The 14 Best Festivals in Wisconsin!

Festival season is always rockin’ in Wisconsin. From festivals dedicated to the most enthusiastic Harry Potter fans, to events that will please all music lovers, and celebrations devoted to the bratwurst, Wisconsinites sure know how to have a good time. Check out our 15 favorite festivals in the state. 

1. Country USA/Rock USA Music Festival, Oshkosh, WI

Both Country USA and Rock USA are located in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, off of Highway 41. Just shy of a week long, concert goers can camp out and listen to both big names and newly-discovered performers. Food, beer, and craft vendors set up at these two festivals.

2. Wisconsin State Fair, Milwaukee, WI

The Wisconsin State Fair is held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.Just like your town fair—but bigger! Big box music names, great beer, deep-fried Oreos, and of course their famous cream puffs. The Wisconsin State fair hosts competitions and a huge fair park for all sorts of play. 

3. Brat Fest, Madison, WI

Brat Fest is the largest bratwurst festival in the world. Every Memorial Day weekend, Madison Wisconsin hosts one of the greatest festivals in the state. Free parking, admission, and music bring the crowds in, but he brats are what keep them around. Totally brats sold last year totaled 163,604.

4. Wine and Harvest Fest, Cedarburg, WI

The Wine and Harvest Festival held in Cedarburg, Wisconsin, happens in early fall. Send the summer off on a high note by tasting wine from Cedar Creek Winery and their savory food choices. Vendors can sell their produce and handmade crafts, while victors listen to live music.

5. Oktoberfest, La Crosse, WI

For 56 years La Crosse, Wisconsin, has been hosting their annual Oktoberfest.  This September/October Munich, Germany mimicking based festival. Participants dress the part, while responsibly enjoying featured beers. There are all sorts of activities during Oktoberfest. Parades, food vendors, a craft beer night, and a Festmaster Ball keep this authentic Old World folk festival going.

6. Summer Set Music and Camping Festival, Somerset, WI

The Summer Set Music Festival is a recent addition to the festival list in Wisconsin. The festival is located in Somerset, Wisconsin,and features performers like Skrillex, Chance the Rapper, and Bassnectar. This northern Wisconsin festival brings in all sorts of concert goers during mid-August.

7. St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Milwaukee, WI

For 50 years the St. Patrick’s Day Parade is held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The sidewalks are filled with green while the street hold bagpipe players, marching bands, local celebrities, and of course both Irish and Celtic groups from all over the state. Enjoy green beer and music at this St. Patrick’s Day kick-off. 

8. Cranberry Festival, Warrens, WI

Not only hosting one of the largest arts and craft festivals in the Midwest, the Warrens Cranberry Festival is a hot commodity for any Wisconsinite.For the past 45 years, the Wisconsin Cranberry Festival has been a nonprofit organization that gives everything back to the community of Warrens.They have fun marsh tours, a parade for the kids, and contests.

9. Morel Mushroom Festival, Muscoda, WI

The little town of Muscoda, Wisconsin, yields one of the most interesting festivals. The Morel Mushroom Festival is a town-wide event but mainly takes up the entire main street. Stop in for a beer at their local watering holes while shopping at their kiosks, and buying and selling morels.

10. German Fest, Milwaukee, WI

German immigrants eventually made their way west and planted their roots in Wisconsin. There are tons of people with German ties in the Milwaukee area, making the German Fest tradition a strongly attended event. Grab your Lederhosen and Dirndl’s and head on over to Henry Maier Festival Park.

11. Apple Fest, Bayfield, WI

The Bayfield Apple Fest has been growing in popularity throughout its 56 years in existence. USA Today raves the Bayfield Apple Fest as “10 Best Fall Harvest Festivals in the Nation.” Pick up an apple pie, enjoy some hot apple cider, and explore all types off treats made with apples.

12. Dane County Fair, Madison, WI

For a small price you can take the entire family to the Dane County Fair located at the Alliant Energy Center. There are tons of both local and well known bands who perform throughout the day and of course their famous festival foods. 4-H contenders compete for ribbons, while carnival rides are spinning throughout the week.

13. Harry Potter Festival, Jefferson, WI

Harry Potter fans throughout Wisconsin rejoice! Originally the festival started in Edgerton, but because of the large turnout it is now being hosted in Jefferson. There are tons of things to get into over the course of the weekend, Quidditch, Butter Beer, wands, Lego displays—something for everyone.

14. Summerfest, Milwaukee, WI

Summerfest is Wisconsin’s biggest festival attraction. Dates in June and July bring in thousands of visitors to listen to hundreds of different bands. All genres and brand popularities are featured at Summerfest. Beyond music, Summerfest offers tons of tasty festival foods, beer, and plenty of activities for the family.

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