The best summer festivals in Wisconsin are what we live for – especially this one! Every July, the Northwoods town of Hayward becomes the center of the lumberjack world. The Lumberjack World Championships, an event that showcases feats of log climbing, sawing, and log rolling, along with plenty of joyous fun, is an annual festival that’s so totally Wisconsin. The 64th competition and festival takes place Aug. 1–3, 2024. It draws huge crowds each year and is a great time for folks of all ages. If you don’t consider yourself a lumberjack fan, give this event a chance and you likely will become one. Here’s what you need to know about the Hayward, WI lumberjack show!

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The best summer festivals in Wisconsin belong on your bucket list! Discover more on the Lumberjack World Championships website. Have you been a spectator or competed in this cool event? Please share your experience in the comments below.

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Festivals In Wisconsin

What are some of the best festivals in Wisconsin?

  • Luxembourg Fest (Belgium): The town of Belgium celebrates its heritage each year as it was settled in the 1800s by immigrants from Luxembourg. Learn about the interesting culture and customs through dances, authentic foods, and a parade.
  • Fairyfolk Festival  (Sheboygan): Located at Bookworm Gardens, this weeklong celebration transforms the gardens into an enchanting space. Enjoy magical storytime, hunt for gnomes, join the Dragon Disco, and make some art.
  • Good Neighbor Festival (Middleton): The summer fun takes place at Fireman's Park. Participate in the parade, compete in the 5K run, and shop at the arts and crafts fair.
  • The Art of Cheese Festival (Madison): This October event brings cheese lovers such delight. From restaurant and walking tours to cheese classes and cheese yoga — you'll walk away with a rich knowledge of one of the best dairy foods on the planet.


Where are some of the best state parks in Wisconsin?

  • Merrick State Park (Fountain City): Located on the beautiful backwaters of the Mississippi River, enjoy camping with river access on some sites. Three miles of hiking trails show off this pretty property.
  • Lizard Mound State Park (West Bend): This is one of the most well-preserved Native American effigy mound sites in the nation, showcasing conical and linear mounds. The effigy mounds have been interpreted with spiritual or animal forms, such as a bird and a lizard.

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