Midwest Events

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

(Click on the event name to read details.)

Brown County, IN
March 9 – April 7
Spring Break Scavenger Hunt

Just in time for spring break…check out this fun Brown County scavenger hunt! Stop by The Toy Chest for your clues then get busy! Prizes will be given out every two days. Happy hunting! More info

Kenosha, WI
March 18-23
Parkside Jazz Week

At UW-Parkside, world-class musicians and jazz experts entertain and inform audiences in a week-long celebration of the musical genre often hailed as one of America’s original art forms. More info

Bristol, WI
March 22
Vernal Equinox Night Hike, Pringle Nature Center

Get rid of the winter blues and help us welcome spring. We will search for the early spring risers that live in the park as well as learn how different cultures welcomed the longer days and warmer weather. Please leave your flashlights at home as they will spoil the experience. Pre-registration required. General public: $5.00. More info

March 22-24
Hays, KS
Hays Community Theatre, ‘Steel Magnolias’

Nashville, IN
March 23
4th Annual “A Taste of Art” Wine, ‘Shine, Beer Tasting and Art Auction

Add to your art collection and sample wine, beer, and spirits while you’re at it! That’s right, head to the Seasons Lodge for A Taste of Art. This fun event combines an art auction, silent auction, snacks, and the best of Brown County’s booze scene! More info

Janesville, WI
March 23
Rock, Gem, Mineral & Fossil Show

The Badger Lapidary and Geological Society presents the Rock, Gem, Mineral & Fossil Show, with dealers, excellent speakers, many beautiful club displays, lapidary demonstrations, club sales table, door prizes, educational films and activities for kids. This event will be held at the Rock County Fairgrounds on Saturday, March 23 from 9 AM to 5 PM and Sunday , March 24 from 9 AM to 4 PM. More info

Empire, MI
March 23
Ranger-Led Snowshoe Hike at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

Every Saturday February 2 – March 23, explore the Most Beautiful Place in America with the guidance of a National Park Service ranger. Snowshoes available for loan at no additional cost. More info

Kenosha, WI
March 23
Maple Syrup Hike at Petrifying Springs

Petrifying Springs Park is the site of this event. You have three times to choose from. It’s a free event with donations appreciated. More info

Kenosha, WI
March, 23, 30; April 6, 13, 20, 27; May 4
Kenosha Winter Harbor Market

Enjoy live music and shop at around 30 vendor booths. You’ll find many different products in one place – including kitchen staples, prepared meals, and something special like jewelry, hand-made winter wear items, soaps and lotions, and locally crafted chocolates. More info

Dubuque, IA
March 23-24
Dubuque Symphony Orchestra: on water

Continuing a series exploring the four elements, the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra “dives” into a musical celebration of rivers, oceans, and fountains. Guest cellist Anthony Arnone will perform a new cello concerto by Cedar Rapids native Michael Daugherty. This piece, whose recent recording garnered three Grammy awards, is inspired by the stories of Ernest Hemingway, and includes water-themed sections entitled “Big Two-Hearted River” and “The Old Man and the Sea.” More info

Ann Arbor, MI
March 26 – April 1
Ann Arbor Film Festival

The Ann Arbor Film Festival is the oldest avant-garde and experimental film festival in North America, founded by George Manupelli in 1963. The Film Festival receives more than 3,000 submissions annually from more than 65 countries and serves as one of a handful of Academy Award®-qualifying festivals in the United States.

The six-day festival presents 40 programs with more than 180 films of all lengths and genres, including experimental, animation, documentary, fiction, and performance-based works. More info

Kenosha, WI
March 27
Bowls & Books Soup Fest Contest

Taste and score each soup, served up by local restaurants! You receive a souvenir bowl to keep. The attendees go from table to table, tasting, enjoying, and scoring the soups. Also visit with local authors, view an art contest (your vote counts) and participate in 50/50 drawings. More info

Nashville, IN
March 29-31

Get ready for Brown County’s first-ever game convention! Fun for all ages, BroCoCon features 75 games to learn and play. There’s even going to be an Adult Game Night in the mix too! This is one event you won’t want to miss! More info

Des Moines, IA
March 30
DSM Book Festival

The debut festival will feature nationally-acclaimed authors including Susan Orlean, Nnedi Okorafor and Garth Stein, book club discussions led by featured commentators, hands-on learning activities like flower arranging, wine tasting, children’s programming (like a Llama, Llama Red Pajama Party), food, drink and more. More info

Spencer, IA
March 30
Rock’n, Bac’n, Brew’n

In its fifth year, Rock’n, Bac’n Brew’n at the Clay County Fair & Events Center will again offer sampling of craft beer and bacon specialties. In addition to samples, the Iowa Beer Bus will be back serving pints from your favorite brewery, and food trucks will be on site serving up your pork-tastic favorites. Rock’n music will take the stage for the second half of the evening.  More info

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