7 Can’t-Miss Markets in Walworth County

One thing Wisconsinites know well is how to cherish summer while it lasts. Between spending time at the lake, going to the county fair and enjoying concerts in the park, we tend to keep busy! One thing you’ll want to make time for, if you haven’t already, is scooping up some fresh produce and locally-made goods from a farmers market near you. Lucky for us, we have plenty of great markets right here in Walworth County!

1. Whitewater City Market

66468656_2308535599222742_8146837105427873792_n-1-e1565384700715.jpgLocated at the historic Train Depot, Whitewater City Market brings together local farmers, artisans, food cards, craft beer and local music every Tuesday from 4 – 7 pm. The market’s goal is to not only create a unique shopping experience, but also celebrate all things local. This marker offer free music, kids’ activities and boasts over 50 vendors!

2. Farmers Market – Lake Geneva

 

66280851_1361475207335452_4804286662811058176_n-e1565375715498.jpgEnjoy a huge variety of local produce, beautiful flowers and all sorts of goods from farmers and local vendors every Thursday at Horticultural Hall in downtown Lake Geneva. This market takes place from 8 am – 1 pm and runs May 2 – October 24.

3. Burlington Farmers Market

65079889_2352359128120792_7456544309437792256_o-e1565376156147.jpgFarm tables at this market are loaded with the region’s freshest, in-season fruits and vegetables, eggs, honey, ciders, cheeses, pasture-raised meats and poultry, jams, preserves, cut flowers and nursery stock. Local food artisans bring fresh bread, prepared foods and other goodies. Burlington hosts its market every Thursday from 3 pm – 7 pm at Wehmhoff Square.

 

4. Delavan’s Fresh Market

65196047_10156642336409611_3452322840265621504_o-e1565376266258.jpgDelavan Fresh Market has fresh produce, local food vendors and artisan craftsmen. The market is located under the trees in downtown and right on Hwy 11. The Fresh Market is open on Thursday afternoons from 3 – 7 pm, June – September.

 

5. East Troy Farmers Market

gn_march_2019_farmers_market.jpegThe East Troy Farmers Market is currently celebrating its 11th year! This market features vendors selling staples like homegrown produce and flowers, but you can also find meats, honey, cheese, crafts and more. Note that the East Troy Farmers Market is held only on the first and third Friday of the month, June 7 – October 4. Click here to view their exciting schedule of events for the remainder of the 2019 season.

 

6. Saturdays on the Square – Elkhorn

65171849_1099016230304747_2955759088237019136_o.jpgSaturdays in Elkhorn are for Saturdays on the Square! Here, you can find a variety of vendors offering everything from handmade products to fresh, local produce. Every week, a different event, organization or activity is featured. Market-goers can attend every Saturday from 9 am – 1 pm at Veterans Park in downtown Elkhorn.

 

7. Whitewater Farmers Market

17039032_1253452444703593_7993852971186123692_o.jpgThe Whitewater Farmers Market has been serving up fresh produce in the community for over 25 years! Open 8 am – 12 pm on Saturdays, this market features vendors with locally grown seasonal produce, baked goods, preserves, hand-crafted items and more. This market runs from the first Saturday in May until the first Saturday in November and is located at the Winchester True Value.

 

For more information about events happening in Walworth County, go to www.visitwalworthcounty.com/events

 

 

 

Santa Sightings: November 23-25, 2018

Santa is on his way!  This weekend starts his visits to the Lake Geneva area.  Grab your lists and head to one of these locations to spot the big man in red.

“He’s making a list and checking it twice. Gonna find out who’s naughty and nice.
Santa Claus is coming to town!”

Friday, November 23

Santa Cruise | 4:30 – 9:30 pm
Lake Geneva Cruise Line – Winter Harbor, Williams Bay
(262) 248-6206, www.santacruiselakegeneva.com

Tree Lighting Ceremony | 5:30 – 6:30 pm
Tower Park, Delavan | www.delavanwi.org

Bay Festival of Trees – Tree Lighting | 6 – 6:30 pm
Edgewater Park, Williams Bay

Saturday, November 24

Breakfast With Santa | 8 am – 12 pm
Grand Geneva Resort & Spa – Evergreen Ballroom, Lake Geneva
(262) 249-4788, www.grandgeneva.com

Breakfast With Santa | 8:30 – 10 am
Lake Lawn Resort, Delavan
(262) 728-7950, www.lakelawnresort.com

Christmas Train | 9 am; 10:30 am; 12 pm; 1:30 pm; 3 pm
East Troy Electric Railroad, East Troy
(262) 642-3263, www.easttroyrr.org

Downtown Delavan Holiday Open House
Downtown, Delavan | www.delavanwi.org

Santa Visits | 2 – 4 pm
Grand Geneva Resort & Spa – Lobby, Lake Geneva
(262) 248-8811, www.grandgeneva.com

Santa Cruise | 4:30 – 9:30 pm
Lake Geneva Cruise Line – Winter Harbor, Williams Bay
(262) 248-6206, www.santacruiselakegeneva.com

11th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting | 6 – 7 pm
Abbey Resort Lobby, Fontana
(800) 709-1323, www.theabbeyresort.com

Sunday, November 25

Breakfast With Santa | 8 am – 12 pm
Grand Geneva Resort & Spa – Evergreen Ballroom, Lake Geneva
(262) 249-4788, www.grandgeneva.com

Christmas Train | 9 am; 10:30 am; 12 pm; 1:30 pm; 3 pm
East Troy Electric Railroad, East Troy
(262) 642-3263, www.easttroyrr.org

Jolly Old St. Nicholas at The Abbey Brunch | 10 am – 1 pm
The Abbey Resort – 240° West, Fontana
(262) 275-9000, www.theabbeyresort.com

Santa Cruise | 4:30 – 8:30 pm
Lake Geneva Cruise Line – Winter Harbor, Williams Bay
(262) 248-6206, www.santacruiselakegeneva.com

For more information on holiday fun, go to VisitWalworthCounty.com
or call (262) 728-6000

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Homemade For The Holidays: Craft Fairs In The Lake Geneva Area

Jump start your holiday shopping with arts, crafts, and vendor fairs.  Artisans and vendors will display their handcrafted jewelry, small batch soaps, homemade quilts, country furniture, fine art, unique items, and much more. Find that perfect something in the Lake Geneva area at these arts, crafts, and vendor fairs!

Holiday Affair Craft Show  
Saturday, November 10 | 9 am – 4 pm
7 Locations, Elkhorn
(262) 723-3288 | walworthcountyfair.com
Details

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Saturday, November 10 | 10 am – 5 pm
The Cove of Lake Geneva, Lake Geneva
(262) 249-9460 | coveoflakegeneva.com
Details

Fashion Forward Vendor Shows
Saturday, November 17 | 9 am – 2:30 pm
Timber Ridge Lodge, Lake Geneva
(866) 636-4502
Details

Holiday Market Artisan Pop-up Shop
Saturday, November 17 | 12 – 5 pm
The Ridge Hotel, Lake Geneva
(800) 225-5558 | ridgelakegeneva.com
Details

Craft In The Woods
Saturday, November 24 | 9 am – 4 pm
YMCA Camp MacLean, Burlington
(262) 763-7742 | ymcachicago.org
Details

Harbor Shores Craft Fair.jpgHoliday Bazaar Craft & Vendor Fair
Saturday, November 24 | 10 am – 3 pm
Harbor Shores on Lake Geneva, Lake Geneva
(262) 248-1981 | harborshoreslg.com
Details

Small Business Saturday Shopping Event
Saturday, November 24 | 12 – 8 pm
Timber Ridge, Lake Geneva
(866) 636-4502
Details

Holiday Craft FairHoliday Craft Fair
Saturday, December 1 | 9 am – 2 pm
Badger High School, Lake Geneva
(262) 348-2000
Details

Christmas In The Woods
Saturday, December 1 | 10 am – 5 pm
Woods Elementary School, Lake Geneva
(262) 248-3816
Details

Hours of Treats this Halloween 2018

 Happy Halloween! 

For anyone that missed them, here are Trick-or-Treat times for communities celebrating on all Hallow’s Eve this year 2018:

  • Darien / Darien Township | 4 – 6 pm
  • Delavan | 4 – 6 pm
  • Delavan Aram Public Library | 4 – 6 pm
  • Walworth / Walworth Township | 4 – 6 pm
  • Bloomfield / Town of Bloomfield | 4 – 7 pm
  • Fontana | 4 – 7 pm
  • Genoa City | 4 – 7 pm
  • Sharon | 4 – 7 pm
  • Whitewater | 4 – 7 pm
  • Elkhorn / Sugar Creek Township | 5 – 7 pm
  • Williams Bay | 5 – 7 pm
  • East Troy / East Troy Township / Troy Township | 5 – 7:30 pm
  • Burlington | 6 – 8 pm

 

Candy isn’t the only thing to be had on this eve of mischief! Check out these events that will prove to be frightfully fun to compliment a bag full of Trick or Treat goodies.

Trick or Treat at the Walworth County Visitors Bureau | until 4:30 pm
Come in to the Travel Information Center today (at the Lake Lawn Resort Airport in Delavan) to TRICK OR TREAT! Adults who Trick or Treat with us get a FREE BOGO card and if you have kids with you – they’ll get a treat too! We are open until 4:30 pm.

Whitewater Ready, Set… Boo! | 4 – 7 pm
Dress up in your best and join us to celebrate this Halloween with fun activities for all ages to enjoy! Ice cream, music, and fun games will all be available to any that come!ReadySetBoo!

Walk of Terror on the Square, East Troy | 5 – 8 pm
Terrifying surprises await you in this “maze of fears and frights”! Just a bit more kid-friendly haunted house will run from 5 to 8 p.m. on Halloween, Wednesday, Oct. 31. This event will coordinate with the Village of East Troy’s Halloween trick-or-treat hours.Scare on the Sqaure 2018

Trick or Treat at the Library, Delavan |  4 – 6 pm
Visit the Kat Burglar, Coraline and the sheriff upstairs and then head to the Children’s Desk (downstairs) in costume to collect your treat!AramLibrary_Halloween2018.JPG

Delavan Goblin’s Walk | 6:30 pm
Ghouls, goblins and witches of all make and mischief will be amassing at the Delavan Post Office on Fourth Street to begin the Goblin Walk to spook house at the American Legion, 111 S. Second Street.

I hope that you all have a Happy & Safe Halloween!

If you’re looking for more spooky fun this evening,
check out our calendar of events at VisitWalworthCounty.com!

Plot Your Dining Course Through The Lake Geneva Area During Dine Around The Lakes

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We invite you to dine with us during Walworth County’s annual “Dine Around The Lakes” restaurant week. The dining experiences begin on November 2 and runs through November 11 with specially priced 3-course meals at 17 county-wide restaurants.
 
Food lovers get ten days to try restaurants they may not have visited before, or a chance to indulge at their favorite dining spot at a great price. The restaurants outdo themselves each year with the fantastic menus they offer their guests during Dine Around The Lakes.
 
Participating restaurants will offer a unique three-course menu for lunch and/or dinner – available only during the Dine Around The Lakes, November 2-11. Lunch menus range from $10-15, and dinner menus range from $20-30. Our area boasts some of the best dining in Wisconsin, with everything from a restaurant right on a trout farm and award-winning steakhouses to classic, homestyle cooking. Our restaurant week was designed with both the restaurants and diners in mind – offering great food at a great price. The restaurants’ menus are all available on the Dine Around The Lakes Website, making it easy for the foodies out there to plot their dining course through Walworth County.
Make sure to visit the Dine Around The Lakes Facebook page for giveaways to each of the participating restaurants. A $25 gift card or certificate will be given to a lucky winner each day through the end of Dine Around The Lakes – November 11.
 
Participating restaurants include:
  • 240° West at The Abbey Resort (269 Fontana Boulevard, Fontana) dinner menu
  • Barrique Bistro & Wine Bar (835 Wrigley Drive, Lake Geneva) dinner menu
  • The Boat House Bar & Grill (N2062 S Lake Shore Drive, Lake Geneva) lunch menu | dinner menu
  • The Bottle Shop (617 West Main Street, Lake Geneva) dinner menu
  • Café Calamari (10 East Geneva Street, Williams Bay) dinner menu
  • Crafted Americana at The Ridge Hotel (W4240 Wisconsin 50, Lake Geneva) lunch menu | dinner menu
  • Flat Iron Tap (150 Center Street, Lake Geneva) lunch menu | dinner menu
  • Frontier Restaurant at Lake Lawn Resort (2400 East Geneva Street, Delavan) lunch menu | dinner menu
  • Grand Café at Grand Geneva Resort (7036 Grand Geneva Way, Lake Geneva) lunch menu
  • The Grandview Restaurant (N2009 Lake Shore Drive, Lake Geneva) dinner menu
  • Harpoon Willie’s (8 East Geneva Street, Williams Bay) lunch menu
  • Hawk’s View Bar & Grille (7377 Krueger Road, Lake Geneva) lunch menu
  • Hunt Club Steakhouse (555 Hunt Club Court, Lake Geneva) dinner menu
  • The Red Geranium (393 North Edwards Boulevard., Lake Geneva) lunch menu | dinner menu
  • Royal Oak Farm Country Kitchen (15908 Hebron Road, Harvard, IL) lunch menu
  • The Trout House (N301 County Hwy H, Palmyra) lunch menu | dinner menu
  • The Waterfront (269 Fontana Boulevard, Fontana) lunch menu

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To view a full list of participating restaurants and their mouthwatering menus, visit www.dinearoundthelakes.com.
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👻Welcome to Haunted Walworth County

If you’re one of those people who likes a good scary movie or watching friends jump out of their skin when you play a trick on them… then this list is for you.  Take the risk and venture out to one of these spooky spots this October. The Walworth County landscape possesses a natural mystery with woodlands and trails surrounding the area. Therefore, it’s not surprising that as Halloween approaches, you find spooky things to do around every turn. Even scaredy-cat and kid friendly ones too! So embrace the season, and get spooked at one of these fun haunts!

HAUNTED HAYRIDE
Dan Patch Stables, Lake Geneva
October 5 – 27 (Fridays & Saturdays) | 6:30pm – 11pm

SHOCKWAVE HAUNTS
The Fuzzy Pig, Whitewater
October 5 – 27 (Fridays & Saturdays) | 6:30pm – 10pm

LAKE GENEVA GHOST WALKS
Throughout Lake Geneva
October 5 – 27 (Fridays & Saturdays) | 9:30pm – 11pm

Dr. S. CARY’S SCREAM PARK
Dr. S. Cary’s Scream Park, Delavan
October 5 – November 3 (Fridays & Saturdays) | 7:30pm – 11pm

HAUNTED TRAIL
Scenic Ridge Campground, Whitewater
October 6 & 13 | 7:30pm – 10pm

SPIRIT TOUR
Throughout Whitewater
October 12 & 13 | 5pm – 10pm

HALLOWEEN LEGENDS & LORE
Old World Wisconsin, Eagle
October 19 – 27 (Fridays & Saturdays) | 5:30pm – 9:30pm

WALK OF TERROR ON THE SQUARE
Municipal Lot, East Troy
October 19 – 27 (Fridays & Saturdays) & October 31 | 6pm – 11pm

HALLOWEEN IN THE WOODS
House In The Wood, Delavan
October 24 | 6:30pm – 8:30pm

ENCHANTED FOREST / SPOOKY WALK
Kishwauketoe Nature Conservatory, Williams Bay
October 26 | 6pm – 7:15pm / 8pm- 9pm

KID-FRIENDLY WALK OF TERROR ON THE SQUARE
Municipal Lot, East Troy
October 31 | 5pm – 8pm

 

Haunted Walworth County 2018

 

 

Printable copy of Haunted Walworth County 2018

For additional Halloween activities, go to

VisitWalworthCounty.com

 

Frolic in Fall Festival Fun!

The soybeans are changing colors and the leaves on the trees are beginning to erupt with color. As we usher in the fall, we revere our harvest season and all the things we get to do in the cooler weather. Because I mean in Wisconsin, just throw on a sweater! Check out all the fall fun that there is to be had in Walworth County.

 

Darien Cornfest

September 7- 9, 8am – 11pm | West Park, Darien, WI

Darien may be small but it celebrates corn in a big way! This three-day extravaganza inaugurates the event with fireworks on Friday. On Saturday and Sunday, grab your FREE ear freshly roasted sweet corn from Birds Eye Foods and a beer to enjoy while listening to live music on the Miller Lite stage. Bring the kids to hoot and holler on carnival rides, while you explore the craft fair and support local, creative vendors. Win big at daily bingo games or at the raffle pull on Sunday. Softball, volleyball, and horseshoe tournaments bring friendly competition to the fields; come find your favorite team to root on! Bring your lawn chair on Sunday to watch the Cornfest Parade filled with floats, bands, tractors and horses.

 

East Troy Bluegrass Festival

September 8 & 9, 10am – 6:30pm | East Troy, WI

The sounds of bluegrass music fill East Troy’s historic village square on Saturday and Sunday with a full line-up of bluegrass bands and Fiddle, Banjo, Mandolin and Guitar contests. Enjoy great music, lots of great food and East Troy Marketplace vendors for only $10! Kids 15 & under are free!!

 

Main Street Festival

September 15, 11am – 4pm | Whitewater, WI

The historic architecture and natural beauty of Main Street, Whitewater, serves as the perfect backdrop for this annual event celebrating the arts. Galleries, local shops and restaurants open their doors for you to experience the many diverse forms of the arts this community supports. Proceeds from the event go to support the local arts environment in the community. Funds will help support scholarships for local high school and college students, community art programing, as well as creative improvements to the city such as public murals, mosaics and sculptures. Help support the arts by enjoying this wonderful exhibition of creativity!

 

Delavan Scarecrow Fest

September 15 , 9am – 9pm | Downtown Delavan, WI

An annual festival tradition, Scarecrows will be “On Parade” along the historic brick road; each created by a local business or citizen with a theme and name. Come vote for your favorite scarecrow!
This festival spans along the brick road and into multiple parks throughout historic downtown Delavan. Begin at Water Tower Park for the craft fair & flea market, demos by local businesses, food, and music by Cheryl Niemo & the Down Home Boys. Bring the kids to paint pumpkins, or say hello to the animals at the petting zoo at the Aram Public Library.

Inspired to decorate for fall with a scarecrow at your house?? Build a Scarecrow and take it home. We’ll have the supplies to make a scarecrow and helpers. This is great for the whole family!
To compliment the sidewalk sales by Delavan Merchants, the Duck Raffle (3 tickets for $5 or $2/ each) gets you a chance to win $150 or any of the wonderful prizes donated. Other activities include a narrated Walldog Wagon Tour, a pie and cake sale outside of Remember When, and the 3rd Annual Quilt Show throughout merchant store fronts. As a grand finale for the Scarecrow Festival and the season at the Phoenix Park Bandshell, Andrew Sedlak will open for the infamous Pink Freud, harmonized with vibrant laser lights by the Laser Fusion Light Show. This is a sensory wonder that you don’t want to miss!

 

Customer Appreciation Day

September 15-16, 11am – 4pm | Pearce’s Farm Stand, Walworth, WI

Pearce’s Farm Stand wants to thank their customers for helping them grow. Get your free cooked sweet corn (Sunday only), enjoy music, free hayrides to pumpkin patch, and dancing. Tackle their famous jumping bales with slides, tube rollers, and climb in a REAL John Deere Combine. All to be added to the regular offerings of Saturdays and Sundays like pre-picked produce, corn maze, helicopter rides (weather permitting), lookout tower and human hamster wheel!

 

Annual Geneva Lakes Boat Show

September 29 & 30 | The Abbey Marina, Fontana, WI

The Geneva Lakes Boat Show is an annual event held in the Abbey Resort’s harbor, presented by the Blackhawk Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society. This show features over 100 classic and vintage boats from all over the country. Check out the pre-events and getaway packages available at The Abbey Resort!

 

Apple Fest

September 29 & 30 | Apple Barn Orchard & Winery, Elkhorn, WI

Celebrate the 30th year of fall fun at Apple Fest, with apple picking and hayrides through the orchard. Indulge in apple cider donuts, kettlecorn, and tastings of the Apple Barn’s award-winning fruit wines. Grab some donuts, cider or other treats to take home as you head of the door of the Country Store and Bakery. Craft vendors and a bounce house for the kids make a day filled with family fun and everlasting memories!

 

Antique Flea Market

September 30, 7am – 4pm | Walworth County Fairgrounds, Elkhorn, WI

A mere $5 is such a value for the treasures that you will walk away with from Wisconsin’s Finest
Antique Flea Market. Rain or Shine, over 500 dealers gather inside and outside to share their wares and great deals on some great finds! Free parking and great food make this a day trip that must be had by all antiquers.

 

Fall Family Festival

October 5-7  | Lake Lawn Resort, Delavan, WI

Gather at the lake to enjoy everything that Lake Lawn Resort has to offer at their Fall Family Festival. This event allows family and friends to enjoy the fall colors along with a weekend packed with fall-themed events; including unlimited mini golf, scarecrow building, pumpkin decorating, donut making, hayrides, Fall Harvest Buffet, movie nights, lots of games and activities for the whole family, and more! Activities will be open to resort guests AND the public.

Overnight packages are available for three nights or two nights, and include overnight accommodations, two 140th Anniversary Celebration Beach Towels per room, Unlimited Mini Golf per person, Fall Harvest Buffet on Sunday, October 7, and one pumpkin per person. What a great reason to plan a fall getaway! 

 

Lake Geneva Oktoberfest

October 6-7, 11am-5pm | Lake Geneva, WI

Plan your weekend to stay at one of Lake Geneva’s lakeside hotels to enjoy the fall colors. Then join the Streets of Lake Geneva for their Annual Oktoberfest Celebration! The beer tent is back this year, featuring delicious German beers from Hofbrau, as well as a few local favorites! The whole family will have a blast with bounce houses, pony rides, German music, FREE pumpkins, craft fair, cider donuts and more! This event is FREE and open to the public. Venture down to Flat Iron Park and start a new fall family tradition.

 

Elkhorn Oktoberfest

October 20, 9am – 5pm | Downtown Elkhorn, WI

Bring the whole family to Elkhorn, as they fill the town square with fall fun at the 13th Annual Elkhorn Oktoberfest in Veterans and Pocket Parks. Walk around the downtown square to see over 100 crafters and vendors showcasing handcrafted items, antiques, produce and plants, home party consultants and more. Head over to the north parking lot of the government center to see some beautiful classic cars during our 9th Annual Oktoberfest Car Show. The kids will have plenty to keep them occupied with games, pumpkin decorating, bounce house, slides and more. Grab a bite to eat from the many delicious food vendors or sample some chili in the Chili Cook-off.

Adults get to have their fun too when you step inside the Wine & Beer Tasting tent. Enjoy all the different live entertainment acts from local groups like Toe to Toe Ballet, the Walworth County Cloggers, Elkhorn Flying Dragons, Dreams Studio of Performing Arts, and music from a live band. So much to see and do, that you’ll need to take the day to experience this fantastic event!

 

Delavan Oktoberfest

October 20, 4pm – 8pm | Community Park, Town of Delavan, WI

From the outside of the pavilion, this seems like a quaint little celebration….until you walk through the door! Celebrate like the Germans do with the tastiest traditional German food like schnitzel and spätzle. Along with wine, beer, and pastries like streusel. No need to worry about the calorie count, because you’ll be up dancing to some festive polka by the Steve Meisner Band. Come and experience Gemütlichkeit in Delavan!

 

Beer & Spirits

October 27, 1pm – 5pm | The Ridge Hotel, Lake Geneva, WI

This is going to be the best Halloween party in town! Enjoy unlimited tastings from 35 Midwest craft breweries and distilleries. Entertainment provided by a DJ and photo booth and so more! Grab your souvenir tasting glass and make the rounds to enjoy all this event has to offer.

Download the printable Fall Festivals 2018 list here.

For more great fall adventures, check out our
events calendar at VisitWalworthCounty.com!