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17 THINGS TO DO IN MIDWEST (AUGUST 16 - AUGUST 26)

Illinois State Fair

Illinois State Fair

August 08–18, 2019 • event

Nothing can beat a good ol' fair in the Midwest

Missouri State Fair

Missouri State Fair

August 08–18, 2019 • event

The annual showcase of agriculture also offers fun for the whole family

Cave Point County Park

Cave Point County Park

April–November • activity

One of the most scenic parks of Wisconsin is located by the shores of Lake Michigan

Minnesota State Fair

Minnesota State Fair

August 22–September 02, 2019 • event

Witness the largest state fair in the USA by daily attendance

Iowa State Fair

Iowa State Fair

August 08–18, 2019 • event

Feel the spirit of the Midwest, at one of the largest and best-known state fairs in the USA

Indiana State Fair

Indiana State Fair

August 02–18, 2019 • event

A major Midwestern entertainment attracting a million people every year

Nebraska State Fair

Nebraska State Fair

August 23–September 02, 2019 • event

Visit the fair from "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" movie and enjoy Midwestern style entertainment

DuQuoin State Fair

DuQuoin State Fair

August 24–September 03 • event

One of the nation's best agricultural events is full of fun experiences

Shrine of the Grotto of the Redemption

Shrine of the Grotto of the Redemption

all year round • activity

A massive religious shrine built by a priest contains thousands of rare stones and minerals and is considered the largest humanmade grotto in the world

Kitch-Iti-Kipi (The Big Spring)

Kitch-Iti-Kipi (The Big Spring)

March–November • nature

Michigan’s largest freshwater spring is a geological phenomenon and a great fishing spot

Detroit Masonic Temple

Detroit Masonic Temple

all year round (1st & 3rd Sunday of the month) • activity

Visit the world's largest Masonic Temple built in an impressive neo-gothic style

Niagara Cave

Niagara Cave

April–October • nature

A huge cavern is famous for its impressive underground waterfall

Mount Horeb Trollway

Mount Horeb Trollway

all year round • activity

This town is lined with carved trolls, pointing to places to shop and eat

The Nordhouse Dunes

The Nordhouse Dunes

April–November • activity

Ancient dunes by Lake Michigan represent a unique eco-system

Pictured Rocks Kayaking

Pictured Rocks Kayaking

late May–September • activity

Paddle along Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore on the waters of Lake Superior in Michigan

WCOL Country Jam & Campout

WCOL Country Jam & Campout

August 16–17, 2019 • event

The largest country music festival and a honky-tonk in Ohio

Ethnic Enrichment Fest

Ethnic Enrichment Fest

August 16–18, 2019 • event

The largest cultural diversity event in Kansas City

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Sandhill Crane Migration

Sandhill Crane Migration

mid-February–mid-April • nature

Half a million feathered travellers take a break during their spring migration to feed and rest at the Platte River

Total Solar Eclipse

Total Solar Eclipse

April 08, 2024 • event

Some spots on Earth wait for the moment of solar totality for hundreds or even thousands of years. To capture a spectacle, you have to be truly lucky

Wisconsin Cranberry Harvest

Wisconsin Cranberry Harvest

late September–early October • nature

Cranberry Country welcomes everyone to visit the harvest celebrations

Michigan State Fair

Michigan State Fair

August 29–September 02, 2019 • event

See the second oldest state fair in the United States

VISIT Lake Geneva Winterfest

VISIT Lake Geneva Winterfest

January 25–February 02, 2020 • event

A place to celebrate art, winter, and have fun with over a dozen themed events in Wisconsin

International Cherry Pit-Spitting Championship

International Cherry Pit-Spitting Championship

July 06, 2019 • event

Anyone can take part in this competition, which promises great fun for the whole family

Cicada Mania

Cicada Mania

May–mid-June • nature

A billionth population of American cicadas come out during final weeks in their lives to rejoice in a huge mating par

Twins Days Festival

Twins Days Festival

August 02–04, 2019 • event

The world's biggest gathering of twins in the city founded by twins

Vectren Dayton Air Show

Vectren Dayton Air Show

June 22–23, 2019 • event

One of the leading air shows in the U.S.

Snow Rollers

Snow Rollers

mid-January–mid-March • nature

These huge white 'doughnuts' surely raise questions. Like, what is a 'snow roller' and where does it come from?

MTU Winter Carnival

MTU Winter Carnival

February 05–08, 2020 • event

One of the largest annual winter festivals in the U.S. takes place on the campus of the Michigan Tech University

Barnesville Pumpkin Festival

Barnesville Pumpkin Festival

September 26–29, 2019 • event

Giant pumpkins highlight the fall harvest celebration

Pictured Rocks Winter Hike

Pictured Rocks Winter Hike

December–February  • nature

Winter has its special power to create majestic landscapes. And the area of Pictured Rocks in Michigan during winter period turns into a real ice and snow masterpiece

Tulip Time

Tulip Time

May 04–12, 2019 • event

Fun and flowers! Skim the cream off in Holland during the tulip festival

Wayne County Lightfest

Wayne County Lightfest

November 21–December 31, 2019 • event

A Christmas fantasy drive-through not far from Detroit

East Peoria Festival of Lights

East Peoria Festival of Lights

November 16, 2019 | November 22–December 31, 2019 • event

One of the biggest and brightest holiday events in Illinois

Saint Paul Winter Carnival

Saint Paul Winter Carnival

January 23–February 03, 2020 • event

One of the oldest and most popular annual festivals in Minnesota

Plymouth Ice Festival

Plymouth Ice Festival

January 11–13, 2019 • event

Skilfully carved ice sculptures line the streets of downtown Plymouth

Garden of Lights at Green Bay Botanical Garden

Garden of Lights at Green Bay Botanical Garden

November 29–December 30, 2019 (Thu-Sun) • event

A magical Christmas-themed garden keeps spirits up during the holidays in east Wisconsin

Snake Alley Criterium

Snake Alley Criterium

May 24–25, 2019 • event

Burlington, Iowa, hosts one of the most challenging races on one of the most crooked streets in the world

Baby Bison in the Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Baby Bison in the Theodore Roosevelt National Park

April–June  • nature

Baby bisons of Great Plains are cute and playful, enjoying life under protection of their mothers

Dublin Irish Festival

Dublin Irish Festival

August 02–04, 2019 • event

Go experience the Irish attitude at the largest three-day Irish festival in the world

Chicago International Film Festival

Chicago International Film Festival

October 16–27, 2019 • event

The longest-running competitive film festival in the USA

Ohio State Fair

Ohio State Fair

July 24–August 04, 2019 • event

Experience traditional Midwestern summer entertainment

Wisconsin State Fair

Wisconsin State Fair

August 01–11, 2019 • event

Get on a roller coaster and snack on corndogs in the town of West Allis

North Dakota State Fair

North Dakota State Fair

July 19–27, 2019 • event

The largest event in the state draws people with country music, fun rides and competitions

South Dakota State Fair

South Dakota State Fair

August 29–September 02, 2019 • event

Experience the charm of the Midwest at this traditional state fair

Christmas Nights of Lights at Coney Island

Christmas Nights of Lights at Coney Island

November 09 2018–January 06 2019 • event

A popular drive-through holiday lights display in Cincinnati, Ohio

PNC Festival of Lights at Cincinnati Zoo

PNC Festival of Lights at Cincinnati Zoo

November 16 2019–January 04 2020 • event

Voted #1 Zoo Lights in the country as a favourite​ Ohio family holiday tradition

Alum Creek Fantasy of Lights

Alum Creek Fantasy of Lights

November 15 2019–January 01 2020 • event

One of the largest drive-through holiday displays in Ohio

Dragon Lights Columbus

Dragon Lights Columbus

November 23 2018–January 06 2019 • event

A magical annual show held in the Ohio Expo Center

Zehnder’s Snowfest

Zehnder’s Snowfest

January 23–28, 2019 • event

One of the top snow sculpting events in North America held in Frankenmuth, MI since 1990

Powell Gardens Festival of Lights

Powell Gardens Festival of Lights

November 29 2019–January 05 2020 • event

A popular holiday attraction in Kansas City area, Missouri

Milwaukee Holiday Lights Festival

Milwaukee Holiday Lights Festival

November 21 2019–January 01 2020 • event

This festive seasonal illumination brightens the city of Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Blue Jacket Fantasy of Lights

Blue Jacket Fantasy of Lights

November 26–December 31, 2019 • event

Northeast Indiana’s best winter holiday event

Lakes Jam

Lakes Jam

June 27–29, 2019 • event

Lots of rock and country near the beautiful Brainerd lakes

Oktoberfest Zinzinnati

Oktoberfest Zinzinnati

September 20–22, 2019 • event

Don't miss America's largest Oktoberfest

Warrior Dash Ohio

Warrior Dash Ohio

July 20, 2019 • event

One of unique action sports and adventure events in the U.S.

Warrior Dash Michigan

Warrior Dash Michigan

July 27, 2019 • event

Go through water, fire, air and earth to prove you're a true warrior

The Abominable Snow Race

The Abominable Snow Race

February 02–03, 2019 • event

Premier winter obstacle course race in Wisconsin

Rock Fest

Rock Fest

July 18–20, 2019 • event

The largest rock and camping festival in the United States

X Games Minneapolis

X Games Minneapolis

August 01–04, 2019 • event

An exciting Skateboard, BMX and Moto X event featuring music, gaming and more

Stillwater Lumberjack Days

Stillwater Lumberjack Days

July 19–21, 2019 • event

Celebration of the people, history and heritage of Minnesota

University of Okoboji Winter Games

University of Okoboji Winter Games

January 23–26, 2020 • event

Winter festival with lots of fun games, fireworks, and a polar plunge in Okoboji, Iowa

Electric Forest

Electric Forest

June 27–30, 2019 • event

A multi-genre music festival in Rothbury, Michigan

Country Concert

Country Concert

July 11–13, 2019 • event

One of the best summer country events in the Midwest

Morton Pumpkin Festival

Morton Pumpkin Festival

September 11–14, 2019 • event

The "Pumpkin capital of the world" celebrates the harvest season

U.P. Fall Beer Festival in Marquette, MI

U.P. Fall Beer Festival in Marquette, MI

September 07, 2019 • event

A large event for beer enthusiasts in Michigan

Michigan Summer Beer Festival

Michigan Summer Beer Festival

July 26–27, 2019 • event

A large outdoor beer brewers event near Detroit

Tree Town Music Festival

Tree Town Music Festival

May 23–26, 2019 • event

Iowa's most well-known country music festival

Apple Festival of Kendallville

Apple Festival of Kendallville

October 05–06, 2019 • event

Go back in time to 1800s and try delicious treats made of apples

AppleJack Festival

AppleJack Festival

September 20–22, 2019 • event

Celebrate the kickoff of the apple harvest season in Nebraska

Barberton Mum Festival

Barberton Mum Festival

September 28–29, 2019 • event

Celebrate fall watching a million of blooms at a scenic park

Kansas City Fashion Week

Kansas City Fashion Week

September 15–21, 2019 • event

The most glamorous gathering in Kansas City

Historic Irvington Halloween Festival

Historic Irvington Halloween Festival

October 26, 2019 • event

The oldest and one of the largest Halloween festivals in the United States

Clinton Fall Festival

Clinton Fall Festival

September 27–29, 2019 • event

Fun-filled fall weekend in a Michigan's historic village

Boats and Bluegrass Festival

Boats and Bluegrass Festival

September 26–29, 2019 • event

An outdoor festival on the banks of Mississippi

Bayfield Apple Festival

Bayfield Apple Festival

October 04–06, 2019 • event

Join an amazing celebration of fall!

Ohio Renaissance Festival

Ohio Renaissance Festival

August 31–October 27, 2019 (weekends) • event

Find yourself in a 16th-century English village

Ohio Bike Week

Ohio Bike Week

May 24–June 02, 2019 • event

The largest motorcycle rally of the Midwest

KC Restaurant Week

KC Restaurant Week

January 11–20, 2019 • event

A favorite time of the year for foodies

Kansas City Renaissance Festival

Kansas City Renaissance Festival

August 31–October 14, 2019 • event

Go back in time to the 16th century and meet King Henry VIII and his royal court

Kansas City Auto Show

Kansas City Auto Show

March 04–08, 2020 • event

Hundreds of new cars and lots of entertainment

Kansas City Irish Fest

Kansas City Irish Fest

August 30–September 01, 2019 • event

One of the best Irish Festivals of the Midwest

Kansas City FilmFest International

Kansas City FilmFest International

April 10–14, 2019 • event

The oldest and largest festival in Kansas City metro area

Kansas City Air Show

Kansas City Air Show

July 06–07, 2019 • event

World-class aerobatic performances in the heart of America

Columbus Arts Festival

Columbus Arts Festival

June 12–14, 2020 • event

One of the largest outdoor summer events in Columbus

Western Farm Show

Western Farm Show

February 21–23, 2020 • event

The best event for diary farmers and cattle ranchers in Kansas City

KC Beer Fest

KC Beer Fest

September 14, 2019 • event

A popular craft beer festival at The Kansas City Power & Light District

Port Washington Pirate Fest

Port Washington Pirate Fest

June 07–09, 2019 • event

A family-friendly event with nautical and pirate theme

Annunciation Greek Festival

Annunciation Greek Festival

September 06–08, 2019 • event

Lots of delicious food and excellent music in Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City St. Patrick's Day Parade

Kansas City St. Patrick's Day Parade

March 17, 2019 • event

One of the largest annual parades in Missouri

4th of July in Dublin

4th of July in Dublin

July 04 • event

The suburb of Columbus is famous for its Independence Day celebration with the Irish twist

Beaverdale Fall Festival

Beaverdale Fall Festival

September 20–21, 2019 • event

One of the most popular community festivals in Des Moines, Iowa