Spit out a peck of pickled peppers at this event at the downtown Logic Puzzle Museum. Prizes for winners and door prizes for everyone.
It's the world's largest paddlesports expo, according to host Rutabaga, with dozens of demonstrations, workshops and presentations plus discounts on boats and gear. Bike-O-Rama, with discounts on bicycles and gear, is next door. At Alliant Energy Center.
The big parade starts at noon, starting at Third and Wisconsin downtown and followed by music, dancing and pipes and drums at the Irish Cultural and Heritage Center.
This free festival at the Hjemkomst Center includes two entertainment stages, heritage programs, arts and crafts, interactive booths and Celtic food and treats.
The National Eagle Center holds live-bird programs and nature presentations weekends in March, when bald eagles migrate northward along the Mississippi.
In this traditionally Irish city, the noon parade runs along Fourth Street to Rice Park.
The parade is at 1:30 p.m. and runs from Capitol Square.
In Chicago, they really do dye the river green. Watch the dye job at 10:45 p.m. from the Michigan Avenue or Columbus Drive bridges, then watch the noon parade through Grant Park.
The stadium opens at 9 a.m., and the candy grab for kids 10 and under is at 10 a.m. There also will be face painting, balloon artists and inflatables.
Try beers from across the nation at the Lake Michigan College Mendel Center. Tickets are $30-$35.
This town between Madison and Milwaukee holds an Easter Bonnet parade at 10:15, followed by an Easter egg hunt.
An introduction to geocaching, with a hunt, free lunch, prizes and wagon rides.
There will be crafts, face-painting, bubble art and treats at the Hop-to-it Bunny Hunt, plus a parade at the Milwaukee County Zoo.
Children ages 2-7 can hunt for eggs on the lawn of the James J. Hill House on Summit Avenue. Visitors can win prizes, get a small snack and look around the first floor of the mansion. Reserve at 651-297-2555.
Dozens of musicians, artists and writers perform and read at downtown venues. On Friday evening, there's a literature crawl.
Hear music at half a dozen venues in the downtown of this western Wisconsin college town.
Tour the sugarbush, learn how to tap trees and boil sap and eat a pancake breakfast with real maple syrup.
The MacKenzie Environmental Center, between the Wisconsin Dells and Madison, offers a pancake breakfast, guided tours of the sugarbush, demonstrations of tapping and syrup-making, intrepretive talks about how Indians and pioneers made syrup, old-time music and horse-drawn wagon rides.
See 150 independent films from Wisconsin and around the world in seven theaters in and around State Street.
More than 170 films from 50 countries are shown at St. Anthony Main Theatre on the Minneapolis riverfront.
There's a Parade of Nations, music, food, dance, ethnic food and children's activities, all at John Marshall High School.
There's pre-dawn viewing of prairie-chicken courtship from blinds, bird-banding, guided birding tours and a Boomin' Brewery Bash.
Festivities in this southeast Minnesota hamlet revolve around Commonweal Theatre and its world premiere of an adaptation by Jeffrey Hatcher of Ibsen's "A Doll's House.'' There will be Scandinavian food, art, film, music and walking tours.
There's beer, wine and food tasting at the Convention Center in this south Chicago suburb.
A living-history encampment at Midway Village, with reenactors portraying soldiers from the United States, France, Great Britain, Belgium, Russia, Germany and the Austro-Hungarian Empire, marks the 99th anniversary of the start of World War I.
More than 75 musical groups in all genres play in museums, galleries, cafes and arts centers across town. There are arts workshops for children, too.
Headliners include Astronautalis, The Big Wu, Claudia Schmidt, Willie Murphy and Charlie Parr.
There's a lamplight tour of Grant's home with Gen. and Mrs. Grant, strolling Civil War reenactors, a Confederate kidnapper trial and a pie auction.
A tasting of cheese and microbrews at the Brat Stop.
A spring kickoff for outdoor enthusiasts, with presentations on outdoor adventures and destinations and a gear sale and auction of used canoes and kayaks.
Take a spring drive through southeast Minnesota and northeast Iowa and visit artists in and around Winona, Lanesboro, Spring Grove and Harmony in Minnesota and Decorah in Iowa.
The eight Lake Michigan towns between the Indiana border and Warren Dunes State Park offer gallery receptions, artist demonstrations, theater, music and wine tasting.
Sample beers from 20 to 25 breweries. Tickets go on sale in March. It's 2-6 p.m. at the Oktoberfest grounds.
This big Dutch heritage fest features daily historical tours, a craft market and afternoon and evening parades.
Watch a kayak whitewater rodeo, learn to paddle in a clinic, see fireworks. In Sandstone's Robinson Park and Banning State Park.
This Mississippi town, across from Clinton, Iowa, celebrates its heritage with Dutch dancing, windmill tours, street scrubbing and a 3 p.m. Saturday parade.
This festival at Montrose Harbor in Lincoln Park includes free kite kits for kids, games and a candy drop from kites.
This fiesta on the West Side (just south of downtown) features a parade, low-rider car show and lots of food, music and dancing.
There's a lot going on in this former communal society in eastern Iowa — a 10 a.m. Saturday parade, polka music, keg-tapping, food-sampling, artisan demonstrations and pony rides.
This fest south of St. Paul features Celtic music, a British car show, a harp competition and heavy games -- hammer throwing, sheaf tossing, caber turning and the stone put.
This fest at the Copernicus Center celebrates Polish Constitution Day and features polka dancing, a pierogi-eating contest, music on two stages and a kids' stage with magic and games.
This Kickapoo Valley village in southwest Wisconsin offers a rodeo and Maypole dancing and crown-making, a ceili dance, fiddle bee and Saturday-night concert.
This large festival in east-central Wisconsin is around a large marsh often called the Everglades of the North. There are bird hikes, bird-banding demonstrations, pontoon-boat tours, canoe and kayak tours, bus tours and a round-the-clock Big Sit, in which participants try to identify as many birds as possible.
This northwest Michigan town is morel central in May, celebrating the spring hunt with a carnival, carriage rides, flea market, duck races and a parade at noon Saturday.
Antiques dealers from across the United States come to Graham Park to display their wares.
This park, 15 miles east of Rochester, is famous for its masses of Virginia bluebells. The festival features such activities as a guided wildflower hike, kids' fishing clinic and geocaching with prizes and events in Plainview, four miles north.
This festival at the State Capitol Complex features martial arts, lion dancers, chopstick races, a fashion show and a fortune-cookie world-record attempt.
This festival in northwest Minnesota is near the convergence of prairie with northern pine forest and eastern hardwood forest. Space in field trips to local refuges fills quickly.
Based out of the Northern Great Lakes Visitors Center, activities include bird-banding, hikes and expeditions, hatchery tours and kayaking tours of estuaries.
This town on the east end of Lake Charlevoix is all about morels in May, with a guided mushroom hunt, a competition with prizes, drawings for free morels and The Taste of Morels, with morsels provided by local restaurants.
More than 500 artists take part in this tour of the northeast Minneapolis arts district, around the old Grain Belt brewery at Broadway and Marshall avenues.
On Saturday, there's a Craft Beer Festival and Block Party outside Stanley's Barroom at Lowry and University avenues.
This downtown arts festival includes dance, music on two stages, storytelling, food, children's activities and an Old House Enthusiast's Old Home Tour.
This town just west of Janesville reenacts activities on the home front, with army camp life and training; period musical performances; a parade; a patriotic meeting of citizens and a “talking spirits” presentation at the cemetery.
Syttende Mai festivities in this near-west suburb of Chicago start in Hodges Park at noon, with the parade starting at 1 p.m. at Talcott and Cumberland streets.