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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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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=]

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


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Up next in our series on Wisconsin’s indoor waterparks & water activity centers, we head to the Northwoods to The Waters of Minocqua.TheWatersOfMinocqua
No matter what the weather outside, you’ll find 13,000 square feet of indoor/outdoor waterpark fun for the entire family at The Waters of Minocqua!

Two 3-story-high, completely enclosed body slides carry you to a refreshing plunge pool. Or, have fun in the indoor/outdoor activity pool and relax in the indoor/outdoor hot tub.KiddieArea For the younger children, check out the kiddie area  with a slide of it’s own and shallow depth water.

A snack bar onsite offers pizza, nachos, soda and a few alcoholic drinks for the adults. For dry fun, don’t miss the huge arcade just off the waterpark – great fun for “kids” of all ages!

On the Calendar this Winter:

As always, click on over to to learn more about The Waters of Minocqua as well as more Wisconsin waterpark destinations.


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Slide & PoolThird in our series on Wisconsin’s indoor waterparks & water activity centers, we head to the Fox Cities and one of the only hotels in the area with a waterpark:  the Country Inn & Suites by Carlson, Appleton North in Little Chute!

Kids will enjoy their two water slides, water basketball, two ‘dump buckets’, and more while adults can relax in the Jacuzzi with cascading water falls.  Island Jack’s Tiki Bar, poolside, serves up not only cocktails for the grown-ups, but also chips, nachos, pizza and soda for the whole family.Tiki Bar

Just outside the waterpark is a game room featuring video games, air hockey and pool table.

Around Town:
Fox Cities Mall – only 15 minutes away
Fox Cities Performing Arts Center – downtown Appleton
The History Museum at the Castle & AKA Houdini (Appleton is the birth place of Harry Houdini!)

Mark your Calendar:
October 17th: Soup Walk, Downtown Appleton
October 20th-25th: The 101 Dalmatians Musical
October 23rd:  Magic Workshop at AKA Houdini

Special offer from Fox Cities Visitors Bureau:
“Book a 2-night stay … and you’ll get your pick of a $50 gift card AND a Fox Cities Passport with discounts at 7 area museums and art centers compliments of the Fox Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau. But hurry, this promotion is limited. Once the cards and passports are gone, they are GONE!” Click here to learn more.

As always, click on over to to learn more about the Country Inn & Suites by Carlson, Appleton North as well as more Wisconsin waterpark destinations.


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Summer vacation is almost here and there’s a three-day weekend coming our way…  If you’re looking for affordable, old-fashioned family fun, check out these following fests across Wisconsin:

ArcadiaBroilerDaysArcadia Broiler Days, May 22-24
Events include parades, talent show, live music, softball & horseshoe tournaments, carnival rides & more!  Arcadia is located in Trempeleau County, just about midway between La Crosse & Eau Claire.  Where to Stay: the RKD Motel is located right on Main Street in Arcadia.  Nearby you’ll also find the Oak Park Inn & Historic Hopkins House in Whitehall and both the Clark House B&B and Sonic Motel in Galesville.


World’s Largest Brat Fest in Madison, May 22-25
Free music, rides for the kids + delicious (and only $1.50 each!) Johnsonville Brats – what more could you ask for in a Wisconsin festival?  Held at Willow Island at the Alliant Energy Center, this Fest kicks off with the Budweiser Clydesdales on Friday, May 22nd.  Where to Stay: Find over 60 Madison-area properties at


Chocolate Fest 2009, Burlington, May 22-25
If your sweet tooth has been calling, head down to Racine county to Burlington’s 23rd annual Chocolate Fest featuring carnival rides, chocolate eating contests, Chef demonstrations, wine & chocolate tastings, fireworks and more!  Where to Stay: Check out the AmericInn Lodge & Suites just off Brown’s Lake.

FamilyKiteFestivalOn Lake Michigan, Milwaukee’s Family Kite Fest, May 23-24
Presented by Gift of Wings, the 22nd Family Kite Festival is a free event with free parking at Milwaukee’s Veteran’s Park.  Watch professional kite performances, learn to fly kites, plus kids can even make their own kite!  Where to Stay: Browse more than 65 Milwaukee-area properties at

Onalaska Sunfish Days, May 21-25
From carnival rides at the Midway to Bingo, to softball & volleyball tournameSunfishDaysnts, this is one action-packed weekend of fun in western Wisconsin!  Kids can also get their faces painted, enter a fishing derby, and catch a parade. Parents, check out the beer gardens, Texas Hold ‘Em Tournament and the Euchre Tournament for some grown-up fun as well.  Where to Stay: Check out the Microtel Inn or the Rainbow Ridge Farm B&B, both with free continental breakfasts.  The Holiday Inn Express, Hampton Inn, and Comfort Inn all feature indoor pools, and you’ll find Clearwater Cabins & Cozy Corner Cottages both on Lake Onalaska.


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