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.
- 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.
One of the most popular autumn festivals in the state, Oktoberfest promises nine days of food, fun, and German tradition. With over 150,000 people in attendance, where else do you get to listen to German music, eat authentic German food, and take part of a tradition that started in 1961?
The population of Warrens, WI, swells to over 100,000 the last full weekend in September for the annual Cranberry Festival. With three miles of vendors, a large high school marching band parade, arts and crafts contests, marsh tours, and plenty of food, there's something fun for the whole family.
- Downtown and Lakeside Bayfield, WI 54814 in BAYFIELD, WI
Just in time for fall, the October Bayfield Apple Festival offers an experience like no other. Deemed the "Best Festival in Wisconsin by Wisconsin Trails Magazine, it has the small town atmosphere needed to pull off a festival centered on apples. Gorge yourself on fresh apple pies, tarts, and caramel apples.
- Wisconsin Dells Festival Site La Crosse Street Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965 in WISCONSIN DELLS, WI
Enjoy a weekend in the fall dedicated to pumpkin decorating, scarecrow stuffing, and microbrew tasting. Adults and children alike find Autumn Harvest Fest exciting. With a large arts and crafts marketplace, hayrides, and music, there's something for everyone at this Wisconsin festival. Don't miss the parade. It's unforgettable.
- 101 Osthoff Avenue Elkhart Lake, WI 53020 in ELKHART LAKE, WI
Experience the warmth and wonder of the centuries-old Christkindlesmarkt in Nüremberg, Germany, at the Old World Christmas Market in December. Browse the handcrafted ornaments and wooden toys of European and regional vendors while snacking on bratwursts, potato pancakes, and apple strudel.