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Big music stars shine for Summerfest

Summerfest, Milwaukee, Wis., June 26 through July 6. The "World's Largest Music Festival" showcases more than 700 artists on 10 stages and a lakefront 23,000-seat amphitheater. Features national and regional musical entertainment, comedians, food vendors, water sport shows and children's activities. Lineup includes Stevie Wonder, Tim McGraw, the Jonas Brothers, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Trace Adkins, Keller Williams, Phil Lesh and Friends, Cheap Trick, Rush, Lucinda Williams and Stone Temple Pilots. (80 miles from O'Hare, (414) 273-2680, www.summerfest.com, www.ticketmaster.com)

Balloons float over Upper Peninsula

Balloons on the Bays & Pioneer Days, Escanaba, Mich., June 26-29. The only hot air balloon festival in the Upper Peninsula includes tethered rides, evening glows, lumberjack show and a barbecue cook-off. (303 miles from O'Hare, (906) 786-2192, www.deltami.org/events/event.asp?uid=1)

Swiss town shows off its lederhosen

Heidi Festival, New Glarus, Wis., June 27-29. Residents of Swiss settlement don lederhosen for a street dance complete with polka music. Costumed performers present a dramatized version of the book "Heidi." Old World traditions include yodeling, flag throwing and singing. Taste of New Glarus with food, discounted merchandise and live music. (133 miles from O'Hare, (800) 527-6838, www.swisstown.com)

Iowa capital hosts major art festival

Des Moines Art Festival, Des Moines, Iowa, June 27-29. Juried art fair in 14 categories, family and adult arts activities, live entertainment, 20 food booths. (332 miles from O'Hare, (515) 286-4950, www.desmoinesartsfestival.org)

Feast on strawberries in Cedarburg

23rd Annual Strawberry Festival, Cedarburg, Wis., June 28 and 29. Strolling festival with live music, hayrides, a strawberry pancake breakfast, a "Strawberry Bob" contest, Plein Air Painting Competition and strawberry pie- and sundae-eating contests. There will be arts and crafts shows and strolling clowns and magicians. (101 miles from O'Hare, (800) 237-2874, www.cedarburgfestivals.org)

Old-fashioned music sounds on battlefield

Indiana Fiddler's Gathering, Battle Ground, Ind., June 27-29. Acoustic music festival at Tippecanoe Battlefield features old-time, bluegrass, swing, jazz fiddle, string band, Celtic and ethnic music. (136 miles from O'Hare, (765) 742-1419, www.dcwi.com/fiddlers)

Muskegon festival is music and more

Summer Celebration, Muskegon, Mich., June 26 through July 6. Waterfront event features concerts by Joe Cocker, Steve Miller Band, Crying Wolf and REO Speedwagon. Also includes a community picnic, fireworks, a juried art fair, crafts market, parade, sand sculpture contest and swine races. (203 miles from O'Hare, (231) 722-6520, www.summercelebration.com)

Railroad buffs make tracks to Galesburg

Galesburg Railroad Days, Galesburg, Ill., June 28 and 29. Annual event celebrating the city's railroad heritage with a carnival, exhibits, a street fair, rail yard tours, 5k and 10k runs, hobby train show, flea market and rib cook-off. Over 40 events; most of them free. (194 miles from O'Hare, (309) 343-2485, www.visitgalesburg.com)

WWII liberation of France re-enacted

World War II Re-enactment, Arcola, Ill., June 28 and 29. The liberation of Caen, France, will be re-enacted at Rockome Gardens. Tour the occupied French town, Axis and Allied camps and World War II vehicles. Skits all day in the town and a USO show Saturday night in the style of the 1940s for those 21 and older. (183 miles from O'Hare, (217) 268-4106, www.rockome.com/events/eventsList.html#wwii)

Take a garden tour in Bloomington, Ill.

Glorious Garden Festival, Bloomington, Ill., June 20 and 21. Self-guided tours through some of the loveliest private gardens in the area. Maps and program books describing the gardens and locations may be picked up at the drive-up Garden Walk booth on the grounds of the David Davis Mansion. (138 miles from O'Hare, (309) 828-1084, www.davismansion.org)

Revolutionary War relived downstate

Muskets and Drum Muster, Lake Shelbyville, Ill., June 21 and 22. Revolutionary War re-enactment, "roll the soldier" contest, artillery demonstrations, live battles and military drills. (223 miles from O'Hare, (217) 774-4138, www.lakeshelbyville.com/calendar.htm)

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UFO Festival has everything alien

UFO Festival, Roswell, N.M., July 3-7. Lectures on UFOs, concerts, street dance, UFOetry vocal group performances, Alien Village, parade and screening of the video "Roswell: The U.F.O. Cover-Up." ((877) 849-7679, www.roswellufofestival.com)

Quebec celebrates 400th anniversary

Happy Birthday Quebec, Quebec City, Quebec, July 3-5. The 400th anniversary of the founding of the city will be marked by a military parade and show featuring projections, songs and dances. An actor portraying Samuel de Champlain will recount 400 years of history through 10 impressionist and musical tableaux. Great performers from Quebec and the French-speaking world will perform. The weekend also includes the launch of the annual Quebec City International Summer Festival. ((866) 585-2008, http://monquebec2008)

Boston fest stretches over Fourth of July

Harborfest, Boston, Mass., July 1-6. More than 200 events include historical re-enactments, walking tours, sunset harbor cruises, free concerts and the 27th annual Chowderfest. ((617) 227-1528, www.bostonharborfest.com)

Calgary Stampede honors the West

Calgary Stampede, Calgary, Alberta, July 4-13. "Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth" draws 1.2 million people and includes a downtown parade, daily rodeos, chuck-wagon races, live music and a nightly outdoor stage show. Lineup includes the Judds, James Taylor and Sugarland. ((800) 661-1260, www.calgarystampede.com)

• Event details are subject to change; contact organizers for updated information.