The town in which Bob Dylan was born its native son with pub trivia, a poetry showcase, a Blood on the Tracks Express rolling musical revue on Thursday, a singer-songwriter contest Friday and, on Saturday, a bus tour to Hibbing and back and an evening acoustic salute to Dylan.
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.''
This big festival in southeast Wisconsin features a battle of the chefs, the Project Yum-way candy-wrapper design contest and chocolate-eating contests, plus a crafts fair and carnival.
There's music on four stages, with headliners including the Charlie Daniels Band, plus 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, a Saturday parade and fireworks.
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 75th 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 Saturday.
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 on 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.
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 free music festival Millennium Park also includes an art fair and a kids' activity zone.
Visit a state park without paying the daily vehicle fee, $7 for residents and $10 for non-residents.
The festival in this small town just west of Appleton features a chocolate-eating contest, a Tour de Chocolate bike ride, a bicycle rodeo, an Artisan Village and fireworks.
Fly kites along Lake Michigan in Kennedy Park.
More than 100 artists set up along the St. Croix River for the valley's largest art fair.
When the weather's nice, more than a quarter million people turn out for this street fair, during which Grand Avenue is divided into "districts'': entertainment, arts, family fun and sports. A parade starts at 9:30 a.m. from Grand and Dale.
In this hamlet near Lake Geneva, on the Illinois border, Model A's from the 1920s and '30s line main street, and people dressed as gangsters and flappers promenade in front of historic buildings.
More than 150 musicians and songwriters perform in more than 15 venues around town to benefit the historic Michigan Avenue canal bridge.
There's an arts and crafts show, flea market and carnival but also a milking contest, firemen's water fight and a parade Sunday.
Judy Garland's hometown will offer such events as a trivia game, costume and singing contests, a petting zoo, a picnic, talks and a free showing of the famous movie under the stars.
The largest of Chicago's free music festivals draws 750,000 people to Grant Park.
The Door County Maritime Museum in Sturgeon Bay offers tours of the peninsula's 10 lighthouses by foot, boat, trolley and minibus. Tickets go on sale to the public April 4; some tours sell out quickly.
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.
Sample local wines and listen to music at this festival on the Leelanau Peninsula.
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.
There will be a carnival, crafts, ice cream-eating contest and lots of festivities downtown, capped by the 1:30 p.m. Sunday parade.
There's a carnival, music on two stages, a parade Saturday and a Sunday art fair on Snake Alley.
There will be a wooden boat show, dragon-boat racing, kids' activities, music and a craft fair.
This big festival on the lakefront features lots of hearty food, a piano contest, storytelling, vodka-tasting, folks arts and polka dancing.
Eagle Ridge Resort hosts two balloon races, two night glows and rides for the public. An Alefest Friday includes tastings of more than 100 beers, and there are Wine Flights on Saturday.
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.
On the banks of the Mississippi, 250 artists show their wares around St. Anthony Main. There are also three stages, art for kids and a car show.
This free festival at the Historic Schmidt Brewery features German folklore, storytelling, games and history as well as food, beer and music.
There will be balloon glows and flights, weather permitting, as well as blues bands, a car show and an arts and crafts fair.
It's the 52nd annual Scandinavian midsummer festival in this Door County village. There's a regatta, historic walking tours, artisan market, trolley rides, Fur Ball pet parade, cake walk and ice-cream and cherry-pie eating contests.
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 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.
Watch or enter the cardboard-boat races on Main Beach, where prizes are awarded in many categories.
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.
Listen to jazz in Mears Park, in St. Paul's Lowertown.
This big, juried arts fair at Western Gateway Park downtown includes street theater, live music and a film festival.
This festival in Angell Park has three parts: the Fiery Foods Festival on Friday; the all-you-can-eat Bacon, Brew & BBQ Fest on Saturday; and the World Food Fest on Sunday.
Admission is free on Friday and Sunday, when there will be family activities, live music, cooking classes and Junior Chef competitions.
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 village on the St. Croix River revives an old tradition with a European-style flea market, art fair, music, games, raptor demos and a strawberry shortcake-eating contest.
This year's tour of historic barns is in Dubuque County.
This festival in the Hometown of Ronald Reagan features music, a carnival, fireworks and a Sunday parade.
This big riverfront festival includes water-ski and air shows, an arts and crafts fair, a lip-sync contest, a dragon-boat race, Venetian and family parades and music on four stages.
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.
They call this the world's largest music festival. More than 800 acts perform on 11 stages along Lake Michigan.
The big free festival in Grant Park offers lots of food and music.
The festival in this Swedish town just north of the Twin Cities features fireworks, a car show and a parade.
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.
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.
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 western Minnesota town revolves around the book "On the Banks of Plum Creek.'' Family Festivals are held each Saturday.
This festival has a scenic location in Marina Park, on the Lake Superior waterfront.
This big festival celebrates its 81st year with a sand-castle contest, water fights, ship-building (in less than 30 minutes), beer tasting, watermelon feed, bike tour and more. On the last day, there's a big parade at 1 p.m.
This family-friendly folk and roots festival on a farm includes reggae, country, zydeco, jazz and Celtic music on three stages and four workshop areas. There's also a juried arts and crafts fair. Rustic camping is available.
The second annual fest at the Wisconsin Maritime Museum, home of the USS Cobia, features a sub-eating contest, music, movies, a parade of boats and fireworks on Saturday and a water-ski show on Sunday.
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 fest south of St. Paul features Celtic music, a British car show, a harp competition and heavy games -- hammer throwing, sheaf tossing, caber turning and the stone put.
The hometown of the Nobel Prize-winning author celebrates with turtle races, bicycle stunts, a hot dog-eating contest, a craft fair, music and a parade at 7 p.m. Saturday.
Look for minstrels, beignets, French lessons, a Mardi Gras celebration and a 43-foot replica of the Eiffel Tower in Cathedral Square Park.
The tall ships return to Lake Huron, with cruises, deck tours, music and family activities. Reserve early. Festivities start with a Parade of Sail.
"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.
There's a Music Fest, carnival and car and motorcycle show in Petersen Park the first weekend and a children's ice cream social, arts and crafts fair and a 1:30 p.m. Sunday parade the second weekend in Veteran's Memorial Park.
The Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa hold one of the largest powwows in North America, with dancing, singing and crafts plus a cooking contest, run/walk and softball tournament.
This music festival along the St. Croix River also features lumberjack shows, a downhill derby, hammerschlagen and rides on gondolas, pontoon boats and tethered hot-air balloons. A parade is Sunday.
This hamlet on Lake Pepin, a favorite day trip destination for Twin Citians, becomes a shopping mecca during this big fair.
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 400 pounds agates and $400 in quarters is dumped downtown.
There's also music and an art fair.
A week of music and games winds up with an 11 a.m. street parade and, at dusk, a lighted boat parade followed by fireworks.
Dawes Park on Lake Michigan turns into a global village for this celebration of music, dance, arts and food.
The world's largest one-day outdoor fish fry also includes classic car and arts and crafts shows, soccer water fights, a smoked-fish eating contest, music on three stages, a parade and fireworks.
Listen to music on the square in this town just over the Wisconsin border from Lake Geneva.
The City of Lakes holds a Torchlight Parade, water-ski shows and Saturday fireworks.
In addition to free sweet corn, there will be Friday fireworks, a doughnut-hole eating contest, a kiddie tractor pull, carnival rides and a parade at 1:30 p.m. Saturday.
At the lakefront Henry Maier Festival Park, there's cannoli-eating and pizza-making contests, celebrity chefs, a bocce ball tournament, parades at 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, nightly fireworks and music and dance on five stages and an opera tent.
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.
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.
More than 15 tall ships return to Navy Pier, with cruises, deck tours, music and family activities. Reserve early. The festival starts Wednesday with a Parade of Sail.
You can't see this kind of thing just anywhere: cut-throat log rolling, boom running, springboard chopping and speed climbing.
It's the 50th year of 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.
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 giant hot-air balloon festival includes daily flights, rides for the public, music, night glows, fireworks and a parade.
Look for dachshunds, dirndls and lots of oompah music at this big party at Henry Maier Festival Park on Lake Michigan.
There's nightly entertainment on the waterfront, a downtown carnival, tours of Coast Guard cutters, a Grand Parade and fireworks.
There's a lighted boat parade Friday, and on Saturday an arts fair, duck derby, skateboard tournament and Grande Parade.
Eat blueberry pizza and drink blueberry beer while listening to live music and watching dancers and medieval armored combat. There are also pony rides and games for kids.
Ride, walk or skate a car-free five-mile loop along Lake Monona, around the State Capitol and through downtown. There are also activity villages, food and music.
There are chainsaw artists and alligator 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.
Eric Church, Tim McGraw, Kid Rock and Lee Brice are among the headliners at this big country festival in west-central Minnesota.
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 on the last day.
More than 180 singer-songwriters perform at more than 40 venues along College Avenue downtown.
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, kids' games, sports tournaments, fireworks and a parade on Sunday.
There's a lot going on at the North Shore's biggest festival, including loon-calling, log-rolling, herring-eating and rock-skipping contests; Saturday fireworks; and the grand parade at 1 p.m. Sunday.
This large juried art fair in the Uptown neighborhood draws crowds. Use a Nice Ride bike or download a free bus/train pass to avoid congestion and to get to the two other art fairs in south Minneapolis.
The tall ships return to the western Great Lakes, with cruises, deck tours, music and family activities. Reserve early.
This Lake Michigan town offers dragon-boat racing Saturday, plus children's games and music.
This smaller festival in Powderhorn Park, in south Minneapolis, is not far from the big Uptown Art Fair.
See a diaper derby, outhouse races and mullet contest, and don't miss the butter sculptures.
This 37th 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. 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.
This nonprofit festival is in the southwest Wisconsin bluffs, half an hour north of Winona, Minn.
Tickets are $10. In addition to music, there will be a hot-air balloon launch, car show, arts, a youth obstacle course and Saturday fireworks.
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 28th 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.
In this Lake Michigan beach town, there's live music, children's activities, arts and crafts, a lighted boat parade and fireworks.
In the southwest corner of Minnesota, this festival includes quilting bees, etiquette and ballroom dance lessons, camp tours, children's games, band concerts and a grand ball. Battle re-enactments are held both days.
There's a big parade downtown, followed by the Duck Splash Festival in Allen Park, then fireworks.
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 nation's largest Irish festival features 100 acts on 16 stages, plus children's activities, red hair and freckle contests and demonstrations by Irish dog breeds. In Henry Maier Festival Park.
The tall ships return to Lake Superior, with cruises, deck tours, music and family activities. Reserve early. Festivities start with a Parade of Sail.
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.
The 58th annual free show features aerobatics, extreme flying and parachuting off North Avenue Beach.
Try flights at the Craft Beer Hall, eat food on a stick, listen to free concerts and watch the 2 p.m. daily parade.
Artists, performers and craft and food stands fill streets downtown near the Fox River.
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: mariachi, arts and crafts, spicy foods and contests: dance, costume, jalapeno-eating and el grito, or shouting.
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.
Fireworks provided by the Iowa Pyrotechnic Association are the centerpiece for this fest, which includes arts & crafts, food and kids' activities.
This music festival in LeClaire Park, on the banks of the Mississippi, also features Rib Festival.
This festival in Riverside Park includes children's activities, a traditional arts and crafts fair and music performances and workshops.
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 Manitoba prairie town celebrates its heritage with pavilions representing 44 nationalities, offering music, dance and food at many venues.
This free festival features music at the Chicago Cultural Center and Millennium 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.
In 2016, the show will feature the Great Minneapolis Line.
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.
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.
In addition to heavy athletics — throwing weights, hammers, logs and sacks of hay — there will be piping, drumming, dancing, longbow competitions, dog demonstrations and traditional Scottish food.
This free benefit festival on Capitol Square includes 200 menu items from more than 80 restaurants, all priced at $1-$4. There's also music on three stages.
On Neshotah Beach, watch giant kites, precision stunt teams, a release of sky lanterns and fireworks. There will be live music Saturday night and free kite-making for kids on Saturday.
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.