Celebrate on the shores of Lake Geneva at Venetian Festival 2018

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As a treasured annual event in Lake Geneva, Venetian Fest is a great way to celebrate those precious final days of summer vacation. Coming up August 15th – 19th Flat Iron Park, Library Park, and Seminary Park along the shores of Geneva Lake will be filled with entertainment for everyone, tall to small.

This 5-day festival was started 56 years ago by the Lake Geneva Jaycees, an active organization whose mission is to be a force for good in the community. They work to determine community needs and provide solutions by planning and facilitating community service projects. This event exhibits some of the big things they do in the community!

There is no shortage of fun at this small town festival! It’s packed with family entertainment, including a Carnival and a lineup of bands that will have you rockin’ all week long. Festivities ignite on the weekend when the Arts & Crafts Fair set up at Library Park with 110 different vendors and the flavors of local cuisine set up to tantalize your taste buds at the Brat Stand and beer tent! Sunday’s celebrations are the pièce de résistance with a traditional Venetian Style lighted boat parade followed by the area’s largest fireworks display high above Geneva Lake.

Venetian Fest is the highlight of summer, drawing visitors from all around the world! Check out where and when to take in the excitement with this line-up of activities:

August 15th through August 19th
Wednesday – Thursday: 5PM to 10:30PM
Friday: 5PM to 11:30PM
Saturday: Noon till 11:30PM
Sunday:  Noon till 10:30PM
@ Flat Iron Park and Seminary Park (Wrigley Dr / Baker St)
Ride Specials: $20 “wristbands” Wednesday & Thursday 5PM-10PM and Saturday Noon to 5PM

Arts & Crafts Fair
Sat. August 18th: 10AM – 5PM
Sun. August 19th: 10AM – 4PM
@ Library Park (on Geneva Lake front, off of Hwy. 50)
110 Exhibitors, FREE ADMISSION to the Public

Brat Stand
Sat. August 18th: 10AM – 4PM
Sun. August 19th: 10AM – 8PM
@ Library Park (on Geneva Lake front, off of Hwy. 50)
Serving fresh cooked Brats & Hot Dogs.  Soda, Water, Chips, Pretzels & Candy

Baggo Tourney
Sat. August 18th: 11:30AM – 3PM
@ Venetian Entertainment Pavillion

  • $40 per team.
  • Set up: Double elimination straight to 21
  • 100% of the Proceeds Benefit the Local Community by way of the Lake Geneva Jaycees!

Music Entertainment
@ Venetian Entertainment Pavilion
Must be 21 years old to enter; $5 cover charge at the door

Wednesday August 15th
8PM-12AM “Bella Cain“

Thursday August 16th
8PM-12AM “ Hairbangers Ball“

Friday August 17th
8PM-12AM “Too White Crew”

Saturday August 18th
12PM-3PM  “Swing Chevron”
3PM-6PM “Dirty Canteen”
8PM-12AM “Boy Band Review“

Sunday August 19th
12PM-6PM  “Lake Geneva House of Music“
8PM-12AM  “Jimmy Nick and Don’t Tell Momma“

Water Ski Show
Sunday August 19th, 6PM
@ Geneva Lakefront by Library Park & The Riveria (Hwy. 50 West)
The Lake Geneva Jaycees present the Wonder Lake Ski team Water Ski show.

Boat Parade
Sunday August 19, dusk
@ Geneva Lakefront by Library Park & The Riveria (Hwy. 50 West)
The lighted boat parade starts right at dusk with a fireworks display after that. This year’s theme is Viva Las Vegas’ – If you have a yacht, boat or dingy and a string of lights, you can be part of this 56 year tradition.

Sunday August 19, dusk
@ Geneva Lakefront by Library Park & The Rivieria (Hwy. 50 West)
The Annual Lake Geneva Jaycees Fireworks display begins promptly at DUSK (Sundown) on August 19th. Fireworks are shot off in Geneva Bay, downtown Lake Geneva and can be viewed from Library Park, the Lakefront, Riviera Beach, and Flat Iron Park in downtown Lake Geneva.

Venetian Fest 2018

Strike out on this adventure before the summer is over! For more information on Venetian Fest, visit our Events Calendar!




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