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From fairs, festivals, parades, concerts, tastings and more, there are plenty of things to do in Wisconsin! Get ideas for your next wild weeklong vacation or peaceful weekend away with the Discover Wisconsin Calendar of Events.

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Making Marks

April 25, 2016 - February 19, 2017
Woodson Art Museum, 700 North Twelfth St
Wausau, WI 54403 United States
Free

Exhibit on display until February 19, 2017. This selection of avian-themed drawings ranges from quick sketches to intricately detailed illustrations, highlighting artists’ varied approaches and the importance of field observation.

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History Speaks: Pieces of the Past: Quilts Tell a Story

July 23, 2016 - May 1, 2017
Marathon County Historical Society, 410 McIndoe Street
Wausau, WI 54403 United States
Free

The exhibit will be on view until May 2017. Our newest exhibit at the Marathon County Historical Society is set to open in a just a few weeks. “Pieces of the Past: Quilts Tell a Story” will tell the local … Continued

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Recent Acquisitions

September 10, 2016 - February 19, 2017
Woodson Art Museum, 700 North Twelfth St
Wausau, WI 54403 United States
Free

Art museums by nature are acquisitive. Growing the Woodson Art Museum’s collection remains a core value and ongoing goal. This selection of recently acquired artworks demonstrates the strength of the Woodson’s collection as it strives to set the standard for … Continued

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Toys @ Play Exhibit

November 9, 2016 - December 30, 2016
Rock County Historical Society, 426 N Jackson St
Janesville, WI 53548 United States
$3 - $5

The Rock County Historical Society's newest exhibit, Toys @ Play, gives you a chance to relive your childhood and kick start your imagination. Embracing all decades and encouraging playtime, this exhibit features toys past and present, and offers many unique … Continued

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Holiday Tours at the Lincoln-Tallman House

November 14, 2016 - December 30, 2016
Lincoln-Tallman House, 440 N Jackson St
Janesville, WI 53548 United States
$6 - $10

Visit the historic Lincoln-Tallman house dressed in all its Christmas finery. This year, see how local businesses and community members have used their talents to decorate more than 20 trees on every level of the house. While touring, you’ll learn … Continued

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Milwaukee Holiday Lights Festival

November 17, 2016 - December 30, 2016
Downtown Milwaukee WI United States
Free

Prance on down to the 18th annual Milwaukee Holiday Lights Festival! The jolly celebration packs all of your Christmas fun in a decked-out winter wonderland. Merriment awaits for all ages--from cozy couples to families full of little elves.

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Santa’s Pizza Party Train Ride

November 19, 2016 - January 14, 2017
Wisconsin Great Northern Railroad Train Depot, N6639 Dilly Lake Rd.
Trego, WI 54888 Select a Country:

A family favorite, Santa’s Pizza Party Train Rides celebrates the upcoming season aboard a historic train along the scenic Namekagon River. Train ride includes pizza, a holiday cookie, hot chocolate and a special gift for each child. Trains depart the Trego … Continued

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Tiffany Glass: Painting with Color and Light

December 3, 2016 - February 26, 2017
Woodson Art Museum, 700 North Twelfth St
Wausau, WI 54403 United States
Free

Tiffany Studios’ leaded-glass lampshades and windows, designed with colorfully luminous opalescent glass, shine as some of the twentieth century’s most striking, iconic decorative objects. As a painter, Louis C. Tiffany – son of Charles Lewis Tiffany, founder of luxury retailer … Continued

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Enduring Beauty: Art Nouveau Glass

December 3, 2016 - July 30, 2017
Woodson Art Museum, 700 North Twelfth St
Wausau, WI 54403 United States
Free

American art glass was greatly influenced by the tenets of Art Nouveau. Between 1890-1910, artists eschewed the elaborate Victorian decoration and repetitious designs of the industrial revolution. Instead, favoring form following function, they used sinuous asymmetrical lines, floral- and plant-inspired … Continued

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Holiday Light Show

December 26, 2016 - December 30, 2016
Rotary Botanical Gardens, 1455 Palmer Drive
Janesville, WI 53545 United States
$5

Follow the illuminated garden pathways on an evening stroll through the 20 acre botanical gardens, where the wintery garden paths are brought to life with over 400,000 lights, 100 beautifully decorated trees, over 2,500 luminaries, animated displays, more than 500 … Continued

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Rare WWII Nose Art Exhibit

January 1, 2016 @ 10:00 am - December 31, 2016 @ 5:00 pm
EAA, 3000 Poberezny
Oshkosh, WI 54901 United States

More than 30 pieces of nose art from actual World War II combat aircraft made their first-ever trip outside their home museum, with the EAA AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh chosen as the first public display location for this rare collection. Each … Continued

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Race Day: Photos from the Flat Track

January 22, 2016 @ 10:00 am - June 22, 2018 @ 6:00 pm
Harley-Davidson Museum, 400 W Canal St
Milwaukee, WI 53201 United States

Flat track racing’s preeminent photographer takes you down to pit row and into the grandstands to document the thrills and chills of life in the fast lane. Dave Hoenig has captured more than 1,000 races in his career, keeping his … Continued

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Nutcracker in the Castle

November 18, 2016 @ 11:00 am - January 6, 2017 @ 4:00 pm
Paine Art Center & Gardens, 1410 Algoma Blvd.
Oshkosh, WI 54901 United States

The Nutcracker story unfolds in the Paine “castle” with the historic rooms elaborately decorated as the fantastic scenes of the beloved holiday fairy tale. During evening candlelight tours, magical settings shimmer in the glow of more than seventy Christmas trees. … Continued

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Deck the Halls

November 19, 2016 @ 10:00 am - December 31, 2016 @ 4:30 pm
Oshkosh Public Museum, 1331 Algoma Blvd.
Oshkosh, WI 54901 United States

This annual extravaganza features the historic Sawyer home decorated as only the wealthy could do. Holiday “dressings” as reported in periodicals and newspapers of the decades from 1880 to 1919 are recreated to delight and perhaps provide inspiration. The life-size … Continued

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Kiwanis Holiday of Lights

November 19, 2016 @ 5:00 pm - December 31, 2016 @ 11:55 pm
Racine Zoo, 2131 N. Main St.
Racine, WI 53405 United States
Free

Bring your family to see a Racine holiday tradition.  The huge Kiwanis Holiday of Lights display includes a waterfall, a boat, zoo animals and Santa himself. Lighting ceremony Saturday, Nov. 19.  Lights may be viewed evenings from Nov. 19 through … Continued

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Celebration of Lights

November 22, 2016 @ 5:00 pm - December 31, 2016 @ 9:00 pm
Menominee Park, Merritt Ave. & Hazel St.
Oshkosh, Wisconsin 54901 United States

Join us this Holiday Season at Oshkosh Celebration of Lights. Quietly nestled along the shores of Lake Winnebago, in beautiful Menominee Park in Oshkosh, lies a single mile stretch that transforms into illuminated holiday wonder each year since 2001. Oshkosh … Continued

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Making Spirits Bright Drive-through Lights Show

November 25, 2016 @ 5:00 pm - December 31, 2016 @ 9:00 pm
Evergreen Park, 3000 Calumet Drive
Sheboygan, WI 53081 United States

Nightly from 5pm - 9pm Celebrate the holidays with family and friends in the warmth of your vehicle when you drive the 1.1 mile route through the forested part and experience a festive lights show choreographed to holiday music. Visit … Continued

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Rotary Winter Wonderland

November 25, 2016 @ 5:00 pm - December 31, 2016 @ 9:00 pm
Wildwood Zoo, 1800 S. Roddis Avenue
Marshfield, WI 54449 United States
Free

Rotary Winter Wonderland offers breathtaking displays of over 1,000,000 L.E.D. Holiday lights! Additionally, we will host many fun activities like Santa visits, horse drawn carriage rides, and MORE. Main Attractions & Events Walking and Drive thru the Light Displays Santa every … Continued

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