Events

Visit Beaver Dam Year Round For A Variety of Events & Festivals

Beaver Dam is proud to host a variety of fun events and festivities year-round, from seasonal festivals like the Wisconsin Arts & Peony Festival, Fall Downtown Fest, Holiday Parade & Rotary Holiday Light Show to unique Beaver Dam events like the Taste of Wisconsin Beer & Cheese Festival, Best Dam Music Fest, and Pepper FestWe also organize adult-only events including our Boozy Brunch Walk and Wine Tour. 

Visit us for fresh produce every Tuesday and Saturday at our Farmer’s Market, spend the day birding, hiking the nature trails, or paddling at the Horicon Marsh (just minutes away), or add an exciting waterski show to your visit. Visit our Arts & Culture  page to learn more about our community theatre performances, orchestra and community band concerts, murals and mosaics, and more! 

If listening to live music and the nightlife scene is more your speed, you’ll be delighted to see that we offer many indoor and outdoor live music events. Visit our Live Music page – you’ll find many concerts and music performances hosted at a variety of different indoor and outdoor venues, parks, restaurants, and bars. Many of them are free!

We invite you to join us for any of our family-friendly and adult-only events. We love visitors! 

Dodge County Fair Beaver Dam Wisconsin

Dodge County Fair
August 14-18, 2024

Join us at the Dodge County Fair in Beaver Dam, WI, from August 14-18! Experience the excitement of truck, tractor, and horse pulls, live performances by Tracy Byrd, Matt Stell, and Grand Funk Railroad, and thrilling demo derbies. Enjoy three nights of concerts on an outdoor stage, surrounded by youth exhibits and fantastic fried food. With thrilling rides, fun games, and new attractions, it’s the area’s main event! 

Don’t miss out on discount days for all ages! The concert series, tractor pull, and all grandstand entertainment are FREE with paid gate admission. Attend for only $7/day with a season ticket. Daily gate admission is $10 before 12:00 pm and $15 after. Kids 9 and under are FREE! Season tickets are $35 in advance or $40 at the gate, available at Dodge County Banks, Rechek’s Food Pride, Beaver Dam Piggly Wiggly, or the Fairgrounds Office. FREE Grandstand and Parking – just pay your admission! 

Beaver Dam Corn Roast

Beaver Dam Corn Roast
August 28th, 2024

Welcome to Beaver Dam Corn Roast, with all you care to eat & drink corn, brats, beer, and soda! You’ll have ears of fun at this family-friendly event with activities for all ages: Live music, corn hole, volleyball, bowling, and more! Save the date for this corny event  – Wednesday, August 28th! 

Beaver Dam Pepper Festival and Oogtoberfest Beaver Dam Wisconsin

Beaver Dam Pepper Festival and Oogtoberfest
September 14th, 2024

The Beaver Dam Pepper Festival on Saturday, September 14th celebrates the Hungarian immigrant who, back in 1912, decided to bring a small piece of what reminded him of his home to Beaver Dam, Wisconsin – his favorite sweet and hot pepper seeds!  At the festival you will find apple pepper pancakes, apple pepper pies, pepper beer, and-of course-the original Beaver Dam Pepper brat. 

Live entertainment, a chili cook-off, the longest pepper contest, pancake breakfast served all day, pies by the slice, entertainment from Mr. Steve, and more await you!

Join us for Oogtoberfest, a unique Oktoberfest experience hosted by Ooga Brewing. Kicking off at noon, they’ll tap the keg of their special Oogtoberfest Märzen, marking the start of a day filled with festivities. Enjoy the lively tunes of The Waltzmeisters as they get everyone dancing in the afternoon, and keep the party going into the night with the energetic beats of The Gary Beal Band.

Celebrate Oktoberfest the way only Ooga can! Don’t miss out on this incredible day of music, dancing, food, and community spirit. Mark your calendars for September 14th and experience the best of Beaver Dam!

Beaver Dam Wine Tour

Beaver Dam Wine Tour
September 20th, 2024

The Beaver Dam Wine Tour, with a “Sip and Saddle Up” country theme on Friday, September 20th is an evening event that encourages attendees to choose their own path as they enjoy the downtown area while tasting a variety of wines from Wisconsin.

Explore the shops and businesses in Downtown Beaver Dam while walking between “Sip Stops”. Registration includes a commemorative wine glass, wristband, wine samples, raffle ticket, and specials at a variety of the 12 “Sip Stops”.

Casket Races Fall Downtown Fest Beaver Dam Wisconsin

Fall Downtown Fest
October 26th, 2024

Join us for a spooktacular all-day event on Saturday, October 26th that embraces everything we love about fall..and Halloween! Highlights include a bewitching performances including a Witches Dance, Dance Now “This is Halloween,” One Voice Singers, Swingin’ Beavers Square Dance Club and More! Curiously fun and spooky entertainment includes Casket Races, Sanderson Sisters, Chamber of Mystery, Scary Architecture Scavenger Hunt, Costume Contests, Psychic Readings, and numerous kids activities and games. Don’t forget Trick or Treat with 40 participating businesses and organizations. For the adults, shop at our vendor market and stay with us into the night for the JDP Band at Ooga Brewing Company, Benign Addiction at Thirsty Beaver and Halloween Bash with live music at Stormy’s Music Venue.

As night falls, adults can embark on a spine-chilling Monster Bar Crawl, with local pubs and bars offering drink specials and live music located throughout the downtown. 

 

Beaver Dam Holiday Parade and Holiday Events

Beaver Dam Holiday
Events and Experiences
December 7th, 2024

Come to Beaver Dam for the holidays! We have several family-friendly events to celebrate with including our Rotary Lights display at Swan Park, Santa’s Hometown Holiday Adventure, Holiday Parade, Cocoa Walk, local shopping, and so much more!

Cabin Fever Fest Beaver Dam Wisconsin sledding ice skating food fun

Cabin Fever Fest
January 25th, 2025

Join us on Saturday, January 25, 2024 for a day filled with winter wonders and outdoor delights. From 10 am to 2 pm, experience the thrill of sledding and ice skating, warm up by the bonfires, and participate in an exciting outdoor camping and cooking demo. Engage in friendly competition with a euchre tournament, contests, and a chili/soup cookoff that promises to tantalize your taste buds. Gather around for fireside chats, embark on a thrilling geocache hunt, and revel in the camaraderie of a community coming together.

With so many things to do both indoors and outdoors, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. The majority of activities are free, offering a perfect opportunity to embrace the beauty of winter and shake off that cabin fever! Don’t miss out on this unforgettable day of fun and festivities.

Wisconsin Arts and Peony Festival Beaver Dam Wisconsin June 7 - June 9

Wisconsin Arts & Peony Festival with Artistry in Bloom - American Peony Society Show & Exhibition
June 13-15, 2025

Step into the enchanting world of the Wisconsin Arts and Peony Festival, where three days of celebration await you! Explore the sprawling beauty of Ovans Peony Farm, the largest stem cut peony farm in Wisconsin, offering daily tours that showcase the awe-inspiring array of peonies. With over a hundred different varieties and thousands of blooms to admire, it’s a sensory delight like no other.

Immerse yourself in the harmonious fusion of art and nature as you meander through the vibrant Art Market, savor a delightful Brunch and Blossoms Stroll, and groove to live music while relishing delectable treats from food trucks. From community portrait painting to captivating (ghost) storytelling, from peony-themed art and sewing classes to whimsical yarn bombing displays, there’s an abundance of activities for every age and interest at this magical celebration of peonies and the arts.

Additionally, this year’s festival features the prestigious Artistry in Bloom – American Peony Society Show & Exhibition. This national convention brings together peony experts and enthusiasts for a spectacular showcase, complete with exhibitions, competitions, and educational sessions on peony cultivation and care.

Join us for a weekend brimming with creativity, inspiration, and unforgettable moments amidst the blooms!

Taste of Wisconsin Beer and Cheese Festival

Taste of Wisconsin Beer, Cheese
and Wine Festival
June 14th, 2025

The Original Taste of Wisconsin™ is always held the Saturday of Father’s Day weekend from Noon-4 pm downtown Beaver Dam.

This ever-popular Beer & Cheese and now Wine tasting event is a favorite tradition of the locals, while also bringing in visitors from all around the state!  You’re likely to find your new favorite Wisconsin cold brew and pair it with your newfound favorite Wisconsin cheese. It’s a Cheesehead paradise! 

Two hundred feet of tent prevent exposure to weather extremes, but in the case of inclement weather we now have a venue backup! Enjoy live music, games, raffles, and four hours of sampling Wisconsin Beer & Cheese!

The Gingers: Red Heads That Rock Best Dam Music Fest Beaver Dam Wisconsin

Best Dam Music Fest
2025 Dates TBD

Join us for the Best Dam Music Fest, a spectacular weekend filled with free live music, thrilling carnival rides, and delectable food trucks! From Friday to Sunday, enjoy non-stop entertainment and activities for all ages.

Highlights include:

Best Dam Fiesta (Sunday): Experience the vibrant flavors and rhythms of Latin music, cuisine and contests.
Day in the Park Craft Fair (Sunday): Explore unique handmade crafts at Swan Park, with live music and food vendors.
Best Dam Fest Lake Event (Saturday): Dive into a day of aquatic fun with a walleye/bass tournament, an exciting waterski show, a learn-to-paddle event, a whimsical cardboard boat regatta, an electrifying performance by the UW Marching Band, and a grand fireworks finale.

Mark your calendars and bring the whole family for a weekend of unforgettable fun and festivities