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.''
This festival at Western Gateway Park features martial arts, lion dancers, chopstick races and a fashion show.
In this west Chicago suburb, there's lots of music, plus a petting zoo, hurling, theater, Irish dog and pony exhibits and red hair, freckle and bonnie baby contests.
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.
The heritage festival in this Madison suburb features folk dancing, a puppet show, a pasta-eating contest and vintage baseball as well as bocce ball.
See dragon-boat racing, a water-ski show, sand sculpting and car shows, all along the Fox River.
Judy Garland's hometown will offer such events as a trivia game, costume and singing contests, a petting zoo, a picnic, talks and a free showing of the famous movie under the stars.
Just west of Madison, this town celebrates with a bean-bag toss, dog show, volleyball, craft-beer tent, Saturday fireworks and Sunday parade. It also features the Midwest qualifier for the national Stihl lumberjack competition.
St. Croix Falls and its cross-river neighbor, Taylors Falls, offer rock-music tributes, an arts and crafts fair, bed races and piggy-back races, a parade and fireworks.
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.
There's a carnival, music on two stages, a parade Saturday and a Sunday art fair on Snake Alley.
There will be a wooden boat show, dragon-boat racing, kids' activities, music and a craft fair.
Lockport was the headquarters of the Illinois & Michigan Canal and site of the first lock; now it's on the National Register of Historic Places.
At its festival, there are historic reenactors, horse-drawn carriage tours of the canal, duck races, a juried craft show, music and a 6 p.m. Friday parade.
Eagle Ridge Resort hosts two balloon races, two night glows and rides for the public. An Alefest Friday includes tastings of more than 100 beers, and there are Wine Flights on Saturday.
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.
A 131-mile yard sale along U.S. 34 from Aurora to Galesburg, with events in many towns.
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.
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.
This festival at the Hjemkomst Center includes demonstrations, performances and goods that tell about society and culture in Viking-age Scandinavia and beyond.
This year's tour of historic barns is in Dubuque County.
This pre-Fourth festival on the shores of Lake Monona includes live bands, a human cannonball, a roller-derby exhibition, the UW marching band, kids' activities and fireworks.
This festival in Menominee Park, next to Lake Winnebago, celebrates the logging era, when Oshkosh was known as Sawdust City. It includes a historic village, flea market, carnival, Fourth of July fireworks and music on four stages, including Sabor-a-Mexico.
This large festival on the west edge of Chicago features daily hot-air balloon launches, glows and fireworks shows, plus children's activities and a craft fair.
In LeClaire Park on the river, blues musicians celebrate the music that traveled up the Mississippi.
This downtown festival features a Culinary Row, Fun Zone for kids and Sunday fireworks in addition to music.
Headliners include Sheryl Crow, Lee Brice, 3 Doors Down and the Gin Blossoms in Knoch Park, where there's also magic shows, kids' games, food and fireworks on the last evening.
There's a half-marathon, relay and 5K in the morning, and music and family activities from 6 to 10 p.m., followed by fireworks.
Festivities are along the riverfront downtown.
The festival in this Swedish town just north of the Twin Cities features fireworks, a car show and a parade.
This festival has a scenic location in Marina Park, on the Lake Superior waterfront.
This big festival celebrates its 81st year with a sand-castle contest, water fights, ship-building (in less than 30 minutes), beer tasting, watermelon feed, bike tour and more. On the last day, there's a big parade at 1 p.m.
This family-friendly folk and roots festival on a farm includes reggae, country, zydeco, jazz and Celtic music on three stages and four workshop areas. There's also a juried arts and crafts fair. Rustic camping is available.
This northern town near Grand Rapids offers a powwow Friday, wild-rice lunch, bike rodeo, sawdust scramble, singing competition and fireworks Saturday and a parade Sunday.
There are professional races plus a tour and family fun rides at this festival based in City Park.
The second annual fest at the Wisconsin Maritime Museum, home of the USS Cobia, features a sub-eating contest, music, movies, a parade of boats and fireworks on Saturday and a water-ski show on Sunday.
There's a juried arts and crafts fair, children's activities and music in this bucolic, tucked-away park along the Otter Tail River, next to an 1889 brick and clapboard mill that's open for tours.
The hamlet of Phelps is just west of Otter Tail Lake and north of Underwood.
In this lakes town near Sibley State Park, there's a water-ski show Friday, 11 a.m. parade and fireworks Saturday and a six-part theater-by-boat tour on Sunday, plus music, tournaments and a carnival.
The hometown of the Nobel Prize-winning author celebrates with turtle races, bicycle stunts, a hot dog-eating contest, a craft fair, music and a parade at 7 p.m. Saturday.
"Das Fest Mit Fun'' features German music, food and beer at the Brown County Fair Grounds in this Minnesota River Valley town. The big parade is Sunday.
This street fair in St. Paul's Highland Park neighborhood includes an arts fair, music, carnival rides, an all-Ford car and truck show and Saturday fireworks.
There's a Music Fest, carnival and car and motorcycle show in Petersen Park the first weekend and a children's ice cream social, arts and crafts fair and a 1:30 p.m. Sunday parade the second weekend in Veteran's Memorial Park.
This festival in Bay View's South Shore Park includes bands, games, a car show, nightly fireworks and a parade Saturday.
The festival in this town between Milwaukee and Lake Geneva includes evening glows, a flight competition, helicopter rides, a craft fair and kids' activities.
Dawes Park on Lake Michigan turns into a global village for this celebration of music, dance, arts and food.
The world's largest one-day outdoor fish fry also includes classic car and arts and crafts shows, soccer water fights, a smoked-fish eating contest, music on three stages, a parade and fireworks.
Listen to music on the square in this town just over the Wisconsin border from Lake Geneva.
In addition to free sweet corn, there will be Friday fireworks, a doughnut-hole eating contest, a kiddie tractor pull, carnival rides and a parade at 1:30 p.m. Saturday.
This town on the St. Croix River celebrates with a concert, hike, cruise, wildlife demos, paddleboard and log-rolling demos, a fishing derby and a Civil War encampment and ice-cream social at the Octagon House.
Decorated bikes, cars and one Couchmobile will circle Lake Harriet at 6 p.m. Everyone is welcome to bring a decorated conveyance and join the parade; meet at 5 p.m. at the Rose Garden.
This festival in Riverfront Park includes paddlewheeler rides, a carnival, battle of the bands, wiener-dog dash, main-stage evening concerts and a parade the last day.
This suburb of Chicago exalts the plump Eastern European dumplings, filled with cheese, mashed potatoes or sauerkraut, with pierogi eating and tossing contests, a Mr. Pierogi songfest and a Polka Parade.
This free harborfront festival features locally produced specialties as well as cooking demonstrations, gardening workshops and music on three stages.
There's a lighted boat parade Friday, and on Saturday, a pedal tractor pull, duck derby, water fight and 6 p.m. parade.
Eat blueberry pizza and drink blueberry beer while listening to live music and watching dancers and medieval armored combat. There are also pony rides and games for kids.
The festival in this lake town on the Heartland State Trail features an inflatable obstacle course, hula-hoop instruction, a casting contest, music on three stages, kids' games, an ice cream-eating contest and a parade at 6 p.m. Saturday.
Ride, walk or skate a car-free five-mile loop along Lake Monona, around the State Capitol and through downtown. There are also activity villages, food and music.
There are chainsaw artists and alligator shows as well as a carnival and grandstand acts that include national country musicians.
This town on Lake Michigan is sausage central. There's music, a carnival, beer and, of course, a brat-eating contest. The parade is Saturday.
Ride the Root River State Trail, then enjoy music, kids' games, sports tournaments, fireworks and a parade on Sunday.
There's a lot going on at the North Shore's biggest festival, including loon-calling, log-rolling, herring-eating and rock-skipping contests; Saturday fireworks; and the grand parade at 1 p.m. Sunday.
This Lake Michigan town offers dragon-boat racing Saturday, plus children's games and music.
The festival in this town between Rochelle and La Salle features nearly 50 tons of free buttered corn, live music, a flea market, a carnival and a parade.
This nonprofit festival is in the southwest Wisconsin bluffs, half an hour north of Winona, Minn.
Headliners include Chicago and Kellie Pickler. Tickets for all three days are $10. In addition to music, there will be a hot-air balloon launch, car show, arts, children's activities and Saturday fireworks.
In this Lake Michigan beach town, there's live music, children's activities, arts and crafts, a lighted boat parade and fireworks.
Learn about kite-flying from professionals on Lake Michigan's Crescent Beach.
Artists, performers and craft and food stands fill streets downtown near the Fox River.
Enjoy the best of Mexican culture at the Henry Maier Festival Park: mariachi, arts and crafts, spicy foods and contests: dance, costume, jalapeno-eating and el grito, or shouting.
Fireworks provided by the Iowa Pyrotechnic Association are the centerpiece for this fest, which includes arts & crafts, food and kids' activities.
This music festival in LeClaire Park, on the banks of the Mississippi, also features Rib Festival.
This festival in Riverside Park includes children's activities, a traditional arts and crafts fair and music performances and workshops.
This festival at Grand Traverse Commons features music and more than 200 craft beers.
This Lake Superior town celebrates with rock music, a classic car and motorcycle show, a luge run and inflatables for kids and tours of three tall ships: El Galeon, Pride of Baltimore II and When and If.
There's music on two stages, children's games, a petting zoo and an arts fair in Carson Park. Entry to Paul Bunyan Logging Camp and Chippewa Valley Museum is included.
More than 600 musicians perform on 10 stages in this town in northwest Iowa.
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.
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.
This first-time festival in Milky Way Park features tethered balloon rides, night glows and a battle of the bands.
Musicians and storytellers perform on eight stages at this festival in Island Park on the Fox River.