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Walk with Vikings or ride a balloon.

Young dancers at Nordic Fest.

© Beth Gauper

Nordic Fest in Decorah, Iowa. It's the 51st year of this friendly, authentic, very fun and very large festival of Scandinavian culture. The parade is at 10:30 a.m. Saturday. July 27–29.

National Balloon Classic in Indianola, Iowa. This giant hot-air balloon festival includes daily flights, rides for the public, music, night glows, fireworks and a parade. July 28–Aug. 5.

German Fest in Milwaukee. Look for dachshunds, dirndls and lots of oompah music at this big party at Henry Maier Festival Park on Lake Michigan. July 28–30.

Taste of Wisconsin in Kenosha, Wis.This free harborfront festival features locally produced specialties as well as cooking demonstrations, gardening workshops and music on three stages. July 28–30.

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Last updated on July 24, 2017