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Whether you’re looking for family things to do in the city this weekend or searching for activities Up North, take a peek at the coolest events happening this weekend!

 

Bastille Days, Milwaukee

July 13 – 16

Bastille Days, Milwaukee’s popular french festival and one of the nation’s largest french-themed celebrations, returns to downtown Milwaukee’s Cathedral Square Park.The free four-day bash attracts over 250,000 visitors annually who enjoy live music, an international marketplace, chef and wine demos, French and Cajun cuisine, roaming busker entertainment and a signature 43-foot Eiffel Tower replica offering hourly light shows.

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Fish Day, Port Washington

July 14-15

Head to Port Washington on Saturday for “The World’s Largest Outdoor One-Day Fish Fry.” Nine civic, verteran, fraternial and service volunteer organizations are operating the stands which will be selling a variety of foods in addition to fish.  The festivities includes a gigantic parade, live music on five stages, arts and crafts show, car show, run/walk, helicopter rides and fireworks. Get an early start on the celebration on Friday night with carnival rides and food.

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Ragged Roots, Wisconsin Dells 

July 13-16

Set up your tent and soak in four days of music and art in the Dells! Over 40 musicians from the midwest will be showcased throughout the event. Camping sites available at Edge O Dells Resort.

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Lake Superior Day, Port Wing

July 15

Celebrate summer by lake in Port Wing on Saturday. Lake Superior Day kicks off with a weekly Saturday Market. Throughout the day speakers and displays will highlight various lake related topics. Other activities include a lunchtime Fish Boil, wetland hike, paddle-boarding at Port Wing Marina and kayaking on the late. The event concludes with a bonfire and stargazing at the marina.

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Birchwood Bluegill Festivals

July 14-16

Birchwood invites you to “The Bluegill Capital of Wisconsin” this weekend! Celebrate a great weekend with a fishing contest, medallion hunt, softball tournament, children’s games, tractor pull, street dances and a classic car parade. Other events includes a beer garden, fish fry, bake sale , fun-run music and more.

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Hodag Country Music Festival, Rhinelander

July 13-16

The party continues for the 40th year in Rhineland at the annual Hodag Country Festival! Again this year, some of the biggest names in country music will be playing the in the Northwoods. Music acts will play in the outdoor amphitheater, rain or shine!

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Don’t let summer get predictable! There are some great events happening all over Wisconsin this weekend.

 

Beaver Dam Lake Days

July 6-8

Bring your family to the Tahoe Park for this Beaver Dam family festival! Enjoy a full line-up of music and entertainment. Take a ride on the Fox of the river giant canoe or a pontoon. Participate in the Cardboard Regatta Race, Must-Skis’ Learn to Ski Clinic or Fishing Tournament. Food, carnival rides and fireworks are all part of the fun too!

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Annual Heart of the North Rodeo, Spooner 

July 6-8

Professional rodeo’s top competitors are coming to Spooner for the 64th year to compete for points and prize money. Fans will enjoy the thrills and spills during the competition and music performances in the evening. Food, shopping and even a parade are all part of this exciting Spooner tradition!

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Catfish Extravaganza in Greenville

July 7-8

Your family won’t want to miss the legendary Catfish Races and Community night on Friday; stick around for The Great Catfish Fry, activities for the kids and musical acts! Stick around on Saturday for the Catfish Concert and more.

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Madeline Island Summer Film Series, La Pointe 

July 6-8

Enjoy a weekend of films shown at dusk on the beach at the Inn on Madeline Island. Relax and listen to live music before the start of each film, then watch feature films under the stars!

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Summerfest, Milwaukee 

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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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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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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To help make sure that all travelers interested in coming to the Harley-Davidson 110th Anniversary celebration August 29 – September 3, 2013 are able, travelers now have a new and free resource to find lodging up to two hours away. The Wisconsin Hotel & Lodging Association is hosting a page at www.WisconsinLodging.org/Harley where travelers can browse available lodging by distance from the festivities, in 15-minute driving time increments and book directly online or call for reservations. With reservations and cancellations changing availability each week, all participating properties will verify their availability weekly. Each Thursday through August 29, the page will be updated to reflect the latest status.

“There are still lodging options available for those who want to come to Wisconsin and celebrate the Harley-Davidson tradition in Milwaukee,” said Trisha Pugal, WH&LA President/CEO. “We hope to connect those travelers with rooms that best fit their needs, whether they stay 15 minutes away or even 2 hours away. What better way to experience more of what the Milwaukee area and other nearby areas have to offer than touring by motorcycle?”

The WH&LA is offering this free service in collaboration with The Wisconsin Department of Tourism, Visit Milwaukee and Harley-Davidson to conveniently find and book accommodations for this historic celebration.

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The Grand Geneva Resort & Spa is Lake Geneva’s only AAA Four Diamond Resort. No matter what season, you’ll be inspired by the beauty of Grand Geneva’s exquisite surroundings. Located one hour from Milwaukee and Chicago’s northwest suburbs, Grand Geneva is tucked away on 1,300 scenic acres. The resort features 355 newly renovated guest rooms including 51 suites and endless activities including golfing, skiing/snowboarding, horseback riding and hiking. The resort also offers more than 62,000 square feet of meeting space, three distinctive restaurants, newly redesigned WELL Spa + Salon and an FAA approved airport right on site. Grand Geneva has everything to help you unwind, relax or just get away! Travel Green Wisconsin-certified.

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The Grand Geneva Resort & Spa is Lake Geneva’s only AAA Four Diamond Resort. No matter what season, you’ll be inspired by the beauty of Grand Geneva’s exquisite surroundings. Located one hour from Milwaukee and Chicago’s northwest suburbs, Grand Geneva is tucked away on 1,300 scenic acres. The resort features 355 newly renovated guest rooms including 51 suites and endless activities including golfing, skiing/snowboarding, horseback riding and hiking. The resort also offers more than 62,000 square feet of meeting space, three distinctive restaurants, newly redesigned WELL Spa + Salon and an FAA approved airport right on site. Grand Geneva has everything to help you unwind, relax or just get away! Travel Green Wisconsin-certified.

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The Country Inn & Suites by Carlson, West Bend, is located off Hwy. 45 at the Paradise Drive exit. Escape the hustle & bustle of the city – conveniently located just 30 miles north of Milwaukee. Book your stay now!

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WHAT’S YOUR PICK?

We’ve got 12 exceptional finalists for you to choose from in the 2013 Wisconsin Lodging Directory Cover Contest! Voting is open until 11:59 p.m. CDT on Tuesday, May 8, and the contest winner will be announced here at the Stay in Wisconsin blog on Friday, May 11!

The Wisconsin Lodging Directory is published annually by the Wisconsin Hotel & Lodging Directory and distributed to hundreds of locations throughout the Midwest. More than 200,000 copies were printed for 2012 and are available at locations like community libraries, Wisconsin State Fair, local chambers of commerce, convention and visitor bureaus and more! The directory features more than 700 hotels, motels, resorts, inns, bed & breakfasts, condos and vacation homes in Wisconsin, complete with contact info, amenities listings, web sites and property photos. Need a copy of the 2012 Wisconsin Lodging Directory? Get one here.

View the 2013 contest finalists and cast your vote here!

Please only vote once for one cover. A valid e-mail address must be entered for your vote to be counted (don’t worry, WH&LA does not sell or otherwise distribute e-mail addresses!) and any duplicate votes from one e-mail address or votes for multiple covers from the same address will be disqualified. Employees and owners of finalist properties are not eligible to vote.

Finalist properties include:

The Abbey Resort & Avani Spa, Fontana
Best Western PLUS Milwaukee Airport Hotel & Conference Center
Eagle Harbor Inn, Door County – Ephraim
The Geneva Inn, Lake Geneva
Heidel House Resort & Spa, Green Lake
Hilton Milwaukee City Center
Holiday Music Motel, Door County – Sturgeon Bay
Newport Resort, Door County – Egg Harbor
The Osthoff Resort, Elkhart Lake
Pheasant Park Resort, Door County – Sister Bay
Radisson Hotel La Crosse
Sundara Inn & Spa, Wisconsin Dells

Take your pick, leave your vote and tell your friends!

 

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