July Fun: Airplanes, Circus Acts and Lumberjacks

Summer is in high gear and we’ve got a jam-packed schedule for July. From music festivals to lumberjack competitions, we don’t want to waste a second so let’s get to it!


Country Jam USA – Eau Claire (July 17-19, 2014)

Enjoy three days of some of country music’s top artists. This year’s star lineup includes Luke Bryan, Dierks Bentley and Jake Owen. Camping reservations and tickets are still available—including 3-day options and all-inclusive VIP Packages.

World Championship Snowmobile Watercross – Grantsburg (July 18-20, 2014)

Snowmobiling in July? You heard right. Top racers from around the country take their snowmobiles to the water for a thrilling head-to-head, high-speed race. Afterwards enjoy fireworks, live music and some good old-fashioned Wisconsin festival food.

Lumberjack World Championships – Hayward (July 24-26, 2014)

Watch as more than 100 lumberjacks and lumberjills compete in events like the Underhand Chop, the Double Buck, the Hot Saw and the Log Roll for more than $50,000 worth of prize money. This 54-year old event takes place in Lumberjack Bowl, once a lumber holding pond, and is sure to keep audiences on the edge of their stumps, er, seats.


Northwoods Heritage Fest – Three Lakes (July 11-12, 2014)

Experience Wisconsin’s German, Polish, Italian and Irish history via traditional food, music, and more. Test your skills with fun games including Hammerschlagen, also known as “striking-hammer”, where players get the opportunity to show off their strength - who can hammer a nail into a log in the fewest strikes?

Logging and Heritage Festival – Marinette (July 12-13, 2014)

Celebrate Wisconsin’s rich logging history, spirit and charm. With fireworks, a free family movie night, arts & crafts, 5K Run/Walk, parade, magnificent food vendors and the admission to the logging museum, you can please the whole family.

EAA AirVenture – Oshkosh (July 28 – August 3, 2014)

Witness the world’s most acrobatic pilots as they turn the sky into a daredevil’s playground at the year’s biggest seven-day aviation celebration. Get hands-on at hundreds of interactive forums and workshops, and see Oshkosh from a whole new perspective by taking flight yourself on a fully-restored B-17G World War II-era bomber. 


Art Fair on the Square – Madison (July 12-13, 2014)

Get your creative juices flowing by perusing fine art, handmade clothing, photography and jewelry by more than 450 talented artisans all set on the scenic Capitol Square. There will be live music, street performers, and snacks. Just remember, no day in Madison is complete without a stroll down State Street and a cold beverage at the Memorial Union Terrace.

Big Top Parade – Baraboo (July 26, 2014)

Send in the clowns and celebrate the 130th Anniversary of Baraboo’s own Ringling Bros. with a parade of antique circus wagons, floats, clowns, live animals, and classic car show. The parade starts promptly at 2:00 p.m., so make sure to grab a spot early.

Maxwell Street Days – New Glarus (July 11-13, 2014)

Calling all bargain hunters and rummage sale devotees – you won’t want to miss one of the best sidewalk sales of the year. Discover treasures while enjoying live music and entertainment.


Wisconsin State Fair – West Allis (July 31-August 10, 2014)

Party ‘til the cows come! With hundreds of food options (some on-a-stick and some not), thrilling rides, blue-ribbon animals, over 30 stages offering endless entertainment (we’re talkin’ Aretha Franklin, Peter Frampton and Lady Antebellum) and, most importantly, the great and powerful creampuff. Tip: Plan ahead and purchase discounted tickets in advance.

Port Fish Day – Port Washington (July 19, 2014)

Head out to Port Washington for one of the world’s largest fish fries. Get the day off to a healthy start with an 8K run or 2-mile walk, helicopter ride, car show & more. After you’ve worked up an appetite, enjoy freshly-fried fish & chips and other tasty treats made by local vendors.

Cultural Fests – Milwaukee

Bonjour, ciao, hallo! The Henry Maier Festival Park (located along the Lake Michigan shoreline) plays host to a variety of cultural festivals each summer including:

Festa Italiana – (July 18-20, 2014)

German Fest – (July 25-27, 2014)

Wisconsin is literally overflowing with festivities this summer. Tell us about your favorite in a comment below!

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