Artistic Adventures Await:

Immerse yourself in a weekend of creativity at the Wisconsin Arts and Peony Festival with a diverse array of art and sewing classes hosted by Art on the Town, Nancy Zieman Sewing Studio, and Dodge County Center for the Arts. Throughout the festival, attendees can participate in a variety of engaging workshops at Art on the Town, including peony and natured themed classes that are designed to ignite your artistic spirit. Additionally, the Nancy Zieman Sewing Studio & Quilt Shop invites enthusiasts to join their Peony Table Topper Sewing Class on Friday, offering an opportunity to create a beautiful and functional piece inspired by the festival’s floral theme. Whether you’re a seasoned artist or a novice crafter, there’s something for everyone to discover and create at the Wisconsin Arts and Peony Festival. For a complete schedule of events, CLICK HERE!

Portrait of a Hero

Community Mural Painting

Led by world renowned portrait artist, Stephen Bennett

The Beaver Dam Area Community Theatre and Stephen Bennett hosts the annual Community Portrait of a Hero Paint-A-Tile event on Saturday, June 8th from 10 am – 4 pm, this year spotlighting local figure John McKinstry, owner of McKinstry’s Home Furnishings and skilled carpenter. Renowned artist Stephen Bennett leads the gathering inviting attendees to paint one-foot square aluminum tiles for free. Together, they contribute to a 12-foot by 12-foot mosaic mural commemorating McKinstry’s legacy. Guided by Bennett’s expertise, participants of all ages infuse their creativity into the mural, fostering community spirit amidst the vibrant celebration of art and local pride.

Previous Community Portrait of a Hero paintings have celebrated esteemed figures, who had ties to Beaver Dam such as Nancy Zieman, renowned for her contributions to sewing and broadcasting, Eric Kalkhurst, a performer on Broadway, regional theater, Shakespearean theater and movies, Fred MacMurray, the iconic actor who appeared in more than one hundred films, and Lois Ehlert, the acclaimed children’s book author and illustrator. Each mural, guided by artist Stephen Bennett, captures the essence of these individuals, honoring their unique legacies and enduring impact on the community.

A Step Back in Time

at the Dodge County Historical Society

Dodge County Historical Society Storytelling Festival Beaver Dam Wisconsin

The Dodge County Historical Society hosts an annual Lawn Party on Friday and a Storytelling Festival on Saturday, in conjunction of the Wisconsin Arts and Peony Festival. 

Friday, June 7th | 7:30 PM – 9 PM: Bring your lawn chair and get ready for a thrill! The sandstone, Romanesque-style building of the Dodge County Historical Society serves as a fittingly spooky backdrop as storytellers share some hair-raising real-life ghost tales including Stories from the Museum, Children’s Story, Ghost Ship Stories, Midnight Intruder, and Keepers of the Flame, told by Local and Professional Storytellers. Adding to the suspense of the evening, the Dodge County Historical Society has had real-life ghostly encounters in their building. Maybe you’ll even experience one for yourself! This is a free event. 

Saturday, June 8th | 10 AM – 3 PM: Bring your lawn chairs and join us for Dodge County Historical Society’s annual Lawn Party with live music by the Characters. There will be root beer floats, antique cars, fire truck and pop corn wagon. You’ll also find a flint knapping demonstration and horse demonstration by Kuenzi Aquestrian. Enjoy root beer floats, caboose tours, and psychic readings by Madame Adelia. Make sure you don’t miss the Historic Downtown Walking Tour at 1 pm. Most of these events are free! 

Celebrating Whimsy & Creativity

at the Beaver Dam Community Library

Beaver Dam Community Library Peony Tea Party Wisconsin Arts and Peony Festival

The Beaver Dam Community Library will be offering a Beaded Pipe Cleaner Butterfly Class on Friday and will again be hosting their ever-popular Peony Tea Party on Saturday. 

Friday, June 7 | 11 AM:
Beaded Pipe Cleaner Butterfly class is free and open to all ages and abilities. Use beads, pipe cleaners, and a clothespin to create a fun, colorful butterfly. 
Saturday, June 8 | 10 AM – Noon: 
Peony Tea Party is free and open to all ages and abilities. Dress up and drop in to enjoy an elegant tea party with treats. 

Table Topper Sewing Class

at Nancy Zieman Sewing Studio

Peony Table Topper Sewing Class at Nancy Zieman Sewing Studio Beaver Dam Wisconsin

Table Topper Sewing Class at the Nancy Zieman Sewing Studio
120 Front Street, Beaver Dam, Wisconsin
Friday, June 7th, 1 pm – 4 pm
Pre-registration required
NEW! Quilt As You Go Peony Table Mat Sewing Class

This is a Live In-Person Class with Cheryl Karl. Join Cheryl for an inspired session of sewing a spring and summer Peony Table Mat on BERNINA B770 QE Sewing Machines and BERNINA Special Edition Kaffe Fassett B770 QE Sewing Machines.

Automatically quilt as you sew top, batting, and backing, all in one step! Learn easy tips for sewing with 2-1/2″ Fabric Strips and June Tailor’s convenient Quilt As You Go Placemat Printed Batting!

The sewing is fun and the finished table mat makes lovely table art!

Class includes printed batting, fabric, supplies, use of classroom tools, and everything you’ll need to make one Table Mat. Bring an optional chair cushion & water bottle. Seating is limited! Register in store or online HERE. 


Mastering Needle Felting and Rug Tufting

at Bones in Jars

Needle Felting Class Beaver Dam Wisconsin

Rug Tufting Demonstration
Saturday, June 8, 10am-noon
Free / All Ages / Walk in
Rug tufting is a form of fibers art that employs the use of a mechanized tufting tool to punch threads through a fabric canvas which is then sealed, backed and trimmed. Stop down to see our current work in progress and discuss the wide range of functional and decorative uses of this process.

Needle Felted Cryptid Class
Saturday, June 8, 1-3pm
$30 / Teen and up / Pre Registration Required: Click Here To Register
Needle felting is a form of fibers art that binds wool roving to itself through the use of barbed needles, allowing for both structural and sculptural creation. In this class, we will teach the basics of needle felting and participants will each choose a favorite cryptid creature to create in miniature form. Nessie, Big Foot, maybe even a Wisconsin Hodag – you decide which magical creature to make.

Wine 101 with Shaun Lapacek

at Chapel of the Archangels

Wine 101 at Chapel of the Archangels in Beaver Dam Wisconsin Arts and Peony Festival

Discover the enchanting world of wine at Chapel of the Archangels, nestled on 839 Madison Street! Join us for an unforgettable WINE 101 experience on Saturday, June 8th, at 2:00 PM, adding a touch of elegance to the Wisconsin Arts and Peony Festival. 🎨🌺 Tickets are priced at $35.00. Pre-register HERE

Led by the charismatic winemaker and owner of the esteemed Rock N Wool Winery, Shaun Lapacek, this class goes beyond tasting—it’s a voyage into the mesmerizing realm of wine. Shaun’s philosophy, “Wine is Magic,” sets the tone for an engaging journey where you’ll delve into the essentials and intricacies of wine in a lively and interactive atmosphere.

Savor a curated selection of Rock N Wool wines crafted from Wisconsin grapes, alongside the renowned “Naughty Nun” label exclusive to the Chapel. With Rock N Wool Winery clinching “Best of Madison” for three consecutive years, expect nothing short of excellence!

And what’s wine without delectable accompaniments? Delight in light hors d’oeuvres crafted to elevate your wine tasting experience, as we explore how different flavors enhance your palate. 

Following the class, mingle, ask questions, and replenish your wine collection with your favorite bottles—perfect for enjoying during the Madpolecats concert in Swan Park at 6:30 pm. Don’t miss this opportunity to sip, swirl, and relish the marvels of wine with us at Chapel of the Archangels! ✨🍇 

Movie Under the Stars

at Swan Park

Mama Mia! Movie Under the Stars at Swan Park Beaver Dam Wisconsin

🌟✨ Movie Under the Stars: Mama Mia!
Friday, June 7, Dusk (9:15 pm) at Swan Park

Get ready to sing, dance, and feel the magic of summer as we present a special screening of the beloved musical, Mama Mia!, under the starry skies!

Join us for an enchanting evening at Swan Park as we transform the green into a cozy outdoor theater for a memorable cinematic experience. Gather your family and friends, grab your comfiest lawn chairs and coziest blankets, and immerse yourself in the toe-tapping tunes and heartwarming story of Mama Mia!

About the Movie:
Set against the breathtaking backdrop of a Greek island paradise, Mama Mia! tells the story of a bride-to-be trying to discover the identity of her father by inviting three of her mother’s former lovers to her wedding. Filled with ABBA’s iconic hits and irresistible charm, this PG-13 musical is sure to leave you smiling and tapping your feet.

Event Details:
Admission: Free for all ages
Rating: PG-13 (Parental Guidance suggested for viewers under 13)
Seating: Feel free to bring your own lawn chairs and blankets for maximum comfort
Weather: In case of inclement weather, the event will be rescheduled. Please check our website and social media channels for updates.

Live Music at Swan Park

featuring Mad Polecats

Free live music featuring the Mad Polecats at Swan Park Beaver Dam Wisconsin

Free Live Music at Historic Swan Park and Bandshell with Madpolecats!
Saturday, June 8, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Get ready for an evening of toe-tapping tunes and laid-back vibes as the enchanting melodies of Madpolecats fill the air at Swan Park! Join us on Saturday, June 8th, from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm for an unforgettable live music experience amidst the picturesque surroundings of historic Swan Park and its iconic Bandshell.

About the Event:
Immerse yourself in the vibrant energy of live music as the talented musicians of Madpolecats take the stage. With their unique blend of bluegrass, folk, and Americana, Madpolecats promise to captivate audiences of all ages. Whether you’re a longtime fan or discovering their music for the first time, this performance is sure to leave you wanting more.

What to Bring:
Grab your lawn chairs, blankets, and picnic baskets, and prepare to settle in for a delightful evening under the stars. Swan Park and its historic Bandshell provide the perfect setting for a relaxing outdoor concert, so be sure to bring along your friends and family for a memorable night of music and camaraderie.

Note: In case of inclement weather, please check our website or social media channels for any updates regarding the event.