Events

Feb
8
Fri
Downtown Spear the Beer Specials
presented by Lakefront Brewery @ Various bars throughout downtown Fond du Lac
Feb 8 – Feb 10 all-day

Purchase a commemorative Sturgeon Spectacular mug at Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts all weekend – while supplies last (Must be 21 years or older).   You can then use that mug to “Spear the Beer” and other drink specials at participating downtown locations.  No alcohol consumption or possession will be allowed outside of each establishment or event space.

Various bars throughout downtown Fond du Lac (must present mug at time of purchase)

Participating Locations:

Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts – 51 Sheboygan Street (Mug Purchase Location)
2.0 AleHouse – 65 N. Main Street
Fat Joe’s – 15 W. Division Street
Coliseum – 91 S. Main Street
Slim & Chubby’s – 109 S. Main Street
O’Davey’s Pub – 36 4th Street
Ziggy’s Pub – 213 S. Main Street
Green Dragon Brewpub – 156 Western Avenue
Third and One – 2 N. Main Street
The Warehouse – 211 S. Military Road

Note: Times and specials may vary by location.

Wisconsin Snow Sculpting Championship
presented by Sunburst Winter Sports Park @ Downtown, outside Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts
Feb 8 – Feb 10 all-day

The best snow sculptors in the state and surrounding region travel to Fond du Lac to compete in the 2019 Wisconsin Snow Sculpting Championship in hopes of winning a trip to the 2020 US Championship and a $1,000 1st Prize.  No alcohol consumption or possession will be allowed outside of each establishment or event space.

Daily Schedule:
*Some teams compete well into the early morning hours.  Hours vary by day/team.

Friday, February 8, 2019*
1:00 PM – Teams arrive onsite and begin sculpting

Saturday, February 9, 2019*
Teams compete – ALL DAY

Sunday, February 10, 2019*
Teams Compete
Judging begins at 1pm
Awards Ceremony starts at 1:30pm

 

Snow provided by Sunburst Winter Sports Park

Meals provided by Annie’s Fountain City Cafe and Papa Johns of Fond du Lac

Shantytown Fun at Children’s Museum of Fond du Lac @ Children's Museum of Fond du Lac
Feb 8 @ 10:00 am – Feb 10 @ 4:00 pm

Bring the whole family out to the Children’s Museum for indoor and outdoor fun! Activities may include: design your own sturgeon fish decoy, construct a mini shanty, take a picture with the Museum’s giant Paper Mache sturgeon replica, enjoy hot cocoa and snacks, and explore the Museum’s exhibits including an outdoor sturgeon fishing simulation.  Fun for all ages.

More details to follow.  Check back for updates!

 

Sturgeon Spectacular Kick-off Celebration and Concert @ Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts
Feb 8 @ 5:00 pm

The Sturgeon Spectacular kicks off at Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts with live music by Copper Box.  Registration will be open for the 2019 Sturgeon Queen.  New this year, hang out at the Ice Bar on the Plaza, watch the snow sculptors get started or come inside and grab a drink. Drinks will be available for purchase.  Food options will also be located at the event site.

Doors and Bar Open at 5 PM
Live Music starts at 6 PM

Running of the Sturgeon Parade @ Downtown Fond du Lac (Parade Start: Western Ave. & Main St.)
Feb 8 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm

The Sturgeon Spectacular Parade starts with the Running of the Sturgeon.  Grab your friends, and dress up in your favorite Wisconsin garb and join Schmooch Schneider in chasing after and spearing the elusive sturgeon.  Floats will have parking available to join the party on Portland Street.

The parade starts at Western Ave. (Fourth St.) & Main St. and turns right at Sheboygan Street.  Ends at Thelma.
Parade starts at 5:30 PM

 

Feb
9
Sat
Downtown Curling Funspiel
presented by Horicon Bank @ ModTruss Headquarters
Feb 9 – Feb 10 all-day

Learn to Curl with USA Hockey Olympians and representatives and participate in the Inaugural Downtown Curling Fond du Lac Funspiel. This tournament is designed to teach beginners the world of curling and have some fun in the process. Each match will last about one hour. All curling equipment will be provided. The tournament is scheduled for Saturday & Sunday. Open to all ages and levels. Get your team of 4 – 6 people together and sign up with Pete Wilke via email (pwilke@fdl.com). Registration for a team is $50.

Downtown Curling Rink – between ModTruss HQ (formerly Elk’s Lodge) & Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts
Learn to Curl begins at 9 AM (Saturday)
First Match begins at 10 AM (Saturday) & 9 AM (Sunday)
Championship Match (Date/Time: TBD)

 

 

Downtown Snow Land presented by Ahern @ Downtown Fond du Lac
Feb 9 – Feb 10 all-day
Visit Downtown Snow Land presented by Ahern. Bring the kids and play on the Big Hill, or join in the amateur snow sculpting competition and other activities on Saturday and Sunday!
 
Get your teams together to create your own snow sculpture, just like the professionals.  You will create your own snow form, sculpt and shape it until you’ve created your very own masterpiece.  Teams should consist of 2 – 4 individuals and they can range in age.  Reach out to Pete Wilke at pwilke@fdl.com to sign up.  First 20 teams will be accepted, so sign up before it’s too late. Families welcome.

Friday, February 8, 2019
Snow Land opens at 1pm

Saturday, February 9, 2019
Amateur Snow Sculpting Competition begins at 10am
Competition Ends at 3pm
Judging at 3:30pm; Awards at 4:00pm

Sunday, February 10, 2019
Viewing of Amateur Snow Sculptures – ALL DAY

Amateur Snow Sculpting Competition
presented by Ahern @ Main Street Plaza
Feb 9 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Get your teams together to create your own snow sculpture, just like the professionals.  You will create your own snow form, sculpt and shape it until you’ve created your very own masterpiece.  Teams should consist of 2 – 4 individuals and they can range in age.  Reach out to Pete Wilke at 920-923-3010 or pwilke@fdl.com to sign up.  First 20 teams will be accepted, so sign up before it’s too late.

Families welcome.
Main Street Plaza – Main Street (between Division Street & Forest Avenue)
Judging will begin at 3:30 pm and awards given at 4:00pm

Shantytown Fun at Children’s Museum of Fond du Lac @ Children's Museum of Fond du Lac
Feb 9 @ 10:00 am – Feb 11 @ 4:00 pm

Bring the whole family out to the Children’s Museum for indoor and outdoor fun! Activities may include: design your own sturgeon fish decoy, construct a mini shanty, take a picture with the Museum’s giant Paper Mache sturgeon replica, enjoy hot cocoa and snacks, and explore the Museum’s exhibits including an outdoor sturgeon fishing simulation.  Fun for all ages.

More details to follow.  Check back for updates!

 

Downtown Chili Crawl presented by
Downtown Fond du Lac Partnership @ Various locations in downtown Fond du Lac
Feb 9 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Sample chili at participating businesses and vote for your favorite! 200 first-come, first-serve tickets will be available for $10 (cash or check only) at Hopper’s (77 N. Main) prior to the event. Event check-in and sales of any remaining tickets (if available) will be located at 131 S. Main Street on the day of the event.  Tickets will be available in January.

Event Check-in: Downtown Fond du Lac Partnership (131 S. Main Street)
Participating locations – various downtown businesses

Downtown Ice Sculpting Competition
Presented by Grande Cheese @ Various Locations, Downtown Fond du Lac
Feb 9 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Walk through beautiful downtown Fond du Lac to see these talented carvers create works of art right on the sidewalks of downtown.  Get your picture taken with each one.  Grab a map and ballot at Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts, and set out for your favorite masterpiece.  Cash Prizes will be awarded for “Best in Show” and also “The People’s Choice”.  Sculptures will be available for viewing as weather allows.

Sculpture Locations:
More locations to be announced soon!

Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts – 51 Sheboygan Street
Lillian’s – 27 S. Main Street
Gallery & Frame Shop – 94 S. Main Street
National Exchange Bank & Trust – 130 S. Main Street
Ubuntu Art Space – 52 E. Division Street
Hoppers Silk Screening and All Star Trophy – 77 N. Main Street

Star-Six-Nine at Fat Joe’s @ Fat Joe's
Feb 9 @ 9:30 pm – Feb 10 @ 12:30 am

Come to see one of the most entertaining and high-energy bands in Wisconsin.  The music starts at 9:30 pm, but the party lasts all night long.  

Feb
10
Sun
Shantytown Fun at Children’s Museum of Fond du Lac @ Children's Museum of Fond du Lac
Feb 10 @ 10:00 am – Feb 12 @ 4:00 pm

Bring the whole family out to the Children’s Museum for indoor and outdoor fun! Activities may include: design your own sturgeon fish decoy, construct a mini shanty, take a picture with the Museum’s giant Paper Mache sturgeon replica, enjoy hot cocoa and snacks, and explore the Museum’s exhibits including an outdoor sturgeon fishing simulation.  Fun for all ages.

More details to follow.  Check back for updates!