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Things to do in Wisconsin

Planning a visit to Wisconsin? Or maybe you're a local that's just looking for what's going on. Here's a sampling of some of the popular local events in the state.

Milwaukee & Madison Events

May 2014

Thursdays May 15 - September 25, 2014
Bike Night at Harley-Davidson Museum

Hang out for the evening at the Harley-Davidson Museum from 5 p.m. to dusk this summer.

July 2014

July 23 - August 3, 2014
Phantom of the Opera Join the masquerade as the U.S. tour begins at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts in Milwaukee. Show times vary.
July 31 - August 10, 2014
Wisconsin State Fair Head out to the Wisconsin State Fair Park and enjoy midway games and rides, good food, and live performances by artists such as Lady Antebellum, Phil Vassar, and Aretha Franklin. Gates open at 8 a.m.

August 2014

August 29-31, 2014
Wisconsin Highland Games Celebrate your heritage at the Waukesha Expo Center with Highland dancers, feats of strength, bagpipes, and great food and drink. The festivities begin at 5 p.m. on Friday night.

August 2014

August 15, 2014
Peck Flicks: The Sandlot

Come out to the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts in Milwaukee for a showing of “The Sandlot”. This family friendly movie night is free and takes place under the stars at 7:30 p.m.

October 2014

October 5, 2014
Milwaukee's Lakefront Marathon This flat and scenic Boston Marathon qualifying race winds through beautiful countryside, neighborhoods, and finishes along the lakeshore of Lake Michigan. The race begins at Grafton High School at 7:30 a.m. and ends in Veterans Park.

November 2014

November 2, 2014
DiNO- Light Catch this unique and original glow-in-the-dark show at the Schauer Arts & Activities Center in Hartford. The seating begins at 2:30p.m.
November 8, 2014
Spencers' Theatre of Illusion This unique illusion duo takes the stage at Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts for a 7 p.m. show.

Northern Wisconsin Events

August 2014

August 13, 2014
Paul Bunyan Fest Downtown Eagle River fills with visitors and community members alike celebrating the legend of Paul Bunyan with chainsaw art, music, and beef sandwiches that Paul himself might not be able to finish. The festivities begin at 10 a.m.

September 2014

September 27, 2014
Brewmaster's Oktoberfest Experience local brews as they are expertly paired with delicious food. This fun festival takes place around the 400 block in Downtown Wausau starting at 1 p.m.

September 2014

September 27-28, 2014
October 4-5, 2014
October 11-12, 2014

Fall Colors Comet Sky Ride Soar over the beautiful colors of fall at the Granite Peak Ski Area as you ride the Comet Sky Ride to the top of the mountain where you can walk around before riding back to the base. The chairs run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

October 2014

October 11, 2014
Jack O'Lantern Festival Join the community of Spooner for this fantastic fall festival. Join in on the classic pumpkin roll down Siegner Hill, Paint your pumpkin, try your hand at pumpkin carving, and enjoy all the other events happening throughout the day. The fun begins at 9 a.m.

Southern Wisconsin Events

June 2014

June 27, 2014
July 25, 2014
August 29, 2014

Movies on the Square The Historic Courthouse Lawn fills with lawn chairs and blankets as people settle in for a movie after dusk.
Tuesday Evenings
June 3 - August 26, 2014

Family Farm Night Rainbow Ridge Farms Bed and Breakfast in Onalaska invites the family out for a fun night where the kids can pet baby goats and calves. The fun is from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.

July 2014

July 23-27, 2014
Monroe County Fair The Tomah Recreation Park fills with 4-H exhibits, midway, food vendors, and entertainment. The fair begins at 4 p.m. on the 23rd.

August 2014

August 12-16, 2014
Barefoot Waterskiing National Championship at Blue Moo Lake Come watch as the top skiers “walk on water” and perform astounding tasks leading up to the final event on the 16th at Blue Moo Lake just north of Black River Falls.

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    Recreational Wisconsin

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