Events

Dec
1
Wed
ACE Academy Shanty Raffle
presented by C.D. Smith Foundation @ Various Locations
Dec 1 2021 – Feb 12 2022 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 12th 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 $10 each and are now available at the following locations:

  1. Hopper’s Silk Screening & All Star Trophy – 77 N. Main Street, Fond du Lac, WI
  2. Top Shelf Sports Bar & Grille – 90 S. Main Street, Fond du Lac, WI
  3. B & B Express – N6714 County Rd. W (at Hwy 23), Mt. Calvary, WI
  4. Waucousta Food Mart – N3112 Hwy 45, Campbellsport, WI

Walk-through Tours, tickets sales (while tickets last – only 1,000 tickets will be printed) and more information available during the following times:
Friday (6pm – 8pm) – Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts
Saturday (10am – 2pm) – Lakeside Park

Jan
5
Wed
“Best Memories” Photo Contest
Jan 5 @ 11:11 am – Feb 14 @ 12:01 am

Join us in celebrating the Sturgeon Spectacular, the beauty of winter, and more importantly SNOW!  Sunburst Ski Hill believes that the best memories are made with snow, and we agree!  Get your family, friends, or go outside solo and find your best winter backdrop.

Contest Rules:

All ages are eligible to participate.  Submit a photo to Facebook using #SunburstBestMemories or send an email to info@fdlfest.com with subject line “Sunburst Best Memories” before Monday, February 14th and you’ll be entered to win four Sunburst ski or tubing passes and some really cool Sturgeon Spectacular gear.  Judges will select the winner from all entrants on Tuesday, February 15th and the winner will be posted on the Fond du Lac Festivals and Destination Lake Winnebago Facebook pages.

To qualify, photos must include snow and capture “The Best Memories”.

PRESENTED BY:

Feb
7
Mon
Library Spectacular
at the Fond du Lac Public Library @ Fond du Lac Public Library
Feb 7 – Feb 12 all-day

Check out all the COOL activities happening at the Fond du Lac Public Library.  There’s something for everyone the week and weekend of Sturgeon Spectacular.  See below for details: ome to the Fond du Lac Public Library for some cool Take-and-Make activities for all ages.  These are free kits that can be picked up at the main circulation desk inside the Fond du Lac Public Library located at 32 Sheboygan Street.  Please use the parking lot entrance on the south side of the building or the curb-side pick-up area on Portland Street, and call the main library line (920-929-7080).  And see more at the FDL Public Library Facebook Page here.

Monday, February 7th:

Join us for our Evening Craft Class for adults held monthly in the McLane Room.  For February, we will offer a Sturgeon Spectacular-themed crafting activity.  The Fond du Lac Public Library will provide the supplies.  Registration is required, so please register in advance at fdlpl.org and click on “Calendar”.

Friday, February 11th & Saturday, February 12th:

Check out the windows adjacent to the north entrance for a fun Sturgeon Spectacular display!  Also, drop into the Children’s Room inside the main branch for a great Sturgeon Spectacular-themed youth activity. Activities include:

  • Find all the clues for the scavenger hunt and win a small prize
  • Measure yourself against a sturgeon and see how big and amazing these fish are
  • Check out our special fishing hole and try to catch something yourself

Festivals organizers continue to monitor and follow guidance from the Fond du Lac County Health Department, which recommends people wear a mask in public indoor settings, including fully vaccinated individuals, when in areas with substantial and high transmission. Masks are recommended for people ages two and older.

Feb
11
Fri
Spear the Beer Specials
presented by Lakefront Brewery & Lee Beverage @ Various bars throughout downtown Fond du Lac
Feb 11 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:

18 Hands Ale Haus – 18 E. Division Street
Brick House – 161 S. Main Street
Cellar District – 40 E. Division 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
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

Note: Times and specials may vary by location.

Wisconsin Snow Sculpting Championship presented by Grande Cheese @ Downtown, outside Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts
Feb 11 all-day

The best snow sculptors in the state travel to Fond du Lac to compete in the 2022 Wisconsin Snow Sculpting Competition in hopes of winning a trip to the 2023 US Championship and a $1,000 1st Prize.  Sculpting all weekend long.

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

Friday, February 11, 2022*
1:00 PM – Teams arrive onsite and begin sculpting

Saturday, February 12, 2022*
8:00 AM – 10:00 PM – Competition Site Open for Viewing

Sunday, February 13, 2022*
Teams Compete
Judging begins at 1pm
Awards Ceremony & Spectacular Finale starts at 2:00pm

 

 

Presenting Sponsor:  Grande Cheese Company

 

 

 

 

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
Block Party @ Downtown Fond du Lac
Feb 11 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

The Running of the Sturgeon will take a new form in 2022 where your whole family can follow the elusive sturgeon to any of our participating locations.  If you spot the sturgeon and can “spear him”, ask him for a drink and he cannot refuse.  There will be activities and hot cocoa for kids at each location.  Find the sturgeon at any of the locations listed below between 5:30pm and 7:30pm for your free drink*.  Don’t miss the official lighting of the sturgeon at 7pm in front of Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts.  One lucky winner will be able to illuminate the sturgeon and sculptures to officially start the weekend.

Participating Times: 5:30 – 7:30 PM
Participating Locations (see below): 

  1. Brickhouse (5:30 – 6:15 PM) – 161 S. Main Street, Fond du Lac
  2. Top Shelf (6:15 – 7:00 PM) – 90 S. Main Street, Fond du Lac
  3. Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts (7:00 – 7:30 PM) – 51 Sheboygan Street, Fond du Lac
     

 

Festivals organizers continue to monitor and follow guidance from the Fond du Lac County Health Department, which recommends people wear a mask in public indoor settings, including fully vaccinated individuals, when in areas with substantial and high transmission. Masks are recommended for people ages two and older.

Illumination provided by

THELMA Kick-off Celebration
and Concert featuring Alex Wilson Trio @ Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts
Feb 11 @ 7:00 pm – 10:30 pm

The Sturgeon Spectacular kicks off at Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts on Friday night!

THELMA is bringing Alex Wilson Trio.  Enjoy music inside THELMA and warm up by dancing or enjoying a hot beverage! Plus watch the snow sculptors get their pieces started! Drink specials will be available for purchase steps away inside THELMA’s art gallery including spiked hot cocoa and more.

Alex Wilson Trio Concert starts at 8 pm

Cash Bar will be open starting at 7pm

Ticketed reserved seating is also available.

 

Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts is committed to doing everything we can to ensure the health and safety of all supporters, staff, and artists. We hope that sharing our relevant policy will help you feel safe and secure when you visit.

THELMA continues to monitor and follow guidance from the Fond du Lac County Health Department, which recommends people wear a mask in public indoor settings, including fully vaccinated individuals, when in areas with substantial and high transmission. Masks are recommended for people ages two and older and are provided at the entrance of THELMA.

Feb
12
Sat
Spearing and Beering
presented by Lakefront Brewery & Lee Beverage @ Lakeside Park Pavilion
Feb 12 all-day

Come to the Lakefront Brewery bar set up inside Lakeside Park Pavilion.  Party inside in the warmth or take it outside on the frozen Lake Winnebago or the patio.  Participate in games including Hammerschlagen, Kuub, ice bowling, broom ball, or join the Outdoor Curling Funspiel.   Concessions will be offered by Downtown Deli, Market & Cafe.  Lakefront Brewery, the official beer sponsors of Sturgeon Spectacular will be doing a Special Tapping of a Lakefront Exclusive starting at noon – while supplies last!  Spear the Beer Commemorative Steins will also be available – while supplies last.

Check out the Live Look-ins at Wendt’s on the Lake to see sturgeon on the big screen inside the pavilion.  Live feeds will be occurring every hour, on the hour starting at 10am and ending at 4pm.

Live Entertainment by:

  • DJ LEO & LIVE REMOTE (10 AM – 2 PM)
  • Celebrity DJs (2 – 6PM)
    • DJ Mantooth (Mitch DeSantis, Lakefront Brewery)
    • DJ V.I.Pete (Pete Wilke, Fond du Lac Festivals)
    • DJ Chuckie Q (Charlie Quintance, Sunburst Ski Hill)
    • DJ Flame Thrower (Pete O’Leary, FDL Fire & Rescue)
  • Headliner: Royal South (6:15 – 10 PM)

Free admission!  Parking available on Oven Island and along Promen Drive
*Concessions available onsite from Downtown Deli/Market/Cafe

Festivals organizers continue to monitor and follow guidance from the Fond du Lac County Health Department, which recommends people wear a mask in public indoor settings, including fully vaccinated individuals, when in areas with substantial and high transmission. Masks are recommended for people ages two and older.