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Top Wisconsin Events for 2014!

When it comes to special events, fairs and festivals, Wisconsin  has something for everyone. Whether it's honoring food, history, heritage, or one of the four seasons, Wisconsin’s  celebrations are known for their authentic charm. The following is just a sample of the events taking place year round.

World Championship Snowmobile Derby

January 16-19, 2014  in Eagle River, Wisconsin

This annual event in northern Wisconsin is the most recognized professional snowmobile race and one of the largest gatherings of

"sledders" in the world. More than 300 professional snowmobile racers, some from as far away as Japan, will compete for the world championship and prizes. In addition to the high-speed races, the expected 30,000 spectators can enjoy trail rides and the beautiful scenery of the Northwoods. Visit:

American Birkebeiner

February 22, 2014  in Hayward/Cable, Wisconsin

The 40th Annual American Birkebeiner is the nation's largest and most prestigious cross-country ski marathon - approximately 51 kilometers from Cable to Hayward - and draws thousands of cross-country skiers from all over the world. Skiers interested in a shorter course can register for the Kortelopet, the 23-kilometer sister race with a finish line at Telemark Resort, or the Prince Haakon, a 12-kilometer race, which also starts and finishes at Telemark. Other events during race week include sprints for both elite and citizen skiers; the Jr. Birkie, a competitive race for 10-15 year olds; the Barnebirkie, a non-competitive event for children; the 5/10K Family Fun Ski; the Barkie Birkie 5K Skijoring race; and the Giant Ski event, where teams of six skiers each race on a set of 25-foot-long skis in a “sprint.”  Visit:


June 25-29 & July 1-6, 2014  in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Summerfest, The World's Largest Music Festival, is Milwaukee's cornerstone summer celebration, hosting an average of 900,000 patrons annually on the beautiful shore of Lake Michigan at Henry Maier Festival Park. For 11 days each year, Summerfest attracts the music industry's hottest stars, emerging talent and local favorites to its 11 permanent stage areas, including the 23,000 capacity Marcus Amphitheater, which hosts big name talent each night of Summerfest and throughout the summer and fall concert season. Summerfest is also home to nearly 50 diverse food & beverage vendors, offering a variety of local and ethnic fare, as well as four unique marketplaces and interactive exhibits for the whole family. Visit:

Lumberjack World Championships

July 24-26, 2014   in Hayward, Wisconsin

53 years after it’s inception, professional male and female lumberjacks and log-rollers from around the world compete for one of the largest purses in lumberjack competition. More than 12,000 spectators over the three-day event watch as participants compete in speed sawing, speed climbing, log rolling, and chopping events. Saw-carving demonstrations and displays add to the fun. Spectators can get into the fun and try their hand at pole climbing and logrolling at being a lumberjack.  Visit:

EAA AirVenture

July 28 - August 3, 2014 Oshkosh, Wisconsin

For one week each summer, EAA members and aviation enthusiasts totaling more than 500,000 from more than 60 countries attend EAA AirVenture at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, WI, where they rekindle friendships and celebrate the past, present and future in the world of flight. Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh is the home of the world's largest and most significant annual aviation event. More than 10,000 planes of every size, shape and description - home-built, antique and aerobatics planes, plus military and general aviation aircraft from all over the world - are on display along the site's flight line. Visitors can attend any of the more than 500 forums, workshops and seminars offered throughout the event.  Visit:

Irish Fest

August 14-17, 2014 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Celebrate the legend, as the largest Irish music and cultural gathering in the world celebrates with an eclectic concert of more than 100 entertainers on sixteen stages scattered along the Lake Michigan shoreline. Musicians ranging from tenors and fiddlers to rockers and rhymers, as well as dancers, athletes, artisans, poets and thespians, offer live shows and hands-on instruction. Delight children of all

ages with parades, freckle contests, Celtic Canines, storytellers, crafts and genealogy tools. Shop two different marketplaces for

jewelry, baskets, knits, and other treasures. Visit:

Cranberry Festival

September 26-28, 2014 in Warrens, Wisconsin

It’s the 41st Annual Warren Cranberry Festival. Flooded cranberry marshes filled with a sea of bright crimson cranberries herald in the harvest as the “Cranberry Capital of Wisconsin” celebrates the tart fruit.  Cranberry delights of every type imaginable are available to tickle the taste buds.  Travelers can take a tour of the marshes Friday and Saturday; or enjoy the sights and sounds of the arts and crafts fair, cranberry parade and live entertainment. Visit:


September 25 - 28, 2014 in La Crosse, Wisconsin

Celebrating over 50 years this is one of Wisconsin’s largest autumn festivals, attracting 150,000 people annually, Oktoberfest is an authentic Old-World folk celebration steeped in German tradition.  Held along the shores of the Mississippi River, this fall festival transports visitors’ spirits to Bavaria with music, entertainment, arts and crafts, ethnic food, carnival rides, Maple Leaf and Torchlight parades, the Festmaster Ball and the Miss La Crosse/Oktoberfest pageant. Visit:

Apple Festival

October 3-5, 2014  in Bayfield, Wisconsin

The 53rd  annual  festival featuring more than 60 orchard and food booths with traditional festival foods, as well as apple desserts is fun for all ages.  More than 150 artists and crafters, and a grand parade with a mass Band of over 600 musicians playing “On Wisconsin” will entertain. Visit:    

World Championship Snowmobile Derby
Hits Eagle River, Wisconsin - Every January!  
Summerfest hits Milwaukee (June/July) with
11 Days with 11 Stages, 800 bands 
And 900,000 people!  
2014 Favorite Wisconsin Events!
World’s Largest Music Festival
Racine's Big Chill Snow and Ice Festival with Sculpting
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The Bayfield Apple Festival is a wonderful
Way to celebrate Autumn in Wisconsin! 
(Photo credit- Kara Hakanson)