Get Your Jam on: 20 Summer Music Festivals in Wisconsin

Music is much a part of Wisconsin as our thousands of lakes, proud brewing traditions or legacy as America's Dairyland. Not only is our state home to the world's largest music festival, Summerfest, but you'll find a lot more good vibrations in Wisconsin this summer – from top-name country music stars to small-town celebrations of song.

Here are some of our picks for the season. Don't see your favorite? Add it to the comments below!

Blue Ox Music Festival – Eau Claire
June
Touted as "the Midwest's premier bluegrass, roots and Americana music festival," Blue Ox's lineup this year includes the Grammy-winning Del McCoury Band and "Newgrass" frontrunner Sam Bush.

Northwoods Bluegrass Festival – Ladysmith
June
Hear from six different groups – including Minnesota group the WoodPicks and Wisconsin's own Art Stevenson & High Water – or check out the instrument workshops at  this family friendly, alcohol-free fest.

Porterfield Country Music Festival – Marinette
June
Bask in nine whole days of country favorites at the perfect setting – a campground west of Marinette called Green Acres. Performers in the past include Jerrod Niemann, Georgette Jones and Radio Romance.

Metro Jam – Manitowoc
June
About ten different acts bring multiple genres to this weekend festival. Rich Robinson, guitarist and founder of the Black Crowes, is this year's featured performer.

Country Thunder USA – Twin Lakes
June
As Thunder's organizers put it, this year's lineup "reads like a who's who in country music, with past performances from 2015 CMT Music Awards nominees Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton, Dierks Bentley, Maddie & Tae, and The Swon Brothers."

Eaux Claires – Eau Claire
June
Returning in 2020, more than 40 acts of varying genres will perform throughout the weekend on multiple stages set against the backdrop of Foster Farm on the Chippewa River. Past headliners include Bon Iver, the National and Spoon.

Country USA – Oshkosh
June
Country USA is getting ready for five days of non-stop, world class entertainment this year, with performances by Keith Urban, Jason Aldean, Maren Morris and about two dozen total acts filling the lineup.

Country Fest – Cadott
June
More than 30 performers will take the stage over four days, including Jason Aldean, Brad Paisley and Brantley Gilbert.

Hodag Country Festival – Rhinelander
July
Celebrate country music in the Northwoods as Hodag favorite Neal McCoy returns. Other featured artists in the 16-performer lineup include Cole Swindell and Toby Keith.

Lifest – Oshkosh
July
Wisconsin's largest Christian music festival boasts 150 acts on seven stages, along with a 5K, arts and crafts, tournaments and worship services. 

Viroqua Bluegrass Festival – Viroqua
July
Bring your own chair to hear traditional bluegrass and gospel music from regional acts Monroe Crossing, Sawtooth Brothers, The Punches Family, Barton's Hollow and The DisChords.

Jazz on Jefferson Street Festival – Sturgeon Bay

July

Do some of the best shopping in Door County to the swinging soundtrack supplied by Sturgeon Bay's yearly bash, which combines strolling entertainers and live music performances with in-store deals at downtown shops and boutiques.

Rock Fest – Cadott
July
Ahout 50 bands will quake this year's main and side stages, with featured acts including Disturbed, Godsmack, and incubus.

Country Jam USA – Eau Claire
July
Alabama, Blake Shelton and Billy Currington round out the 16 acts at this summer festival main stage.

Prairie Dog Blues Festival – Prairie du Chien
July
A dozen bands will play on two stages across two days of blues and roots music from Chicago Blues to West Coast Jump, Mississippi Hill Country Blues, New Orleans horns and Texas Boogie, Zydeco, Gospel, and Blues Rock.

Country on the River – Prairie du Chien
August
Alabama, Jake Owen and Dierks Bentley lead the lineup of more than a dozen performers at this year's three-day festival just outside Prairie du Chien. Don't miss the Next Big Star singing contest!

Big Bull Falls Blues Fest – Wausau
August
Not only is Big Bull Falls Wisconsin's longest-running blues fest, but its location – an island in the middle of the Wisconsin River – couldn't be groovier.

Summer Set Music Festival – Somerset
August
About 70 performers will party out the summer season in Wisconsin's northwest, with hip-hop group Bone Thugs-n-Harmony and electronic dance acts Bassnectar and deadmau5 leading the lineup.

HarborPark Jazz & Blues Festival – Kenosha
August
Panoramic lakefront views blend with the smooth sounds of jazz, funk and soul at this Kenosha fest, which benefits the Mary Lou & Arthur F. Mahone Fund.

Great River Folk Festival – La Crosse
August
Bring the whole family for a weekend of tunes, crafts and hands-on children's interactive activities. The music, workshops, crafts and food appeal to all ages!


Looking to pitch your tent at one of these summer shindigs? Check out our guide to camping at Wisconsin music festivals.