October 1, 2019 – December 31, 2019
The Lantern Festival at the Racine Zoo is a spectacular nighttime event, covering the zoo with incredible works of art! From tigers, lions, pandas, exotic flora, and a colossal dragon, Racine Zoo will be transformed into a world of illumination with custom-made lanterns. To top it off, an array of food and drink options will make the Lantern Festival a truly unforgettable event.
The Racine Zoo Lantern Festival runs 80 select nights from October 1 – December 31, 2019. It will be closed on select dates, including October 28th, November 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th, and 28th (Thanksgiving); and Devember 2nd, 9th, 16th, and the 23rd-25th for Christmas.
Lantern Festival Hours:
Sundays – Thursdays: 6pm – 9pm (Last entry 9pm. Zoo closes at 10pm.)
Fridays – Saturdays: 6pm – 10pm (Last entry 10pm. Zoo closes at 11pm.)
Adult (Ages 16 and older): $20 online, $25 at the door
Senior (Ages 62 and older): $15 online, $20 at the door
Child (Ages 3 – 15 years): $12 online, $17 at the door
Children 2 years and younger get in free
**Children 15 and younger need to be accompanied by a paying adult**
Racine Zoo Lantern Festival Address:
2131 N. Main Street
Racine, WI 53402
November 14, 2019
Taste of the North is a wonderful culinary experience covering two floors of the beautiful Heyde Center for the Arts in Chippewa Falls, right near the city’s downtown, Duncan Creek, the Chippewa River, and great places to visit like Irvine Park, the Leinenkugel Brewery, the Cook-Rutledge Mansion, and more! It takes place Thursday evening, November 14th.
Enjoy incredible food, drink and the company of friends – or meet new ones! Many of the Chippewa Valley’s best culinary artisans come out to share their skills and talents all the while raising money for the Heyde Center at Taste of the North. The funds raised will contribute to the Heyde Center’s mission to bring high quality, affordable arts to the Chippewa Valley.
So, you can help the Heyde Center while you sample these exceptional products, learn from the experts, browse the art galleries, and listen to live music while socializing. Admission is a minimum donation of $30 per person.
Taste of the North Address:
Heyde Center for the Arts
3 S. High Street
Chippewa Falls, WI 54729
(715) 726-9000 office; (715) 720-4961 for tickets
See below for a list of participants!
Committed artisans so far for Taste of the North include:
- Bloomer Brewing
- Bushel and a Peck
- Inn on Lake Wissota
- Karl’s BBQ Express
- Let’s Get Pickled
- Little Wissota Bakehouse
- Live Great Food
- Nolechek’s Meats
- O’Neil Creek Winery
- Premium Waters
- Sweet Clarisse Catering
Still more artisans to be confirmed!
Check their website for additional updates as the event draws closer!
November 16, 2019
The 10th Annual Lake Geneva Beer & Spirits Festival takes place Saturday, November 16, 2019 at the Ridge Hotel right along Highway 50! Located just west of downtown Lake Geneva and open to the public, the Lake Geneva Beer & Spirits Festival will feature over 35 craft breweries and distilleries with over 120 different beers, spirits, ciders, and malt beverages for sampling. There will also be sample specialty liquors and foods that pair well with beer, plus music and a photo booth.
The 35+ brewers and distillers come from Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana, Utah, Kentucky, Michigan, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Missouri, Ohio, and more.
$60 Early Admission (get in at noon instead of 1pm, commemorative souvenir, three exclusive beer tastings not available after 1pm)
$45 General Admission (commemorative tasting glass, unlimited sampling of craft brewery and distillery offerings)
$15 Designated Driver Ticket (unlimited soda, access to festival amenities)
Lake Geneva Beer & Spirits Festival Address:
The Ridge Hotel
W4240 Highway 50
Lake Geneva, WI 53147
December 2, 2019 – December 4, 2019
The annual Canadian Pacific Holiday Train will once again rumble through Wisconsin on part of its journey through the northern U.S. and Canada! Check out fun stops with beautiful lights and entertainment – the stops will take place along its CP route in Wisconsin from Monday, December 2nd through Wednesday, December 4th!
Here’s the train’s scheduled stops and duration through Wisconsin, from Sturtevant through the Milwaukee area and on to La Crosse, with plenty of stops in between! A big chance this year is there will be no stop in downtown Milwaukee; however, they did add a stop in Caledonia, in northern Racine County. Basically, the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train follows the same route as the Amtrak train – but it will really catch your eye and fill you with holiday spirit. Enjoy!
Canadian Pacific Holiday Train Schedule:
|Sturtevant||9900 East Exploration Ct., Amtrak Depot||2019-12-02||6:50 pm||7:00 – 7:30 pm||7:35 pm||Meghan Patrick, Tanika Charles, and Kelly Prescott|
|Caledonia||County G & 5 1/2 Mile Road (Depot Tavern)||2019-12-02||8:00 pm||8:15 – 8:45 pm||8:50 pm||Meghan Patrick, Tanika Charles, and Kelly Prescott|
|Wauwatosa||Harwood Ave Crossing||2019-12-03||4:00 pm||4:15 – 4:45 pm||4:50 pm||Meghan Patrick, Tanika Charles, and Kelly Prescott|
|Hartland||Level crossing at Cottonwood Avenue||2019-12-03||5:30 pm||5:45 – 6:15 pm||6:20 pm||Meghan Patrick, Tanika Charles, and Kelly Prescott|
|Oconomowoc||Silver Lake Street Railway Crossing, north side||2019-12-03||6:40 pm||6:45 – 7:15 pm||7:20 pm||Meghan Patrick, Tanika Charles, and Kelly Prescott|
|Watertown||Brandt Quirt Park parking lot, adjacent to track||2019-12-03||7:50 pm||8:00 – 8:30 pm||8:35 pm||Meghan Patrick, Tanika Charles, and Kelly Prescott|
|Columbus||Amtrak Depot||2019-12-03||9:05 pm||9:15 – 9:45 pm||9:50 pm||Meghan Patrick, Tanika Charles, and Kelly Prescott|
|Portage||CP Yard adjacent to Averbeck Street||2019-12-04||1:00 pm||1:15 – 1:45 pm||1:50 pm||Meghan Patrick, Tanika Charles, and Kelly Prescott|
|Wisconsin Dells||100 West La Crosse Street, Amtrak Depot||2019-12-04||2:30 pm||2:45 – 3:15 pm||3:20 pm||Meghan Patrick, Tanika Charles, and Kelly Prescott|
|Mauston||Division Street railway crossing||2019-12-04||4:00 pm||4:15 – 4:45 pm||4:50 pm||Meghan Patrick, Tanika Charles, and Kelly Prescott|
|Tomah||205 North Superior Avenue, Amtrak Depot||2019-12-04||5:25 pm||5:30 – 6:00 pm||6:05 pm||Meghan Patrick, Tanika Charles, and Kelly Prescott|
|Sparta||Corner of South Water Street and Milwaukee Street||2019-12-04||6:40 pm||7:00 – 7:30 pm||7:35 pm||Meghan Patrick, Tanika Charles, and Kelly Prescott|
|La Crosse||Amtrak Station, 601 Saint Andrew Street||2019-12-04||8:45 pm||9:00 – 9:30 pm||9:35 pm||Meghan Patrick, Tanika Charles, and Kelly Prescott|
Closest State Trunk Tour Highways to each stop (hint: Highway 16 hits basically of them from Hartland on west!):
Wauwatosa: Highway 181, US 18, I-41, I-94
December 6, 2019
Enjoy some Friday night fun during Racine First Fridays in Downtown Racine from April – December from 4-9pm! It happens throughout the downtown area, centered on Monument Square where Highways 20 and 38 cap the ends of a main thoroughfare that is Highway 32.
Socialize with friends and neighbors or even other road-trippers as you enjoy shopping, cool drinks and take a horse drawn carriage ride or stroll through the historic city streets. Join 50 plus independent downtown business owners as they welcome you to shop and dine locally while enjoying live music and discovering the best of Racine . . . Downtown!
Come early & stay late. If you value a big event in a historic downtown, Racine First Fridays is worth the drive, especially on a State Trunk Tour route. First Fridays is a group of small business owners of boutique shops, restaurants, art galleries and museums who have worked together to put this event on nine times a year for 13 years. Businesses stay open late, put live music outdoors in three parks, have horse & carriage rides and an outdoor beer garden. Art galleries offer artist’s demonstrations, restaurants offer specials and boutiques highlight new or favorite product lines. The sidewalks are filled with people and downtown is alive and vibrant.
Also you could get FREE admission to the Racine Art Museum!
In addition to First Fridays, check out the rest of downtown Racine. Right along the shores of Lake Michigan you can explore their marina, near the beach, zoo, Frank Lloyd Wright architecture and SC Johnson sites.
Take the drive to where Highways 11, 20, 32, and 38 come together in downtown Racine. Enjoy happy people taking in the best of what downtown Racine has to offer! Check out the First Fridays website for more details.
Racine First Fridays Address:
100 Main Street
Racine, WI 53403
January 18, 2020
The 11th annual Isthmus Beer & Cheese Fest brings a ton of brewers and cheesemakers from around Wisconsin and adjoining states to Madison, where you can meet and mingle with them while sampling hundreds of varieties. This is quite the warm, happy, and fun celebration right in the midst of winter.
The Isthmus is celebrating 11 years of the Beer & Cheese Fest, and in true Spinal Tap salute, they’re “turning it up to 11” with more breweries and cheesemakers than ever! Piano Fondue Dueling Pianos will perform and take requests; Silent Disco will also be there providing entertainment.
General admission tickets ($50) grant festival entry from 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. and include unlimited sampling and an Isthmus Beer & Cheese Fest tasting glass. “Premium Tickets” ($85) allow for a more intimate atmosphere with early access to exclusive tappings & tastings from noon – 2 p.m. Premium Ticket purchases also include an official Isthmus Beer & Cheese Fest t-shirt, a tasting glass, and a meal from their Food Court Cart inside the Alliant Energy Center. Either way, it’s a great afternoon experiencing some of Wisconsin’s best eats and drinks.
Tickets tend to sell out every year, so if you want to go, score them sooner rather than later. Of course, you must be 21 to attend. Shuttle rides are available from HopCat (222 W. Gorham Street), Great Dane’s Hilldale location (357 Price Place), and One Barrel Brewing Company (2001 Atwood Avenue.) Parking for the Alliant Energy Center Exhibition Hall is accessible through the Main Gate and costs $7. A coat check (it’ll be January, after all) will be available for $2. You can purchase tickets online here. starting October 3rd, 2019.
You’ll find the Alliant Energy Center on Madison’s south side, right off the Beltline (U.S. 12 & U.S. 18) near Rimrock Road and John Nolen Drive. U.S. 14, 51, and 151 and Highways 30 and 113 are all nearby.
Isthmus Beer & Cheese Fest Address:
January 29, 2020 – February 2, 2020
Lake Geneva celebrates winter like no other place. Winterfest is a brouhaha of shopping, dining, music, magic, refreshments, and activities including thrilling helicopter rides over the town and lake. It’s capped off, of course, by the amazing designs and creativity of the U.S. Nationals Snow Sculpting Competition – right along the lake at the Riviera – where fifteen teams of the most talented snow sculptors and artists from around the country gather to compete for a national title. The entire competition is open to the public, so Winterfest attendees can actually watch the artists at work!
Of course, there’s a lot more to Winterfest. Check out the Human Dog Sled Race, the Abominable Snow Race, magic shows, helicopter rides, a chili cook-off, and incredible deals at local hotels and restaurants throughout the downtown and surrounding areas!
Winterfest activities focus on downtown Lake Geneva, which lies right along Highway 50. U.S. 12 and Highway 120 are close to the east and Highway 67 is a few miles to the west near Delavan. It’s easy to get to – and a total blast!
Lake Geneva Winterfest & U.S. National Snow Sculpting Competition Address:
Downtown Lake Geneva/Riviera Park
201 Wrigley Drive
Lake Geneva, WI 53147
May 29, 2020 – May 31, 2020
Marshfield features its 39th annual Dairyfest the weekend of May 29-31, 2020. 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 29, 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, Wenzel Park, the Central Wisconsin State Fairgrounds, and the Governor William Upham House.
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!
Marshfield Dairyfest Address:
Various locations around town, including the Central Wisconsin State Fairgrounds
513 E. 17th Street
Marshfield, WI 54449