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Tue
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Mission Creek Festival

Iowa City, IA

Dozens of musicians, artists and writers perform and read at downtown venues. On Friday evening, there's a literature crawl. 

Thu
12
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Thu
5

Wisconsin Film Festival

Madison, WI

See 150 independent films from Wisconsin and around the world in seven theaters in and around State Street.

Sat
7

Maple Syrup Festival

Poynette, WI

The MacKenzie Environmental Center, between the Wisconsin Dells and Madison, offers a pancake breakfast, guided tours of the sugarbush, demonstrations of tapping and syrup-making, intrepretive talks about how Indians and pioneers made syrup, old-time music and horse-drawn wagon rides.

Maple Syrup Fest

Phelps, WI

In the northeast corner of Wisconsin, tour the sugarbush, tap trees, make maple taffy in the snow and shop at an arts and crafts fair.

Sat
28
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Thu
12

Minneapolis/St. Paul International Film Festival

Minneapolis, MN

More than 350 films from more than 60 countries are shown at St. Anthony Main Theatre on the Minneapolis riverfront and at other venues.

Sat
14
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Fri
13

Midwest Music Fest

La Crosse, WI

Dozens of musical groups in all genres play in museums, galleries, cafes and arts centers across town. There are arts workshops for children, too.

Sun
15
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Fri
13

Roots and Bluegrass Festival

River Falls, WI

Hear music at half a dozen venues in the downtown of this western Wisconsin college town.

Sun
15

Traverse City Chocolate Festival

Traverse City, MI

Sample wares of the region's finest chocolatiers, listen to music and shop at the City Opera House.

Sun
22
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Thu
19

Oneota Film Festival

Decorah, IA

This free festival showcases documentary films and includes dance performances and an Ethnic Arts Festival on the campus of Luther College.

Sun
22
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Fri
20

Midwest Horse Fair

Madison, WI

There's a Friday-night rodeo, blacksmith championships, stagecoach rides, Texas trick riders, music and performances, including the Wisconsin Mounted Police Team. At Alliant Energy Center.

U.S. Grant's Birthday

Galena, IL

The former home of the Civil War general celebrates his 196th birthday with free admission to the Grant Museum, an artillery encampment, Main Street walking tours with Gen. Grant, a pie auction, a spy trial and appearances by President and Mrs. Lincoln.

Sat
21

Dairy State Cheese & Beer Festival

Kenosha, WI

There's cheese and beer from around the state plus live music at the Brat Stop.

Sun
29
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Thu
26

Julien Dubuque Film Festival

Dubuque, IA

See 70 films and a silent-film showcase. There's a red-carpet awards show Saturday.

Sat
28
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Fri
27

Midwest Music Fest

Winona, MN

Dozens of musical groups in all genres play in museums, galleries, cafes and arts centers across town. There are arts workshops for children, too.

Sun
29
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Fri
27

Spring Outdoor Adventure Expo

Minneapolis, MN

A spring kickoff for outdoor enthusiasts, with presentations on outdoor adventures and destinations and a gear sale and auction of used canoes and kayaks.

Minnesota Horse Expo

St. Paul, MN

There's a parade of breeds daily at noon, free horse, pony and carriage rides and a rodeo Friday and Saturday evenings and Sunday afternoon. At the Minnesota State Fairgrounds.

Bluff Country Studio Art Tour

Northeast IA/Southeast, MN

Take a spring drive through southeast Minnesota and northeast Iowa and visit artists in and around Winona, Lanesboro, Spring Grove and Harmony in Minnesota and Decorah in Iowa.

Maple-syrup festivals

Around the region

At nature centers around the region, tour the sugarbush and learn how to tap trees and boil sap. Then, eat a pancake breakfast with real maple syrup.

Behind the Arts Studio Tour

Racine and Kenosha, WI

Visit more than 85 artists at 45 studios, in Racine on Saturday and in Kenosha on Sunday. On Friday evening, there's a Preview Party.

St. Paul Art Crawl

St. Paul, MN

Tour the studios of more than 300 artists in 17 buildings in the Lowertown and downtown neighborhoods.

Sat
28

Between the Bluffs Beer, Wine and Cheese Festival

La Crosse, WI

Sample cheese and more than 200 beers and 45 wines at the Oktoberfest grounds.

There's also a Toaster's Eve on Friday and a Bacon Bloody Brunch on Sunday.

Taylor County Maple Fest

Medford, WI

This festival at the fairgrounds features maple syrup in a breakfast, a baking contest, a cooking demonstration and crafts plus music, children's activities and door prizes.

Sun
6
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Sun
29

Homegrown Music Festival

Duluth, MN

More than 100 musical acts will perform in venues around the Twin Ports, and there also will be film, visual arts and craft beer.