Sunday

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
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.

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

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.

THELMA’s Liquid Brunch
@ Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts
Feb 14 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Wrapping up the Sturgeon Spectacular weekend, join us for THELMA’s Liquid Brunch on Sunday, February 14 at 11 am. Enjoy music by Kyle Megna and Ross Catterton in the Fountain City ! Drink specials and food are also available for purchase. FREE admission to attend! Enjoy Bloody Marys, Mimosas, spiked coffee and other cocktails for purchase. Brunch will be available for purchase. 
 
Kyle and Ross are two strong song writers that play in the same band Kyle Megna and The Monsoons! Their “dark-indie-blues-folk-rock feel” is a magnetic force that’s ever-charged with surges of creativity and artistic experimentation. Fused with a healthy dose of spontaneity and humor, Kyle and Ross channel a “can’t-get-enough energy” that’s good for the soul.

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.

Food & Drink for purchase during designated times