September 19, 2020
Wisconsin Weekend: Kites Over Lake Michigan

Wisconsin Weekend: Scarecrows, Dinosaurs, Fall Fests, Vintage Racing, Drive-in movies, and more… Pick Some Roads and GO!

A cool but mostly dry and sunny Wisconsin Weekend lies ahead as the Packers begin their home schedule against Detroit Sunday, Wisconsin Bike Week continues through Sunday. Drive-in movies continue around the state, festivals (with social distancing and other COVID-19 precautions) are returning, farms are offering apple picking, pumpkin patches and more, and the leaves up north are juuust starting to change. We’ll get you caught up on good fall color drives soon, but in the meantime explore Wisconsin – road by road – on this upcoming September weekend! Here are some highlights:

Another Wisconsin Weekend great for Drive-In Movies!

Cars at the Duck Pond Drive-In, Madison

While a very fall-like weekend is coming up, you can still enjoy a movie under the stars in outdoor venues across Wisconsin in the social distance safety of your cars. Drive-in movie theaters are a great way to spend an evening, and we have updates on movies scheduled for THIS weekend, too! More…

Drive-Thru Dinosaurs?!? Yes, it’s underway in Waukesha!

Check out this pre-historic tour featuring 80 life-size dinosaurs, including a 40-foot T-Rex, 30-foot Brachiosaurus, Triceratops, Velociraptor, and more – all from the comfort of your own vehicle. This Dinosaur Drive-Thru experience is available for three weekends at Waukesha County Expo Center. Tickets are sold online only in advance, and are purchased on a per-vehicle basis – so feel free to cram people in, up to 8 people! It runs now Thursdays through Sundays; last day is October 4th.

The Dinosaurs await you at the Waukesha County Expo Center on the north side of Waukesha, just south of where I-94 and Highway 16 meet. Find out more and get tickets here.

Scarecrow time! Delavan’s Scarecrow Fest hits downtown Saturday

The 19th Annual Delavan Scarecrow Fest is on – with safety measures, of course – in downtown Delavan Saturday. Scarecrows will be displayed on the street posts throughout the downtown Delavan area, and many will be built right there at the Fest. Downtown Delavan will continue “Scarecrows on Parade” through the month. Activities include a craft fair and sidewalk sale, raffles, food and drink, a Pie & Cake Auction, and live music into the evening with the Milwaukee Tool Shed Band. Just follow Highway 11 or Highway 50 into town – it’s just a few minutes off I-43! More details and the schedule can be found here.

Ariens Art on Wheels Vintage Weekend at Road America, September 18-20, 2020 in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin

Elkhart Lake: Road America Ariens Art on Wheels

The Ariens Art On Wheels Weekend, featuring The VSCDA Weekend often draws over 300 vintage and historic race cars across 11 groups across this three-day weekend, Friday through Sunday. The fan-friendly paddock is open to spectators for close-up views of amazing racing machines prepared to era specifications all weekend. On Saturday fans can watch and participate in the historic road course reenactment tour of race cars and streetcars. The tour will leave Road America and follow a route almost identical to the street course driven in the early 1950s. The reenactment ends on Lake Street where fans can view all the cars and motorcycles. You can play Disc Golf and enjoy other activities too, it’s a great time for everyone! Highway 67 gets you there, north of Highway 23 and Plymouth, just west of Highway 57. Get more details here.

It’s a great time to enjoy Wisconsin’s Drive-In Restaurants – here are 20+ across the state!

Chester's, one of our favorite Wisconsin Drive-Ins.

If you love Wisconsin road trips, you probably love Wisconsin drive-ins. The American classic place to pull in, order tasty fare – often from a car hop, sometimes on skates – and eat in your car off a tray hanging on your window or at a picnic table with tasty burgers, fries, onion rings, ice cream or custard, malts, shakes, and whatnot.

Here at State Trunk Tour, we love the independent drive-ins, many of which are family-owned businesses going back generations. The nice part with a drive-in is, you can follow proper social distancing guidelines and other safety measures as you enjoy your food and drinks. Here are 20+ Wisconsin Drive-Ins across the state to try!

Nine State Historic Sites open again, with some restrictions

Wisconsin’s State Historic Sites were shut down due to COVID-19 for a while, but now you’re able once again to climb aboard a train car at Circus World in Baraboo, tour Villa Louis in Prairie du Chien, or immerse yourself in 19th century crafts and activities at Old World Wisconsin. Nine sites officially reopened with some policy changes including required advance reservations, social distancing, and more. Get all the details and locations here.

Check out State Trunk Tour Podcasts on the Wisconsin Coastal Food Trail and the Blues history in Ozaukee County!

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 (which are reopening again), as well as with Kris Raymond of the Paramount Music Association, about the amazing and little-known history of early Blues and Jazz records being made in Grafton and Port Washington – recordings that helped shape music ever since. Check them both out below: