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18 Top Midwest Events in January

Big Barn Beer Fest in Indiana, Bald Eagle Watching Days in Wisconsin and a rodeo in South Dakota are among our top Midwest events in January.

Illinois 

Moscow Festival Ballet: Sleeping Beauty SPRINGFIELD January 19 The classic fairy tale unfolds with a performance set to Tchaikovsky’s original score at Sangamon Auditorium. sangamonauditorium.org 

Indiana

Savor Fort Wayne FORT WAYNE January 10–21 More than 40 restaurants are offering discounted two- and three-course dinner menus, making it affordable to explore the area’s best eats. savorfortwayne.com 

Big Barn Beer Fest HOBART January 27 Enjoy unlimited samples of nearly 100 Midwest craft brews, plus a hearty food buffet, at County Line Orchard. Live bands round out the afternoon. countylineorchard.com

Iowa

The Great Train Show COUNCIL BLUFFS January 6–7 Encounter one of the nation’s largest traveling railroad expos at Mid-America Center. You’ll find scale models, demos and public rides on a miniature locomotive. trainshow.com 

Kansas

Jazz at the Junction JUNCTION CITY January 12 Kansas native Kathryn Allyn performs a medley of tunes by Irving Berlin to celebrate the state’s musical heritage. Wayne Goins of Kansas State University joins her on the guitar. jcoperahouse.org

Michigan

131st Annual Ski Jumping Tournament ISHPEMING January 23 U.S. and international competitors fly down Marquette County’s 90-meter Suicide Hill. Spectators keep warm with a bonfire and hot cocoa. ishskiclub.com

Ski Jump Competition

Ski Jumping Tournament

Zehnder’s Snowfest FRANKENMUTH January 24–28 Snow sculptures and ice carvings decorate downtown during this world-class snow-carving competition. Thaw out with hot treats in the warming tent before fireworks. zehnders.com

Minnesota

Icebox Days INTERNATIONAL FALLS January 17–21 The town known as Icebox of the Nation celebrates its trademarked moniker with wacky winter activities. Try frozen turkey bowling, moonlight skiing and a fun run. ifallschamber.com

Missouri

The St. Louis Food and Wine Experience ST. LOUIS January 26–28 Sample more than 900 domestic and international wines, along with small plates and appetizers from local chefs. repstl.org  

Nebraska

The Sound of Music LINCOLN January 12–14 The story of Maria and the von Trapp family comes to the Lied Center for Performing Arts. liedcenter.org  

Indoor Air Show ASHLAND January 13 With radio controls, pilots make R/C planes loop, flip and roll through the air in a climate-controlled hangar at the Strategic Air Command and Aerospace Museum. sacmuseum.org 

North Dakota

First Day Hike GARRISON January 1 Start the year off with a 1-mile cross-country ski, snowshoe or hiking trek through Fort Stevenson State Park. Enjoy luminarias along the trail and refreshments at the visitors center. parkrec.nd.gov

First Day Hike

First Day Hike

Ohio

Frostology TOLEDO December 26–January 7 Visitors at Imagination Station get to tinker around with trash, make an ugly sweater, explore the sounds of the holidays and engineer gingerbread houses. imaginationstationtoledo.org  

Barrel-Aged Beer Bash FAIRFIELD January 13 Learn why beer—like most fine things in life—improves with age. Choose from more than 100 different barrel-aged brews at Jungle Jim’s International Market while discussing trends and techniques with pro brewers. junglejims.com 

South Dakota

ISOC Deadwood SnoCross Showdown DEADWOOD January 1 Pro snowmobilers and X Games hopefuls blaze through the Days of ’76 Event Complex in the annual snocross championship tour. An obstacle course challenges competitors with hairpin turns and jumps. deadwoodsnocross.com 

Annual Black Hills Stock Show and Rodeo RAPID CITY January 26–February 4 In its 59th year, Central States Fairgrounds hosts the second-largest annual event in South Dakota. Browse cattle and horse sales or attend seminars on livestock production between rodeo competitions. blackhillsstockshow.com 

Wisconsin

Chris Mann CEDARBURG January 5 At the Cedarburg Performing Arts Center, The Voice season two finalist will perform Billboard chart-topping hits, plus a selection of tunes from Constellation, his latest album. cedarburgpac.com

Bald Eagle Watching Days PRAIRIE DU SAC January 12–13 Watch eagles gather as they land in central Wisconsin for winter. The event features birds of prey shows, bus tours, photography seminars and Native American lore. ferrybluffeaglecouncil.org 

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