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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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Another hot & steamy day here in southeast Wisconsin & what better way to cool down than with an ice cold beer or crisp glass of wine?  Check out some of these upcoming beer & wine fests & festivals and experience Wisconsin by-the-glass!

August 13-14
Brews, Brats & Bands – Point Brewery, Stevens Point

August 20-22
Cedar Creek Winery’s 20th Anniversary – Cedarburg

September 4
Milwauktoberfest – Milwaukee

September 10-11
Lake Geneva Wine Festival – Lake Geneva

September 11
8th Annual Thirsty Troll Beer Fest – Mount Horeb
Fall Harvest Fest – Parallel 44 Winery, Kewaunee

September 11-12
5th Annual Fall Festival – Autumn Harvest Winery, Chippewa Falls

September 12-18
Milwaukee Beer Week – Milwaukee

September 17-18
Great Lakes Brewfest – Racine

September 18-19
Annual Wine & Harvest Festival – Cedar Creek Winery, Cedarburg
Fall Harvest Festival – Chateau St. Croix, St. Croix Falls
Wet Whistle Wine Fest – Von Stiehl Winery, Algoma

September 24-October 2
Oktoberfest 2010 – La Crosse

October 1
Taste of Wine & Beer – DePere

October 2
Lincoln Lager BarleyFest – Merrill

Mark your calendars & raise a toast to Wisconsin this fall! (As always, please enjoy responsibly.) What are your favorite beer or wine tours in Wisconsin? Are there any fests we missed on the list?

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Ghouls, goblins, thrills & chills… Check out seven SPOOK-tacular ways to celebrate Halloween in Wisconsin:
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October 23rd-25th  and  October 29th-November 1st
Wisconsin Fear Grounds, Waukesha
What it is: Three haunted houses in one location- Morgan Manor, Morgana’s Torment & Unstable
How scary is it? Billed as “30,000 square feet of TERROR” -may not be for the faint of heart!
Cost: $15 per person for Morgan’s Manor, $30 per person for all three (but check out their website for coupons before you go!)

October 23rd-24th  and  October 30th-31st
Ghost Boat Tours, Wisconsin Dells
What it is: One & a half hour boat tour to Witches Gulch with “several illusions and special effects along with a great storyline that is sure to get hearts pumping”
How scary is it? Not recommended for 10 & under, parents’ discretion for older kids
Cost: $15 per person

October 24th
Dracula, Green Bay
What it is: Nosferatu, the 1920′s silent movie based on Bram Stoker’s ‘Dracula‘ accompanied by Frank Rippel on a live theater organ
How scary is it? Show time is 1:00 pm, so when the movie creeps you out, there will still be hours of (vampire-free) daylight left when you leave!
Cost: $5 per person

October 25th & 30th
Gothic History Tours, Cedarburg
What it is: One & a half hour walking tour through historic downtown Cedarburg
How scary is it? Billed as “chilling”, not scary
Cost: Check out their website for details, advanced ticket purchase recommended

October 28th
Ghost Stories in the Park After Dark, Phillips
What it is: Follow a lighted trail through the park to hear “ghost stories, haunting tales and urban legends”
How scary is it? “Spooky but not too scary”
Cost: I believe this one’s free, but call for more info: 715/339-4505 or 800/269-4505

October 29th-30th
Ghoulees in the Coulees, Coon Valley
What it is: 1/2 mile hike along a wooded trail lined with “haunting, thrilling and chilling spook stations”
How scary is it? Runs from 5:30-9 pm, hikes after 8 pm will be “SUPER SCARY”
Cost: $8 per person

October 30th
Haunting of River Park, Mosinee
What it is: “A haunted trail through spooky River Park”
How scary is it? For kids 13 and over, call the Mosinee Chamber for more info: 715/693-4330
Cost: $5 per person

For more haunting good times in southeast Wisconsin, check out this list and map from JSOnline.com as well. As always, check out WisconsinLodging.info for great places to stay, then hit the road for some SPOOK-tacular Halloween adventures!

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FlickrPhoto-By-SkedonkIt’s a sunny, beautiful Friday afternoon here in southeast Wisconsin!  Kids are back in school, the Packers start their regular season on Sunday, and the leaves have just begun to show their fall colors…  What better way is there to enjoy the goodness that is fall in Wisconsin than with samplings, tastings or tours of some of Wisconsin’s finest breweries and wineries?

Four to hit this weekend:

  1. September 12: Fall Harvest Fest, Parallel 44 Winery, Kewaunee
  2. September 11-13: Lake Geneva Wine Festival
  3. September 13-19: Milwaukee Beer Week
  4. September 12-13: 4th Annual Fall Festival, Autumn Harvest Winery, Chippewa Falls

On the Horizon: September 19-20

Plus more Brewery Tours:

  1. Taster’s Tour at Minhas Craft Brewery, Monroe
  2. New Glarus Brewing Company, New Glarus
  3. Point Brewery, Stevens Point
  4. Capital Brewery, Madison
  5. The Leinie’s Tour at Leinenkugels Brewery, Chippewa Falls

Raise a toast to Wisconsin this fall! (As always, please enjoy responsibly.)  What are your favorite beer or wine tours in Wisconsin?

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