July Fourth Celebration

July 4, 2015

IMG_9348_miniEvery year we celebrate our independence with old and new events and activities throughout Downtown Green Lake. The celebration begins bright and early with a fantastic pancake breakfast served by the American Legion’s Auxiliary branch.  After breakfast, the great festivities continue over at the Legion’s specialty golf event where you have the chance to “Sink the Bismarck”! During the afternoon, there is a funfilled rubber duck race. Hundreds of lucky ducks start at the edge of the Dartford Dam, and bob and weave their way downstream. Other fun activities include Haven’s Petting Zoo, miniature sailboat races, face painting and free children games.

On top of all this we have not one, but two parades. Afternoon sees our boat
parade down at the Wharf, where over a dozen boats come out on the water, decorated to the nines. After seeing the boats, you can head downtown to see the traditional Green Lake Fourth of July parade at 4pm right here on Mill Street.IMG_1457_mini

A wide variety of entertainment acts will perform right up to the moment of the first crack of the community fireworks display over beautiful Dartford Bay at dusk. Everyone gathers, brings blankets,grabs something to eat and sits down by the lake to patiently wait for the fireworks. This is a great time to catch up with friends, and enjoy each other’s company on the shores of the lake. Culminating with the fireworks show, the Fourth of July in Green Lake is a great time to be had by all!

For more information please call the Chamber at 920-294-3231.

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Chalk Walk

July 25, 2015

Coming off its tenth year, Chalk Walk is a fantastic event where the Green Lake community decorates the sidewalks with wonderful chalk art.  Below is an editorial on Chalk Walk, written by Bette Sliwa, the co-founder of Chalk Walk here in Green Lake:

In 2005, my friend Teeter Allen and I were thinking about fun, new ways to bring families to the Green Lake area. Teeter is a retiredIMG_1591_mini school teacher, and I owned a shop in town. We both share a love for children, the arts and creativity. A few conversations later, Green Lake Chalk Walk was born. Coming off of its 10th year, I’m proud to say the event continues to grow, and the art continues to amaze me.

This is truly a family event. Artists of all ages and levels of ability participate, and together they cover the Green Lake sidewalks with dozens of beautiful, unique chalk compositions. My grandchildren and I always look forward to the end of July!

The Chalk Walk is sponsored by the Green Lake Chamber and local businesses. For more information call 920.294.3231 or email us at info@nullvisitgreenlake.com.

See photos from last year
2014 Chalk Walk Registration Form*

Fine Art Show

Saturday, August 8 & Sunday, August 9, 2015

IMG_6284_miniGreen Lake has always been a beloved artists’ community. But the Fine Art Show goes beyond, on August 8 – 9, 2015, 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. IMG_6289_mini 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.

Learn more about the show

Battle of the Bands

August 15, 2015

Green Lake, WI Battle of the BandsThe Battle of the Bands competition is heating up! On Saturday, August 15, 2015, bands will compete for the title of Best Band in Green Lake. Taking place in Deacon Mills Park, the bands will play and then the winners will be announced! While the bands play on, enjoy something to eat and drink. 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.

See photos from last year

Wisconsin State Chili Cookoff

September 12, 2015

cookoff_bjn_miniThe 2015 Wisconsin State Chili Cookoff Championship sponsored by the International Chili Society will be held once again in Green Lake, WI on September 12th at Deacon Mills park. Below are Bill Munsey’s thoughts on our cookoff, he is a longtime Rotarian and the emcee of the Wisconsin State Chili Cookoff:

The Wisconsin State Chili Cook-Off has grown from a few dozen people partying in the park into one of those can’t miss events that brings people back to Green Lake year after year. Held the first Saturday after Labor Day and sponsored by the Green Lake Rotary, the event entices chili cooks from throughout the Midwest to compete for a $750 prize and the opportunity to cook at the World Championship. Hot chili, live music and cold beverages on the waterfront—what more could you need? Come and find me at the fest. I’ll be the guy with a great cup of chili and an ice cold beer. I mean, I’ll be one of those guys! See you there.

Feel free to contact the Green Lake Area Chamber of Commerce for more details at 920-294-3231 or email us at info@nullvisitgreenlake.com. If you are interested in competing, please contact Bill Munsey at 920-294-6504.

Harvest Fest

September 26, 2015 through September 27, 2015

IMG_0824 edit_miniNo matter what time of year it is, everyone looks forward to Harvest Fest. This two-day celebration will be held on September 26 – 27, 2015. It’s a time when people fill the streets to indulge in all that is autumn.  Below is a community member’s take on Harvest Fest from Dusty Walker, a former director of the Green Lake Area Chamber of Commerce:

Fall is one of my favorite times of the year in Green Lake, and the Green Lake Harvest Festival is a big reason why. The Festival will be celebrating its 28th anniversary this year, and brings thousands upon thousands of guests into “little” Green Lake.

Expect to find over one hundred local crafters and artists selling their wares, local farmers at an ever-expanding market, restaurants selling their signature dishes on the street, hundreds of classic cars on display, family activities and plenty of live entertainment. It seems every year the activities get bigger and better.

As a longtime resident of the community, it always puts a smile on my face to see so many happy people in town. Each year I bump into old friends and make a few new ones. We are lucky to live in a community where our local residents and business owners are so willing to work together to make this huge event a success. I’m already looking forward to it!

For more information about Harvest Fest, contact us at the Green Lake Chamber of Commerce by email at host@nullvisitgreenlake.com, or by phone at 920-294-3231.


See photos from last year

2015 Craft Faire Application
2015 Farm Market Application

2015 Parade Entry Form
2015 Car Show Registration

Christmas in Green Lake

Christmas Tree Lighting: Join us at Town Square for Green Lake’s Christmas Tree Lighting and dedication ceremony. Celebrate the season with us and enjoy hot cocoa, luminaries, a bonfire and Christmas carols!

  • Caestecker Library Breakfast with Santa: December 5
  • Experience the Magic of Christmas: December 12 at the Heidel House

*Editor’s Note: Updated forms for the 2015 year are coming shortly.  Email us at info@nullvisitgreenlake.com, or call us at 920-294-3231 if you have any questions. 

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