St. Paul, MN
Try flights at the Craft Beer Hall, eat food on a stick, listen to free concerts and watch the 2 p.m. daily parade.
It's canceled in 2020, but a Food Parade will be held Aug. 20-23 and 27-30 and Sept. 3-7, $20 per vehicle.
This free festival features music at the Chicago Cultural Center and Millennium Park.
Mount Pleasant, IA
This gathering of steam engines and antique cars, trucks and tractors also features a horse pull, concerts, square dancing and a parade.
Prairie du Sac, WI
There's chip-chucking contests in this Wisconsin River town, but also music, kids' games and an arts and crafts fair. The Tournament of Chips parade is at noon Saturday.
Enjoy a weekend of music in Mattson Lower Harbor Park on Lake Superior.
New Glarus, WI
This Swiss town near Madison has been putting on an outdoor William Tell pageant since 1938. Festivities include a children's lantern parade, yodeling, an arts show and ethnic fashions.
In addition to heavy athletics — throwing weights, hammers, logs and sacks of hay — there will be piping, drumming, dancing, longbow competitions, dog demonstrations and traditional Scottish food.
Revel in the past during this show of antique machinery, which includes rides on trains and a carousel, square dancing, roving musicians and nightly jamborees.
Go on guided tours of Ashland's famous murals, meet the artists and go on a mural scavenger hunt. There's also food, music, crafts and a car show.
This free benefit festival on Capitol Square includes 200 menu items from more than 80 restaurants, all priced at $1-$4. There's also music on three stages.
Two Rivers, WI
On Neshotah Beach, watch giant kites, precision stunt teams, a release of sky lanterns and fireworks. There will be live music Saturday night and free kite-making for kids on Saturday.
This free Fox Cities jazz festival is in Jefferson Park, on the shores of Lake Winnebago.
The festival in this southern suburb of Chicago features more than 300 artisans, music, a carnival and a parade Sunday.
Sister Bay, WI
In this Door County village, there will be a vintage boat show, craft fair, kids' carnival, music and Saturday fireworks.
The festival will be presented online 1-3 p.m. on Sundays in September.
Normally, there will be more than 80 artists performing at more than 30 venues across the city, including the Chicago Cultural Center.
Mackinaw City, MI
Once a year, on Labor Day, people can walk across the five-mile span, the third-longest suspension bridge in the world.
Canceled in 2020.
Grand Marais, MN
WTIP, North Shore Community Radio, hosts this outdoor fest of more than 25 local and regional music acts next to the municipal campground.
This festival at Lake Nokomis celebrates the monarch migration from Minnesota to Mexico and includes a costume parade, music, dance, art activities and monarch games.
This free festival features music and dance from around the world on the Memorial Union Terrace and, on Saturday, at the Willy Street Fair.
It's virtual this year.
This town near Peoria, home of the Libby's pumpkin-packing plant, calls itself the Pumpkin Capital of the World. The festival features pumpkin-boat races, pumpkin decorating, pie-eating contests, a craft fair, a pumpkin-pancake breakfast and a 10:30 a.m. Saturday parade.
This year, the parade is drive-through and some events are canceled.
Grand Marais, MN
The harbor-side North House Folk School celebrates with storytelling, traditional workshops, a fish boil and concerts by songwriter/musicians.
It's online this year.
Carlos Creek Winery hosts this festival, which features music on two stages, an art fair, grape stomps and "I Love Lucy'' look-alike contests.
It's still on in 2020. Buy tickets in advance.
In Iowa's Amana Colonies, there's an Apple Sampling Stroll among businesses, a Vintner's Dinner and music at Millstream Brewery.
This festival in northwest Illinois features live music and wine-tasting from 25 Illinois vineyards.
This year, it's at Carey Memorial Park and is focused on tasting and shopping.
Eau Claire, WI
This family-friendly acoustic festival is near Eau Claire and features Big Wu, Pistol Whippin Party Penguins, Lindsay Lou and Buffalo Gospel.
There's camping onsite.
Taylors Falls, MN
The 43-acre Franconia Sculpture Park is holding its annual celebration, with bands, food trucks and sculpture tours, as well as the grand opening of its Franconia Commons Building, which includes an art gallery, gift shop and cafe with patio.
It's at the intersection of U.S. 8 and Minnesota 95, between Shafer and Taylors Falls.
This festival along the 5-mile-long Midtown Greenway bicycle trail includes a puppet parade, live performances, art installations and craft beer. It's from 3 to 9 p.m.
Across the state, IA
It's the Iowa Barn Foundation's annual free, self-guided tour of restored historic barns.
Listen to non-stop music during this free festival at venues in and around Midway Plaisance, near the Museum of Science and Industry and Lake Michigan.
This year, the festival is virtual on Saturday, but on Sunday there will be live music on mobile stages in Hyde Park.
Sauk City, WI
This fest in the scenic hills of southwest Wisconsin is not only about pickles and sourdough bread but also cheese, chocolate, beer and wine. There are classes, tastings and the 50-mile Farm/Art DTour, punctuated by art installations.
This year, the self-guided Farm/Art DTour is still on. There will also be a Food Chain marketplace of food, art and ideas at Witwen Park & Campground, between Plain and Prairie du Sac.
More than 150 historic buildings — theaters, breweries, mansions, cathedrals, hotels, museums — are open to the public, and many offer free guided tours.
More than three dozen in-depth walking tours also are offered but sell out quickly.
This year, the event is virtual.