Cultural Celebrations

From Oktoberfest celebrations to Native American powwows, Wisconsin is home to a melting pot of cultures and, as such, is host to many cultural events throughout the year. Each celebration is a glimpse into the traditions that make Wisconsin unique and a perfect destination to create new memories with family and friends.

Oktoberfest Family Fun

Every October, Wisconsin cities and towns celebrate their German roots. The best part: you don’t have to be German to fill your stein in the Biergarten, wear lederhosen or dirndl and attend a spirit-filled parade. All are welcome to celebrate and make memories along with us. 

Attend the Midwest’s longest-running Oktoberfest in La Crosse, situated along the Mississippi River. The city’s Oktoberfest USA features several parades, craft beer vendors and even a dachshund dog dash race. 

Germantown is a Wisconsin village heavily influenced by its early German settlers and is also a popular spot to celebrate Oktoberfest. Other events include Oktoberfest in Chippewa Falls, the Baraboo Oktoberfest, Oktoberfest in Merrill, Gemütlichkeit Days in Jefferson County, Waukesha Oktoberfest and the Oktober Festival in St. Croix Falls. 

No matter where your fall travels take you in Wisconsin, you’re bound to find an Oktoberfest celebration.

Native American Powwows

Native American tribes in Wisconsin host sacred social celebrations called powwows every year, sometimes twice, and welcome the public to join in. There are 11 tribal nations in Wisconsin, and most of their gatherings happen in the summertime. 

Every July, the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa hosts a celebration on the Bear River grounds with arts and crafts, food and traditional dancing. And on Memorial and Labor Day, the Ho-Chunk Nation hosts its semi-annual powwow at Black River Falls, featuring traditional dancing, arts and crafts and plenty of family-friendly activities. 

Other Cultural Events

Every year, our cities and towns celebrate a bunch of other cultural celebrations. 

The St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Sturgeon Bay helps kick off springtime. However, Irish fun isn’t limited to mid-March. In August, the Milwaukee Irish Fest hosts a celebration with live Celtic music, Irish whiskey, parades and a Leprechaun Village for the kids. 

Enjoy a Roman holiday in Wisconsin during July. A game of Bocce Ball and a cannoli-eating contest are some of the highlights of the Festa Italiano in Milwaukee. Also, in July, visit Cedar Grove for the Holland Festival, celebrating all things Dutch with traditional dancing, Dutch-style arts and crafts and street scrubbing.

And in September, food and mariachi music transport attendees to the south of the border for Milwaukee’s Mexican Fiesta. During the celebration, patrons can enjoy authentic dishes, music and dancing.  

When you partake in a cultural celebration with us, you’ll not only learn about different cultures and see how diverse our state is but you’ll also have plenty of fun while doing so.

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