Find fun in the sun all summer long

Colleen Kottke
Wisconsin State Farmer

The fair and festival season is officially underway in Wisconsin. All across the Badger state there is an event to appeal to everyone. 

Feel like flying a kite or dancing a polka out in the street or checking out that hot rod from your teen years? Well, there's likely a festival for you.

And Wisconsinites know how to throw a good party with great music, cold drinks and plenty to eat from hot, pipping ears of corn slathered in butter to delectable cream puffs served at the Wisconsin State Fair.

Beginning with the Elroy Fair in June, there is a county or community fair scheduled for nearly every weekend during the summer, winding up with the Central Burnett County Fair in mid-September.

So get out your map, gas up the car and head on out this summer for some fun!


AquaFest, June 1-10, Rice Lake.

Rhubarb Days, June 1-2, Millpond Park, Osceola.

Southern Wisconsin ATHS Truck Expo & Show, June 1-2, Sauk Co. Fairgrounds, Baraboo.

DairyFest, June 1-3, Marshfield. For event locations visit

June Dairy Days, June 1-3, Village Park, West Salem.

Fest Italia, June 1-3, McKee Farms Park, Fitchburg.

Great Wisconsin Cheese Festival, June 1-3, Doyle Park, Little Chute.

Cruisin Shullsburg Car Show, June 2, downtown Shullsburg.

Dairy Day at the MOOseum, June 2, National Dairy Shrine Museum, Fort Atkinson.

Janesville Jazz Fest, June 2, First Lutheran Church, Janesville.

Wisconsin Kiter’s Association member Dennis Lauer flies a kite made by his wife at Bellevue’s sixth annual Family Kite Fest at Willow Creek Park.

Outta Sight Kite Flight, June 2-3, Kennedy Park, Kenosha.

Side Pork Fest, June 2, Martin Park, Sturgeon Bay.

Tomah Kite Fest, June 2, Tomah School District Soccer Complex, Tomah.

June Bug Days, June 6-9, Mill Pond Park, Baldwin.

Sparta ButterFest, June 7-10, Memorial Park, Sparta.

Kraut Music Fest, June 8-10, Caledonia/Mt. Pleasant Memorial Park, Franksville.

Oconto CopperFest, June 8-10, Ner Park, Oconto.

Walleye Weekend, June 8-10, Lakeside Park, Fond du Lac.

BrillionFest, June 8-9, downtown, Brillion.

Beer, Bacon & Cheese, June 9, downtown, New Glarus.

Czech Heritage Festival, June 9, downtown, Hillsboro.

Dairylicious Day, June 9, Pioneer Park, Westfield.

Up North Beerfest, June 9, Hi-Pines Eagle River Campground, Eagle River.

Dairy Days at the Wade House, June 9-10, Greenbush.

Juneteenth Festival, June 10, Appleton City Park, Appleton.

Butter Festival, June 11-17, city park, 222 N. Park St., Reedsburg.

Rock County Pork Fest, June 13, Rock Co. Fairgrounds, Janesville.

Chilton Summer Festival, June 14-17, downtown, Chilton.

Cheese Derby, June 14, Hilbert Civic Park, Hilbert.

Blue Ox Music Festival, June 14-16, Whispering Pines Campground, Eau Claire.

Cranberry Blossom Festival, June 14-17, Wisconsin Rapids.

Monroe Balloon and Blues Fest, June 15-16, Green Co. Fairgrounds, Monroe.

Fairgoers are seen upside down on the Freak Out carnival ride during Lions Daze in Sussex.

Lakefront Festival of Arts, June 15-16, Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee.

Polish Fest, June 15-17, Henry Maier Festival Park, Milwaukee.

June Dairy Days/Rodeo Parade, June 16, downtown, Richland Center.

Rhubarb Festival, June 16, Shawano Co. Heritage Park, Shawano.

Robert Wellnitz Memorial Airshow, June 16, Fond du Lac Aeromodelers Wellnitz Field, Fond du Lac.

Spring Bluegrass Music Fest, June 16, Schumacher Farm, 5682 Hwy. 19/113, Waunakee.

Strawberry Fest, June 16, Main Street, Waupaca.

Taste of Wisconsin, June 16, downtown, Beaver Dam.

Taste of Plymouth, June 18, downtown, Plymouth.

Budweiser Dairyland Super National Truck & Tractor Pull, June 21-23, Tomah Recreational Park, Tomah.

Elroy Fair, June 21-24, Schultz Park, Elroy,

Verizon IndyCar Series Kohler Grand Prix and Perielli World Challenge, June 21-25, Road America, Elkhart Lake.

Hayward Musky Festival, June 22-24, Hayward.

Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show, June 23-24, Wade House, Greenbush.

Ellsworth Cheese Curd Festival, June 22-23, East End Park, Hwy. 10/E. Wall St., Ellsworth.

Greek Fest, June 22-24, WI State Fair Park, West Allis.

Greek Fest, June 22-24, Kimissis Greek Orthodox Church, 1335 Green Bay R., Racine.

Cedarburg Strawberry Festival, June 23-24, downtown, Cedarburg.

Central WI Auto Collectors Car Show, June 24, South Park, Ohio/Georgia Sts., Oshkosh.

Pommerntag, June 24, Rotary Park, 4100 W. Highland Rd., Mequon.

Summerfest, June 27-July 8, Henry Maier Festival Park, Milwaukee.

Last year 831,769 people turned out for the state's largest music festival Summerfest despite heavy rain on opening day.


Stoughton Fair, July 4-9, Stoughton,

Marquette County Fair, July 5-8, Westfield,

Neillsville Heritage Days, July 6-8, Schuster Park, Neillsville.

Great Greenville Catfish Extravaganza, July 6-7, Greenville Lions Park, Greenville.

Shell Lake Fine Arts Festival, July 7, Memorial Park, Shell Lake.

Alto 4-H & Farm Bureau Fair, Aug. 8-9, W12785 County Highway AS, Waupun.

Sauk County Fair, July 9-15, Baraboo,

WI Farm Technology Days, July 10-12, D&B Sternweis Farm & Weber’s Farm Store, Heiman Holsteins, Marshfield.

Head of the Lakes Fair, July 11-15, Superior,

Jefferson County Fair, July 11-15, Jefferson Co. Fairgrounds, Jefferson,

Lafayette County Fair, July 11-15, Darlington,

Northern Wisconsin State Fair, July 11-15, Chippewa Falls,

Bastille Days, July 12-15, East Town/Cathedral Square, Milwaukee.

Blake’s Prairie Jr. Fair, July 12-15, Bloomington,

Iola Old Car Show & Swap Meet, July 12-14, Iola Old Car Show Ground, 130 Jensen Dr., Iola.

Lodi Agricultural Fair, July 12-15, Lodi,

Ribfest Elkhorn, July 12-15, Walworth Co. Fairgrounds, Elkhorn.

Colby Cheese Days, July 13-15, downtown, Colby.

Millers at Milwaukee-Vintage Indy Car Event, July 13-14, WI State Fairgrounds, West Allis.

Subfest, July 13-15, Wisconsin Maritime Museum, Manitowoc.

Turtle Lake Inter-County Fair, July 13-15, Turtle Lake Village Park, Turtle Lake.

Seneca Ridge & Valley Rally, July 14, Seneca.

Locust Street Classic Car & Customer Motorcycle Show, July 15, Hudson.

Warbirds and Classics Over the Midwest, July 16-19, Wellnitz Field, Fond du Lac.

Barron County Fair, July 18-22, Rice Lake,

Fond du Lac County Fair, July 18-22, Fond du Lac,

Green County Fair, July 18-22, Monroe,

LaCrosse Interstate Fair, July 18-22, West Salem,

St. Croix County Fair, July 18-22, Glenwood City,

Waukesha County Fair, July 18-22, Waukesha,

Dane County Fair, July 19-22, Madison,

Kewaunee County Fair, July 19-22, Kewaunee Co. Fairgrounds, Luxemburg,

Paperfest, July 19-22, Sunset Park, Kimberly, WI.

Pulaski Polka Days, July 19-22, Pulaski Polka Grounds, 429 E. Pulaski St., Pulaski.

Portage County Fair of Amherst, July 19-22, Amherst,

Trempealeau County Fair, July 19-22, Galesville,

Waterford Balloonfest, July 19-21, Evergreen Elementary School, 817 W. Main St., Waterford.

Adams County Fair, July 20-23, Friendship,

Central Burnett County Fair, July 20-22, Webster,

Owen Junior Fair, July 20-22, Mill Pond Park, Owen.

Baraboo’s Big Top Parade & Circus Celebration, July 21, downtown, Baraboo.

Antique & Tractor Festival, July 21-22, Price Co. Fairgrounds, Phillips.

Pepin County Fair, July 21-23, Arkansaw,

Outagamie County Fair, July 24-29, Seymour,

Rock County Fair, July 24-29, Janesville,

Columbia County Fair, July 25-29, Portage,

Dunn County Fair, July 25-29, Menomonie,

Eau Claire County Fair, July 25-29, Eau Claire,

Langlade County Fair, July 25-29, Antigo,

Monroe County Fair, July 25-29, Tomah,

Racine County Fair, July 25-29, Union Grove,

Washington County Fair, July 25-30, West Bend,

Polk County Fair, July 26-19, St. Croix Falls,

Taylor County Fair, July 26-29, Medford,

German Fest, July 27-29, Henry Maier Festival Park, Milwaukee.

Holland Festival, July 27-28, Memorial Park, Cedar Grove.

Washburn County Fair, July 26-29, Spooner,

Midwest Fire Fest, July 28-29, downtown, Cambridge.

Tyler Cross, age 15, from Poynette, Wis. takes his pig, Charlie, a 6-month-old, 239 pound cross breed gilt, for a walk in the swine barn.


Wisconsin Valley Fair, Jul 31-Aug. 5, Wausau,

Door County Fair, Aug. 1-5, Sturgeon Bay,

Jackson County Fair, Aug. 1-5, Black River Falls,

Ozaukee County Fair, Aug. 1-5, Cedarburg,

Winnebago County Fair, Aug. 1-5, Oshkosh,

Buffalo County Fair, Aug. 2-5, Mondovi,

Community Fair, Aug. 2-5, fairgrounds, Bloomer.

Finished cream puffs are ready to be boxed at The Original Cream Puff Pavilion at the Wisconsin State Fair in West Allis.

Green Lake County Fair, Aug. 2-5, Green Lake,

Iron County Fair, Aug. 2-5, Saxon,

Mile of Music Festival, Aug. 2-5, downtown, Appleton.

Oneida County Fair, Aug. 2-5, Rhinelander,

WI State Fair, Aug. 2-12, West Allis,

Johnsonville Brat Days, Aug. 3-4, Kiwanis Park, Sheboygan.

Riverfest, Aug. 3-5, Mishicot Village Park, Mishicot.

Cherry Fest, Aug. 4, Lakeside Park, Jacksonport.

Adams County Fair, Aug. 8-12, Adams Co. Fairground, Friendship.

Bayfield County Fair, Aug. 9-12, Iron River,

Clark County Fair, Aug. 8-12, Clark Co. Fairground, Neillsville,

Rusk County Fair, Aug. 9-12, Ladysmith,

Vilas County Fair, Aug. 9-12, Eagle River,

Pierce County Fair, Aug. 9-12, Ellsworth,

Burger Fest & Balloon Rally, Aug. 10-11, downtown, Seymour.

Spirit-Hill-Ogema 4-H Fair, Aug. 10-11, Spirit Town Hall, Ogema.

Waupun Truck-N-Show, Aug. 10-11, Waupun Community Center, Waupun.

Sweet Corn Fest, Aug. 11-12, Jerry Smith Pumpkin Farm, 7150 18th St., Kenosha.

Oconto County Fair, Aug. 11-19, Gillett,

Grant County Fair. Aug. 12-19, Lancaster,

Juneau County Fair, Aug. 12-19, Mauston,

Brown County Fair, Aug. 15-19, DePere,

Dodge County Fair. Aug. 15-19, Beaver Dam,

Kenosha County Fair, Aug. 15-19, Wilmot,

Lincoln County Fair, Aug. 15-19, Merrill,

Warbirds and Classics over the Midwest, Aug. 16-18, Fond du Lac Aeromodelers Wellnitz Field, Fond du Lac.

Thousands travel to a little flying field south of Fond du Lac for the annual Warbirds Over the Midwest Classic in August.

Ashland County Fair, Aug. 16-19, Marengo,

Athens Fair, Aug. 16-19, Athens, 715-257-7619

Irish Fest, Aug. 16-19, Henry Maier Festival Park, Milwaukee.

Butternut Community Fair, Aug. 17-19, Butternut Community Park, Butternut.

Waushara County Fair, Aug. 17-20, Wautoma,

Washington Island Fair, Aug. 18, Washington Island School Grounds, Washington Island.

Yum Yum Fest, Aug. 19, Central Park, 202 S. Ingersoll St., Madison.

Manitowoc County Fair, Aug. 21-26, Manitowoc,

Central Wisconsin State Fair, Aug. 21-26, Marshfield,

Crawford County Fair, Aug. 22-26, Gays Mills,

Price County Fair, Aug. 22-26, Phillips,

Sawyer County Fair, Aug. 22-26, Hayward,

Waupaca County Fair, Aug. 22-26, Weyauwega,

Burnett County Fair, Aug. 23-26, Grantsburg,

Marinette County Fair, Aug. 23-26, Wausaukee,

Mexican Fiesta, Aug. 24-26, Henry Maier Festival Grounds, Milwaukee.

Florence County Fair, Aug. 25-27, Florence,

Shawano County Fair, Aug. 29-Sept. 3, Shawano,

Walworth County Fair, Aug. 29-Sept. 3, Elkhorn,

Sheboygan County Fair, Aug. 30-Sept. 3, Plymouth,

Iowa County Fair, Aug. 30-Sept. 3, Mineral Point,

Rosholt (Portage Co.) Fair, Aug. 31,Sept. 3, Rosholt Fair Park, Rosholt.

Wisconsin State Cow Chip Throw, Aug. 31-Sept. 1, Marion Park, Prairie du Sac.

Calumet County Fair, Aug. 31-Sept. 3, Chilton,

Contestants get into the spirit at the State Cow Chip Throw at Prairie du Sac.


Cheese-a-Palooza, Sept. 1-2, Kenosha Harbor, Kenosha.

Kites Over Lake Michigan, Sept. 1-2, Neshotah Beach, Two Rivers.

Portage County Fair, Sept. 1-4, Rosholt,

Richland County Fair, Sept. 5-9, Richland Center,

Forest County Fair, Sept. 8-10, Crandon, Forest County Fair Facebook 7

Vernon County Fair, Sept. 12-16, Vernon Co. Fairgrounds, Viroqua,

Gemuetlichkeit Days, Sept. 14-16, Jefferson Co. fairgrounds, Jefferson.

International WI Ginseng Festival, Sept. 14-16, downtown, Wausau.

Phelps Women’s Club Scarecrow Fest, Sept. 15, downtown, Phelps.

Central Burnett County Fair, Sept. 21-23, Webster fairgrounds, Webster.

Viola Horse and Colt Show, Sept. 21-22, downtown, Viola

Warrens Cranberry Festival, Sept. 28-30, downtown, Warrens.

The Warrens Cranberry Festival draws more than 100,000 people each year.
But for many, the festival is more than just an outlet for all things cranberry. It's also a chance to catch up with family and friends.