WISCONSIN'S SUMMER EVENT FORECAST SIZZLES WITH FUN

A complete listing of events, festivals and everything in between for summer 2012

Door County Cana Island Lighthouse
Photo courtesy of Door County Conventions and Visitors Bureau
Door County Cana Island Lighthouse Photo courtesy of Door County Conventions and Visitors Bureau
  • Door County Cana Island Lighthouse
Photo courtesy of Door County Conventions and Visitors Bureau
    Door County Cana Island Lighthouse Photo courtesy of Door County Conventions and Visitors Bureau
    Door County Cana Island Lighthouse
Photo courtesy of Door County Conventions and Visitors Bureau
    Door County Cana Island Lighthouse Photo courtesy of Door County Conventions and Visitors Bureau
  • Backroads Banderdinker
Photo courtesy of Blair Harrington
    Backroads Banderdinker Photo courtesy of Blair Harrington
    Backroads Banderdinker
Photo courtesy of Blair Harrington
    Backroads Banderdinker Photo courtesy of Blair Harrington
  • Summerfest in Milwaukee
Photo Courtesy of Summerfest
    Summerfest in Milwaukee Photo Courtesy of Summerfest
    Summerfest in Milwaukee
Photo Courtesy of Summerfest
    Summerfest in Milwaukee Photo Courtesy of Summerfest
  • U.S. National Kubb Championship
Photo courtesy of Eric Anderson
    U.S. National Kubb Championship Photo courtesy of Eric Anderson
    U.S. National Kubb Championship
Photo courtesy of Eric Anderson
    U.S. National Kubb Championship Photo courtesy of Eric Anderson
  • Ketchup slide at Seymour's Hamburger Festival
Photo courtesy of RJ and Linda Miller
    Ketchup slide at Seymour's Hamburger Festival Photo courtesy of RJ and Linda Miller
    Ketchup slide at Seymour's Hamburger Festival
Photo courtesy of RJ and Linda Miller
    Ketchup slide at Seymour's Hamburger Festival Photo courtesy of RJ and Linda Miller
  • Hunting Moon Pow-Wow Dancer
Photo courtesy of Donald S. Abrams
    Hunting Moon Pow-Wow Dancer Photo courtesy of Donald S. Abrams
    Hunting Moon Pow-Wow Dancer
Photo courtesy of Donald S. Abrams
    Hunting Moon Pow-Wow Dancer Photo courtesy of Donald S. Abrams

MADISON, Wis. (April 20, 2012) – What are you doing this summer? If your answer doesn’t include attending the first annual Wisconsin Grilled Cheese Championship, going to Summerfest or seeing the U.S. Women’s Open, then this list is for you. Summer in Wisconsin is the season for festivals – there are so many sprinkled throughout the state (literally so many that this release is 18 pages) that you could do something new each weekend and still not experience it all. So plant your feet in fun this summer in Wisconsin and check out our list of events and festivals now through Labor Day.  We admit – it’s a lot of fun to take in.

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downloadable pdf is available that includes detailed descriptions for the following summer events and activities.


APRIL/MAY EVENTS
Wisconsin Grilled Cheese Championship – Mineral Point; April 21, 2012
Door County Festival of Blossoms – Door County; April 27-June 10, 2012
Horse-A-Rama – Manitowoc; May 5-6, 2012
Yellowstone Trail Days – Hudson; May 11-12, 2012
Jazz on the Vine – Elkhart Lake; May 11-13, 2012
Horicon Marsh Bird Festival – Horicon; May 11-14, 2012
Bayfield in Bloom – Bayfield; May 11-June 10, 2012
Chequamegon Bay Birding & Nature Fest – Ashland; May 17-19, 2012
Syttende Mai – Stoughton; May 18-20, 2012
Morel Mushroom Festival – Muscoda; May 19-20, 2012
Southern Wisconsin AirFEST – Janesville; May 25-27, 2012
World’s Largest Brat Fest – Madison; May 25-28, 2012
Chocolate Fest – Burlington; May 25-28, 2012
Great Midwest Marathon and Endurance Festival – Elkhart Lake; May 26-28, 2012

JUNE EVENTS
GuitarTown Waukesha presents Les Paul’s Birthday Party – Waukesha; June 1, 2012
Great Wisconsin Cheese Festival – Little Chute; June 1-3, 2012
National Trails Day – Statewide; June 2, 2012
Free Fishing Weekend – Statewide; June 2-3, 2012
Carp Fest and Wisconsin Carp Fishing Championship – Two Rivers; June 2-3, 2012
Outta Sight Kite Flight – Kenosha; June 2-3, 2012
Wisconsin State Parks Open House Day – Statewide; June 3, 2012
Walleye Weekend Festival – Fond du Lac; June 8-10, 2012
PrideFest – Milwaukee; June 8-10, 2012
Backroads Banderdinker – Hayward; June 9, 2012
Monroe Balloon Rally – Monroe; June 9-12, 15-16, 2012
Prairie Villa Rendezvous – Prairie du Chien; June 14-17, 2012
Midwest Renewable Energy and Sustainable Fair – Custer; June 15-17, 2012
Polish Fest – Milwaukee; June 15-17, 2012
Milwaukee IndyFest – Milwaukee; June 15-16, 2012
Coon Creek Trout Festival – Coon Valley; June 16, 2012
Door County Beer Festival – Baileys Harbor; June 16, 2012
Horse and Carriage Festival – Columbus; June 16-17, 2012
Hayward Annual Musky Festival – Hayward; June 21-24, 2012
Ellsworth Cheese Curd Festival and 150th Anniversary – Ellsworth; June 22-24, 2012
Heidi Festival/Taste of New Glarus – New Glarus; June 22-24, 2012
Strawberry Festival – Cedarburg; June 23-24, 2012
Summerfest – Milwaukee; June 27-July 1, July 3-8 2012
Beloit Riverfest – Beloit; June 27- July 1, 2012
National Women's Music Festival – Madison; June 28-July 1, 2012

JULY EVENTS
Heart of the North Rodeo – Spooner; July 5-7, 2012
U.S. Women’s Open at Blackwolf Run – Kohler; July 5-7, 2012
Bristol Renaissance Faire – Kenosha; July 7- Sept. 3, 2012
Iola Old Car Show and Swap Meet – Iola; July 12-15, 2012
Hodag Country Music Festival – Rhinelander; July 12-15, 2012
Bastille Days – Milwaukee; July 12-15, 2012
Art Fair on the Square – Madison; July 14-15, 2012 
U.S. National Kubb Championship – Eau Claire; July 14-15, 2012
Salmon-A-Rama – Racine; July 14-22, 2012
Country Jam USA Festival – Eau Claire; July 19-21, 2012 
Festa Italiana – Milwaukee; July 19-22, 2012
Midsummer Festival of the Arts – Sheboygan; July 22-24, 2012
EAA AirVenture – Oshkosh; July 23-29, 2012
German Fest – Milwaukee; July 26-29, 2012
Lumberjack World Championships – Hayward; July 27-29, 2012
Taste of Wisconsin – Kenosha; July 27-29, 2012
Budweiser Clydesdales at Heritage Hill – Green Bay; July 31-Aug. 5, 2012

AUGUST EVENTS
Wisconsin State Fair – West Allis; Aug. 2-12, 2012
Hamburger Fest and Balloon Rally – Seymour; Aug. 3-5, 2012
National Mustard Day – Middleton; Aug. 4, 2012
Laura Ingalls Wilder Days at Old World Wisconsin – Eagle; Aug. 4-5, 2012
African World Festival – Milwaukee; Aug. 4-5, 2012
Field of Honor: A Salute to the Greatest Generation  – Milwaukee; Aug. 11, 2012                        
Milwaukee Air & Water Show – Milwaukee; Aug. 11-12, 2012                   
WWA Wakeboard World Championships – Kenosha; Aug. 16-19, 2012
Irish Fest – Milwaukee; Aug. 16-19, 2012
Sweet Corn Festival – Sun Prairie; Aug. 16-19, 2012
Lake Superior Dragon Boat Festival – Superior; Aug. 24-25, 2012
Mexican Fiesta – Milwaukee; Aug. 24-26, 2012
Artstreet – Green Bay; Aug. 24-26, 2012
Eagle River Festival of Flavors – Eagle River; Aug. 25-26, 2012            

SEPTEMBER EVENTS
Wisconsin State Cow Chip Throw – Prairie du Sac; Aug. 31- Sept. 1, 2012
Wilhelm Tell Festival – New Glarus; Aug. 31- Sept. 2, 2012
Dairyland Surf Classic – Sheboygan; Aug. 31- Sept. 3, 2012
Taste of Madison – Madison; Sept. 1-2, 2012

NATIVE AMERICAN SUMMER CELEBRATIONS
Ho-Chunk Nation Pow-Wow – Black River Falls; May 26-28; Sept. 1-3, 2012  
Oneida Pow-Wow – Oneida; June 29-July 1, 2012
Annual Red Cliff Traditional Pow-Wow – Red Cliff; July 6-8, 2012
Honor the Earth Pow-Wow – Hayward; July 20-22, 2012
Indian Summer Festival – Milwaukee; Sept. 7-9, 2012