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Your Wisconsin Weekend: Country Concerts, French festivals, Ribs, Fairs, and so much more!

It’s a busy July weekend, with festivals, concerts, and events all over the state. There are County Fairs in Jefferson, Sauk, and Lafayette Counties, just to name a few. The Northern Wisconsin State Fair is on, plus Hodag, Bastille celebrations, and a lot more. Here are some Wisconsin Weekend ideas as we get ready to “Pick Some Roads and GO!!”


Chippewa Falls: Northern Wisconsin State Fair

The Northern Wisconsin State Fairgrounds brims with fun family-friendly activities all weekend as the Northern Wisconsin State Fair delights with everything from food, rides, a talent show, and plenty of games to music lineups that include the Roots & Boots 90s Electric Throwdown, Hairball, Big & Rich with Cowboy Troy, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, and even the Mutton Bustin Rodeo! You’ll find the grounds right along Highway 124. U.S. 53, Highway 29, and the beautiful Highway 178 drive all bring you to Chippewa Falls, too. More…


Rhinelander: Hodag Country Music Festival

Wisconsin Weekend: Hodag Country Music Festival

Rhinelander’s annual Hodag Country Music Festival runs Thursday through Sunday with a great lineup including the Roots & Boots Tour, Old Dominion, Lady Antebellum, Neal McCoy, LOCASH, Gary Allan, the Marshall Tucker Band, Shenandoah, Lindsay Ell, Terri Clark, and more! The grounds are just off Highway 17 on the north side of Rhinelander. U.S. 8 and Highway 47 also bring you to town! More…


Milwaukee: Bastille Days

Bastille Days Milwaukee

It’s Milwaukee’s annual French festival, one of the largest French celebrations in the United States, and it’s tres magnifique! This FREE four-day bash attracts over 250,000 visitors each year. Set around Cathedral Square on the east side of downtown, Bastille Days begins with a 5K “Storm the Bastille” run on Thursday night and then plenty of live music, an international marketplace, chef and wine demos, French and Cajun cuisine, roaming busker entertainment and a signature 43-foot Eiffel Tower replica offering hourly light shows. Bastille Days is known for the impromptu street performers, roaming minstrels, and a variety of interactive and musical entertainment. Bastille Days also boasts a wide variety of some of the best restaurant vendors in Milwaukee! Check out the optional Wine Tastings and Champagne Tasting, too. It’s right where U.S. 18 and Highway 32 traverse Milwaukee’s downtown, just east of the river. More…

Racine: Pro Watercross Tour

Wisconsin Weekend: Pro Watercross, Racine

Racine welcomes the only Pro Watercross Tour stop in Wisconsin this weekend! Watercross is basically motocross on Personal Watercrafts (PWCs or jet skis) – but these athletes compete on an unpredictable liquid track, varying from oceans, lakes and rivers. Competitors challenge the notion of what’s possible, utilizing the most advanced equipment reaching speeds of over 85 mph against a full line of competitors to the extreme freestylist landing a double back-flip in surf. This sport is driven by their passion, creating a lifestyle that combines adrenaline and pure enjoyment of being on the water. Check it out at Racine’s award-winning North Beach! Highways 11, 20, 32, and 38 bring you there.



Elkhorn: Ribfest

Elkhorn Ribfest logo

Elkhorn hosts its 4th annual Ribfest on the Walworth County Fairgrounds Thursday through Sunday! Check out unbelievably delicious, mouth-watering barbecue and entertainment on the beautiful grounds of the Walworth County Fair. This event features nationally-renowned professional ribbers, great entertainment, an artisan village, and so much more. Not only will you experience some of the best grillers and BBQers in the country but other fun and enriching experiences. After you have had your fill of food, kick back and stay to enjoy some beer and live music. And don’t forget about the kid’s activities and bouncy houses. More…


Manitowoc: Subfest and Krazy Days

Manitowoc celebrates its maritime heritage with it’s 50th annual Subfest at the Wisconsin Maritime Museum Friday through Sunday. There’s something for everyone… music, food, sidewalk sales, self-guided submarine tours, fireworks, kid-friendly activities, and so much more! It’s also part of Krazy Days, the “Granddaddy of All Sidewalk Sales” downtown! More…


Madison: Art Fair on the Square

Wisconsin Weekend: Madison's Art Fair on the Square

The 61st annual Art Fair on the Square surrounds the Wisconsin State Capitol all day Saturday and Sunday. This is one of the Midwest’s most popular and highly regarded outdoor celebrations of the arts. With its mix of music, entertainment, and outdoor dining, as well as nearly 500 artists exhibiting paintings, prints, photographs, sculpture, jewelry, handmade clothing and accessories, and fine craft, the fair draws nearly 200,000 visitors to Madison’s Capitol Square! More…

Check out the latest State Trunk Tour Podcasts on the Wisconsin Coastal Food Trail and Summerfest!
State Trunk Tour founder Eric Paulsen got to talk with Jason Ring of the Manitowoc CVB about the new Wisconsin Coastal Food Trail that offers pathways for exploring everything from farms and cheese factories to breweries, bakeries, wineries, and distilleries in and around the Manitowoc and Two Rivers area, as well as with Sarah Pancheri about the World’s Largest Music Festival: Summerfest, which is less than two weeks away now! Check them both out below:


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!!!