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.
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.
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.
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.
The Trempealeau Hotel hosts this easygoing festival on the banks of the Mississippi.
Tickets are limited.
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.
See giant show kites and stunt-flying demonstrations along Lake Michigan in Kennedy Park. There will be kite-making workshops and kite-flying lessons and contests, and the first 100 kids will receive free kites.
This year, the car-free routes are spread out between Marlborough, Wingra, Kennedy and Warner parks, with stops for activities, food and music. You can ride, walk or skate.
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.
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.
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.
Door County, WI
The Door County Maritime Museum in Sturgeon Bay offers tours of the peninsula's 11 lighthouses by foot, boat, trolley, minibus and airplane. Tickets go on sale to the public in March; some tours sell out quickly.
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.
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, Morgan Wallan and Old Dominion. There's camping (and glamping) onsite.
This Lower Sioux Indian Community wacipi, or powwow, includes dancing, drumming, singing and food. Grand Entries are at 7 p.m. Friday, 1 and 7 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday. Everyone is welcome.
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 and recreation areas is free today.
In the Old Town neighborhood, there will be more than 200 juried fine artists, a garden walk, live music and children's activities.
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.
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.
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.
State Center, IA
This town east of Ames calls itself Iowa's rose capital, and it celebrates with garden tours, children's games, a truck and tractor pull, music, fireworks and a parade at 10 a.m. Saturday.
Aurora to Galesburg, IL
A 131-mile yard sale along U.S. 34 from Aurora to Galesburg, with events in many towns.
Luke Combs and Darius Rucker headline this festival just west of Minneapolis.
Chippewa Falls, WI
The blues festival is at Riverfront Park.
Eagle Ridge Resort hosts two balloon races, two night glows and rides for the public.
Coon Valley, WI
This family festival at Norskedalen Nature & Heritage Center, in the coulees near La Crosse, features the best of Scandinavian culture: food, music and crafts. For children, there will be a visit from the trolls by the bridge, fjord horses and a scavenger hunt.
Besides sausage sampling, there will be music, a dachshund derby, a beer-stein holding contest and hotdog games.
On the banks of the Mississippi, 200 artists show their wares. There will also be music, art for kids and a car show.
This year, the fair is not on the Stone Arch Bridge but on the west side of the river between Portland and North Fourth Avenue.
This Fox River town on the western edge of Chicago offers music, a carnival, a Swedish cottage walk and a big parade Sunday.
This year's big outdoor festival near Chippewa Falls features Thomas Rhett, Dierks Bentley and Kane Brown.
Brothers Osborne, Jon Pardi and Ratt are among the headliners at this music-and-camping festival at Brainerd International Raceway.
Sault Ste. Marie, MI
This year, people will not be allowed to walk across the locks, and Portage Avenue will be closed to vehicle traffic, for an arts, crafts and family fun fair.
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.
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 tour of historic barns concentrates on barns in the rolling Grant Wood country of eastern Iowa, including the Anamosa State Penitentiary barns.
La Crosse, WI
This riverfront festival includes music, magicians, dance, a water-ski show and fireworks by the La Crosse Skyrockers. Headliners include Randy Houser, Troy Cartwright and Chris Kroeze.