Festivals in Green Lake, WI

Are you looking to see what happens in Green Lake? We are not what you would call an “inactive” town. Quite the opposite! We always have something happening, whether our huge 4th of July celebration or renowned Harvest Fest. For detailed information, please visit our calendar.


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Concerts in the Park  |  Wednesday Nights from July 10 until August 19, 2020

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Featuring music from many different genres, come on down to Deacon Mills Park and enjoy some live music next to our beautiful wharf!

Concerts are supported in part by a grant from the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation and the Wisconsin Arts Board

2020 Concerts in the Park Schedule:

7/8 ANDREA & THE MODS – presented by Fortifi Bank

7/15 RICOCHETTES- presented by Special Properties

7/22 COUNTRY LEGENDS – presented by Netzow Apartments & McClone Agency

7/29 MECAN RIVER RAMBLERS – presented by Kinas Excavating

8/5  ROCK RIVER BAND – presented by Norton’s Dry Dock

8/12 THE DEL RAYS – presented by Horicon Bank (UW Marching Band has been canceled)

8/19 REMINGTON’S RIDE – presented by Fortifi Bank

*dates subject to change, please check back often for updates*


Fourth of July  |  July 4, 2020

Every year we celebrate our independence in Green Lake. For 2020, the fireworks display is still a go at dusk, with live entertainment leading up to it by Dan Braskma.

The fireworks display will be shot off over beautiful Green Lake. south of Deacon Mills Park/Dartford Bay area, near Norton’s of Green Lake supper club, on South Lawson Drive. The goal is to send the charges up over Big Green Lake high enough so that as many as possible can view the display from the shoreline, car, lake home, and boat.

A one-of-a-kind sight to see, the patriotic-themed boat parade will begin at 1 pm from Sunset Park and will arrive at Deacon Mills Wharf area at approximately 1:45-2:00 pm. This boat parade is put on by Shoreline Boat Center.

Community individuals have rallied together to coordinate an informal parade that will begin at 4 pm from the Green Lake County Fairgrounds, heading south on Lake Street, turning west onto South Street, north on Mill Street, and then south back onto Lake Street towards the County Fairgrounds again. No registration is needed, and participants should refrain from throwing out candy or any other items.

From 5:30-8:30 pm head down to Deacon Mills Park where local musician Dan Braaksma will be entertaining the audience from the Starlight Stage bandshell with folk, country, rock, and original hits.

Although this year’s festivities that take place throughout the downtown area are canceled, we still recommend checking out all of the local shops, restaurants, and downtown businesses that will be open before the fireworks display that evening. *Subjected to change. Please check back often for updates & changes*


Harvest Fest  |  September 26 & 27, 2020

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No matter what time of year it is, everyone looks forward to Harvest Fest. This two-day celebration transforms downtown Green Lake into a haven for all things fall! With a craft fair, market, food vendors, a parade, car show, and live entertainment… what more could you ask for?

This year’s Harvest Fest will take place on Saturday, September 26 and Sunday, September 27. Due to COVID-19, our beloved annual festival will see a scaled-down, spaced components to encourage social distancing while retaining plenty of the feel of Green Lake’s popular and favorite event. Here’s what everyone attending this year can expect to see in terms of extra safety precautions:
  • Mask-wearing is encouraged when shopping in the craft fair and ordering food under the vendor canopies
  • Masks are mandatory when inside any facility
  • All craft vendors will be appropriately spaced out to allow festival-goers enough room to shop safely
  • Extra hand sanitation stations have been added throughout the festival grounds
  • The Chamber chose to forego the beverage tent fundraiser, allowing local restaurants to provide an outdoor beer garden experience for festival guests. All eateries are familiar with and are practicing safety guidelines for serving those in attendance.

FRIDAY, SEPT. 25

5:30-8:30 Oktoberfest (Town Square Tap – Mill Pond Terrace)

SATURDAY, SEPT. 26

10-3 Taste of Green Lake (Downtown Green Lake)
10-4 Market (Water St)
10-4 Craft Faire (Deacon Mills Park, Town Square Lawn, Playground Park)
10-4 Silent Auction (Festival Square)
10-4 Sink the Bismarck (Playground Park)
11 Cornhole Tournament – registration 10AM (Goose Blind)
11-2 Kid’s Activities by Young Stars Childcare (Playground Park)
11-3 Music by Remington’s Ride (Festival Square)
12-3 Music by Mark Tully (Playground Park)
12-3 Music by Dan Braaksma (Deacon Mills Park)
1:00 Big Top BINGO on the Millpond Terrace (Town Square)
4:00 Parade (Downtown, begins and ends at the Fairgrounds)
6:30 Big Top BINGO on the Millpond Terrace (Town Square)
6-10 Street Dance – Music by Super Vinyl (Goose Blind)

SUNDAY, SEPT. 27

7-11 Carry-out Pancake Breakfast (American Legion Post 306)
10-2 Silent Auction (Festival Square)
10-4 Jack Taylor Memorial Car Show (Downtown)
10-4 Taste of Green Lake (Downtown Green Lake)
10-4 Market (Water St)
10-4 Craft Faire (Deacon Mills Park, Town Square Lawn, Playground Park)
10-4 Sink the Bismarck (Playground Park)
11-2 Music by Bahama Bob (Playground Park)
11-2 Music by Northsoul (Festival Square)
12-3 Music by Steve Arnold (Deacon Mills Park)
1:00 Big Top BINGO on the Millpond Terrace (Town Square)
1:00 Fortifi Bank Duck Races (Playground Park – Bridge)
3:00 Raffle Drawing (Festival Square)
3:00 Car Show Drawings (Festival Square)

Craft Faire is FULL, we are still accepting Market vendors (download here)

Parade Form (download here)

Car Show Online Registration (register here)


Community Sponsored Festivals

For more information on these festivals, feel free to call us at 920-294-3231 or consult the event’s website.


 

Angler Young Angler

Angler Young Angler

For the ninth consecutive year Norton’s Dry Dock will be sponsoring AYA this is an opportunity for the whole family to spend the day together on Green Lake, while giving youth an introduction to competitive sport fishing in a fun, friendly and family-oriented atmosphere.

Boat Jam

Boat Jam

It’s the party of the summer: Boat Jam on Norwegian Bay! Every year, Shoreline Boat Center puts a band on a barge, puts the barge on the bay, and celebrates the lake lifestyle. Bring your boat or walk the boardwalk to join in the fun. There’s never a cover charge so bring the whole crew!

Fine Arts Fair

Fine Arts Show – canceled for 2020

The Green Lake Fine Arts Show is heralded as one of the best art shows in the Midwest.  Taking place in beautiful Playground Park, vendors have a variety of beautiful products and visitors will certainly connect with one vendor’s products…if not them all!

Freeland Film Festival

Freeland Film Festival – held virtually for 2020

A fun weekend that includes films, panels, live music, local food, and workshops presented to the public, critics, students, aspiring filmmakers, and activists. This event is a global storytelling platform featuring films about people, wild animals, and ecosystems that are facing daunting challenges. These are stories of hope and inspiration. Freeland is a frontline, counter-trafficking organization working for a world that is free of wildlife trafficking and human slavery. Freeland’s team of law enforcement, development, and communications specialists work alongside partners in Asia, Africa and the Americas to build capacity, raise awareness, strengthen networks and promote good governance to protect critical ecosystems and vulnerable people.

Green Lake County Fair

Green Lake County Fair – canceled for 2020

The Green Lake County Fair is a county-supported Fair that offers a fun, safe, family-friendly event. It is held annually on the first weekend of August. The Fair is a long tradition that locals and visitors wait for.  Known as “the best little fair around,” bring your family and see why!

Green Lake Festival of Music

Green Lake Festival of Music

Since its founding in 1979, the Green Lake Festival of Music has proudly presented world-class artists from throughout the U.S. and abroad. Audiences love the intimate and relaxed nature of performances at the historic Thrasher Opera House in Green Lake, Wisconsin, and in Demmer Hall at Rodman Auditorium at Ripon College.  The GLFM boasts a reputation of discovering rising stars and featuring the artistic talent of the highest quality.

Green Lake Half Marathon

Green Lake Half Marathon

The Green Lake Area Half Marathon and Fun Run is an event that provides a great opportunity for a picturesque run through the City of Green Lake and west along wooded lanes and the breath-taking shoreline of Green Lake.

Green Lake Tour of Homes

Green Lake Tour of Homes – canceled for 2020

Local builders and homeowners alike graciously open their doors to the public to showcase the beautiful landscapes, architecture, and natural beauty of our Green Lake.  Kick-off your shoes and make yourself “at home” with us for a day!

Market at Town Square

Market at Town Square | Friday Nights

The Market at Town Square is located on Town Square Lawn/Mill St. Homegrown, handmade and organic, the Market at Town Square offers a festive atmosphere with the best in fresh-from-the-farm produce, meats, and one-of-a-kind, handmade items from area artisans. The Market hours are 3 pm-6:00 pm on Fridays.

Splash Into Summer

Splash Into Summer

Green Lake community’s Splash into Summer event in Playground Park where local businesses and organizations lead a family-fun event featuring games, prizes, food, a fishing contest, and so much more!

Whopping Crane Festival

Whooping Crane Festival – canceled for 2020

An exciting fun-packed weekend full of festivities along with exploring nature at its finest are all part of the Whooping Crane Festival, located in Princeton, Wisconsin. Cranefest is a one-of-a-kind event families and festival goers and nature lovers do not want to miss.

Wisconsin State Chili Cook-off

Wisconsin State Chili Cook-off – canceled for 2020

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. Hot chili, live music, and cold beverages on the waterfront—what more could you need?

Wooden Boat Show

Wooden Boat Show

At the Annual Wooden Boat Show in Green Lake, there are no judging or awards, just fellowship with other wooden boat enthusiasts, and sharing the workmanship of these classic boats with the public. This show is open with free admission to the public.