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  • 1 - 17 Ontario - Wild Cat Mountain Camping Weekends. Only offered in May! A weekend getaway for the horse lover who loves to ride but doesn't own a horse. Red Ridge Ranch will bring the horses and the food, all you need is a tent or a camper! Meet up at the Wild Cat Mountain State Park and trail ride through some of Wisconsin's premier bluff country on safe, well-trained and maintained trail horses. Wild Cat Mountain State Park. For more information call (608) 847-2273.
  • 1 - 3 Waukesha - Lake Country Antiques Garden Show. 70 Dealers from around the country featuring 18th Century Modernism. Catered food, desserts, & gourmet coffees. Tickets are valid all 3 days of the show. Times are: May 1st (5pm-9pm) May 2nd (10am-5pm) & May 3rd (11am-4pm). Waukesha Expo Center, 1000 Northview Road.
  • 1 West Bend - Out of the Shadows-A Theatrical Orphan Train Experience. A ride on an orphan train you will never forget. Set on the streets of America's cities in 1882. This theatrical performance is a thrilling collection of stories inspired by the true lives of children who experienced abandonment, abuse, and love. Friday, May 1 - 7:00 pm. Free. First Baptist Church 2300 S Main Street. For more information call (832) 231-2768.
  • 2 - 3 Appleton - No Tomorrow Festival 2015. MDC / Channel 3 /Solstice / +much more! 501 North Richmond Street, . For more information call (920)-475-3407.
  • 2 - 3 Baraboo - Badger Steam and Gas Engine Club Spring Swap Meet. Gas engines, tractors, farm primitives, collectables, tools, cars, trucks, and parts. Auction Saturday. S3347 Sand Road Baraboo. Event starts at 7:00AM and ends at 5:00PM. For more information call (608) 522-4905.
  • 2 Eau Claire - Mother's Day Bazaar. Mother's day Bazaar, 75+ vendors in one location, shoppers enter the drawing for a chance to win cash prizes and gift baskets. Eau Claire Expo Center. For more information call (651) 246-0673.
  • 2 Eau Claire - Auto Club Swap Meet CVTC. Swap Meet sponsored by the Chippewa Valley Technical College Auto Club. All auto, truck, ATV, boat & cycle items welcome. 7am to 2 pm. Free admission Vendors only $20.00. 620 W. Clairemont Ave.. For more information call (715)833-6313.
  • 2 Hudson - Walk MS: Hudson Walk. This community event raises critical funds to support life-changing programs and cutting-edge research. It is an experience unlike any other. Join friends, family and your community and walk to create a world free of MS 1300 Carmichael Road. For more information call (800) 582-5296.
  • 2 Merrill - Community Color Run for United Way. The Community Color Run for United Way is a family friendly event focused on raising money for the United Way! Riverside Athletic Club 500 South Center Avenue. For more information call (715) 536-2481.
  • 2 - 3 Oshkosh - African Violet Show & Sale. Come see hundreds of beautiful African violets and related plants on exhibit and for sale. Pots, soil, and fertilizer also for sale. May 2, 10a.m.-4:30p.m. May 3, 11:30a.m.-3p.m. St.Jude the Apostle Church Hall, 531 Knapp St.. For more information call (920)426-3764.
  • 2 Racine - Lakefront Artists Fair. Racine's first outdoor art fair of the season. Over 100 artists participating. Festival Park. Event starts at 8:00AM and ends at 4:00PM. For more information call (262) 637-7892.
  • 2 St. Germain - 2nd Annual Martinis in May. Join us for the 2nd Annual Martinis in May in 2015! This event will be held 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM at the Whitetail Inn when the Northwoods sends their best bartenders to compete in the competition! Light hors d' oeuvres and live music will be provided by Tony Ocean. Whitetail Inn Restaurant. For more information call (715) 477-2205.
  • 2 Stoughton - Spring Fever Gift & Plant Fair. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Over 30 vendors with either hand-made items or products from direct-sale companies. Something for everyone. Baskets of annuals will also be sold. St. Ann Catholic Church. For more information call (608) 873-7633.
  • 2 Waukesha - Waukesha Art Crawl. 175 Artisans at 20 Galleries and showplaces are featured at this seasonal event.Live music, food & drinks. Downtown. Event starts at 4:00PM and ends at 10:00PM. For more information call (262) 542-1522.
  • 2 West Bend - Out of the Shadows-A Theatrical Orphan Train Experience. A ride on an orphan train you will never forget. Set on the streets of America's cities in 1882. This theatrical performance is a thrilling collection of stories inspired by the true lives of children who experienced abandonment, abuse, and love. Saturday, May 2 11:00 am & 6:00 pm. Free. First Baptist Church 2300 S Main Street. For more information call (832) 231-2768.
  • 2 West Salem - Jared Weeks LIVE at Features West Salem. Start your Summer right by rocking out with the former lead singer of Saving Abel: Jared Weeks with special appearance by Spare Parts Project. It's going to be an epic night!! Tickets are $12 in advance (online on Features Sports Bar and Grill website) and $15 day of the show. 1425 State Hwy 16. For more information call (608) 786-9000.
  • 6 - 29 Madison - PiYo. Improve your overall health with this unique and fun way to exercise! PiYo is a hybrid workout combining the mind and body principles of Yoga and Pilates. Classes will be held Wednesdays and Fridays from 11:45-12:30 PM. Monona Terrace, 1 John Nolen Dr.. For more information call (608) 261-4000.
  • 7 Baraboo - Comic Paula Poundstone. The thing that separates Poundstone from the pack of comics working today and that has made her a legend among comics and audiences alike is her ability to be spontaneous with a crowd. Al. Ringling Theatre 136 4th Ave.. For more information call (608) 356-8864.
  • 7 - 10 Chippewa Falls - The Past Passed Here. Hands on activities highlighting the historic sights and sounds of early Chippewa Falls. 1800s style food, traders, and live entertainment. Thurs & Fri 3pm-6pm, Sat 9am-6pm, Sunday 9-Noon. Allen Park. For more information call (715) 723-0619.
  • 7 - 8 Fitchburg - International Forum on Consciousness. This year's International Forum on Consciousness, is to be held May 7-8. Hosted by the BioPharmaceutical Technology Center Institute (BTC Institute) and Promega Corporation, an internationally renowned group of presenters will share their thoughts and experiences as they discuss how we may actively participate in shaping our collective future. 5445 E Cheryl Pkwy. For more information call (608) 277-2508.
  • 8 - 17 Columbus - Agatha Christie's play . Columbus Redbud Players present Agatha Christie's murder mystery "The Mousetrap" May 8, 9, 15, & 16 at 7:30 pm, May 17 at 2 pm. Performances at Columbus High School, 1164 Farnham Street, Columbus. Tickets $10 -reserve in advance by calling or purchase at the door before each performance. Columbus High School. For more information call (920)326-5554.
  • 8 - 10 Gays Mills - Gays Mills Spring Festival. Gays Mills is one of Wisconsin's prime apple growing areas. Tour orchards in bloom, a flea market, food stands, and the annual Festival of Folk Music and Dance. Downtown and area Orchards. For more information call (608) 735-4031.
  • 9 Baraboo - Fair on the Square. Semi-annual arts and crafts show. Food, Farmer's Market, Children's Activities, and Entertainment. Courthouse Square. Event starts at 9:00AM and ends at 4:00PM. For more information call (608) 448-3490.
  • 9 Cambridge - Touch-a-Truck and Bike Rodeo. Tour a firetruck, police car, semi-truck, race car, bouncy house, face painting, balloons, and more! Cambridge High School. Event starts at 10:00AM and ends at 12:00PM. For more information call (608) 423-8108.
  • 9 Monona - Wildflower Wander. Bring your mother or other for an easy stroll to see some of Wisconsin's spectacular spring wildflowers. Learn the folklore behind the names, and color & take home a field guide of your favorite spring wildflowers. Pre-registration recommended; walk-ins welcome. Aldo Leopold Nature Center, 330 Femrite Drive. For more information call (608) 221-0404.
  • 9 - 10 North Freedom - Mother's Day Weekend at the Mid-Continent Railway Museum. Coach trains run at 11am, 1pm and 3pm on both days. Treat mom to a first class service at 11am or 1pm (Saturday only). Dinner train on Saturday at 5:30pm, and Mother's Day Sunday Brunch trains at 10:30am and 12:45pm. Reservations required. Mid-Continent Railway Museum, E8948 Diamond Hill Rd. For more information call 1(800) 930-1385.
  • 10 Milwaukee - Mother's Day Brunch and Free H-D Museum Admission . Celebrate the most important woman in your life, MOM. Your mother has always been there for you, now it's your turn to return the favor. Give her an unforgettable day at the Harley-Davidson Museum and MOTOR Bar & Restaurant with brunch at MOTOR and free Museum admission. 400 W. Canal St.. For more information call (414) 287-2789.
  • 10 Prairie du Sac - Salute to Mothers at Wollersheim Winery. Wollersheim Winery will be open for tours and tastings. Mothers receive a complimentary tour when accompanied by family. Wollersheim Winery, 7876 Wisconsin 188. Event starts at 10:00AM and ends at 5:00PM. For more information call 1(800) VIP-WINE.
  • 10 Racine - Mom's Day 5K - Racine, WI. Mom's Day 5K is a run/walk dedicate to Mom's on their special day. Join us in Racine, WI for a run/walk along the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan. North Beach Oasis. For more information call (877) 651-2440.
  • 10 Sturtevant - Mother's Day Brunch Borzynski's Farm & Floral. Sunday May 10th 10:30 and 12:30 - Come celebrate Mother's Day with us. Enjoy a delicious brunch including: chicken, ham, fish, assorted salads, and homemade pastries, and much more. Moms receive a corsage. Adults $21.95, Children (3-12) $12.95 Reservations & advance purchase required. Borzynski's Farm & Floral Ma 11600 Washington Ave . For more information call (262) 886-2235.
  • 14 Madison - Wright Design Series w/ Anna Andrzejewski. 7:00 PM- Lecture Hall, free and open to the public. By the mid-twentieth century, architects and builders drew upon Frank Lloyd Wright's aesthetics to the degree that a widespread trend emerged, which Andrzejewski calls "Wrightification" 1 John Nolen Drive. For more information call (608) 261-4000.
  • 15 - 17 Manitowoc - Midwestern Model Ships & Boats Contest and Display. Modelers from throughout the US will fill the museum's Riverview Room with exquisite models of great ships. 9 am-5 pm Wisconsin Maritime Museum, Maritime Dr.. For more information call (920) 684-0218.
  • 15 - 24 Wisconsin Rapids - Almost, Maine. Dates: May 15-16 & 21-24; Times: 7:30pm, 2:00pm Sunday Matinee; Tickets: $15; Wisconsin Rapids Community Theatre; 220 3rd Ave S.. For more information call (715) 421-0435.
  • 16 Appleton - Spectrum Saturday. Spectrum Saturday is a program designed to give families with children on the autism spectrum a lower sensory experience in the museum. Admission is free to children and their families on the autism spectrum from 9-10 a.m., but stay as long as you'd like. 100 W. College Ave.. For more information call (920) 734-3226.
  • 16 Chippewa Falls - Muscle Car Restorations 2015 Open House. Come visit our 30,000 square foot restoration facility and view a large number of completed and in-process restorations covering many makes and models. See you in May! 11371 20th Ave. For more information call (715) 834-2223.
  • 16 Chippewa Falls - Great Steps 4NF Chippewa Falls. Walk to help those affected by Neurofibromatosis (NF) (a gentic disorder that can cause tumors along nerve endings) Walk, prizes and lunch all in a zoo setting makes for a fun filled day that makes a difference in millions affected by NF. $20 in advance $25 day of event. Irvine Park Main Pavillion. For more information call (630) 945-3562.
  • 16 - 17 De Pere - Designers for Hope Showcase Tours. Join selected designers for a public tour of the DePere Riverside Home. Tickets are $15 per person when purchased online before the event and $20 per person at the door (with a discount at the door for students with an ID). 1559 Fox Ridge Circl. For more information call (920)884-6740.
  • 16 - 17 Janesville - Janesville Renaissance Faire. We would like to invite you to come out and have fun watching and interacting with the many performers as well as shopping at the exotic vendors during this exciting two day trip into an old world experience! Traxler Park. Event starts at 10:00AM and ends at 6:00PM. For more information call (608) 295-6709.
  • 16 - 17 Merrimac - ERIK'S Super Demo. Bicycle manufacturers will be showing off their wares, and visitors can test ride multiple bikes on the trails at Devil's Head as well as roads surrounding the area. Devil's Head Resort. Event starts at 10:30AM and ends at 3:00PM. For more information call 952-351-8349.
  • 16 Milwaukee - Armed Forces Day Celebration . Support our troops. Join the Milwaukee Armed Services Committee and the Harley-Davidson Museum for Armed Forces Day Celebration and the 12th Annual Support the Troops Ride. 400 W. Canal St.. For more information call (414) 287-2789.
  • 16 Milwaukee - Brewtown Rumble Pre-Party . The Brewtown Rumble is Milwaukee's new vintage motorcycle show and street party featuring music, food, vendors and more. Kick off the Brewtown Rumble at the Harley-Davidson Museum. The Pre-Party is open to all fans of motorcycles and is sure to be a good time. 400 W. Canal St.. For more information call (414) 287-2789.
  • 16 Phillips - Heritage Days: Get Hooked on History. Enjoy history stations for the kids, tools used by Early European settlements in our area, an authentic Fur-Trade Era re-enactors camp, ethnic food booths, stage performances with 5 hours of continuous traditional music, singers, musical instrument makers, story-tellers, and working blacksmith. N8236 S. Hwy. 13. For more information call (715) 339-7282.
  • 16 - 17 Sauk City - Madison Magazine BBQ Festival. Free Admission!The Madison Magazine BBQ Festival is a Kansas City Barbecue Society (KCBS) sanctioned contest. It will feature 30 BBQ pros to entertain and delight, two days of live music, delicious food, beer and wine, children's activities, demos, a bicycle race and so much more! Meyer Oak Grove Park. For more information call (608) 270-3632.
  • 16 West Bend - ArtWalk Grand Opening. A celebration of the arts! Art vendors, live music, wine, beer, food and more! 215 N Main St. For more information call (262) 338-3909.
  • 16 - 17 Wisconsin Dells - Automotion 2015. You know that spring has arrived in Wisconsin Dells when over 1,200 beautifully restored classic cars roll into town. Whether you're displaying the love of your life, a 1989 or older classic car, selling items in the Swap Meet or simply taking in the sights & sounds of the event, you won't be disappointed! Free spectator admission! Noah's Ark Waterpark Site, 1410 Wisconsin Dells Parkway.
  • 17 Appleton - Fox Cities Vintage Fashion Show. Enjoy vintage fashions from the 50s, 60s, 70s, & 80s.Call for ticket info at 920.731.7834. Radisson Paper Valley Hotel, 333 W. College Ave.. For more information call (920) 731-7834.
  • 20 - 23 Appleton - Storybook Stars Presents: How Do Dinosaurs…? . Join us in the Mielke Family Theater for listening to the story read-aloud, meeting the star of the book, and making a take-home craft. Free with museum membership or daily admission. May 20th & 22nd 10-11 am & 2:30-3:30 pm; May 23rd 2:30-3:30 pm The Building for Kids Children's Museum. For more information call (920) 734-3226.
  • May 21 - Sep 3 Crivitz - Crivitz Flea & Farmer's Market. 30+ Vendors, Thursdays, May 21 - Sept 3. 8am - 4pm. A special market date of Saturday, July 4th 8am - 1:30pm. Mad Dog & Merrill will join us May 21, July 2, and July 4. Across from 800 Henriette Ave. For more information call (715) 854-2030.
  • 23 Baraboo - REO Speedwagon at Ho-Chunk Casino. Enjoy REO Speedwagon as they stage the stage at Ho-Chunk Casino. A night of great music and fun. Ho Chunk Casino. Event starts at 8:00PM.
  • 23 - 24 Burlington - Burlington Jaycees Arts, Crafts, and Vendors Fair. Arts, crafts, and vendors fair during Burlington's popular Chocolate Fest weekend at Echo Park (not affiliated with Chocolate Fest). Over 100 different vendors including reps from some favorite companies (Thirty-one, Avon, Tastefully Simple, etc). Quaint event that's not overwhelming, but plenty to see. Playground for kids. Free admission! Accepting vendors. Echo Park, 595 Milwaukee Ave. For more information call (262) 374-1817.
  • 23 Phillips - Garden Art with Branches. Make your own garden art out of fresh branches cut at the park. Learn to identify & cut popple, buckthorn or honeysuckle for materials. Sally Punzel returns to show you how to gather the materials & construct stars, small shelves, racks and small pot trellises using the collected materials. N8236 S. Hwy. 13. For more information call (715) 339-7282.
  • May 23 - Oct 31 West Bend - West Bend Farmers Market . Over 65 vendors with fresh vegetables, herbs, eggs, cheese and much more! Every Sat Morning 7:30-11AM 215 N Main St. Event starts at 7:30AM and ends at 11:00AM. For more information call (262) 338-3909.
  • 29 Cadott - Chippewa Charity Classic Golf Outing. Host, Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation. 4-person, 18-hole scramble. Cost: $70 p/person $260 /team. Proceeds go to: Community Foundation of Chippewa County G. McDowell Economic Development Seedling Fund Whispering Pines Golf Course, County Road X. For more information call (800) 797-9976.
  • 30 - 31 Hubertus - Holy Hill Art & Farm Market Event. 9-4pm Rustic Marketplace Artists and Farmers Paintings Photography Sculptures Pottery Glass Wood Vintage Metal Garden Jewelry Fabric Antiques Hot Food Soups Produce Bakery Refreshments Canned Goods Relax Stay for the Farm Fresh Food! Live Music Free Admission & Parking. 4948 Hwy 167. For more information call (262) 644-5698.
  • 30 Racine - Cree Cruise 5K Fun Run/Walk. This event is a 5k fun run/walk sponsored by Cree with all proceeds benefiting Big Brothers Big Sisters. 9201 Washington Avenue. For more information call (866) 231-2548.
  • 31 Madison - Isthmus Food Cart Fest. Grab a taste of the best food cart fare Madison has to offer, listen to live music from Oshkosh folk/bluegrass band, Dead Horses, and enjoy a selection of craft beer in the sun. Olin Park - 1156 Olin-Turville Court. For more information call (608) 251-5627.

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  • Oct 10 through May 15 Kenosha - Travel Adventure Series at Reuther Auditorium. Kenosha Public Museum presents Travel Adventure Series. Includes seven, 90-minute digital films shown on a large screen in the historic Reuther Auditorium. Each film takes viewers to worldly destinations, describing the art, music, architecture, culture & history from a first-person perspective. Professional filmmakers share experiences through movies and interactive discussions. Kenosha Public Museum, 58th St. & Sheridan Rd.. For more information call (262) 653-4140.
  • Dec 29 through Oct 2 Blue Mounds - Camp Brigham Family Fun Days. Join the Camp Brigham staff and celebrate the winter season with fun indoor & outdoor activities. Children will enjoy arts and crafts, winter playtime, seasonal stories, camp songs and camp snacks in the visitor center. Cave of the Mounds, 2975 Cave of the Mounds Rd. For more information call (608) 437-3038.
  • Jan 27 through May 3 Racine - Body Language: New Acquisitions of Figurative Work. The figure is used to tell stories, to symbolize existence, and to represent the human condition. Featuring works in diverse media new to RAMs collection, Body Language reflects our desire to study, analyze, and respond to the human body as form and content. Racine Art Museum, 441 Main Street. For more information call (262) 638-8300.
  • Jan 27 through Jul 5 Racine - New Acquisitions: Contemporary Art Jewelry. This exhibition celebrates recent gifts from a handful of dedicated collectors and donors. A special feature of this exhibition is a concentrated look at the work of several artists that RAM is collecting in-depth. Racine Art Museum, 441 Main Street. For more information call (262) 638-8300.
  • Feb 15 through Jun 7 Racine - Kindred Collecting: Exploring the Art Collections . Racine Art Museum and The Prairie School, also in Racine, have been the beneficiaries of donors who believe that art is a powerful tool and important to a well-rounded education. Racine Art Museum 441 Main St.. For more information call (262) 638-8300.
  • Mar 20 through May 24 Milwaukee - Low Down Dirty Blues. Four multi-talented performers pour their passion, soul, and love into the hits of Muddy Waters, Ma Rainey, Sophie Tucker, Howlin Wolf, Pearl Bailey, and many more. Twenty-two smokin' songs, non-stop blues riffs, titillating double-entendres, and hot rhythms keep the theater sultry and steamy from the first note to the last. Milwaukee Repertory Theater. For more information call (414) 224-9490.
  • Mar 23 through May 18 Madison - Meditation at Monona Terrace. Every Monday from 11:45-12:30 PM, meditation will be offered to the public. Meditation can reconnect you with a sense of calm and inner peace. Monona Terrace, 1 John Nolen Dr. For more information call (608) 261-4000.
  • Apr 21 through May 24 Milwaukee - Peter and the Starcatcher. Before Peter was Pan, he was just an orphan who didn't like grown ups. But his future changes forever when he boards a pirate ship, and we're whisked away on a breathtaking adventure to answer the question: how did a boy named Peter become The Boy Who Never Grew Up? Milwaukee Repertory Theater. For more information call (414) 224-9490.

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