Bob's hometown celebrates his 72nd birthday with a film festival, singer-songwriter contest, jam session at Zimmy's and a Bobby Zimmerman bus tour.
There's a carnival, craft show and car cruise, but don't miss the 10 a.m. Saturday band parade in this northern Iowa town, which Meredith Willson made famous in "The Music Man.''
There's music on four stages, the world's largest touring grill (a Johnsonville semi that can cook 750 brats at a time), the Oscar Meyer Wienermobile, carnival rides and Sunday fireworks. Admission is free. Outside the Alliant Energy Center.
This free pageant at Colonial Michilimackinac features a cast of more than 400, re-enacting events that took place between the French, British and Indian tribes on June 2, 1763.
There are also 18th-century fashion shows, voyageur contests, kids' games and a 1 p.m. Saturday parade.
This family-friendly festival at the Museum of Ojibwa Culture features drumming, dancing, singing, Ojibwa games, artisan workshops and Sunday mass in Ojibwa.
The Spring Green General Store in this artistic town on the Wisconsin River celebrates Bob Dylan's 72nd birthday with free outdoor music.
The festival in this small town just south of Lake Geneva, Wis., is the longest running in the state. There are milk-drinking contests, milking demonstrations, cow-chip lotto, bed races and a parade at 1 p.m. Saturday.
This Fox Cities festival includes cheese-curd eating, cheese-carving and cheesecake contests and a 10:30 a.m. Saturday cheese parade.
The juried show in this posh southern Minneapolis suburb draws 375 exhibitors and 60,000 people.
This festival in the southwest corner of Minnesota features a cow-chip throwing contest, fire-truck ladder rides, duck races, an arts show and a big parade at 10 a.m.
Listen to bagpipe bands, eat Scottish food and watch sheepdogs, Highland dancers and athletes.
When the weather's nice, crowds turn out for this street fair, during which Grand Avenue is divided into "districts'': entertainment, family fun, sporting and home and garden. A parade starts at 9:30 a.m. from Grand and Dale.
Ride, walk or skate a car-free six-mile loop along Lake Monona, around the State Capitol and through downtown. There are also family activities, parades, food and music. It's free and nearly all day, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Visit a state park without paying the daily vehicle fee, $7 for residents and $10 for non-residents.
This is the largest of Chicago's free music festivals, drawing 750,000 people to Grant Park. Headliners include Shemekia Copeland, Bobby Rush, Irma Thomas, Jimmy Johnson, Otis Clay, the Bar- Kays, Eddie Floyd and Sir Mack Rice.
There's the usual arts and crafts show, flea market and carnival but also milking and butter-carving contests. The big parade is Sunday.
The festival in this Lake Michigan town north of Milwaukee (motto: "We love the smell of black powder in the morning'') includes a pirate invasion, cruises, Saturday-night fireworks and a parade at noon Sunday.
See dragon-boat racing, a water-ski show, Dock Dogs and car shows, all along the Fox River.
Artists open their studios in Mount Horeb and other towns in the Wisconsin River valley: Mazomanie, Black Earth, Cross Plains, Blue Mounds and Verona.
This free downtown festival features an art show, a Global Village, a Culinary Row and music and dance. Sunday is Children's Day, with 10 booths of hands-on activities.
This street festival in the Northcenter neighborhood, on Lincoln Avenue between Irving Park Road and Warner Avenue, features barbecue plus indie, roots, rock and alt country music.
There's a Kids Square with games and a rib-eating contest Friday with professional eaters.
The festival in this town on the Fox and Illinois rivers features wine from 25 Illinois vineyards and jazz and blues in Washington Park.
Together, the Wells Street Art Festival and nearby Old Town Art Fair two fairs have more than 500 exhibitors and draw 110,000 visitors.
From sunset to sunrise, artists perform a variety of projects at museums and outdoor venues around the newly renovated Union Depot in St. Paul's Lowertown.
There's a carnival, music on two stages, a parade at 11 a.m. Saturday and a Sunday art fair on Snake Alley.
More than 150 musicians and songwriters perform in more than 15 venues around town to benefit the historic Michigan Avenue canal bridge.
This big festival on the lakefront features lots of rollicking, zydeco-laced polka and hearty food.
The capital of cheese country hosts Wisconsin's longest-running rally. There's a balloon launch and glow Friday evening and a 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. launch Saturday, as well as an arts and crafts fair, classic-car show, live music, games and food.
A 131-mile yard sale along U.S. 34 from Aurora to Galesburg, with events in many towns.
250 artists show their wares on the banks of the Mississippi at St. Anthony Main. There are also three stages, art for kids and a car show.
Lockport was the headquarters of the Illinois & Michigan Canal and site of the first lock; now it's on the National Register of Historic Places.
At its festival, there are historic reenactors, horse-drawn carriage tours of the canal, duck races, a juried craft show, music and a Friday parade.
It's the 48th annual Scandinavian midsummer festival in this Door County village. There's a regatta, historic walking tours, art fair, trolley rides, Fur Ball pet parade, cake walk and, of course, a fish boil.
This big fair in the Custer Avenue-Main Street shopping district features 250 artists, 50 variety performers, a medicine show, powwow dancing, children's activities and music on two stages.
This Fox River town on the western edge of Chicago offers music, a zipline, a carnival, a Swedish cottage walk and a big parade at 1 p.m. Sunday.
The main event is the 12:31 p.m. Sunday parade, one of the region's largest. There's also a carnival, craft show, power-boat races and car show.
This free festival opens in Millennium Park, moves to the Chicago Cultural Center on Friday and is in Ellis Park on the weekend.
There's dragon-boat racing, a boat parade, pirate-chaser sails on the Friends Good Will, music and a craft fair.
The harbor-side North House Folk School on Lake Superior kicks off summer with a boat parade, dancing, craft demonstrations, mini-courses and a solstice parade.
There will be helicopter rides, a water-ski show, a Friday parade and Saturday fireworks. The two towns are linked by the Keweenaw Peninsula's massive Portage Lift Bridge.
During this popular event in an old mill town north of Milwaukee, there's music, kids' games, shortcake-eating and bubblegum-blowing contests and strawberries in everything — brats, wine, slush.
This family festival at Norskedalen Nature & Heritage Center, in the coulees near La Crosse, features the best of Scandinavian culture: food, music and crafts. For children, there will be a visit from the trolls by the bridge, fjord horses and a scavenger hunt.
This village on the St. Croix River revives an old tradition with a European-style flea market, art fair, music and children's activities.
This year's tour of historic barns is in Madison, Clarke and Decatur counties, in south-central Iowa.
Listen to jazz in Mears Park, in St. Paul's Lowertown.
There's music, an arts and crafts fair and, on Sunday, a 2 p.m. parade followed by a water-ski show on Lake Pepin, where water-skiing was invented.
This big, juried arts fair at Western Gateway Park downtown includes street theater, live music and a film festival.
There's 42 hours of free entertainment in Sturgis Park, including a Sunday morning gospel set and a jazz brunch.
This festival at the Hjemkomst Center includes demonstrations, performances and goods that tell about society and culture in Viking-age Scandinavia and beyond.
This town on Lake Michigan attracts half a million people to events that include air shows, an arts fair, music, races, the big Cherry Royale Parade and many contests, including pie-eating and pit-spitting.
The Wisconsin Maritime Museum hosts the schooner Denis Sullivan for tours and Lake Michigan cruises and offers a boat-building contest and race, music and guided canoe paddles on the Manitowoc River.
They call this the world's largest music festival. Big-name musicians perform on 11 stages along Lake Michigan.
This large festival on the west edge of Chicago features a daily hot-air balloon launches, glows and fireworks shows, plus children's activities and a craft fair.
This festival in the Hometown of Ronald Reagan features music, a carnival, fireworks and a Sunday parade.
This big riverfront festival features water-ski and air shows, music on four stages, a lip-sync contest, a Venetian and family parade Wednesday and children's races Saturday.
On Wednesday, there's a 5K fun fun, followed by music and a movie. On Thursday, there's a half-marathon in the morning, and music and family activities starting at 5 p.m., followed by fireworks.
Festivities are along the riverfront downtown.
In Warner Park on Lake Mendota, there's a carnival, music, bicycle parade and fireworks.
Big-name bands perform in Knoch Park, where there's also magic shows, kids' games, food and fireworks on the last evening.
Duluth claims to have Minnesota's largest fireworks show, part of festivities in Bayfront Festival park. Watch from Skyline Parkway.
In LeClaire Park on the river, blues musicians celebrate the music that traveled up the Mississippi.
This festival has a scenic location in Marina Park, on the Lake Superior waterfront. Headliners include Collective Soul, Los Lobos, Los Lonely Boys, Great Big Sea, the Groove Merchants and Davina and the Vagabonds.
This downtown festival features a Culinary Row, Fun Zone for kids and Sunday fireworks in addition to music.
This northern town near Grand Rapids offers a powwow Friday, wild-rice lunch, bike rodeo, sawdust scramble, singing competition and fireworks Saturday and a parade at 1 p.m. Sunday.
This easy-going, family-friendly festival features 70 performers, food and hand-made art from around the world plus a fun play area for children.
Many people camp on-site at Birds Hill Provincial Park. Tickets are cheapest when bought in advance.
The big free festival in Grant Park continues with national headliners but a shorter length and more emphasis on food.
Look for minstrels, beignets, French lessons, a Mardi Gras celebration and a 43-foot replica of the Eiffel Tower in Cathedral Square Park.
Look for the four R's in this western Wisconsin town: roping, bull riding, steer wrestling and barrel racing. A parade is on Saturday.
This show and swap meet brings up to 130,000 people to this village east of Stevens Point.
This year, performers at this big fest include Gretchen Wilson, Lee Brice and the Charlie Daniels Band. There's a band contest, too.
At the airport, Balloon Rally & Glow features barnstormer plane rides, kite-flying, pig-racing, music and fireworks. Also at the airport, the Big Bull Falls BBQ Ribfest is Thursday through Saturday.
On Saturday and Sunday, artists decorate downtown during Chalkfest.
The festival in this Swedish town just north of the Twin Cities features a tug of war and fireworks Friday, a car show and 6 p.m. parade Saturday and a lumberjack show Sunday.
This Lake Huron town is a port on the 2013 Tall Ships Challenge, commemorating War of 1812 battles on the Great Lakes.
Among the highlights of this big festival are the Lake Calhoun milk-carton boat races and sandcastle contest, the Hennepin Avenue Torchlight Parade and Mississippi River fireworks show.
This big festival celebrates its 78th year with a sand-castle contest, water fights, ship-building (in less than 30 minutes), beer tasting, hat hunt, bike tour and more. On the last day, there's a big parade at 1 p.m.
This very eclectic, family-friendly folk and roots festival includes reggae, country, zydeco, hip-hop, jazz and Celtic music.
There's a carnival, pet parade, ice-cream eating contest and live bands in the town on the Fox River.
There's a Music Fest, carnival and car show in Petersen Park the first weekend and family entertainment, arts and crafts and a Sunday parade the second weekend in Veteran's Memorial Park.
See the beautiful stones on display, then dig for them at 2 p.m. Saturday during the Agate Stampede, when a load of rocks seeded with 500 pounds agates and $400 in quarters is dumped downtown.
Fireworks are Friday night. On Saturday, there's also an art fair and antique-car show.
There's a juried arts and crafts fair, children's activities and music in this bucolic, tucked-away park along the Otter Tail River, next to an 1889 brick and clapboard mill that's open for tours.
The hamlet of Phelps is just west of Otter Tail Lake and north of Underwood.
This juried art show along the Lake Superior harbor includes children's activities, art demonstrations, a pie social and live music.
This north-woods fest includes chef demos, music, a street-food row, a cheese carver and root-beer float and church-basement supper contests.
A celebration of all things Italian at the lakefront Henry Maier Festival Park.
This big classic-rock and camping festival celebrates its 22nd year.
"Das Fest Mit Fun'' features German music, food and beer at the Brown County Fair Grounds in this Minnesota River Valley town. The big parade is Sunday.
This street fair in St. Paul's Highland Park neighborhood includes an arts fair, music, carnival rides and food.
The hometown of the famous novelist celebrates with music and fireworks Friday, a craft fair, family fun festival and parade Saturday.
In 2013, the nonprofit Tall Ships Challenge comes again to the Great Lakes, commemorating War of 1812 military battles.
This festival on the grounds of Fort William Historical Park features rock, folk and flamenco as well as Celtic music, plus jousting, juggling, magic and Highland Games.
There's camping on-site.
This hamlet on Lake Pepin, a favorite day trip destination for Twin Citians, becomes a shopping mecca during this big fair.
Hear island music on Lake Superior, from Bayfront Festival Park.
This town on the Rock River, south of Rockford, celebrates its heritage with a Native American encampment and cowboy and frontier acts, including a medicine show, gun-spinning and rope-cracking. There are covered-wagon rides and and a canoe rally and 8K run on Sunday. Rent a tepee or covered wagon to stay in.
Proceeds go to restore Oregon's 48-foot statue of Chief Black Hawk, made in 1911.
A week of music and games winds up with an 11 a.m. street parade and 10 p.m. lighted boat parade, followed by fireworks.
Decorated bikes, cars and one Couchmobile will circle Lake Harriet at 6 p.m. Everyone is welcome to bring a decorated conveyance and join the parade; meet at 5 p.m. at the Rose Garden.
Dawes Park on Lake Michigan turns into a global village for this celebration of music, dance, arts and food.
Music on the square in this town not far over the Wisconsin border from Lake Geneva.
This neighborhood street festival includes a lion-dance procession, baby and cutest dog contests and food from the many restaurants.
This festival on the shores of Lake Minnewaska is famous for its lighted pontoon parade, followed by fireworks. On Sunday, there's a parade on land, followed by a water-ski show.
This festival in Riverfront Park includes paddlewheeler rides, a carnival, battle of the bands, taco- and watermelon-eating contests, main-stage evening concerts and an 11 a.m. Saturday parade.
In 2013, the nonprofit Tall Ships Challenge comes again to the Great Lakes, commemorating War of 1812 military battles.
You can't see this kind of thing just anywhere: cut-throat log rolling, boom running, springboard chopping and speed climbing.
Ole and Lena host this friendly, authentic, very fun and very large festival of Scandinavian culture. The parade, one of the region's best, is at 10:30 a.m. Saturday.
Look for dachshunds, dirndls and lots of oompah music at this big party at Henry Maier Festival Park on Lake Michigan.
The rodeo in this town of 90 is a good excuse to explore the Edge of the Wilderness Scenic Byway, which winds through Chippewa National Forest north of Grand Rapids.
This suburb of Chicago exalts the plump Eastern European dumplings, filled with cheese, mashed potatoes or sauerkraut, with pierogi eating and tossing contests, a Mr. Pierogi songfest and a Polka Parade.
The festival in this western Minnesota town revolves around the book "On the Banks of Plum Creek.'' Family Festivals are held each Saturday.
This giant hot-air balloon festival includes daily flights, rides for the public, music, night glows, fireworks and a parade.
This free harborfront festival features locally produced specialties as well as cooking demonstrations, gardening workshops and music on three stages.
There's nightly entertainment on the waterfront, a downtown carnival, tours of Coast Guard cutters, a Grand Parade and fireworks.
This Mississippi River festival on historic St. Feriole Island features 12 bands on two stages, with onsite camping.
At the confluence of the Fox River with the Illinois, there's a carnival, paddleboat races, Art in the Park, Taste of Ottawa, live bands and a parade at 1 p.m. Aug. 4.
There's a lighted boat parade Friday, and on Saturday an arts fair, firemen's water fight, waterfront carriage rides and a 6 p.m. Grande Parade.
The festival in this hotbed of sustainable living features music, food, children's activities and workshops.
The charming lakeside park in this northern Iowa town hosts three festivals, Lakeside DixieFest Saturday and Sunday and the Iowa Storytelling Festival and Art Sail arts fair on Saturday.
In the downtown square, there will be circus-themed performances, walking tours, music, children's activities and a Big Top parade.
This huge Experimental Aircraft Association festival includes air shows, fireworks, big-name concerts, children's activities, workshops, exhibits and rides in historic aircraft.
Reserve lodgings early; it fills rooms within a 60-mile radius.
There are chainsaw artists, a zip line and alligator and bear shows as well as a carnival and grandstand acts that include national country musicians.
The fair in this Milwaukee suburb features lots of contests, including hog-calling, cookie-stacking and cream puff-eating.
This town on Lake Michigan is sausage central. There's music, a carnival, beer and, of course, a brat-eating contest. The parade is Saturday.
There's a lot going on at the North Shore's biggest festival, including loon-calling, log-rolling, doughnut-racing and rock-skipping contests; Saturday fireworks; and the grand parade at 1 p.m. Sunday.
Since 1972, fans of this Jazz Age cornetist and composer have held this festival in his hometown on the Mississippi.
This big fest in west-central Minnesota snags the biggest names in country music -- this year, Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood and Eric Church. There's camping onsite.
Minnesota's official Pie Capital near Cambridge holds pie-eating contests, a pie trivia contest and performances of the Pie-Alleuia Chorus.
In this Mississippi River town, there's music, food and games in Bay Point Park and an arts show in Levee Park. There's a Venetian boat parade at dusk Saturday and the grand parade Sunday.
Ride the Root River State Trail then enjoy music, games and food in this bluff-country burg. A parade is Sunday.
This large juried art fair in the Uptown neighborhood draws crowds. Take the Art Hop bus to avoid congestion and to get to the two other art fairs in south Minneapolis.
It's the second year for this festival on the lakefront.
These smaller festivals in Powderhorn Park, in south Minneapolis, and Loring Park, on the edge of downtown, are not far from the Uptown Art Fair. All are easily reached by bus shuttle or by bicycle on the Midtown Greenway.
This show, between Bradford and McKinley beaches on the lakefront, features the Air Force Thunderbirds, Army Black Daggers and many aerobatics.
This Manitoba prairie town celebrates its heritage with pavilions representing 44 nationalities, offering music, dance and food at many venues.
Ride the Heartland State Trail to this tiny "burp in the road'' near Park Rapids, then eat your way down the street. And don't forget to vote (or run) for mayor. Food is served 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
In 2013, the nonprofit Tall Ships Challenge comes again to the Great Lakes, commemorating War of 1812 military battles.
The festival starts Wednesday with an International Parade of Sail and continues with ship tours, crew challenges, music and fireworks.
See a diaper derby, outhouse races and mullet contest, and don't miss the butter sculptures.
This 34th annual family-friendly festival includes music on five stages and workshops at El Rancho Mañana Campground, 20 miles west of St. Cloud.
The two towns stretch a 680-pound, 2,400-foot rope across the Mississippi River for the ultimate tug of war. (Over 26 years, the score is Illinois 16, Iowa 10.) There's also a parade, fireworks, children's games, concerts and carnival rides.
Eat until you're blue in the face during the festival in this Lake Michigan beach town. There's a pie-eating contest, riverfront concerts , an arts fair and a big parade on Saturday.
There's a carriage parade, saddle-horse parade, horseback riding and driving demos, historic stable tours and pony rides.
The festival in this town between Rochelle and La Salle features nearly 50 tons of free buttered corn, live music, a flea market, a carnival and a parade.
Re-enactors from across the continent gather at Grand Portage National Monument for the annual fur-trade rendezvous; next door, the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa holds a powwow. Reserve lodgings far in advance.
The 25th annual music fest on the Lake Superior harbor showcases national and regional acts on three stages.
This big heritage fest on the banks of the Mississippi includes Irish Got Talent and best legs in a kilt contests, hurling demonstrations, dancing and lots of music.
This celebration of Polish culture is on the St. Anthony Main riverfront across from downtown, with music, art, food and free polka lessons.
There will be a lumberjack and -jill competition, loon-calling contest, artisan market, food and music at the Antique Tractor Club grounds.
In this Lake Michigan beach town, there's a lighted boat parade, fireworks, microbrew-sampling, an art fair and ice-cream and watermelon-eating contests.
It's the 84th year for this big parade on the South Side, which draws 75,000 participants and 1.5 million spectators.
In this southeast Wisconsin vacation area, the festival includes a carnival, arts and crafts fair, firefighter water fight and, on Sunday, a water-ski show followed by a lighted boat parade and fireworks.
The antiques show and flea market in this friendly little village just north of Rochester off U.S. 52 includes more than 400 vendors and 1,200 booths. There's also pancakes for breakfast, homemade pie and music.
Enjoy national and local blues musicians in Fern Island Park. There's a beer garden, of course.
Tall ships come to Leicht Memorial Park for the 2013 Tall Ships Challenge, commemorating War of 1812 battles on the Great Lakes.
The 54th annual free show features aerobatics, extreme flying, wave riding, water-skiing and wakeboarding off North Avenue Beach.
See the Luminarium, try beer flights at the Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild, eat food on a stick and listen to free concerts.
Artists, performers and craft and food stands fill streets downtown near the Fox River.
This goofy central-Minnesota festival features mashed-potato wrestling, a golden potato hunt, potato car races, peeling and eating contests and a Saturday parade.
Few settings are more beautiful than Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park on Lake Superior; 25 national and regional blues, folk and bluegrass acts perform.
Enjoy the best of Mexican culture at the Henry Maier festival park on Lake Michigan.
The festival on Barker's Island begins Friday with a parade of teams, fireworks and a concert and continues Saturday with races in the harbor and family entertainment.
Tour a schooner and go for a day sail at this Lake Michigan festival. There's also music and fireworks on Saturday.
Fireworks provided by the Iowa Pyrotechnic Association are the centerpiece for this fest, which includes arts & crafts, food and kids' activities.
A day of blues downtown, with food from local restaurants. Advance tickets are just $5.
There's music on two stages, children's games, a petting zoo and an arts fair in Carson Park. Entry to Paul Bunyan Logging Camp and Chippewa Valley Museum is included.
More than 600 musicians perform on 10 stages in this town in northwest Iowa.
This free festival features one day of music at the Chicago Cultural Center, one evening at the Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park and two days in Grant Park.
Revel in the past during this show of antique machinery, which includes rides on trains and a carousel, square dancing, roving musicians and nightly jamborees.
There's chip-chucking contests in this Wisconsin River town, but also music, kids' games and an arts and crafts fair. The Tournament of Chips parade is at noon Saturday.
Two days of music in Mattson Lower Harbor Park on Lake Superior.
This Swiss town near Madison has been putting on an outdoor William Tell pageant since 1938. Festivities include a children's lantern parade, yodeling, an arts show and ethnic fashions.
This free benefit festival on Capitol Square includes 300 menu items from more than 80 restaurants, all priced at $1-$4. There's also music on three stages.
On Sunday, there's a lighted boat parade on Lake Mendota, followed by fireworks.
The festival in this southern suburb of Chicago features more than 300 artisans, entertainment, a carnival and a parade at 1 p.m. Sunday.
Musicians and storytellers perform on eight stages at this festival in Island Park on the Fox River.
Once a year, on Labor Day, people can walk across the five-mile span, the third-longest suspension bridge in the world.
This festival just north of Milwaukee features music and food plus goofy contests: wife-carrying, sauerkraut-eating, a German spelling bee and a live Glockenspiel show.