Almost every weekend in Sheboygan there is a different festival or event taking place. Celebrations of food, heritage, seasons and music create a patchwork of fun and entertainment for everyone! There are 5 festivals in particular that I don’t think you’ll want to miss while you are here visiting us.

1. 4th of July

When it comes to Independence Day, Sheboygan doesn’t mess around! Beginning on July 3rd through the 4th, there is never a dull moment, from beach volleyball and bouncy houses, to live music, great food and fireworks!

One of my favorite parts of this festival is the Venetian Boat Parade on the 3rd. After dusk dozens of boats light up the riverfront with their beautifully decorated boats.   

2. Midsummer Festival of the Arts

On the 3rd weekend in July, you can walk around as artists show their paintings, photographs, furniture, jewelry, wood carvings, ceramics, glass, leather goods, sculptures, textiles, toys, and more. Food vendors will offer a wide range of fare, from Sheboygan County’s famous bratwurst to ethnic cuisines and ice cream. The lawn on the west side of 7th Street at New York Avenue will be the place to enjoy terrific music by nationally acclaimed bands and inspiring local musicians.

3. Blue Harbor Craft Beer Festival

Enjoy lakefront views and some of the best craft beers in the region, all at Lake Michigan’s largest lakefront resort, Blue Harbor. Admission to the Grand Tasting includes access to more than 100 beers and ciders from over 30 breweries, live entertainment, concessions, and retail items available for purchase.

4. OktoberFest

Get your lederhosen out of the closet! Traditional keg tapping, authentic German food, folk dancers, live music and all the polka you can possibly handle!

5. Making Spirits Bright

Making Spirits Bright is something many people look forward to from Thanksgiving to the New Year. Not only are you able to celebrate the holidays but you’re able to do it from the warmth of your vehicle. I personally love this festive show; as you wind through a 1.1-mile route you’ll notice that the lights and the holiday music on the radio are choreographed. It truly puts you in the holiday spirit. The woods at Evergreen Park are illuminating, dazzling, and the lights twinkle with every turn. Visit once or as many times as you want! Admission is free but they gladly accept canned goods as donations.

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