After thousands of votes were cast for our 12 spectacular finalists in the 2019 Wisconsin Lodging Directory Cover Contest, we are so excited to announce the winner… Deerfoot Lodge & Resort, Hayward!

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We are excited to share this great photo on 160,000 copies of the Wisconsin Lodging Directory next year!

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We’ve got 12 exceptional finalists in the 2018 Wisconsin Lodging Directory Cover Contest! Voting is open until 11:59 p.m. CDT on Thursday, May 3, and the contest winner will be announced on Friday, May 11.

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Fall into some fun events this weekend!

 

Beer & Bacon Festival, Wausau

Fern Island 500 River Road – Wausau, WI 54403

Wausau Events is excited for the Beer & Bacon Festival in Wausau! This event will feature LOTS of beer and bacon, what more could you want? You won’t want to miss this event! Sample over 150 different types of craft beer while also tasting bacon-inspired samples from meat shops & restaurants. A general admission ticket will allow you to taste/eat as much beer/bacon as you desire.

 

 

Apple Festival, Gay Mills 

September 22, 2017 – September 24, 2017

Downtown, Gays Mills, WI 54631

Head over to Gay Mills for the 59th Annual Apple Festival! Celebrating the apple harvest with parades, carnivals, arts and crafts, flea markets, music, dancing, fun run/walk, food, and festivities.

 

 

Fromm PetFest, Milwaukee

September 23, 2017

Henry Maier Festival Park, 200 N Harbor Dr – Milwaukee, WI 53202

ver want to see if your dog would enjoy dock diving? Do you have a feeling your four-legged tricksters would rule an agility course? Are you trying to teach an old dog new tricks? All Fromm Petfest activities are open for every skill level- from novice to pro! Join us for Dock Diving, Lure Courses, and more!

 

 

Oktoberfest

September-October

Locations all across the state

Some of the largest and longest running Oktoberfest celebrations happen every year in Wisconsin. If you are looking for a German festival to attend in September or October 2017, you should have no trouble finding the right beer and food here.

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Paramount Blues Festival

September 1-September 3

Coal Dock Park, 190 S Wisconsin St, Port Washington, WI 53074

This weekend marks the 12th anniversary of the Paramount Blues Festival. Port Washington hosts three days of live music, food, and family fun.  Local, regional and national musicians take the stage to celebrate the history of Paramount Records in Grafton.

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Red Cliff Days 

September 1-September 3

Legendary Waters Resort & Casino, 37600 Onigamiing Drive, Red Cliff, WI 54814

Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa is excited to welcome you to their second annual Red Cliff Days Labor Day Weekend. This fun filled festival includes a large carnival and lake activities.  The weekend includes cultural exhibits including the tribal drum group, Ojibwe story telling, native flute player, demonstrations of Ojibwe cultural activities and more.

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Town and Country Days  

September 1-September 3

Downtown, Shell Lake, WI 54871

Celebrate Labor Day Weekend in Shell Lake with a lake run, food booths, chocolate festival, truck pull, tractor pull, kiddie and grand parades, sailing regatta, games, contests, arts & crafts show, and a fly-in breakfast.

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Wilhelm Tell Festival 

September 1-September 3

Downtown, Shell Lake, WI 54871

Be a part of our 79th Wilhelm Tell celebration and enjoy a full weekend of historic Swiss charm including a children’s laternenzug (lantern parade), alphorns, yodel showcase, art show, book sale, live music, savory food and even a street dance. Inspired by the vision of Edwin Barlow, a world traveler of the early 1900′s with New Glarus roots, the Wilhelm Tell pageant has been proudly presented on Labor Day Weekend since 1938 by New Glarus residents.

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Los Dells Festival 

September 1-September 3

Woodside Ranch Resort & Conference Center, W4015 State Road 82 E – Mauston, WI 53948

¡Bienvenido!  Los Dells Festival is the first major Latin Music & Arts Festival in the Midwest and soon to be North America’s largest Latin Music Festival. This is a multi-cultural experience for fans of music just outside one of the largest family-friendly entertainment destinations in the Midwest: The Wisconsin Dells. With art installations, a vast culinary program, and a heavy hitting lineup, festival attendees will be in for an unforgettable experience.  Join us for the best weekend of the summer!

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Cheese-A-Palooza 

September 2-September 3

Kenosha Harbor, 6th Ave and 54th St – Kenosha, WI 53140

All things cheese will be celebrated during the two-day Cheese-A-Palooza festival along the harbor downtown on Labor Day weekend. Featuring great food including grilled cheese, cheese curds, mac n’ cheese, and more.  The fun-filled two days include a variety of eating contest and karaoke sing offs. Visit the event page for a complete guide to the festival.

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Make the most out of your weekend in Wisconsin! Check out our round up of fun events happening across the state.

Death’s Door Barbeque 

August 25-August 26

Washington Island Airport, Washington Island, WI 54246

Who doesn’t like barbeque? You’re invited to the  beautiful Washington Island on Friday and Saturday, August 25th & 26th, 2017 for the 6th annual Death’s Door Bar-B-Q (DDBBQ) at the Washington Island Airport. Admission is free and the event features arts & crafts, kids’ activities, live music, food vendors, and of course – Barbequed Chicken, Pork, Pork Ribs, and Beef Brisket as sold by the DDBBQ competitors. Full event schedule is available on the event site.

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Bluegrass in the Pines Festival 

August 24-August 26

Rosholt Fair Park, N Main St – Rosholt, WI 54467

Annual Bluegrass in the Pines festival will feature the main Stage Show Tent, Saturday music Workshops and food and drink vendors. Camping is available on a first-come, first-serve basis with lots of space of available for RVs, trailers and tents. Check out the full lineup of music on the event web page.

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Mad Gael Irish Music Fest 

August 25-August 26

Breese Stevens Field, 917 E. Mifflin – Madison, WI 53703

This two-day music festival features a wide range of performs that will keep you dancing!  The event features a Guinness VIP area, Irish Craft Beers, Whiskey Tasting Area, Irish Taste of Madison, and the Gaelic Games featuring the Hurling Club of Madison, Madison Gaelic Football Club and more.  Mad Gael Productions celebrates the culture of the “Clan na Gael” through Music, Art & Dance.

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Grill Games Festival, Kenosha

August 25-August 26

HarborPark’s Celebration Place, 54th Street and Ring Road – Kenosha, WI 53140

This free two-day festival is Kenosha’s biggest BBQ festival and features live entertainment throughout the day, activities for the kids, beer garden, and a chance to taste some of the finest BBQ around. Watch the Kansas City Barbecue Society National BBQ Circuit Teams compete for their state prizes, learn their secrets, taste and purchase BBQ, and vote for your favorite teams. Free admission and donations welcome. Proceeds benefit the scholarship foundations of the Kenosha YMCA and the Kenosha Area Chamber of Commerce.

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Did you miss out on the Wisconsin State Fair? Or are you just looking to enjoy more fair fun? You’re in luck – there are county fairs going on all across the state this weekend! Check out all of the fairs below -

 

Grant County Fair, Lancaster 

August 13-August 20

916 E Elm St – Lancaster, WI 53813-0031

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Juneau County Fair, Mauston 

August 13-August 20

1001 Division St – Mauston, WI 53948

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Dodge County Fair, Beaver Dam 

August 16-August 20

Fairgrounds, Beaver Dam, WI 53916

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Kenosha County Fair, Wilmont

August 16-August 20

30820 111th St, Wilmot, Wisconsin, WI 53192

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Brown County Fair, DePere

August 16-August 20

1500 Ft Howard Ave, De Pere, WI 54115

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Oconto County Fair, Gillett

August 17-August 20

Zipple Park, Gillett, WI 54124

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Sawyer County Fair, Hayward

August 17-August 20

10175 Bender Rd, Hayward, WI 54843

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Waushara County Fair, Wautoma 

August 17-August 20

513 S. Fair St., Wautoma, WI 54982

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Ole’ Fashioned County Fair, Cameron 

August 19-August 20

1866 13 1/2 – 14 Ave – Cameron, WI 54822

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Building a weekend getaway? Immersing yourself in local culture? Or enjoying music? You will find the perfect event or festival right this weekend here in Wisconsin!

 

Wisconsin State Fair, West Allis

August 3-August 13

The 2017 Wisconsin State Fair, presented by U.S. Cellular, will take place Thursday, August 3 through Sunday, Aug. 13. The annual Wisconsin State Fair is the state’s largest agricultural showcase, offering endless family entertainment at a phenomenal value. The Fair features the exciting SpinCity Amusement Ride and Game Area, 30 FREE stages, educational exhibits, shopping, and hundreds of food and beverage options.

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Watertown Riverfest

August 10 – August 13

A music, food and entertainment extravaganza in beautiful Riverside Park in the center of the city. Cars are driven in from all across the country. Live music throughout the weekend, nationally renowned bands, regional acts as well.  Enjoy fireworks, carnival midway games, and rides, a taste of Watertown all four days. Craft show Saturday and Sunday, Classic auto show with over 350 vehicles on Sunday.

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The Shakedown, Oshkosh

August 11 – August 13

The Shakedown is Wisconsin’s largest and oldest traditional hot rod and custom multi-day car show.  Check out cars, mini bikes, vintage bicycles, vintage campers, famous hot rods and more. The event features a huge music festival featuring over 20 bands each year.  Great food and beverages are serviced from breakfast until late night.  A few years back, a friend labeled it “Summer Camp For Hot Rodders” and for many, that is exactly what it is.

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Irishfest

August 11 – August 13

A festival for the whole family with Irish & Celtic music, food and activities and more from all over Ireland, Scotland, and the U.S. Kids will enjoy the Wee Folks area with games and activities, sheep shearing, bagpipe demonstration, Irish dogs, puppet theater, music, and contests. Soak up the all things Irish in the Cultural tent with traditional music, Irish dancers, and cultural exhibits. The event features an Arts Tent with baking demonstrations, speakers on Irish history, bodhran, tin whistle, and Irish language lessons.

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Summer Set Music & Camping Festival

August 11-August 13

Summer Set Music & Camping Festival is the ultimate summer experience. A 3 day celebration of everything we love about summer, featuring a unique blend of artists on multiple stages in an incredible northern Wisconsin setting. Music starts Friday at 2:30pm and runs until midnight on Friday and Saturday and until 10:15 on Sunday. Afterparties are held on-site and will begin at midnight, and go until 2:30 am on Friday and Saturday. A VIP wristband INCLUDES access to the afterparty.

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Make the most of your days off and discover the best things to do in Wisconsin this weekend. Find great events, activities and ideas for Friday night, Saturday and Sunday!

 

Wisconsin State Fair, West Allis

August 3-August 13

The 2017 Wisconsin State Fair, presented by U.S. Cellular, will take place Thursday, August 3 through Sunday, Aug. 13. The annual Wisconsin State Fair is the state’s largest agricultural showcase, offering endless family entertainment at a phenomenal value. The Fair features the exciting SpinCity Amusement Ride and Game Area, 30 FREE stages, educational exhibits, shopping, and hundreds of food and beverage options.

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Pig in the Pines, St. Germain

August 4-August 5

Pig in the Pines celebrates bacon, BBQ and bands with food and live music all day and night in St. Germain. Headlining bands are ABBA Salute(Friday), HYDE and Jack Russell’s Great White(Saturday). The pig themed feast includes pulled pork sandwiches, BBQ, ribs, pork kabobs, bacon wrapped appetizers and ham sandwiches. Fun activities are available for all ages!

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Mile of Music, Appleton

August 3-August 6

Appleton’s Downtown – an amazing mile of safe, walkable and hospitable experiences – is the host of Mile of Music. The Mile has so much to offer, from craft shops to restaurants, cafes, and bars, all exhibiting the original, hand-crafted flavor that makes Appleton unique. Come join us for the full Mile of Music weekend, August 3-6, 2017, to experience Appleton at its best.

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National Mustard Day, Middleton

August 5

National Mustard Day is celebrated annually at the National Mustard Museum on the first Saturday in August. It is a fun-filled day for the whole family and has traditionally included music, games and other entertainment with hot dogs, brats, FREE mustard sampling, and more. The Mustard Museum has been the official sponsor of this event since 1991.

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Wisconsin Valley Fair, Wausau

August 1-August 6

The second largest county fair in Wisconsin. Enjoy big name grandstand entertainment, carnival rides, animals, youth projects and an antique farm machinery museum. Check out a variety of contests including donut eating, pizza eating, fair food eating, cheese carving and apple pie baking.

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What’s on your agenda this weekend? If you are still looking for ideas check out the list below!

 

EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 

July 24-July 30

For 51 weeks a year, EAA is an international community of more than 200,000 members that nurtures the spirit of flight through a worldwide network of chapters, outreach programs, and other events. But for one week each summer, EAA members and aviation enthusiasts totaling more than 550,000 from more than 80 countries attend EAA AirVenture at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, where they rekindle friendships and celebrate the past, present, and future in the world of flight.

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Germanfest, Milwaukee

July 28-July 30

Milwaukee hosts one of the nations largest German heritage festivals at Henry Maier Festival Park this weekend! Enjoy music on one of five stages, German food, the cultural village, Marktplatz and more. Other fun activities include the Sheepshead, Dachshund Derby, parade and more.

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Holland Festival, Cedar Grove

July 28-July 29

Holland Fest is fun for the entire family. An alcohol-free festival ensures that kids of all ages can safely enjoy the unique traditions of this unique festival. There is something for everyone from food, to shows, to delft and even wooden shoe racing and Klompen Dancers! If you’re Dutch, you’re family. If you’re not Dutch, you are when you visit Holland Fest!

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Door County Antique Show, Fish Creek

July 27-July 29

The Sister Bay Lions Club has hosted the annual Door County Show since 1974. The Show is Thursday through Saturday at the Gibralter High School in the quaint town of Fish Creek, Wisconsin on the peninsula by Lake Michigan, 60 miles North East of Green Bay. It is here you will find a treasure for your collection amid 35 professional exhibitors who are excited to be in Door County.

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Burning Cow Music Festival, Sturgeon Bay

July 27- July 29

Burning Cow Music Festival will rise from the ashes and ignite Sturgeon Bay with another colossal 3 day lineup of southern rock, blues, alt-country, and jam bands. Located just north of Sturgeon Bay, WI, rustic camping, hot showers, savory breakfasts, and award-winning BBQ will be available along with inspiring craft brews and refreshing domestic beers. The festival will climax Saturday night when the tremendous wooden cow will be set ablaze.

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