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How to Find Wisconsin Events

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General Caution
Events may be changed, rescheduled, or cancelled. If you find a future event that interests you, call the event sponsor to confirm, especially if you are going to travel any distance to attend.

Disclaimer
All event information is provided by the event sponsors, who are responsible for the accuracy of their event listings. Event sponsors do not always notify us of event changes or cancellations. Wisconsin Online, Inc. assumes no liability for the costs or inconvenience of any party due to the rescheduling or cancelling of events listed on Wisconline, or for the costs or inconvenience of any party due to information which may be incomplete or inaccurate.

Always call the event sponsor to confirm before you go.

Calendar Find
Calendar Find is as easy as clicking a date on a calendar. Wisconline's home page (www.wisconline.com) includes a calendar for the current and the next two months. Click once on any date on the calendar to find out what's happening on that date.

Events are sorted by start date, so events that started earlier but are ongoing (like museum and gallery shows) will show up first, then events that start on the day you selected.

You may print your results for future reference, but remember that the database is updated every week with 400 to 600 new events, and that sometimes events are cancelled or changed. Always call the event sponsor to confirm events that interest you.

Go to Calendar Find
Subject Find
Use Subject Find on Wisconline's home page to find events in a Subject area of special interest to you, from the date of your query through as far into the future as event sponsors have informed us of their plans.

Below the Calendar on Wisconline's home page (www.wisconline.com) is a heading "Events by Subject," and beneath that heading a selection box labeled "Select a Subject." Click and hold down on that selection box and a window will pop up with a list of all the Subjects used to categorize Wisconsin events. Continue to hold your mouse button down as you scroll up and down the list until you highlight the Subject of interest to you, then release your mouse button. Your Subject should remain visible in the selection box window. Then click the button labeled "Find Events."

If you find more than 50 events for that subject, Wisconline will list those events in linked pages of 50 events each. Events are sorted by start date, so events that started earlier but are ongoing (like museum and gallery shows) will show up first, then events that start on the day of your query, then events for future dates.

Note that events on Wisconline may be categorized in as many as three Subjects. Snowmobile events, for example, often use the Subjects "Snowmobiles," "Winter" and "Outdoor Recreation." This example also demonstrates that some Subjects are very narrow in focus, while others are quite broad in encompassing a variety of events. It pays to query a number of Subjects related to your interests, to make sure you aren't missing anything.

You may print your results for future reference, but remember that the database is updated weekly with 400 to 600 new events, and that sometimes events are cancelled or changed. Always call the event sponsor to confirm events that interest you.

List of Subjects

Go to Subject Find
Keyword Find
Keyword Find is a powerful capability that allows you to find events when you know part of the event name, part of the event sponsor's name, or a distinctive word that may be part of the description. Here's how it works:

In the Keyword Find form, you enter the word or name associated with the event you are looking for, then click the "Find Events" button. Wisconline will try to find that word either in the Name of the event or in the Description of the event. It will list all events for which it finds your keyword in either of those fields.

Keyword Tips:

  • Keyword Find is a "string" query — that is, the database doesn't really recognize separate words; instead it looks for the entire string of characters you enter as a "keyword," including spaces. It's usually a good idea to keep your keyword string short.

  • Keyword Find looks in the Name and Description fields. These fields normally include the name of the event sponsor or venue, in addition to other key information.

  • Keywords are not case sensitive.

  • Do not enclose your keyword in quote (") marks.

Example: If you enter "audubon" as a keyword, you may find events sponsored by the Audubon Society, by Schlitz Audubon Center, and by Audubon Court Books, as well as a showing of Audubon prints at the Art Museum. If your keyword is distinctive you will have fewer events in your result than by using any other query method.

Keyword and Date Range: You may narrow your keyword query to find events taking place only within a specific date range. Type your keyword in the field provided on the form, then — in the fields below the text box — specify a start date and an end date for your date range. When you click "Find Events," Wisconline will look for events that include your keyword, and that take place only within the date range you specify. (Also see Date Range Finds, below.)

If you specify an invalid date, such as Feb 29 in a non-leap year, or Sep 31, you will get an error message.

Note: Each month we purge the database of events that ended prior to the current month. However, date range queries will find events that began much earlier if they are still ongoing as of the start date your specify for your search.

If you find more than 50 events for your keyword and/or date range, Wisconline will list those events in linked pages of 50 events each. Events are sorted by start date, so events that started earlier but are ongoing (like museum and gallery shows) will show up first, then events that start on the day of your search, then events for future dates.

You may print your results for future reference, but remember that the database is updated weekly with 400 to 600 new events, and that sometimes events are cancelled or changed. Always call the event sponsor to confirm events that interest you.

Go to Keyword Find
City Find
City Find allows you to find all the events taking place in a specific Wisconsin city, town or village. Use City Find if you are interested in only that location, or if you are trying to find an event that you KNOW takes place in that locale. But caution is in order: You must enter the city, town or village name exactly as it is normally spelled (not case-sensitive). Also keep in mind that suburban events may use either their suburb name or their metro area name.

For example, events at Schlitz Audubon Center are usually listed as "Milwaukee" even though the Center is actually located in Bayside. For these reasons, the County Find is often preferable to the City Find.

On the City Find page, you will find an open text box in which you may type in the name of the city, town or village. Then click the button labeled "Find Events."

City and Date Range: You may narrow your query to find events taking place in that locale only within a specific date range — perhaps next weekend, or the dates of an upcoming business trip or family vacation. Type in the name of the locale and then specify a start date and an end date for your date range. When you click "Find Events," Wisconline will look for events in the locale you have selected, and that take place only within the date range you specify.

If you specify an invalid date, such as Feb 29 in a non-leap year, or Sep 31, you will get an error message.

Note: Each month we purge the database of events that ended prior to the current month. However, date range queries will find events that began much earlier if they are still ongoing as of the start date your specify for your query.

If you find more than 50 events for your county and/or date range, Wisconline will list those events in linked pages of 50 events each. Events are sorted by start date, so events that started earlier but are ongoing (like museum and gallery shows) will show up first, then events that start on the day of your query, then events for future dates.

You may print your results for future reference, but remember that the database is updated weekly with 400 to 600 new events, and that sometimes events are cancelled or changed. Always call the event sponsor to confirm events that interest you.

Go to City Find
County Find
County Find allows you to find all the events taking place in a specific Wisconsin county. If you're traveling in Wisconsin, or if you just want to know what's going on around home, use the County Find for a comprehensive list of what's happening in a single county.

On the County Find page, you will find a selection box labeled "Select a County." Click and hold your mouse button down on the selection box and a window will pop up with a list of all 72 Wisconsin counties. Continue to hold your mouse button down as you scroll up and down the list. When you find the county that interests you, release your mouse button. Your County should remain visible in the selection box window. Then click the button labeled "Find Events."

County and Date Range: You may narrow your query to find events taking place in that county only within a specific date range — perhaps next weekend, or the dates of an upcoming business trip or family vacation. Select a county from the selection box as described above, then — in the fields below the selection box — specify a start date and an end date for your date range. When you click "Find Events," Wisconline will look for events in the county you have selected, and that take place only within the date range you specify.

If you specify an invalid date, such as Feb 29 in a non-leap year, or Sep 31, you will get an error message.

Note: Each month we purge the database of events that ended prior to the current month. However, date range queries will find events that began much earlier if they are still ongoing as of the start date your specify for your query.

If you find more than 50 events for your county and/or date range, Wisconline will list those events in linked pages of 50 events each. Events are sorted by start date, so events that started earlier but are ongoing (like museum and gallery shows) will show up first, then events that start on the day of your query, then events for future dates.

You may print your results for future reference, but remember that the database is updated weekly with 400 to 600 new events, and that sometimes events are cancelled or changed. Always call the event sponsor to confirm events that interest you.

Go to County Find
Advanced Subject Find
Advanced Subject Find allows you to find all the events within a Subject of interest to you, and to narrow your query to a range of dates that you specify.

On the Subject Find page, you will find a selection box labeled "Select a Subject." Click and hold your mouse button down on the selection box and a window will pop up with a list of the Subjects used to categorize Wisconsin events. Continue to hold your mouse button down as you scroll up and down the list. When you find the Subject that interests you, release your mouse button. Your Subject should remain visible in the selection box window. Then click the button labeled "Find Events."

Note that events on Wisconline may be categorized in as many as three Subjects. Snowmobile events, for example, often use the Subjects "Snowmobiles," "Winter" and "Outdoor Recreation." This example also demonstrates that some Subjects are very narrow in focus, while others are quite broad in encompassing a variety of events. It pays to ask a number of Subjects related to your interests, to make sure you aren't missing anything.

Subject and Date Range: You may narrow your query to find events of that Subject within a specific date range. Select a Subject from the selection box as described above, then — in the fields below the selection box — specify a start date and an end date for your date range. When you click "Find Events," Wisconline will look for events of the Subject you have selected, that take place only within the date range you specify.

If you specify an invalid date, such as Feb 29 in a non-leap year, or Sep 31, you will get an error message.

Note: Each month we purge the database of events that ended prior to the current month. However, date range queries will find events that began much earlier if they are still ongoing as of the start date you specify.

If you find more than 50 events for your Subject and/or date range, Wisconline will list those events in linked pages of 50 events each. Events are sorted by start date, so events that started earlier but are ongoing (like museum and gallery shows) will show up first, then events that start on the day of your query, then events for future dates.

You may print your results for future reference, but remember that the database is updated weekly with 400 to 600 new events, and that sometimes events are cancelled or changed. Always call the event sponsor to confirm events that interest you.

Go to Advanced Subject Find
Date Range Find, Statewide
Use the Keyword Find form to specify the start date and end date for your date range, but leave the Keyword field blank. When you click the "Find Events" button, Wisconline will list all events for your date range, anywhere in Wisconsin.

If you specify an invalid date, such as Feb 29 in a non-leap year, or Sep 31, you will get an error message.

Note: Each month we purge the database of events that ended prior to the current month. However, date range queries will find events that began much earlier if they are still ongoing as of the start date you specify.

Go to Date Range Find
General Caution
Events may be changed, rescheduled, or cancelled, right up to the last minute. If you find a future event that interests you, call the event sponsor to confirm, especially if you are going to be traveling a long distance to attend.

Disclaimer
All event information is provided by the event sponsors, who are responsible for the accuracy of their event listings. Event sponsors do not always notify us of event changes or cancellations. Wisconsin Online, Inc. assumes no liability for the costs or inconvenience of any party due to the rescheduling or cancelling of events listed on Wisconline, or for the costs or inconvenience of any party due to information which may be incomplete or inaccurate.

Always call the event sponsor to confirm before you go!

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