July Fourth Celebration
Friday, July 4, 2014
The Green Lake Area Chamber is hosting Green Lake’s Fourth of July celebration on Friday, July 4 2014. Activities ensue throughout the day in Deacon Mills and Playground Parks with live music, games, parades, food and beverages, and end with the fireworks display over Dartford Bay at dusk. In Deacon Mills Park, enjoy food and beverages, including funnel cakes, corn on the cob, kettle corn and fresh fried cheese curds. The Green Lake Chamber will host a photo booth, fish races and be selling Fourth of July souvenirs. Two live musical performances will entertain spectators in Deacon Mills Park throughout the day. Stick around and grab the best seat in the house for the fireworks later in the evening. Catch the “Who Let the Dogs Out” themed Boat Parade (starting at 2 p.m. at the inlet and appearing at Dartford Bay around 3 p.m.), and the Fourth of July street parade traveling though the downtown streets at 4:00 p.m. The street parade includes a pet and bike parade and all are encouraged to enter. (Children age 7 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.) Registration forms can be found at the Green Lake Chamber office or can be sent to you by email by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org. Playground Park will also be filled with entertainment beginning at 2:00 p.m. including kids games, a petting zoo and Green Lake’s American Legion’s “Sink the Bismarck”. The fireworks display over Dartford Bay will begin at dusk. The chamber is now accepting donations for the fireworks display. For more information please call the Chamber at 920-294-3231.
Saturday, July 26, 2014
Make a masterpiece on Saturday, July 26 at the 10th Annual Chalk Walk in Green Lake! Artists of all ages and abilities are encouraged to register for this fun, family-friendly event. Following local tradition, Green Lake will host artists of all ages and abilities, who will transform the dull, grey concrete downtown sidewalks into colorful, pastel pathways. Kids and parents will join local, amateur and practicing artists to create anything their artistic minds can imagine. The festivities begin at 8:30 a.m. with registration at Arts of Daycholah in downtown Green Lake. Artists will create their masterpieces for the judges and at 2 p.m., awards will be announced. Three categories will be judged including children twelve and under, children 13 and older and a family category. Top prizes include a monetary first place prize. Space is limited for this event and artists may pre-register before June 15 at the Green Lake Chamber. Spectators are encouraged to pick up a map at Arts of Daycholah and visit each artists’ masterpiece to enjoy beautiful art work while you stroll through downtown Green Lake. The Chalk Walk is sponsored by the Green Lake Chamber and local businesses. For more information call 920.294.3231 or email us at email@example.com.
Fine Art Show
Saturday, August 9 & Sunday, August 10, 2014
Green Lake has always been a beloved artists’ community. But the Fine Art Show goes beyond, on August 9 – 10, 2014, welcome artists from around the state and other parts of the country as well as those who live right in Green Lake. The Fine Art Show jurists pride themselves on selecting art in all mediums for their summer show that will be rich in quality yet diverse in content. Every visitor will connect with at least one artist’s work, though it is likely you’ll connect with many. Visitors are invited to leisurely walk among the artist’s displays in Playground Park. Have a conversation and learn what inspired them or just absorb the lovely works of art. You’ll feel artistic passion all around, and when you want to take some of that home with you, it’s easy. All artists’ works are for purchase, allowing you to permanently continue your appreciation at home. Two and three dimensional art abounds in every medium, including oil paintings, watercolors, acrylics, drawings, photography, digital art, mixed media, sculpture, jewelry, ceramics, glass and wood. With a 40% vendor switchover rate, the show is different every year. The show bustles with live entertainment, piping hot food and cold refreshments. Enjoy the works of more than 100 artists. You’ll be inspired, impassioned and awed.
Battle of the Bands
Saturday, August 16, 2014
The Battle of the Bands competition is heating up! On Saturday, August 16, 2014, five bands will compete for cash prizes and the title of Best Band in Green Lake. Starting at 3 p.m. in Deacon Mills Park, the bands will play until 9 p.m., when the winner is announced. Each band will play a 30-minute set during the first round, which starts at 3 p.m. They’ll have the opportunity to wow the crowd and hopefully secure their votes. After a special intermission performance by last year’s battle winner, Round 2 will begin. Based on audience vote, the two bands with the most votes from round 1 will play another 30-minute performance. Your vote counts more than ever in this round – the band receiving the majority vote will win the title and prize package. While the bands play on, stop at the food vendors for a variety of options from kettle corn to sandwiches and more. Green Lake’s Battle of the Bands is made possible by the Green Lake Area Chamber. As always, you’ll be able to pick up your favorite t-shirt, beverage holder, souvenir, and more at the Chamber tent.
13dot1 Half Marathon
Sunday, August 31, 2014
Community Health Network’s 13dot1 Half Marathon & 5K Fun Run. Scenic, tree-lined race route that starts and finishes in the city of Green Lake, with several stretches along the beautiful shores of the lake. The run includes a tour of the lovely Green Lake Conference Center, which has many historic structures and extensive stone walls that date from the Victor and Jessie Lawson era in the early 1900s, as well as manicured golf courses. Learn more about this event
Wisconsin State Chili Cookoff
Saturday, September 06, 2014
The 2014 Wisconsin State Chili Cookoff Championship sponsored by the International Chili Society will be held once again in Green Lake, WI on September 6th at Deacon Mills park. Approximately 40 cooks will start brewing up their favorite recipes beginning at 11:00 a.m. Spectators can enjoy the festive atmosphere mingling with the chefs and sampling their salsas and other hot items. Chili sampling begins at 3 p.m. when the judges will determine who the new champion is. First place nets a nice cash prize plus trophy and the opportunity to compete at the world championship for a grand prize of $25,000. Monetary prizes awarded for second and third places also. The Green Lake Rotary Club will once again provide everyone with a local DJ and live entertainment starting at noon. As always, the Rotary will be selling their own delicious chili along with brats, hot dogs, nachos and lots of cold beverages. This free event runs until 5pm and is fun for the whole family. ***If you are interested in competing, please contact Bill Munsey at 920-294-6504.
Saturday, September 27 & Sunday, September 28, 2014
No matter what time of year it is, everyone looks forward to Harvest Fest. This two-day celebration will be held on September 27 – 28, 2014. It’s a time when people fill the streets to indulge in all that is autumn. Enjoy the Taste of Green Lake food faire, Jack Taylor Memorial Classic Car Show, kids’ games and activities, festive music, dozens of farm market vendors, and over 100 crafters that will keep you shopping for hours. The craft fair showcases their hand-made creations. Favorites include jewelry, wooden signs, glass art and copper sculptures, among so many more.The craft locations are in each of the three downtown Green Lake parks. All that ‘crafting’ may get you hungry, so treat yourself to a cream-puff, handmade pie, or another sweet or savory item from the many service organizations offering good eats on Saturday starting at 10:00 a.m. Nestled in with the crafters at Playground Park are the kids’ games and activities. Back by popular demand is the petting zoo and pony rides. Your kids will enjoy bouncing around on giant trampolines or the inflatable activity zone. Have fun and support the Green Lake area youth organizations when playing a variety of carnival games. Set up along Water Street by the Mill Pond, dozens of farm market vendors display their home-grown, hand-made and locally-raised goods. Bring home a bushel of apples, a sour-dough loaf, pumpkins, mums and all the other fall produce you can imagine. Sample hand-mixed dips and spreads, and enjoy talking to the local farmers and artisans. Saturday’s Harvest Fest parade is the largest of the year with nearly 75 entries. Grab a seat on Mill Street and sit back for the show. Jugglers, marching bands, stilt-walkers, tiny racing cars, whacky-wheelers, antique cars, hand-decorated floats and of course fire engines will put on a great event. One of the most anticipated features of Harvest Fest, Taste of Green Lake, opens its tents at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday. A street-full of area restaurateurs send wafts of gourmet smells into the air. Brat-burger on a pretzel bun, butternut squash ravioli, tenderloin sandwich and seafood chowder are just a few of the menu items you’ll find. The most common practice is to bring a friend or family to share all your dishes with. Also on Sunday, 100s of classic cars will line the streets on display. The Jack Taylor Memorial Car Show features 1979 or older, show condition autos. Stroll the streets pick your favorite. » See 2013 event flyer
Christmas in Green Lake
Christmas Tree Lighting: November 29 Join us at Town Square for this year’s Christmas Tree Lighting and dedication ceremony. Celebrate the season with us and enjoy hot cocoa, luminaries, a bonfire and Christmas carols beginning at 5:00 pm.
- Caestecker Library Breakfast with Santa: December 6
- Experience the Magic of Christmas: December 13 at the Heidel House
Free Wheelin’ Saturday
Saturday, May 23, 2015
The second annual Free Wheelin’ Saturday will take place on Saturday, May 23 on Hill Street in Green Lake, WI. This free event is open to all ages and abilities of bikers and those who want to learn more about the sport and have fun. The morning kicks off with two bike rides at 9 a.m. – Loop the Lake (23 miles) and Huckleberry (18 miles). Both rides will be chaperoned by experienced riders who know the routes and there will be rest stops with refreshments and entertainment along the way. Bike repairs and maintenance for those who need it along the ride will be provided by Green Lake Cyclery. Head back to Hill Street with the whole family at 11 a.m. to watch as Green Lake Town Square unveils their bike garden, sponsored by Green Lake Greenways, CHN Wellness, and Mark and Sandy Hess, complete with a beautifully hand-painted bike trail map. Also at 11 a.m., Green Lake Greenways will have a bike rodeo and bike blenders for the kids. Learn about bike safety and cool off with a beverage, blended by your own pedaling. Cruise the city and see the sights with your family on some shorter rides, also led by our volunteers. (Times for city routes are TBD.) All that biking will work up an appetite, so grab a brat or hot dog. All proceeds from the brat and hot dog fry will go towards Green Lake Greenways efforts to build better trails and make Green Lake County a safer place to bike and walk. This event is sponsored by Green Lake Town Square, Green Lake Greenways, Green Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, Green Lake Association, CHN and Green Lake Country Visitor’s Bureau. Please register for this free event below. 2014 Free Wheelin Poster
Saturday, June 14, 2014
The Green Lake Chamber is celebrating summer until the sun goes own! The Chamber will be hosting a Summer Shindig on Saturday June 14 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Downtown Green Lake will be dazzled in white lights and balloons and take on a whimsical starry night feeling. Music and laughter will fill the hot summer night air as attendees enjoy cool beverages and al fresco dining including steak sandwiches and other summer fare. Everyone is encouraged to wear their pajamas to celebrate the evening in style. The night’s activities offer something for everyone to enjoy! Whether you are young or old, a local or a visitor, head downtown on June 14, to help kick-off the summer with friends and family. Activities will include a jar guess game, and kids bingo, along with the traditional bed races and adult tricycle races. The Chamber will also be raffling off great prizes from local businesses. Kids can enjoy carnival games and end the night with the Howl at the Moon contest as the sun goes down at dusk. So wear your P.J.’s and head to downtown Green Lake on Saturday, June 14. You do not want to miss out on celebrating the summer in Green Lake!