Wisconsin State Fair

State Fair talent bookers saved one of the best for the last night at the Fair—Melissa Etheridge. A breast cancer survivor, her fierce, indomitable spirit has kept her and her music going—and growing—since she picked up her first guitar at age 8. Read more

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Tonight, a rare pairing of two classic R&B groups will come together on the State Fair Main Stage for a night of funk, soul and rock ’n’ roll. The bill includes The Isley Brothers with their 1969 hit "It's Your Thing" and The Commodores. Read more

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Rockabilly came alive at a State Fair performance by The Dirty Deuce. Read more

Concert Reviews

While they’ve only been together for four years, Old Dominion are old hands at penning hits for the likes of country music’s biggest stars: Kenny Chesney, Luke Bryan, The Band Perry, among others. Read more

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With a cast of characters that includes Jose Jalapeño on a Stick, comedian and ventriloquist Jeff Dunham, seems tailor-made for tonight's Main Stage performance at the State Fair. Read more

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Best known for the hit “Jessie’s Girl,” tonight's Main Stage headline act, Rick Springfield, is back with his collections of hits, which also includes “Don’t Talk to Strangers,” “I’ve Done Everything for You” and “Affair of the Heart.” Read more

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Tonight's State Fair Main Stage headliner, Kidz Bop, has grown a brand on the notion of making pop music geared for families who love to hear clean versions of hit songs performed by, who else? Kids! Read more


For King & Country has been described as “Australia’s answer to Coldplay.” The Christian pop duo headline the State Fair's Main Stage tonight. Read more

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The Happy Together Tour returns to the Wisconsin State Fair to once again fill the stage with nostalgic acts. This year's bill features The Turtles, Chuck Negron formerly of Three Dog Night, Gary Puckett & The Union Gap and more. Read more

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Can it only be six years making music for one of country’s fastest rising stars? Tonight's Main Stage headliner, Brett Eldredge, has five No. 1 hit singles to show for it along with four studio albums. Read more

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On first impression, Fitz and The Tantrums come off as a nostalgia act: Five men dressed in suits and ties recreating the blasts of brass and steady dance beats of up-tempo, pre-disco R&B with a woman singer to add more soulfulness. Read more

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Did you know that in 1969, the television show "The Dating Game" offered a trip to the Wisconsin State Fair as one of their prizes? Read more

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The Fair kicks off with a blast from the rockin’ past with these two bands back to back. Look for the REO Speedsters to play all their hits—and they have many—with Night Ranger (“Sister Christian”) to warm up what will already be a hot summer night. Read more

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Me and the fellas plan to gather to plan out our trip to the Wisconsin State Fair that starts this week. Read more

Art for Art's Sake


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The newly landscaped Garden Walk offers benches that surround a trickling pond. Topiary herons and birdhouses repurposed from old State Fair awards mingle with Bonsai trees and a pagoda. Decorative bamboo fencing cordons off areas. Read more

Visual Arts

“The Wisconsin State Fair is a great opportunity to perform live music and be part of an all-ages, family oriented event,” says Coventry Jones, who will have multiple sets at the Robert’s Restaurant/Leadfoot’s Bar Stage at the Wisconsin State Fair. Read more

Local Music

Wisconsin State Fair Director of Competitive Exhibits Jill Albanese is a popular person this afternoon, exactly two weeks before the Fair’s opening day. Read more


Variety is the theme for this year’s lineup of bands and singers. Read more

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The History Display at the Fair Park’s south side chronicles the Fair’s history for the past 168 years. Read more

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In addition to highly anticipated traditions, this year’s Wisconsin State Fair offers new attractions, competitions and entertainment during the run of the Fair. Read more