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Petunia Festival

Dixon, IL

This festival in the Hometown of Ronald Reagan features music, a carnival, fireworks and a parade.

Thu
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Red White and Boom

Minneapolis, MN

There's a half-marathon, relay and 5K in the morning, and music and family activities from 6 to 10 p.m., followed by fireworks.

Festivities are along the riverfront across from downtown.

 

Fire Over the Fox

Green Bay, WI

Green Bay hosts the largest fireworks show north of Milwaukee, plus a water-ski show, carnival rides and music and family entertainment on five stages plus the Neville Public Museum. It's in Leicht Memorial Park.

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4

Catfish River Music Festival

Stoughton, WI

More than 20 bands perform in Rotary Park during this free festival, which includes artisans, food, beer, wine and fireworks on the Fourth and on Sunday.

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6
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5

Mississippi Valley Blues Festival

Davenport, IA

In LeClaire Park on the river, blues musicians celebrate the music that traveled up the Mississippi. 

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Blues Festival

Thunder Bay, ON

This festival has a scenic location in Marina Park, on the Lake Superior waterfront.

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13
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Fri
12

80/35 Music Festival

Des Moines, IA

This indie and jam music festival (named for the junction of two interstates) is at Western Gateway Park.

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14
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Fri
12

Wild Rice Festival

Deer River, MN

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 Sunday.

Windmill City Festival

Batavia, IL

There's a carnival, pet parade, ice-cream eating contest and live bands in the town on the Fox River.

Bicycle, Blues and BBQ Festival

Clear Lake, IA

There are professional races plus a tour, blues music and craft beer at this festival based in City Park.

Square Roots Festival

Chicago, IL

The Old Town School of Folk Music presents this Lincoln Square festival, which includes more than 60 acts on four stages plus 30 local and regional craft beers and food from neighborhood restaurants.

Sub Fest

Manitowoc, WI

This 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.

Sat
13

Roots, Rock & Deep Blues Festival

Minneapolis, MN

This music and arts festival in the Longfellow neighborhood, near Harriet Brewery and Midtown light-rail station, features five stages and 20 bands, including Cornbread Harris, Erik Koskinen and Kent Burnside and the New Generation.

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21
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St. Croix RiverFest

Hudson, WI

This town on the St. Croix River celebrates with a concert, hike, cruise, kids' fishing derby, Native American celebration and Civil War encampment and ice cream social at the Octagon House.

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Water Days

New London, MN

In this lakes town near Sibley State Park, there's a water-ski show, parade, kids' fishing derby and fireworks.

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Sinclair Lewis Days

Sauk Centre, MN

The hometown of the Nobel Prize-winning author celebrates with turtle races, bicycle stunts, Friday fireworks, a craft fair, music and a parade Saturday.

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Pitchfork Music Festival

Chicago, IL

This indie and alt-rock festival is in Union Park. Headliners include Mavis Staples, Low and the Isley Brothers.

Wannigan Days

St. Croix Falls, WI

St. Croix Falls and its cross-river neighbor, Taylors Falls, pay tribute to lumberjacks and river pigs with rock and country music, an arts and crafts fair, a Saturday parade and fireworks.

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28
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Sweet Corn Days

Elkader, IA

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 Saturday.

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28
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Waterama

Glenwood, MN

This festival on the shores of Lake Minnewaska is famous for its lighted pontoon parade on Saturday, followed by fireworks. On Sunday, there's a parade on land, followed by a water-ski show.

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27

Cardboard Cup Regatta

Crystal Lake, IL

Watch or enter the cardboard-boat races on Main Beach, where prizes are awarded in many categories.

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Wenonga Days

Battle Lake, MN

The festival in this lake-resort town near Glendalough State Park features walking tours, human foosball, turtle races, Civil War reenactors, a water-ski show and a parade at 7 p.m. Saturday, followed by a street dance and fireworks.

 

 

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Mississippi Valley Fair

Davenport, IA

There are chainsaw artists and alligator shows as well as a carnival and grandstand acts that include national country musicians. Headliners include Brooks & Dunn, Jake Owen, Nickelback and Brad Paisley.