Some of the early readers of Go Valley Kids may remember when I first posted this a year ago. This is an updated 2013 version of the Guide to Fox Valley Summer Festivals. All of these events are located on our calendar. ** Please note that I didn’t include the NEW Mile of Music (August 8-11 in Downtown Appleton) as I am unsure if there will be family oriented activities at the event.**
I’m ready for shorts, BBQs, good music and festivals galore. I love a great festival where the whole family can eat, drink, and play for under $20 (I guess it depends on how many drinks the adults are having).
With so many small communities that make up the Fox Valley, we have the opportunity to take advantage of all the great festivals and celebrations spanning across our area. It seems like each year, the festivals get bigger and better. Get ready because the 4-month long kick-off starts this weekend. Go Valley Kids brings you your summer festival guide, categorized by month.
1. Cheese Fest: May 31- June 2 in Little Chute, Doyle Park
Join Little Chute in celebrating the 25th annual Cheese Fest at Doyle Park. This wonderful family event includes, music, food, amusement rides, children’s entertainment, walk/run, parade, animal petting zoo, cheese carving demonstrations, cheese tasting, cheese curd eating contest, cheese breakfast, and MORE!
Admission pass required to enter grounds on Friday and Saturday. Admission is FREE on Sunday. Discounted passes are available if you purchase ahead of time. Please see the following website for details: www.littlechutewi.org/index.aspx?NID=226
2. IrishFest: May 31 – June 2 in Oshkosh, Leach Amphitheater
Come and enjoy the music, the food, the dancers, the presentations, the vendors, the 5K, the raffle, and, of course, THE FUN!
Little Leprechaun Land sponsored by 1st Business Bank Bring the wee little ones and enjoy the many fun things we offer for children. Special games and appearances, putt-putt golf, inflatable castle bouncy, crafts, and contests are just some of the fun stuff for kids. Build, Create, Play… all while learning a wee bit about Ireland.
Please see website for full schedule: www.oshkoshirishfest.com/index.htm
3. Chocolate Fest: June 1 in Hortonville, Commercial Club Park
This free family event celebrates chocolate and everything delicious about it! The day-long event includes kids runs, a pancake breakfast, petting zoo, stories/crafts, chocolate bake-off, chocolate eating contest, fireworks, and more! See more on our calendar: http://www.govalleykids.com/event/
4. Brillionfest: June 7-9 in Brillion
Enjoy Brillion with this 3 day festival.
- Thursday-All Day Rummage Sale
- Friday – Fish boil and History House Display 4-7pm, Famous electric light street parade at 9pm
- Saturday - History House special exhibit 10am-4pm, kickball tournament, carnival games and live music
5. ClaytonFest: June 8 in Clayton, Trailhead Park
Celebrate ClaytonFest at Trailhead Park feature live music, petting zoo, fireworks, food, and inflatables for the kids. More information can be found on their website: www.claytonfest.com.
6. Mackville Truck and Tractor Pull: June 14-16 in Mackville
Souped up trucks and tractors promise smoke-filled action on Friday and Saturday nights. Kids Dash for Cash offers more fun for the family. Food, beverages, and free live entertainment are available. Saturday afternoon – Free farm truck and tractor pull. Sunday -Family Day (free admission) includes a polka mass, farm pull at noon, chicken dinner, kids and adult pedal pull, live entertainment, and games. Please see website for more details: www.mackvillenationals.com/
** Admission into pulls are Adult: $15, Kids (11-14) $10, Kids (under 10): FREE **
7. Chilton Summer Festival: June 13-16 in Chilton, Downtown
The Chilton Summer Festival begins with a band concert at 7 p.m. on Thursday at Hobart Park. Friday kicks off “Shop to You Drop Days” which includes numbers of rummage sales and special discounts at local retails. Friday evening includes races at the Calumet County Fair Grounds and at Gravity Park USA. Saturday includes activities all day and the street dance featuring live bands starting around 6 p.m. Sunday is the Father’s Day Parade beginning at 11 a.m. For more information see www.chiltonchamber.com.
8. Strawberry Fest: June 15 in Waupauca, Downtown
Arts and Craft Show with strawberry-themed food and activities. Live country and rock and roll music throughout the day. See more information here: http://www.waupacaareachamber.com/event/strawberry-fest/
9. Chickenfest: June 20-22 in Darboy, Darboy Community Park
The 10th annual ChickenFest is a family-friendly 3-day festival held at Darboy Community Park. Enjoy some great eats, amusement park rides, parade on Saturday morning, and FREE nightly concerts. Check their website for specific times and event schedule: www.darboychickenfest.com/index.asp
10. Sawdust Days: July 3-7 in Oshkosh, Menominee Park
A multi-cultural, multi-event, mostly happening in Menominee Park, right next to Lake Winnebago. The area is rich with Native American Historical significance. Go back in time to the 1870′s when Oshkosh had 24 sawmills, 15 shingle mills, and 7 sash and door factories and was known as the “Sawdust City”! Experience these times when you visit the annual “Sawdust Days” festival, which features five days of music, food, fun, parades and the largest 4th of July fireworks display in the Fox Valley on the shores of Lake Winnebago. With 4 stages of music, Sawdust Days is one of the country’s most unique family festivals since it’s really 3 separate festivals in 1. Over 150,000 people attend over 5 days. The Ragin’ Cajun Stage features the best Cajun/ Zydeco bands in the country. The Budweiser Mainstage features Rock, Blues, Americana & Rockabilly bands from throughout the USA.Sabor-a-Mexico features the largest free Hispanic Ethnic festival north of Chicago. Red’s Corn & Karaoke Stage featuring a Karaoke contest with cash prizes. Please see website for event schedule: www.sawdustdays.com/
11. CommunityFest: July 3-4 in Neenah, Riverside Park in Neenah and Jefferson Park in Menasha
** Parade of Lights is July 3 starting at Riverside Park at 9:15pm traveling to Menasha. July 4 Community fest includes children’s activities, live entertainment, Webfooters water ski show,Venetian Boat Parade, food and fireworks around 9:30pm. Please see http://www.ci.neenah.wi.us/departments/parks-and-recreation/communityfest.html for more information.
12. July 4th Celebration: July 3 in Appleton, Memorial Park
Memorial Park will have their annual fireworks sponsored by the Appleton Area Jaycees and a festival from 5-11pm with bands, food, and a play area for the kids. Please see http://appletonjaycees.org/2013-fireworks/ for more information.
13. Catfish Races and Community Night: July 12 in Greenvile, Lions Park
Join Greenville for their Catfish Races! Free children’s games, rides and attractions, business displays and demos, music entertainment, fireworks and more. FREE! http://www.greenvillelions.org/catfishraces
14. Paperfest: July 19-21 in Kimberly, Sunset Park
Paperfest is a fun, family-oriented festival that raises money for non-profit and civic organizations in the Fox Valley. Spanning four days, it offers fun for all ages through games, sports, music and food. Paperfest strengthens our community by utilizing the expertise and generosity of volunteers and sponsors. Please see their website for more details: www.paperfest.com
15. EAA Air Venture: July 29-August 4 in Oshkosh, EAA Grounds
EAA AirVenture is a budget friendly event with a week’s worth of unique family fun that takes the spirit of aviation and adventure to new heights! Family-friendly updates to the grounds will make this year’s festivities even more enjoyable.
Getting AirVenture off to a start on opening night is the legendary band The Doobie Brothers. Every night the Ford Fly-In Theater offers an outdoor movie experience on a five-story screen. All this entertainment and more is included in admission price.
Spectacular Warbirds demonstrations and the world’s greatest aerobatic performers are offered throughout the week as well as the opportunity to see hundreds of homebuilt aircraft from around the world. Please see their website for more details: www.airventure.org/
16. Outagamie County Fair: July 23-28 in Seymour, Fairgrounds
Check out the carnival, big name entertainment, junior fair exhibits, commercial exhibits, and midway entertainment at the Outagamie County Fair in Seymour. Please see their website for more details: www.outagamiecountyfair.com.
17. Hamburger Fest: August 9-11 in Seymour, Downtown
The Hamburger Festival in Seymour offers 3 days of hot air balloon ascensions and 1 full day of activities.
- Friday: 6pm: Hot Air Balloon Ascension and 8pm glow
- Saturday: Kids Bun Run, Parade, Kids Games, Bouncy Houses, Stilt Walkers, Magic Show
- Sunday: 6am Hot Air Balloon Ascension Please see the website for a full schedule: http://homeofthehamburger.org/
18. Turtle Days Festival: August 24 in Menasha, Heckrodt Wetland Reserve
Celebrate all summer has to offer! Hayrides, corn roast, live entertainment, crafts, live birds of prey. $5 per person. Please see website for more information: http://heckrodtwetland.org/
19. Calumet County Fair: August 30-September 2 in Chilton, Fairgrounds
Carnival rides, exhibits, stock car racing, demolition derby, live music, and grandstand entertainment. The Biggest Little Fair in Wisconsin! Please see their website for more information: http://www.calumetcountyfair.com/
20. Crafy Apple Fest: September 7 in Chilton, Downtown
The annual festival is a day filled with apple items–apple dishes, apple desserts, even an apple/pumpkin brew! Over 100 craft and food booths, pumpkin bowling, live music, kids events, and car show. Truly an “applicious” day of fun! For more information call (920) 418-1650. http://chiltonchamber.com/crafty-apple-fest
21. Octoberfest: September 27-28 in Appleton, Downtown
Octoberfest is the area’s largest community events. 5 stages of music, 100 food booths, Arts & Crafts, Family Fun Area. This wraps up the season of festivals! Please see their website for more information: www.octoberfestonline.org/