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Lake Geneva Annual Events

Events in Lake Geneva

Top Annual Events and Festivals in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin

Whether you’re looking for a weekend getaway with your girlfriends or your honey, or a family vacation where you can watch a live water ski and boat show, Lake Geneva is a smart choice. Located less than two hours north of Chicago in Wisconsin, Lake Geneva, known as a popular lake destination during the summer for families who want to get away from the city, is also a hotspot all year-round for fun and entertaining annual festivals and events. Lake Geneva hosts dozens of events each year, but here are X of the most popular festivals you might want to put on your schedule and plan a trip around.  

Winterfest, February 3-13

There’s a lot you can do every February in Lake Geneva at the annual Winterfest event, including attending the U.S. National Snow Sculpting Competition, one of the largest snow-sculpting contests in the country. Winterfest takes place over the course of 10 days at various locations in and around Lake Geneva. You can browse through the impressive snow sculpture collections and watch a live crowning of best snow sculptures in Driehaus Plaza and Flat Iron Park. Local restaurants, shops, hotels and resorts also plan special events to take place during Winterfest. These events include magic shows, ice skating, a winter carnival, chili cook-off competition, helicopter rides, dog-sled racing and more. With so much to do, Winterfest is an event that’s popular for both visitors and locals.

Women’s Weekend, April 29- May 1

Every spring, hundreds of women gather together in Lake Geneva during the Women’s Weekend event. Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Lake Geneva, the weekend includes multiple workshops hosted in various locations, covering topics like necklace-making, wine tasting, cooking courses, high tea and more. When night falls, several parties take place throughout town, including Disco at the Lake and a pub-crawl. Keep an eye out for various hotel, shopping and dining package deals that come with registration for Women’s Weekend.

Restaurant Week, June 3-12

Restaurant Week is a 10-day annual event filled with delicious meals and high quality dining experiences at affordable prices. During the event, a collection of local restaurants serves pre-set, three-course meals at ranging from 15-$35 per person. Several of the restaurants like Sopra, Pier 290, and The Red Geranium Restaurant serve fresh seafood, steaks, appetizers, desserts and wines. You’ll also find multiple hotels and resorts offering deals to out-of-towners during Restaurant Week. 

Concerts in the Park, July 7- August 25

Every Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. during the summer, Flat Iron Park hosts Concerts in the Park featuring different musicians. This family-friendly weekly event offers 2-hours of wonderful music ranging from bluegrass, to alternative rock, to jazz.  Bring your lawn chairs, picnic blankets and friends for an evening of entertainment with a lakeside view. 

Music by the Lake, June-August

In Williams Bay, the gorgeous shore of Lake Geneva by Aurora University becomes one of the area’s most popular destinations for Music by the Lake. During the spring, event organizers release a performance schedule for bands and entertainers set to take the stage during the summer for Music by the Lake. Buy reserved seats in the Ferro Pavilion, or bring a picnic dinner and sit on the lawn. The lawn seating opens 90 minutes prior to each show, and space is reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. Those who buy lawn seats can bring small picnic tables, chairs, blankets, coolers, and their own food and drink (including alcohol) to enjoy during the concert. 

Art in the Park, August 13-14

For more than 35 years, Flat Iron Park has welcomed artists to display their best pieces during Lake Geneva’s Art in the Park. Bright white tents line the park, filled with works of art and artisan wares including pottery, jewelry, glassworks, beads, mixed media, sculptures and paintings. There’s also a silent auction and live judging of some of the best works. A designated children’s area allows kids to create fun, take-home art projects. This event is hosted by Geneva Lake Arts Foundation.

Venetian Festival, August 17-21

Sponsored by the Jaycees, the Venetian Festival is a decades-old tradition in Lake Geneva. Library Park plays host to rows of craft tents for guests to browse on Sat. and Sun, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m., with Flat Iron and Seminary Parks serve as the main location for a kid-friendly carnival with fun games and rides. The festival also includes a waterski show, lighted boat parade and fireworks. The festival has several sponsors like Harley Davidson, J&M Display, and Piggly Wiggly. Adults can stop by the Beer Tent to relax over a drink and watch the fireworks display over the lake.

Maxwell Street Days, August 26-28

The last weekend in August, you’ll find the streets of downtown Lake Geneva bustling with bargain sales for Maxwell Street Days. Retailers set up tables outside their storefronts offering items with hefty discounts. The streets are also lined with tents of craft and antique items for sale. Come hungry, because the event has produce vendors, food trucks and and refreshment stands, as well.

Taste of Lake Geneva, September 10

Get a taste of some of the best cuisine that Lake Geneva has to offer every fall during Taste of Lake Geneva. This annual event in Flat Iron Park features small plates and samples from some of the best local dining establishments. Menus include some of the restaurants’ most popular items, with wine and beer stands set up throughout the area. Live music adds to the block-party atmosphere, but it’s a very family-friendly event.

Antique & Classic Boat Show, September 23-25

Geneva Lakes Antique & Classic Boat Show is a two-day event held in the harbor at The Abbey Resort. The display includes an impressive collection of antique boats in mint condition and classic models from around the world. Some of the boats date back as early as 1900, and the event also includes education and information about the evolution of marine vessels. Additionally, you’ll find by the harbor, local and regional artisans selling their best works. The event also includes a boat parade and live judging at The People’s Choice awards.

Oktoberfest, October 8-9

Oktoberfest is the biggest fall event of the year in downtown Lake Geneva. This family-friendly event features live music, craft vendors and fare from local restaurants. Children are invited to go for pony rides, wagon hayrides, join a fun bouncy experience at the inflatable castle, and more. Oktoberfest is a chance to indulge in seasonal treats like caramel apple popcorn, warm cider and, of course, beer.

Holiday Events, November thru December

The family-friendly destination of Lake Geneva gets very popular around the holidays. The list of popular things to do during the holidays continues to grow every year, and includes events like Holiday Open House, Christmas in the Country, Electric Christmas Parade, Festival of Lights,  and many more.