25+ Fox Valley Festivals to Enjoy with your Family this Summer!

Buying food at Wisconsin State Fair

As a summer approaches, we’re getting excited for all of our favorite events that are right around the corner! The lineup for this summer proves to be as fun as ever. Make sure you get some of these on your family’s summer bucket list!

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

Wisconsin Festival

May Festivals

Celebrate De Pere: De Pere, Voyager Park

Saturday, May 28 – Monday, May 30, 2022

Parade, car show, food, live music, fishing tournament, redneck regata, kid entertainment, fireworks, and more!


June Festivals

Great Wisconsin Cheese Festival: Little Chute, Doyle Park

Friday, June 3 – Sunday, June 5, 2022

Join Little Chute in celebrating the kick-off of summer at the annual Cheese Fest at Doyle Park. This wonderful family event includes music, food, $1.00 carnival 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.


Electric City Experience, Kaukauna

Wednesday, June 8 – Saturday, June 11, 2022

5 Live Music Stages, Carnival Rides & Games, Food Truck Plaza, Family Fun & More!


BrillionFest, Brillion, Peters Park

Saturday, June 11, 2022

Car (or anything with an engine) show, live music, food trucks, kids activities, and vendor fair!


Chilton Summer Festival, Chilton

Thursday, June 16 – Sunday, June 19, 2022

A fun-filled community festival complete with fishing contest, rummage sales, blood drive, farmer’s market, live music, fireworks, and the 44th Annual Father’s Day Parade!


Mackville Nationals Truck & Tractor Pull, Mackville

Thursday, June 16 – Sunday, June 19, 2022

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 includes a FREE car show. Sunday is Family Day with FREE admission includes a farm pull at noon, chicken dinner, kids and adult pedal pull, live entertainment, and games.

** Admission into pulls are Adult: $20, Military & Seniors: $15, Kids 11-15: $10, Kids under 10: FREE **


Strawberry Fest, Downtown Waupaca

Friday June 17, 2022 – Sunday, June 19, 2022

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 and entertainment throughout the day.


Kids Bop Live Concert Wisconsin State Fair

July Festivals

July 4th Celebration: Appleton, Memorial Park

Sunday, July 3, 2022

Join in the Independence Day fun with food, drinks, live music performances, and the Festival Foods fireworks display at 9:15pm!


Hometown 4th of July Celebration: Omro, Scott Park

Monday, July 4, 2022

A fun-filled day celebrating our nation’s independence including a pancake breakfast, an arts & crafts show, a parade, a pie & ice cream social, live music, and ending with fireworks at dusk!


Oneida Pow-Wow: Norbert Hill Center Pow-Wow Grounds

Friday, July 1 – Sunday, July 3, 2022

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


CommunityFest: Neenah, Riverside Park and Jefferson Park, Menasha

Sunday, July 3 – Monday, July 4, 2022

Join the twin cities for a 2-day event filled with boat parades, food, live music, motorcycle show, fireworks and even a pajama jam. There are tons of kid-friendly events, too, including a red, white & blue parade, face painting, magic shows, balloon animals, tree climbing, and more!


Lifest, Oshkosh

Thursday, July 7 – Sunday, July 10, 2022

Lifest is one of the largest Christian music festivals in the nation featuring over 100 acts on its 7 stages. Ferris wheel, art space, infaltables, video games, petting zoo, sports tournament, and more! Children 7 and under are FREE!


Catfish Races & Community Night, Greenville

Friday, July 8 – Saturday, July 9, 2022

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


Paperfest: Kimberly, Sunset Park

Thursday, July 15 – Sunday, July 18, 2022

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. This year is their 100 year anniversary!!!


Fond du Lac County Fair, Fond du Lac

Wednesday, July 20 – Sunday, July 24, 2022

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 21 – Sunday, July 24, 2022

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.


Outagamie County Fair,  Seymour, Fairgrounds

Wednesday, July 20 – Sunday, July 24, 2022

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

Parking $5, Adults $5 per day or $20 for a 5 day pass, Children under 12 FREE!


EAA Air Venture, Oshkosh, EAA Grounds

Monday, July 25 – Sunday, July 31, 2022

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. This year, admission for everyone under 18 is FREE!


Wisconsin State Fair

August Festivals

Mile of Music, Downtown Appleton

Thursday, August 4 – Sunday, August 7, 2022

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 4 – Sunday, August 14, 2022

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


Hamburger Fest, Downtown Seymour

Friday, August 12 – Saturday, August 15, 2022

The Hamburger Festival in Seymour offers 2 days of hot air balloon ascensions (dusk and dawn) and activities including car show, kites, live music, food, magic show, ketchup slide, and more. Children 12 and under are admitted free with paid adult on Saturday downtown!


Brown County Fair, De Pere

Thursday, August 17 – Sunday, August 21, 2022

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


Lakeshore Balloon Glow, Manitowoc

Friday, August 19, 2022

The family fun is held from 5pm – 9pm along the riverfront in Manitowoc! Enjoy hot air balloons, foods trucks, family-friendly entertainment, fireworks and more!



September Festivals

Calumet County Fair, Chilton Fairgrounds

Friday, September 2 – Monday, September 5, 2022

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

Saturday, September 3 – Sunday, September 4, 2021

This could be the most relaxing and beautiful way to spend your holiday weekend. Join us for the largest kite festival in the Midwest.  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.


Crafty Apple Fest, Downtown Chilton

Saturday, September 10, 2022

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!


Irish Fest of the Fox Cities: Appleton, Jones Park

Friday, September 16 – Saturday, September 17, 2022

Live Irish music & dancing, Irish food, Irish & Celtic merchandise, and more at Jones Park nestled in downtown Appleton. Stay tuned for more updates!


Octoberfest, Downtown Appleton

Friday, September 23 – Saturday, September 24, 2022

Octoberfest weekend kicks off with License to Cruise, a classic car show on Friday night at 6 pm. 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 event. 5 stages of music, 100 food booths, Arts & Crafts, Family Fun Area. This wraps up the season of festivals!


World Championship Cabbage Chuck: Shiocton, Lake Park

Saturday, October 1, 2022

Cabbage chucking contest, kids games, fly-over, live music and more at Shiocton Lake Park. $3 per person and under 16 is FREE!


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

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