famous for its cows, cheese and dairy products (Fun Fact: the state is still the No. 1 milk producer in the US), Wisconsin is a favorite of vacationers for its over 14,000 lakes with great opportunities for fishing and other water sports in summer.
If traveling to the city in mid-summer also don't miss the world's largest music festival at Milwaukee's Summerfest staged every year around 4th of July weekend.
Meanwhile, the state's top regional attraction can be found near Spring Green in southwest Wisconsin. Built upon a 60-foot precipice the House on the Rock serves today as a combination resort, tourist attraction, and architectural marvel featuring 14 rooms filled with music machines, a giant sea serpent, 200 carousel figures, and (what else?) the world's largest cannon.
2024 Wisconsin Events & Festivals
Milwaukee Summerfest is Wisconsin's BIG ONE, featuring hundreds of band concerts, great festival food,
and famiy fun over three summer weekends.
Check out our 2024 Wisconsin travel calender featuring memorable events and major festivals happening throughout the state with dates, locations and official links for more information.
May 24 - May 26, 2024 -- Brat Fest Madison - Celebrate Memorial Day weekend with brats, hot dogs and libatoins along with a stellar muisc concert lineup.
June 20-22, June 27-29, and July 4-6, 2024. -- Summerfest Milwaukee - The city's premier summer event with an A-list of music superstars over three weekends and 12 stages.
July 26 - July 28, 2024 -- German Fest Milwaukee - A Milwaukee tradition held annually on the Summerfest grounds along Lake Michiganm with authentic German food, oompah bands, polka dacning, and don't miss the dachsund derby race!
August 1 - August 11, 2024 -- Wisconsin State Fair Milwaukee - Enjoy nightly music concerts, midway carnival rides and chow down on your favorite food-on-a-stick and the fair's signature sweet treat: the iconic Original Cream Puff. Yum.
August 15 - August 18, 2024 -- Milwaukee Irish Fest Milwaukee - Traditional Celtic music along with variations on a theme (bagpipe rock anyone?) that will have you step dancing in the aisles.
• Its large German immigrant population has made Wisconsin "bratwurst central". Brats are so popular that they often outsell hot dogs at sporting events. Sheboygan currently boasts the title of Bratwurst Capital of the World.
• Famous for its cheeses, Wisconsin has more cows and produces more milk than any other state.