March 15, 2018 – March 18, 2018
The WBAY Home & Garden Show is northeastern Wisconsin’s largest home & garden show. Right in the Resch Center, you have one stop shopping to meet with professionals in all areas of home building, remodeling, landscaping, interior design, pools & spas, bedding & bath and much more. Over 80,000 square feet of exhibit space filled with the area’s best professionals to complete your home and garden projects no matter how large or how small. Save time and money by shopping for all your home improvement needs in one convenient location. Understand how affordable it is to improve your home while visiting with local and regional experts covering every topic on your “to do” list!
The WBAY Home & Garden Show runs Thursday, March 15th through Sunday, March 18th at the Resch Center, right across from Lambeau Field in Green Bay. I-41, U.S. 141, and Highways 29, 32, 54, 57, and 172 all bring you to Green Bay.
Seniors (over 62) $8
Children 17 & Under: Free
Weekend Pass: $15
WBAY Home & Garden Show Address:
1901 S. Oneida Street
Green Bay, WI 54304
Check out some schedule highlights below!
11am: Melinda Myers- Grow your favorite recipe (please bring your own recipe card)- Whether new or experienced, we can all find better ways to grow fresh produce. Start with a plan and end with a great meal. I’ll share tips on growing the most popular and useful vegetables in your small or large scale landscape. Come with your favorite recipe and we will find ways to help you grow the ingredients.
12pm: Melinda Myers- Book Signing and Q&A
4pm: Melinda Myers- Bring the world to your backyard- creating your own backyard vacationland – Create a garden that reflects the beauty and culture of your favorite travel destination. Selecting the right palette of plants, stone work, accents, and artwork can help transform your garden into a vacation paradise. Though not as fun as jetting to your favorite locale, you will be able to get a taste of it every time you walk into your backyard.
5pm: Melinda Myers- Book signing and Q&A
11am: Melinda Myers- Attracting Bees, Hummingbirds and butterflies to the garden- Enjoy the many benefits of attracting bees, hummingbirds and butterflies to the garden. You’ll enjoy their beauty and increased productivity in your garden and they’ll benefit from the food, water and shelter you provide. Melinda will share some attractive plant combinations and designs that are sure to attract pollinators to your garden no matter the size!
12pm: Melinda Myers: Book signing and Q&A
2pm: Melinda Myers- All About Composting -Turn Yard Waste and Kitchen Scraps into Gardener’s Gold- Stop hauling yard waste to the dump and kitchen scraps to the garbage. Instead turn them into a useful soil amendment. It will add nutrients and organic matter that improves drainage in heavy soils and increases water-holding ability in sandy soils. This means a more bountiful harvest and beautiful gardens!
3pm: Melinda Myers- Book signing and Q&A
March 22, 2018 – April 8, 2018
Within the pristine white walls of a contemporary art museum that overlooks Lake Michigan, the Racine Art Museum presents a rather non-traditional exhibition showcasing fluffy, sugar-coated marshmallow PEEPS®.
The RAM 9th Annual International PEEPS Art Exhibition opens March 22nd and runs through April 8th. Last year’s show drew over 4,000 visitors to the museum during its three-week run, setting daily spring attendance records along the way.
Exhibition Events for PEEPS
Artist Preview and Awards Ceremony
Wednesday, March 21
5:30 – 7:30 pm
Awards announced at 6:00 pm
Additional Artist Preview tickets may be purchased for $5 each. RAM Members receive free admission.
Media is welcome to attend.
Vote for Your Favorite PEEPS
March 22 – April 8, 2018
Stop by the museum to vote for your favorite PEEPS creation. You will decide who wins the coveted PEEPles Choice Award, announced at the end of the show.
441 Main Street
Racine, WI 53403
April 6, 2018
Enjoy some Friday night fun during Racine First Fridays in Downtown Racine on December 1st 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! Watch for one more during the 2018 season, too.
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
April 21, 2018
The 11th Annual Dairy State Cheese & Beer Festival returns to the legendary Brat Stop in Kenosha on Saturday, April 21st! This fun-filled event features a variety of Wisconsin cheeses, some of the most sought after beers from Wisconsin and beyond and awesome live music!. This is a “don’t miss event” for anybody who likes beer, cheese and music!
Last time we checked over 50 different brewers will be there, with everything from Miller, Point, and Lakefront to Schell’s, Chimay, Bell’s, Estrella, Alaskan, and more – plus four local home brew societies. They’ll be pouring samples and providing info about their beers and brewing processes. Of course, great food – including brats – will be part of the sustenance and bands will be playing to serenade your eating, drinking, talking, and enjoying.
Proceeds benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of Kenosha. Check the Dairy State Cheese & Beer Festival Website for tickets, continued updates, and other details!
You’ll find the Brat Stop right along Highway 50, just west of the I-41/94 interchange. It’s a Wisconsin staple, after all.
Dairy State Cheese & Beer Festival Address:
The Brat Stop
12304 75th Street
Kenosha, WI 53140
April 27, 2018 – April 29, 2018
Chippewa Falls’ 8th Annual Springfest hits the Northern Wisconsin State Fairgrounds the weekend of April 27-29, 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. Saturday also brings their Classic Car Show, with plenty of beautiful classics on display from 9am-2pm.
The ATV Big Air Tour is Saturday! Check out this choreographed Off-Road motorsports thrill show created for families and motocross fans of all ages. This nationwide tour showcases professional ATV and Off-Road rider’s abilities on a daring course of steel ramps with high-energy entertainment. Featuring high flying Freestyle ATV’s, 450cc Dirt bike backflips, BMX, Polaris RZR stunts, and the Big Air Babes! (This show costs extra, get the details here.)
Plenty of live music will be available too, in either of two heated tents. Here’s the lineup:
Friday April 27th, 4:00 pm, Leinenkugel Pavillion: Sue Orfield Band
Friday April 27th, 7:00 pm, Leinie Lodge/Kwik Trip Party Tent: Madison County
Saturday April 28th 11:00 am, Leinenkugel Pavillion Sponsored by General Beer: Sage Leary
Saturday April 28th 11:00 am, Leinenkugel Pavillion Sponsored by General Beer: Rockin’ Ivy
Saturday April 28th – 8:00 pm, Leinie Lodge/Kwik Trip Party Tent: Boogie & the Yo-Yoz
Sunday April 29th -11:0am, Leinie Lodge/Kwik Trip Party Tent: Brett Hansen
There’s plenty of family fun too, including 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: $18
3 day at the gate: $20
1 day at gate: $10
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:
May 5, 2018
Open House Racine County offers a free, fascinating look at sights from Racine to Burlington
Open House Racine County is a terrific way to explore this diverse slice of southeast Wisconsin. The bustling city of Racine with its beautiful marina to the rolling hills, alpaca farms, and friendly towns like Burlington and Union Grove.
More than 60 OHRC 2018 sites (as evidenced by the pins in the map below) are scattered throughout the county. You can stroll the beautiful Wind Point Lighthouse grounds, visit Oak Clearing Farm (recently featured on cable TV’s “American Pickers”), meet an alpaca at Earthcare Suri Alpacas or tour Burlington’s Chocolate Experience Museum.
If architecture interests you, the internationally famous Frank Lloyd Wright-designed buildings at the SC Johnson campus in Racine and the Wingspread home in Wind Point will be open by appointment. You’ll also have opportunities to see several historic and architecturally significant area churches and civic buildings.
To learn more and create your own Open House itinerary, visit www.openhouseracinecounty.com. You’ll find photos, descriptions and map locations of each site under “Locations.” Look for the Open House Racine County banners as you drive throughout the county. I-41/94, U.S. 45, and Highways 11, 20, 31, 32, 36, 38, 75, 83, and 142 all run through Racine County – and many of the side roads have some of the best attractions and views!
Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at most locations — check the location details on the OHRC website.
The “home base” of Open House Racine County is the Real Racine Visitor Center, right along Highway 20 just west of I-94/41. Resources, connections, whatever you need – they’ll have it for you.
Open House Racine County is organized by Real Racine with support from Travel Wisconsin, House of Harley-Davidson, Wisconsin Public Radio and Magnum Media, parent company of Racine radio stations WRJN and WVTY.
May 19, 2018 – May 20, 2018
Muscoda celebrates the Morel Mushroom Festival every May, which is only fitting because that’s prime growing season in this “Morel Mushroom Capital of Wisconsin.” These unique mushrooms are considered quite a delicacy by top chefs everywhere; there are message boards and recipes and all kinds of resources for morel lovers. The soil in the Muscoda area is particularly suited for the growth of morels and they fully embrace this fungi.
Festivities include arts and crafts, walking tours of the Lower Wisconsin Riverway, tours of areas wineries and ancient Indian mounds, chain saw carvings, a car show, geocaching, helicopter rides, live music, and more! The Sunday Mushroom Parade starts at 2pm. Of course, the ‘shrooms take center stage and you enjoy them in a variety of dishes, including mushroom brats. How Wisconsin can you get?? Well, how about a local morel microbrew? You’ll find that here, too. Morel-infused cheeses and maybe curds too.
You’ll find Muscoda along Highway 80 between the Wisconsin River and Highway 133. Highway 60 is just across the river. And this town comes to party for its Morel Mushroom Festival! Check their website for updates and full schedules.
Morel Mushroom Festival Address:
Muscoda Village Hall
206 N. Wisconsin Avenue (Highway 80)
Muscoda, WI 53573
June 8, 2018 – June 10, 2018
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 2018 Pridefest will run June 8th-10th at Maier Festival Park, a.k.a. the Summerfest Grounds.
Friday night includes Comedy Night, featuring Fortune Feimster, Kathleen Dunbar, and Kaitlin Colombo. There’s the Dance Pavilion, the Miller Lite Main Stage, Milwaukee Record Stage, the Stonewall Stage, the Children & Family Stage, the PrideFest History Building, and a lot more to see and enjoy.
Announced musical acts include D’Amato, DJ X-Tasy, Tigernite, The Fatty Acids, AUTOMtic, and more. 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.
Milwaukee’s Summerfest Grounds/Henry Maier Festival Park
200 N. Harbor Drive
Milwaukee, WI 53202
June 15, 2018 – June 17, 2018
Racine’s award-winning North Beach hosts EVP Beach Volleyball the weekend of June 15-17, 2018!
Real Racine officially presents the EVP Beach Sports Festival. The volleyball courts will be set up on North Beach, adjacent to the Oasis. All events are free to spectators. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Two-person men’s and women’s volleyball teams will compete in pro and amateur divisions.
The pro and amateur teams that finish in first and second place are awarded a big to compete in the 2018 EVP World Finals of Beach Volleyball Championship held at Hampton Beach, VA in August.
Friday’s event schedule
8:30 a.m., juniors tournament begins (open to ages 8 through 18).
Saturday’s event schedule
8 a.m. pro matches begin
9 a.m. men’s and women’s amateur tournament begins
11 a.m. center court contest
2 p.m. juniors playoffs begin
4 to 6 p.m, amateur finals.
Sunday’s event schedule
9:30 a.m., co-ed 2s and juniors sign in
10 a.m., men’s pro finals
11 a.m., women’s pro finals.
EVP Beach Sports Festival Address:
About EVP Beach Tours
The EVP® Beach Volleyball Tour’s primary aim is to support beach volleyball events that engage families, fans, athletes, students, communities and sponsors in a great day at the beach. At each event, spectators will not only see elite athletes compete on the sand for top honors, they also have the chance to interact with the pros by participating in contests and promotions at hosting venues.
Teams who finish 1st and 2nd are awarded a bid to compete in the 2018 EVP® World Finals of Beach Volleyball Championship in Hampton, VA at Paradise Ocean Club on: Friday, August 10 (Juniors 12U & 14U) Saturday, August 11 (Pro, Adult & 16U, 18U)
June 27, 2018 – July 8, 2018
Summerfest 2018! 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.
Summerfest 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 Summerfest 2018 are starting to emerge. Headliners play the 23,000+ seat American Family Insurance Amphitheater; so far, booked headliners include:
Imagine Dragons, Wednesday, June 27
James Taylor with Bonnie Raitt, Thursday, June 28
Halsey & Logic, Friday, June 29
Florida Georgia Line with special guest Bebe Rexha, Saturday, June 30
Dave Matthews Band, Sunday, July 1
J. Cole, Tuesday, July 3
Journey & Def Leppard, Wednesday, July 4
Shawn Mendes, Thursday, July 5
Blake Shelton, Friday, July 6
TBA (not a band, that means “to be announced”), Saturday, July 7
Arcade Fire, Sunday, July 8
…others are being announced soon!
Summerfest itself runs Wednesday, June 27th through Sunday, July 8th; it will be closed Monday, July 2nd. 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.
Summerfest 2018 Address:
Henry Maier Festival Park
200 N. Harbor Drive
Milwaukee, WI 53202