classic wisconsin summer festival

Join the fun at a classic summer festival

Festival season has arrived in Wisconsin! Across the Dairy State, fun weekend events showcase the best state’s best food, art, music and heritage. These festivals are a great way to have fun while exploring some of the state’s beautiful and unique communities. Enjoy some cheese curds, browse the offerings of a local artist or dance in the grass to the rhythm of a festival band. Make plans now to head to these fun summer festivals.

Here are some of Wisconsin’s festivals you won’t want to miss:

Art lovers will want to be in Rusk County from June 24-25 for Art Along the Flambeau, an event that celebrates the thriving art scene in this area of Northwest Wisconsin. Artists here draw inspiration from the four rivers that pass through the area. See their work at this event, which features artists from the Holcombe and Ladysmith areas, demonstrations, live performances and studio tours.

June 25-26, the Boom Lake Log Jam returns to downtown Rhinelander. This event is a weekend dedicated to the rich logging history of Rhinelander. Enjoy the professional lumberjack shows, logging equipment displays, live music and great food. You might even see a real live Hodag!

On July 14, Northland Mardi Gras kicks off at Memorial Park in Ladysmith. You’ll find all the festival staples like beer gardens, tasty food and great musical talent, including the band Anxiety. The event also features a Venetian Night Parade on the Flambeau River, a craft show, sporting tournaments, music and a street parade. This fun fair runs through July 17.

Next up is the Washington County Fair in West Bend. This six-day extravaganza runs from July 26-July 31 and is a traditional county fair, featuring a carnival, fireworks, live music, animal showings, fair food and tractor pulls.

On Sunday, August 7, the family-friendly Sayner Street Fair takes place in beautiful downtown Sayner. This Northwoods fair takes place on Main Street and in the Community Park and Pavilion and features food and craft vendors, live music, a beer tent, craft fair and children’s activities at the park.

Rounding out a summer of fun is Middleton’s Good Neighbor Festival, going on August 26-28 at Fireman’s Park. This festival features not one but two parades, including one just for kids to decorate their bikes and strollers. There’s also three days of great live music, a craft fair, a 5K run/walk and a ton of delicious food – from cream puffs to deep fried candy bars.

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