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Yep, half way through winter in Wisconsin & there’s still plenty of festival fun to be had…

February 19-21
Madison Winter Festival
Family fun from tubing to snowshoeing, ice carving and snow sculpting, plus running, walking, biking and more all around Madison’s Capitol Square.

February 20th
Chilly Fest, Menomonie Falls
Includes Chili cook-off and ice carving contests, food, games & live entertainment at Mill Pond Park.

2010 Freeze Fest, Whitewater
Rise and shine with a pancake breakfast by the Kiwanis, then head out for a carriage ride or family skating time and much more! Freeze Fest is also one of the three Polar Plunge events this weekend in Wisconsin (see below for more).

Mardi Gras Festival, Wausau
Food & drink specials plus fun family events at Granite Peak Ski Hill.

February 20-21
Klondike Days, Eagle River
Head to Eagle River for a full weekend of family fun including snowshoe races, lumberjack competitions, plus a winter rendezvous encampment. Be sure to also check out the traditional Ojibwe dances by the Waswagoning Dance Theatre.

February 20thPolar Plunge for Special Olympics
In addition to the Polar Plunge during Freeze Fest in Whitewater, brave souls will also be raising money and making the plunge in Madison & Oshkosh on February 20th. To learn more & check for Plunge dates/ locations near you, visit the Special Olympics website.[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NJ2GfBgSIyo]

As always, head on over to WisconsinLodging.info and start planning your Wisconsin winter getaway!

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I’ve said it before & I still know it to be true: Wisconsinites love a good time… And what better way to have a good time this autumn than a true Wisconsin fall harvest FESTIVAL! Check out the following Fests & Festivals on the calendar this weekend:AudubonDays_Mayville

October 1st – 4th:
Audubon Days, Mayville

October 2nd:
Taste of Wine and Beer in De Pere

October 2nd – 3rd:
27th Annual Apple Affair, Galesville

October 3rd:
Thorp Pumpkin Fest, Thorp
Chili Cook-off & Oktoberfest, Monroe
Fall Harvest Festival, Chippewa Falls
Watertown’s Fall Festival
Lincoln Lager Barleyfest, Merrill

pumpkinsOctober 3rd – 4th:
Fall Heritage Festival, Mount Horeb
12th Annual Nekoosa Giant Pumpkin Festival
Cranberry Fest, Eagle River
Shihata Orchard Fest, Prairie du Chien
Grandview Orchard Applefest, Antigo

October 4th:
Maxwell Street Days, Cedarburg
Crex Meadows: Fall Wildlife Festival, Grantsburg

As always, check out WisconsinLodging.info for great places to stay, then hit the road for fun fall adventures!

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September 1 may signal the end of summer vacation for most school kids, but don’t fret!  There’s still plenty of summer fun to be had for weeks to come!  If you’re a fan of live music, fabulous food, or amazing arts & crafts, check out the opportunities to explore Wisconsin below:
GRFF.image34th Annual Great River Folk Fest, La Crosse, August 28-30
Where else can you find workshops for folk singer-songwriters, learn basket weaving then catch a Hmong Dance presentation and Oktoberfest Polka?  Why the Great River Folk Fest of course!

BalloonRally.imageBalloon Rally & Music Festival, Wisconsin Rapids, August 28-30
*  Opening night Balloon set-up & glow?  Check
*  Live music? Yep
*  Dunk tank & face painting for the kids? Of course
Benefiting the Children’s Miracle Network, this free rally also features a petting zoo for kids, beer tent for the thirsty and craft vendors for the shoppers.

Artstreet.imageARTSTREET, Green Bay, August 28-30
Enjoy three days of fun featuring “an eclectic mix of visual, performing, culinary and literary arts.”  Two stages of live music and dance complement street performers and 200 artist exhibits from paintings to jewelry to photography.

FestivalFlavors.imageFestival of Flavors, Eagle River, August 29-30
“Celebrate the Taste” of Wisconsin products in bite-sized portions in the tasting tent, hear live music & shop the local Farmer’s Market on Saturday.  Stop back Sunday for the “Nutrition Health & Fitness Expo” including Healthful Chef’s Demos and the Tomato Throw!

FestivalPines.logo27th Annual Festival in the Pines, Eau Claire, August 29-30
Shop hundreds of arts & crafts vendors, catch live music or a karate demonstration & send the kids to check out the free petting zoo.  Find lots of family fun in Carson Park this weekend.

And of course, before you hit the road, click on over to WisconsinLodging.info to find your perfect Place to Stay in Wisconsin!

BalloonRally photo courtesy of Wisconsin Dept of Tourism

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