There’s over 25 wineries in Northeast Wisconsin! No surprise… We wanted to bring you some of the wineries that aren’t Downtown or right off a major route. These are the wineries that are tucked into the woods a little bit.
If you love learning about wine, trying new wines, or spending an afternoon sippin’ with your buddies you have got to check out some of these amazing spots. We’ve compiled a list of 26 different wineries here in Northeast Wisconsin (yes, just Northeast – it’s nuts) for you to skim through and enjoy on your next Sunday Funday.
EAA Air Venture just celebrated it’s 50th year in Oshkosh, and the EAA brand and their flagship week long event have become an international brand that’s put Oshkosh on the map on a level akin to Oshkosh B’gosh. We’ve been hearing a lot recently about the massive economic impact of the event on Northeast Wisconsin. We’ve been watching the online word of mouth for the event build, and we’ve learned some things about EAA Air Venture you may not have known.
1. In July, outside of Wisconsin, the word “Oshkosh” literally means, “EAA Air Venture”
The event, and it’s seemingly obscure location in our amazing, quaint city of Oshkosh, has become a nickname for the event itself. Many people from around the country and around the world who have been coming to the event for a few years Tweet things like., “Oshkosh starts today.” People in their lives know this to mean, they are headed to EAA Air Venture
There were Tweets of people quoting their dads referring to EAA Air Venture as simply “Oshkosh.” If you say “I’m headed to Oshkosh” in any state that isn’t Wisconsin, and July is near, you can assume they’re going to EAA Air Venture.
2. It’s the most attended aviation event in the world
EAA Air Venture has consistently brought in more than 500,000 visitors over the past few years. What makes EAA so popular? The event brings together programming and excitement for all ages and all aviation stripes. Since EAA is Experimental Aircraft Association, they bring in everything from commercial aviation, to historical, drones, model airplanes, personal aircraft, and even home built air craft.
3. The event started as a “fly-in” in Milwaukee
Although 2019 marked 50 years of the Air Venture event which came to Oshkosh in 1969, the event was seeded in Milwaukee in 1953, and it was called “EAA fly-in”. The event even moved to Illinois before settling in Oshkosh (I know… It hurts.)
4. The fly-in manual before landing is 30 pages
Know as a NOTAM or Notice to Airman, the manual to read before flying in to Wittman Regional Airport is 30 pages long. They are landing over 10,000 aircraft over the span of the one week event, causing the air traffic control tower to be known as the “busiest in the world”.
5. The event attracts aviation loving celebrities
This year, 2019, Apollo 11 astronaut Michael Collins was a speaker at the event. Other aviation loving celebrities such as Harrison Ford have made stops into Oshkosh for Air Venture in the past.
These are some interesting things we found in our research! EAA Air Venture’s 50th year was an amazing show as always. A bonus, more commonly known Air Venture fact is the economic impact of the event, over $100,000,000 in Northeast Wisconsin. What was the most surprising fact to you? Did I miss any?
It’s kind of starting to feel like summer… right? The whole state may be close to flooding, but we have got to get out and enjoy the sun! Whether you enjoy your Wisconsin summers from the comfort of your home, your cottage, or one of our beautiful state parks, don’t forget about all the fun stuff our local community puts together.
American Made – A 4th of July Music Celebration
When? Thursday July 4th
Where? Leach Amphitheater, Oshkosh
Cory Chisel & Company and the Oshkosh Symphony Orchestra will perform the songs of Tom Petty & other American music legends. Watch the fireworks from inside the Leach Amphitheater.
Outdoor Zumba – FREE
When? Wednesdays 5:30 PM – 6:15 PM
Where? Houdini Plaza
Was Zumba always on your must try list? Are you bored on Wednesday evenings? Whatever your reasoning may be, come out to try zumba for absolutely free at Houdini Plaza! You will get a great outdoor exercise while also having a blast – no better way to spend your Wednesday afternoon!
Saturday Morning Cartoons at Player2
When? July 6th – 9 AM – Noon
Where? Player 2 Arcade Bar
Have you been dying to go to Player 2, but yours kids wouldn’t let you live it down if you left them home to go play video games? This is your chance to take them with you. Bring the kids for an early morning of an intense video game session. There will be no alcohol served, so don’t fret! These opportunities are rare but so worth it!
7000Apart at Gather on Broadway
When? July 10 – 5:30 PM
Where? Gather on Broadway (Downtown Green Bay)
Have you heard of these two yet?! If you haven’t, this is your chance. They are a husband/wife duo with so much talent to share with you. You will be moved by their music, that is written from experience and with a genuine heart.
Beats and Bikes Brewery Tour in Oshkosh
When? July 11th at 5:00 PM
Where? Fox River Brewing Co to Bare Bones Brewery
Meet us at Fox River Brewery for this summer’s second Thursday evening sunset ride! Cruise along the river for 6 miles as you enjoy unique brews from Fox River Brewing and Bare Bones Brewery. At the end, stick around and enjoy some live music! Tickets are $15 a person – get them in advance before prices rise! Your ticket gets you a chance at some awesome giveaways, a sampler six pack with beers from each brewery and a pint glass!
Green Bay Restaurant Week
When? July 11 – 18
Where? Participating Green Bay Restaurants
Potentially one of the coolest events to allow the community to try all sorts of different dishes in restaurants you may have never gone to! …or, the place you frequent at, we don’t judge. Find a list of the participating restaurants here. On their website you will be able to see all the meals offered and what the price point is. Hint: it is all cheaper than normal, so take advantage! You may find your new favorite Green Bay spot!
Mother/Son Date Night
When? July 16 – 4 PM
Where? Harbor Pointe Mini Golf, Sheboygan
Moms and sons have such a special bond, don’t they? Take your little boys up on a couple rounds of mini golf for a fun night of friendly competition, tasty treats and unforgettable memories.
Paperfest – FREE
When? Starts July 18th
Where? Sunset Park in Kimberly
An event that is on their 31st year… it’s gotta be good. Join the local community at Sunset Park in Kimberly for an event with plenty of live music, carnival rides, games, hot air balloons, and so much more. This is a must go to event that you won’t want to miss.
Comedy on the Patio – $15
When? July 20th – 7 PM
Where? Backlot Comedy Oshkosh
Backlot Comedy is featuring 3 comedians for some outdoor live comedy entertainment. It doesn’t get much better than that. Pretty cool opportunity for local comedy in Oshkosh!
So there you have it. So many great options, and more Independence Day celebrations than we can count, so we just picked the biggest one we could find. Get out there and enjoy your July. Summer is in full swing. We’re on top of the hill folks. Let me know what events you’re going to in July!
What are your Saturday mornings filled with? Pancakes in bed, maybe catching up on some Netflix shows, or a nice morning walk? How about a trip to your local farmers market? That is one of my favorite things to do on my Saturday’s once the summer rolls in. I love seeing all the flower and fresh vegetable stands with local vendors sharing their stories of their locally grown products, and the smell of all the local businesses selling some early afternoon snacks. So, Camille’s Choice took a trip down to the local Oshkosh farmers market to sample three things from three local businesses to show the Fox Cities some of the many things the market has to offer.
Our first stop: coffee of course. You can’t start off your Saturday the right way without enjoying a nice cup of coffee – at least in my book. What better way to enjoy your coffee than fresh and locally made?! We stopped over at JSA Roasting and went with something classic to do a true taste test. I tried their pecan flavored roasted coffee with just a splash of some almond milk creamer.
Truthfully, the coffee didn’t need any sort of additive at all. The flavor was bursting from the moment I took the lid off and took a smell. The pecan flavor was subtle but mouth-watering good. I finished my cup of (hot) coffee within 10 minutes easily in the middle of an 80 degree day – THAT’s how good it was. I normally can’t drink straight black coffee, but from JSA it would have been easy.
Next up we went to the stand literally right next door –The Roxy Club. My options were a breakfast wrap with assorted things inside (eggs, peppers, seasoning, hot sauce, sausage, etc.) or something called a kraut kuchen. Yeah trust me, the kraut thing wasn’t my first option. However, I do Camille’s Choice for a reason and that is to try new things, right? So, I went for it. I ordered out of my comfort zone and soon found myself eating a pastry stuffed with ground beef, cabbage, onions, and something called dusseldorf mustard. Going into something not wanting to eat it (like – at all) normally ruins it for people, especially me. Not even close to the case with this. It was a pleasant surprise with a flavorful and unique dish. It had a lot of bold flavors that combined perfectly. It reminded me of a classic home cooked meal with some mixed in flavors and spices that I had never tried before. Overall, it kicked me out of my comfort zone and surprised me in the best way.
Last on our list was Compassion Creamery.Who else serves ice cream nachos?! No one that I’ve heard of! Talk about a unique and fun idea. It caught my attention enough, and we had to order them. The two initial flavors we ordered were their chocolate (duh) and their vanilla with Lucky Charms cereal mixed into it. And, as if we couldn’t make it anymore sweet, we added MnM’s to our chocolate. To make the ice cream a “nacho” tray, they add little wafers to the side of your platter to scoop your ice cream with. The wafers reminded me of little flat sugar cones, but way softer and really sweet. Everything tasted really great, but I have to say I liked the chocolate way more with the wafers. Just a little less sweet than the vanilla, and I love chocolate anything and everything. 10/10 recommend trying ice cream nachos at some point in your life though – they’re so fun!
This Camille’s Choice experience was so fun and unique – and I visited three places I had never had the chance to try before and learned about them each as a local small business. There is so much Oshkosh (and other Wisconsin cities) have to offer at their farmers market that you may have no idea about. Be sure to check out the Oshkosh market, or surrounding cities to discover something new. You won’t be disappointed.
The Oshkosh farmers market is right on Main Street in downtown Oshkosh. It runs from June – October every Saturday from 8:00 to 12:30.
Just being able to say that it’s “June” brings a sense of happiness, doesn’t it? We are all itching for some outdoor music, drinks on patios, killer sunsets, and well also literally itching from the inevitable mosquitoes….. But we at Venture Wisconsin think June in Wisconsin is SO worth a few bites.. and here’s our proof!
Dine on the Deck
When? June 5, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Where? City Deck, Green Bay
This is an awesome event that will be going on all summer. Take advantage of your lunch break and enjoy the fresh air and entertainment, as well as local meals from different local establishments! “Hump Day” may soon become your favorite day!
Way Back Wednesday with DJ Ross Grizzly
When? June 5, 7:00 PM
Where? Deva Vu Martini Lounge, Appleton
Have you heard of DJ Ross Grizzly yet? …you should. Check him out at Deja Vu Martini Lounge as he mixes some tunes from way back in the day to today’s loved hits. The show will start at 7 PM, and to entice you even more…. There’s an cool new martini inspired by DJ Ross that you have got to try! No cover for this killer show!
Fridays on the Fox
When? June 7, 6:30 PM
Where City Deck, Green Bay
We will see you on City Deck Main Stage in Green Bay on Fridays! Enjoy free live music and food and drinks for purchase from the beloved Hagemeister Park. Bring a chair, bring a friend, and don’t forget your dancing shoes*! This week? The BriTins: A Tribute to the Beatles
*Dancing shoes are not required but encouraged
Allouez Movie in the Park
When? June 7, 7:00 PM
Where? Green Isle Park, Green Bay Area
Get there early for some fun crafts and games to be followed by a fun and relaxing evening of a free movie with your loved ones. Bring your chairs or blankets and get comfy! Concessions will be available, so no need to hurry through dinner to make it here! This week’s movie? Ferdiand.
Flag Day Parade
When? June 8, 2:00 PM
Where? Downtown Appleton
Appleton takes the cake on parades in our opinion. We have one for just about everything you can think of, and we love just about any reason to celebrate good ol ‘Murica! Come out to Downtown Appleton and watch the parade and make sure to stop in for a drink or a bite at one of our amazing local eateries!
Parallel 44 Summer Concert Series
June 8, 3:00 PM
Where? Parallel 44 Vineyard & Winery, Kewaunee
You guys… does it get better than this? Wine and live music. Amazing views of a beautiful vineyard. You and your loved ones. You’re picturing it, I know. Bring a picnic lunch, blankets and chairs and grab your favorite bottle of wine from Parallel 44 to enjoy! Seriously, you have to. This week? R & R.
Glide for Father’s Day
When? June 10 – 15
Where? You choose!
Let’s be honest, who wouldn’t love to try a Segway? Especially at half the price? I bet all of our dads would jump all over that bargain! Glide NEW is offering half price any of their tours for dads on June 10 – 15. Go to glidenew.com, choose the tour closest to you, (or make it a trip somewhere) and use the code “LoveDad”. It will certainly be a Father’s Day gift he won’t forget!
Venture Wisconsin’s Biking Brewery Tour
When? June 15, 11:00 AM
Where? Starts at Appleton Beer Factory
Bikes, beers, brews…. does it get any better? Doesn’t sound like it, but it seriously does. Join us at Appleton Beer Factory as our starting point. We will be biking 12 miles and enjoying brews at Appleton Beer Factory, Stone Arch Brew Pub, Fox River Brewing Company, and ending at McFleshman’s Brewing Company. $16 presale tickets gets you a mixed six pack of local beers to take home, a pint glass to take home, giveaways, $1 off beers at all the breweries, and live music after the ride with a food truck waiting for us! Seriously, it is an event you don’t want to miss out on. Day of the event tickets increase to $25. Get yours NOW, right here!
Paws on the Patio
When? June 15, 1:00 PM
Where? Ground Round, Oshkosh
Your favorite four legged friend, a drink in your hand, and a beautiful view. Maybe a good friend and some food, too? Whatever tickles your fancy. Take advantage of an event where everyone will be bringing their pups out to enjoy the patio of Ground Round on River’s Edge. Let your dog do some socializing, and maybe follow their lead!
RiverHeath Summer Concert Series
When? June 15, 6:00PM
Where? RiverHeath, Appleton
Head on down to the Riverheath and take in the breathtaking views of the river while enjoying local music and local vendors. This is such a unique part of our little city and this event is one you don’t want to miss! This week? The Way Down Wanderers.
Love Your Dad Cruise – Fox River Tours
When? June 16, 12:30 PM
Where? Little Chute
You love him, don’t you? Imagine all the dad jokes he may come up with as you guys set sail on the Fox River and travel to Little Chute. Kids get on the tour for just $5! It is a 90 minute ride and a scenery you’re sure to love. What a great way to celebrate a special dad in your life!
Summer Solstice Celebration
When? June 20, 5:00 PM
Where? Whitney Park Green Bay
Food trucks, beer, wine, live music, and games. That’s all you need for summer, right? Right. The Presidents will be performing, the beer will be cold, the food will be tasty. Don’t forget a chair or blanket to sit on! Kick off summer 2019 in the best way you know how, eating and drinking!
Greek Fest, Sheboygan
When? June 28 – 30
Where? Deland Park, Sheboygan
This is an ongoing tradition that has been going on for decades! It is actually the 76th annual. That’s a big deal! Three full days of Authentic Greek everything you can think of! Food, drinks, pastries, music and entertainment. The best part? It’s free. What a cool way to bring the community together to experience something so unique!
Fly a Kite Fest
When? June 29, 10:00 AM
Where? Arnie Wolff Sports Complex
Free, family friendly event! There will be a big kite show, kite decorating, and many other kid friendly activities. This is something you certainly won’t see everyday!
There you go friends, so many awesome things to do in Northeast Wisconsin this month! Get out there and enjoy the warmth. Let us know which event you thing looks the best!
This month has some solid events. There’s even some outdoor events on 4/20. Northeast Wisconsin really respects the green after a long winter. Check out the awesome events from beer and (mac n) cheese to litter cleanups to popup dinners, here are the best April 2019 events we could find.
Manitowoc Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) : Sip Sip Hooray!
When? April 5 @ 6PM
Where? Sepia Chapel
Looking for a way to give back to the community? Join Manitowoc County’s CASA program for a fun night out! Cocktail and social hour start at 6, immediately followed by dinner and a performance by Janet Planet at 6:30. Admission includes signature drink, dinner by Courthouse Pub and dessert by French Creek Bakery. Proceeds from this event go directly to Manitowoc County CASA Program!
Fifth Annual Pig Out
When? April 5th @ 6PM
Where? Badger State Brewing
This event is present to you by Badger State Brewing and Ahnapee Brewery. It entails a pig roast to benefit the Friends of the Ahnapee State Trail. The event will take place at Badger State Brewing from 6 – 9 PM. The cost is $35 per person, with options to bundle if you have a table of 8! The cost covers a pork meal, a specialty brewed beer, and an opportunity for some awesome prizes all while supporting a wonderful organization committed to making the community and outside visitors aware of all the quality aspects of the trail!
Fox Cities Kidz Expo 2019
When? April 6th @ 9 AM – 3 PM
Where? Fox Cities Exhibition Center
Have you gotten a chance to check out the Exhibition Center in Appleton yet? If not, here’s the perfect opportunity! Activities for this family event include face painting, inflatables, costumed characters, crafts and balloon animals! There will also be brief seminars with information on various community activities.
Mini Golf on the Town
When? April 6th @ 1 – 6 PM
Where? Downtown Appleton
Can’t wait to get out on the golf course? We have the perfect solution! …kind of. Nine holes of mini-golf are being set up at different bars with beverage specials at each bar. You and your team can register at a participating bar – $60 per foursome. See y’all at the after party at D2!
Free Electronic Recycling
When? April 6 @ 9 AM – Noon
Where? Sunset Park Kimberly, WI
Join the local community and K9 Tech at Sunset Park in Kimberly for an opportunity to finally get rid of your old electronics that are just collecting dust – for FREE! This isn’t an every day opportunity, don’t miss it!
Chris Company Pop-Up Dinner
When? April 6th @ 6PM
Where? W5562 Center Valley Rd, Black Creek
A popup dinner in a historic 1887 schoolhouse located in Black Creek, Wisconsin. Tickets are $75 for one person and $130 for two. The event promotes unique venues and the best local food and wine in Northeast Wisconsin.
Game of Thrones Trivia
When? April 9 @ 7 – 9 PM
Where? Fox River House
Are you dying to know how well you know Game of Thrones? You’re not alone. Come test out your knowledge at Fox River House downtown Appleton on April 9th from 7 PM to 9PM. Bring a friend and make it an intense competition.
Mac and Brew Fest
When? April 13 @ 6 – 10 PM
Where? Sunnyview Expo Center
21+ – $30 a person, $50 a couple.
Alright Wisconsinites… beer and cheese – everything we could ever want! Share a laugh with some awesome comedians, devour mac and cheese through various tastings, and find your new favorite beer or wine! If none of that tickles your fancy, there will also be dancing and indoor yard games. The cost is $30 a person. Make it a date, and couples can sign up for $50 for two! All of the funds raised from this project are for Oshkosh South West Rotary projects.
When? April 13 @ 7PM
Where? Dockside Tavern
I’m sure you’ve heard of the NEW Piano Guys by now. If you haven’t, you need to. You really won’t regret it. Check them out at Dockside Tavern on April 13th!
Loop the Lake Earth Day Hike
When? April 20 @ 9AM
Where? Arrowhead Park, Neenah
Here is another opportunity to check out one of the newer additions to our community. On April 20 (rain date April 27) grab a friend or simply you hiking shoes and get out on the Loop the Lake Trail that encompasses Neenah, Menasha, and Fox Crossing. This event is free and it begins in Arrowhead Park in Neenah. The loop is about 3.5 miles. There will be refreshments and activities at Fritze Park! Plan to start between 9 & 10:30 AM. Before you get your hiking shoes on, make sure you grab this Sierra Club liability waiver form to fill out and bring it with you!
Earth Day Hoot
When? April 20 @ 7PM
Where? Mosquito Hill, New London
On 4/20 at 7PM come help celebrate the Earth, with a variety of musicians in an Earth Day themed program. – Folk, acoustic, traditional music. The event is kid friendly – $5 adult, kids are free with intermission treats included.
Party like it’s 1995
When? April 25 @ 6 PM
Where? TRATS Stadium
We are all severely itching for summer – the Timber Rattlers feel it too. They’re ready to party like it’s 1995 with you. Join the TRats on April 25th for a good ol game of America’s favorite pastime and enjoy prices like you would have seen in the 90’s! $5 box seats, $4 bleacher seats and $3 grass seats. Enjoy popcorn and cotton candy for $1, and craft beer and brats for just $3! This is an event you don’t wanna miss!
Broadway Beer Hop
When? April 27 @ Noon
Where? Lyric Room, Green Bay
On April 27th, for $20 a person you can hop around town and sample beer from four different breweries! You’ll have a punch card that can be turned in at the end for a chance to win some cool prizes. The event will start at noon and go until 4 PM!
Earth Day Event & Fox Valley Cleanup
When? April 28 @ 10:30AM
Where? Mr. Brew’s Taphouse
Whatever your thoughts on Climate Change are (cough cough, it’s here folks) i think we can all agree that littering is not OK. On April 28 from 10:30 AM – 1:30 PM, starting at Mr. Brew’s Taphouse there will be a cleanup happening by the Fox River east of downtown. Garbage bags and water will be provided but it is recommended that you bring gloves! Of course, you won’t want to miss the after party immediately following the cleanup at Mr. Brews. The first 72 people over 21 years old will get a free event t shirt!
Editors Pick – Best Event in April
I’m impartial because I’m big on outdoor activities and clean up projects, but I like to pick the best events based on excitement. I think the most exciting event this month is the Mini Golf on the Town. So there’s my pick for the month. We’re extremely excited for the warm season in 2019. Which event do you think sound the most exciting?
We have a short list of great events in Northeast Wisconsin this March 2019, but we know event season is right around the corner! So is spring, and I could not be more excited.
When? March 7th – 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Where? KI Convention Center – Green Bay
Alright Wisconsin people.. $30 and you can enjoy beer sampling, 50 different cheese samples and a cash bar. There is no better way to embrace our (hopefully) last few freezing cold weeks of the winter than by eating and drinking! Tickets for this event must be purchased in advance. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cheese-champion-tickets-54142100480
When? March 9th – 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Where? Bridgewood – Neenah
Live bands are a no brainer if you’re looking for something fun to do with friends or a date night. There will be a silent auction prior to the band and the proceeds from this will benefit the Neenah Historical Society! The timeline for the evening looks like this:
6 PM – cash bar and hor d’oeuvres
7 PM – dinner buffet
8 PM – the Britins.
You can purchase regular tickets for $34.99 plus tax and gratuity, or if you’re feeling extra special this month, VIP tickets are offered for only $39.99 plus tax and gratuity.
Everybody’s Rummage Sale
When? March 9th – 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Where? Resch Center – Green Bay
Rummage Sale season is here! …. kind of. This is an indoor rummage sale where anyone and everyone is welcome. Join community members at the Resch Center in Green Bay as some shop and others sell (or both!) It costs $35 to sell at the rummage sale, which allows you to rent a 10’ x 10’ space. Once the event is over, items may be left at the Resch Center to be donated to St. Vincent.
If you are only looking to buy, admission is $4 a person or $2 if you bring in two non-perishable goods for The Giving Tree. You’ll also find free parking at Lambeau! Go on, get your spring cleaning done early this year and gather your goods to sell!
When? March 9, 10 AM to 5 PM & March 10, 9 AM to 4 PM
Where? KI Convention Center – Green Bay
Even the name of this event is fun! Here you will get to see art from 100 different artists from all over the Midwest. That in itself is an incredible opportunity, but besides just viewing their art, you will also have a chance to purchase their creations to support them. There will be several types of artists demonstrations and various creative art and music activities for children to participate hands-on. Tickets can be purchased ahead of time at Festival Foods in Green Bay for $7, or $10 at the door. FREE weekend parking at the Main Street Ramp.
Food Sensitivity Open House
When? March 12 – 5 PM to 6 PM
Where? Synergy Sports Performance – Hobart
Ever think that something you eat fairly often, that is known to be healthy, could actually be the cause of your bloating? Inability to lose weight? Join Nutritional Healing at their office inside of Synergy Sports Performance for a FREE informative conversation about foods that may be making you sick without you even knowing! Call 920-358-5764 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your spot at this free informational event!
Paper Night Out
When? March 13 – 6 PM to 8 PM
Where? Paper Discovery Center – Appleton
The Paper Discovery Center is looking into starting a fun new event. This first round of “Paper Night Out” will be free and have a limit of 30 people. You will be provided with paper crafting activities, fun, appetizers and even better, wine! In order to participate you must register and at the end, give your imput on the event. Go on, you have nothing to lose!
Cuisine for a Cause
When? March 15 – Begins at 5 PM
Where? Red Lion Paper Valley Hotel – Appleton
Food for a good cause. I don’t know about you, but I was sold after those few short words. This is the 7th annual Food for a Cause event to support Rebuilding Together Fox Valley. Cocktail attire is recommended for this extravagant event. Four chefs from some of Appleton’s best restaurants, will make you four
Who doesn’t love running? Join an awesome crowd for the Shamrock Shuffle 5k to benefit the Oshkosh Area United Way, the UWO PD K9 unit, and the Student Rec & Wellness Scholarship fund. Register alone or as a team here.
Sinfonia Saves the Day : A Concert Saluting Superheroes
When? March 16 – 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Where? UW Fox Valley – Menasha
This sounds like an event you don’t want to miss – especially if you’re a music lover! This unique event will feature 61 local people playing an instrument… these people have only had FIVE lessons with the instrument and FOUR group rehearsals. This is a must-hear event that will benefit the Fox Valley Symphony. Tickets are $30.
Within the next few weeks, we will start seeing our multi legged friends come out of the woodwork as the weather warms up. Join the Heckrodt community to learn about why native bugs are so essential for a healthy ecosystem in your backyard, and then build your own “Pollinator Hotel”!
Maple Syrup Saturday
When? March 23 – 8:30 AM to 12 PM
Where? Bubolz Nature Preserve – Appleton
Enjoy a Pancake and Porkie Breakfast followed by a hike to the Sugarbush and a guide through the Maple Syrup making process – finish off your morning with ice cream topped with maple syrup! This is an awesome event for both kids and adults. Tasty and
educational! Tickets cost $9 per adult, $6 for children ages 4-12, and FREE for kids 3 & under. You’ll be amazed at how this sweet and sticky breakfast delight comes to fruition!
As we said, the list of events in March is short, but the one’s we found we thought were pretty solid! If we missed any or you know of some great events in April or May, let us know! If you go to one of these events, send us a good picture, and we’ll post it on our Instagram! Don’t worry, this summer is going to be packed with awesome events, and we’ll make sure you see the best ones.
Nestled in a random alleyway in downtown Appleton, WI you can find one of the “cozzy-est” little diners, offering an array of unique and original southern options. Serving dishes all the way from freshly fried chicken to frog legs and hush puppies, The Cozzy Corner is a must-visit in the Fox Valley area.
Giving “The Blues” a Whole New Feeling
When I first entered the Cozzy Corner, I felt like I stepped into a diner in New Orleans itself. The interior is so attractive and different, and you’re constantly having something to look at. To me, the coolest thing about the interior was the records all over the ceiling. It was so cool to look up and see albums that I knew my mom had, or I had purchased, and to see so many other unique record covers.
Beyond the interior itself, the staff greeted my friend Izzy and I with huge smiles and open arms. This was my first time ever bringing my friend Izzy, and she loved the service just as much as I did (she said it was one of her favorite parts of the experience in our Camille’s Choice vlog). Our waitress, especially, was so sweet and helpful when it came to choosing the perfect dishes to try out.
Can You Eat Too Much?
One of the best appetizers I’ve ever had came from my experience at the Cozzy Corner, where Izzy and I split a plate of GUMBO cheese fries. Per recommendation of our server, the dish had character, flavor, and even a background story. The gumbo fries was an invention by none other than our server herself from a random day she happened to be fooling around in the kitchen. Lets just say our server is in the wrong field. She should be back in the kitchen fooling around with dishes more often because the gumbo fries were to die for. Izzy and I both had to stop ourselves to avoid eating the entire plate and ruining our appetite for our main entree.
We didn’t succeed very well. Our main dishes were placed in front of us and the amount of food that was sitting in front of me was overwhelming. The prices given by the restaurant are more than perfect for the amount of food you are given. I had fried chicken, mac n’ cheese, hush puppies, red beans and rice AND a slice of corn bread sitting in front of me. Long story short, I took a hefty box of left-overs home to enjoy the next day. The meal was delicious and mouth watering. All of the flavors were so different – sweet, then salty, then a little spicy – and all complimented each other very well. As for Izzy, she chowed down on something that seemed to come from a fantasy for her. A “big smokey” was a smoked sausage in a large bun covered with their homemade mac n’ cheese and barbecue sauce (yum). She also had mashed potatoes which tasted better than the homemade ones at Thanksgiving (sorry, mom). We both had to pry ourselves from our forks in order to not explode from eating too much.
The Cozzy Corner has so much to offer – unique interior, flavorful dishes, friendly staff – that it has been HARD not to go back already. Thank you to the Cozzy Corner for giving me such a unique experience to enjoy and look forward to experience again.
Like I said, the Cozzy Corner is pretty cozy in it’s alleyway, here’s some help to find it:
Address: 111 N Walnut St, Appleton, WI 54911
Located near: ACOCA Coffee, Fox Cities Preforming Arts Center
This winter has been a very unique one, with the past couple of weeks being especially rough! Thankfully, we are part of a community that is always looking out for our best interests – especially in the realm of event hosting! Whether you’re looking to stay warm with a beer in hand, trying to “wow” your special Valentine, or simply trying to get the kids out of the house, Northeast Wisconsin has got all of your needs covered this February 2019.
Event Types Key
(F) = Family Event
(A) = Adults Event
(K) = Kids Event
(V-D) = Valentine’s Day Event… You know? That VD.
1. Uncorked and Uncapped: A Wine and Beer Tasting
(A) – Feb 8
Where? Neenah, Best Western
The Best Western Bridgewood Premier Hotel in Neenah is hosting Neenah Rotary’s 15th Annual Wine and Beer tasting event! At this event you will find 50 wines and 75 beers to try, you are bound to find something you love! This year, they will also be incorporating a new twist on the event – bourbon tasting!
The event goes from 7 PM to 10 PM. The cost is $65 when
you buy the tickets ahead of time or $75 at the door. There will be:
Live music for some added entertainment!
Community donations/Fund raisers
This is a fun and perfect way to give back to the local community in the winter!
2. Warm Your Heart
(F) – Feb 9
Where? Neenah. (Sold Out)
After having the pleasure of experiencing this crazy Polar Vortex, doesn’t this just sound like the best event ever? For just $18, you can join the Neenah community in sampling warm foods, beverages, and tasty snacks at over 20 local businesses. To top it all off, you’ll go home with a special made mug! The event runs from 11 AM to 3 PM
3. Love is in the Air
(V-D/F) – Feb 9
Where? Downtown Appleton
When? Noon to 4 PM
Take in the sights of beautiful ice sculptures that the city will be displaying! Once you make your way over to Houdini plaza, you will find ice sculpture demos as well as a vow renewal ceremony! There is no better way to make this Valentine’s Day season a memorable one!
Make sure to check out Appleton’s unique boutiques and restaurants when you’re down there, you are bound to find a place that you love.
4. Death by Chocolate
(V-D/F) – Feb 9
Where? Downtown Appleton Local Businesses
Join all of the Fox Cities Chocoholics in Appleton’s 16th Annual special chocolate filled event. Local businesses feature their special chocolate treats to sample, there’s something for everyone’s taste buds. There are two options for
routes, and they each cost $20. The event starts at 1:00 and goes until 4:00 PM – dessert before dinner! It doesn’t get any better than that.
5. United Way Emerging Leaders Valentine’s Family Festival
(K) – Feb 9
Where? Maplewood Middle School (Menasha)
With the crazy weather lately, so many people have had to keep their kids cooped up in the house these past couple of weeks. If you have kid(s) ages 12 and younger, head on over to Maplewood Middle School in Menasha for some cookie decorating, arts and crafts, healthy snacks, a photo booth, and even a clown!
This FREE event is the perfect way to get the kids out of the house for a few hours and burn off some energy, indoors!
6. Comedians for a Cause
(A) – Feb 10
Where? Best Western Premier/GroundRound (Neenah)
Laugh the night away for a good cause at the Neenah Best Western Premier Birdgewood Resort hotel for just $10.00 (plus a small online order service fee) from 7 PM – 9 PM. A local family lost everything that they had to a fire on New Year’s Eve. Our community is coming together to support them through this fun event! There will be a cash bar available at the event.
GroundRound in Neenah will also be donating 10% of their sales to the family on February 10th. Awesome food, a good show, and you get to help out a family in need – need we say more?
Have you gotten a chance to check out 313 Dodge yet in Kaukauna? They have a perfect event to give you a taste, literally, of what they’ve got going on! Starting at 3 PM for only $18, 313 Dodge (not $18,313… by the way.) is hosting a beer tasting event. There will be four specially picked beers to sample, that will be paired with the perfect small plate. This place is a must see for beer connoisseurs – come for the beer, stay for the atmosphere! And more beer of course.
It’s an educational event to teach children the importance of diversity. From 12:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M., local diversity and non profit community groups will be offering hands on activities for kids, and it is completely FREE!
Diversity Day at the Museum is a perfect way to get the kids out of the house for some hands on learning.
9. Motherfolk and Stay Outside
(V-D) – Feb 14
Where? Mill Creek
This year, Valentine’s Day falls on a Thursday. Unless you have the luxury of having Friday off, your options on what to do for the evening are limited! Thankfully, Mill Creek in Appleton came up with a solution. Mill Creek will be hosting Motherfolk and Stay Outside from starting at 7 PM when doors open, and the show officially starting at 8:00 PM. Get your tickets in advance through EventBrite for $8, or at the door for $10.
10. Dinner at the Ballpark
(V-D) – Feb 14 & 15
Where? Timber Rattlers Stadium
Feeling fancy this year on Valentine’s Day? Fox Cities Stadium is hosting Dinner at the Ballpark with two different times available. On February 14, the bar opens at 5:00 PM with dinner promptly at 6:00 PM. On February 15, the bar opens at 5:00 PM, and dinner begins at 6:30 PM. The price of the meals range between $130 – $160, and they have some phenomenal options! Check out the Fox Cities Stadium website for information on the meal options.
11. Bubolz Brew Ski
(A) – Feb 15
Where? … Bubolz Nature Preserve in Appleton
We’re finally getting some snow, just in time for Bubolz’s First Annual Brew Ski event! The event begins at 5:00 PM and is open to skiing and snowshoeing until 8:00 PM.
Event goers are able to participate in the sampling of spiked hot cocoa, beer, wine, cocktails, and light snacks from 5:30 P.M – 8:30 PM. The sampling takes place in the lodge. Tickets are $30 in advance, $40 at the door. This event is a must-do!
12. Fox Cities Sports Spectacular
(K) – Feb 25
Where? Downtown Appleton’s YMCA
A fun and unique event for children under 6 years old and a special man in their lives! Whether it be a dad, step-dad, or uncle, from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM, kids and their loved one can play for absolutely FREE! The event will have an obstacle course, a bouncy house and tons of other fun activities. It is highly encouraged that everyone wear their favorite team jersey.
The parking ramp will have $2.00 parking, and while the event is free, a $1-2 donation is appreciated. Register here. Deadline to register is Feb 25 at 7 AM.
Event of the Month (Editors Pick)
Out of sheer uniqueness and making the cold outdoors fun without the use of a ski lift. I think the Brew Ski event is the most exciting event in the Fox Cities this February 2019! Comedy for a Cause is my number 2 pick given my affinity to comedy, and the amazing community support for the family who’s house burned this winter. Death By Chocolate now gaining momentum in its 16th year is number 3, and I will be attending.
Let us know if you check out any of these events. We put out a monthly blog showcasing the best events in Northeast Wisconsin.