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Wisconsin The Great Milwaukee Circus Parade and Bastille Days It's a major double feature in Milwaukee next weekend. The Great Circus Parade will wind through downtown starting at 1:30 p.m., back from a six-year hiatus. The Ringling Bros. Circus antique wagons are being trained in from B...


By Michelle Ye Hee Lee // 07.08.09
 

Wisconsin

The Great Milwaukee Circus Parade and Bastille Days

It's a major double feature in Milwaukee next weekend. The Great Circus Parade will wind through downtown starting at 1:30 p.m., back from a six-year hiatus. The Ringling Bros. Circus antique wagons are being trained in from Baraboo, Wis., to go on display at the Veterans Park on the lakefront for a festival Wednesday through Saturday, with a petting zoo, souvenirs and animal, carousel and Ferris wheel rides. The Kelly Miller Circus also will perform. Admission to the show grounds is free. Circus performances cost $10 for general admission and $12 for box seats. Show grounds will be open noon to 10 p.m. Wednesday and 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Thursday-Saturday. 608-356-8341, circusworld.wisconsinhistory.org/Parade/EventOverview.aspx

"Frenchify" your weekend at the 28th annual Bastille Days, a French-themed celebration in Milwaukee featuring vendors selling French food and wine, live French music and entertainers including trapeze artists and other street performers. To add to the ambience, there will be a 43-foot Eiffel Tower replica that will make you feel like the Seine River is somewhere close by. 11 a.m.-midnight Thursday to Saturday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday; free; Cathedral Square Park in downtown Milwaukee, at Wells and Jackson Streets. 414-271-1416, bastilledaysfestival.com

Indiana

Three Rivers Festival

Visit Ft. Wayne for a celebration of arts and music with events all around town during the 10-day event, including musicals, band and choir performances, a farmers market and an antique show. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. July 10 to 19; visit the Web site for detailed schedule and prices; Headwaters Park, 110 W. Berry St., Ft. Wayne, Ind.; 260-426-5556, trfonline.org

Iowa

Kermis

Bring your clogs and celebrate the summer days at the 30th annual Kermis, the Dutch summer carnival. With the tallest working windmill in the U.S. and the Molengracht canal in the backdrop of the city, this family-friendly carnival will have Dutch children's games, plenty of Dutch food and music. 10 a.m.-midnight Saturday; free, but tickets must be purchased for the games (prices were not set by press time); Pella Historical Village, 507 Franklin St., Pella, Iowa. 641-628-2409, pellatuliptime.com/events/kermis

Michigan

National Cherry Festival

It's all about cherries at Traverse City. This week the city will be holding the annual National Cherry Festival, filled with parades, air shows, cherry ice cream socials, "pie make & bake" and a cherry-pit spit. If cherry is your favorite berry or ice cream flavor, this festival is for you. 8 a.m.-11 p.m. Sunday-Saturday; free, but tickets are required for some concerts and shows; 250 E. Front St., Traverse City, Mich. 800-968-3380, cherryfestival.org

Alpenfest

At Gaylord, Mich., brewing coffee isn't only limited to a coffeepot. Take the world's largest coffee break and chat with townspeople over doughnuts and coffee, which will be brewed in a caldron. There also will be a parade, Alpenfest Queen's Pageant, pizza-eating contest and plenty of music. 9 a.m.-10 p.m. July 14-18; free; Main Street, downtown Gaylord, Mich.; 989-732-6333, gaylordchamber.com