We’re winding down February – it’s officially late winter now! Then again, we have had spring-like weather in some areas. There’s a TON to see, do, and enjoy across the state. Skiing with the Birkie, fishing, home, and auto shows, winter festivals, and even turkey bowling… all kinds of great activities are happening. There’s a LOT to do during your Wisconsin weekend. Here are some State Trunk Tour event picks as you explore:
The “Birkie” main event is here! Hayward celebrates North America’s largest and most prestigious X-C ski marathon; 12,000 skiers of all ages, genders and nationalities participate in the 51K Birkebeiner, the 24K Kortelopet, Prince Haakon 13K, the children’s Barnebirkie, Junior Birkie, Elite Sprints, and Family Fun Ski. Other fun events include the Barkie Birkie Skijor and Giant Ski Competition (six people on one pair of skis. What-what?? Find out more here.) Hit U.S. 63 or Highways 27 or 77 to reach Hayward and enjoy.
Winterfest 2018 is a family-friendly event in Marshfield (aka “Hub City”) highlighting the perks of Wisconsin winters. Marshfield Winterfest offers activities like a 400-Meter Kids Race, Cross Country Skiing, Snow Shoe 5k or 10k, and the Fat Tire Bike 5k or 10k. The 400-Meter (1/4 mile) course is perfect for the kids, while the 5k and 10k courses are made to challenge the winter sport enthusiast. All ages and abilities are welcome! This year, there will also be Badger State Games events in Snowshoeing and Cornhole tournaments. US 10 and Highways 13, 80, and 97 bring you to Marshfield!
The Wisconsin Fishing Expo arrives at Exhibition Hall in Madison’s Alliant Energy Center this weekend with more than 125,000 square feet of exhibits. A new wing this year will open focused on kayaks and other silent watercraft, along with mom-and-pop fishing vendors with gear that anglers can’t find at box stores. There will also be a tremendous presence from some of the leading national brands in the fishing industry, over 20 brands of boats, youth activities, and more. Check it out right off the Beltline (US 12/18) and also by US 14 & 151..
Speaking of fishing, Battle on Bago is the Midwest’s largest ice fishing tournament and the family and fishing event of the year! The 11th annual Battle on Bago (winter version, there’s a summer one June 18-19) takes place on Lake Winnebago Friday and Saturday. There’s a Friday Fish Fry on the ice – weather permitting – with live music. Saturday’s Ice Fishing Tournament features over $275,000 in cash and prizes. Along with fishing, check out the heated tent and live music from the band Road Trip (we like that name!) from 7:30pm-11pm Friday night. Free admission to all non-fishing events! I-41, US 45, and Highways 21, 44, 76, and 91 all bring you to Oshkosh.
The 34th Annual Racine Home Expo show features home improvement company products and services in Racine and surrounding counties around southeastern Wisconsin. The Expo features home interiors, energy saving features, landscaping, home improvement seminars, prizes and more. Explore hundreds of exhibits of the best in home remodeling products and services, for indoors and out! Meet the experts, shop and compare, see the latest in products, styles and colors. If your house needs a “facelift” or a little TLC, definitely check this out Saturday and Sunday at the Racine Festival Hall. It’s right downtown, and Highways 11, 20, 32, and 38 bring you there.
Why use a 12-pound bowling ball when you can use a 12-pound turkey? Mountain’s Riverview Fire Department hosts its 8th annual Turkey Bowling event Saturday. The action happens right along Highway 32 in Oconto County at the Town of Riverview’s Ice Rink & Pavilion. There will also be food, beverages, raffles and more, and of course the heated pavilion to warm up in! Should be a fun time, and then check out the beautiful snowmobile trails, hiking trails, fishing lakes and flowages, forest lands, even Larry the Logroller in nearby Wabeno!
Check out the newest models of car, trucks, and while admiring the finest classics at the Greater Milwaukee Auto Show! The auto industry showcases the new cars of the 21st century at this annual family event at the Wisconsin Center in downtown Milwaukee, right along U.S. 18 where Highway 145 ends along 6th Street at Wells. Over 400 vehicles will be on display; you can take at least 30 of them for test drives! While there, check out the Bennett Coachworks Showcase, featuring the hottest antique and custom vehicles in Milwaukee. The Rod Hot Showcase will be available the second weekend, March 3-5, with plenty of hot rods on display. The ADAMM Showcase will feature classic convertibles and stunning art cars. Kids can enjoy the Test Track, which runs Saturdays and Sundays, as well as Friday. You can also enjoy mini-golf on their Tricky Trails Golf Links, or even Zipline over the auto show floor!
Milwaukee Comic Con 2018 is an amazing comic convention. Saturday, February 24th, it takes over the Wisconsin State Fairgrounds in West Allis. The Milwaukee Comic Con will feature over 300 artist tables, vendor booths, and special guests. That’s 300 tables of geeky goodness! But they’re also bringing cash prize cosplay contests, video and table top gaming tournaments, and a whole weekend of fun! Comic con is Milwaukee’s largest comic book and pop culture event! It’s right where Highways 59 and 181 meet, just south of I-94 and U.S. 18, and east of I-41/U.S. 45 and Highway 100.
More for your Wisconsin Weekend
There are MANY more events to check out, including World of Wheels Show in West Allis. Or, road trip and watch the Winter Olympics in South Korea from a faraway Wisconsin destination, check out ski hills, snowshoe hikes, and other great winter activities. Run around during your Wisconsin weekend, explore history, enjoy parks, experience shops, trails, bars, and restaurants, and have FUN! In true State Trunk Tour fashion, Pick Some Roads and GO!!!