Wisconsin Weekend: Lakefront Festival of Art in Milwaukee

Wisconsin Weekend: Heat, Lakefront Arts, Songwriting and Music, “Fyr Ball,” and more!

With a Heat Advisory cranking things up, our mid-June & Father’s Day Wisconsin Weekend is in full swing, and a HUGE variety of things to do as you road trip around the state await yet on this Sunday! Explore some great roads, towns, parks, and more – and take it a few fun activities while you’re at it. There’s always a LOT to do during your Wisconsin weekend. Here are some State Trunk Tour event picks as you explore… Pick Some Roads and GO!!:

Milwaukee: Lakefront Festival of Art and Polish Fest

Milwaukee Lakefront Festival of Art outdoorsIt’s a “two-fer” along Milwaukee’s lakefront this weekend! The Lakefront Festival of Art at the iconic Milwaukee Art Museum showcases the works of over 170 artists in all types of media, both inside the museum and under the white tents across the grounds, plus tons of food, music, and fun.

Right across the way past Discovery World, Polish Fest will also be taking place Friday through Sunday! Great cultural fun with Polish food, costumes, music, dance, plus vodka tastings, the annual Chopin Youth Piano Competition, folk arts and crafts, and plenty of children’s activities (accordions may be involved in several of these.)

Both the Milwaukee Art Museum and 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.

Ephraim: Fyr Ball Festival

Fyr Ball FestivalUsher in summer Scandinavian style in Ephraim! This beautiful Door County town hosts its annual Fry Ball Festival Saturday, re-creating traditions of early Norwegians celebrating Midsummer’s Eve. Artists, food, musical entertainment and family activities along Eagle Harbor. Check out the boat regatta, trolley and historic walking tours, shops, galleries and restaurants. Stay for the evening bonfire, which represents the burning of the ‘Winter Witch’ to officially welcome summer. Ephraim is part of the string of communities along the Green Bay shoreline of Door County. A ride up Highway 42 from Strugeon Bay brings you there, and it’s right next door to Peninsula State Park and Sister Bay!

Sturgeon Bay: Steel Bridge Songfest

Steel Bridge Songfest coaster“Music so fresh it hasn’t been written yet!” is the unofficial motto of this unique event, where hundreds of musicians and writers come to Sturgeon Bay to create music and then perform it in one weekend. Considered the “Greatest Original Songwriters’ Festival in the Midwest,” everyone congregates downtown and around the Holiday Music Motel for pub crawls, writing sessions, and performances at indoor and outdoor venues across town. Their inspiration? The historic Steel Bridge crossing the waters of Sturgeon Bay; hence, the name “Steel Bridge Songfest.” There’s even an online radio station called Steel Bridge Radio that plays the music created at this festival, which can enjoy here! Head up Highways 42 or 57 to get to Sturgeon Bay and experience this very creative and fun weekend.

Eau Claire: Blue Ox Music Festival

Thousands of Bluegrass, Roots, and Americana music fans gather under the tall pines for this three-day festival of great music. Performers include Sam Bush, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades, The Devil Makes Three, Charlie Parr, The Infamous Stringdusters, the Del McCoury Band, Margo Price, Sandstone & Friends, Purt Near, and many more. Heck, get the whole lineup here.  I-94, U.S. 12, U.S. 53, and Highways 37, 93, and 124 all bring you to Eau Claire.

Monroe: Balloon and Blues Fest

Monroe Balloon Rally, Wisconsin WeekendThe Green County Fairgrounds in Monroe serves as a the launching and landing (wind permitting) point for colorful hot air balloons Friday and Saturday, with live bands – particularly Blues bands – performing as you marvel at the skies. Two balloon glows, a wide variety of craft brews, a classic car show, exhibits, fun and games, and more all make for a fun weekend in this pretty town of 10,000 along Highways 11, 59, 69, and 81.


More for your Wisconsin Weekend

There are MANY more events to check out. Run around during your Wisconsin weekend, including the Isthmus Paddle & Portage in Madison, the Rendezvous in Prairie du Chien, and more. Explore history, enjoy parks, experience shops, bars, and restaurants, and have FUN! In true State Trunk Tour fashion, Pick Some Roads and GO!!!