5 Cultural Festivals Bringing the World to Wisconsin

By Hilary Burg
Staff Writer

Are you longing to travel, but not wanting to go too far from home? Do you dream of indulging in a sweet Italian cannoli, taking a turn on the dance floor in a pair of Dutch wooden shoes, or raising a stein to sights and sounds of a German Oktoberfest? Well, you’re in luck – you can enjoy all this (and more!) without hopping on an airplane, right here in Wisconsin. 

Wisconsin residents are proud to represent cultures from around the world, and we love sharing heritage, traditions, and celebrations with you. Take a step into another country for the day at one of these fantastic cultural festivals!

Festa Italiana – Milwaukee

Get a taste of all things Italian at Festa Italiana in downtown Milwaukee. Enjoy wine tastings, classic Italian fare and chef demonstrations to tempt your taste buds, play a game of bocce ball or take a spin at the carnival, and end your night with a gondola ride under a sky of fireworks.

Featuring a cannoli-eating contest, futsal tournament, and a full lineup of entertainment, there’s something at this festa to delight the whole family.  

Indian Summer Festival – Milwaukee

Indian Summer is the largest Native American fest in the country, showcasing ethnic art, music, history and food. 

Browse handcrafted pieces of artwork at the “Circle of Art” exhibit, ­­­­listen to native storytellers and entertainers, and experience the diversity of tribal dance styles and regalia at a traditional pow-wow. This weekend of fun and fellowship is not to be missed.

Holland Festival – Cedar Grove

Holland Festival celebrates Cedar Grove’s Dutch heritage with a full lineup of family-friendly activities. Kicking off the weekend is the traditional street scrubbing by customed residents before everyone dons their klompen (wooden shoes) and the asphalt becomes a dance floor.   

Enjoy live music, arts and crafts, a parade and more in a charming, small-town environment.

Oktoberfest USA – La Crosse

Throw on your lederhosen for one of Wisconsin’s most popular festivals! Celebrate German heritage and culture at this lively fest featuring the Maple Leaf Parade, live entertainment, authentic German food and, of course, beer.

Grab your friends and your stein and get ready for a great time!

Mexican Fiesta – Milwaukee

Delight your senses with the tastes and sounds of Mexico at this Milwaukee fiesta. Enjoy authentic Mexican cuisine and mariachi music, then head out to the dance floor for the salsa/ bachata dancing contest.­­­­

Best of all, Mexican Fiesta is all about giving back, and proceeds from the fiesta go toward scholarships for local Hispanic students. 

 

Looking for more fest fun? Find an event near you with our directory and try these five Wisconsin festivals for the whole family!

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