What’s Happening This Weekend in Walworth County | Nov. 1-3

 

1. Dine Around The Lakes | Walworth County

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This weekend starts Walworth County’s Restaurant Week – Dine Around The Lakes. This is the sixth year and we have 20 restaurants participating.  This is your chance to try something new or find that new favorite restaurant.  Dine Around The Lakes runs November first through the tenth.  It features three-course lunches for ten or fifteen dollars and three course dinners for twenty or thirty dollars.  This is a fantastic opportunity to unleash the foodie in you!  Some of the restaurants are 240° West, Black Sheep, Boat House, Café Calamari, Crafted Americana, the new Fire 2 Fork, Flat Iron Tap, Frontier Restaurant, Ristorante Brissago, Grandview Restaurant, Hunt Club Steakhouse, PIER 290, Red Geranium, and more.

2. Bean to Brew | Delavan Lake Store | Delavan

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Speaking of deliciousness – the Delavan Lake Store is having a Coffee Class & Tasting on Saturday from 11 am to noon.  Jeremiah Fox, owner and master roaster at Lake Geneva Coffee Roastery, will be joining us to educate on the origins of coffee the roasting and brewing processes, and, of course, tasting.

3. Let Your Light Shine | Lake Geneva Canopy Tours | Lake Geneva

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If you’re looking for something different, Lake Geneva Canopy Tours is hosting the Let Your Light Shine Women’s Retreat on Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm.  At this women’s retreat you’ll refresh, reconnect, and recharge your mind, body, and spirit – including lunch, guided meditation, custom vision casting, a goodie bag, and ziplining!

For more events, visit our website at VisitWalworthCounty.com

13 Fantastic Fall Festivals in Walworth County

With Labor Day unofficially kicking off fall, there are plenty of fun festivals just around the corner here in Walworth County!

1. Darien Cornfest

Sept. 6 – 8, 7 am – 11 pm | West Park, Dariencornfest.jpg

The small town of Darien celebrates corn and community in a BIG way. Yes, there is FREE CORN on Saturday & Sunday of this festival, but that’s not all! Enjoy carnival rides, fireworks, a parade, tractor pulls, bingo, tournaments, live music, and more! Did we mention free corn?

2. East Troy Bluegrass Festival

Sept. 7 – 8, 10 am – 5:30 pm | East Troy Village SquareET village square - bluegrass festival

The sweet sounds of bluegrass and banjos will once again fill East Troy’s village square. Something of a musician yourself? Participate in banjo, fiddle, guitar, and mandolin contests! Get a weekend wristband for only $10 and enjoy two full days of bluegrass music, great food, and marketplace vendors.

3. Scarecrow Fest

Sept. 14, 10 am – 4 pm | Downtown DelavanDSC_0443_brightened.jpg

The 19th annual Scarecrow Fest is a community-wide, family-oriented event that will feature scarecrows on parade and free activities throughout historic downtown Delavan! With pumpkin decorating, a petting zoo, mural tours, food trucks, scarecrow building, live music, and more, there’s a little something for everyone!

4. Wise Fest

Sept. 14, 12 pm – 11 pm | Walworth County Fairgrounds, ElkhornDgAD5RvfbiyUUar0rQ5rLuAD

If you’re looking to expand your musical horizons, this one is for you! The Wise Fest lineup is carefully curated to include original music, a variety of genres, and incredible talent. Take in the great music of these diamonds in the rough while supporting the biggest county fair in Wisconsin!

5. Geneva Lakes Antique & Classic Boat Show

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This annual event is returning to the harbor at The Abbey Resort! Over 100 antique and classic boats from all over will be featured along with a boatload of activities, live music, and BBQ.

6. Antique Flea Market

Sept. 29, 7 am – 3 pm | Walworth County Fairgrounds, ElkhornAntique Flea Market 1

Elkhorn’s flea market boasts OVER 500 vendors inside and outside! Don’t miss the last one of the year — these dealers will offer everything from furniture to pottery to dolls to linens and everything else in between. The walkways are paved, the food is delicious, admission is only $5, and the parking is free!

7. Family Fall Festival

Oct. 11 – 13 | Lake Lawn Resort, Delavan68655705_2387678221269476_3952112555115151360_o

Lake Lawn Resort has a jam-packed weekend of fall fun! Attendees can enjoy events such as unlimited mini golf, pumpkin decorating, doughnut making, hayrides, movie nights, and more. Still hungry for more? Feast on the Fall Harvest Buffet on Sunday or even enter the pie-eating contest! Activities will be open to resort guests and the public.

8. Lake Geneva Oktoberfest

Oct. 12 – 13, 11 am – 5 pm | Downtown Lake GenevaDSC07825_D09B851B-2C6C-4431-BDE142D9DD9506F3_8b64d918-8ad0-4e2b-a6b0acff4b9090b7

Lake Geneva’s annual Oktoberfest celebration is back! Enjoy fest classics such as brats, cider doughnuts, pony rides, bounce houses, a craft fair, and Oktoberfest beer tent. Don’t forget the FREE pumpkin giveaway! Stop by Flat Iron Park to play Knockerball which is fun for all ages and hilarious to watch.

9. Elkhorn Oktoberfest

Oct. 19, 9 am – 5 pm | Downtown Elkhornwoman standing in a crowd holding up beer glass

There’s fun for all at Elkhorn’s Annual Oktoberfest celebration! Stroll through the square downtown to see over 100 crafters and vendors showcasing handcrafted items, antiques, produce and plants, and more. Stop by the Oktoberfest Car Show at government center or warm up with some chili over at the Chili Cook-Off! There will be plenty of kids activities such as games, pumpkin decorating, slides, and a bounce house. For the adults, there will be a Beer & Wine Tasting at Pocket Park!

10. Delavan Oktoberfest

Oct. 19, 3:30 pm – 9 pm | Community Park, Town of Delavan

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Calling all lovers of polka and German food! Delavan’s Oktoberfest kicks off with the Dank Folk Dancers followed by an Alphorn demonstration. Enjoy beer, wine, and traditional German fare all evening. Bring your dancing shoes and polka away with the Steve Meisner Band!

11. Halloween Brew Walk

Oct. 25, 4:30 pm – 8:30 pm | Downtown Delavan69574372_2361160587491411_2967310789326667776_o

Sip, stroll, and shop through the historic brick streets of Delavan while tasting a variety of craft brews! All attendees will receive a souvenir glass and tasting passport which can be stamped at over a dozen downtown locations. Costumes are welcome and encouraged!

12. Boos & Brews Halloween Bash

Oct. 25 – 26, 5 pm – 11 pm | Lake Lawn Resort, Delavanhttps___cdn.evbuc.com_images_69177631_172981991745_1_original

Celebrate Halloween with Lake Lawn Resort! Have a smashing good time with live music, spooky spirits, and wicked brews under the large beer tent. Costumes are optional, but encouraged (and necessary to enter their Halloween costume contest)! Enjoy seasonal concessions such as white chicken chili, turkey sliders, stadium nachos, and more!

13. Beer & Spirits Festival

Nov. 16, 1 pm – 5 pm | The Ridge Hotel61404793_10161879910280261_4212527447452680192_o

This one is for lovers of craft beers and spirits! Your ticket to the Beer & Spirits Festival gets you UNLIMITED tastings from over 35 craft breweries and distilleries. The fun continues with a dance party, photo booth, and more! A commemorative tasting glass is included with admission and early admission tickets are available that include three exclusive beer tastings.

 

To discover more events in Walworth County, visit our event calendar at www.visitwalworthcounty.com/events!

 

The Beer Barons of Geneva Lake

You may know of Conrad Seipp and his 1888 summer cottage on Geneva Lake…Black Point Estate and Gardens.  After four generations enjoyed their summers on Geneva Lake, the family donated the property to the State of Wisconsin; it’s open for tours hosted by the Wisconsin Historical Society.

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Black Point Estate

The Seipp family is not the only Geneva Lake family that is connected to beer (just the one open for tours!)  To learn more about the “beer legacy” of Geneva Lake, join the Black Point staff for a beer tasting tour of the lake and Black Point Estate on July 20 or August 17th—go to the events page on blackpointestate.org for details.

Seipp was the largest brewer in Chicago for 30 years…and the largest in the U.S. for one year (1873) with many popular brands (Salvator, Columbia, Hollander, Pale Ale, etc.) 

 

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The Seipp family was associated with at least three estates on the lake…the Lindens on the south shore is owned by the Madlener side of the family…and related to the Blatz family.

 

A son-in-law, Theis Lefens had an estate on the south shore, too.  He was Secretary and Treasurer of Seipp’s Brewery, and president of the United States Brewers’ Association in 1889-90.

The first establishment connected to Chicago beer was the Pishcotaqua Hotel on the north shore, near Williams Bay and Knollwood. The hotel pre-dated the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island by 7 years, and was of the same luxurious style, built as a temperance hotel…but unsuccessful for the first few years, until John Cook bought it.  He was the owner of the Union Brewing Company in Chicago. The remaining building is now known as Ara Glen.

The complex known as Forest Glen, and Villa Palatina (near Fontana), was owned by two Chicago brewers:  George Weiss sold his estate to Edward Uihlein in 1899. Edward operated the Chicago branch for Schlitz.  Fire destroyed the house in 1922, and the area was subdivided.

The Fairlawn mansion still exists…it was in the Wacker family until 1975.  Charles Wacker and his father were in the malting and brewing business. Known for Wacker Drive, Charles was instrumental in implementing Burnham’s Chicago Plan…which gave us Chicago’s lakefront parks, Soldier Field, Shedd Aquarium, etc.

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Conrad Seipp Brewing Company in Chicago, IL

 

Ceylon Court, renamed for the Maytag family when they purchased the property has another beer connection.  Fritz Maytag, often called the father of craft brewing, bought Anchor Steam Brewing in San Francisco in 1965.  His grandfather was the last Maytag to own property on Geneva Lake.

So Seipp was the largest brewer on the lake at one time…but there are connections to Blatz, Schlitz, and Anchor Steam beer as well as connections with Wacker and John Cook.  Join Black Point staff on July 20 or August 17 to learn more of the beer story of Geneva Lake…and sample some great beers while you tour Black Point Estate and Gardens!

By Michael Rehberg

 

Walworth County: Food Festival Heaven

What’s a summer in Wisconsin without meat on the grill, corn on the cob, and a cold beer in hand? It’s no secret that food has the power to bring people together whether it be a backyard BBQ or the Largest BBQ Festival in the state of Wisconsin. Walworth County is home to several summertime food festivals that will fulfill your foodie fantasies.

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Elkhorn Ribfest | Elkhorn, WI | Thursday, July 11 – Sunday, July 14, 2019

Part competition and part festival, Elkhorn Ribfest is a 4 day long barbecue lover’s dream. The Walworth County Fairgrounds hosts this enormous event that features world renowned BBQ professionals. These ribbers are competing for the title of Grand Champion and festival-goers even have the opportunity to cast a vote for their favorite! Once you’ve had your fill of mouth watering ribs, there’s still plenty of festival left to enjoy! You can take a stroll around artisan village and enjoy carnival rides. Not to mention, there’s no shortage of live entertainment. The festival features artists such as Bella Cain, Too White Crew, Cherry Pie, Hairbanger’s Ball and more. Free admission and free parking make this a fun, affordable event for all!

5d192c6eae920.imageSteak Cookout | Elkhorn, WI | Wednesday, July 17, 2019

If you’re still hungry for more after Elkhorn Ribfest, the annual Steak Cookout at the Walworth County Fairgrounds shortly follows. Stop by for a delicious steak or burger hot off the grill from 4-7 pm and don’t forget to check out the bake sale! This event supports the Walworth County Junior Beef Members.

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Big Foot Lions Club Lobster Boil & Steak Fry | Fontana, WI | Saturday, July 27, 2019

Indulge at the biggest social event in Fontana! The fun begins at noon in Reid Park with live music and lighter fare such as hamburgers and hot dogs. Lobster and steak dinners will be served from 2-9 pm and all meals include boiled red potatoes, peas, boiled onions, buttered rolls and a dessert! Yum! There will be a children’s area set up and live entertainment from Al’s Blues Band, Mr. Myers Band and The Eddie Butts Band. Lobster dinner tickets are $38 in advance/$40 at the door and steak dinner tickets are $24 in advance/$26 at the door. All proceeds from the fundraiser go back to the public through contributions from the Lions Club. 

432-1.jpgCorn & Brat Days | Elkhorn, WI | Friday, August 2 – Saturday, August 3, 2019

Formerly known as Festival of Summer, this event kicks off a big month for corn and brats in Walworth County. Downtown Elkhorn will host artisans, vendors, bounce houses, and performances from local groups. Some of this year’s performers include the martial arts group Elkhorn Flying Dragons, Walworth County Cloggers, Toe to Toe Ballet and live music by The Amazing Farm Boys.

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Corn and Bratwurst Festival | Walworth, WI | Saturday, August 3, 2019

Join the Geneva Lake West Rotary Club for their 58th Annual Corn and Bratwurst festival! Held in Heyer Park, the fest will feature delicious roasted corn on the cob and beer brats from 11 am to 9 pm. Enjoy live entertainment all day and try your luck at the dunk tank for a chance to soak local celebrities! Tickets are $9 in advance or $13 day of.

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Corn & Brat Fest | Williams Bay, WI | Friday, August 9 – Sunday, August 11, 2019

Sweet corn and Wisconsin brats…a match made in heaven. The Williams Bay Lions Club is hosting this massive, 3 day event at Edgewater Park. There will be multiple raffles and live music from The Andrew Gelles Band, Rebel Grace, Katie Mack, and the Big Al Wetzel Band. Don’t miss the fireworks show on Saturday night!

darien_cornfest_201606-1024x576.jpgDarien Cornfest | Darien, WI | Friday, September 6 – Sunday, September 8, 2019

We hope you’re still hungry for corn because these ears are FREE! The 59th Annual Darien Cornfest returns this September with live entertainment, carnival rides, a craft fair, tournaments, tractor pulls, fireworks, a parade, and more corn than you could ever dream of. This festival has it all and you won’t want to miss it. Enjoy free corn from 11 am to 3 pm on Saturday & Sunday of the event!

 

Get Snow Much Savings in 2019

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From skiing to ice fishing, snowmobiling, sledding, ice skating, snowshoeing and ice boating, Walworth County, Wisconsin is truly ‘Snow Much Fun’ in the winter season. Outside activities are not the only option. Walworth County also has plenty to do inside, including luxurious spas, unique stores, dinner theaters and shows, art galleries and two indoor waterparks.
The Walworth County Visitors Bureau has put together a free coupon book to make the winter experience even more affordable. There’s more than $500 in savings on lodging, dining, skiing, indoor activities, area attractions and more. To receive a free coupon book, contact the Walworth County Visitors Bureau at (262) 728-6000, e-mail info@visitwalworthcounty.com or go to VisitWalworthCounty.com/snow-much to order a coupon book online.

“This year’s coupon book has many great offers,” states Kathleen Seeberg, Executive Director at the Walworth County Visitors Bureau. “From family fun to a romantic getaway, Walworth County has snow much to offer in the winter. And since the coupons are valid until April 15, there’s still plenty of time to get away to the Lake Geneva area for some fun and save.”

Also, do not forget to check out the amazing Snow Much Fun experiences we are giving away each week on Facebook. Find the post of the week, and click on the link to be entered for a chance to win “Snow Much Fun” in Walworth County. Follow us on Facebook at GreaterLakeGenevaArea.

For more information about Snow Much Fun coupon book,

go to VisitWalworthCounty.com

Winter Festivals in Walworth County 2019

Winter is the best time to make memories with your friends and loved ones. The closer you are, the warmer you stay! There is no better place to come and celebrate the thrills of winter! Each community celebrates the season in their own way, but exciting activities and great ways to stay warm take place in abundance in Walworth County.


Hot ChocolateFest

Friday, January 18 – Sunday, January 20

burlington_hot chocolatefest2019Folks will be kicking off the winter celebration with a large creamy cup of hot chocolate at Burlington’s annual Hot ChocolateFest. Anything you could possibly associate with winter will be included in these three days. Break out your winter woolies to enjoy open skating on Echo Lake, ice bowling, snowman decorating contests, and broom ball. Then warm up with hot chocolate, storytelling around campfires, and a chili contest. This weekend will also include live music, a Winter Artisan Faire, and a scavenger hunt for the kids. Warm up those dancing shoes at the Old fashioned “Sock Hop”, then wrap up the weekend fun with a Pancake Breakfast on Sunday.


Winterfest
  Town of Delavan

Saturday, January 19, 11:30 am – 5 pm

town of delavan winterfestOn the shore of frozen Delavan Lake, the Community Park pavilion will resonate with the sounds of hot jazz from the Elkhorn, Big Foot and Delavan-Darien High School Jazz Bands at the Town of Delavan’s Winterfest. Food and drinks will be available to satisfy you while you purchase your 50/50 raffle tickets to help support the Delavan-Darien Arts Booster Club and the Friends of the Park. Locals and visitors alike will be excited about the door prizes; this is your chance to win season boat passes or two season non-resident passes. Make sure you take advantage of the Free Fishing Day, also on January 19th, on all state lakes and streams! Details for Winterfest and the DNR’s Free Fishing Day can be found on the Walworth County Visitors Bureau’s events calendar.


Winterfest Lake Geneva

Saturday, January 26 – Sunday, February 3

vlg_snowsculptingevenphotoFor nine days, Winterfest takes over the city and the shore line of Geneva Lake in downtown Lake Geneva. Walking down Wrigley Drive you will see the infamous sculptures created for the U.S. Snow Sculpting Competition and the Ice Castles decorating the shoreline. Throughout the city, you will find a plethora of events that make up this elaborate winter celebration. Events include, but are not limited to: Hovercraft Experiences, Dinner & Dance Party, Human Dog Sled races, Souper Family Fun Night, a Food and Wine Pairing, The Supper Club Experience, Kids’ Snow Sculpting Lessons, the Winterfest Showcase, Cocoa Crawl, Chilly Jiggers Ice Fishing Derby, Helicopter Rides, the Polar Bar, Chili Cook-Off, Live Music, and Candlelight Hike. Details for all of these events can be found on the Walworth County Visitors Bureau’s events calendar.


Winter Carnival

Saturday, February 2, 10 am – 5 pm

Winter Carnival Grand Geneva.jpgGrand Geneva’s Winter Carnival hosts skiing, snowboarding and fun snow activities for the whole family to enjoy! If you have got the skills, take part in their Ski Boarder Cross and Rail Jam competitions or just enjoy the festivities all over The Mountain Top. If you’re not a skier, relax in the Beer Tent and let the kids tackle free activities made just for them. The festivities will conclude with a beautiful fireworks display and the Torch Light Hillside Parade at 8:30 pm.


Day In The Bay

Saturday, February 2, 10 am – 5 pm
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Come chill out on the other side of the lake for Day in the Bay! Pick up a passport at the Barrett Memorial Library and collect your stamps as you visit Williams Bay businesses for the chance to win free raffle prizes. There will be free children’s activities at Privatos Restaurant from noon to 3 pm, with a children’s raffle at 3:30 pm.

Sky Circus On Ice
Friday, February 15 to Sunday, February 17

skycircus web adSky Circus on Ice hosts professional kite teams from around the world to showcase their skills during this winter festival on the shore of Delavan Lake. You can only truly enjoy the awe and wonder in person. Expert snow sculptors and ice carvers will also demonstrate their skills along the shore of Lake Lawn Resort and the historic brick street in downtown Delavan.

 

Delavan Train Show
Saturday, March 9 & Sunday, March 10

Facebook Event Cover Photo 2.jpgDelavan hosts one of the largest train shows in the Midwest, featuring operating layouts in multiple scales. See some of the most exciting layouts from the ‘big’ shows as well as beautiful local layouts. This is a big train show with all the comforts of the small town atmosphere. Located in the center of historic downtown Delavan. This family-friendly event has loads of fun and free admission for all!

Maple Fest 
Sunday, March 17, 7:30 am – 3 pm
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A stack of hot cakes is just not complete without a layer of maple syrup over the top! On March 17, Covenant Harbor will be serving an all-you-care-to-eat pancake breakfast and selling all sorts of maple deliciousness at Maple Fest. This festival will show all the things Covenant Harbor has to offer; explore the grounds, learn more about the family activities available, and enjoy a maple syrup tour, and much more.

 

For more detailed information about these festivals,

visit our events calendar at VisitWalworthCounty.com.