Category Archives: Oshkosh, WI events

Its beginning to look a lot like…in Oshkosh

October 4, 2016 by braytonbb

Well, its beginning to look like…in Oshkosh. Well, not quite but it will if you can start looking ahead and planning for the holidays. In case   you don’t want to move that quickly, you can click back on our events for October and take it a day at a time.

For those of you that would like to plan to ahead, check into what Oshkosh has going on starting Saturday, November 12th. Free admission into the Holiday Wonders Shopping Expo & Craft Fair from 10:00-4:00 at Sunnyview Expo Center. There will be over 75 vendors selling a wide variety of hard to buy and custom wares. Toys for Tots will also be raising money for all NE Wisconsin kids. Drop off any new, unwrapped toy to make this a special Christmas. Cash donations are also welcome.

November 17-19th is going to be one busy weekend in Oshkosh. Starting Thursday, November 17th, come downtown Oshkosh for the annual tree lighting and holiday parade. This years theme is Whoville holidays, where the downtown businesses will have their windows adorned with decorations. The tree lighting begins at 6:00 PM in Opera House Square. The Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce Holiday Parade that travels from the 100 to 700 blocks of Main St. will follow after.

NutcrackerThe well anticipated Nutcracker in the Castle at the Paine Art Museum begins Friday, November 18th and will go through January 9th. You may take a self guided tour, candlelight tour or guided tour with each style offerd at separate times. See website for tour types, dates and times.

The 7th annual Handmade for the Holidays Urban craft show takes place, Saturday November 19th. at Beckets.  40 artists and crafters from all over Wisconsin will be available for you to find that special gift from 10:00-3:00.  Goody bags will be handed out the first 50 adult shoppers filled with donations from the artists and the Oshkosh community.

Also, starting on Saturday, November 19th is the Deck the Halls exhibit at the Oshkosh Public Museum going through December 31st. This annual extravaganza features the historic Sawyer home decorated as only the wealthy could do. Holiday “dressings” as reported in periodicals and newspapers of the decades from 1880 to 1919 are recreated to delight and perhaps provide inspiration. The life-size Christmas Village exhibit windows will be filled with toys representing a different decade from 1930 to 1990.  At the center of it all will be the unbelievably-detailed Magnusen family wooden toy circus.

Starting Tuesday, November 22nd through December, The Celebration of Lights in beautiful Menomonee Park, transforms the park into an illuminated holiday wonderland. Come see the 100 foot tree, sculptured scenes and animated light displays with holiday music. With over 13,000 vehicles annually, this is no longer the “best kept secret in Oshkosh”.

October in Oshkosh

September 2, 2016 by braytonbb

October in Oshkosh is such a great time to be part of the community and come and visit. With a slight chill in the air, downtown Oshkosh has so much offer.

OktoberfestSaturday, October 1st, the 7th annual Oshkosh Oktoberfest takes place on the corner of 6th and Oregon by Dockside on the river from 8:00-5:00 PM. Come taste authentic German food from the Roxy Supper Club. Enjoy great German music, watch some incredible dancers and learn about the unique German heritage all while participating in various contests.  Included this year is the Masskrugstemmen Stein holding contest, barrel rolling, cheese toss, Sheepshead games and lessons and our Oktoberfest 2K Bier run plus exciting raffles and prizes.  That evening, Oshkosh Gallery Walk holds its monthly art walk.  Area businesses are open from 6:00-9:00 PM to showcase local artwork from canvas, to jewelry to pottery.

BOSS holds annual Bash and Chili Cook-off

One of my favorite events in Oshkosh is the Oshkosh Chili Cook Off which takes places Saturday, October 8th. With over thirty different amateur chili cook-off teams, this is a great way to explore everything from the traditional chili recipe to fruit and even chocolate chili’s. Plus you even get to vote for your favorite.  Other activities include a beer tent with micro brews as well as great music by Salza Manzana from Noon – 3pm. Gates open at 12:00pm with Free Salsa & Pico de Gallo tasting at each booth.


Gamepalooza, October 14-16th is a new event that has come to Oshkosh. This weekend long table top gaming event takes place at Gruenhagen Conference Center. Family games, miniature games, role playing, collectible card games, war games, you name it, it is here. There will be vendors selling games and game related items. This is great weekend to learn a new game or expand on the ones you already know and love.





Back to School

August 23, 2016 by braytonbb

Back to school time already? I almost titled this blog post about fall, but I am just not ready to admit that it is Autumn yet. Based on what is happening in Oshkosh though in September, I guess I can’t deny it.

ribfestI am not going to lie and say that I am not excited about this first event happening Labor Day weekend just a mile down the road from us at Menomonie Park. For the most part, I try to eat vegan and splurge when I have chicken. I love Ribs, but to be honest, there really isn’t any around here that get me going. Therefore, you will see me at the park, hoping to find that rib recipe that I cannot stop talking about. Oshkosh is hosting the Wisconsin Rib Fest Sept. 2-5. Admission is just $5.00 where you will get to enjoy the best ribs around and some great live music.

The Great Lakes Logging and Heavy Equipment Expo will be taking place Sept. 8-10 at Sunny View Expo Center. Now in its 70th year, this event has been known to attract over 3500 attendees daily covering 875,000 square feet. Over 200 indoor and outdoor exhibitors attend each year to showcase the best lost splitters, compact tractors, logging equipment, pellet stoves and so much more.

ChalkWalk, in downtown Oshkosh will also be taking place Saturday, Sept. 10th. from 8:00 -6:00 . Artists and community members of all ages and levels are able to participate. You are invited to chalk up the sidewalk around Opera House Square or just come and enjoy these works of art. There will be food, fun and music. Help support the downtown business owners with this great event. Of course this is the same day as our downtown farmers market, so make a great day of it.

Saturday, September 17th is full of activity downtown. Start off with the Oshkosh Farmers Market, which was voted the top 100 best markets to visit in the United states!  SquareFare is taking place in the Opera House Square with over 50 vendors selling arts, crafts, food, antiques and collectibles until 1:00 PM. Over the Edge  is the most unique fundraising event to come to Oshkosh! This experience will challenge you to take your support to new heights. This urban adventure fundraising event gives you a chance to rappel 104 feet down the historic First National Bank building. 92 spots are available, so register today! The 45 annual Gem and Mineral Show is also taking place Saturday and Sunday, September 18th at Sunny View Expo Center. 80 vendor will be display rare gems, minerals and jewelry. Food and music are also provided with a $2.00 admission.







What’s happening in August in Oshkosh?

July 14, 2016 by braytonbb

What’s happening in August in Oshkosh, you ask? Read on, because you won’t want to miss some of these annual events and some brand new events coming to Oshkosh in just a few weeks.

Everything Tuesday until August 16th.
LIVE at the Leach Concert Series is a FREE event held at the Leach Amphitheater in Oshkosh every Tuesday night until August 16th from 6:30-9:30 with different music each week. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs. Concessions and beverages will be available for purchase.

At The Fair

The Winnebago County Fair is always a good time each year. Starting August 3rd and running through August 7th. Auto racing, tractor pulls, rodeo, fireworks, a demolition derby and new this year is Mr. Eds Magical Midway. 

midsummers nights dream paineIn August the Paine’s gardens will come to life with characters and scenes from Shakespeare’s fantastical play, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The “theater-in-the-round” performances will engage you in a world of fairies, kings and queens, and magical spells. Especially intended for children, this fun and interactive theatrical experience will reveal the wonder of William Shakespeare’s lyricism, imagination, and brilliance.

Performances will last approx. one hour. Guests will be seated throughout the performance but afterwards, children will be invited to mingle with the fairies. Performances will be held, Sunday, August 7 at 5:30 PM and 7:00 PM, Wednesday, August 10th at 6:30 PM and Sunday, August 14th at 5:30 and 7:00. Reservations are a must!

Weekend of August 12-14

symco shakedownNew to Oshkosh this year, is the Symco Shakedown. Not a car show, not a music festival, but a “Summer Camp for Hot Rodders” August 11th -13th.

The Shakedown is Wisconsin’s largest and oldest traditional hot rod and custom multi-day car show.  It also features a huge music festival featuring over 20 bands each year. Cars are driven from all over the country.  This event is 1964 and older vehicles. Symco Shakedown brings Rockabilly, Surf Rock, Classic Country, Outlaw Country, Rock & Roll and whatever else fits in the theme.

The grounds are filled with cars that would have been seen cruising the streets of America pre-1965. If you’re building a car with parts that weren’t available at that time, it won’t get in. But the cars are really only half the story. The show grounds is a vintage style airport known as the Pioneer Airport, an airport museum setting with a park setting surrounding it. Two main stages for your listening enjoyment, playing until 11pm both Friday and Saturday nights. Mini-bike drags are scheduled about 11am on Sat. A raffle drawing is Saturday at 6pm. Also vendors and swap meet running all day, both days.

outdooer sportmans festivalThe state’s best outdoor sport show of it’s kind with the latest gear and equipment is being held at Sunny View Expo Center August 12-14th. Kids archery, fishing, rock climbing, training dogs and more will be offered. This is the time to get he season’s hottest prices on boats, RV’s, ATV’s, UTV’s and more. There will be new competitive events this year too with a 3D archery tournament.  Hunters are invited to test the skills of their favorite four legged hunting dog in a series of retrieving competitions throughout the weekend while getting some training and tips from the pros. A special appearance from Jeff Fuller from Cabela’s Sporting Dog Adventures TV will be available to offer training tips and demonstrations for your young or experienced hunting dog!

Iron Horse Bicycle Race Durango Men 2

Sunday, August 14th, Race the Lake is a 90 mile bike race around the majestic Lake Winnebago either as an individual or with a team.  The course will begin in Fond du Lac and journey through the west side of Lake Winnebago and traveling through Oshkosh, Neenah, Menasha, Appleton and to the half way point at High Cliff State Park. Riders then take the east shoreline of Lake Winnebago.  The course goes through Calumetville, Marytown, and St. Peter, and finishes at Lakeside Park (158 E. Harbor Drive) in Fond du Lac.


cornhole tourney

The Wisconsin Cornhole Tourney is a social bean bag toss tournament that includes music, side games, concessions, t-shirts, a free beer mug for participants and lots of cheering fans! Located this year at the Leach Amphitheater on Saturday, August 20th at 10:00 AM.

The Oshkosh Color Vibe 5 K run comes back to Oshkosh this year also, on Saturday, August 20th at EAA starting at 9:00 AM.


gus mackerSunday, August 28th is the 5th annual Oshkosh Gus Macker 3 on 3 tournament in downtown Oshkosh. The Oshkosh Farmers Market will also be going on just down the road on Saturday, August 27th.

Once again, the popular slam dun contest for the high flyers and a 3 point shot contest will be presented. New this year is the “Dream Court” where the youngest Mackers play games with an announcer doing play-by-play and receive prizes. The real charm of a Gus Macker tournament is that no matter your level of experience you get matched up with players of similar experience in a setting that is right for you! It is basketball in the streets made for everybody. The Macker Tournament is designed so that anyone can play: male or female, young and old, short and tall, the most experienced or no experience at all. Teams are computer-matched into male and female divisions within one of the following categories: Junior, Adult, or Top. The age, height and experience of all four (4) players are considered.

Teams receive at least three (3) scheduled games each tournament. The Macker is a double elimination tournament with a consolation bracket: the “Toilet Bowl” for teams losing their first two games.







Holy Moly May Oshkosh Events

April 7, 2016 by braytonbb

Oshkosh events

Menominee Park zoo and amusement center

Holy Moly May! Oshkosh has got a lot of events in May as we get ready for another great Wisconsin summer!

First off, lets start off with Saturday, May 7th. There are four big event/activities all taking place this day.

 The Oshkosh Bird Fest and the Live Birds of Prey Presentation.  This is the “tailgate party” for bird lovers! Bird walks, bird banding, children activities, informative exhibits, native plant sale and concessions are all at shelter #1 in Menominee Park from 6:00 AM -2:00 PM, rain or shine!

No need to go much further since the Menominee Park Zoo and children’s amusement center opens at 9am for the season. Lake Fly Café will also be open for a variety of food, snacks, ice cream and gift shop items from 11-6. They will be kicking off the season with a FREE carnival from 11-3 with children’s games, face painting, balloons and of the train.  Don’t forget, you can rent canoes, kayaks, aqua bikes and mini pontoons!

The Oshkosh gallery Walk is always the first Saturday of every month. Downtown comes alive from 6-9 PM with Oshkosh Galleries and businesses keep their doors open late to feature artwork of all varieties and genres from local artists.

I know if I had the morning off, I would request someone to take me to the Paine Art Center for Mothers Brunch from 10:00 to 11:30 AM.  This sounds like the best way to show Mom how special she is to you.  The Paine’s Conservatory is the perfect location to enjoy brunch prepared by Zuppas.  Reserve by April 25th though since spot books up quickly.  After brunch, wander the gardens and enjoy the beautiful spring garden display with tulips, daffodils and flowering trees. Afterwards, stop by the mansion to view The Audubon’s Birds of America.  This exhibit will feature the renowned large format prints (also called “Elephant folio” print) of American artist John James Audubon and his birds of America Series. These exceptional prints date back to the 1820s and 1830s and are among the most beloved wildlife imagery in the world.

The Winnebago Home Builders: Spring Parade of Homes begins May 13.  See the latest in construction and design as you tour 14 homes by area builders throughout Winnebago county.

Festival of Spring is always something to look forward to, which starts at 9:00 AM on May 21.  This is a free outdoor event featuring the Paine’s annual spring plant sale and more than 100 vendors of orginal art, fine crafts, plants and garden supplies.  Faire food and live entertainment will also be provided.

Ardy & Ed’s kicks off the first Cruise Night of 2016, Thursday, May 26th. just in time for Memorial Day Weekend.  This is an evening of great cars, music and food. WVBO radio will be present rocking hit oldies from 103.9. Enjoy this nostalgic setting across from Lake Winnebago and view some of the finest collective vehicles in the state.


Oshkosh April Events

March 9, 2016 by braytonbb

Courtesy of Oshkosh Convention and Visitors Bureau

Courtesy of Oshkosh Convention and Visitors Bureau

Coming to Oshkosh this April? Listed below are some annual events along with things you shouldn’t miss out on.

April 9-10 Special Olympics Sports Tournament celebrates its 39th year in Oshkosh on the UW- Oshkosh campus, the State Indoor Sports Tournament hosts basketball skills, team basketball and gymnastics competition to more than 650 athletes from across the state.

April 23 is the annual Oshkosh WineFeast, one of Oshkosh’s most popular events of the year with 100% of the proceeds benefiting the Oshkosh Boys and Girls Club .  Guests can attend the general WineFeast, which begins at 7 p.m. and gives guests the opportunity to sample fine wine from around the world, sip tantalizing brews and try tasty cuisine from area restaurants. Guests can also choose to purchase reservations to the elegant wine and dish tasting that happens before general WineFeast at 4 p.m. called Cellar Select. Cellar Select provides a richer fine wine and dinner experience and is an opportunity to socialize with familiar faces in a relaxing environment. Doors open at 4 p.m. for a champagne reception and the evening program starts promptly at 5 p.m.

April 23-24 is the annual Oshkosh Marathon, half marathon and 5K race. With the weather kicking off March to such a great start, we can only hope for the best weather conditions next month. Starting at 7:00 AM, on Sunday April 24, the race will begin just a few blocks away from the inn. Proceeds from the event benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Oshkosh, Christine Ann Domestic Abuse Services, Inc. and the Oshkosh Area Humane Society.

Other events that you can check out at your leisure are listed below.

Joye Moon Watercolors features a selection of work by acclaimed watercolorist and Oshkosh native Joye Moon, through April 17th.

Be the Dinosaur at the Oshkosh Public Museum through May 16th where you will find out what it would be like to be a dinosaur, through virtual technology in this new, innovative exhibition.

Rare WWII Nose Art through December 2016 where more than 30 pieces of nose art from actual World War II combat aircraft made their first-ever trip outside their home museum, with the EAA AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh chosen as the first public display location for this rare collection.

For a broader list of things to do in Oshkosh in April and beyond check out Visit Oshkosh.com.

Think Spring

February 8, 2016 by braytonbb

Think Spring, huh?  Its a little tough to imagine right now, but Its a little easier to do when I see what is going on in Oshkosh starting in March.

First off, starting off with Rooms of Blooms at the Paine Art Museum, March 3-6 and 10-13th.  If that doesn’t make you think spring I don’t know what does.


Rooms of Blooms showcases the art of floral design inside the exquisite settings of the historic Paine estate. This event features more than one hundred artistic fresh floral creations by the most talented designers in the region.  Each creation is inspired by the beauty of the Paine and artworks on display. Inside the rooms of the Paine, floral arangements will adorn the castle with large scale displays to smaller singular arrangements that create beautiful table settings and create spectacular aromas.


hopsprops limeliteSaturday, March 5th at EAA Air Venture Museum from 7:00-10:00 PM, Hops and Props is the premier beer-tasting event which is going into its 12th year. Your taste buds will thank you as you are sampling some of the finest beers in the world and enjoying delicious food and live music that will keep you on your feet all night long. Spend an evening sampling more than 300 extraordinary beverages from around the world while the master brewers you love are on hand to answer any and all questions you have about their craft. Plus, the 2015 People’s Choice winners return to share their award-winning beers that you voted for. Getting excited just thinking about this, maybe you should upgrade to VIP status which includes early admission to a five course meal featuring food and beer pairings. Dinner begins at 5:30 and tickets are limited.

St. Pats Parade and partyOshkosh’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Tent Party returns to downtown Oshkosh on Saturday, March 19.
Irish bands will entertain inside the tent. Following the parade, there will be special meet and greet opportunities with the Ice Queen, her sister, and all their Princess friends. You can also expect Irish Dancing performances by Richard’s School of the Dance, Kinsella Academy of Irish Dance, bagpipers, and other entertainment. We will have children’s contests for “Most Freckled Face” and “Reddest Hair”. Several fundraising activities will take place including raffles, a silent auction, and the opportunity to add your name to Irish Fest’s Welcome or “Fáilte” Door with a tax-deductible donation.




February events in Oshkosh

January 14, 2016 by braytonbb

Check out all these great events in Oshkosh in February. I would like to see some of these frigid temps let up a bit but I know is good for the EAA SkiPlane Fly-In and for Battle on Bago, but I am not so sure the plungers are going to appreciate it,even if it is “freezing for a reason”.

EAA skiplane fly inSaturday, February 6 beginning at 10:00 AM and running until 1:30 PM is the annual EAA Skiplane Fly-In at the EAA AirVenture Museum.  This is a very special winter event in Oshkosh that has welcomed more than 30 skiplanes in the past. This event is free of charge to the general pubic and includes complimentary chili and cake, however regular admission rates apply for guests visiting the museum itself.





February 19-20 is the annual Oshkosh Polar plunge located at Menominee Park in Millers Bay.  Last year, 1,700 people took part in this great cause and after the donations were tallied, they raised more than $444,000 for Special Olympics Wisconsin. Take part in this event solely or put together a team.  If your team raises over $2500.00, you will earn your choice of team party at participating locations.

Starting Friday at 5:30 till 9:00 PM, enjoy happy hour inside the entertainment tent with live music and food and drink specials. Saturday at 9:00 begins registration and the 5K begins after.

Get the little ones started in this event early as the pee wee plunge begins at 11:00 AM. From 12-3 live music by RPM in the WIXX tent and Spitfire rodeo in the Y100 tent will be playing while the plunging takes place. I am sure you will be working up an appetite before and after so take part in the Buffalo Wild Wing eating contest in the entertainment tent at 1:45. Now if you are too chicken to plunge, that’s okay, You can still volunteer or donate. After all, its for a good cause.


Battle on Bago is starting its 9th season February 26-27th. at Menominee Park with free admission with live music both evenings! $275,000 worth of prizes are given away and you don’t even have to fish to participate. Just come down and enjoy great food, drink, entertainment and raffle prizes. Battle on Bago was created in 2007 by a group of five Oshkosh Southwest Rotarian in order to support area youth and conservation efforts throughout the state of Wisconsin. This is the Midwest’s largest ice fishing tournament of the year.







Celebration of Lights

November 23, 2015 by braytonbb


The Night We Met The Town Quack

The Celebration of Lights is a truly magical sight to see. Beginning tomorrow, November 24th through December 31st. in Menominee Park, on the shores of Lake Winnebago, the park will be transformed into a mile of illuminated holiday wonder from 5:00-9:00 PM daily.  Just 14 years ago when this began, it started out with a few lighted trees, a couple of displays and not  many people knowing how this would grow in just a few short years. This event now attracts over 13,000 vehicles filled with family and friends ooohing and aaaahing over nearly a million twinkling lights.

A 100 foot tree with sculptured scenes  and animated light displays will be scattered throughout the park. Fill the car up and bring your camera to take pictures with the reindeer and Santa. Don’t forget to bring a non perishable food item to get a $1.00 off.



Christmas is in the air

November 16, 2015 by braytonbb

Christmas is in the air! Can you sense it? I have always said, one holiday at a time. I feel like Thanksgiving doesn’t get enough credit. As soon as Halloween is over, the Christmas decorations are up in all the stores.I mean our annual parade was just last week, so I felt that it was important to let you all in on a couple of my favorite exhibits each year in Oshkosh. Nutcracker in the Castle at the Paine Art Museum and Deck the Halls at the Oshkosh Public Museum. Both of these exhibits are right across the street from each other, so its easy to go right from one to the other.

NutcrackerThe Nutcracker in the Castle begins this Friday, November 20th and goes through January 4th. The Paine Art Museum transforms this historic mansion into an original production of the Nutcracker Fairy Tale with scenes from the holiday story.  Starting out with the opening party scene with a giant Christmas tree to the Magical Land of Sweet and the enchanting Sugar Plum Fairy, with the tale unfolding throughout each of the elaborately decorated rooms.  There are three different way to visit and enjoy the experience of the Nutcracker. You can take a self guided tour, candlelight tour or a guided tour each offered at separate time.  Whatever you decide, do not forget to visit the Sugar Plum Fairy’s Cucpake cafe for one of Tamaras Cupcakes scrumptious treats.



christmas balls

Deck the Halls begins this Sunday, November 22nd and goes through January 3rd. This is the third year for the Oshkosh Public Museum to be open for this amazing experience with holiday decorations reminiscent of the times that the Sawyer family resided here. The second floor gallery exhibits a life size Christmas village that showcases toys representing difference decades from 1930-1990. At the center of it all is the unbelievable detailed Magnusen family wooden toy circus. Be sure to watch out for the museum elves as well and they have come up with some new hiding places.



Oshkosh Farmers Market

November 2, 2015 by braytonbb

The Oshkosh Farmers market moves from our lovely downtown to indoors this weekend. Ever Saturday until June from 9:30-12:30 approx. 40 vendors will be offering fresh, in-season fruits and vegetables, eggs, honey, syrups, cheeses, pasture-raised meats and poultry, fish, jams and preserves. A variety of handcrafted items are also available throughout the season.  Local food artisans bring fresh baked goods, candy, prepared foods and other goodies.  Ready to eat foods are available in the kitchen from local businesses. This Saturday The Roxy Supperclub will be providing great eats and music by Bob & Ernie will be enjoyed by all.  You can visit OSFMI to find a list of Who’s Doing What, a Market Layout (updated every Friday) and our Weekly Events for a list of our popular scheduled musicians.

The OSFMI is located in the Multi-Purpose Room at the rear/north side of Merrill Middle School, 108 W New York Ave. Ample parking is available right outside the entrance door #23. Best of all, it’s free!


Halloween To Do

October 26, 2015 by braytonbb

En el dia de los muertos

What to do for Halloween this year. Well we don’t have anything scary going on at the inn, but we do have a cozy place for you to lay your head after heading one or a few great events. Whether you like to be scared, you just want a good story or you just want to enjoy the season, we can assure you that you will have a great time here in our wonderful city.


First lets start off with Night Whispers a the Oshkosh Public Museum . You will find out if the ghost stories of Oshkosh are truly for real, as claimed in the newspapers and personal encounter or just things that may have been exaggerated through time. Take a night time walking tour through the  museum with real stories of ghosts reported that haunt Oshkosh. Guided tours are offered at 6:30 pm and 7:30 pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday from October 26-30, 2015. Pre-registration is required and space is limited to only 15 people per tour, guaranteeing everyone has an up-close and personal encounter. A cash bar serving soda, beer and wine will also be available. Tours not suitable for children under 10.

Spirits of the Grand Tour has always been my favorite. It is only three nights from October 29-31. Tours are at 8:00, 9:00 and 10:00 PM for 45 minutes and are limited to the first 24 people. Tickets are $15.00 and sell out fast! There are over 130 years of history to experience. Led by the interactive tour guides of Hysterical Productions, you’ll travel from lobby to auditorium to balcony to basement to dressing rooms, each with its own story. Thankfully, the tour ends in the Grand Lounge where you can enjoy a beverage and exchange stories!

Free Fridays are always at the Time Community Theater and Friday, October 30th will be no different at they will be showing the 1978 Halloween movie. Show starts at 7:00
The last outdoor farmers market of the season will also be on Saturday, October 31st. starting at 8:00 AM. with plenty of in season vegetables, honey, syrups, cheeses, pasture raised meats, poultry, jams and flowers.  There is still a wide variety of handcrafted items and live music starting at 9:00. until noon. Don’t fret though, they will pick up with the Winter market the following Saturday from 9:30-12:30 in the  multi purpose room at Merrill Middle School.

Chili Cook Off

October 7, 2015 by braytonbb


Compliments of the Oshkosh Convention and Visitors Bureau

Oh boy, oh boy, o boy! I look forward to the Oshkosh Chili Cook off every year in downtown Oshkosh on the square. Two more weeks, on Saturday, October 24, which happens to be the last outdoor farmers market of the year, some local chefs will be whipping up and serving samples of some great chili recipes. You name,  you can usually find it. Hot and spicy, Mild and  mellow or how about a little fruit or chocolate in your chili? It may sounds strange, but don’t knock it until you try it. $10.00 for adults will give you a cup that you can make your way around and sample until your heart is content. Trust me, your belly will full and thanking you.  They are still looking for more teams, so don’t be shy. Typically there is about 35 booths and they run out of chili in about 2 hours, so the more booths, means more chili and the event can last a little longer. We have had such an unbelievable Fall, so grab your pumpkins from the market and come on downtown for some lunch.




Oshkosh Oktoberfest

September 28, 2015 by braytonbb

Oshkosh Oktoberfest comes back to Oshkosh for the 6th year this Saturday, October 3rd. The weather looks to be ideal for this grand Fall event which will take place inside a giant authentic Bier Hall, located at the corner of 6th & Oregon.  German music, dancers, food, and Culture will be abundant all day. The Oshkosh Oktoberfest is a charitable fundraiser and everyone is welcome. There is a $5 admission for ages 12 – 55. Children are free and seniors cost is $3. A children’s play area and cultural events and music will be going on throughout the day.

To start things off, there will be a 2K beer run/walk from Oregon Street bridge to Main Street bridge utilizing the new Riverwalk for a total of 1.25 miles. Registration starts at 10:00 AM with the run beginning at 11:00 AM.  Dressing up in costume is encouraged (preferably German, but whatever you desire).  Prizes will be awarded for the best costumes. There will six beer stops around a loop. Obviously, you must be over 21 since each person will receive six free beers and an Oktoberfest shirt (while supplies last – so register early!). Entrance fee is only $15 dollars in advance or $20 day of the run.

Following is good time with a barrel rolling contest and keg bowling.

Starting at 2:00 PM, Oshkosh Mayor Steve Cummings with begin by tapping the ceremonial keg, followed by the “running of the wieners” at 3:00 PM.  Dachshunds only are allowed and encouraged to compete. There will be a $5 donation to enter your dog. Register your dog at the race tent, starting at 1:00. You will also have the opportunity to compete in the annual Oshkosh Oktoberfest Olympics with several fun and competitive games, including a Barrel Rolling contest, Masskrugstemmen (Beer Stein Holding) contest, and Stein Relay races, and of course a Frankfurter Eating contest. All for great fun and a chance to win some great prizes.


Dressing Downton

June 22, 2015 by braytonbb

Downton Abbey (PBS) Season 1, 2010, Hugh Bonneville as Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham, and Elizabeth McGovern as Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham, ©Carnival Films / Masterpiece

Dressing Downton at the Paine Art Center and Gardens is probably one of those exhibits that have been long awaited since it was announced it was coming to town. We started getting reservations for this event last summer already. If you have not heard yet, this exhibit started this last weekend. Changing Fashion for Changing Times goes until September 20th so you do have some time, but don’t wait! The exhibit will feature 36 period costumes from the first four seasons of the acclaimed television series, Downton Abbey, which his on track to be the most successful British drama ever aired. The award-winning costumes showcase the styles of post-Edwardian England and the English country estate. Downton Abbey traces the lives and pursuits of the estate’s aristocratic inhabitants, the Crawley family, and their servants during the 1910s and ‘20s. Filming takes place at Highclere Castle, a country estate in Newbury, England.

Dressing Downton explores fashions in Britain from 1912, marked by the sinking of the Titanic, through World War I and into the early 1920s, the dawn of the Jazz Age.

The exhibit focuses on an era of great change, showing the progression of fashions from the bustle to the flapper dress. The variety of ensembles for the Crawley family and their servants range from country tweeds and riding outfits, to servants’ uniforms and footmen’s livery, to delicate afternoon dresses and lavish evening attire crafted of sumptuous fabrics and decorated with intricate embroidery, lace and beading.

The exhibition’s award-winning costumes were produced by the London costume house of Cosprop Ltd. Since 1986, when the Academy Award for Costume Design was awarded to a Cosprop designer for A Room with a View, the company has supplied costumes for 29 nominated films.


This amazing exhibit premiered in early 2015 at the renowned Biltmore estate in North Carolina before heading to Oshkosh where it will be exhibited throughout the rooms of the historic Paine mansion.

Waterfest 2015

June 15, 2015 by braytonbb

Can you believe Waterfest 2015 begins already this Thursday, June 18, on Summer Solstice? It should be a pretty good party starting the summer lineup with Pablo Cruise, Paul Sanchez and the Minimum Rage and Salsa Manzana with gates opening at 5:00 PM. Teachers are FREE on opening night with your school ID!

Waterfest is the perfect way to enjoy our Wisconsin summers with friends and family on the banks of the Fox River in a beautiful outdoor setting.  The location doesn’t get much better with it being situated in downtown Oshkosh where you have your choice of restaurants and outdoor patios to relax at before or after a show.  The riverfront is also a great way to hear your favorite bands as well which welcomes boaters and tailgaters. Since 1986, each summer Oshkosh is treated with groups from Jazz, Pop, Rock, Blues and R&B.  Did you know that anywhere from 2,500-7,500 fans may be in attendance on any given evening depending on the entertainment? Eight evenings this summer, you are sure to find a group(s) that you love for a great price.

“Loos”en up On the Loos Cruises

June 10, 2015 by braytonbb

With so much going on, in and around Oshkosh, why not “Loos”en up and take a cruise On the Loos Cruises

Yeh, we have Scotty’s Pontoon boats for you to take out, but if you want something bigger, more people, and really cool, all summer long on Wednesday and Friday evenings, enjoy a two hour cruise with appetizers and a cash bar, departing from the Ground Round all for $19.95 per person. Experience the Fox River with a leisurely cruise to Lake Butte des Morts.

Looking for something fun and different for your wedding party, or just a gathering with your friends?  This stunning family owned and operated paddlewheel Riverboat can accommodate your party with a spacious upper and lower deck with seating area, kitchen amenities, bathroom facility, changing room.Why not take a sunset cruise, or moonlight cruise, Sunday stroll or find a day spend it on the boat cruising the lake and enjoying the sun and sand. It seems like they have thought of everything.
Talk to us about renting out the inn and incorporating a couple hours on the lake with On the Loos Cruises to  make your wedding or special event something to remember.

Irish Fest

June 8, 2015 by braytonbb

Oshkosh Irish Fest is back for its seventh year at the Leach Amphitheater this weekend from June 11-14th. Come down and enjoy authentic Irish music, food, dancing and presentations on Irish history and culture and watch the Currach boat demonstration.  There will be vendors selling merchandise, a 5K, raffle and even fun for the kids  where Little Leprechaun Land will be open. Irish Fest benefits many local charities.

Interested in the 5K? The Irish Fest 5K and One-mile Charity Run/Walk will benefit Cerebral Palsy of Mideast Wisconsin and Oshkosh Irish Fest, The two runs start at 9:00 Am and 10:00 Am. The one-mile route is new for 2015. Participants will receive an event t-shirt (guaranteed if registered before June 8), drinks and snacks, and FREE admission to Irish Fest on Saturday before 4:00 pm.

Raffle tickets are only $5 or 5 chances for $20. The drawing is guaranteed no matter how many tickets are sold and will be held Sunday, June 14, 12:00 pm on our stage at the festival. Grand prize is $1500.00, 2nd prize is a weekend getaway to St. Brendan’s Inn in Green Bay with a complimentary full Irish breakfast and a $75.00 bar/restaurant gift certificate, 3rd. prize is an Irish themed gift basket valued at $300.00, 4th prize is a new pair of running shoes donated by Run Away Shoes, and 5th prize is a $20.00 gift certificate donated by McGuinness Irish Pub. All the prizes sounds pretty terrific to me.



Opening Day

June 3, 2015 by braytonbb

Courtesy of Oshkosh Convention and Visitors Bureau

Courtesy of Oshkosh Convention and Visitors Bureau


Oh my gosh, I am so excited for this Saturday, which is opening day of the Downtown Oshkosh Saturday Farmers Market. The indoor winter market is great but I look forward to this every year being able to wander around downtown Oshkosh and shop all the great vendors that have crafts, bread, honey, jams, flowers and fresh fruits and vegetables and on and on on I could go. Opening at 8:00 AM and going until 12:30, don’t miss the entertainment  and cooking demonstrations as well that begins at 9:00 AM. Parking is plentiful on side streets, and nearby parking lots but stay with us and just walk out the front door 1 block and spending the morning browsing and shopping.

Ultimate Ladies Day

May 26, 2015 by braytonbb

Its back! Ultimate Ladies Day, downtown Oshkosh this Saturday,May 30th. Registration begins at 1:00 at Opera House Square. Hopefully this rain will give us a little break but if not, The Backlot Comedy House at 424 N. Main St is where you will register. This is your chance to shop local! $40.00 and your ticket includes a buy local bag with a coupon sheet, downtown directory and gift card for downtown area Oshkosh businesses worth $10.00 or $20.00. You will also receive two drink and food tastings, one art activity and one entertainment venue. Included is also a 20% off your food purchase at either Beckets, Ground Round or Manila. So, grab your sisters, daughter, your Mom and/or friends and head downtown and show your appreciation for our local businesses.


What to do in Oshkosh this weekend

April 27, 2015 by braytonbb

What to do in Oshkosh this weekend?

Beautiful Bird

Well, there are three very different events that will take you around the city on Saturday, May 2nd. Staring off with Bird Fest beginning at 6:00 AM at Shelter #1 in Menominee Park going to 2:00 PM, rain or shine. There will be Live birds of prey presentations, The “Big Sit” which is a tailgate party for birders, Bird walks and childrens activities with informative exhibits along with a native plant sale and concessions. Later on in the evening, during Gallery Walk from 6:00-9:00 PM at the Masonic Center there will be a Student  birds art exhibit plus photography and art displays throughout downtown Oshkosh.

The Natural and Organic Expo is a FREE event that will be taking place on Saturday as well at the Sunnyview Expo center starting at 9:00 AM. This Expo brings together local and national companies that specialize in natural and organic foods and products. Learn what it is to buy direct from local, organic farmers and vendors. Snatch up early seedlings, innovative new products, specialty, meats, cheeses, sauces, olive oils, jams, nuts, dried fruits, wine, beer, baked goods fresh greens, free-range meat and eggs. Learn to grown your own garden. Not enough space, learn where community gardens are at in your area. Also, health products, art and Eco Sustainable items will be at the expo. Try different products from area restaurants that are all locally and organically purchased and prepared.

Don’t forget about Afterwalk starting at 8:00 at the Grand Opera House Lounge.  Never any cover and a full service bar and bar menu. After Gallery walk, enjoy music Rob Anthony.




Festival of Spring

April 20, 2015 by braytonbb


Plant On Sale

Festival of Spring at the Paine Art Museum and Gardens is awaited by many each year. Saturday, May 16 from 9:00 to 4:00, this FREE outdoor event features the Paine’s annual spring plant sale which includes thousands of “tried and true” plants as well as new and hard to find varieties. The festival also includes more than 150 vendors displaying and selling their art, crafts, plant and garden supplies and plenty of activities for the kids with fair food and live entertainment.

The Paine mansion and gardens are also open for FREE during the festival where the exhibit of Winslow Homer in America is taking place, and outdoors, the gardens feature more than 10,000 blooming tulips and spring flowers. Bring on summer!

Mother’s Day Brunch

April 13, 2015 by braytonbb

Purple tulips

I will probably be making breakfast for other Mom’s on Mother’s Day weekend and that is okay, however, if I wasn’t, I would want someone to treat me to a Mother’s Day Brunch at the Paine Art Museum and Gardens on Saturday, May 9th. at 10:00 AM.  The Paine is an amazing setting and inside the Paine’s conservatory is the perfect location to enjoy this scrumptious brunch prepared by Zuppa’s. Some of the items being offered for brunch are chilled asparagus with strawberries, goat cheese and balsamic vinaigrette
watercress salad, brown sugar bacon, rhubarb glazed ham, dauphinoise potatoes, vanilla crème brulee, assorted muffins and scones, coffee, orange juice, champagne and mimosas.  Why not splurge on your Mom, Grandma, Aunt, Sister or friend this year who means so much to you. Afterwards, wander through the gardens and enjoy the wondrous display of tulips, daffodils and flowering trees coming to life as we enter into summer.


WPA Homeschooling Conference

April 6, 2015 by braytonbb


researching and taking notes

The WPA Homeschooling Conference is being held once again at the UWO campus May 1st and 2nd. There is so  much here for everyone.  If you do not have children but are considering homeschooling or unschooling, than this is the the conference for you. Maybe you are new or are a long time homeschooler, than this is the conference for you as well. Whether you have toddlers, teens or grown children, there is something for everyone. You can purchase curriculum, create or your own or share ideas with others. Many have walked away with a sense of relief just feeling that this is the place to connect with other parents that are asking themselves questions or going through some of the same things that you may have.


March 30, 2015 by braytonbb

WineFeast I would have to say is probably one of Oshkosh’s greatest social events of the year. Each year over 750 attend this event to sample fine wine, sip cold brews and try appetizers from area restaurants. The best part of this event is that 100% of the proceeds raised go to directly benefit almost 4,000 youth at the Boys & Girls Club of Oshkosh.  Guests can either attend WineFeast at 7:00 PM on Saturday, April 25th or you can purchase reservations that take place before the general admission. Come at 4:00 Pm for Cellar Select which provides a enhanced wine and dinner tasting.

WineFeast tickets cost $75/person, Cellar Select Reservations (which includes a ticket to WineFeast) cost $125/person.