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:
Arcadia 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 WisconsinLodging.info.
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.
On 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 WisconsinLodging.info.
Onalaska Sunfish Days, May 21-25
From carnival rides at the Midway to Bingo, to softball & volleyball tournaments, 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.