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.
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 this year features a Dutch market, walking tours, tall-ship tours and a carnival.
The Loft Literary Center hosts this family-friendly festival, featuring dozens of authors.
More than 100 musical acts perform in venues around the Twin Ports, and there also will be film, visual arts and craft beer.
It's online again this year.
This big Dutch heritage fest features daily historical tours, a craft market and afternoon and evening parades.
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.
Stream more than 200 films from around the globe.
Gays Mills, WI
This Kickapoo Valley village in southwest Wisconsin offers a rodeo, tractor pull, Maypole dancing and a Saturday-night folk concert.
This large festival in east-central Wisconsin is around a large marsh often called the Everglades of the North. Normally, 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.
In 2021, some activities will be altered.
This northwest Michigan town is morel central in May, celebrating the spring hunt with a carnival, carriage rides, flea market, duck races and a parade at noon Saturday.
Upper St. Croix Valley, WI
Visit artists at 28 studios and sites in and around St. Croix Falls, Osceola and Amery.
Orange City, IA
The popular festival in this Dutch town in northwest Iowa celebrates its 81st anniversary with dance, music, street scrubbing and parades at 2:15 and 6 p.m. daily.
See 150 independent films from Wisconsin and around the world.
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.
This town on the Harmony-Preston Valley State Trail celebrates spring with a car show, a petting zoo, bungee run and parade.
Southwest Wisconsin, WI
Seventy miles of garage sales will line the Wisconsin side of the Mississippi River from Stoddard, just south of La Crosse, and Lynxville.
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.
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.
This town along the Wisconsin River calls itself the Morel Mushroom Capital of Wisconsin. There's a parade and fireworks plus a flea market, arts fair and pedal-tractor pull.
Get a free, behind-the-scenes look at 115 historic theaters, hotels, courthouses and mansions as well as new buildings and venues, including Target Field, Surly Brewing, the Prospect Park water tower and the Pillsbury A Mill. On-site docents lead tours or answer questions.
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.
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.
In 2021, some events may be virtual.
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.
At Midway Village, more than 225 re-enactors portray soldiers and civilians from the United States and Europe and stage narrated battles.
Reserve your place in advance.
The town in which Bob Dylan was born celebrates the singer's 80th birthday with a Blood on the Tracks train ride, a singer-songwriter contest, a bus tour, films, music and a trivia contest.
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.''
In this town north of Des Moines, normally there are 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.
In 2021, some events may be altered.
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.