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Oshkosh Waterfest

June 16, 2014 by braytonbb

waterfest Waterfest is back for another season on the Fox River in Oshkosh with a great lineup and additional nights. Not only with great bands be performing on Thursday nights, there are a few Friday and Saturday nights to enjoy as well. Some of your favorites have come back along with some new bands well.

Kick off the summer solstice this Thursday, June 19th with Vic Ferrari, Sam Llanas and the Cool Waters Band. Gates open at 6:00 PM for opening night. 2 for 1 admission before 6:00 and teachers also get in free all night with a school ID.

Thursday, June 26th. Los Lonley Boys, Copper Box, Paul Sanchez & Minimum Rage and Tin Sandwich are in the line up. Gates will open at 5:00 PM. 2 for 1 admission again before 6:00 PM.

There will be a break over the Fourth of July holiday and will start again Thursday, July 17th with the Under the Sun Tour with Smash Mouth, Sugar Ray, Blues Traveler and Uncle Kracker. There is a reserved special patio access available in advance for $30.00 pp. Gates open at 6:00 PM with general admission being $20.00 for the hot lineup.

Waterfest Weekend includes a Thursday, Friday and Saturday night show July 24-26 with Sister Hazel, Road Trip, Gin Blossoms and Ted Nugent, just to name a few. 2 for 1 admission on Friday and Saturday night and special patio access available in advance for $40.00 for Saturday. General admission prices are also $20.00 for this night as well. Gates open at 5:00 PM.

One more weekend of back to back shows and the last of the concert series begins on Thursday, August 21 and Friday, August 22nd. Hairball, which is a salute to the 80′s is back with 2 for 1 admission before 6:00 PM. America, sly Joe and the Operators, and The Presidents with be performing on Friday.

Veterans are FREE all season at the will call window.

 

Oshkosh Irish Fest

June 9, 2014 by braytonbb

The first festival of the summer season begins this weekend, June 12-15th with the 6th annual Oshkosh Iris Fest at the Irish FestLeach Amphitheater on the Fox River.  Winnebago county voted Irish Fest as the Best Family event and best local festival!  With music, food, dancers, presentations, a 5K and a raffle there will be plenty of fun for everyone.

Beginning on Thursday night, enjoy Celtic Rock Night with three bands from 6:00-9:30.

Friday night is VIP and Sponsor night with Richards School of Irish Dance performing at 6:00 PM along with three bands that will perform until 9:30. The cultural tent will also be open.

Saturday is a full day of fun with the 5K beginning at 8:00 AM. A lot of music will happening the rest of the day including the very popular band Gaelic Storm performing at 9:00 PM. The cultural tent will be open starting at 12:30 with the sport of hurling. You will learn about Irish culture, music, instruments and some story telling lasting until 7:00 PM.

Sunday is a shorter day from 10:00 AM-2:00 PM with more music, dancing and cultural activities.

Come for four days and get your fill of Irish food, music, and culture.

Oshkosh Saturday Farmers Market

June 2, 2014 by braytonbb

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Photo courtesy of Oshkosh Convention and Visitors Bureau

 

 

It is finally here! The Oshkosh Saturday Farmers Market is making its summer comeback this Saturday, June 7th. starting at 8:00 Am-12:30 PM on the 400 and 500 blocks of Main St. and the 100 block of Church Ave. Remember last year, Oshkosh was voted 1 of 101 best farmers market in America. Wow, that is quite an honor!

Not only will you enjoy over 130 vendors every Saturday morning with fresh, in-season fruits and vegetables, eggs, honey, syrups, ciders, cheeses, pasture-raised meats and poultry, fish, jams, preserves, cut flowers, and nursery stock but also a  wide variety of handcrafted items. A new sign ribbon cutting and music will be taking place as well. Of course, don’t forget about about Pie on the Porch. Enjoy a slice of homemade pie with all proceeds benefiting the Oshkosh Historical and Archaeological Society, stewards of the historic Morgan House.

St. Patricks Day Parade and Tent Party

March 10, 2014 by braytonbb

Monday, March 17th is St. Patricks Day, but Oshkosh is celebrating it this Saturday all day and into the night with a tent party and parade.  Starting at 2:00 kick off Irish Cider School at Barley and Hops, who will introduce you to the wonderful world of cider from 2:00 pm – 3:00. Registration includes commemorative glassware, multiple samples of Irish and other UK Ciders, and a presentation on these tasty drinks and their popularity in America. Products to sample include Magners Original, Magners Pear, Hornsby’s Amber, Hornsby’s Crisp, and Blackthorn. Price is only $15 per person. Must be over 21 to attend. Sign-up at Barley & Hops 663 N Main St or online at www.OshkoshStPats.com.

At 4:00, just down the block at 547 N Main enjoy the beginning of a fun filled night tent party starting with the Irish band Dornan. For the next couple of hours have fun with the childrens reddest hair and freckled face contest, meet the Irish wolfhounds and join the Kinsella Academy of Irish Dance for a little fun.

At 6:30 starts the parade beginning on Main going to Ceape and ending at Irving. Watch for the Oshkosh and Convention and Visitors Bureau brand new Oshcar. You can’t miss it.  Richards School of Irish Dance will be performing around 7:30, follow by Sheamus Fitzpatrick and the McNally Boys.

Bagpipers, cultural displays, Fox Valley hurling Club, Irish food, merchandise, silent auctions and raffles will be held throughout the day.

Want to celebrate even more? Meet up at the Roxy every Sunday in March for an authentic Irish breakfast.

25 things to do in Oshkosh for under $10.00

February 24, 2014 by braytonbb

25 things to do in Oshkosh that are under $10.00? How many times have you said there is nothing to do or I am broke. Well here is a list compiled by our wonderful convention and visitors bureau of 25 things to do this winter and upcoming spring. I thought it was so worthwhile that I had to share. Many items are available as a discount with the complimentary Convention and Visitors Bureau coupon book.

Bowling Sign

1. Enjoy our winter farmers market at the Washington Hall (formerly The Eagles Club)

2. Check out the WIOUWASH Trail ( walk, cross country ski, snow shoe or bike)

3. Visit the art galleries on the UW Oshkosh campus.

4. Sled down Garbage Hill at Red Arrow Park

5. Grab a day pass at the YMCA and go ice skating, rock climbing, swimming, and so much  more. ( Youth and high school $10.00, adults $14.00.

6. Enjoy a budget movie at the Time Community Theater.

7. Visit the Nativity collection inside the Algoma Blvd. United Methodist Church

8. Explore the Oshkosh Public Museum

9. Visit the Paine Art Center and Gardens

10. Enjoy Gallery Walk and AfterWalk inside the Grand Opera House.

11. Take your dog to the free dog park at  Winnebago Community Park

12. Get your laugh on at the Backlot Comedy House on Main St.

13. Tour the historic Morgan House

14. Catch a show at the Fredric March Theater on the UW Oshkosh Campus

15. When is the last time you went bowling? Oshkosh has 4!

16. Go to a parade, including the St. Patrick’s Day parade coming up soon.

17. Pick up a comic book or board game from House of Heroes

18. Pick up a book at the Oshkosh Public Library

19. Check out the EAA Air Museum.

20. Play some pool at The Magnet

21. Go treasure hunting at one of our thrift and antique stores.

22. Grab some coffee and a sandwich at Caramel Crisp, Planet Perk, New Moon or Piloras

23. Attend Tuesday night $5.00 movies at the Marcus Cinema

24. Grab some great chili at Dr. Benzie’s.

25. Enjoy a frish fry at South Shore Ice Yacht Club.

 

 

Battle on Bago

February 17, 2014 by braytonbb

Battle on Bago (Winnebago) is here again this Friday February 21 and Saturday February 22nd. It is the largest ice fishing tournament around with over $160,000 in cash and prizes to be given away.

For those that don’t know, Lake Winnebago is 10×30 miles, 88 miles of shoreline and an average of 15 to 21 feet deep.

How safe is it to be out on the ice with the tent, thousands of people, cars and music? Great question? This year is one of the best with the brutal cold temps we have had. Clear, solid ice around 2″-3″ thick only is sufficient to hold one person walking. This year though the ice is about 30+ in thickness and the has been great fishing conditions. Sturgeon Spearing which is usually a two week season, was called short last week due to the large number of sturgeon speared last week. First time in years.

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The tournament begins at 6:00 AM Friday morning, with a fish fry from 5-10 PM and the band, Road Trip playing from 7:30-11:00 PM.

Now as exciting as all this is, for me it just won’t compare to last year when we had a few of the Packer alumni staying with us for the tournament. This picture was from last year, but it was probably one of my most memorable times to date.

 

Oshkosh Oktoberfest

September 23, 2013 by braytonbb

Oshkosh Oktoberfest will be kicking off their celebration again with German food, music and culture on  Saturday, October 5th. This year the festivities will be held at the Dockside Tavern parking lot.  Oshkosh Mayor, Burk Tower will be tapping the ceremonial keg at 2:00 PM.

There will be many great events held this year like the 2K Bier run and costume contest, starting at 11:00 AM. The run/ walk will be utilizing the new Riverwalk while making a loop with four beer stops. Of course you have to have proper ID, so be prepared! You will also walk away with a commemorative Oshkosh Oktoberfest beer stein and shirt (while supplies last). Oktoberfest is a free event, however there is an entry fee of $15.00 prior or $20.00 the day of the run to participate.  You can register at Dockside Tavern, Barely & Hops or at Run Away Shoes. All proceeds go to Cerebral Palsy of Midwest Wisconsin.  Everyone participating is encouraged to dress in costume (preferably German, but definitely tasteful). Prizes will be awarded for the best costumes, in both individual and group categories.

What you don’t feel like a run/walk on Saturday? How about Oktoberfest Olympics?  Several different competitive games, such as a Barrel Rolling contest, Masskrugstemmen (Beer Stein Holding) contest, Stein Relay races, Fraulein Carrying races, and a Frankfurter Eating contest. This is all great fun and all for a good cause with a chance to win some great prizes. German Wine Tastings and German Bier Tastings will be available for those of age. Children’s Playland Area, Cultural Displays, and Sheepshead games will be going on all day as well.

Of course there is also some great entertainment that will be provided by Blakapelle Milwaukee, Copper Box, and Greg Waters and the Broad Street Boogie from 2:00-11:00 PM. For  more information, you can go to http://www.oshkoshoktoberfest.com/

Fall Fest on the Fox

September 3, 2013 by braytonbb

Trying to plan a weekend getaway for this Fall?  How about coming to Oshkosh the weekend of of October 20-22?  Everything is walkable from Brayton B&B. Leave the car parked all weekend and celebrate Fall Fest on the Fox.

Starting off on Friday is the 13th annual Friday Fish Fry on the Fox. The Fish Fry on the Fox is a community celebration featuring an all-you-care-to eat buffet dinner, live jazz, caricature artist, horse-drawn tours of campus, face painting and so much more.

Tickets for the fish fry may be purchased online at www.uwosh.edu/fallfest.  Tickets are $10/advance & $12/door for adults;  Beverage, gratuities, tax and included. Free parking at the Blackhawk Commons, UW Oshkosh from 4:00-7:00 PM.

Afterwards why not walk down to the Time Theater where admission is free for a series of classic horror films from 8:00-11:00 PM.

Saturday morning is the Oshkosh Saturday Farmers Market.  With over 130 vendors every Saturday morning. There is a wonderful variety of products from  fresh fruits and vegetables (exotic and heirloom), fish, meats, sausage, jerky, poultry, cheeses, eggs, honey, cut flowers, perennials, shoots, prepared foods including egg rolls, kettle corn, hot dogs and brats, crepes, breads and bakery, chocolate covered soy beans, and crafts. All from 8:00-12:30.

Starting at 9:00 until 4:00 PM is the 8th annual Dragonboat Race and Festival. This is a FREE family festival at the Leach Amphitheater and Riverside Park.  Watch 40-foot long canoe-like boats race down the Fox  River.  Family festival includes live performances every hour, arts and crafts, family activities, caricatures, concessions and more.

Sunday, awake at your leisure to a full breakfast. Not ready to go home? Hop on a bus just blocks away and let Ratch and Debs Pizza shuttle you to Green Bay to watch the Packers. It is away game against Cincinnati but you can hang out at the Curling Club and watch the game while they feed you in the comforts of big screen televisions and cozy chairs. All for $30.00 per person. Call for more details and reserve your room and space on the bus.

 

Rock USA 2013

July 15, 2013 by braytonbb

 

Compliments of Oshkosh Convention and Visitors Bureau

Compliments of Oshkosh Convention and Visitors Bureau

Get ready for another great weekend of music in the Event City at the Ford Festival Grounds for Rock USA! I have to admit some of these groups I have never heard of, but others I am big fans of. Some of the headliners are Van Halen and Twisted Sister.  Some of the sideliners are just as good though like Buck Cherry, and Great White. Saturday should be a kick butt day though with Ratt, Jackyl, Dokken and Road Trip. I only hope they have better weather than Country USA when it got pretty wet most days and muddy in the beginning.

There is plenty of parking, great camp grounds and is only a short 10 minute drive from us. I don’t know if we will be able to make it this year, but I am sure I will hear all about it. Last year was fantastic!

LiFest 2013

July 8, 2013 by braytonbb

5123852129_40c3481c2a_mMy husband always says once the Fourth of July gets here, our summer is half way through. I like to think of it as we have two more months to go. Its sounds so much better. Besides, July has so much to offer for events, such as LiFest, a Christian music festival, that starts Thursday, July 11th. It is at Sunnyview Expo Center, which is only a 5 minute drive from us.

Just a few of the artists that are performing are skillet, Toby Mac, Newsboys and so many more. Its not just music though. There are wonderful speakers like Alan Greene, Shaun Groves and Bob Lenz who has stayed with us in the past; wonderful man and great speaker as well! There are also comedians performing such as Jeff Allan and a kids zone so the whole family can be entertained. Speaking of being entertained, how about participating in the 5K run/walk on Saturday or how about basketball, volleyball or a dodgeball tournament or trying your hand at archery? Personally, acting like a kid again with the inflatable games sounds pretty good to me. Don’t forget about meeting the artists too!

Sunday is free day, parking too! Come and experience what LiFest has to offer!

 

Sawdust Days Festival

July 1, 2013 by braytonbb

Sawdust Days Festival is only a couple of days away. Can you believe that the city has been hosting this FREE event since 1972? Wow! It is completely run by volunteers. Profits are all donated to Menominee Park and the spectacular Festival of Lights that happens in December.  Not only are there rides  and music for everyone including Rock, Blues and Americana but great food, a flea market, multi cultural activities and events happening everyday right in Menominee park next to Lake Winnebago. A 5K run/walk is also happening on Saturday, July 6th at 8:30.

Lets not forgot the fireworks as well that are sponsored by Festival Foods. July 5th at 9:45 is when the show begins over Millers Bay. We plan on taking the boat out with some of our guests to watch the show over the Lake. It really is the best way to watch them if you ever get the chance. I have included some favorite pictures of  mine that were taken in past 4th of July events on the water.

Courtesy of Oshkosh Convention and Visitors bureau

Courtesy of Oshkosh Convention and Visitors bureau

July 4 2010 a night with our guests and friends.

July 4 2010 a night with our guests and friends.

Thank you Denise for taking this wonderful picture of us in 2010

Thank you Denise for taking this wonderful picture of us in 2010

Awaiting the darkness for the fireworks to begin

Awaiting the darkness for the fireworks to begin

Courtesy of Oshkosh and Convention Visitors Bureau

Courtesy of Oshkosh and Convention Visitors Bureau

Country USA Music Festival

June 24, 2013 by braytonbb

One of the biggest events in Oshkosh, and one event that brings in some of the biggest names in country music, would definitely be Country USA. Country USA is a music festival that is five straight days of non-stop music and fun! All five days include performances from superstars like Eric Church, Sheryl Crow, Billy Currington, Toby Keith, and Dierks Bentley this year. Talk about a lineup!  It is definitely a great place to go check out if you are looking to listen to some great country music and have a blast on a summer night.

The festival takes place from Tuesday, June 25 to Saturday, June 29 at the Country USA grounds, located right off of Washburn Street. Ticket prices vary and different ticket packages are available for purchase. Gates open between 1:30pm and 3:00pm depending on the day you attend the festival. This event has been going on for 18 years, and in my opinion is one of the reasons that Oshkosh gets its name as Wisconsin’s Event City. With such big time performers, you cannot deny that Country USA is one of the best festivals in the state!

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Photo courtesy of Oshkosh Convention and visitors Bureau

Festival of Spring at the Paine Art Museum

May 13, 2013 by braytonbb

Many of you may be familiar with the Paine Art Museum for its wonderful exhibits throughout the year and with the Nutcracker over the holidays, but you may not have heard about Festival of Spring. This is a free outdoor festival featuring the Paine’s annual Spring Plant Sale and more than 200 vendors of original art, fine crafts, plants and garden supplies. There is also the corner flea market which is located at the corner of Elmwood Avenue and Congress Street. there will be plenty of  great food and entertainment throughout the day as well. While there,  tour the Paine’s spring garden featuring more than 10,000 blooming spring wildflowers, tulips, daffodils and flowering trees.

Kick off the garden season at the Paine’s annual Spring Plant Sale widely recognized by gardening enthusiasts and master gardeners for its unique selection of rare and unusual plants. Choose from annuals including the “Perennial Plant of the Year” as well as a wide selection of unusual herbs and wildflowers.

Mingle with the Paine’s friendly staff and volunteers who are eager to offer recommendations and answer your questions. With more than 200 vendors of garden supplies, original art and crafts, it is a festival not to be missed, so plan on attending the Paine’s annual Festival of Spring on Saturday, May 18.

 

St. Patricks Day “Night Time” Parade and Tent Party

March 11, 2013 by braytonbb

Event City? Yes we are! Oshkosh holds all the great festivals. You know you love Oshkosh Irish Fest and Oktoberfest, well for the first time ever Oshkosh is launching  a St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Tent Party on Saturday, March 16.

The family-friendly party will start at 4:00 pm in a giant, heated tent located on the 500 block of North Main Street and will feature two live bands, Irish dancers, Irish food, Guinness beverages, and even Cultural displays on topics such as St. Patrick and Ireland’s history. The parade will kick-off at 6:30 pm in downtown Oshkosh and travel up North Main Street. Because it is a night-time parade, floats and other entries are encouraged to use colorful lights in their decorations.

The parade is a gift to the city in celebration of Irish Fest’s 5th Anniversary, and the tent party will serve as a fundraiser to help expand the popular Spring festival. The Rovers, an Irish-themed band from Annapolis, MD will join Oshkosh’s own Sheamus Fitzpatrick and the McNally Boys to entertain inside the tent. You can also expect performances by Richards School of the Dance and bagpipe groups. Several fundraising activities will take place including raffles, a silent auction, and the opportunity to add your name on the Fest’s Welcome or “Fáilte” Door with a tax-deductible donation. On Sunday, March 17 an authentic Irish Breakfast will be prepared by The Roxy Supper Club with a portion of the proceeds donated to the festival.

Heart of Winter Celebration

February 4, 2013 by braytonbb

Last year was the first year of for this winter celebration and this year is expected to be better than the last. This outdoor event is great for the entire family. It takes place, Saturday, February 16th.

Last week I posted our Valentines/February special. This is would be the perfect outing for Saturday. It takes place from 11:00-2:00 in Opera House Square downtown.  Activities include: horse & carriage rides, children’s games such as ice hockey and ice bowling, art & craft fair, and so much more. All proceeds go to the Oshkosh Warming Shelter.

 

Oshkosh Oktoberfest!

October 1, 2012 by braytonbb

The third annual Oshkosh Oktoberfest brings German fun and flavors to Wisconsin’s Event City on Saturday, October 6. This day long festival includes live polka music, German dancing and authentic German food from the Roxy Supper Club.

There will be lots of competitions at Oshkosh Oktoberfest, all with a German theme. The Oktoberfest 2K Bier Run and Costume Contest will take German-costumed runners twice around a loop, with four beer stops along the way. Later in the day, there will be the Doxie Dash, a dachshund-only running race.

But the biggest competition will be the Oktoberfest Olympics, which will include barrel rolling, a beer stein holding contest, a cheese toss, a stein relay and Fraulein carrying races. Sheepshead games will be going on all day, as well. It’s going to be fun, so start training!

Saturday night’s entertainment will include the energetic Happy Schnapps Combo and local favorite Copper Box. Altogether, it’s one great big day of German fun.

Dragon Boat Races come to Oshkosh

September 17, 2012 by braytonbb

One of Oshkosh’s most unique events is the Dragon Boat Race Festival this Saturday, September 22nd from 9:00 AM -4:00 PM.  These ornate dragonboats are each fully laden with a crew of paddlers that race on the Fox River. The Dragonboat Races are done as part of a Chinese cultural tradition that dates back more than two millennia. Since 2006, the races have become one of the highlights of fall in Oshkosh. In addition to watching the races, spectators will enjoy a full day of entertainment on the Main Stage at the Leach Amphitheater. Okinawan Drummers, a magic show, a jump rope demonstration, cheerleading, jugglers and other live entertainment are scheduled.

How about make it a whole weekend of fun. The UW Oshkosh community welcomes you to campus on Friday, September 21st from 4-7 p.m. for the 10th annual Fish Fry on the Fox. This is more than just a meal, the Fish Fry on the Fox is a celebration featuring,  an all-you-care-to eat buffet dinner,  live jazz,  caricature artist,  horse-drawn tours of campus, tattoos and surprises for the kids

Fish Fry tickets are $10/advance and $12/door for adults.   Beverage, gratuities and tax are included.

Deer Fest

July 16, 2012 by braytonbb

All year long Oshkosh gets ready for the busiest airport in the world for EAA. It starts offically July 23rd, however so many have already started arriving from vendors and campers wanting to set up early to those few who wait until the last minute to find lodging, not realizing that Oshkosh is the Event City!

Deer Fest is also here this week though at Sunnyview Expo Center from July 20-22nd. This year promises to be the biggest and best ever. DeerFest will again feature the largest gathering of deer-hunting celebrities to visit the Midwest. DeerFest will also feature, expert seminars, 100’s of exhibitors, industry manufacturers, bow testing from Mathews, PSE, Hoyt and more of the leading archery companies in the Field Logic Archery Pavilion, 3-D archery courses, pop up archery courses and tournaments where you can win great prizes.

New in 2012 will be a LIVE AUCTION featuring everything deer from guns, bows, treestands, guided hunts and hunting apparel. We’ve also added a nation-wide 3-D tournament, a camping and RV center and an ATV/UTV test track. DeerFest is EVERYTHING DEER!

DeerFest has also added a new twist this year—Packer fan favorite John Kuhn will appear on Friday, and ex-Packer Frank Winters will appear on Sunday—come get a FREE autograph!

 

Another big week in Oshkosh!

July 9, 2012 by braytonbb

July has got to be the busiest month I bet in Oshkosh. We have got LiFest going on, Rock Fest, US Open Grass Volleyball, plus Waterfest and our farmers market again.

LiFest which starts July 11 and goes through July 15 has been around since 1990. It started originally in Appleton as a run/walk fundraiser. Since then a Christian music festival was added and moved to Oshkosh at Sunnyview Expo Center in Oshkosh. Last year it hit is second largest attendance ever with over 16,500 people. Some music headliners include Newsboys, Skillet and Lincoln Brewster are just to name a few. There will also be a 5K run/walk, Zero Gravity which performs action sports with high energy music, petting zoo, art space, skatepark, basketball, volleyball and dodgeball tournaments, archery and a prayer journey.

Rock USA goes on from July 12-14 at Ford Festival Park in Oshkosh. A few bands you can expect to see there this year are Skid Row, Papa Roach, Shinedown on Thursday, Hinder, Tesla and Montely Crue on Friday night, and Kid Rock on Saturday.

July 11-15 is the World’s Largest Volleyball Tournament with over 200 volleyball courts with teams from around the world competing at every level of play from professional to recreational. Open to the public. Volleyball clinics run by Misty May-Treanor Gold Medalist.

4th of July already!

July 2, 2012 by braytonbb

Whenever we get to the fourth of July I feel like Summer is half way through and I am just not ready for that thought yet. With that thought though comes all the great things happening in Oshkosh.

First off, this week starting on July 3rd -July 7th  is Sawdust Days at Menominee Park on Lake Winnebago. This is a fun filled week for the whole family. There is a ton of stuff to do like ride all the wonderful rides, get your fill of funnel cakes, 4 stages of music including the rajun Cajun, Karaoke stage, and of course the parade and fireworks on July 4th.

We also can’t forget about the USA Junior Track and Field from July 5-8 at the UW Sports  Complext at UWO.

Saturday is the weekly farmers market downtown on Main St. from 8:00-12:30. Then head down to the annual Brews and Blues Festival at the Leach Amphitheater from 4:00-8:00 where the money raised goes towards local charities.  This year, all proceeds will go towards the Take 5 club which helps needy children in the community receive new school clothes so they fit in with everyone else and don’t get teased and bullied because the clothes they wear are too small, don’t fit or worn out. Brewers will be on hand and attendees have the opportunity to sample over 100 brews while enjoying background music from several local blues-esque bands.

Gallery Walk is also happening downtown Oshkosh from 6:00-9:00.

Sunday, rest? No way! Faire on the Green is taking place at the Paine Center and Gardens from 9:00-4:00. This is the largest, free outdoor arts and crafts fair in Oshkosh!  From whimsical mosaics to original art and fine crafts, enjoy the works of more than 200 talented artists and crafts-persons. The “Corner Market” features unique antiques, imported and retail items on the corner of Elmwood Avenue and Congress Street with great food and entertainment.

Country USA hits Oshkosh

June 19, 2012 by braytonbb

June 19-23 are when all your big favorite country bands will be in Oshkosh. The Main entrance is located just off of the frontage road (Washburn Ave.) There are still tickets available! What a line up this year!

Tuesday is Thompson Square and the The Band Perry who won best new artist, sing and song of the year from CMA.

Wednesday is Joe Diffey, John Michael Montgomery and old favorite – Sawyer Brown.

Thursday is Jerrod Niemann, Phil Vassar and my favorite, Sugarland who was CMA’s duo of the year.

Friday is Lee Ann Womack and Brad Paisley

Saturday is Tracey Lawrence, Clay Walker and and another personal favorite, Keith Urban

Oshkosh Irish Fest

May 30, 2012 by braytonbb

I can’t believe it will be four years this weekend that Oshkosh has brought together Irish Fest at the Leach Amphitheater.  Winnebago County voted Irish Fest as the  Best Family Event and Best Local Festival!!!  WOW!  June 1–3 there will be music, food, dancers, presentations, a  5K,  and a raffle.  This is also a great outing for the kids as well, so don’t forget to bring them. This year there is so a lot of new things going on like  an Oshkosh IrishFest Idol Contest, hurling practice and demonstrations, Currach boat regatta, authentic Medieval banquet, and Irish Wake House,  and a special Sunday Mass with performances by Switchback.

Located just downtown off the Fox River. What a great way to spend the weekend!

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