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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Keep the Cheer Here  |  Holiday Tree Lighting + Santa Row In

The Green Lake Area Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a holiday tree lighting ceremony and Santa visit in downtown Green Lake on Friday, November 27th, 2020.

Schedule of Events:
• 4:30 p.m. – Enjoy cookies and hot chocolate outside the Green Lake Area Chamber of Commerce office
• 5:00 p.m. – Santa Row In: Wait on the shoreline of the Mill Pond for Santa’s arrival by boat!
• 5:30 p.m. – Santa lights the holiday tree!
• 5:30-6:30 p.m. – Socially distanced photos with Santa

We encourage local businesses, residents, and children of all ages to create and decorate an ornament in memory of a loved one, their business logo, or something just fun! We recommend that the ornaments are environmentally friendly, no glass, please. Ornaments can be placed on the tree beginning the weekend of November 21st prior to the lighting on the 27th. Please be sure to zip tie or adhere your ornament tightly to the tree.
Children are encouraged to write a letter to Santa by dropping it off at the Chamber’s North Pole mailbox, located at Town Square or the Chamber of Commerce’s parking lot until December 24th.
For the safety of our attendees and volunteers, please note that we encourage wearing a face mask and adhere to proper social distancing recommended guidelines. Families will have the opportunity to take a picture with Santa following the tree lighting. Santa will be socially distanced in the sleigh and families must remain 6’ away when taking their family photo. Please be respectful and cooperate with our request so we can have a fun-filled and safe evening.

shop local bingo walk

The Green Lake Area Chamber of Commerce has partnered with Fortifi Bank and Green Lake Title & Abstract Co. for a fun, community-wide local shopping effort. Support our local businesses and earn the chance to win one of six $75 Green Lake Area Chamber Gift Certificates.

Lots of ways to earn a Bingo – but we all win when we support local! DOWNLOAD THE CARD HERE.

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

Concerts in the Park  |  Wednesday Nights from July until August


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

2021 Concerts in the Park Schedule:


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

Fourth of July  |  July 4, 2021

Every year we celebrate our independence in Green Lake, more details on the 2021 Diamonds in the Dark event will be shared soon.

Harvest Fest  |  September 25 & 26, 2021


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?





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.