MidwestWeekends.com — Your Travel Guide to the Upper Midwest

This weekend's festivals

Look to skies for balloons and rockets.

Eyes to the Skies Festival.


Eyes to the Skies Festival in Lisle, Ill. This large festival on the west edge of Chicago features daily hot-air balloon launches, glows and fireworks shows, plus children's activities and a craft fair. July 1–3.

Sawdust Days in Oshkosh, Wis. This festival in Menominee Park, next to Lake Winnebago, celebrates the logging era, when Oshkosh was known as Sawdust City. It includes a historic village, flea market, carnival, fireworks and music on four stages, including Sabor-a-Mexico. June 30–July 4.

Iowa City Jazz Festival in Iowa City, Iowa. This downtown festival features a Culinary Row, Fun Zone for kids and Sunday fireworks in addition to music. July 1–3.

Ribfest in Naperville, Ill. Headliners include 3 Doors Down in Knoch Park, where there's also magic shows, kids' games, food and fireworks on the last evening. July 1–3.

For more events, see our Events Calendar.

Last updated on June 14, 2016