Friday

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)

Jan
28
Thu
Lora Vahlsing Exhibit : What the Paper Reveals @ Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts
Jan 28 – Mar 13 all-day

Exhibition will be on display from January 28, 2021 – March 13, 2021

What the Paper Reveals by Lora Vahlsing

An artist exchange talk will begin at 6 pm on Thursday, January 28 with a Q&A about her exhibition: What the Paper Reveals.

Lora is a local artist living in Wisconsin. We will meet with her in-person and for those who wish to participate virtual, you may via Microsoft Teams.

Reserve your spot: In-person or via Microsoft Teams.
A mask or face covering is required in the building.
If you choose to watch the Q&A talk at home, we will email you to connect with us on January 28.

Free admission and open to the public. Cash bar available.

Please RSVP HERE. 

As a visual artist, I create sensorial experiences that  invite contemplation. I use familiar materials and shapes, seeing them in new ways. In my current series What the Paper Reveals, the pieces are both open-ended and precise. My vision focuses on slow art, objects that need precision over a sustained period. My origins are in poetry, drawing, and movement. I invite viewers to re-conceive the world around them, referencing the natural world through intricate forms and light.

I sculpt paper because I enjoy the challenge of transforming a familiar material. Paper holds the recorded light of trees and I’m interested in this history, the origins of a material. I’m driven to discover and explore subjects of place, memory, and time. It’s an insistence of expressing personal narratives in their complexity: beauty and pain, light and shadow, private and public. I sculpt paper in two and three-dimensional forms to heighten spatial perception. My pieces are largely monochromatic because I’m drawn to the subtleties of shape; an often muted or limited color palette heightens visual sensitivity.

The physicality of sewing by hand is essential, even if the stitches aren’t visible. I’m creating my own webs, intricate stitches barely perceptible from a distance. I’m fascinated with the texture of stitches, and how they hold materials together. The scarring is important, to memorialize places of healing and acknowledge their beauty.

A mask or face covering is required in the building. We appreciate your cooperation and understanding.

Galleries are free to view during normal business hours:

Monday: 10 – 5 pm
Tuesday: 10 – 5 pm
Wednesday: 10 – 5 pm
Thursday: 10 – 7 pm
Friday: 10 – 5 pm
Saturday: 10 – 3 pm
Closed on Sundays

 

Feb
6
Sat
Library Spectacular
at the Fond du Lac Public Library @ Fond du Lac Public Library
Feb 6 – Feb 14 all-day

Come 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.

Youth Take-and-Make

Celebrate Fond du Lac’s annual Sturgeon Spectacular with a special take-and-make kit available this weekend only. Kits are first come, first served and supplies are limited. Limit of one kit per child.  Pick-up February 12th – 14th.

Adult Take-and-Make

Stop by Fond du Lac Public Library starting Saturday, Feb. 6 to pick up a clay-sculpting kit so you can enter our virtual snow sculpture contest! Create your own sculpture at home and submit a photo by Feb. 12 to be entered in the contest. Entries will be displayed in the windows of FDLPL that face Sheboygan Street during Sturgeon Spectacular. Submit photos by email (reference@fdlpl.org) or on Facebook to be entered in the contest for a chance to win a winter-themed prize pack. Kits are first-come, first-served, and a limited supply is available.

All Take-and-Make kits can be picked up at the main library desk

Feb
10
Wed
Top Shelf Entertainment @ Top Shelf
Feb 10 – Feb 14 all-day

Come celebrate Sturgeon Spectacular and winter in Fond du Lac at Top Shelf Bar & Grille.  As part of the festivities, Top Shelf is hosting 3 nights of entertainment.  Check out the awesome line-up below:

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 10TH
Pub Trivia with Record Entertainment at 7pm-9:30pm
More details here – Trivia at Top Shelf

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 12TH
FREE Live Music (Julio Reyes) 8pm-11pm
More details here – Julio Reyes

FREE Karaoke – Record Entertainment 11pm-2am
More details here – Karaoke at Top Shelf

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 13TH
FREE Live Music (Chris Hodgson) 8pm-11pm
More details here – Chris Hodgson

FREE Club Night at Top Shelf 11:30pm-2:30am
More details here – Club Night at Top Shelf

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.

Sturgeon Spectacular Kick-off Celebration and Concert @ Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts
Feb 12 @ 4:00 pm – 8:30 pm

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

THELMA is bringing Copper Box lead singers, Danny and Michelle, to put on an outdoor live show for you! Get ready for some Roots/Americana music loaded with energy and a mountain of instruments, influenced by blues, jazz, rock, polka, etc.

Enjoy music inside THELMA and warm up by dancing (socially distanced of course) or enjoying a hot beverage! 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.

Dress for the weather!

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.
Concert at 2 pm
Cash Bar will be open (bar inside THELMA’s gallery)
Free admission, but come early as we may meet capacity limits!

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