If you’re looking to get out and explore fun events in Calumet County, you’ve come to the right place! Calumet County is home to many events throughout the year that you will need to add to your list. From a summer concert series to runs in High Cliff State Park, you can truly find your type of fun in Calumet County! Let's get into the top events you should experience this year while visiting the great communities within the county.
With High Cliff State Park right inside of Calumet County, you can expect a lot of different exercise-based activities and events there all summer long. One fun event includes the Cliff Runner 10k. This year the event will be held on Sunday, July 24th right at High Cliff State Park. This 10k trail run is an extremely challenging one that incorporates some of the most difficult sides of the park and is a true experience you won’t forget! If a 10k isn’t enough, no worries! The High Cliff Ultra is happening this year on Saturday, August 6th! This is a 25k or 50k trail race that rolls through prairies, stairs, and trails, and you’ll even get to see some of the most beautiful views of Lake Winnebago and the Niagara Escarpment!
If exercise-based activities aren’t your fancy, maybe a summer concert series can be! Every Thursday from June to Mid-August you can find your fun at the Chilton City Band’s Summer in the Park Concert Series! Music performances will be by the Chilton City Band and other special guest performers at Hobart Park. You can bring your own chair or blanket, grab a bit to eat and a delicious beverage and listen to music this summer!
For a one-of-a-kind experience, you’ll want to head out on a Cave Tour at the Ledge View Nature Center in Chilton. Most Saturdays throughout the summer the center will hold cave tours at 1pm and you can learn about the geology, biology, and human history of the caves!
Some other events happening this summer in Calumet County include: Chilton Farmers Market, Chilton Summer Festival, Cheesehead Run 5k/ Half Marathon/ Half Marathon Relay, Forest Junction Car Show, and so much more! Learn about all of the events happening in Calumet County by clicking here.
We know that fall brings beautiful fall foliage across the state of Wisconsin, but it also brings many family-friendly activities as well, especially in Calumet County! The first is the Pumpkin Harvest Celebration, which is celebrated all autumn long. You can also join the fun at Mulberry Lane Farm from the start of autumn all the way through the end of October. Best part? Every guest gets a free pumpkin that you pick yourself! There are so many family-friendly activities to take part in as well such as milking a cow, going on a hayride, playing at the Old Fashion play area, and of course, grabbing delicious bites to eat!
If you’re wanting a bit of a spookier event, add the Haunted Halloween Golf Cart Rides at Hickory Hills Country Club to your to-do list! This kid-friendly event takes you through the haunted golf course, woods, and sheds on a 6 to 8-person golf cart to get all of your scary memories in for the fall. The haunted rides take place on Fridays and Saturdays in October so be sure to grab your tickets to get in on the fun!
Another event that is great for all of our Wisconsin and visitor's families is the Pumpkin Walk at Brillion Nature Center! On Saturday, October 16th you can definitely join in on the fun along the Cottonwood Trail that gets lined with hundreds of lit jack-o-lanterns. After your stroll (which is stroller friendly), you can warm up inside with refreshments or sit around the fire and tell campfire stories!
And if you couldn’t visit the caves at the Ledge View Nature Center in the summertime, you will definitely want to add their Halloween Candlelight Cave Tours to your list! This family-friendly event will take visitors through the candlelight trails and caves at the Ledge View Nature Center on October 21st and October 22nd!
Want to find more fall fun to be had in Calumet County? Click here and get all of the details on Travel Calumets' events happening year-round!
Now, we know winter is not on many people's minds as summer has just begun, but if you’re planning a trip later this year or maybe you see an event you love, it’s worth the read early so you can get planning! You’ll definitely want to add The North Pole Christmas Village to your winter events list. This free magical holiday experience runs from Friday, November 25 to Sunday, December 25 and is one of the largest indoor animated walk-thru experiences!
We know Wisconsinites love their holiday light shows, and Calumet County has its special take on them! The Delightfully Calumet Inc. Holiday Light Show features thirteen 150-foot displays and over 130,000 lights synchronized to Christmas music. You can join the fun every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in December and on January 1, 2023. The show runs from 5-9pm and just requires a canned food donation!
Need to add seeing Santa to your list of things to do while visiting? On Sunday, December 4th you can see Santa at the New Holstein Country Christmas held at New Holstein High School Cafeteria! This event is from 8am-1pm and you can enjoy all kinds of holiday fun including breakfast with Santa, kid’s activities, bingo, carriage rides, and even get a listen-in at the Christmas Carolers.
If you’re looking for other winter activities, some that we have to mention are the High Cliff Studio Holiday Show, Holiday Parade of Lights, and the Timm House Christmas. For more information and all events happening year-round in Calumet County click here!
While spring just came and went in Wisconsin, there is one specific event that we have to get you prepared for in the next year! We can’t talk about Calumet County and the fun events happening year-round without mentioning Sturgeon Spearing Season. Held yearly in February (check with the Wisconsin DNR for official dates), visitors and residents alike head out for a fun event out on Lake Winnebago. This is a unique tradition in the area since the Winnebago system is home to one of the largest lake sturgeon populations in North America! Learn more about sturgeon spearing events taking place in Calumet County here.
Many other events pop up all throughout the spring months in Calumet County including snowshoe walks and runs, guided hikes, cave tours, beer fests, and even some fun on local farms! Be sure to check out all of the events on the Travel Calumet County website to see the most updated information on what’s happening all year long.
– Calumet County is truly a special place to get out and experience! With the many events happening year-round throughout the county, it makes it easy to take a day trip or even plan a week-long vacation exploring all of the area's beautiful and fun features. Which event are you planning your next trip around? Let us know in the comments below!
– Kortnee Hass: Social Media Coordinator for Discover Mediaworks. A Wisconsin ‘now & forever’ transplant with a soft spot for squeaky cheese curds, craft breweries, and all things Wisconsin tourism.