Midwest Events

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Event Announcements from Midwest (and neighboring states) visitor offices:

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Indianapolis, IN
May 1-25
500 Festival

Celebrate the magical month of May & Indy 500! The 500 Festival’s action-packed calendar of free & ticketed events has something for everyone! More info

Petoskey, MI
May 17-24
Petoskey Restaurant Week

Foodies flock to Petoskey for the chance to have their taste buds aroused while enjoying the many other amenities of this town on Lake Michigan’s Little Traverse Bay. Visit your favorite restaurants and discover new ones at an affordable price. The best restaurants of Petoskey and Bay Harbor have joined forces for this special culinary event! More info

Jeffersonville, IN
May 23-27
Abbey Road on the River

The world’s largest Beatles-inspired music festival returns to Jeffersonville. This 5-day music festival is filled with the peace, love & music of the 60s and 70s. More info

Winterset, IA
May 24-25
John Wayne Birthday Celebration

John Wayne’s birthplace community celebrates the 50th anniversary of True Grit with multiple film screenings, a parade, benefit dinner and auction plus special guest stars. Already confirmed is musical headliner Ashley Campbell, the acclaimed singer, songwriter and instrumentalist who is also the daughter of True Grit co-star Glen Campbell. More info

Elk Horn, IA
May 24-26
John Wayne Birthday Celebration

In its 40th year, this festival celebrates Elk Horn’s Danish heritage with a parade, Tour de Tivoli bike ride, 3rd Annual World Aebleskiver eating contest, Official Iowa Craft Beer tent, multiple entertainment stages, fireworks and craft vendors. More info

Burlington, WI
May 24-27
ChocolateFest 2019

Since 1987 we have been hosting a chocolate carnival celebration in Chocolate City U.S.A.! Rides, food, entertainment, and tons of chocolate! More info

St. Louis, MO
May 24-27
St. Louis County Greek Festival

You’ll love the St. Louis County Greek Festival whether you’re Greek or just love Greek food. Enjoy the lively traditions of music, dancing and heritage. Be sure to visit the kids’ corner and see the tour at Assumption Greek Orthodox Church.

Terre Haute, IN
May 24 – June 1
46th Banks of the Wabash Festival

The Banks of the Wabash Festival will include a craft market, nightly entertainment, lots of good food, an auto show, and much more. Admission is Free. More info

Lisle, IL
May 24 – September 15
Morton Arboretum – Nature Connects®: Art with LEGO® Bricks

This summer, visitors to the Morton Arboretum will encounter a series of ingenious nature-themed sculptures crafted from more than half a million LEGO bricks when the award-winning exhibition. Visitors of all ages will enjoy the craftsmanship of 15 displays created entirely from LEGO bricks, found along pathways through the Arboretum’s east side. New highlights of the 2019 exhibition include a bee midflight, an oak tree sprouting from an acorn, and a pileated woodpecker with a bright crimson crest. The imaginative displays are the work of Kenney, a New York–based artist and “professional kid.” More info

Lafayette, IN
May 25
Round the Fountain Art Fair

An Public Art fair offering paintings, sculptures, pottery, jewelry and more. More info

Hays, KS
May 25
Downtown Hays Market Opening Day

Join us for the first market of the 2019 season as we welcome growers, craftsmen, bakers, honey producers, artists, & musicians to Downtown. More info

Kenosha, WI
May 25
Tall Ship Red Witch Sailing Excursions Opens for Season

Get out on a Great Lake! The 49-passenger Tall Ship Red Witch offers 80-minute public sailing excursions and private charters on Lake Michigan. Public sail times are on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Red Witch is a replica of a Great Lakes working schooner from the mid-nineteenth century. More info

Lakes, WI
May 25
Aquanut Water Show Opens for Season

This family focused choreographed water ski show team performs on Lake Mary. Admission and parking are free; concessions are sold on-site. Shows are held most Wednesdays and Saturdays at 6 p.m. through August 31. More info

Kenosha, WI
May 25; June, 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; July 6, 13, 20, 27; August 3, 10, 17, 24, 31; September 7, 14, 21, 28; October 5, 12
Kenosha Harbor Market

This is an open-air, European-style, mixed market. Vendors offer fresh produce, meat, fish, cheese, pastries, prepared foods, arts and crafts, and more. There are also three areas of live music. Admission is free. More info

Vincennes, IN
May 25-26
Spirit of Vincennes Rendezvous

Surround yourself with the sights, sounds and scents of the American Revolutionary War at the Rendezvous, featuring soldiers, craftsmen, traders and merchants. More info

Oklahoma City, OK
May 25-27
43rd Annual Paseo Arts Festival

More than 90 artists will fill the historic Paseo Arts District May 25-27 for their annual Paseo Arts Festival. Grab the family and enjoy plenty of live music, festival treats and a wide variety of art in one great weekend.  More info

Bristol, WI
May 25-27
Boundless Adventures Grand Opening Weekend

Boundless Adventures is a six-acre, eco-friendly aerial adventure park located inside Bristol Woods Park. The park features nine treetop obstacle courses that include 20 ziplines, and more than 100 bridges and rope challenges for outdoor fun-seekers of all skill levels. More info

St. Louis, MO
May 25-27
St. Louis African Arts Festival

The St. Louis African Arts Festival features the African Marketplace, children’s activities, performing arts stage, food court, vendors, arts and crafts, cultural demonstrations, teen safari hunt, health and wellness village and more at Forest Park’s World’s Fair Pavilion.

Bay Harbor, MI
May 26
Taste of Bay Harbor

The Bay Harbor Community presents a gourmet taste experience at the Second Annual Taste of Bay Harbor! Chefs from each of the eating establishments in Bay Harbor will provide a tasting menu featuring specialties from their restaurants, and funds raised will be used to support Veterans in Emmet and Charlevoix Counties. More info

Kenosha, WI
May 28
Kenosha Kingfish Season Opener

The Northwoods League baseball team plays at historic Simmons Field. The Kingfish will open their sixth season against the Wisconsin Woodchucks on Tuesday, May 28th at 6:35 p.m. This is the start of a two-game homestand that concludes on Wednesday, May 29th at 6:35 p.m. Come cheer on elite collegiate baseball players! More info

Morganstown, IN
May 29 – June 1
9th Annual John Hartford Memorial Festival

Don’t miss out on the first big music fest of the season! You’re sure to love this four-day, family friendly outdoor festival, featuring over 40 awesome Newgrass performers. Tons of entertainment, campside jams, food, drinks, and more await at the John Hartford Memorial Festival

Sioux Falls, SD
May 31 – June 1
2nd Annual PorkPalooza

PorkPalooza is an event showcasing Local Beer, Local Music, Local BBQ and Local Producers. More info

Milltown, IN
May 31 – June 2
Paddle Festival 2019

Paddle Fest will allow guests to canoe or kayak 37 miles of the beautiful Blue River. Exciting trips added just for this weekend. More info

Grafton, IL
May 31 – June 9
Columbus Replica Ship Tours

Tour replicas of the Nina and Pinta will be docked at The Loading Dock,  401 Front St., Grafton, beginning Friday, May 31, and departing Sunday, June 9. Tours of the replica ships will be available daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is $8.50 for adults, $7.50 for seniors, $6.50 for students ages 5 to 16 and children 4 and under are free. No reservations are necessary.

The Nina is a replica of the ship Christopher Columbus sailed across the Atlantic on his three voyages of discovery to the new world. The new Nina is a floating museum and visits ports all across the Western Hemisphere. The Pinta, a larger version of the caravel style ship, accompanies the Nina.

St. Louis, MO
May 31 – June 23
Shakespeare Festival St. Louis

Free outdoor theatre in the Park returns to Forest Park’s Shakespeare Glen with Love’s Labors Lost at Shakespeare Festival St. Louis (May 31-June 23). In this play, affairs of state yield to affairs of the heart as history’s most-celebrated bard reveals the way our culture doesn’t always prepare us for the realities of romance.

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