The Top 10 Festivals in Wisconsin

When the spring sunshine has melted the winter snow, it’s time to enjoy the outdoors and experience these awesome festivals in Wisconsin! Whether you want family-centered, athletic, or just lots of food and beer, there’s something for everyone. So mark your calendar now for these great events!

And for more information on events and festivals in Wisconsin, be sure to download our complimentary Vacation Guide. We created it to make it easier for you to plan an incredible trip to the Driftless area of Wisconsin.


The Top 10 Festivals in Wisconsin

You can’t go wrong with these summer fun festivals in Wisconsin!


1. La Crosse Riverfest

La Crosse Riverfest, a large local festival, always takes place on the weekend of July 4. It’s always a great time of music, food, and fun in a gorgeous location. The whole family will enjoy this incredible display of fireworks, too!


2. Westby Syttende Mai

Westby Syttende Mai (translated “seventeenth May”) is a three-day long festival that takes place across the town. Norwegian heritage is celebrated in the most fun way possible, with events and activities that everyone will enjoy!


3. Sparta Butterfest

With a wide array of events, the Sparta Butterfest is always a great time! From the parade to the fleamarket, to the carnival and the Miss Sparta Pageant, you’ll have a great time taking part in all this festival has to offer!


4. Oktoberfest

You won’t be able to tell if you’re in Munich or Wisconsin during Oktoberfest, one of the most popular festivals in the nation. With parades, authentic food and drink, carnival rides, and a wide range of entertainment options, this event might make its way onto your yearly “do not miss” calendar.


5. La Crosse Irish Fest

Enjoy a cold Guinness while indulging in traditional Irish meals, participating in games, contests, activities, and enjoying the performances of Irish bands and dancers at the La Crosse Irish Fest. This festival also has special events for the kids!


6. Between the Bluffs Beer, Wine, and Cheese Festival

You’re probably already sold just based on the name: Between the Bluffs Beer, Wine, and Cheese Festival! You’ll have the opportunity to taste beers from over 200 breweries, 45 different wines (many are local), and gourmet cheeses, meats, and other goodies – all of the best Wisconsin has to offer. This event gets more popular every year, so be sure to buy your tickets early. They do sell out!


7. La Crosse Bicycle Fest

Not all Wisconsin festivals center around beer … at the La Crosse Bicycle Fest, each day there’s a 30 -100-mile road ride, as well as mountain bike rides and historical tours. Some of the rides are shorter and guided, making this great for families and easy riders as well! For racing, check out the La Crosse Omnium!


8. Driftless Area Art Festival

The Driftless Area Art Festival, held annually in September, is a Saturday-Sunday that is cram-packed with fun for everyone, even those who don’t self-identify as “art-lovers.” Because even if you can’t tell an Impressionist painting from an Expressionist, you probably love good food, drink, entertainment, and music (all “art” as well!).


9. Viroqua Bluegrass Festival

Have a knee-slapping good time at the Viroqua Bluegrass and Gospel Music Festival in July! Held at the Vernon County Fairgrounds, you’ll experience country cookin’ and great music.


10. Great River Folk Fest

The Great River Folk Fest combines arts and crafts with music performances, children’s activities, songwriting contests, great food, and more! Check out the full schedule here!


Festival Fun at Westby House

Centrally located to all the fun, consider making Westby House Inn your home base for festivals in Wisconsin. We would love the opportunity to welcome you to our comfortable and luxurious rooms, as well as our delicious full gourmet breakfast. And for more information on events in our area, be sure to download our complimentary Vacation Guide. We’ll see you in the summer!