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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After thousands of votes were cast for our 11 spectacular finalists in the 2018 Wisconsin Lodging Directory Cover Contest, we are so excited to announce the winner…Brekke’s Fireside Resort, Rhinelander!

Thank  you to everyone who voted at www.wisconsinlodging.org!

We are excited to share this great photo  on 175,000 copies of the Wisconsin Lodging Directory next year!

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We need your help – we’re on trying to pick the cover for the 2018 Wisconsin Lodging Directory – and we want YOU to VOTE!

We’ve got 12 exceptional finalists in the 2018 Wisconsin Lodging Directory Cover Contest! Voting is open until 11:59 p.m. CDT on Wednesday, May 17, and the contest winner will be announced on Friday, May 26.

Cast your vote here!

Finalist properties include:

Brekkie’s Fireside Resort

The Castle of the Cedars

The Cove of Lake Geneva

Deerfoot Lodge & Resort

The Delafield Hotel

Delton Oaks Resort

Grand Geneva Resort

The Inns of Geneva National

The Osthoff Resort

The Pfister Hotel

The Ridge Hotel

Tundra Lodge Resort

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Westwood Shores Waterfront Resort offers Door County lodging near Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. This vacation resort is located on scenic Bay Shore Drive. Door County guests will experience fabulous suites, amazing water views.

Westwood Shores features one and two-bedroom suites with fully furnished kitchens, large living rooms with fireplaces, and whirlpool baths. The on-site amenities include heated indoor and outdoor swimming pools, shorefront picnic area, complimentary paddle boats, high-speed wireless internet and much more.

Ask about the variety of packages like winery tours, romantic dinners, and holiday specials.

 
Westwood Shores Waterfront Resort
4303 Bay Shore Drive
Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235

http://www.westwoodshores.net/

 

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Featuring an unparalleled view, inspiring sunsets, charcoal grills, fire pits, and the largest private beach on Lake Delton, the Lake Delton Waterfront Villas are that place you will come back to visit year after year.

Lake Delton Waterfront Villas feature five spacious room layouts that can meet any guests needs.From Cabin units that sleep up to 6 guests to our Cottage units that can accommodate 12 guests, the Chalet units that can comfortably sleep up to 18 guests, all the way up to the Homestead unit that accommodates 14 guests, and Waterfront Retreat with even more room can accommodate 20 guests.

Guests staying at the Lake Delton Waterfront Villas also receive complimentary admission to Kalahari Waterparks. With 125,000 square feet of wet & wild indoor fun, no matter what the weather is like outside, you can splish splash all day long at Kalahari!

 
Lake Delton Waterfront Villas
45 Dam Road
Lake Delton, WI 53940
 

https://www.kalahariresorts.com/wisconsin/waterfront/villas/overview

 

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Escape in the heart of it all at the beautiful condo-hotel in downtown Lake Geneva. As a boutique hotel, the Mill Creek Hotel provides unique lodging tailored to the needs and experiences all guests.

Each suite is actually a condo with a totally private balcony, fully equipped kitchen and dining room, fireplace, living room, whirlpool tub and generous seating and sleeping accommodations. Experience all the amenities of home, plus private balcony views, walks to downtown, and mornings filled with birdsong and sunshine. It’s an ambiance you can only find at Lake Geneva.

The Mill Creek Hotel offers visitors to Lake Geneva the best of all possibilities. Enjoy the peaceful Donian Wetland Nature Preserve, Geneva Lake, and find yourself truly within steps of Lake Geneva’s prominent Main Street for fun shopping and dining. Park your car for the weekend and enjoy Lake Geneva!

 
The Mill Creek Hotel
123 Center Street
Lake Geneva, WI 53147
 

 http://www.millcreekhotel.com/

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For more than 80 years, AAA has used professional inspectors to conduct anonymous, in-person property evaluations. AAA offers the only rating system using comprehensive, on-site professional hotel and restaurant evaluations guided by member priorities. With a far greater inventory than any other rating entity, AAA’s rating system covers the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean.

Each year AAA reviews nearly 28,000 hotels – Just 0.4 percent make the AAA Five Diamond list and  The American Club Resort in Kohler, Wisconsin! 

Just 5.9 percent of the nearly 28,000 hotels Approved by AAA make the Four Diamond list. The properties below were named Four Diamond Hotels:

AAA Diamond Ratings for hotels represent a combination of the overall quality, range of facilities and level of services offered by the property. The descriptive ratings are assigned exclusively to properties that meet and uphold AAA’s rigorous Approval standards.

Source - http://newsroom.aaa.com/diamond-ratings/

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After thousands of votes were cast for our 12 spectacular finalists in the 2017 Wisconsin Lodging Directory Cover Contest, we are so excited to announce the winner… The Ashbrooke, Egg Harbor!

Thanks so everyone who visited WisconsinLodging.org to check out the covers and to all of our finalist properties!

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