The largest of Chicago's free music festivals draws 750,000 people to Millennium Park.
The Trempealeau Hotel hosts this easygoing festival on the banks of the Mississippi.
Professional musicians, many of them world-famous, offer free classical concerts in Millennium Park's beautiful Pritzker Pavilion.
The festival is virtual this year.
Mount Horeb, WI
Just west of Madison, this town celebrates with a bean-bag toss, dog show, volleyball, craft-beer tent, Saturday fireworks and Sunday parade.
Sturgeon Bay, WI
More than 150 musicians and songwriters perform in more than 15 venues around town to benefit the historic Michigan Avenue canal bridge.
Forest City, IA
The country-music festival in this town near Clear Lake features Lynyrd Skynrd, Riley Green and Old Dominion. There's camping (and glamping) onsite.
There's a carnival, music on two stages, a parade Saturday and a Sunday art fair on Snake Alley.
Le Mars, IA
The festival in this northwest Iowa town, home of Blue Bunny ice cream, includes an art fair, old-fashioned children's games, architectural tours, a polo match, airplane and helicopter stunts and a parade at 9 a.m. Saturday. And the ice cream is free.
There will be balloon glows and flights, weather permitting, as well as blues bands, a car show and an arts and crafts fair.
Grand Marais, MN
The harbor-side North House Folk School on Lake Superior kicks off summer with a boat parade, dancing, craft demonstrations, mini-courses and a solstice parade.
In 2020, the event is online.
Mackinaw City, MI
This city on the Mackinac Straits marks the launch of the pirate ship Good Fortune with music, pirate trivia, costume and "talk like a pirate'' contests and an evening cruise under the Mackinac Bridge (tickets are 2-for-1 if you're dressed like a pirate).
St. Paul, MN
Listen to jazz in Mears Park, in St. Paul's Lowertown.
Toby Keith, Little Big Town and Thomas Rhett are among the headliners of this year's big festival at Ford Festival Park.
This festival at the Hjemkomst Center includes demonstrations, performances and goods that tell about society and culture in Viking-age Scandinavia and beyond.
Cedar Falls, IA
There will be 42 hours of free entertainment in Sturgis Park, including a Sunday morning gospel set and a jazz brunch.
Sault Ste. Marie, MI
Walk across the St. Mary's River to Canada at 9:30 a.m. or ride a bike there and back between 8:30 and 9:30 a.m.
Walkers can take a bus back from Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., for $5 and must bring a passport. Otherwise, the event is free.
This village on the St. Croix River offers an art fair, music, games, raptor demos and a strawberry shortcake-eating contest.