Take Twelve: new ways to lure you away

Some weeks seem more eventful than others. Look what’s hot during the middle of winter.

Anime Milwaukee: Arrive in costume (or not) to indulge in gaming for individuals and teams during three days of dance, masquerade, role playing, tabletop gaming and Asian animation. Activities happen downtown at the Wisconsin Convention Center and adjacent Hyatt Regency Hotel. Some areas are family friendly. Admission for adults begins at $30. animemilwaukee.org

Baconfest Chicago: At least 50 chefs will participate in a 10th annual salute to all things bacon. The April 6-7 Baconfest raises money to feed the impoverished as it satiates the cravings of bacon lovers who pay one fee for an array of creative bacon snacks and bacon-inspired beverages. The event happens at the University of Illinois at Chicago Forum, and tickets start at $60. baconfestchicago.com

Beastly art show: Racine Art Museum on Feb. 18 opens a multimedia exhibit of contemporary crafts that depict real and fantasy animals. The sculptures, fiber works, paintings, photos and prints in “Beasts: Wild Animals in RAM’s Collection” stay in place until June 10. “Artists render them realistically, sweetly, abstractly or symbolically, depending on the focus of their interests,” R.A.M. explains. Admission is $7 (less for students, seniors). ramart.org, 262-638-8300

Beloit goes boutique: Opening in May in a revamped 1923 building downtown is Hotel Goodwin, boutique lodging in 34 rooms, and Velvet Buffalo Cafe. Look for the new businesses across the street from Ironworks Hotel, luxury lodging along the Rock River. Use a footbridge to follow and loop through parts of Rock River Trail, a 320-mile national water trail. visitbeloit.com, 608-365-4838

Farm dinners: North Star Homestead Farms, near Hayward, presents meals made with locally grown foods. They are reasonably priced and benefit local nonprofits. A Valentine’s Community Dinner, 6 p.m. Feb. 17, is family friendly and helps a wellness program at NorthLakes Community Clinic. The cost is $25 for music and a meal of salad, house-made ravioli and chocolatey dessert. North Star’s Farmstead Creamery caters a Fellowship Dinner at 6 p.m. Feb. 28 at Spider Lake Church, Hayward, to help people going through hard times. Cost to dine: $20. Reservations are necessary. northstarhomestead.com, 715-462-3453

For LEGO lovers: One-half million LEGO blocks are used to build 16 complex sculptures for a Nature Connects show that comes to Green Bay Botanical Garden from May 25 to Aug. 19. This is the only Wisconsin stop for the tour, whose works are by artist Sean Kenney. Admission is $10 (less for children, seniors, veterans). gbbg.org, 920-490-9457

Madison Hotel Week: Count high-end lodging among the 17 properties that offer deep discounts for overnight stays through Feb. 19 in the Capital City. Rates are $75 to $125 per night. The promotion coincides with Foodie Week by Food Fight Restaurant Group, where 19 properties (Avenue Club to Tex Tubbs’ Taco Palace) arrange three-course dining for $15 to $35 per person (but not on Valentine’s Day, for some). visitmadison.com, foodfightinc.com

Maya in Milwaukee: Open this month at Milwaukee Public Museum is “Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed,” a large exhibit with artifacts and activities about the rise and decline of the ancient Maya civilization. See re-creations of Maya architecture, tombs and temples during this immersion into the complex and mysterious culture. Timed-ticket admission is $25 (less for seniors, youths). The show ends May 28. mpm.edu/maya, 414-278-2728

One big splash: A massive waterslide that looks like a king cobra opens this year at Noah’s Ark Waterpark, Wisconsin Dells. “Raja” is six stories high and wide enough for two-person tubes that travel up to 30 mph. The 335-foot track twists and ends with a 37-foot plunge into the cobra’s mouth. Park admission starts at $25 for children and seniors. The seasonal business reopens Memorial Day weekend. noahsarkwaterpark.com, 608-254-6351

Van Galder Tours: The Janesville-based bus company has updated its roster of one-day and multi-day excursions. Additions include “Graceland to Opryland,” July 22-29, with stops in Nashville; Memphis; Branson, Mo.; and Loretta Lynn’s Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tenn. The cost is $1,999 when sharing a room. Prices start at $1,299 for “Colorado Calling,” Aug. 12-17, which includes a tour of the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. tours.vangalderbus.com, 800-747-0994

Wright Plus 2018 Architectural Housewalk: Tour a mix of private homes and public buildings designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and his colleagues in Oak Park, Ill., where the architect established his career. A ticket to the May 19 event is $98 if purchased this month; then prices increase up to $10 per month. Docents lead the tours, and proceeds benefit the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust’s nonprofit projects. flwright.org/wrightplus, 312-994-4000

Wright’s Taliesin: New tour offerings at the architect’s 800-acre Spring Green estate delve into the property’s gardens and natural landscaping, with the Driftless Area as a backdrop. Add appetizers and drinks in a garden courtyard from 6-8 p.m. May 25, when the topic is spring blooms; June 22, day lilies; Aug. 3, full blooms; and Aug. 31, lilies. Tickets are $50; tours are for ages 21 and older. taliesinpreservation.org, 608-588-7900