Wisconsin Music Festivals To Fill Your Summer Evenings

Posted: Fri-May-2019

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One great thing about summer in Wisconsin is the variety of music festivals you find throughout the state. Whether you like Rock-n-Roll, Country, or Blues, there’s a genre to fit your style. So, why do folks like to stay at a B&B when they are in the area for a music festival? A weekend filled with music implies noise and crowds, while a B&B offers quiet, rest and relaxation. This is exactly why some festival goers retreat to the solace of a B&B. Let’s not forget the sumptuous breakfast that is served in the mornings! So, if you plan on attending a music festival this summer, be sure to check out the member B&B’s in the area and book your stay today.


The Popular Music Festivals Of Southern Wisconsin

We’re all familiar with Summerfest in Milwaukee. Eleven days of music and almost one million visitors descend upon the city to listen to over 800 bands. It’s no wonder they tout themselves as the world’s largest music festival. What about the rest of the state? We’re here to tell you there’s plenty of music to be heard throughout Wisconsin in the summer!

The Driftless Region of Southwest Wisconsin offers a couple of choices for music festivals. La Crosse is hosting the 44th Annual Great River Folk Festival August 23-25, 2019. To get your Blues fix, head to Prairie du Chien for the 22nd Annual Prairie Dog Blues Festival July 26-27, 2019.


A Northwoods Summertime Experience

Northwestern Wisconsin has an abundance of music festivals. Eau Claire is hosting the Blue Ox Music Festival in June and Country Jam USA in July. For more than 30 years, Cadott, WI has been hosting Country Fest in June and Rock Fest in July. OneFest is a Christian Music Festival held Chippewa Falls at the end of July. The Northern Wisconsin State Fair, also in Chippewa Falls, takes place in the middle of July and offers a variety of concerts.

Northeastern WI has a couple of options for you; the 37th Annual Porterfield Country Music Festival in Marinette is being held on June 15-23, 2019. Rhinelander hosts the Hodag Country Festival July 11-14, 2019.


Central Wisconsin's Well Known Music Festivals

A trip to the East Central part of the state is always fun. Oshkosh is home to two different festivals. Country USA is held on June 27-29, 2019. The nation’s largest Christian Music Festival, Lifest, is taking place July 11-14, 2019. Manitowoc has hosted Metro Jam for more than 40 years. This is a free event and is being held on June 14-15, 2019.

If you appreciate original music, find your way to downtown Appleton, for a fantastic four-day celebration.  The Mile of Music is set for August 1-4, 2019.  It is a FREE event that will feature 200 artists from around the country.  Festival attendees can expect 900 sets of live music!  It is housed throughout Downtown Appleton’s walkable mile-long stretch and showcases 60+ of local venues, including bars, restaurants, cafe's, shops, parks and more! 

Wausau, which is located in Central Wisconsin, is home to the longest running blues fest, Big Bull Falls Blues Fest. Located on Fern Island, the festival will run August 16-17, 2019.

No matter your taste in music, Wisconsin is sure to have a festival to help you get your groove on and celebrate summer in Wisconsin. While traveling to one of these great festivals, be sure to stay at one our member bed and breakfasts. Seek the Unique.


Submitted by: Beth Kalata, Innkeeper at Inn on Lake Wissota, Chippewa Falls, WI

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