With its gently rolling hills and modern cities, Wisconsin is a diverse state with opportunities for all types of visitors. The cities of Milwaukee and Madison offer visitors a wide choice of urban attractions, including museums, festivals and abundant shopping. Visitors who favor a more rustic getaway will find plenty of destinations in Wisconsin's rivers, lakes and forests.
Late July provides the setting for the Lumberjack World Championships which showcase the skills of 200 genuine lumberjacks from around the world in a competition of strength and expertise. With over 12,000 spectators at the three-day event, it remains a favorite in Wisconsin where timber cutting and lumberjacking is deeply rooted.
Held in late July, German Fest is the largest annually held German heritage festival in North America. It's the perfect place to enjoy a stein of beer and to feast on a frankfurter with sauerkraut. You'll hate saying Auf Wiedersehen to all the delicious food and fun that you have at German Fest.
Hundreds of thousands of aviation enthusiasts from around the world flock to Oshkosh, Wisconsin, the last week of July for the Experimental Aircraft Association's annual AirVenture event. Billed as "The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration," each year brings plenty of classic planes, daily air shows, high-flying aerobatics, demonstrations, and educational forums.
- The Henry W. Maier Festival Park 200 North Harbour Drive Milwaukee, WI 53202 Map It in MILWAUKEE, WI
Celebrate Irish heritage in Mid-August at Irish Fest. The lakefront music festival features over 100 bands with Celtic style and influence. This family-friendly event is perfect for children with its parade, freckle contest, storytellers, and crafts. The marketplaces filled with jewelry, baskets, and art are perfect for souvenir shopping.
- Downtown Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235 in STURGEON BAY, WI
The holiday season kicks off in November with the annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony and Santa parade through beautiful downtown Sturgeon Bay. Bring the kids to have their picture taken with Santa, enjoy a holiday hayride, or get in some early shopping during the special extended hours.
- West Allis, WI in WEST ALLIS, WI
Travel the world without getting on an airplane at the annual Holiday Folk Fair International in November. Explore the heritage, music, dance, crafts, and foods of more than 60 national groups at America's premier multicultural festival.