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Summer events guide

Published: June 5, 2017

Follow that parade float! It’s summer event season in Vilas County, which means plenty of exciting events you won’t want to miss. From festive parades to concerts and waterski shows, you’ll find events that will delight and entertain the whole family. Here’s a quick guide to some of our best summer events.

Celebrate heritage

Lac du Flambeau will host the 35th annual Bear River Pow Wow from July 7-9 at the Old Indian Village. This annual event draws tribes from across the nation.

Picture perfect

Some of the most beautiful art in the Northwoods will be for sale in Land O’ Lakes on July 22. Summer Classics Art Impressions will feature more than 80 art and fine craft booths as well as food and beverages for sale.

Tasty tradition

Pig in the Pines: Bacon, BBQ and Bands. There’s a reason why St. Germain’s annual pork-themed festival is a big hit. Join the party August 4-5.

Watery wonders

Vilas County communities host fun water ski shows throughout the summer. Head to Conover to see the Chain Skimmers on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.

Dance in the streets

The streets of Sayner will be the center of action on August 6, as the community hosts the Sayner Street Fair. It’s a full day of fun with children’s activities, a craft fair, food, beer garden and live music in the pavilion.

Party in the capital

From August 11-13, Boulder Junction, the Musky Capital of the World™, will celebrate its famous fish with the Musky Jamboree. This longtime Boulder Junction tradition includes a street party, polka fest, car show and fun run.

Supersized festival

On August 16, Eagle River will hold Paul Bunyan Fest. This family-friendly event features chainsaw carving, live music and a craft fair. Bring an appetite: the star of the show is the huge Paul Bunyan-sized beef sandwich meal!


This is just a sample of Vilas County’s summer events. See a complete listing here.