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 Sunday, 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) – Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts
Saturday (10am – 6pm) – Lakeside Park
Sunday (10am – 2pm) – Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts

Feb
12
Sat
Downtown Snow Land @ Downtown Fond du Lac
Feb 12 – Feb 13 all-day
Visit Downtown Snow Land all weekend long. Bring the kids and play on the Big Hill, or join in the amateur snow sculpting competition, open curling, 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 1 – 4 individuals and they can range in age.  Families welcome.

Saturday, February 12, 2022
Winter Playland Kids Activities:  10am – 4pm
Family Snow Sculpting Competition: 1 – 4:00 pm
Open Curling: 10am – 4pm
Judging at 4pm; Awards on Sunday

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Supported in part by:

Spear the Beer Specials
presented by Lakefront Brewery & Lee Beverage @ Various bars throughout downtown Fond du Lac
Feb 12 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
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 12 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.

Kids Fun Run & 5K
presented by SSM Health @ Lakeside Park Pavilion
Feb 12 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Come and join us for a scenic run throughout Lakeside Park in Fond du Lac.  The course will circle through and tour Lakeside Park.

Registration will be open December 3rd through February 12th.  Race day registration will begin at 9am on February 12th at Lakeside Park inside the pavilion. The 1/2 mile Kids Fun Run for ages 12 and under is absolutely free.  Early registration for the 5K will be available through midnight, Monday, January 24th.  You can still get a 2022 commemorative, long-sleeved T-shirt and registration for $20.  After Monday, January 24th, the price goes up to $25 and it will not include a Sturgeon Spectacular long-sleeve T-shirt.

Participants with strollers and/or dogs are asked to please line up in the back at the start.  Light breakfast items will be available for participants prior to the start.  Following the race, refreshments will be provided.  Please stick around for other awesome Sturgeon Spectacular festivities at Lakeside Park and within Downtown Fond du Lac.

On-site check-in:  9 AM
1/2-Mile Kids Fun Run for ages 12 and under:  10 AM
5K:  10:30 AM

 

 

 

 

 

Special thanks to the Fond du Lac Running Club for their involvement.

Outdoor Curling Funspiel
presented by Horicon Bank @ Lake Winnebago (behind Lakeside Park Pavilion)
Feb 12 @ 9:00 am – 6:00 pm

Presented by Horicon Bank, learn to Curl with curling experts from the state and participate in the 4th Annual  Fond du Lac Outdoor Funspiel. This tournament is designed to teach beginners the world of curling and have some fun in the process. Each match will last about 45 minutes. All curling equipment will be provided. The tournament is scheduled for Saturday, February 12th. Open to all ages and levels. Get your team of 3 – 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).  $60 entry fee per team.

If you have any questions reach out to Peter Wilke via email (director@fdlfest.com) or phone (920.923.6555).

Two rinks will be set-up on Lake Winnebago and beverages will be available for purchase on-site.  No Carry-ins!
Saturday, 8am:  Learn to Curl begins at 8 AM
Saturday, 9am:  First Match (Schedule will be sent out to all team captains 2 days prior to tournament)

Get your teams together now!

Presented by:

 

 

Downtown Hot Cocoa and Chocolate Crawl @ Annie's Fountain City Cafe
Feb 12 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

As part of the Sturgeon Spectacular Winter Festivities the weekend of February 11 – 13, 2022, Fond du Lac Festivals is teaming up with the Downtown Fond du Lac Partnership to bring you a fun event for all ages… just in time for Valentine’s Day.

Join us for a walk around downtown and vote for the best hot cocoa or chocolate treats in town!

If you’re interested in being a participating location, click here

Tickets will be sold for $5.00 per person – while supplies last!
Advanced tickets available online at Hometowntickets.com 

Day of tickets available at Annie’s Fountain City Cafe (72 S. Main Street, Fond du Lac)
Proceeds will benefit Fond du Lac Festivals and their mission of creating festivals and supporting local charities.

Spearing and Beering
presented by Lakefront Brewery & Lee Beverage @ Lakeside Park Pavilion
Feb 12 @ 10:00 am – Feb 14 @ 10:30 pm

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.

Live Entertainment by:

  • DJ LEO & LIVE REMOTE (10 AM – 2 PM)
  • Opening Act: Royal South (2 – 6 PM)
  • Headliner: TBD (6:30 – 10 PM)

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

 

Sturgeon Show Off Station
presented by Fleet Farm @ Wendt's on the Lake
Feb 12 @ 10:00 am – Feb 13 @ 6:00 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 or Fleet Farm Gift Cards!  Bring your catch to Wendt’s on the Lake Saturday, February 12th (between 10am and 4pm) or Sunday, February 13th (10am – 2pm) and look for the Fleet Farm tent.  You and your fish will automatically be entered to win.

You can also enter by submitting a photo on Facebook using #FDLBigFish or by emailing your photo to info@fdlfest.com with name of spearer and weight of the fish.  That’s it, it’s that easy.  Open to all ages.

Entries must be received on Saturday, February 12th or Sunday, February 13th to qualify.  All entries will be collected and a random drawing will occur on Monday, February 14th.  Winners will be announced through Facebook or contacted through the email submitted.

Please be aware of all DNR guidelines when you register your fish at one of the official DNR fish registration stations.

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

#FDLBigFish

#SSFDL

Biggest Sturgeon Award and $100 Drawing will be done on Monday, February 14th.  All sturgeon entries must be received by midnight on Sunday, February 13th to qualify.  

Special thanks to Fleet Farm for their partnership

 

THELMA Curling Lounge @ Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts
Feb 12 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
View the Downtown Curling Rink and try curling for your first time.  Feel free to grab a beverage and check out the action from THELMA’s Plaza overlooking the rink!

Dress for the weather!

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

Learn to curl w/ the Appleton Curling Club: 10 – 11 am

Open Curling:  11am – 4pm

 

 

 

Downtown Chili Crawl presented by
Downtown Fond du Lac Partnership @ Various locations in downtown Fond du Lac
Feb 12 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

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

Participation information will be made available after January 1st, 2022.

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

2021 Participants:

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 Lillians & US Bank @ Various Locations, Downtown Fond du Lac
Feb 12 @ 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.  And a special thanks to all the block sponsors for their support! 

Downtown Sculpture Locations (Block Sponsors):

  1. The Goldsmith – 177 S. Main Street
  2. Riverwalk Art Center – 33 W. 2nd Street
  3. Gallery & Frame Shop – 94 S. Main Street
  4. Fox Valley Insurance Group / en.courage Nutrition – 74 S. Main Street
  5. Lillians – 27 S. Main Street
  6. Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts – 51 Sheboygan Street
  7. Edith’s Bridal & Tuxedos – 9 S. Main Street
  8. 18 Hands Ale House – 18 E. Division Street
  9. Ubuntu Art Space – 52 E. Division Street
  10. Cujak’s Wine & Spirits – 47 N. Main Street

Special Chainsaw Carving can be found at:

  1. Hoppers Silk Screening and All Star Trophy – 77 N. Main Street

Presenting Sponsors – US Bank & Lillians of Fond du Lac

 

 

 

 

Horse-drawn Carriage Rides
presented by Edward Jones @ Lakeside Park Pavilion
Feb 12 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

The Breezy Hill Campground horse-drawn carriages will be taking trips to the Lighthouse and back from Lakeside Park Pavilion on Saturday, February 12th afternoon. Bring the family for the Winter Fun activities or warm up inside the Pavilion with some Strizek gaming fun or some Downtown Deli food.  A line will be formed in front of Lakeside Park Pavilion.  Each trip around Lakeside Park will be approximately 15 minutes and can fit 8 adults or up to 10 with small children.

Lakeside Park Horse-drawn Carriage Rides*
Lakeside Park Pavilion (Pick-up & Drop-off)
12:00 – 4:00 PM
*Please obey all rules provided by the carriage providers

Presented by:

Support from:

 

 

 

Amateur Snow Sculpting Competition @ Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts
Feb 12 @ 12:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Come solo or get your family/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.  Check-in will be starting at 12:30pm in the THELMA lobby.  Pre-registration is encouraged to guarantee availability of snow blocks and tools.

Families and school groups encouraged to join!  Reach out to Pete Wilke (director@fdlfest.com) for more information.
Corner of Sheboygan Street & Portland Street
Check-in inside THELMA’s lobby:  12:30pm
Family/Amateur Snow Sculpting Competition: 1 – 4pm
Judging will begin at 4:00 pm and awards will be announced at the Spectacular Finale – Sunday @ 2pm.

 

THELMA Live Music
Band: TBD @ Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts
Feb 12 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Enjoy music inside THELMA and warm up in Fountain City…  Dancing encouraged!  Plus watch the snow sculptors get started! Drink specials will be available for purchase steps away inside THELMA’s art gallery including spiked hot cocoa and more.  Band – TBD.  Check back soon!

Concert at 5 pm
Cash Bar will be open
Free admission!

THELMA’s policy is masks are encouraged, but not required for their indoor spaces.

Feb
13
Sun
THELMA Curling Lounge @ Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts
Feb 13 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
View the Downtown Curling Rink and try curling for your first time.  Feel free to grab a beverage and check out the action from THELMA’s Plaza overlooking the rink!

Dress for the weather!

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

Learn to curl w/ the Appleton Curling Club: 10 – 11 am

Open Curling:  11am – 4pm