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 northwoods town offers music, kids' activities, a car show, flea market, magic show and craft fair, plus samples of the locally made Sun Drops soda.
This festival in the southwest corner of Minnesota features a cow-chip throwing contest, fire-truck ladder rides, duck races, an arts show and a big parade on Saturday.
The largest of Chicago's free music festivals draws 750,000 people to Millennium Park.
Lake Pepin, WI
The festival in this small town just south of Lake Geneva, Wis., is the longest running in the state. There are milk-drinking contests, milking demonstrations, cow-chip lotto, bed races and a parade Saturday.
Little Chute, WI
This Fox Cities festival includes cheese-curd eating, cheese-carving and cheesecake contests and a 10:30 a.m. Saturday cheese parade.
Mount Horeb, WI
Artists open their studios in Mount Horeb and other towns in the Wisconsin River valley: Mazomanie, Black Earth, Cross Plains, Blue Mounds and Verona.
Iowa City, IA
This free downtown festival features an art show, a Global Village, a Culinary Row and music and dance. Sunday is Children's Day, with 10 booths of hands-on activities.
Mackinac Island, MI
There are concerts, lilac walking tours, a dog and pony show, a family fun area and, on the last day, a big parade.
Listen to bagpipe bands, eat Scottish food and watch sheepdogs, Highland dancers and athletes.
Baileys Harbor, WI
Tour fishing boats, meet local fishing legends and watch a boat parade. There will also be a Scottish-terrier rally, music and arts and crafts.
The Trempealeau Hotel hosts this easygoing festival on the banks of the Mississippi.
All state parks, WI
Visit a Wisconsin state park without paying the daily vehicle fee, $8-$13 for residents and $11-$16 for non-residents.
Fly kites along Lake Michigan in Kennedy Park.
St. Paul, MN
This popular Grand Avenue street party has four zones: entertainment, family fun, local artisans and sports and wellness. A parade starts at 9:30 a.m. at Dale Street.
In this hamlet near Lake Geneva, on the Illinois border, Model A's from the 1920s and '30s line main street, and people dressed as gangsters and flappers promenade in front of historic buildings.
Professional musicians, many of them world-famous, offer free classical concerts in Millennium Park's beautiful Pritzker Pavilion.
The festival is virtual this year.
There's an arts and crafts show, flea market and carnival but also a milking contest, firemen's water fight and a parade Sunday.
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.
Luke Combs and Darius Rucker headline this festival just west of Minneapolis.
This big festival on the lakefront features lots of hearty food, a piano contest, storytelling, vodka-tasting, folk arts and polka dancing.
Door County, WI
The Door County Maritime Museum in Sturgeon Bay offers tours of the peninsula's 10 lighthouses by foot, boat, trolley and minibus. Tickets go on sale to the public March 23; some tours sell out quickly.
This street festival in the Northcenter neighborhood, on Lincoln Avenue between Irving Park Road and Warner Avenue, features barbecue plus indie, roots, rock and alt country music.
There's a Kids Square with games and a rib-eating contest Friday with professional eaters.
This breezy town in southwest Minnesota hosts windsurfing races on Lake Okabena and a free music festival. There will also be children's activities, a bike ride and a fun run.
Canceled in 2020.
Fond du Lac, WI
In addition to a fishing tournament, this free family fest features live music on four stages, a Friday parade and strongman, volleyball and cornhole competitions, plus a Familyland for small children and a Teen Village with a climbing wall, giant obstacle course and henna tattoo parlor.
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.
Sample local wines and listen to music at this festival on the Leelanau Peninsula.
Mount Morris, IL
During this afternoon music festival, 19 bands perform for 45 minutes each on porches around town. There will be food vendors, too.
All state parks, MN
Entrance to all 75 Minnesota state parks is free today and also Nov. 27.
Together, the Wells Street Art Festival and nearby Old Town Art Fair two fairs have more than 500 exhibitors and draw 110,000 visitors.
This festival in Yahara Place Park on Lake Monona features music on two stages, children's games and the popular Fools Flotilla canoe tour.
The main event is the 12:31 p.m. Sunday parade, one of the region's largest. There's also a carnival, craft show, power-boat races and car show.
This town in the northwest Minnesota lakes region features turtle races, a rodeo, music, trolley rides, inflatable games and a parade Friday.
It's still on in 2020.
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 helicopter rides, a water-ski show, a Friday parade and Saturday fireworks. The two towns are linked by the Keweenaw Peninsula's massive Portage Lift Bridge.
This town just west of Minneapolis, on the Crow River, celebrates with a boat parade, fireworks, human foosball tournament, canoe races, duck races, a car show and parade Sunday.
Aurora to Galesburg, IL
A 131-mile yard sale along U.S. 34 from Aurora to Galesburg, with events in many towns.
It's canceled in 2020.
South Haven, MI
There will be a wooden boat show, dragon-boat racing, kids' activities, music and a craft fair.
Chippewa Falls, WI
The blues festival is at Chippewa Riverfront Park.
There will be balloon glows and flights, weather permitting, as well as blues bands, a car show and an arts and crafts fair.
Eagle Ridge Resort hosts two balloon races, two night glows and rides for the public.
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.
It's the 56th annual Scandinavian midsummer festival in this Door County village. There's a regatta, historic walking tours, artisan market, trolley rides, Fur Ball pet parade, cake walk and ice-cream and cherry-pie eating contests.
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).
This Fox River town on the western edge of Chicago offers music, a carnival, a Swedish cottage walk and a big parade Sunday.
St. Paul, MN
Listen to jazz in Mears Park, in St. Paul's Lowertown.
This year's big outdoor festival near Chippewa Falls features Thomas Rhett, Dierks Bentley and Kane Brown.
Toby Keith, Little Big Town and Thomas Rhett are among the headliners of this year's big festival at Ford Festival Park.
Brothers Osborne, Jon Pardi and Ratt are among the headliners at this music-and-camping festival at Brainerd International Raceway.
Sault Ste. Marie, MI
Canceled in 2020.
This festival at the Hjemkomst Center includes demonstrations, performances and goods that tell about society and culture in Viking-age Scandinavia and beyond.
There will be a carnival, crafts, watermelon- and ice cream-eating contests and lots of festivities downtown, capped by the 1 p.m. Sunday parade.
Lake City, MN
There's music, an arts and crafts fair and, on Sunday, a parade followed by a water-ski show on Lake Pepin, where water-skiing was invented.
Des Moines, IA
This big, juried arts fair at Western Gateway Park downtown includes street theater, live music and a film festival.
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.
During this popular event in an old mill town north of Milwaukee, there's music, kids' games, a rubber-duck race, shortcake-eating and bubblegum-blowing contests and strawberries in everything — brats, wine, slush.
This village on the St. Croix River offers an art fair, music, games, raptor demos and a strawberry shortcake-eating contest.