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WISCONSIN HEATS UP WITH NON-STOP FUN THIS SUMMER

Green grass, sunny skies and warmer weather are finally on the forecast, which also means five full months of sizzling summer events. This season brings new festivals including Pig in the Park and HillBilly Hustle; quirky events such as Fifield Lawn Mower Races and the Wisconsin Grilled Cheese Championship; and, others like Baraboo Circus Day Celebration that highlight Wisconsin’s rich history. In fact, we have so many spectacular events, we filled 16 pages with fantastic festivals, kooky competitions, amazing art shows and so much more – we can barely keep track! Following is our list of summer events that will make your summer sizzle.

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

APRIL/MAY EVENTS

Midwest Horse Fair – Madison; April 11-13, 2014

Season of Blossoms – Door County; April 12-June 8, 2014

Taylor County Maple Festival – Medford; April 26, 2014

3rd Annual Wisconsin Grilled Cheese Championship – Dodgeville; April 27, 2014

Horicon Marsh Bird Festival – Horicon; May 9-12, 2014

Chequamegon Bay Birding & Nature Fest – Ashland; May 15-17, 2014

Morel Mushroom Festival – Muscoda; May 16-18, 2014

Bayfield in Bloom – Bayfield; May 16- June 15, 2014

HillBilly Hustle – Lancaster; May 17, 2014

Fresh Paint – Durand; May 18-24, 2014

Chocoholic Frolic – Appleton; May 18, 2014

World’s Largest Brat Fest – Madison; May 23-26, 2014

ChocolateFest – Burlington; May 23-26, 2014

Wisconsin Canoe Heritage Day – Spooner; May 24, 2014

Lawn Mower Races – Fifield; May 25 & July 5, 2014

JUNE EVENTS (Pages 6-10)

30th Annual Butterfest – Sparta; June 5-8, 2014

15th Annual Fresh Art Spring Tour – Pepin; June 6-8, 2014

Great Wisconsin Cheese Festival – Little Chute; June 6-8, 2014

Walleye Weekend Festival – Fond du Lac; June 6-8, 2014

PrideFest – Milwaukee;  June 6-8, 2014

National Trails Day – Statewide; June 7, 2014

Wisconsin State Parks Open House Day – Statewide; June 7-8, 2014

Free Fishing Weekend – Statewide; June 7-8, 2014  

Outta Sight Kite Flight – Kenosha; June 7-8, 2014

Carp Fest and Wisconsin Carp Fishing Championship – Two Rivers; June 7-8, 2014

Prairie Villa Rendezvous – Prairie du Chien; June 12-15, 2014

Monroe Balloon Rally & Blues Festival – Monroe; June 13-14, 2014

Polish Fest – Milwaukee; June 13-15, 2014

3rd Annual Door County Beer Festival – Baileys Harbor; June 14, 2014

June Dairy Days – Gilman; June 14-15, 2014

65th Annual Hayward Musky Festival – Hayward; June 19-22, 2014

25th Annual Clean Energy & Sustainable Living Fair – Custer; June 20-22, 2014

Ellsworth Cheese Curd Festival – Ellsworth; June 20-22, 2014

Pig in the Park – Whitewater; June 20-21, 2014

3rd Annual Northwoods Blues Festival – Spooner; June 20-21, 2014

Milwaukee Air & Water Show – Milwaukee; June 21-22, 2014

Fete de Fleurs – St. Croix Falls; June 21-22, 2014

Summerfest – Milwaukee; June 25-29, July 1-6, 2014

National Women's Music Festival – Madison; June 26-29, 2014

Yellow River Folk Music Festival – Danbury; June 28, 2014

Strawberry Festival – Cedarburg; June 28-29, 2014

The World of “Little House” – Eagle; June 28-July 31, 2014

JULY EVENTS

Bastille Days – Milwaukee; July 10-13, 2014

Northwoods Heritage Fest – Three Lakes; July 11-12, 2014

Art Fair on the Square – Madison; July 12-13, 2014

Logging and Heritage Festival – Marinette; July 12-13, 2014

Salmon-A-Rama – Racine; July 12-20, 2014

25th Annual Country Jam USA Festival – Eau Claire; July 17-19, 2014           

World Championship Snowmobile Watercross – Grantsburg; July 18-20, 2014

Festa Italiana – Milwaukee; July 18-20, 2014

Midsummer Festival of the Arts – Sheboygan; July 19-20, 2014

Lumberjack World Championships – Hayward; July 24-26, 2014

German Fest – Milwaukee; July 25-27, 2014

Big Top Parade – Baraboo; July 26, 2014

EAA AirVenture – Oshkosh; July 28-Aug. 3, 2014

Wisconsin State Fair – West Allis; July 31-Aug.10, 2014

AUGUST EVENTS

The Badgerland Bluegrass Classic – Jefferson; Aug. 1-3, 2014

National Mustard Day – Middleton; Aug. 2, 2014

African World Festival – Milwaukee; Aug. 3, 2014

U.S. Open Chainsaw Sculpture Championships – Eau Claire; Aug. 7-10, 2014

Hamburger Fest and Balloon Rally – Seymour; Aug. 8-10, 2014

Cranes of the World Festival – Baraboo; Aug. 9, 2014

Irish Fest – Milwaukee; Aug. 14-17, 2014

Lake Superior Dragon Boat Festival – Superior; Aug. 22-23, 2014

Mexican Fiesta – Milwaukee; Aug. 22-24, 2014

Artstreet – Green Bay; Aug. 22-24, 2014

Wisconsin State Cow Chip Throw – Prairie du Sac; Aug. 29-30, 2014

Taste of Madison – Madison; Aug. 30-31, 2014

NATIVE AMERICAN SUMMER CELEBRATIONS

Ho-Chunk Nation Pow-Wow – Black River Falls; May 24-26 & Aug. 30 - Sept. 1, 2014

Oneida Pow-Wow – Oneida; July 4-6, 2014

Annual Red Cliff Traditional Pow-Wow – Red Cliff; July 4-6, 2014

Bear River Pow-Wow – Lac du Flambeau; July 11-13, 2014

Honor the Earth Pow-Wow – Hayward; July 18-20, 2014

Indian Summer Festival – Milwaukee; Sept. 5-7, 2014