Fair and festival season is officially underway in Wisconsin

Colleen Kottke
Wisconsin State Farmer
Contestants get into the spirit at the State Cow Chip Throw at Prairie du Sac.

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!

Music festivals are a big draw during the summer months in Wisconsin.


Stoughton Fair, July 3-7, Stoughton,

Midwestern Rodeo, July 4-6, Manawa.

Shell Lake Fine Arts Festival, July 6, Memorial Park, Shell Lake.

Sauk County Fair, July 8-14, Baraboo,

Jefferson County Fair, July 10-14, Jefferson Co. Fairgrounds, Jefferson,

Lafayette County Fair, July 10-14, Darlington,

Northern Wisconsin State Fair, July 10-14, Chippewa Falls,

Country Boom music fest, July 11-13, West Salem.

Iola Old Car Show & Swap Meet, July 11-13, Iola Old Car Show Ground, 130 Jensen Dr., Iola.

Ribfest Elkhorn, July 11-13, Walworth Co. Fairgrounds, Elkhorn.

Bastille Days, July 11-14, East Town/Cathedral Square, Milwaukee.

Blake’s Prairie Jr. Fair, July 11-14, Bloomington,

Kewaunee County Fair, July 11-14, Kewaunee Co. Fairgrounds, Luxemburg,

Lodi Agricultural Fair, July 11-14, Lodi,

Neillsville Heritage Days, July 11-14, Schuster Park, Neillsville.

Great Greenville Catfish Extravaganza, July 12-13, Greenville Lions Park, Greenville.

Millers at Milwaukee-Vintage Indy Car Event, July 12-13, WI State Fairgrounds, West Allis.

Subfest, July 12-14, Wisconsin Maritime Museum, Manitowoc.

Turtle Lake Inter-County Fair, July 12-14, Turtle Lake Village Park, Turtle Lake.

Seneca Ridge & Valley Rally, July 13, Seneca.

Warbirds and Classics Over the Midwest, July 15-17, Wellnitz Field, Fond du Lac.

Head of the Lakes Fair, July 16-21, Superior,

Barron County Fair, July 17-21, Rice Lake,

Fond du Lac County Fair, July 17-21, Fond du Lac,

Green County Fair, July 17-21, Monroe,

LaCrosse Interstate Fair, July 17-21, West Salem,

St. Croix County Fair, July 17-21, Glenwood City,

Waukesha County Fair, July 17-21, Waukesha,

Country Jam, July 18-20, Eau Claire.

Paperfest, July 18-20, Sunset Park, Kimberly, WI.

Rock USA, July 18-20, Oshkosh.

Country Thunder, July 18-21, Twin Lakes.

Dane County Fair, July 18-21, Madison,

Marquette County Fair, July 18-21, Westfield,

Portage County Fair of Amherst, July 18-21, Amherst,

Pulaski Polka Days, July 18-21, Pulaski Polka Grounds, 429 E. Pulaski St., Pulaski.

Trempealeau County Fair, July 18-21, Galesville,

Colby Cheese Days, July 19-20, downtown, Colby.

Owen Junior Fair, July 19-21, Mill Pond Park, Owen.

Baraboo’s Big Top Parade & Circus Celebration, July 20, downtown, Baraboo.

WI Farm Technology Days, July 23-25, Walter Grain Farms,W5340 French Rd., Johnson Creek.

Large farm equipment was a major attraction for showgoers at the 2018 Farm Technology Days in Marshfield.

Outagamie County Fair, July 23-28, Seymour,

Washington County Fair, July 23-28, West Bend,

Rock County Fair, July 23-28, Janesville,

Columbia County Fair, July 24-28, Portage,

Dunn County Fair, July 24-28, Menomonie,

Eau Claire County Fair, July 24-28, Eau Claire,

Langlade County Fair, July 24-28, Antigo,

Monroe County Fair, July 24-28, Tomah,

Racine County Fair, July 24-28, Union Grove,

Polk County Fair, July 25-28, St. Croix Falls,

Taylor County Fair, July 25-28, Medford,

Washburn County Fair, July 25-28, Spooner,

German Fest, July 26-28, Henry Maier Festival Park, Milwaukee.

Holland Festival, July 26-28, Memorial Park, Cedar Grove.

Wisconsin Valley Fair, Jul 30-Aug. 4, Wausau,

Door County Fair, July 31-Aug. 4, Sturgeon Bay,

Jackson County Fair, July 31-Aug. 4, Black River Falls,

Ozaukee County Fair, July 31-Aug. 4, Cedarburg,

Winnebago County Fair, July 31-Aug. 4, Oshkosh,


Buffalo/Pepin County Fair, Aug. 1-4, Mondovi,

Community Fair, Aug. 1-3, fairgrounds, Bloomer.

Green Lake County Fair, Aug. 1-4, Green Lake,

Iron County Fair, Aug. 1-4, Saxon,

Mile of Music Festival, Aug. 1-4, downtown, Appleton.

Oneida County Fair, Aug. 1-4, Rhinelander,

No visit to the Wisconsin State Fair is complete without a homemade cream puff.

WI State Fair, Aug. 1-11, West Allis,

Johnsonville Brat Days, Aug. 2-3, Kiwanis Park, Sheboygan.

Firefest, Aug. 3-4, New Glarus.

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

Swiss Volksfest, Aug 4, New Glarus.

Boone County Fair. Aug. 6-11, Boone Co. Fairgrounds, Belvidere, IA.

Alto 4-H & Farm Bureau Fair, Aug. 7-8, W12785 County Highway AS, Waupun.

Adams County Fair, Aug. 7-11, Adams Co. Fairground, Friendship.

Clark County Fair, Aug. 7-11, Clark Co. Fairground, Neillsville,

Adams County Fair, Aug. 8-11, Friendship,

Bayfield County Fair, Aug. 8-11, Iron River,

Rusk County Fair, Aug. 8-11, Ladysmith,

Vilas County Fair, Aug. 8-11, Eagle River,

Pierce County Fair, Aug. 8-12, Ellsworth,

Burger Fest & Balloon Rally, Aug. 9-10, downtown, Seymour.

Spirit-Hill-Ogema 4-H Fair, Aug. 9-10, Spirit Town Hall, Ogema.

Waupun Truck-N-Show, Aug. 9-10, Waupun Community Center, Waupun.

Grant County Fair. Aug. 11-18, Lancaster,

Juneau County Fair, Aug. 11-18, Mauston,

Brown County Fair, Aug. 14-18, DePere,

Dodge County Fair. Aug. 14-18, Beaver Dam,

Kenosha County Fair, Aug. 14-18, Wilmot,

Locally sourced foods from pork to cream puffs and cranberries are a hit at festivals and fairs throughout Wisconsin.

Lincoln County Fair, Aug. 14-18, Merrill,

Warbirds and Classics over the Midwest, Aug. 15-17, Fond du Lac Aeromodelers Wellnitz Field, Fond du Lac.

Ashland County Fair, Aug. 15-18, Marengo,

Athens Fair, Aug. 15-18, Athens, 715-257-7619.

Irish Fest, Aug. 15-18, Henry Maier Festival Park, Milwaukee.

Oconto County Fair, Aug. 15-18, Gillett,

Waushara County Fair, Aug. 15-18, Wautoma,

Butternut Community Fair, Aug. 16-18, Butternut Community Park, Butternut.

Badger Steam & Gas Engine Club, Aug. 16-18, Baraboo.

Washington Island Fair, Aug. 17, Washington Island School Grounds, Washington Island.

Yum Yum Fest, Aug. 18, Central Park, 202 S. Ingersoll St., Madison.

Central Wisconsin State Fair, Aug. 20-25, Marshfield,

Manitowoc County Fair, Aug. 21-25, Manitowoc,

Price County Fair, Aug. 21-25, Phillips,

Waupaca County Fair, Aug. 21-25, Weyauwega,

Burnett County Fair, Aug. 22-25, Grantsburg,

Crawford County Fair, Aug. 22-25, Gays Mills,

Marinette County Fair, Aug. 22-25, Wausaukee,

Mexican Fiesta, Aug. 22-25, Henry Maier Festival Grounds, Milwaukee.

Enjoy one of many fairs throughout Wisconsin this summer.

Sawyer County Fair, Aug. 22-25, Hayward,

Florence County Fair, Aug. 23-25, Florence,

Shawano County Fair, Aug. 28-Sept. 2, Shawano,

Sheboygan County Fair, Aug. 28-Sept. 2, Plymouth,

Walworth County Fair, Aug. 28-Sept. 2, Elkhorn,

Iowa County Fair, Aug. 29-Sept. 2, Mineral Point,

Wisconsin State Cow Chip Throw, Aug. 30-31, Marion Park, Prairie du Sac.

Calumet County Fair, Aug. 30-Sept. 2, Chilton,

Rosholt (Portage Co.) Fair, Aug. 30,Sept. 2, Rosholt Fair Park, Rosholt.

Wilhelm Tell Festival, Aug. 30-Sept. 1, New Glarus.

Los Dells music fest, Aug. 31-Sept. 1, Mauston.

Cheese-a-Palooza, Aug. 31-Sept. 1, Kenosha Harbor, Kenosha.

Kites Over Lake Michigan, Aug. 31-Sept. 1, Neshotah Beach, Two Rivers.

Wisconsin State Cow Chip Throw & Festival, Aug. 31-Sept. 1, Prairie du Sac.

43rd annual Wisconsin State Cow Chip Throw and Festival Sept. 2, 2017, at Marion Park in Prairie du Sac.


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

Richland County Fair, Sept. 4-8, Richland Center,

Forest County Fair, Sept. 6-8, Crandon, Forest County Fair Facebook 7

WI Sheep and Wool Festival, Sept. 6-8, Jefferson County Fairgrounds.

Vernon County Fair, Sept. 11-15, Vernon Co. Fairgrounds, Viroqua,

Gemuetlichkeit Days, Sept. 13-15, Jefferson Co. fairgrounds, Jefferson.

Viola Horse and Colt Show, Sept. 20-21, downtown, Viola

Central Burnett County Fair, Sept. 20-22, Webster,

New Glarus Oktoberfest, Sept. 26-29, New Glarus.

Warrens Cranberry Festival, Sept. 27-29, downtown, Warrens.

Civil War Weekend, Sept. 27-29, Wade House Historic Site, Greenbush.

Cranberry Festival royalty cook up cranberries for serving over ice cream at the fest in Warrens.