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.







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.





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.

Oshkosh Marathon

March 16, 2015 by braytonbb


Oshkosh Half Marathon, courtesy of the Oshkosh Convention and Visitors Bureau


For the past ten years, Oshkosh has hosted a half marathon and 5K but this year with the completion of Hwy 41, a full marathon (26.2 miles) has been scheduled for April 19th along with a two person half marathon relay. This is a certified marathon qualifier for Boston.

People have been asking for this, and so Oshkosh delivers once again. All races will start in downtown Oshkosh beginning at 7:00 AM and will continue through the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh campus before joining the WIOUWASH Trail. It is a flat, scenic route that should appeal to a lot of runners. I am not a runner, and try to avoid it whenever possible, so no, I will  not be participating, however many of our past guests tell us that it is a great course and they enjoy coming to Oshkosh each and every year.

Echos of the Past

February 2, 2015 by braytonbb


Civil War Days, Naper Settlement, IL

Photo by Mark Kaletka – Flickr



Echos of the Past historic trade fair is one of the Midwest’s large indoor historical trade fairs. Taking place at Sunnview Expo Center February 28th.  If you are a history buff,  you will love this event that has been going on for over thirty years, featuring supplies for the historical re-enactor, muzzle loading enthusiasts, and just general public curiosity. You will be able to meet merchants and craftsmen stocking historical clothing, books patterns, tinware, pewter, beads, leather, fur forged iron, pottery, firearms, knives and hundreds of other  items.  Civilians and soldiers alike will be representing time periods ranging from the mid 1700’s through the American Civil War, and western frontier.  This interesting and educational experience will disguised as fun for the whole family.  Enjoy demonstrations, music, shopping, fashion shows, and festive atmosphere. On-going seminars daily. Food is available on site.  Admission $5.00 for adults, children 10 and under free with an adult.

Valentines Day

January 26, 2015 by braytonbb



happy valentines day - pink gerbera with a heart of chocolate!

I have always thought that Valentines Day should be celebrated the entire month. Actually I think it should be celebrated everyday but lets just focus on February for now. A couple of years ago, we ran a promotion that when you stayed with us in February you were able to choose a gift box when you arrived. Inside the box would be chocolate( of course) but also a gift to show our appreciation. It could be A Brayton B&B mug, cookbook, coasters, or a percentage off a nights stay. We have decided to bring that back this year. So, make that reservation and surprise someone with a romantic weekend at a bed and breakfast. 

If you should decide to come on Valentines Day weekend this year, and you are looking for things to do outside of the inn, may we suggest, go the a show at the Grand Opera House. February 12-14 at 7:30 PM, The Grand is showing The Importance of Being Ernest. This is a “trival comedy for serious people”. 

Saturday, February 14 enjoy a great evening at Beckets, just walking distance from the inn. Janet Planet will be playing FREE, live romantic music starting at 8:00 and  Chef Mike sure will not disappoint with his amazing creations.

Oshkosh Chili Cook-off

October 6, 2014 by braytonbb

Chili Cook-Off

The Oshkosh Chili Cook Off is one of my favorite events that takes place in downtown Oshkosh. It is always the last Saturday in October, which just happens to be the last outdoor Farmers Markets as well for the year. This year, it is Saturday, October 25th. Proceeds from Oshkosh Chili Cook Off help to support the Day by Day Warming Shelter.

For just $10.00 for adults, you can enjoy all the chili you can handle. With over thirty different amateur chili cook-off teams, you can sample your favorite traditional chili or brave some of the unique flavors that are created each year and then voting on your favorites.  Some popular unique flavors in the past have been pineapple chili, chocolate chili, vegan chili, meat lovin’ chili and MANY more chili samples!

Whether you you plan to register or you just want to enjoy the day by hanging out downtown for the Oshkosh Saturday Farmers Market and Chili Cook off, it is sure to be a day of great smells and fun.


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.