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.