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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. 

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Wisconsin Film Festival

Madison, WI

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

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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.

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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.

World War I Encampment

Rockford, IL

At Midway Village, more than 225 re-enactors portray soldiers and civilians from the United States and Europe and stage narrated battles.

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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.

It's postponed in 2020.

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Egg Day

Milwaukee, WI

There will be crafts, face-painting, bubble art and treats at the Hop-to-it Bunny Hunt, plus a parade at the Milwaukee County Zoo.

Easter Egg Hunt

St. Paul, MN

Children ages 2-7 can hunt for eggs on the lawn of the James J. Hill House on Summit Avenue. Visitors can win prizes, get a small snack and look around the first floor of the mansion. Reserve in advance.

Easter at the Castle

Minneapolis, MN

The American Swedish Institute hosts an Easter egg hunt in the 33-room Turnblad Mansion. There will also be crafts, storytelling and Easter tree-decorating. Tickets go on sale Jan. 6.

Eggstravaganza

Racine, WI

At the Racine Zoo, the all-day Eggstravaganza includes a candy hunt, bounce houses, an egg dig, a dance party, egg- and cookie-decorating, crafts and games. Included with admission.

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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.

Roots and Bluegrass Festival

River Falls, WI

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

U.S. Grant's Birthday

Galena, IL

The former home of the Civil War general and president celebrates his 198th birthday with free admission to the Grant Museum, Main Street walking tours with Gen. Grant, a pie auction, a spy trial and cake.

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Traverse City Chocolate Festival

Traverse City, MI

Sample wares of the region's finest chocolatiers, listen to music and shop for sweets.

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Julien Dubuque Film Festival

Dubuque, IA

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

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Eau Claire Jazz Festival

Eau Claire, WI

Headliners play the State Theatre, and on Friday, more than 50 bands play acoustic jazz, ragtime, big-band and blues along Barstow Street downtown, recreating New York's 52nd Street.

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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.

It's postponed in 2020.

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.

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 Saturday.

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

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.

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.

This year, it's a virtual crawl.

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Dairy State Cheese & Beer Festival

Kenosha, WI

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

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.

Earth Day Birding Festival

Hastings, MN

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, this festival at Carpenter Nature Center includes bird-banding demonstrations, a raptor class and guided birding trips. Reservations are required.

Free Entrance Day at Minnesota state parks

All state parks, MN

Entrance to all 75 Minnesota state parks is free today and also on June 13 and Nov. 27.

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Festival of Nations

St. Paul, MN

Enjoy food, music, crafts and dance from 90 different ethnic groups at the downtown RiverCentre.

100-Mile Garage Sale

Lake Pepin

This big garage sale is a good excuse to make the scenic, 70-mile drive around this wide spot in the Mississippi, in both Wisconsin and Minnesota.