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12 Top Midwest Events in April

Go glamping in the Dunes, bust open a piñata, or bite into local chocolate treats. Discover these events and more throughout the Midwest this month.

Illinois

Spring Jubilee, Bishop HIll April 1

This charming hamlet, once home to a utopian religious community, welcomes spring with unabashed celebration: blooming tulips, spring-themed classes and other seasonal festivities fill museums (bishophill.com).

Indiana

Dunes Glamping Weekend and Vintage Camper Rally, Chesterton April 29-30 

At the Indiana Dunes State Park, you’ll encounter campfire cooking classes, beach yoga, jewelry making and a “glamorous” s’mores bar. Soak up the Lake Michigan views with this anything-but-roughing-it weekend (in.gov).

Iowa

Harlem Globetrotters, Des Moines April 7

This night at the Iowa Events Center promises slam dunks, quick one-liners and swishes from a new “4-point line,” more than 6 feet beyond the standard 3-point line (iowaeventscenter.com).

Kansas

Tulip Time Festival, Belle Plaine April 7-9

Snowdrifts give way to 30,000 colorful tulips at the historic Bartlett Arboretum. Celebrate spring’s return with barbecue eats, live entertainment and a vendor fair at the 32nd annual festival (bartlettarboretum.com). 

Michigan

The Last Good Country: Walloon Lake, an Ernest Hemingway Occasion, Walloon Lake April 28-30 

Between world travels, Ernest Hemingway frequented a cottage at Walloon Lake. Relive those days with historical talks and tours exposing his go-to haunts and drinks. You’ll get a chance to sip the beverages with Hemingway-inspired hors d’oeuvres (hotelwalloon.com).

Minnesota

Junk Bonanza, Shakopee April 20-22

Celebrate all things reclaimed, upcycled and retro with more than 150 sellers at Canterbury Park. Keen-eyed visitors will spot one-of-a-kind novelties and decor (junkbonanza.com).

Missouri

Cherry Blossom Kite and Piñata Festival, Springfield April 22

Springfield’s sister cities take center stage at this cross-cultural gathering. Celebrate Isesaki, Japan, and Tlaquepaque, Mexico, by building kites, making origami artwork and busting open a piñata at the Springfield Botanical Gardens (parkboard.org).

Nebraska

North Platte Country Bluegrass Festival, North Platte April 27-29 

Experience a down-home festival on the Lincoln County Fairgrounds. With no shortage of twang and banjos, the lineup summons the likes of The Spinney Brothers and Phillip Steinmetz. Public jam sessions and workshops will round out the weekend (visitnorthplatte.com).

North Dakota

Home and Garden Show, Jamestown April 22-23

Whether building a home, tackling a remodel or hoping to boost curb appeal, this event in the Jamestown Civic Center should inspire you. Dozens of vendors will present building supplies, furniture, appliances and gardening equipment for DIY projects and home improvements (jamestownchamber.com).

Ohio

Chocolate Walk, Defiance April 6

Never mind the combative name of the host city. Downtown merchants give in to sweets surrender for this annual chocolate celebration, when specialists partner with retailers to present delicacies like truffles and chocolate-covered strawberries. This year adds optional wine tastings to pair with the desserts for an additional cost (visitdefianceohio.com).

South Dakota

Winefest Renaissance, Aberdeen April 8

This flavorful gathering at the Ward Plaza Downtown Event Center will serve up 100-plus wines, craft beers, tempting hors d’oeuvres and spirits. Learn about wine and food pairings, go to a silent auction and groove to live tunes (visitaberdeensd.com).

Wisconsin

How Posters Work, Milwaukee March 31-June 25

This traveling exhibition takes up temporary residence at the Milwaukee Art Museum. Learn about the history of posters by viewing rare examples from the Smithsonian Design Museum (mam.org).

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