See What's Happening Outdoors

Jan
14
Thu
ACE Academy Shanty Raffle
presented by C.D. Smith Foundation @ On display - Sheboygan Street
Jan 14 – Feb 13 all-day

The ACE Shanties Project was spearheaded by C.D. Smith Construction’s Foundation Committee with material donations provided by a variety of local businesses. The project began in May of 2019 with blueprints, construction began in September of the same year, and the project was completed in early 2020.

To raise funds for the A.C.E. Academy and raffle partners, Foot of the Lake Fishing Club, one of the shanties will be raffled off during the Sturgeon Spectacular festivities on Saturday, February 13th at 2pm. Walk through the shanty and see what it’s like to be out on the ice with the other 10,000+ spearers out on the lake prior to giveaway.

Tickets will be available soon.  Stay tuned for more information!

Walk-through Tours, tickets sales (while tickets last) and more information available during the following times:
Friday (6pm – 8pm)
Saturday (10am – 2pm)

Feb
12
Fri
18 Hands Ale Haus presents
Hot Chili & Cold Beer @ 18 Hands Ale Haus
Feb 12 – Feb 14 all-day

Come check out 18 Hands all weekend long.  We’re only 1 block away from the snow sculptures at Thelma. Come have a bowl of hot chili after seeing the snow sculptures. Hot chili & cold beer! Chili served at our Ice Bar all weekend. Support Fond du Lac area farmers as we use only local beef in our chili. Butcher shop fresh beef from Loehr’s Meats in Campbellsport

18 Hands – Click here for website


Spear the Beer Specials
presented by Lakefront Brewery & Lee Beverage @ Various bars throughout downtown Fond du Lac
Feb 12 – Feb 14 all-day

All locations are offering the official beer of Sturgeon Spectacular, Lakefront Brewery as well as beer and other specials.   No alcohol consumption or possession will be allowed outside of each establishment or outside of event space.

Various bars throughout downtown Fond du Lac (must ask for Sturgeon Special at time of purchase)

Participating Locations:
2.0 Ale House – 65 N. Main Street
18 Hands Ale Haus – 18 E. Division Street
Brick House – 161 S. Main Street
Coliseum – 91 S. Main Street
End Zone – 507 N. Main Street
Fat Joe’s – 15 W. Division Street
Korneli’s Bar – 8 5th Street
Lobby Bar at Hotel Retlaw – 1 N. Main Street
O’Davey’s Pub – 36 4th Street
Slim & Chubby’s – 109 S. Main Street
*Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts – 51 Sheboygan Street
Theo’s – 24 N. Main Street
Third and One – 2 N. Main Street
Top Shelf Sports Bar & Grille – 90 S. Main Street
Ziggy’s Pub – 213 S. Main Street

Note: Times and specials may vary by location.

Spearing and Beering
presented by Lakefront Brewery & Lee Beverage @ Various Locations - Downtown Fond du Lac
Feb 12 – Feb 14 all-day

Come get your picture taken at the Sturgeon Show-off Station in our downtown event space, along with other photo ops, a Bean Bag Tournament at Coliseum and a Lakefront Brewery Party throughout downtown Fond du Lac at various venues. Bring your friends and check out all the festivities at Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts and throughout the downtown area.  Spear the Beer Specials along with other specials and events offered.

*The festival will be following CDC guidelines for Coronavirus prevention and will be taking steps to limit any possible spread at our events.  Attendees are asked to wear a face covering at all indoor events and competitions.

Free admission, but come early as events and locations may meet capacity limits!

96-1 The Rock will be doing a Live Remote from noon – 2pm.
Cornhole Tournament starts at 11:30 am at Coliseum Sports Bar (Registration is full)
Live music and Lakefront Beer and other hot or cold beverages available at THELMA.
Check the Sturgeon Specials Page for more throughout downtown Fond du Lac!

Wisconsin Snow Sculpting Competition presented by Eden-Valders Stone Company @ Downtown, outside Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts
Feb 12 – Feb 14 all-day

The best snow sculptors in the state travel to Fond du Lac to compete in the 2021 Wisconsin Snow Sculpting Competition in hopes of winning a trip to the 2022 US Championship and a $1,000 1st Prize.  Sculpting all weekend long.

*All participants/attendees will be asked to follow CDC guidelines related to masks and social distancing.  Event organizers and partners will be following CDC guidelines for Coronavirus prevention and will be taking steps to limit any possible spread at our outdoor events.

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

Friday, February 12, 2021*
1:00 PM – Teams arrive onsite and begin sculpting

Saturday, February 13, 2021*
10:00 AM – 10:00 PM – Competition Site Open for Viewing

Sunday, February 14, 2021*
Teams Compete
Judging begins at 1pm
Awards Ceremony starts at 2:00pm

 

 

Presenting Sponsor:  Eden-Valders Stone

 

 

 

 

Official Snow Provider:   Sunburst Winter Sports Park

 

 

 

 

Transportation provided by:   Baumhardt Trucking of Eden

 

 

 

 

Meals provided by Annie’s Fountain City Cafe, Downtown Deli, Market & Cafe, Eaton’s Fresh Pizza, and Festival Foods of Fond du Lac.

Running of the Sturgeon and Sturgeon Displays @ Downtown Fond du Lac
Feb 12 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

The Running of the Sturgeon and Sturgeon displays will be available for viewing Friday night prior to the kick-off celebration. Displays and floats, please arrive by 5:30pm. 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 Sheboygan Street.  The festival will be following CDC guidelines for Coronavirus prevention and will be taking steps to limit any possible spread at our outdoor events.  Attendees are asked to wear a face covering as well.

Route: Stationery Parade will be on display on Sheboygan Street between Main and Portland Street 
Parade display between 5:30 – 7:00 PM

 

 

Feb
13
Sat
Downtown Curling Funspiel
presented by Horicon Bank @ Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts
Feb 13 – Feb 14 all-day

Presented by Horicon Bank, learn to Curl with curling experts from the state and participate in the 2nd Annual 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 half hour. All curling equipment will be provided. The tournament is scheduled for Saturday (& Sunday, if necessary). Open to all ages and levels. Get your team of 4 – 6 people (at least 3 are required to compete in each match) together and sign up.  Top 3 teams will receive medals, with top 2 teams receiving cash payouts ($250 for 1st / $100 for 2nd).

Registration is now full.  I apologize for any inconvenience. If you have any questions reach out to Peter Wilke via email (director@fdlfest.com) or phone (920.923.6555).

*All participants/attendees will be asked to follow CDC guidelines related to masks and social distancing.  Event organizers and partners will be following CDC guidelines for Coronavirus prevention and will be taking steps to limit any possible spread at our outdoor events.

Downtown Curling Rink – next to Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts Outdoor Plaza (Hot & Cold Beverages will be available for purchase starting at 8am.  No Carry-ins!)
Saturday, 8am:  Learn to Curl begins at 8 AM (Saturday)
Saturday, 9am:  First Match
Sunday (Schedule: TBA)

 

Note: The schedule will be announced Wednesday, February 10th.  Team Captains will receive an email with first match time and other details.  Get your teams together now!

 

 

Downtown Snow Land presented by Ahern @ Downtown Fond du Lac
Feb 13 – Feb 14 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.  Families welcome.

*All participants/attendees will be asked to follow CDC guidelines related to masks and social distancing.  Event organizers and partners will be following CDC guidelines for Coronavirus prevention and will be taking steps to limit any possible spread at our outdoor events.

Saturday, February 13, 2021
Winter Playland Kids Activities:  10am – 4pm
Family Snow Sculpting Competition: 1 – 4:00 pm
Judging at 4pm; Awards at 4:30pm

Sunday, February 14, 2021
Open Sculpt: 10am – 2pm
Viewing of Amateur Snow Sculptures – ALL DAY

 

 

 

 

 

Supported in part by:

Sturgeon Olympics presented by C.D. Smith @ Downtown Fond du Lac
Feb 13 – Feb 14 all-day
Visit Downtown Fond du Lac for the first ever Sturgeon Olympics presented by C.D. Smith. Bring the kids to compete in the youth competition and challenges (No registration required).  Or, get a team of 4 together to compete for Gold, Silver and Bronze in the official Sturgeon Olympic Games.  Each team must have a minimum of 3 members to compete.  Sturgeon Olympic Tournament on Saturday and individual challenges on Sunday.  Team registration will only be available on Hometowntickets.com for $20 per team. Online registration available until Thursday, February 11th at mignight, so sign up before then.  Event supported by the Young Professionals of Fond du Lac, and equipment donated by Attitude Sports.
Sturgeon Olympics include winter sports, winter games, a C.D. Smith Construction Challenge, a Sturgeon Hunt, and the craziest winter relay you’ll ever see.  Challenge your friends to see who is the best at winter!

The ACE Academy Shanty will be raffled off at 2pm prior to the start of the Sturgeon Olympics as well.  Get your tickets now at Hopper’s (77 N. Main Street, Fond du Lac)
*All participants/attendees will be asked to follow CDC guidelines related to masks and social distancing.  Event organizers and partners will be following CDC guidelines for Coronavirus prevention and will be taking steps to limit any possible spread at our outdoor events.
 
Saturday, February 13, 2021

Sturgeon Olympics Youth Competition:  11am – 1:00pm (Free to compete). Awards and prizes to follow.
ACE Academy Sturgeon Shanty Raffle Drawing: 2pm
Sturgeon Olympics Team Competition:  2pm – 5pm (Registration required). Awards to follow.

Sunday, February 14, 2021

Sturgeon Olympics Open Challenges (Free for all ages):  10am – 2pm

 

 

 

 

Supported in part by:

THELMA Curling Lounge @ Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts
Feb 13 all-day
View the Downtown Curling Funspiel Tournament from THELMA’s Plaza overlooking competing matches starting at 8 am!

Dress for the weather!

The outdoor Curling Lounge offers a great view to enjoy the tournament! Purchase and enjoy coffee, hot chocolate specials and more at THELMA’s bar located inside the art gallery.

*All participants/attendees will be asked to follow CDC guidelines related to masks and social distancing.  Event organizers and partners will be following CDC guidelines for Coronavirus prevention and will be taking steps to limit any possible spread at our outdoor events.

Teams learn to curl: 8 am
First match: 9 am
Bar opens at 8 am (bar inside THELMA’s gallery)
Live music: 2 – 7 pm
Free admission 

 

 

 

Virtual Sturgeon Show Off Station
presented by Fond du Lac Festivals @ Facebook and via email
Feb 13 @ 6:00 am – Feb 14 @ 2:00 pm

Are you a spearer?  Do you know a spearer?  If you or someone you know is lucky enough to spear a sturgeon on Opening Weekend this year, you could be entered to win $100!

Just email a photo of you with the legal sturgeon harvested to info@fdlfest.com or submit a photo on Facebook using #FDLBigFish.  That’s it, it’s that easy.  Open to all ages.

Entries must be received Saturday, February 13th or Sunday, February 14th to qualify.  All entries will be collected and a random drawing will occur on Monday, February 15th.  Winners will be announced through Facebook or contacted through the email submitted.

Please be aware of any new DNR guidelines when you register your fish at one of the 8 official DNR drive-through fish registration stations.  These have been relocated, and you can find them on Page 8 of this pamphlet – https://widnr.widen.net/s/7lmbmrb8rt/sturgeonspearingregs2021.

More helpful info can be found on the Wisconsin DNR webpage here.

#FDLBigFish

#SSFDL

NOTE:  This is not an official weigh-in station.  You must register your sturgeon first to qualify.
Biggest Sturgeon Award and $100 Drawing will be done on Monday, February 15th.  All sturgeon entries must be received by midnight on Sunday, February 14th to qualify.  

Special thanks to the Foot of the Lake Fishing club for their partnership

Downtown Chili Crawl presented by
Downtown Fond du Lac Partnership @ Various locations in downtown Fond du Lac
Feb 13 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

The Downtown Fond du Lac Partnership is holding its 12th Annual Chili Crawl on Saturday, February 13th from 11 am -2pm.

Participants pay a $10 entry fee to taste a variety of unique chili recipes prepared by downtown businesses and home cooked contestants.  200 tickets will be available soon for sale at Hoppers Silk Screening & Trophy (77 N. Main) for cash or check only.  Upon check-in, crawlers will receive their official Chili Crawl Map and voting ballot. Crawlers will vote on their favorite home-cooked and restaurant varieties.

Once completing the crawl, return your ballot to Hoppers and receive your official Chili Crawl t-shirt.

Event Check-in: Downtown Fond du Lac Partnership (131 S. Main Street) from 10:30am – 12:00pm
Participating locations – various downtown businesses, map provided at check-in

Locations participating:

Restaurant Category
Fat Joe’s Bar and Grill
Hotel Retlaw
Top Shelf Bar & Grill
Brick House
Ziggy’s Pub

Home-cooked Category
Ubuntu Art Space
O’Davey’s Pub
The Goldsmith
State Farm
Third and One
18 Hands Ale Haus
Korneli’s Bar

Downtown Ice Sculpting
Presented by Grande Cheese @ Various Locations, Downtown Fond du Lac
Feb 13 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Pick up an event brochure at any of the participating locations and walk through beautiful downtown Fond du Lac to see these talented ice carvers create works of art right on the sidewalks of downtown.  Get your picture taken with each one.

*All participants will be asked to sign a liability waiver and we will also be following CDC guidelines related to masks and social distancing.  Event organizers and partners will be following CDC guidelines for Coronavirus prevention and will be taking steps to limit any possible spread at our outdoor events.

Downtown Sculpture Locations (Block Sponsors):

  1. National Exchange Bank & Trust – 130 S. Main Street
  2. Gallery & Frame Shop – 94 S. Main Street
  3. Ubuntu Art Space – 52 E. Division Street
  4. Hoppers Silk Screening and All Star Trophy – 77 N. Main Street
  5. 18 Hands Ale House – 18 E. Division Street
  6. Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts – 51 Sheboygan Street
  7. Hotel Retlaw – 1 N. Main Street
  8. Riverwalk Art Center – 33 W. 2nd Street

Presenting Sponsor – Grande Cheese

 

 

 


And a special thanks to all the block sponsors for their support! 

 

 

 

Amateur Snow Sculpting Competition
presented by Ahern @ Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts
Feb 13 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 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 1 – 4 individuals and they can range in age.  THELMA will be hosting a snow sculpting class prior to this event for anyone interested.  Registration will be available on THELMA’s website soon.  Check back for details.

*All participants/attendees will be asked to follow CDC guidelines related to masks and social distancing.  Event organizers and partners will be following CDC guidelines for Coronavirus prevention and will be taking steps to limit any possible spread at our outdoor events.

Families and school groups encouraged to join!  Reach out to Pete Wilke (director@fdlfest.com) for more information.
Corner of Sheboygan Street & Portland Street
Learn to Sculpt Class at THELMA:  1 – 2pm
Family/Amateur Snow Sculpting Competition: 2 – 4pm
Judging will begin at 4:00 pm and awards given at 4:30pm on THELMA Plaza

Feb
14
Sun
Fattitude Fat Bike Race
presented by Attitude Sports @ Whispering Springs Golf Course
Feb 14 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Join us for the 2nd Annual Fattitude Fat Bike Race.  Get ready for a fun and challenging groomed loop around the beautiful Whispering Springs Golf Course.  Sign up for different age and elite divisions.  Food & Beverages, Awards & Prizes, Fun, Fun, Fun!  $40 Registration includes post race meal and one beverage.

Limited to fat bikes only  (Minimum 3.8″ tires).  Sorry, no mountain bikes or plus sized bikes.  Event has been moved to Sunday, February 14th.

Register by Monday, February 8th for early bird pricing.  

*All participants/attendees will be asked to follow public health guidelines related to masks and social distancing.  Event organizers and partners will be following guidelines for Coronavirus prevention and will be taking steps to limit any possible spread at our outdoor events.

For more information, call Pat @ 920-923-2323.