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April 28, 2017 – May 7, 2017

Madison Craft Beer Week

Madison Craft Beer Week promotes Madison’s thriving craft beer culture, enhancing beer knowledge and appreciation, by sponsoring a ten-day countywide festival that attracts beer tourism, fosters knowledge of our regional brewing heritage, and serves as a showcase for the Madison area’s breweries, restaurants, pubs, caterers, retailers, entertainers, and other businesses with ties to the craft beer community.

madison-craftbeerweek02Madison Craft Beer Week features a wide variety of events highlighting Dane County’s vibrant craft beer culture. MCBW features beer dinners, festivals, rare bottle tastings, cheese pairings, brewery tours, classes, movies, and more – there is truly something for everyone, from novices to connoisseurs. Craft beer week activities may include:

  • Brewery parties/meet the brewer events
  • Beer dinners
  • Beer education/classes
  • Cheese & beer/sausage & beer/chocolate & beer pairings
  • Beer vs. wine night (e.g., beer vs. wine with cheese pairing)
  • Real ale/Bourbon barrel aged/barleywine festivals
  • Homebrewing demonstrations/education
  • Pub crawls/beer crawls
  • Bike tours
  • Beer cook off
  • Rare beer night
  • Great Taste of the Midwest ticket sales

Check for updates.

Start: April 28, 2017
End: May 7, 2017
Venue: Madison
Phone: 608-308-4187
Madison, WI, 53701, United States

April 28, 2017 – April 30, 2017

Kohler Festival of Beer & Beer Run

This is one fun beer festival: the annual Kohler Festival of Beer celebrates one of Wisconsin’s top industries with the country’s premier craft brewers and beer fans from around the nation. The Village of Kohler comes alive during a weekend brimming with refreshing brews, delicious food, cooking demonstrations, beer classes and live music by some of the region’s best bands. Signature events include the Hops to the Shops party, 5k Beer Run, the Shorts & Chefs grilling event, the popular Cheers to Beers tasting gala and a Sunday beer-themed breakfast.

Prices vary based on events, although many events are free.  You can also select a variety of packages designed for this beer festival, including with overnight accommodations (not a bad choice, given all the imbibing options!)

New this year is Salute to Swine on Friday night with great beer, delectable bites and a Chicago blues band. Returning are fan favorites Shorts and Chefs, Cheers to Beers and the Beer Run (Saturday). Whether you’re an experienced walker/runner or just have a passion for beer, the 9th annual Kohler Festival of Beer Fun Run just might be the perfect race to enjoy.

The Kohler Festival of Beer is the perfect weekend getaway for beer and food aficionados. Kohler is basically bounded by I-43, Highway 23, Highway 28, and Highway 32. Highway 42 also brings you close!

Start: April 28, 2017
End: April 30, 2017
Venue: Horse & Plow Restaurant
Phone: 920-457-8000
419 Highland Drive, Kohler, WI, 53044, United States

April 28, 2017 – April 30, 2017

Capital City Jazz Fest

Madison’s Jazz Society puts on the annual Capital City Jazz Fest, and this year it runs the weekend of April 28-30, 2017. The lineup of jazz musicians includes names from all over the country. They include the Bria Skonberg Quintet, Bob Schulz’s Frisco Jazz Band, The Vache/Coots/ Trick Trio, and Paolo Alderighi & Stephanie Trick. Four sessions will take place throughout the Fest. Each Fest session offers seating to a maximum of 200 people at tables of 8.

There will be a Jazz Worship Celebration at the Capital City Jazz Fest venue, led by Bob Schulz’s Frisco Jazz Band, at 9am on Sunday, April 30. Download the Fest ticket order form here.

Here’s a more detailed rundown of the artists at this year’s Capital City Jazz Fest:

Award winning trumpeter/vocalist Bria Skonberg is one of the most versatile and imposing musicians of her generation.  Bria co-founded and led Mighty Aphrodite, a highly popular, all-woman band.  Her trumpet skills have been recognized by the likes of Nicholas Payton, Anat Cohen, Bucky Pizzarelli and Scott Robinson.  Bria focuses on innovating while honoring tradition and, best known for her knowledge of classic jazz, is creating a style all her own rooted in New Orleans grooves.  A specialist in classic American hot jazz, Bria expands the traditions of Louis Armstrong and Sidney Bechet.  She is an educator, Co-Director/Founder of the New York Hot Jazz Camp, and Co-Founder of the New York Hot Jazz Festival.  Members: Skonberg, trumpet; Evan Arntzen, clarinet; Dalton Ridenour, piano; Sean Cronic, bass & Darien Douglas, drums. For more:

Regular attendees of the Fest will recognize Bob Schulz and his band from their numerous appearances over the years. He organized his Frisco Jazz Band in 1989 and patterned it after Bob Scobey’s Frisco Band of the 1950s and 1960s.  The band performs a vast array of selections, ranging from Muggsy Spanier to Turk Murphy to Eddie Condon, all played much the way the free-spirited Scobey would have done.  Bob was a founding member of Wisconsin’s Riverboat Ramblers and joined Turk Murphy’s Jazz Band in 1979.  He is considered the foremost exponent of the Scobey trumpet style and an outstanding vocalist in the tradition of Clancy Hayes.  Members: Schulz, trumpet; Kim Cusack, clarinet; Doug Finke, trombone; Scott Anthony, banjo; Ray Skjelbred, piano; Mike Walbridge, tuba & Ray Templin, piano.

This trio will bring invigorating swing music to the party.  Coming from the well-known Vache family, Allan has performed on clarinet with jazz greats such as Jim Cullum, Wild Bill Davison, Gene Krupa, Dick Hyman and Bob Haggart.  Jazz lovers have seen him in all-star groups at many festivals.  Danny Coots is probably the most familiar drummer on the fest circuit.  His quirky sense of humor is second only in popularity to his vigorous drumming.  He helped form the Titan Hot Seven and has played and recorded with Bob Wilber, Johnny Varro, Bill Allred, Randy Reinhart, John Sheridan, Rebecca Kilgore — and we’re just getting started.  Completing this stellar group is Stephanie Trick on piano.  Dick Hyman said that Stephanie is one of the nicest gifts to arrive on the jazz piano scene in recent times and she has come to practically dominate the stride piano field.,

Capital City Jazz Fest's Stephanie Trick & Paolo Alderighi

Stephanie Trick & Paolo Alderighi

Piano lovers have a real treat in store when Stephanie is joined by her husband, acclaimed pianist Paolo Alderighi.  Together, they have created arrangements of songs from the Swing Era as a four-hand piano duo.  In 2014, they played for the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall at the Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival.  Paolo has performed or recorded with musicians well known in the jazz scene (Howard Alden, John Allred, Joe Ascione, Marty Grosz, Scott Hamilton, Duke Heitger, Dick Hyman, Ken Peplowski and more).  Now based in Italy, Stephanie and Paolo have performed at jazz festivals all over the world.  Their flawless performances and easy-going personalities never fail to impress.;

Capital City Jazz Fest Address:

Wyndham Garden
2969 Cahill Main
Madison, WI 53711
(608) 850-5400

Start: April 28, 2017
End: April 30, 2017
Venue: Wyndham Garden
Phone: 608-850-5400
2969 Cahill Main, Madison, WI, 53711, United States

April 28, 2017 – April 30, 2017

Spring Jefferson Swap Meet & Car Show

Come and browse over 99 acres of Jefferson County Fair Park for classics, collectibles and parts to find that special piece for your collection. The Spring Jefferson Swap Meet & Car Show is the largest swap meet in the Midwest!

The 40th Annual Spring Jefferson Swap Meet & Car Show features more than 3,100 vendor spaces and hundreds of cars for sale. The Swap Meet and Car Corral is all three days and the car show is Saturday and Sunday only. For the auto enthusiasts this swap meet boasts thousands of car parts and car accessory vendors making it a great place to buy or sell those hard to find car parts. For those looking to buy or sell cars, the Cars for Sale Corral is full of hundreds of cars of all makes and models for sale.

Admission is $8 per adult and kids 12 and under are free when accompanied by paying adult. Parking runs $4; no pets are allowed. The Jefferson County Fairgrounds are near U.S. 18 and the junction with the Highway 26 bypass, very close to Highway 89. While in Jefferson, head downtown and try a burger at Wedl’s, the smallest burger stand in the country. It’s a State Trunk Tour favorite!

Start: April 28, 2017 10:00 am
End: April 30, 2017 4:00 pm
Venue: Jefferson County Fair Park
Phone: 608-244-8416
503 N. Jackson Avenue, Jefferson, WI, 53549, United States

April 28, 2017 – April 29, 2017

Villa Louis Behind the Scenes

Check out historic Villa Louis, right along the Mississippi River in Wisconsin’s second oldest city of Prairie du Chien, from top to bottom. “Behind the Scenes” at Villa Louis offer extended tours of the mansion, giving visitors a glimpse into the life of a historic house museum. Highlighting the care and upkeep of a unique object from the Dousman collection, tours include visits to the nooks and crannies of this historic and beautiful restored mansion.

Prairie du Chien lies just north of where the Wisconsin River flows into the Mississippi in one of the most beautiful areas of Wisconsin. U.S. 18 and Highways 27, 35, and 60 all bring you there.

For full Villa Louis information, check out their website!

Start: April 28, 2017 10:30 am
End: April 29, 2017 5:00 pm
Venue: Villa Louis
Phone: 608-326-2721
521 N. Villa Louis Road, Prairie du Chien, WI, 53821, United States

April 28, 2017 – April 30, 2017

Springfest, Chippewa Falls

Chippewa Falls’ 7th Annual Springfest hits the Northern Wisconsin State Fairgrounds the weekend of April 28-30, 2017. It’s a family friendly event with over 40 exhibitors showing and selling their Spring and Summer products and services. Enjoy great food, from deep fried cheese curds to State Fair French fries, brick oven pizzas, prime rib sandwiches and so much more!

Saturday at 8:30am is the Leininkugel’s Springfest Kubb Championship! What’s Kubb?? Find out here! Saturday at 9am is the Springfest 5K and Fun Mile Walk-Run. Saturday is basically the athletic day.

Plenty of live music will be available too, in either of two heated tents. Here’s the lineup:

Friday April 28th, 4:00 – 7:30 pm, Leinenkugel Pavillion: Jerrry Schmitt Band
Friday April 28th, 7:00 – 11:00 pm, Kwik Trip Party Tent, Shane Martin Band
Saturday April 29th 4:00 – 8:00 pm, Leinenkugel Pavillion, Sue Orfield Band
Saturday April 29th – 8:00 – 11:59pm, Kwik Trip Party Tent, Boogie & the Yo-Yoz

There’s also a petting zoo, inflatables, a bonfire, and plenty of other activities for kids and grown-ups alike.

Tickets can be purchased at The Leinie Lodge, Select Kwik Trip Stores in the Chippewa Falls area, The Chippewa YMCA or online at the Chippewa Falls Rotary Club’s Facebook page.
3 day advanced sale tickets: $12
3 day at the gate: $15
1 day at gate: $8
Kids 12 & under are free
Parking is free, too!

You can find the Northern Wisconsin State Fairgrounds just off Highway 124 on Edward Street, just north of the Leinenkugel Brewery and across from the beautiful Irvine Park & Zoo. It’s less than a mile north of downtown Chippewa Falls, where Highway 29 and U.S. 53 meet.

Chippewa Falls Springfest Address:

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

Start: April 28, 2017 4:00 pm
End: April 30, 2017 3:00 pm
Venue: Northern Wisconsin State Fairgrounds
Phone: 715-723-2861
225 Edward Street, Chippewa Falls, WI, 54729, United States

April 29, 2017 – April 30, 2017

Wisconsin Alpaca & Fiber Fest

Wisconsin Alpaca & Fiber Fest

If you’re an animal lover, you love working with different fibers, or are just looking for a free, family activity with over 300 alpacas, head to West Bend for the Wisconsin Alpaca & Fiber Fest!

WisAFF is the premiere alpaca halter and fleece show in Wisconsin. Throughout the weekend, alpacas will be on display in the show ring. This are also fleece shows, fiber arts contests, a spin off, fiber classes, and seminars for people interested in alpacas. There will also be many vendors selling fiber and alpaca themed items.

Wisconsin Alpaca & Fiber Fest admission & parking are both free!

Wisconsin Alpaca & Fiber Fest in West Bend

Public Schedule

Saturday, April 29th, 2017

7:00 AM – Doors Open for exhibitors
8:00  AM – Halter show opens
8:30 AM – Show opens to public.  Free Parking!
8:30 AM – Vendors open in lobby, Ziegler building and Pavilion
9:30 AM – Halter show photographer set up
10:00 AM – Spin-Off Display opens. Good luck!
1:00 PM – Bar opens in Ziegler building
5:30  PM – Alpaca Halter Show ends for the day; building closed to public
7:00 PM – Bar closes
7:30 PM – Breeder’s Reception and Dinner at host hotel (invite only)
8:00 PM – Buildings close for day
Food and refreshments will be available for purchase all day long in the Ziegler building. We are pleased to have Washington County 4-H provide our food.

Sunday, April 30th, 2017

8:00 AM – Halter show begins
8:30 AM – Open to public, free parking
8:30 AM – Vendors open in lobby, Ziegler building and Pavilion
TBA – Production Classes – Breeder’s Best, Get of Sire, Produce of Dam, Showmanship, then balance of halter show classes
9:30 AM – Halter show photographer set up
1:30 pm Spin-Off Display and Fleece Show end. Owners may pick up items
3:30 PM  Show closes to public

You’ll find the Washington County Fair Park & Conference Center just off U.S. 45 on County PV (Pleasant Valley Road.) Highway 60 is just to the south, Highways 33 and 144 are just to the north in West Bend.

3000 County PV
West Bend, WI 53095
(608) 219-6369

Start: April 29, 2017 8:30 am
End: April 30, 2017 3:00 pm
Venue: Washington County Fair Park & Conference Center
Phone: 608-219-6369
3000 Highway PV, West Bend, WI, 53095, United States
Cost: Free

April 29, 2017 – April 30, 2017

Titletown Train Show

Green Bay’s Shopko Hall welcomes the 16th annual Titletown Train Show April 29-30, 2017. This event features over 42,000 square feet of trains and accessories, including:

  • 15+ operating display layouts, in all scales
  • Dozens of friendly vendors, selling everything trains
  • Register to win a complete train set given away at the end of the show!
  • Other hourly door prizes
  • Kids train ride
  • Modeling contest
  • Demonstrations
  • National Model Railroad Association (NMRA) information
  • Local model “ambassadors” to answer your questions
  • Children’s activities

The Green Bay Area Model Railroaders will be raffling off a completed 4×8 foot model railroad at the end of the show Sunday; you can visit their booth to purchase raffle tickets.

Many call model railroading the “World’s Greatest Hobby.” The Titletown Train Show offers a terrific look at this hobby. Furthermore, the National Railroad Museum is just down the street!

You’ll find Shopko Hall/Brown County Veterans’ Memorial Arena at the corner of Oneida Street and Lombardi Avenue, across from Lambeau Field. You can access via Highway 172, I-41 (Exit 167), or Highway 32/Ashland Avenue just to the east. Highways 29, 54, and 57 and U.S. 141 are also close by!

Titletown Train Show Address:

Shopko Hall
1905 S. Oneida Street
Green Bay, WI 54304
(920) 217-5318


Start: April 29, 2017 9:00 am
End: April 30, 2017 4:00 pm
Venue: Shopko Hall
Phone: 920-217-5318
1901 S. Oneida Street, Green Bay, WI, 54304, United States

Wisconsin Grilled Cheese Championship

dodgeville-grilled-cheese-champs-2016logo.jpgMmmm… Grilled Cheese. Can it get any better?? Dodgeville is “Grilled Cheese Central” on Saturday as the Wisconsin Grilled Cheese Championship takes place in Harris Park. Amateurs and professionals compete in 4 “heats” to determine the best grilled cheese sandwiches in Wisconsin and compete for fabulous prizes. Listen to live music, drink some beer and wine, sample outstanding grilled cheese sandwiches. Fun for all ages. Free admission! Get all the details at their website,

You can get to Dodgeville via U.S. 18 & 151 and Highway 23. Any trip is worth it for grilled cheese!

Our favorites include the Gouda Girls (below), who make grilled cheese sandwich combos that win all across the nation! They’re based in Milwaukee and do incredible things with taste buds. Our head State Trunk Tour guy Eric Paulsen got to experience their creations firsthand in this Discover Wisconsin episode.

Grilled Cheese Championships, Gouda Girls

Start: April 29, 2017 11:00 am
End: April 29, 2017 4:00 pm
Venue: Harris Park
Phone: 608-935-9200
600 Bennett Road, Dodgeville, WI, 53533, United States
Cost: Free

May 5, 2017

First Fridays in Cedarburg

First Fridays in Cedarburg provides opportunity for families to come together to partake in an artistic experience, including unique educational elements for youth ranging from artist-led crafts to hands-on musical experiences. Guests are greeted with an opening band featuring local musicians at 6:00 pm. Dinner will be available for purchase from food trucks, as well as indoors from “After Party” Sponsor, The Stilthouse Restaurant. Other activities include a local handmade art show, kid’s crafts, dancing, cash bar and good times. At 7:00pm, the lights go down and the party turns up as the main act, Consult the Briefcase, takes the stage for two hours. The Center’s full cash bar and dance floor will multiply the fun. This exciting series is free of charge to members of the Cultural Center and children under 5. Non-member general admission is $5 at the door. Full details are on the Cedarburg Cultural Center website.

Historic downtown Cedarburg can be reached via Washington Avenue, which is Historic Highway 57. Today’s Highway 57, as well as Highways 60, 167, and 181, come close. I-43/Highway 32 is also a few miles to the east and you can access Cedarburg via County C (Exit 89).

Start: May 5, 2017 4:00 pm
End: May 5, 2017 11:00 pm
Venue: Cedarburg Cultural Center
Phone: 262-375-3676
W62 N546 Washington Avenue, Cedarburg, WI, 53012, United States
Cost: 5