Guide to the Fox Valley Summer Festivals 2017

Summer Festivals Northeast Wisconsin

With so many small communities that make up the Fox Valley, we have the opportunity to take advantage of all the great festivals and celebrations spanning across our area. It seems like each year, the festivals get bigger and better. Get ready because the 4-month long kick-off starts this weekend. Go Valley Kids brings you your summer festival guide, categorized by month.

All of these events will also be located on our calendar. Please see individual events for full schedules.



Celebrate De Pere: East De Pere

Saturday, May 27 – Monday, May 29, 2017

Kick off summer with live music, car show, fireworks, fishing tournament, food, kidstuff, marketplace, redneck regatta, veteran’s salute, parade and more.



Cheese Fest: Little Chute, Doyle Park

Friday, June 2 – Saturday, June 4, 2016

Join Little Chute in celebrating the annual Cheese Fest at Doyle Park. This wonderful family event includes, music, food, amusement rides, children’s entertainment, walk/run, parade, animal petting zoo, cheese carving demonstrations, cheese tasting, cheese curd eating contest, cheese breakfast, and MORE!

Admission pass required to enter grounds on Friday and Saturday. Admission is FREE on Sunday. Discounted passes are available if you purchase ahead of time.


Chocolate Fest: Hortonville, Alanzo Park

Friday, June 2 – Saturday, June 3, 2017

This free family event celebrates chocolate and everything delicious about it! Friday kicks off with a fish fry in the pavilion 5 to 8pm and live music from 6 to 10pm.  The Saturday day-long event includes kids runs, live music, artisan and vendor village, chocolate bake-off, chocolate eating contest, fireworks, and more!


ClaytonFest: Clayton, Trailhead Park

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Celebrate ClaytonFest at Trailhead Park feature live music, petting zoo, car show, fireworks, food, and inflatables for the kids.


IrishFest: Oshkosh, Leach Amphitheater

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Come and enjoy the music, the food, the dancers, the presentations, the vendors, the Irish Marathon, the raffle, and, of course, THE FUN! Bring the wee little ones any enjoy the many fun things offered for children.


Brillionfest: Brillion, Peters Park

Saturday, June 10, 2017

A day of fun for the whole family including carnival rides, petting zoo, pony rides, blind man volleyball, softball tourney, food and music.


Electric City Experience: Downtown Kaukauna

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Bring the whole family for a fun-filled day of live music, food, vendor market, raffle prizes, kid’s games and activities, and featuring fireworks over the Fox River from Downtown Kaukauna!


Chilton Summer Festival: Downtown Chilton

Thursday, June 15 – Sunday, June 18, 2017

The Chilton Summer Festival begins with city wide rummage sales and a band concert at 7 pm on Thursday at Hobart Park.  Friday evening includes races at the Calumet County Fair Grounds and at Gravity Park USA and fireworks. Saturday includes activities all day and the street dance featuring live bands starting around 6 pm Sunday is the Father’s Day Parade beginning at 11 am.


Mackville Truck and Tractor Pull: Mackville

Friday, June 16 – Sunday, June 18, 2017

Souped up trucks and tractors promise smoke-filled action on Friday and Saturday nights. Kids Dash for Cash offers more fun for the family. Food, beverages, and free live entertainment are available. Saturday afternoon – Free farm truck and tractor pull. Sunday -Family Day (free admission) includes a polka mass, farm pull at noon, chicken dinner, kids and adult pedal pull, live entertainment, and games.

** Admission into pulls are Adult: $18, Kids (11-14) $10, Kids (under 10): FREE **


Strawberry Fest: Downtown Waupaca

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Family festival with strawberry-themed food and activities, model railroad show, farmers market, kids activities, petting, water ski show, costume contest and more. Live music throughout the day.


Chickenfest: Darboy, Darboy Community Park

Thursday, June 22 – Saturday, June 24, 2017

ChickenFest is a family-friendly 3-day festival held at Darboy Community Park. Enjoy some great eats, amusement park rides, parade on Saturday morning, and FREE nightly concerts.



Sawdust Days: Oshkosh, Menominee Park

Friday, June 30 – Tuesday, July 4, 2017

A multi-cultural, multi-event, mostly happening in Menominee Park, right next to Lake Winnebago. The area is rich with Native American Historical significance. Go back in time to the 1870’s when Oshkosh had 24 sawmills, 15 shingle mills, and 7 sash and door factories and was known as the “Sawdust City”! Experience these times when you visit the annual “Sawdust Days” festival, which features five days of music, food, fun, parades and the largest 4th of July fireworks display in the Fox Valley on the shores of Lake Winnebago.


CommunityFest: Neenah, Riverside Park and Jefferson Park, Menasha

Monday, July 3 – Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Parade of Lights is July 3 starting at Riverside Park at 9:15pm traveling to Menasha. July 4 Community fest includes children’s activities, live entertainment, Webfooters water ski show, Venetian Boat Parade, food and fireworks around 9:30 pm.


July 4th Celebration: Appleton, Memorial Park

Monday, July 4, 2017

Memorial Park will have their annual fireworks sponsored by the Appleton Area Jaycees and a festival from 5-11pm with bands, food, and a play area for the kids.


Oneida Pow-Wow: Norbert Hill Center, 5 miles west of Green Bay

Friday, June 30 – Sunday, July 2, 2017

A 3-day family friendly event with over 400 dancers, traditional music and dance, Native American food, crafts and jewelry.


Catfish Races and Community Night: Greenvile, Lions Park

Friday, July 7 – Saturday, July 8, 2017

Join Greenville for their Catfish Races. Children’s games, rides and attractions, business displays and demos, music entertainment, fireworks and more.


Gold Ribbin’ BBQ Fest of Green Bay

Friday, July 10, 2017

This family-friendly summer picnic is Green Bay’s only KCBS BBQ competition and one of the premier competitions in WI. Located at Brown County Fairgrounds, all proceeds benefit Golden House.

Paperfest: Kimberly, Sunset Park

Friday, July 21 – Sunday, July 23, 2017

Paperfest is a fun, family-oriented festival that raises money for non-profit and civic organizations in the Fox Valley. Spanning three days, it offers fun for all ages through games, sports, music and food. Paperfest strengthens our community by utilizing the expertise and generosity of volunteers and sponsors.

Fond du Lac County Fair: Fond du Lac

Wednesday, July 19 – Sunday, July 23, 2017

Carnival, live music exhibits, animals, entertainment and more. “The purpose of a fair is to educate; to help people learn about life and what is good; to find out what is new and how to improve; to understand about our heritage and agriculture; to find out what is profitable and what is enjoyable; and to learn how to adjust better to change, how to be better people, how to be responsible and better citizens, and how to be more self-sufficient.”


Pulaski Polka Days: Pulaski

Thursday, July 20 – Sunday, July 23, 2017

Pulaski Polka Days is an annual polka festival that lasts four days. Includes fireworks, polish food and souvenirs, arts and crafts, dance contest, pancakes, parade and more.


EAA Air Venture: Oshkosh, EAA Grounds

Monday, July 24 – Sunday, July 30, 2017

EAA AirVenture is a family friendly event with a week’s worth of unique fun that takes the spirit of aviation and adventure to new heights! Family-friendly updates to the grounds will make this year’s festivities even more enjoyable.

Getting AirVenture off to a start on opening night is the legendary band Barenaked Ladies. Every night the Ford Fly-In Theater offers an outdoor movie experience on a five-story screen. All this entertainment and more is included in admission price.

Spectacular Warbirds demonstrations and the world’s greatest aerobatic performers are offered throughout the week as well as the opportunity to see hundreds of homebuilt aircraft from around the world.


Outagamie County Fair:  Seymour, Fairgrounds

Tuesday, July 25 – Sunday, July 30, 2016

Check out the carnival, big name entertainment, junior fair exhibits, commercial exhibits, and midway entertainment at the Outagamie County Fair in Seymour.


Mile of Music: Downtown Appleton

Thursday, August 3 – Sunday, August 6, 2017

Mile of Music is a cover-free zone all about original, hand-crafted artistry, singer-songwriters, combos and multi-piece bands showcasing Americana music at its very best — from roots and indie rock to country, soul, r&b, jazz and folk. Most events will be FREE. Plus, there will be plenty of free, hands-on Music Education events throughout the festival for all ages.


Wisconsin State Fair: Milwaukee

Thursday, August 3- Sunday, August 13, 2017

Food, music, entertainment, carnival rides and competitions for the whole family.


Hamburger Fest: Downtown Seymour

Friday, August 11 – Sunday, August 12, 2017

The Hamburger Festival in Seymour offers 3 days of hot air balloon ascensions (dusk and dawn) and activities including car show, kites, live music, food, free bouncy houses, magic show, ketchup slide and more.


Brown County Fair: De Pere

Wednesday, August 16 – Sunday, August 20, 2017

Demolition Derby, Truck and Tractor Pull, Lumberjack Show, live music, carnival, kids activities and more.


Lakeshore Balloon Glow: Manitowoc

Friday, August 18, 2017

Balloon glow at dusk, kids games including bounce house/slide, mini-golf, pony rides, facepainting, and music.




Calumet County Fair: Chilton, Fairgrounds

Friday, September 1- Monday, September 4, 2017

Carnival rides, exhibits, stock car racing, demolition derby, live music, and grandstand entertainment. The Biggest Little Fair in Wisconsin!


Kites Over Lake Michigan: Two Rivers, Neshotah Beach

Saturday, September 2 – Sunday, September 3, 2017

This could be the most relaxing and beautiful way to spend your holiday weekend. Join us for the largest kite festival in the mid-west.  Amazing kites make a lovely day at pristine Neshotah Beach. Featuring huge show kites flying over the lake, banners along the beach, kite demos, events for the kids, Saturday night kite fly and Sky Lanterns. This is an amazing photo opportunity and there’s no admission fee, either.


Seafood Fest, Menasha, Jefferson Park

Friday, September 8- Saturday, September 9, 2017

Seafood Fest is a community event sponsored by 3 local Rotary clubs,  Menasha Rotary Club, Neenah Rotary Club, and Fox Cities Morning Rotary Club.  This 2-evening event is filled with over 70 different food and beverage items.  To top off that we provide great live music, Absolutely FREE! Also a no alcohol Family Zone.


Crafty Apple Fest: Chilton, Downtown

Saturday, September 9, 2017

The annual festival is a day filled with apple items–apple dishes, apple desserts, even an apple/pumpkin brew!  Over 100 craft and food booths, pumpkin bowling, live music, kids events, and car show.  Truly an “applicious” day of fun!


World Championship Cabbage Chuck: Shiocton, Shiocton Lake Park

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Cabbage chucking contest, kids games, fly-over, live music and more.


Octoberfest: Appleton, Downtown

Friday, September 29 – Saturday, September 30, 2017

Octoberfest weekend kicks off with License to Cruise, a classic car show on Friday night at 6 p.m. Complete with about 400 classic cars, live music and great food, you won’t want to miss one of Appleton’s largest car shows. Octoberfest is the area’s largest community events. 5 stages of music, 100 food booths, Arts & Crafts, Family Fun Area. This wraps up the season of festivals!


What festivals have you attended? Whats your not-to-miss suggestion? We would love you to share your feedback below! Thanks!



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  1. You forgot walley weekend in fond du lac. I’m not sure the exact date though. I just thought I would let you know.


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