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:

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

 

 

 

Feb
13
Sun
Spear the Beer Specials
presented by Lakefront Brewery & Lee Beverage @ Various bars throughout downtown Fond du Lac
Feb 13 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 13 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.

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

 

 

 

THELMA’s Brunch and a Band @ Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts
Feb 13 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Wrapping up the Sturgeon Spectacular weekend, join us for THELMA’s Brunch and a Band on Sunday, February 13 at 11 am.  Enjoy bloody marys, mimosas, spiked coffee, and other cocktails for purchase. Brunch will be available for purchase by Mila Vanilla Crepes. 
THELMA’s policy is masks are encouraged, but not required for their indoor spaces.

Food & Drink for purchase