Bob's hometown celebrates his 73rd birthday with a film festival, singer-songwriter contest, jam session at Zimmy's and a Bobby Zimmerman bus tour.
This big festival in southeast Wisconsin features a battle of the chefs, the Project Yum-way candy-wrapper design contest and chocolate-eating contests, plus a crafts fair and carnival.
There's a carnival, craft show and car cruise, but don't miss the 10 a.m. Saturday band parade in this northern Iowa town, which Meredith Willson made famous in "The Music Man.''
There's music on four stages, the world's largest touring grill (a Johnsonville semi that can cook 750 brats at a time), the Oscar Meyer Wienermobile, carnival rides and Sunday fireworks. Admission is free. Outside the Alliant Energy Center.
In this west Chicago suburb, there's lots of music, plus a petting zoo, hurling, theater, Irish dog and pony exhibits and red hair, freckle and bonnie baby contests.
This family-friendly festival at the Museum of Ojibwa Culture features drumming, dancing, singing, Ojibwa games, artisan workshops and Sunday mass in Ojibwa.
The Spring Green General Store in this artistic town on the Wisconsin River celebrates Bob Dylan's 73rd birthday with free outdoor music.
When the weather's nice, crowds turn out for this street fair, during which Grand Avenue is divided into "districts'': entertainment, family fun, sporting and home and garden. A parade starts at 9:30 a.m. from Grand and Dale.
Ride, walk or skate a car-free six-mile loop along Lake Monona, around the State Capitol and through downtown. There are also family activities, parades, food and music.
In this hamlet near Lake Geneva, on the Illinois border, Model A's from the 1920s and '30s line main street, and people dressed as gangsters and flappers promenade in front of historic buildings.
There's an arts and crafts show, flea market and carnival but also a milking contest, firemen's water fight and a parade at 12:30 p.m. Sunday.
This festival in the southwest corner of Minnesota features a cow-chip throwing contest, fire-truck ladder rides, duck races, an arts show and a big parade.
The festival in this small town just south of Lake Geneva, Wis., is the longest running in the state. There are milk-drinking contests, milking demonstrations, cow-chip lotto, bed races and a parade at 1 p.m. Saturday.
This Fox Cities festival includes cheese-curd eating, cheese-carving and cheesecake contests and a 10:30 a.m. Saturday cheese parade.
The juried show in this posh southern Minneapolis suburb draws 375 exhibitors and 60,000 people.
See dragon-boat racing, a water-ski show, sand sculpting and car shows, all along the Fox River.
Artists open their studios in Mount Horeb and other towns in the Wisconsin River valley: Mazomanie, Black Earth, Cross Plains, Blue Mounds and Verona.
This free downtown festival features an art show, a Global Village, a Culinary Row and music and dance. Sunday is Children's Day, with 10 booths of hands-on activities.
This street festival in the Northcenter neighborhood, on Lincoln Avenue between Irving Park Road and Warner Avenue, features barbecue plus indie, roots, rock and alt country music.
There's a Kids Square with games and a rib-eating contest Friday with professional eaters.
The festival in this town on the Fox and Illinois rivers features wine from 25 Illinois vineyards and jazz and blues in Washington Park.
Listen to bagpipe bands, eat Scottish food and watch sheepdogs, Highland dancers and athletes.
Visit a state park without paying the daily vehicle fee, $7 for residents and $10 for non-residents.
This southern Minnesota town is a windsurfing hot spot and this year hosts the U.S. Windsurfing National Championships on Lake Okabena. There's also live music and Arts on the Shore.
There's a carnival, music on two stages, a parade at 11 a.m. Saturday and a Sunday art fair on Snake Alley.
The main event is the 12:31 p.m. Sunday parade, one of the region's largest. There's also a carnival, craft show, power-boat races and car show.
More than 150 musicians and songwriters perform in more than 15 venues around town to benefit the historic Michigan Avenue canal bridge.
This is the largest of Chicago's free music festivals, drawing 750,000 people to Grant Park.
This big festival on the lakefront features lots of rollicking, zydeco-laced polka and hearty food.
There will be helicopter rides, a water-ski show, a Friday parade and Saturday fireworks. The two towns are linked by the Keweenaw Peninsula's massive Portage Lift Bridge.
The capital of cheese country hosts Wisconsin's longest-running rally. There's a balloon launch and glow Friday evening and a 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. launch Saturday, as well as an arts and crafts fair, classic-car show, live music, games and food.
A 131-mile yard sale along U.S. 34 from Aurora to Galesburg, with events in many towns.
250 artists show their wares on the banks of the Mississippi at St. Anthony Main. There are also three stages, art for kids and a car show.
Lockport was the headquarters of the Illinois & Michigan Canal and site of the first lock; now it's on the National Register of Historic Places.
At its festival, there are historic reenactors, horse-drawn carriage tours of the canal, duck races, a juried craft show, music and a Friday parade.
Together, the Wells Street Art Festival and nearby Old Town Art Fair two fairs have more than 500 exhibitors and draw 110,000 visitors.
This Fox River town on the western edge of Chicago offers music, a zipline, a carnival, a Swedish cottage walk and a big parade at 1 p.m. Sunday.
There's dragon-boat racing, a boat parade, pirate-chaser sails on the Friends Good Will, music and a craft fair.
Eagle Ridge Resort hosts two balloon races, two night glows and rides for the public. An Alefest Friday includes tastings of more than 100 beers.
The harbor-side North House Folk School on Lake Superior kicks off summer with a boat parade, dancing, craft demonstrations, mini-courses and a solstice parade.
It's the 50th annual Scandinavian midsummer festival in this Door County village. There's a regatta, historic walking tours, art fair, trolley rides, Fur Ball pet parade, cake walk and, of course, a fish boil.
This family festival at Norskedalen Nature & Heritage Center, in the coulees near La Crosse, features the best of Scandinavian culture: food, music and crafts. For children, there will be a visit from the trolls by the bridge, fjord horses and a scavenger hunt.
This village on the St. Croix River revives an old tradition with a European-style flea market, art fair, music and children's activities.
This show, between Bradford and McKinley beaches on the lakefront, features many aerobatics.
This big fair in the Custer Avenue-Main Street shopping district features 250 artists, 50 variety performers, a medicine show, powwow dancing, children's activities and music on two stages.
They call this the world's largest music festival. More than 800 acts perform on 11 stages along Lake Michigan.
Listen to jazz in Mears Park, in St. Paul's Lowertown.
There's music, an arts and crafts fair and, on Sunday, a 2 p.m. parade followed by a water-ski show on Lake Pepin, where water-skiing was invented.
This big, juried arts fair at Western Gateway Park downtown includes street theater, live music and a film festival.
This festival at the Hjemkomst Center includes demonstrations, performances and goods that tell about society and culture in Viking-age Scandinavia and beyond.
This free festival opens in Millennium Park, moves to the Chicago Cultural Center on Friday and is in Ellis Park on the weekend.
During this popular event in an old mill town north of Milwaukee, there's music, kids' games, shortcake-eating and bubblegum-blowing contests and strawberries in everything — brats, wine, slush.
In Warner Park on Lake Mendota, there's a carnival, music, bicycle parade and fireworks.
This festival in the Hometown of Ronald Reagan features music, a carnival, fireworks and a Sunday parade.
This large festival on the west edge of Chicago features a daily hot-air balloon launches, glows and fireworks shows, plus children's activities and a craft fair.
In LeClaire Park on the river, blues musicians celebrate the music that traveled up the Mississippi.
This downtown festival features a Culinary Row, Fun Zone for kids and Sunday fireworks in addition to music.
This big riverfront festival includes water-ski and air shows, an arts and crafts fair, a lip-sync contest, a dragon-boat race, Venetian and family parades and music on four stages, including Cheap Trick.
On Thursday, there's the Hot Dam 5K fun fun, followed by music and a movie. On Friday, there's a half-marathon in the morning, and music and family activities from 6 to 10 p.m., followed by fireworks.
Festivities are along the riverfront downtown.
Big-name bands perform in Knoch Park, where there's also magic shows, kids' games, food and fireworks on the last evening.
This festival has a scenic location in Marina Park, on the Lake Superior waterfront.
This town on Lake Michigan attracts half a million people to events that include air shows, an arts fair, music, races, the big Cherry Royale Parade and many contests, including pie-eating and pit-spitting.
This easy-going, family-friendly festival features 70 performers, food and hand-made art from around the world plus a fun play area for children.
Many people camp on-site at Birds Hill Provincial Park. Tickets are cheapest when bought in advance.
The big free festival in Grant Park continues with national headliners but a shorter length and more emphasis on food.
Look for minstrels, beignets, French lessons, a Mardi Gras celebration and a 43-foot replica of the Eiffel Tower in Cathedral Square Park.
Look for the four R's in this western Wisconsin town: roping, bull riding, steer wrestling and barrel racing. A parade is on Saturday.
This show and swap meet brings up to 130,000 people to this village east of Stevens Point.
At the airport, Balloon Rally & Glow features barnstormer plane rides, kite-flying, pig-racing, music and fireworks. Also at the airport, the Big Bull Falls BBQ Ribfest is Thursday through Saturday.
On Saturday and Sunday, artists decorate downtown during Chalkfest.
The festival in this western Minnesota town revolves around the book "On the Banks of Plum Creek.'' Family Festivals are held each Saturday.
This big festival celebrates its 79th year with a sand-castle contest, water fights, ship-building (in less than 30 minutes), beer tasting, hat hunt, bike tour and more. On the last day, there's a big parade at 1 p.m.
This family-friendly folk and roots festival on a farm includes reggae, country, zydeco, jazz and Celtic music on three stages and four workshop areas. There's also a juried arts and crafts fair. Rustic camping is available.
The festival in this Swedish town just north of the Twin Cities features fireworks, a car show and a parade.
This northern town near Grand Rapids offers a powwow Friday, wild-rice lunch, bike rodeo, sawdust scramble, singing competition and fireworks Saturday and a parade Sunday.
There's a carnival, pet parade, ice-cream eating contest and live bands in the town on the Fox River.
There's a Music Fest, carnival and car and motorcycle s Petersen Park the first weekend and a children's ice cream social, Shakespeare Festival, arts and crafts fair and a Sunday parade the second weekend in Veteran's Memorial Park.
There are professional races plus a tour and family fun rides at this festival based in City Park.
There's a juried arts and crafts fair, children's activities and music in this bucolic, tucked-away park along the Otter Tail River, next to an 1889 brick and clapboard mill that's open for tours.
The hamlet of Phelps is just west of Otter Tail Lake and north of Underwood.
This juried art show along the Lake Superior harbor includes children's activities, art demonstrations, a pie social and live music.
Among the highlights of this big festival are the Lake Calhoun milk-carton boat races and sandcastle contest, the Hennepin Avenue Torchlight Parade and Mississippi River fireworks show.
"Das Fest Mit Fun'' features German music, food and beer at the Brown County Fair Grounds in this Minnesota River Valley town. The big parade is Sunday.
This street fair in St. Paul's Highland Park neighborhood includes an arts fair, music, carnival rides, wiener-dog races, a strongman competition and food.
At the lakefront Henry Maier Festival Park, there's cannoli-eating and pizza-making contests, celebrity chefs, a bocce ball tournament, parades at 5:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and music and dance on six stages and an opera tent.
The festival in this St. Croix River town features historical pontoon-boat tours, vintage baseball, lumberjack demonstrations, a fishing contest, music and a parade.
This hamlet on Lake Pepin, a favorite day trip destination for Twin Citians, becomes a shopping mecca during this big fair.
See the beautiful stones on display, then dig for them at 2 p.m. Saturday during the Agate Stampede, when a load of rocks seeded with 400 pounds agates and $400 in quarters is dumped downtown.
There's also music and an art fair.
Hear island music on Lake Superior, from Bayfront Festival Park.
This town on the Rock River celebrates its heritage with an American Indian encampment and cowboy and frontier acts, with Wild West activities for kids and canoe rides. It's in Lowden State Park, and tipis are available to camp in.
Proceeds go to restore Oregon's 48-foot statue of Chief Black Hawk, made in 1911.
A week of music and games winds up with an 11 a.m. street parade and 10 p.m. lighted boat parade, followed by fireworks.
Dawes Park on Lake Michigan turns into a global village for this celebration of music, dance, arts and food.
Music on the square in this town not far over the Wisconsin border from Lake Geneva.
This neighborhood street festival includes a lion-dance procession, baby and cutest dog contests and food from the many restaurants.
You can't see this kind of thing just anywhere: cut-throat log rolling, boom running, springboard chopping and speed climbing.
Ole and Lena host this friendly, authentic, very fun and very large festival of Scandinavian culture. The parade, one of the region's best, is at 10:30 a.m. Saturday.
Look for dachshunds, dirndls and lots of oompah music at this big party at Henry Maier Festival Park on Lake Michigan.
The rodeo in this town of 90 is a good excuse to explore the Edge of the Wilderness Scenic Byway, which winds through Chippewa National Forest north of Grand Rapids.
This suburb of Chicago exalts the plump Eastern European dumplings, filled with cheese, mashed potatoes or sauerkraut, with pierogi eating and tossing contests, a Mr. Pierogi songfest and a Polka Parade.
This giant hot-air balloon festival includes daily flights, rides for the public, music, night glows, fireworks and a parade.
This free harborfront festival features locally produced specialties as well as cooking demonstrations, gardening workshops and music on three stages.
There's nightly entertainment on the waterfront, a downtown carnival, tours of Coast Guard cutters, a Grand Parade and fireworks.
At the confluence of the Fox River with the Illinois, there's a carnival, paddleboat races, Art in the Park, Taste of Ottawa, live bands and a parade at 1 p.m. Aug. 3.
There's a lighted boat parade Friday, and on Saturday an arts fair, firemen's water fight, waterfront carriage rides and a 6 p.m. Grande Parade.
Decorated bikes, cars and one Couchmobile will circle Lake Harriet at 6 p.m. Everyone is welcome to bring a decorated conveyance and join the parade; meet at 5 p.m. at the Rose Garden.
In the downtown square, there will be circus-themed performances, walking tours, music, children's activities and a Big Top parade.
This huge Experimental Aircraft Association festival includes air shows, fireworks, big-name concerts, children's activities, workshops, exhibits and rides in historic aircraft.
Reserve lodgings early; it fills rooms within a 60-mile radius.
There are chainsaw artists, a zip line and alligator and bear shows as well as a carnival and grandstand acts that include national country musicians.
The fair in this Milwaukee suburb features lots of contests, including hog-calling, cookie-stacking and cream puff-eating.
This town on Lake Michigan is sausage central. There's music, a carnival, beer and, of course, a brat-eating contest. The parade is Saturday.
Since 1972, fans of this Jazz Age cornetist and composer have held this festival in his hometown on the Mississippi.
This festival along the St. Joseph River features dragon-boat races, fan boat rides and raft races, plus music, arts and a car and truck show.
Minnesota's official Pie Capital near Cambridge holds pie-eating contests, a pie trivia contest and performances of the Pie-Alleuia Chorus.
In this Mississippi River town, there's music, food and games in Bay Point Park and an arts show in Levee Park. There's a Venetian boat parade at dusk Saturday and the grand parade Sunday.
Ride the Root River State Trail then enjoy music, games and food in this bluff-country burg. A parade is Sunday.
There's a lot going on at the North Shore's biggest festival, including loon-calling, log-rolling, doughnut-racing and rock-skipping contests; Saturday fireworks; and the grand parade at 1 p.m. Sunday.
This large juried art fair in the Uptown neighborhood draws crowds. Take the Art Hop bus to avoid congestion and to get to the two other art fairs in south Minneapolis.
These smaller festivals in Powderhorn Park, in south Minneapolis, and Loring Park, on the edge of downtown, are not far from the Uptown Art Fair. All are easily reached by bus shuttle or by bicycle on the Midtown Greenway.
This heritage fest at the lakefront Henry Maier Festival Park features music on three stages and cultural and children's villages.
This Manitoba prairie town celebrates its heritage with pavilions representing 44 nationalities, offering music, dance and food at many venues.
Ride the Heartland State Trail to this tiny "burp in the road'' near Park Rapids, then eat your way down the street. And don't forget to vote (or run) for mayor. Food is served 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
See a diaper derby, outhouse races and mullet contest, and don't miss the butter sculptures.
This 35th annual family-friendly festival includes music on five stages and workshops at El Rancho Mañana Campground, 20 miles west of St. Cloud.
The two towns stretch a 680-pound, 2,400-foot rope across the Mississippi River for the ultimate tug of war. (Over 27 years, the score is Illinois 16, Iowa 11.) There's also a parade, fireworks, children's games, concerts and carnival rides.
This big fest in west-central Minnesota snags the biggest names in country music . Headliners this year include Brad Paisley, Jason Aldean and the Zac Brown Band. There's camping onsite.
Eat until you're blue in the face during the festival in this Lake Michigan beach town. There's a pie-eating contest, riverfront concerts , an arts fair and a big parade on Saturday.
The festival in this town between Rochelle and La Salle features nearly 50 tons of free buttered corn, live music, a flea market, a carnival and a parade.
More than 100 singer-songwriters perform at more than 40 venues along College Avenue downtown.
Re-enactors from across the continent gather at Grand Portage National Monument for the annual fur-trade rendezvous; next door, the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa holds a powwow. Reserve lodgings far in advance.
The 26th annual music fest on the Lake Superior harbor showcases national and regional acts on three stages.
This big heritage fest on the banks of the Mississippi includes Irish Got Talent and best legs in a kilt contests, hurling demonstrations, dancing and lots of music.
This celebration of Polish culture is on the St. Anthony Main riverfront across from downtown, with music, art, food and free polka lessons.
There's a carriage parade, saddle-horse parade, horseback riding and driving demos, historic stable tours and pony rides.
In this Lake Michigan beach town, there's a lighted boat parade, fireworks, microbrew-sampling, an art fair and ice-cream and watermelon-eating contests.
In the southwest corner of Minnesota, this festival includes quilting bees, etiquette and ballroom dance lessons, camp tours, children's games, band concerts and a grand ball. Battle re-enactments are held both days.
Fireworks experts convene to show off their best and most complicated techniques, choreographed to music.
In this southeast Wisconsin vacation area, the festival includes a carnival, arts and crafts fair, firefighter water fight and, on Sunday, a water-ski show followed by a lighted boat parade and fireworks.
The antiques show and flea market in this friendly little village just north of Rochester off U.S. 52 includes more than 400 vendors and 1,200 booths. There's also pancakes for breakfast, homemade pie and music.
Enjoy national and local blues musicians in Fern Island Park. There's a beer garden, of course.
The 56th annual free show features aerobatics, extreme flying and parachuting off North Avenue Beach.
See the Luminarium, try beer flights at the Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild, eat food on a stick and listen to free concerts.
Artists, performers and craft and food stands fill streets downtown near the Fox River.
This goofy central-Minnesota festival features mashed-potato wrestling, a golden potato hunt, potato car races, peeling and eating contests and a Saturday parade.
Few settings are more beautiful than Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park on Lake Superior; 25 national and regional blues, folk and bluegrass acts perform.
Enjoy the best of Mexican culture at the Henry Maier Festival Park: mariachi, arts and crafts, spicy foods and contests: dance, costume, jalapeno-eating and el grito, or shouting.
The festival on Barker's Island begins Friday with a parade of teams, fireworks and a concert and continues Saturday with races in the harbor and family entertainment.
This festival in Riverside Park includes children's activities and craft demonstrations.
There's music on two stages, children's games, a petting zoo and an arts fair in Carson Park. Entry to Paul Bunyan Logging Camp and Chippewa Valley Museum is included.
More than 600 musicians perform on 10 stages in this town in northwest Iowa.
This free festival features music at the Chicago Cultural Center and Millennium Park.
See world-class tugging at the pulling grounds in Madison.
Revel in the past during this show of antique machinery, which includes rides on trains and a carousel, square dancing, roving musicians and nightly jamborees.
In 2014, the show will feature steam shovels and other construction equipment.
This Swiss town near Madison has been putting on an outdoor William Tell pageant since 1938. Festivities include a children's lantern parade, yodeling, an arts show and ethnic fashions.
There's chip-chucking contests in this Wisconsin River town, but also music, kids' games and an arts and crafts fair. The Tournament of Chips parade is at noon Saturday.
Fireworks provided by the Iowa Pyrotechnic Association are the centerpiece for this fest, which includes arts & crafts, food and kids' activities.
Two days of music in Mattson Lower Harbor Park on Lake Superior.
This free benefit festival on Capitol Square includes 300 menu items from more than 80 restaurants, all priced at $1-$4. There's also music on three stages.
On Sunday, there's a lighted boat parade on Lake Mendota, followed by fireworks.
The festival in this southern suburb of Chicago features more than 300 artisans, entertainment, a carnival and a parade at 1 p.m. Sunday.
Musicians and storytellers perform on eight stages at this festival in Island Park on the Fox River.
Once a year, on Labor Day, people can walk across the five-mile span, the third-longest suspension bridge in the world.