St. Paul, MN
Enjoy food, music, crafts and dance from 90 different ethnic groups at the downtown RiverCentre.
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.
Dozens of musical groups in all genres play in museums, galleries, cafes and arts centers across town. There are arts workshops for children, too.
Watch a kayak whitewater rodeo, take a paddling clinic, make your own paddle or join a group float. There's hiking and rock-climbing, too. In Sandstone's Robinson Park and Banning State Park.
Upper St. Croix Valley, WI
Visit artists at 28 studios and sites in and around St. Croix Falls, Osceola and Amery.
This festival on Cricket Hill in Lincoln Park includes free kite kits for kids, games and a candy drop from kites.
St. Paul, MN
This fiesta on the West Side (just south of downtown) features a parade, low-rider car show and lots of food, music and dancing.
The festival is virtual this year -- watch it online.
There's a lot going on in this former communal society in eastern Iowa — a 10 a.m. Saturday parade, polka music, keg-tapping, food-sampling, artisan demonstrations and pony rides.
More than 6 million tulips bloom during this festival, which features a Dutch market, dancers, trolley tours, big-name performers and three parades, ending with the Muziekparade, with 40 bands and 40 floats.
It's canceled in 2020.
Rice Lake, WI
The festival in this northwest Wisconsin lakes town includes a carnival, art fair, kids' fishing derby, car show, live bands and, on the last day, a parade followed by a water-ski show.
This big Dutch heritage fest features daily historical tours, a craft market and afternoon and evening parades.
This large festival in east-central Wisconsin is around a large marsh often called the Everglades of the North. There are bird hikes, bird-banding demonstrations, pontoon-boat tours, canoe and kayak tours, bus tours and a round-the-clock Big Sit, in which participants try to identify as many birds as possible. Register early for field trips.
Gays Mills, WI
This Kickapoo Valley village in southwest Wisconsin offers a rodeo, tractor pull, Maypole dancing and a Saturday-night folk concert.
This southwest Wisconsin town celebrates with mariachi music, a salsa contest, a soccer tournament and children's activities.
The Loft Literary Center hosts this family-friendly festival, featuring dozens of authors.
Orange City, IA
The popular festival in this Dutch town in northwest Iowa celebrates its 80th anniversary with dance, music, street scrubbing and parades at 2:15 and 6 p.m. daily.
Detroit Lakes, MN
This festival in northwest Minnesota is near the convergence of prairie with northern pine forest and eastern hardwood forest. Space in field trips to local refuges fills quickly.
Based out of the Northern Great Lakes Visitors Center, activities include bird-banding, hikes and expeditions, hatchery tours and kayaking tours of estuaries.
Canceled in 2020.
Boyne City, MI
This town on the east end of Lake Charlevoix is all about morels in May, with a guided mushroom hunt, a competition with prizes, drawings for free morels and The Taste of Morels, with morsels provided by local restaurants.
The festival in this town south of Madison, which celebrates Norwegian constitution day, is the largest in North America and probably the world. It features Norwegian dancing, Viking games, fjord horses, a canoe race, an arts fair and a big parade at 1:30 p.m. Sunday.
Spring Grove, MN
In Minnesota, Norwegians settled first in this town in bluff country. There's Norwegian food, music and dance, and a big parade at noon Saturday.
More than 500 artists take part in this tour of 60 locations in the northeast Minneapolis arts district.
In 2020, the festival is online.
This town on the Harmony-Preston Valley State Trail celebrates spring with a car show, a petting zoo, bungee run and parade.
St. Joseph, MI
This town on Lake Michigan welcomes summer with craft beer, barbecue and five blues bands. In Whirlpool Centennial Park.
This town along the Wisconsin River calls itself the Morel Mushroom Capital of Wisconsin. There's a Sunday parade plus a car show, fireworks, helicopter rides, a chainsaw-carving show and microbrew tasting.
In this town near Janesville, this free festival is at the Milton House Museum, once a stop on the Underground Railroad. It features an encampment of soldiers, military drills, cannon firing and an historic walking tour. Sign up in advance for living-history tours of the hotel, where guests will go back to 1861 and meet a freedom-seeker hidden in the cellar.
The town in which Bob Dylan was born celebrates the singer's 79th birthday with a Blood on the Tracks train ride, a singer-songwriter contest, a bus tour, films, music and a trivia contest.
The festival is exclusively online in 2020.
Ride, walk or skate a car-free, four-mile route along Lake Monona to stops in three parks, with activities, food and music.
This 18.5-mile race and tour through forest preserves to Mount Prospect is for families and first-timers as well as competitors. There's also a 5.25-mile Minithon, and boats can be rented.
Mason City, IA
There's a carnival, craft show and car cruise, but don't miss the 10 a.m. Saturday band parade in this northern Iowa town, which Meredith Willson made famous in "The Music Man.''
Des Moines, IA
This festival at Western Gateway Park features martial arts, lion dancers, chopstick races and a fashion show.
St. Ignace, MI
This family-friendly festival at the Museum of Ojibwa Culture features drumming, dancing, singing, Ojibwa games, artisan workshops and Sunday mass in Ojibwa.
There's music on four stages, plus kids' games, a sports zone, carnival rides and Sunday fireworks. Headliners include Smash Mouth. Admission is free. Outside the Alliant Energy Center.
Baileys Harbor, WI
This big festival in southeast Wisconsin features a battle of the chefs, the Project Yum-way candy-wrapper design contest and chocolate-eating contests, plus a crafts fair and carnival.
In this town north of Des Moines, there will be walking tours of the Iowa Arboretum, guided hikes, a bags tourney, an art fair with music, a garage-art car show and a family ride on the High Trestle Trail. On Saturday, Night Ranger, Skid Row and Great White perform.
Mackinaw City, MI
This free pageant at Colonial Michilimackinac features a cast of more than 400, re-enacting events that took place between the French, British and Indian tribes on June 2, 1763.
There are also 18th-century fashion shows, voyageur contests, kids' games, a Saturday parade and fireworks.
Spring Green, WI
The Spring Green General Store in this artistic town on the Wisconsin River celebrates Bob Dylan's 79th birthday with free outdoor music.
This free music festival is in Millennium Park and across the street at the Cultural Center.
Detroit Lakes, MN
The heritage festival at McKee Farms Park in this Madison suburb features such things as folk dancing, a puppet show, a pasta-eating contest and vintage baseball as well as bocce ball.
This bicycle ride along the Lake Michigan lakefront includes routes of 5, 12, 25, 40 and 66 miles. The longest route goes as far north as Port Washington.
The rides start and end at the Summerfest grounds, and there's a party afterward.