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Merry and Bright December in Oshkosh

November 7, 2017 by braytonbb

Merry Christmas Everybody

It’s always a great time to celebrate with family and friends. With all the festivities, lights, food, and shopping in the decorated shops downtown; Merry and Bright is exactly what Oshkosh is all about. I know its only November, but we have to start thinking about December. It is going to sneak up on us before you know it. So why not get a jump start and plan your getaway and shopping trips now!

We kick the weekend off right with Gallery Walk, which is always the first Saturday each month. Gallery Walk provides local artists and galleries with the opportunity to share their creativity and imagination. The link will take you to all the participating store and give you some unique holiday ideas.

Shake the chill off and join the Oshkosh Symphony Orchestra at 7:30 on Dec. 2 with the sounds of the seasons at Grand Opera House. This is literally just around the corner from all the great Gallery shops. It’s the perfect evening, rolled into one.

Friday, December 8th is the Wright Brothers Memorial Banquet at EAA. This annual banquet honors the spirit and achievements of the Wright Brothers. Celebrate the anniversary of the first powered flight with a presentation by astronaut Joe Engle, cocktails, and full-dinner service. This banquet has sold out in previous years, so do not miss it!

The Grand Opera House brings us back on Dec. 15 with Christmas with the Celts. The Celts’ is a dynamic mix of traditional Irish music and American pop music, featuring a local choir and Irish dancers!

Now, these are just some of the great events happening in Oshkosh while we are open. We do close down for a week to celebrate the holidays with our own family. While you are in town though, don’t forget to stop at some of the other great hot spots in Oshkosh. For instance, Outlet Shoppes of Oshkosh, Backlot Comedy House, Paine Art Museum and Oshkosh Public Museum and just a few. Of course, you will probably be famished and thirsty, so let us help you as we recommend some of our favorite places to unwind. Beckets, Gardinas, and Chalice are just a few.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from Brayton Bed and Breakfast.

 

Holiday Celebrations in Oshkosh

October 19, 2017 by braytonbb

 

Decorative Lights

Holiday celebrations are kicking off in Oshkosh in November. I don’t think it matters that the temps have felt more like Fall. I have a feeling that will be changing quickly. Want to start planning for the girls getaway? I have a few suggestions that will make you want to dig in and then relax after a long day of shopping. Start your holiday shopping early by attending the admission FREE Holiday Wonders Shopping Expo & Craft Fair on Saturday, November 11th, 2017 from

Saturday, November 11th from 10-4 at Sunnyview Expo Center is the Holiday Wonders Shopping Expo and Craft Fair. There will be over 75 vendors selling a variety of unique items for those hard to buy for people in your life. FREE admission.

Start your weekend early by coming to the downtown Oshkosh Holiday parade and tree lighting at 6PM at Opera House Square. The parade will begin at 630. Join thousands of people as they line Main St. to watch the 2017 themed ” A Charlie Brown Christmas”. Bands, floats, Santa, food and drink will be available.

The annual Nutcracker in the Paine begins Friday, November 17th. Enjoy a 100 different themed Christmas trees and scenes from the beloved Nutcracker story within the historic estate. Guests may take a self-guided tour, candelight tour and guided tour. Reserve early though as these dates book up quickly. For info on the Paine and the Nutcracker experience, visit thepaine.org.

Saturday, November 18 The Grand Opera House is presenting Disenchanted. Forget once upon a time and Prince Charming. Disenchanted brings Snow White and her squad of sassy princesses to tell the “real” story behind the fable. This is a PG 13 showing so leave the kiddos with their Fairy God Mother. This will definitely be a weekend to enjoy with the girls.

Let’s not forget about the annual Celebration of Lights which begins on November 24th at 5:00 PM. There are over three quarters of a million lights spread over 102 miles of beautiful Menominee Park.

With so much to do in Oshkosh in November, spend a few nights and enjoy our downtown. Oshkosh is the Event City!

 

 

The Smell of Fall is in the Air

September 19, 2017 by braytonbb

I am a warm weather girl, so I am loving these last few days of September.  October is my next favorite month though. The smell of fall is in the air, cozying up with layers, the smell of fireplaces and oh yes, a good bowl of chili! The last outdoor Oshkosh farmers market will be on Saturday, October 14th. Don’t worry though, its not all bad. The indoor market will return on November 4th.

Since this is the last outdoor market of the season, it is the perfect time to host Oshkosh’s annual Chili Cook Off. Samples will be served up by some of our great local cooks. The best pots will receive crowd favorite awards, which means everyone gets a chance to taste these delicious creations.   There will be lots of activities for kiddos too in the Opera House Square. This is a true family event that I look forward to every year.  Take advantage of sales and specials and browse a big selection of fall produce. It’s a perfect time to pick up squash, pumpkins, or perhaps some ingredients to make your own special pot of chili! The event is a great time to enjoy the company of friends, family and community. Proceeds go to the Day by Day Warming Shelter.

September events going strong in Oshkosh

September 6, 2017 by braytonbb

Just because the weather is cooling does not mean Oshkosh slows down. September events are going strong in Oshkosh.

In the mood for some Octoberfest fun?  Docktoberfest kicks off Friday, September 22 at 5:00 PM at Dockside Tavern. Enjoy a good old fashioned Friday night fish fry while listening to the very popular Copper Box band. Saturday the festivities continue with the WI Cornhole Tourney, 2K Bier Run, masskrugstemmen, costume and frankfurter eating contests. Make sure to wear your Dirndls and Lederhosen! All Proceeds going towards the Oshkosh Boys and Girls Club.

Take the activities from drinking, dancing and tossing to flying high. The US National Aerobatics Championships are taking place at EAA air grounds Sept. 23-29th.  Nine power and glider categories participate and are crowned at this competition. Oshkosh offers the best facilities for an aviation event in the world the past 45 years as the site for EAA AirVenture. IAC has invested heavily in upgrading its own pavilion there and it will serve as headquarters for the contest. Activities during the week such as an evening social event at the EAA Nature Center and closing ceremonies and awards banquet at the EAA museum’s “Founder’s Wing” will also take place.

EAA Museum is a happening place for events. Relive the excitement and glamour of the big band era with a 1940’s style dance for the annual September Swing on Saturday, September 30th. from 7:00-11:00 PM at the Eagle Hanger. Start your nostalgic celebration with delicious era-inspired hors d’oeuvres and featured signature drinks from the bar.
Take to the dance floor to show your swing dance skills or learn how with lessons from professional dance instructors. Then showcase your new moves and dance the night away with your sweetheart.  You will be surrounded by an authentic collection of World War II airplanes, vehicles, and artifacts in our extravagant Eagle Hangar. It will truly be a celebration of the end of an era! Vintage wear is encouraged, but not required. Prizes will be awarded for best period attire and best dancers.

September weekends are booking up fast, so check on availability soon at Brayton Bed and Breakfast.

Magical Happenings at the Paine Art Museum and Gardens

August 31, 2017 by braytonbb

Courtesy of the Paine Art Museum

The Paine Art Museum and Gardens is always a magical place to visit. If you have not been there lately, here are two great reasons to visit this Fall.

Jazz in the Gardens is set amidst the Paine’s magical gardens where you can enjoy an evening of food, drink and live jazz music. While you are here, celebrate the completion of the new formal garden, which you will not want to miss.
Jazz in the Gardens is taking place Saturday, Sept. 9th from 5:00-9:00 PM. and is the Paine’s largest fundraising event of the year. Proceeds will support the care of the Paine’s historic mansion, art collections, and gardens. Reservations are a must.

The Paine puts on some amazing exhibits and the current exhibit is no exception. Wonderland: Photographs by Kirsty Mitchell are breathtaking! Showcasing through October 15th, this is one exhibit you will not want to miss.

Wisconsin’s Best Rib Fest in Oshkosh, WI

August 21, 2017 by braytonbb

Wisconsin's Best Rib Fest in OshkoshLast year was the first year for Wisconsin’s Best Rib Fest in Oshkosh at Menomonee Park. I can’t wait to see what goodies that these professional ribbers will have in store for us this year. Enjoy the best BBQ brought to you by the National Barbecue Cookers Association. Nightly concerts, delicious food and beverages all located on our beautiful Lake Winnebago. This is a great event for the entire family over Labor Day weekend.

Beginning Friday, Sept. 1 starting at 5:00 PM, come out for a little dinner and dancing. Saturday and Sunday its an all day event and Monday until 4 PM.

Oshkosh Events are still going strong

August 16, 2017 by braytonbb

Though summer is winding down, Oshkosh area events are still going strong.Trouée d´Arenberg

Just steps outside of Brayton Bed and Breakfast, you will find the Gus Macker 3 on 3 Basketball tournament happening on Main St. August 26 and 27th. The Oshkosh Farmers Market will also be going on just up the road on Saturday morning until 12:30. This makes for a festive atmosphere in downtown Oshkosh. We couldn’t be prouder to live here.

If your looking for a little extra excitement, how about the Winnebago Triathlon happing on Sunday, August 27th. This is the 11th year that offers athletes a sprint or Olympic distances to choose from when swimming, biking and running.

The kids are going back to school, so treat to yourself to some outdoor activities and then relax in luxury at Brayton Bed and Breakfast. Stay two or more nights and receive discounted rates. For availability click here.

The Shakedown-Summer Camp for Hot Rodders

July 6, 2017 by braytonbb

The Shakedown, formerly known as Symco is Wisconsin’s largest and oldest traditional hot rod and custom multi-day car show. This is the summer camp for hot rodders. Cars are driven in from all over the country for this two day event starting Aug. 11th. at the EAA Pioneer Airport. Along with  period cars, there are vintage bicycles and planes with organized rides throughout the day.  20 plus bands will also be performing along with a swap meet and many excellent food vendors. While you are here, check out the EAA Museum for only $6.00 more with your paid admission to The Shakedown.

Events and schedules being updated weekly. For the most up to date happenings, check out The Shakedown website.

For lodging, check out Brayton Bed and Breakfast availability calendar.

 

 

Rock USA 2017- Ultimate Rock Experience

June 21, 2017 by braytonbb

Rock USA 2017 is bigger and better than ever. This ultimate rock experience is a three day camping music festival held annually in Oshkosh, just a few miles from Brayton Bed and Breakfast.  With only 43 days left to get your tickets for the July 13-15th show at Ford Festival park. Rock USA is considered one of the nations largest annual events that is strictly rock and metal music. Featuring a mega mainstage and four side stages filled with non stop live performances. Alongside is a vendor marketplace that features over 100 local and regional vendors selling commemorative merchandise and locally made goods and food.

Headliners included this year are Ozzy Osbourne, Avenged Sevenfold, Slayer, Korn, Volbeat, Stone Sour and Mega Death.

For more information, visit Rockusa.com 

 

 

LiFest 2017- Party with a Purpose

June 7, 2017 by braytonbb

LiFest 2017 is an annual Christian music festival. When they say party with a purpose, they mean it.  Featuring more than 100 music, comedy and entertainment events on six stages all through the day and evening. Music, entertainment, games, fireworks, worship services, seminars and workshops make this one of the largest of its kind in the United states. With an average of 20,000 attendees daily, from July 6-9th at Sunnyview Expo Center in Oshkosh, this is a must take in event. 

Just some of the featured bands this year are Skillet, Michael W. Smith and Newsboys along with so many others that you will not want to miss. More information on ticket pricing, parking and the lineup are listed here.

WineFeast 2017 – A Great Evening For A Great Cause!

March 24, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

WineFeast and Cellar Select 2017- April 29th in Oshkosh, WIOshkosh’s annual WineFeast is your opportunity to sample fine International wines and tasty local cuisine with 100% of the proceeds donated to the Oshkosh Boys & Girls Club.

WineFeast is the Oshkosh social event of the year – and why not? Not only does it combine excellent drink with fabulous fine food, it’s also a chance to get together with friends and community. That all the proceeds from this beloved annual event go towards the Oshkosh Boys & Girls Club is just the cherry on top!

This beloved annual event has two distinct parts: WineFeast and Cellar Select.

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The Oshkosh Marathon And More Make For An Athletic April!

March 10, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

The 2017 Oshkosh Marathon And More Make For An Athletic April!The arrival of spring means it is time to dust off those winter doldrums and head out into the sunshine! The Oshkosh Marathon and many other athletic events make April a very active month here in Oshkosh.

While there’s always something to do in Oshkosh, no matter the season, the warmth of spring definitely loosens up those joints and gets the blood flowing. People are tired of being boxed up in their homes and there is an explosion of activity.

So much so that there isn’t enough space to list everything happening in April. Instead, we’ve focused on four of the bigger athletic events of the month. They include the Oshkosh Marathon, the NPC Fox Cities Showdown bodybuilding competition, the Special Olympics Indoor Sports Basketball Tournament, and the Run Away To the Bay relay race.

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The 5th Annual Oshkosh St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Tent Party

February 24, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

2017 St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Tent PartyUnfortunately, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Tent Party has been canceled for this year.
There’s still plenty to do in Oshkosh, however!

Get ready for the wearing of the green! The 5th annual Oshkosh St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Tent Party, held in downtown Oshkosh, is almost here. Saturday, March 18th, 2017, beginning at 1pm.

Oshkosh knows how to throw a party – the kind that welcomes everyone – and St. Patty’s Day is no exception! Oshkosh’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Tent Party is held each year in downtown Oshkosh. 2017 marks the 5th year of this popular event. The parade and party are bound to be bigger and better than ever!

The St. Patrick’s Day Parade begins at 2pm. It starts off from Ceape Avenue,  travels North up Main Street, and ends at Irving Avenue. This is one parade you don’t want to miss. Bagpipers, floats, vintage vehicles, horses, bands, and more will all be on tap. After the parade, you’ll want to be sure to head to the St. Patrick’s Day Tent Party!

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Hops & Props 2017 at the EAA AirVenture Museum

February 13, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Hops & Props 2017It’s time for the 13th annual Hops & Props at Oshkosh’s EAA AirVenture Museum! Hops & Props is an annual beer-tasting event with food, live music, and over 85 breweries in attendance! March 4th, 2017.

Craft beer, microbrews, independent ales – whatever you want to call them – have exploded in popularity and quantity in the last decade. Consequently, beer-tastings have had an unprecedented opportunity to become beloved and sought after events.

That’s certainly the case with the annual Hops & Props celebration in Oshkosh, WI. Held at the EAA AirVenture Museum, Hops & Props has only grown in size with each successive year. This year’s event features over 90 different breweries, including some specialty brews from Europe!

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Attend the 2017 EAA Skiplane Fly-In in Oshkosh, WI!

January 23, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

2017 EAA Skiplane Fly-In in Oshkosh, WIThe EAA Skiplane Fly-In, one of the Oshkosh region’s most colorful winter events, is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. February 18, 2017 at the EAA AirVenture Museum’s Pioneer Airport in Oshkosh.

Whether you’re a fan of airplanes or just enjoy a festive atmosphere,  you’ll get a real charge out of the EAA Skiplane Fly-In! Held every year in mid-February since 1992, the EAA Skiplane Fly-In is a fascinating spectacle of tens fo skiplanes landing and taking off, along with warm food, and a plethora of fun activities for all ages.

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Take The Plunge – The 2017 Oshkosh Polar Plunge!

January 13, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

The 2017 Oshkosh Polar PlungeCome on out for the 2017 Oshkosh Polar Plunge and jump into Miller’s Bay help raise money for Special Olympics Wisconsin, February 17th and 18th, 2017!

If throwing yourself into freezing cold water is something you look forward to, this is the event for you! If on the other hand, the whole affair sounds more than a little nuts consider that, in this instance, it’s being done for a very good cause. Last year’s Oshkosh Polar Plunge raised more than $455,000 for Special Olympics Wisconsin!

The annual Oshkosh Polar Plunge attracts many brave souls every year. 2016’s Polar Plunge drew more than 1,500 people and even more are expected for this year’s event!

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Tis the Season in Oshkosh

November 3, 2016 by braytonbb

Tis the season this year in Oshkosh! Last month I posted about so many great happenings in November. Many of those events are also going on this December. If you don’t get a chance to visit now, plan your month ahead. In review, Nutcracker in the Castle is happening at the Paine Art Museum, Deck the Halls at the Oshkosh Pubic Museum and Celebration of Lights at the Menomonee Park is all happening in December as well.

grand logo blackIf you are looking for a special treat to celebrate the holidays, look no further than the Grand Opera House. They have a plethora of shows for you to choose from this December. We also have a great package which includes dinner and a show so you can make an evening out of it. Book early for the best seats possible.

Friday, December 2nd is the Holiday Cabaret Night with Marissa Mulder and Bill Zeffero at 7:30 PM.

Saturday, December 3rd, the Oshkosh Symphony Orchestra presents Symphony for the Season at 7:30 PM

Sunday, December 4th, add a little comedy to your day with the WhiskeyBelles at 3:30 PM.

December 8-10, always a favorite, the Oshkosh Community Players puts on A Christmas Story at 7:30 PM

Sunday, December 11, the Oshkosh Community Band puts on Christmas Carol Sing a long at 6:30 PM

December 16-18, Hysterical Productions puts on A Christmas Carol, Scrooge and Marley

Tuesday, December 20th. The Church Basement Ladies: Away in a Basement at 2:00 and 7:30 PM

Thursday, December 22, The Second City puts on Holidazed Confused Revue at 7:30 PM

Friday December 23, New City Church puts on Community Christmas Celebration at 7:00 PM

 

 

 

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

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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.

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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.

 

 

 

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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