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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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Whether you’re looking for family things to do in the city this weekend or searching for activities Up North, take a peek at the coolest events happening this weekend!

 

Bastille Days, Milwaukee

July 13 – 16

Bastille Days, Milwaukee’s popular french festival and one of the nation’s largest french-themed celebrations, returns to downtown Milwaukee’s Cathedral Square Park.The free four-day bash attracts over 250,000 visitors annually who enjoy 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.

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Fish Day, Port Washington

July 14-15

Head to Port Washington on Saturday for “The World’s Largest Outdoor One-Day Fish Fry.” Nine civic, verteran, fraternial and service volunteer organizations are operating the stands which will be selling a variety of foods in addition to fish.  The festivities includes a gigantic parade, live music on five stages, arts and crafts show, car show, run/walk, helicopter rides and fireworks. Get an early start on the celebration on Friday night with carnival rides and food.

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Ragged Roots, Wisconsin Dells 

July 13-16

Set up your tent and soak in four days of music and art in the Dells! Over 40 musicians from the midwest will be showcased throughout the event. Camping sites available at Edge O Dells Resort.

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Lake Superior Day, Port Wing

July 15

Celebrate summer by lake in Port Wing on Saturday. Lake Superior Day kicks off with a weekly Saturday Market. Throughout the day speakers and displays will highlight various lake related topics. Other activities include a lunchtime Fish Boil, wetland hike, paddle-boarding at Port Wing Marina and kayaking on the late. The event concludes with a bonfire and stargazing at the marina.

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Birchwood Bluegill Festivals

July 14-16

Birchwood invites you to “The Bluegill Capital of Wisconsin” this weekend! Celebrate a great weekend with a fishing contest, medallion hunt, softball tournament, children’s games, tractor pull, street dances and a classic car parade. Other events includes a beer garden, fish fry, bake sale , fun-run music and more.

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Hodag Country Music Festival, Rhinelander

July 13-16

The party continues for the 40th year in Rhineland at the annual Hodag Country Festival! Again this year, some of the biggest names in country music will be playing the in the Northwoods. Music acts will play in the outdoor amphitheater, rain or shine!

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Don’t let summer get predictable! There are some great events happening all over Wisconsin this weekend.

 

Beaver Dam Lake Days

July 6-8

Bring your family to the Tahoe Park for this Beaver Dam family festival! Enjoy a full line-up of music and entertainment. Take a ride on the Fox of the river giant canoe or a pontoon. Participate in the Cardboard Regatta Race, Must-Skis’ Learn to Ski Clinic or Fishing Tournament. Food, carnival rides and fireworks are all part of the fun too!

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Annual Heart of the North Rodeo, Spooner 

July 6-8

Professional rodeo’s top competitors are coming to Spooner for the 64th year to compete for points and prize money. Fans will enjoy the thrills and spills during the competition and music performances in the evening. Food, shopping and even a parade are all part of this exciting Spooner tradition!

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Catfish Extravaganza in Greenville

July 7-8

Your family won’t want to miss the legendary Catfish Races and Community night on Friday; stick around for The Great Catfish Fry, activities for the kids and musical acts! Stick around on Saturday for the Catfish Concert and more.

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Madeline Island Summer Film Series, La Pointe 

July 6-8

Enjoy a weekend of films shown at dusk on the beach at the Inn on Madeline Island. Relax and listen to live music before the start of each film, then watch feature films under the stars!

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Summerfest, Milwaukee 

July 4-9

For 11 days every summer, the Worlds Largest Music Festival takes place at Henry Maier Festival park! This year marks the 50th year of Summerfest on the lakefront with 800 acts playing on 11 stages. Over 45  local vendors will be supplying food and beverages through out the festival. The Northwestern Mutual Children’s Theater & PlayZone features activities, dance groups, magicians and more to keep  kids all day. Shop at the unique vendors, ride on the Sky Glide or listen to local and emerging artist before the headlines start at 8 and 10PM.

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Communities all  over the state are gearing up to celebrate July 4th this weekend! Below are just a few options for weekend activities -

Summerfest, Milwaukee 

June 28-July 2, CLOSED JULY 3, then keep rocking July 4-9.

For 11 days every summer, the Worlds Largest Music Festival takes place at Henry Maier Festival park! This year marks the 50th year of Summerfest on the lakefront with 800 acts playing on 11 stages. Over 45  local vendors will be supplying food and beverages through out the festival. The Northwestern Mutual Children’s Theater & PlayZone features activities, dance groups, magicians and more to keep  kids all day. Shop at the unique vendors, ride on the Sky Glide or listen to local and emerging artist before the headlines start at 8 and 10PM.

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Riverfront Rendezvous, Stevens Point

June 30-July 2

Check out this  is an annual festival at Pioneer Park in Stevens Point. Enjoy music at one of the multiple stages starting Friday night at 7:15. Activities include the Carp Classic Fishing Contest, Horseshoe Tournaments, BINGO and more. Kids will enjoy a variety of shows and activities too. The festival wraps up with the Lighted Boat Parade and fireworks on Sunday.

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Northwoods Blues Festival, Chippewa Falls

June 30-July 1

Kick off your summer with the annual Northwoods Blues Festival  at the Northern Wisconsin State Fairgrounds in Chippewa Falls. National and regional bands will perform during the 2 day festival. Check out the website for the complete lineup. The best party in the Great North Woods.

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Booster Days, Hudson

June 29-July 2

Booster Days is the annual 4th of July Celebration held in Lakefront Park, near historic downtown Hudson, along the scenic St Croix River.  This event draws crowds from Hudson and surrounding counties, with activities for all ages such as a fishing contest, carnival rides, and multiple bands in the Hudson band shell each night.

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Fly-in & Float-in Lake Rattle & Roll, Phillips

June 30-July 1

Come by car, boat or plane and watch planes fly in and the Aerobatic show at the Price County Airport, plus view planes on display. Located on Long Lake, Harbor View Pub & Eatery is offering a breakfast buffet Saturday morning – dining with a view, either inside or outside on the deck and watch the planes fly in. Stop back at Harbor View in the evening and watch the live band perform outside on the deck under the stars.

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There is SO much to do this weekend! Below are just a few fun ideas.

Paddlefest, Door County 

Sister Bay invites you and your family to “Unplug & Play” family sports day on June 24 heralds the beginning of summer and provides an opportunity for everyone to get outside, enjoy life, check out our beautiful public beach, and all that’s new in the village.  The annual Paddlefest event, Disc Golf Tourney, Morning Yoga on the Pier and free volleyball is a great way to Unplug & Play!

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Midsummer Magic at Old World Wisconsin, Eagle

Celebrate the 15th anniversary of this event with music, food, beverages, an auction, raffle and more! Enjoy an evening strolling through the village at Old World Wisconsin while sampling foods and enjoying music on four different stages. Tickets are required and can be purchased at the door.

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Darboy Chicken Fest, Appleton

Enjoy chicken, live music and lots of fun activities this weekend in Appleton. Kids will enjoy the rides and amusements in the park. Find your fitness at the ChickenCase 5K or Zumba in the park. The packed schedule also features fireworks on Friday night, pizza eating, chicken dance and tractor pulling contests and more!

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Strawberry Fest, Cedarburg

Celebrate Cedarburg’s 32nd Annual Strawberry Festival, Saturday, June 24  and Sunday, June 25. This free, family-oriented festival is a favorite of many, drawing up to 100,000 people annually. Vendors will be selling  Strawberry Brats, Strawberry Shortcake and Strawberry Chicken Wraps, and strawberries by the quart. Event kicks off with a run on Saturday morning. Enjoy music, art and activities throughout the festival or stop by the Sunday morning all-you-can-eat “Strawberry Pancake Breakfast,” 8am-11am, at Cedar Creek Settlement.

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Shake the Lake, Madison

Start the the Independence Day celebrations early at Shake the Lake – a community-focused summertime festival in Madison, Wisconsin. The free outdoor celebration features a variety of family-friendly events and activities along the beautiful Lake Monona. Festival goers can enjoy an assortment of delicious food and beverages as well as live music, a roller derby game, a bike polo exhibition and a show-stopping fireworks display.

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No matter where you are in Wisconsin, there are tons of Father’s Day activities and  events to enjoy this weekend with your dad. Make this Father’s Day the best ever by giving your dad a day that shows him just how special he is to you. There is still plenty of time to plan a fun-filled day; check out the ideas below! 

  1. Catch a fish on Father’s Day: Get out in nature, away from the computer and your phone and enjoy quality time with Dad on the lake! Check out the all of the great fishing options here : https://www.travelwisconsin.com/article/fishing/eight-trip-ideas-take-dad-fishing-this-fathers-day-weekend
  2. Have some fun on the farm: Dads are free this Father’s Day at Mulberry Farms in Hilbert, WI. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy some fun family time. More info: https://www.travelwisconsin.com/events/tours/free-dads-on-fathers-day-40802
  3. Family Zoo Day: The Milwaukee County Zoo is a great place for kids and fathers to spend time together.  All fathers receive free admission, no cooupon necessary, as Prairie Farms Dairy sponsor’s Father’s Day at the Zoo. Learn more here: http://www.milwaukeezoo.org/events/fathersday.php
  4. Hang out at the Harley-Davidson Museum: Explore 114 of Harley-Davidson history this Father’s Day, the Harley-Davidson Museum honors fathers and grandfathers by offering free admission:https://www.harley-davidson.com/content/h-d/en_US/home/museum/explore/events/fathers-day.htm
  5. Run the trail: Is your father into fitness? Wisconsin Trail Assail is a Father’s Day Run in Menomonee Falls, WI. Learn more here: http://silvercirclesportsevents.com/wta-fathers-day

 

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