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Come To Oshkosh for the 2018 Winnebago County Fair!

June 11, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

Winnebago County Fair 2018Now is the time to make your plans to come to the Winnebago County Fair in Oshkosh, WI. The annual, 5-day event is scheduled for August 1st through the 5th, 2018.

The Winnebago County Fair, in Oshkosh, WI, is very much a traditional county fair with livestock, agricultural expositions, baked food, crafts, and the like. You’ll also see truck and tractor pulls, horse pulls, bull riding, and barrel racing.

But that’s just the beginning.

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Country USA 2018 Brings Keith Urban to Oshkosh!

May 11, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

Country USA 2018Country USA 2018 is just around the corner and this year’s festival brings country-music superstar Keith Urban to Oshkosh, along with a host of others. Don’t miss this 5-day country music extravaganza: June 19th through the 23rd at Ford Festival Park in Oshkosh, WI.

Country USA, Oshkosh’s annual country music festival, attracts some country music’s biggest stars along with ever-growing audiences. In fact, the 5-day event is now one of America’s biggest country music festivals. The Country USA 2018 is no exception.

This year is expected to bring in even bigger audiences than before and with a lineup like this, who is surprised? Country Music superstar Keith Urban is headlining opening night, with Maren Morris, Brett Eldredge, Jason Aldean, and Brantley Gilbert headlining the following evenings.

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It’s Almost Time For the 2018 Paine Festival of Spring!

April 23, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

2018 Paine Festival of SpringIt’s almost May and that means it is time for the Paine Festival of Spring 2018!

Come peruse The Paine’s Spring Plant Sale: more than 100 vendors, plus food and live entertainment. May 19th, 2018 – 9am to 4pm at The Paine Art Center and Gardens in Oshkosh, WI.

The arrival of The Paine’s annual Festival of Spring is as sure a sign of spring as any! People come from all around to take advantage of the sales of original art, fine crafts, and, of course, the legendary Paine Spring Plant Sale.

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Alligator Records Blues Weekend at The Grand Oshkosh

April 14, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

Alligator Records Blues Weekend 2018Don’t feel down and in the blues. Get down with the blues during Alligator Records Blues Weekend in Oshkosh, WI!

Chicago-based Alligator Records artists Tommy Castro & The Painkillers, Toronzo Cannon, Tinsley Ellis, and the Nick Moss Band featuring Dennis Gruenling will perform May 18th and 19th, 2018 at The Oshkosh Grand Opera House!

Whether you’re a longtime fan of blues music or are just getting introduced, you’ll want to attend Alligator Records Blues Weekend. The two-day event provides an opportunity to experience blues from talented musicians who have been playing it for decades. Alligator Records Blues Weekend is a very special event as you don’t often see this many Alligator artists performing together in one weekend.

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Are You Ready? It’s Almost Time For WineFeast 2018!

March 23, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

Dont miss WineFeast 2018 in Oshkosh, WI!Another Oshkosh sign of spring is rapidly approaching on the calendar: WineFeast 2018 is scheduled for Saturday, April 28th. Don’t miss this annual opportunity to sample fine wines and local cuisine – and all for a good cause!

WineFeast is THE Oshkosh social event of the year. The annual celebration of food and drink draws well over 800 people – and who is surprised? Your WineFeast ticket spells an evening of more then 100 fine wines from around the world and a variety of specially prepared dishes. Add 100% of the event proceeds going towards the Oshkosh Boys & Girls Club and you have what some would call a no-brainer.

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Get Set for the 2018 Oshkosh Marathon, Run Away To the Bay, and More!

March 12, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

2018 Oshkosh Marathon, NPC Fox Cities Showdown, Special Olympics Indoor Sports Tournament, and Run Away To the BaySpring will soon be sproinging all around us! Along with all the leaves and blossoms, come a host of warm-weather sporting events. Oshkosh shakes off the dust in April with a variety of events. The 2018 Oshkosh Marathon, the NPC Fox Cities Showdown, the Special Olympics, and the Run Away To the Bay!

Even if you’ve managed to get out into the great outdoors a lot this winter, there’s nothing like great spring weather to motivate a person. The warmth of the sun draws us outdoors and suddenly Oshkosh parks, golf courses, and trails are peopled again.

The 2018 Oshkosh Marathon takes advantage of the great spring weather every April with a host of related contests. The event includes a Full Marathon, Half Marathon, Corporate Marathon Relay, a Half Relay, and a 5k. All races are scheduled for April 29th, 2018 at the Leach Amphitheatre in downtown Oshkosh. Proceeds from the 2018 Oshkosh Marathon benefit local charity groups, like the Oshkosh Boys and Girls Club.

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Here Comes Hops & Props 2018 at the EAA Aviation Museum!

February 5, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

Hops & Props 2018 at the EAA AirVenture MuseumCraft beer lovers mark your calendars: Hops & Props 2018 is set for March 3rd, 7pm to 10pm, at the EAA Aviation Museum in Oshkosh, WI! This popular event promises unlimited beer samples from over 80 different breweries, delicious food, and live music!

What better way to herald the oncoming spring than with Hops & Props 2018 at the EAA Aviation Museum? This year marks the 14th anniversary of the Hops & Props beer festival and, as usual, the event just gets bigger and better with each passing year.

This year’s event features more than 80 different breweries, cideries, and wineries. Dogfish Head, 3 Floyds, New Glarus, One Barrel, and far too many others to list will be on hand with some of their best brews. Ales, lagers, stouts, sours, porters, IPA’s and more are yours for the tasting.

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Battle on Bago, RV and Boat Show, and Valentine’s Day In Oshkosh!

January 22, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

Battle on Bago, RV and Boat Show, and Valentine's Day In Oshkosh!February is always a fun month in Oshkosh. We start off with the EAA Skiplane Fly-In, then we have the RV and Boat Show, Battle on Bago ice fishing tournament, and Valentine’s Day!

It may be hard to believe that we’re already talking about Valentine’s Day. Wasn’t it just New Year’s Eve? It was – but ready or not, here comes February and with it Valentine’s Day!

If you’re looking to spice up Valentines Day for that special someone, Brayton Bed and Breakfast can help! We offer a variety of romantic Oshkosh lodging specials and packages.

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Don’t Miss the 2018 EAA Skiplane Fly-In in Oshkosh, WI!

January 8, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

2018 EAA Skiplane Fly-InFebruary is just around the corner and so is the 2018 EAA Skiplane Fly-In! The annual Fly-In regularly sees 25 skiplanes and draws crowds of visitors. February 10th, between 10am and 1:30pm, at Pioneer Airport in Oshkosh, WI.

The 2018 EAA Skiplane Fly-In celebrates the Experimental Aircraft Association’s (EEA) 26th anniversary. The EAA flying club traditionally focused on homebuilt planes but now includes most aspects of aviation and aeronautics. If the name “EAA” looks familiar to you, that’s because they also host the incredible EAA AirVenture Oshkosh air show at the end of July each year.

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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 2017 in Oshkosh, WI

August 21, 2017 by braytonbb

Wisconsin's Best Rib Fest in OshkoshIt’s time for Wisconsin’s Best Rib Fest 2017! Last 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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