Side trips

July, 2017

Savor the summer

in Washington County

ashington County, located northwest of downtown Milwaukee, is a beautiful area of rolling hills, interesting attractions, nature trails, family-oriented activities, unique events and great places to eat and shop.

     The Old Fashioned July 4th Celebration, in Germantown features an Independence Day Parade and activities on July 4 from 11am-10pm in Fireman’s Park, W162N11870 Park Ave. The event features activities for the whole family and much more. For more information, phone (262) 424-4457 or visit



     The Washington County Fair, July 25-30, is known as one of the best fairs in the state. The fair showcases 4-H and youth exhibits, nationally known entertainment, fun foods, shopping, a carnival and fun for all ages.

     Headliners include Montgomery Gentry on July 27, Ann Wilson of Heart on July 28 and Dustin Lynch on July 29. The fair is at Washington County Fair Park and Conference Center, 3000 Hwy PV, West Bend. For more information, visit or

phone (262) 677-5060.


     The Art & Chalk Fest on July 29-30 has a great location at the Museum of Wisconsin Art’s new cultural campus, 205 Veterans Ave. in West Bend. The outdoor festival features 60 fine arts and crafts artist booths, music, food, face painting, art projects, a kids chalk contest, and live street chalking by professional chalk artists. Phone (262) 247-2269 for more info.

     Washington County also is a mecca for golfers.

Gorgeous golf courses for varying skill levels include Kettle Hills, Washington County Golf Course and Erin Hills, which just hosted the U.S. Golf Open Championship.

     Every Saturday through Oct. 28 from 7:30am-11am, the Farmers Market in downtown West Bend features produce and lots more. Entertainment adds to the lively atmosphere.

     For more information and event updates, visit

 For more information and event updates, visit