3:30 pm – 4:00 pm Whip Cracking Demonstration
4:15 pm – 5:00 pm TBD
5:15 pm – 5:45 pm TBD
5:45 pm – 6:45 pm What’s Inside an Accordion with Crazy George
7:00 pm – 7:30 pm TBD
7:30 pm Meet the Oktoberfest Royalty
7:45 pm Sauerkraut Eating Contest

10:00 am – 4:00 pm Grounds Open
11:00 am- 3:00 pm Free Bird House Making
11:00 am Boxx Sanitation’s Kid’s Kingdom & Games Open
1:00 pm On Grounds Parade
2:00 pm Glockenspiel

Northwestern Bank Hauptfestzelt – Main Entertainment Tent
10:30 am Polka Ecumenical Celebration
12:15 pm – 4:00 pm TBD

Oktoberfest Biergarten
11:00 am – 3:30 pm  TBD

Familientreff (Family Fun) Stage
11:00 am – 3:30 pm  Free Kid’s Art Activities
11:00 am – 11:30 am  TBD
11:30 am – 2:30 pm  Face Painter Open
11:30 am – 12:00 pm  TBD
12:15 pm – 12:45 pm What’s Inside an Accordion with Crazy George
1:45 pm – 2:15 pm  TBD
2:30 pm – 3:15 pm TBD

Start: September 20, 2019
End: September 22, 2019
Venue: Northern Wisconsin State Fairgrounds
Phone: 866-723-0340
331 Jefferson Avenue, Chippewa Falls, WI, 54729, United States
Cost: 8

September 27, 2019 – September 29, 2019

Warrens Cranberry Festival

Warrens Cranberry Festival 2019 logoWarrens is “Wisconsin’s Cranberry Capital,” so it’s only fitting they host the World’s Largest Cranberry Festival! Held annually since 1973, the Warrens Cranberry Festival welcomes over 110,000 visitors each year from places all over the world. Seriously, when we went we met people from Australia and other countries throughout Europe and South America!

Taking place the last full weekend of every September, activities a’plenty abound. Enjoy a guided bus tours of cranberry marshes (brilliant red colors mean you should have your camera ready!) and bogs that show you the harvesting of these tasty, nutritious, UTI-fighting berries.

Warrens Cranberry Festival crowd

Warrens Cranberry Festival, Eric & MariahIn town – and the festival truly takes over the whole town – enjoy block after block of vendors, food stands, and beverage stops. Over 1,300 booths of arts & crafts, antique & flea markets, and farm market items can be explored and enjoyed. Plenty of fall produce is available with of course plenty of cranberry-based items including Cranberry Cream Puffs, barbecue sauces with cranberry, cranberry-inspired hot sauces, and more. On Sunday, September 24th at noon the largest band parade in Wisconsin will be featured.

Warrens Cranberry Festival includes contests such as “Crazy for Cranfest”, where guests can win special prizes for crazy or creative costumes. They also have prizes for the Biggest Berry Contest, a Button Design Contest, a Cranberry Chiffon Pie-Eating Contest, a Flower Contest, Marsh Medallion Hunt, a Photography Contest, Quilt & Needlework Contest, Scarecrow Contest, and more.

Getting to Warrens Cranberry Festival (aka Cranfest):

Warrens is a small, pleasant town north of Tomah in Monroe County. To access Warrens, follow I-94 to Exit 135 (County EW) by the Three Bears Resort. U.S. 12, which runs basically parallel to I-94 in this area, also comes close to Warrens. Highways 21 and 173 are just a few miles away, closer to Tomah but they still bring you close. Follow County O or EW into town – there will be plenty of signs!

Start: September 27, 2019 7:00 am
End: September 29, 2019 5:00 pm
Venue: Warrens Cranberry Festival
Phone: 608-378-4200
402 Pine Street, Warrens, WI, 54666, United States
Cost: Free