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! 

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

Wisconsin Arts & Peony Festival
June 7th - 9th, 2024

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 (and inhale!), 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. Come 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 Festival

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 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. Enjoy live music, games, raffles, and four hours of sampling Wisconsin Beer & Cheese!

Best Dam Fest

This family-friendly event features fantastic food and entertainment activities for people of all ages on Saturday, July 13th! Featured events are midway, carnival rides, pontoon rides, walleye tournament, Beaverland Must-skis Waterski Show, and fireworks!

Women's Affiliate Day in the Park Craft Fair

Women's Affiliate Day in the Park Craft Fair

Support the Women’s Affiliate of Beaver Dam by attending the Day in the Park Craft Fair on Sunday, July 7th! Over 150 crafters from across the country gather to display their beautiful talents to our community.

Beaver Dam Wine Tour

Beaver Dam Wine Tour

The Beaver Dam Wine Tour on Friday, September 15th 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 12 “Sip Stops”. Registration includes a commemorative wine glass, wristband, wine samples, raffle ticket, and specials at a variety of the 12 “Sip Stops”.

Beaver Dam Pepper Festival

The Beaver Dam Pepper Festival on Saturday, September 9th 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!

Beaver Dam Corn Roast

Beaver Dam Corn Roast

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 30th! 

Fall Downtown Fest Witches in Beaver Dam

Beaver Dam Fall Downtown Fest

Join us for a spooktacular all-day event on Saturday, October 28th 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 & Experiences

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

Join us on Saturday, January 27, 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.

Beaverland Must-Skis

The Beaverland Must-Skis were founded in 1994 by a small group of people that were interested in starting a show ski team on Beaver Dam Lake. It all started with just 10 people, but membership slowly grew to 42 members by the end of the 1995 season. During the winter they practice indoors at the YMCA where they learn how to climb pyramids in the pool. During the summer they perform exhibitions at Tahoe Park and practice across the bay at a personal residence.

Today they have about 90-100 members and typically perform 14 free shows a year at Tahoe Park in Beaver Dam. In addition, they sponsor a learn-to ski clinic during Best Dam Fest, with the team donating their time, boats, gas and equipment to assist young skiers to learn or advance in the sport.