It’s April, and we have a spring-like Wisconsin Weekend on tap with activities across the state. Milwaukee’s hosting their marathon this weekend, the Brewers will play the Cubs in a weekend series at Miller Park, some drive-ins opened up and ready to serve you (Gilles in Fond du Lac and Wayne’s in Cedarburg among them), and fun places to explore. Ready to “Pick Some Roads and GO!!”? are even open for the season! Ready to head out and explore Wisconsin?
Here are some State Trunk Tour event picks as you explore this Wisconsin weekend.
Appleton: Fox Cities Kidz Expo, Mini-golf on the Town, Farmers’ Market, and more
Appleton has some fun activities including the Fox Cities Kidz Expo Saturday at the Fox Cities Exhibition Center downtown, and Mini-golf on the town, where at a variety of bars downtown you can enjoy a hole of mini-golf and then, after completing 9 holes, head to the “19th Hole” for specials and prizes! Inside City Center (10 College Avenue/Highway 125) they also have their Downtown Appleton Farm Market from 9am – 12:30pm on Saturday. While in Appleton, shop Fox River Mall, explore the Hearthstone Historic House Museum, try a brew at Stone Arch or the Appleton Beer Company, and more! I-41, US 10, and Highways 15, 47, 96, and 125 all bring you there.
Another sign of spring: First Fridays is back in downtown Racine! Enjoy some Friday night fun from 4-9pm, with activities 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. 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. Definitely a fun way to spend a Friday evening! More…
Wheel & Sprocket hosts its 35th annual Wheel & Sprocket Bike Expo – the nation’s largest bike sale – at the Wisconsin State Fair Exposition Center now through Sunday. Over 2,000 bikes and thousands of accessories are on sale at the best prices of the year. Seminars and exhibitors are all around, too – let it get you in the mood for spring! Bicycles are available for every type of riding from the best brands in cycling. Road bikes, mountain bikes, hybrid bikes, cruisers, and more. Get amazing discounts on bikes for women and children, plus cycling apparel for all riders on clearance.
This is the best time to buy at the lowest prices of the season, trade-in a used bike, or get all the necessary bike accessories you need to ensure you can “Enjoy Your Ride!” on the streets or the state’s increasing network of great trails. You can even “meet the experts” and take advantage of the FREE Seminar Program with topics focusing for every kind of rider click to learn more. I-94, I-41/894, US 18, US 45 all bring you close to the Expo Center, which you’ll find at State Fair Park right at the corner of Highways 59 and 181. More…
Did you know Wisconsin is fourth in the nation in the production of maple syrup? Phelps Maple Syrup Fest celebrates this sweet and natural concoction on Saturday, April 6th! Head up Highway 17 to Phelps and get in on the action. Learn more about how and where maple syrup is made, browse local arts & crafts, and tickle your taste buds… not only with maple syrup, but with honey this year, too!
Phelps Maple Syrup Fest is centered on the grounds of the Phelps school. There will be tree-tapping demonstrations and driving tour or guided bus tours of local sugar bushes to see where this popular treat originates and how sap becomes maple syrup. Furthermore, kid’s games and activities, a wonderful arts and crafts show with over 70 vendors, maple syrup and honey displays, and a maple syrup contest. Taste the maple syrup goodies available at the Maple Cafe, try your hand at making Maple Taffy on the snow, or bring your homemade maple syrup to enter into the judging contest! More…
If you’re a true wine lover, check out the 2019 Lake Geneva Festival of Wine at Grand Geneva Resort & Spa. They have an entire weekend of vintage entertainment planned for all enthusiasts, from social wine drinkers to sommeliers. Eat, drink and learn more about wines from around the world. From their top of the line Blue Chip wine dinner to the Grand Tasting, you can book a weekend package with friends who share your love for wine. The Grand Geneva is truly a grand resort, famously once the Playboy Club. It’s located along Highway 50 (near Highway 120) at U.S. 12 on the east end of Lake Geneva. Check out this great wine and food event and explore the town while you’re at it! More…
Check out the latest State Trunk Tour interview on Wisconsin Public Radio!
After a fun discussion in January, State Trunk Tour founder Eric Paulsen got to talk road trips once again with Wisconsin Public Radio on their “Central Time” show. They discussed what the State Trunk Tour is all about and took live calls – a lot of people definitely like and appreciate good Wisconsin road trips and exploring this fascinating state of ours! Hear the interview in our latest State Trunk Tour Podcast or on your iHeartRadio Podcast or here:
More for your Wisconsin Weekend
There are MANY more events to check out on this Wisconsin Weekend. Explore history, enjoy parks, experience shops, bars, and restaurants, and have FUN! In true State Trunk Tour fashion, Pick Some Roads and GO!!!