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2017 Downtown Baraboo Events

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Downtown Baraboo Farmers Market
Wednesdays & Saturdays, May - October
Downtown Baraboo Sunday Market
Sundays, May 28 - October 22
Spring Wine Walk
Friday, May 5
Spring Fair on the Square
Saturday, May 13
Concerts on the Square
Thursday Evenings, June 8 - August 24, 7pm
ArtJune
Saturday, June 17
Summer Brew Ha-Ha
Friday, June 23
Big Top Parade + Ringling Homecoming
July 20-23
Fall Fair on the Square
Saturday, October 7
Fall Art Tour
October 20, 21, 22
Winter Wine Walk
Friday, November 17
Christmas Light Parade
Saturday, November 18, 6pm
Fun & Festive Holiday Events
Nov. 24 - Dec. 31
The Very Merry Holiday Fair
December 8 - 9

Fall Fair on the Square

Saturday, October 7 2017 • 9am to 4pm

Downtown Baraboo Fair on the Square

Downtown Baraboo Hosts a semi-annual arts and crafts show in May and October that fill the street of Downtown Baraboo. The craft fair includes 150+ artists and crafters from around the Midwest, 13-16 specialty food vendors, a bountiful farmer's market, interactive children's activities and performances, a variety live music and a full day of family entertainment.

Music

9:00 am - Noon : Leah Rachuj1:00 pm - 4:00 pm: Mike Droho
Leah Rachu Mike Droho

Bouncy Houses and Pony Rides 9am - 4pm (* fee)

Oak & 3rd Streets:

  • 11:00 TJ Howell Juggling
  • 11:30
  • 12:00 Acoustic Music TBA
  • 12:30
  • 1:00 TJ Howell Juggling

Also happening:

  • 7:30 - 1:00 pm Farmers Market
  • Pop Up Shop Launch Party

Please Patronize Our Sponsors:

Our generous sponsors made the wonderful 2017 Downtown Baraboo Spring Fair on the Square possible. Please help us thank them by visiting their stores and businesses. If you would like to help sponsor the 2017 Fall Fair, please email Mary at events@downtownbaraboo.com.

Spa Serenity is the Main Sponsor for the 2017 Fair on the Square

Coffee Bean Connection • Music Stage Sponsor

Burkhalter Travel & Cruise • Info Booth Sponsor

Elite Catering • Photo Booth Sponsor

Allstate Insurance & Cruise • Kid's Zone Sponsor
Would you like to be a vendor at our fair? Visit our vendor's website to sign up. If you do not understand how to use our vendor website you can download a craft vendor application or Community Court application here. All food vendors should email Mary at events@downtownbaraboo.com to get a food vendor application.

Spring Wine Walk

Friday, May 5 2017 • 6pm to 9pm

Spring Wine Walk

Join Downtown Baraboo merchants for a Wine Tasting Tour! Each location will have two wines (1 ounce each). A note pad with a map will be provided for note taking. A taste of wine, some delicious treats and a leisurely stroll around downtown with your friends. Tickets go on sale at 9am exactly one month prior to the event at Bekah Kate's. This event sells out quickly, so be sure to purchase your tickets right away!

  • Tickets for the 2017 Spring Wine Walk go on sale April 5th
  • Follow all the event details at Baraboo Wine Walk on Facebook.

Frequently Asked Questions

When are the Wine Walks?
The Downtown Baraboo Wine Walks are typically held the First Friday in May and the Friday before Thanksgiving.
When do tickets go on sale?
Tickets generally go on sale exactly one month before the event. There is usually a large line to buy tickets and at times there have been more people in line than tickets available.We would suggest that you get in line early!
Can I call or email to reserve tickets?
No, requests for tickets will not be taken by phone or email.
What if I lose my Wine Walk ticket?
Your Wine Walk ticket is just like cash. Lost tickets can not be replaced.
What if I can't come to the Wine Walk at the last minute? What can I do with my tickets?
You are welcome to turn the tickets in to Bekah Kate's, but they are non-refundable. Find some friends who didn't get tickets or have never been on the Wine Walk and give them a call! Or become a friend of the Downtown Baraboo Wine Walk on Facebook and let everyone know you have tickets available! You can also post there if you need tickets!
When can I pick up my glass?
You can pick up your glass starting at 9am at Bekah Kate's on the day of the wine walk. You must bring all of your tickets with you to pick up your glasses. You will receive one glass, one wristband and wine glass ring per ticket.
Where do I start the evening?
Once you have picked up your glass at Bekah Kate's, you can start at any location on the wine walk starting at 6pm!
What should I do if I have had too much to drink?
Please don't drive!! You can call a cab, we will provide several numbers you can call in your wine walk booklet.
How do I enter the drawing for the two free tickets to the next wine walk?
Fill out the form at the back of the wine walk booklet and drop it off at
your last stop on the wine walk.
Do I need to visit all of the stops in order to qualify for the drawing?
No. We honestly do not expect you to visit every stop.
Where can I buy the wines that are featured on the Wine Walk?
The majority of the wines featured on the Wine Walk are available at Bekah Kate's.
What are the rules I need to be aware of?
  • You must be 21 to attend the Wine Walk.
  • You must rinse and empty your wine glass before leaving each and every stop.
  • If you need a drink of water, drink it inside one of the locations. You may not have any liquid in your glass while on the city sidewalks in between stops!
Please help us to keep this event going by strictly following these rules.
What if I have questions while on the wine walk?
You can ask any of the staff at the participating businesses or one of our wine walk ambassadors who will be strolling around throughout the evening.

Some tips for making your evening more enjoyable...

  1. Avoid waiting in line by picking up your glass and wristband anytime before 6:00 pm the day of the walk.
  2. Write your name on the back of your booklet and wine glass ring, when there are 500 booklets and glasses floating around that look the same, if you set yours down you may not be able to find it.
  3. Make a plan, sit down with your group and make a plan of the locations that you would like to visit. With over 25 locations on the Wine Walk it will be impossible to visit all of them in 3 hours, so choose locations that you have never been to or that have wines you are interested in tasting.
  4. Wear comfortable shoes and dress weather appropriate, there is a good deal of walking outside during this event.
  5. Choose a meeting location or route in case you get separated from your group.
  6. If you make purchases (There are some GREAT sales on the route), ask the business to keep your bag behind the counter and pick it up at the end of the Wine Walk or the next day.
  7. Come hungry, every location has fabulous food pairings to match their wines.
  8. Provided you have your glass and wristband, you may start at any location at 6:00pm. Lots of groups start at the end or the beginning, so you can avoid crowded locations by starting somewhere in the middle.
  9. Follow traffic pedestrian rules. Please only cross the streets at crosswalks.
  10. Bring your ID. We will refuse to serve you if you cannot prove you are 21 years of age.
  11. We will refuse to serve anyone who appears to be intoxicated.

Christmas Light Parade

Saturday, November 18 2017 • 6pm

See glittering lighted floats, reindeer and equestrian units, marching bands, and novelty units. Witness Santa as he lights the Official Downtown Baraboo Holiday Tree. After the parade, children and families are invited to visit with Santa and have their pictures taken.

Join the Parade

Everyone loves a parade, but only a select few get to be in it! Here's your chance. Download the Parade Guidelines and Entry Form Package and get busy on your float!

Become a Parade Sponsor

We at DBI appreciate all efforts to make our community vibrant and successful and ask for your support in providing this memorable event. Please consider becoming a sponsor of our annual Downtown Baraboo Christmas Light Parade. Download our sponsorship package to see which sponsorship would be the best fit for your business.

Parade Tips

Here are some tips to make watching the Downtown Baraboo Christmas Parade a bit more enjoyable:

  1. Dress warmly. Temperatures can range from a mild 50 degrees F down to a chilly 20 degrees. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs and get cozy for a spectacular show!
  2. There will be food booths in the downtown business district offering hot drinks and snack items to help keep you warm!
  3. If you have small children you'll want to plan on being downtown about one hour before the parade starts for pre-parade entertainment.
  4. The parade lasts about 45 minutes and will not be canceled unless there are extreme weather conditions. Check this site for any cancellation notice.
  5. There are many free public parking lots within one block of the parade route. Check the map for locations.
  6. Make a Day of It! Come early and start your holiday gift shopping. Downtown retailers kick off the Christmas season with an open house starting at 10:00 a.m. serving free refreshments.

Christmas Festival

Mid November to Christmas

Downtown Baraboo Christmas

Nestled in the Baraboo Bluffs just 45 minutes north of Madison on Hwy 12, and only 10 minutes south of Wisconsin Dells, the vibrant community of Baraboo offers 5 weekends of Family Fun and Holiday Shopping for young and old alike. Visit Downtown Baraboo for holiday activities each weekend from the Saturday before Thanksgiving until New Years. A beautiful courthouse square is surrounded by cheerful storefronts, enthusiastic shopkeepers, and a thriving assembly of artists. Downtown Baraboo offers all of the amenities that create a wonderful day-trip for family or friends any time of year, but especially during the holiday season!

Visit Santa Claus

Santa comes to town on Saturday, December 16

Santa is welcomed to Downtown Baraboo during Christmas Light Parade and lights the Official Downtown Baraboo Christmas Tree near the new renovated Al Ringling Theatre! Immediately after the parade children and families are invited to come Inside the Al Ringling Theater to visit with Santa and have their pictures taken.

Every Saturday through the Holiday Season Santa invites you to visit him at the Al Ringling Theatre, 136 4th Avenue, from 11am to 2pm. Bring your camera!

Free Horse and Wagon Rides

Saturdays, Thanksgiving through Christmas • 11am to 2pm

Visit our beautiful community and climb aboard the horse-drawn wagon for a nostalgic holiday ride through Downtown Baraboo. Rides are available every Saturday from Thanksgiving to Christmas between 11:00 am to 2:00pm-pick up and drop off is the corner of 3rd and Oak Street. What a great way to check out all that Downtown Baraboo has to offer. Don't worry if it's cold. Warm up with some hot chocolate from one of the wonderful specialty food merchants. Maybe you'll be lucky enough to experience a visit from the strolling carolers as they serenade busy shoppers!

Black Friday

Friday, November 24

Black Friday is always the day following Thanksgiving Day which is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November. Black Friday typically signals the beginning of the holiday shopping season. Come see what the shops in Downtown Baraboo have on special!

Small Business Saturday

Saturday, November 25

In an age of global markets and online shopping, it's far too easy for small businesses to struggle and fail, even if they have superior products and services. Small Business Saturday encourages people everywhere to shop with small businesses and remember what a great experience it is.

Holiday Open House

Saturday, December 2

Downtown merchants will host their Annual Downtown Christmas Open House on Saturday, December 2nd, 2017. Shoppers can catch up on their holiday gift-buying in the many specialty stores located throughout the historic downtown and enjoy a delicious meal at one of the fabulous cafes, taverns or restaurants.

Shopping in Downtown Baraboo

Mid December to Christmas

From mid December to Christmas most shops are open until 7:00pm with extended hours. Our downtown offers that unique gift, big surprise or special item that you just can't find anywhere but here. Come and enjoy the beautiful scenery, hospitality and uniqueness that is all Baraboo. Our merchants will make your last days of shopping enjoyable moments as you find that perfect something for that special someone.

Downtown Baraboo Christmas

Please Patronize Our Sponsors:

Our Downtown Baraboo Christmas sponsors make all the wonderful events listed above possible. Please continue to help us thank them by visiting their stores and businesses throughout the year.
Downtown Baraboo's Holiday Promotions were sponsored by Magnum Media The Christmas Light Parade was sponsored by Pizza Ranch of Baraboo

Our Premium Business Sponsors:

Allure Salon
Baraboo Burger Co
Bekah Kates
Burkhalter Travel
CoffeeBean Connection
Corner Drug Store
Very Merry Holiday Fair
Jen's Alpine
Just Imagine Toys
Neatos Bake Shoppe
Spa Serenity
The Grainery
The Jeweler's Edge

Our Business Sponsors:

Allstate Insurance
Amber Moon
Back Door Antiques
Baraboo National Bank
Cornerstone Gallery
Countryside Refind
Hill's Gallery & Gifts
McGann Furniture
Paper Dahlia
Recycled Sallys
The Village Booksmith

Farmer's Market

Wednesday and Saturday, May through October • 7:30am to 1:00pm

Downtown Baraboo Farmers Market

Started by local growers in the late-1980's, the Baraboo Farmers' Market has become a favorite feature of downtown life for Baraboo residents, who avail themselves of the wealth of locally produced agricultural products every Wednesday and Saturday morning from early May through October. Only Wisconsin-produced fruits, vegetables, meats, cheese, eggs, bakery items, flowers and perennials, bedding plants, jams and jellies, maple syrup and honey, herbs and herbal products, and other commodities are allowed to be sold at the market. Not only does the market provide an outlet for local and regional growers, it offers consumers the opportunity to purchase products directly from the people who make or grow them, thus fostering an appreciation for the producer's labor and for Wisconsin's agricultural heritage.

Downtown Baraboo Farmers Market

The Baraboo Farmers' Market is held on Wednesday and Saturday mornings from 7:30 am to 1:00 pm on the Courthouse Square on Oak Street between 3rd and 4th Streets. The market runs from May through October.


If you are a grower interested in participating in the 2017 market, please visit www.baraboofarmersmarket.com for more information and applications.

Sunday Market

Sundays, May 28 through October 22 • 10am to 3pm

Downtown Baraboo Sunday Market

The Downtown Baraboo Sunday Market includes Antique Dealers, Collectors, Artisans and Crafters selling their work on the streets of Downtown Baraboo. The Market will run every Sunday from May 28 through October 22nd, rain or shine from 10am - 3pm.

Stop by and check it out!


If you are interested in participating in the 2017 Sunday Market, please fill out an application.
Questions? please email baraboosundaymarket@gmail.com.

Brew-Ha-Ha

Friday, June 23, 2017

Downtown Baraboo Brew Ha Ha

Join us for a Beer Tasting Tour at Select Downtown Baraboo Businesses

Downtown Baraboo Inc. hosts a Beer Walk each year on the last Friday in June. Taste fabulous Wisconsin Craft beers as you wander through Downtown Baraboo. Participating merchants offer two unique beers to sample. Local breweries will also be onsite pouring featured selections.

Brew Haha ticket will go on sale Tuesday, May 23rd at Bekah Kates (117 3rd Street) at 9am and at 10am the remaining tickets will be sold online at www.eventbrite.com.

We will also have Designated Driver tickets available for sale online and at Bekah Kates. (All event attendees, including designated drivers must be 21 years old and be prepared to be carded)

Brew Ha Ha Frequently Asked Questions

When will the Brew Ha Ha event be held?
The next Downtown Baraboo Brew Ha Ha will be held on June 23, 2017.
When do tickets go on sale?
Tickets generally go on sale at Bekah Kate's exactly one month before the event. Remember:
  • Limit of 4 tickets per person.
  • Tickets are $20.00 each. Cash or Check only.
  • 350 tickets available.
  • There is usually a large line to buy tickets, so we suggest that you get in line early!
Can I call or email to reserve tickets?
Requests for tickets will not be taken by phone or email but you may be able to purchase them online (This page will have the link when it is available).
Can I call or email to purchase tickets the day the tickets go on sale?
On the day that the tickets go on sale, and after everyone that was in line has been served, in-person, phone, and e-mail orders will be taken until all tickets have been sold.
What if I lose my Brew Ha Ha ticket?
Your Brew Ha Ha ticket is just like cash. Lost tickets can not be replaced.
What if I can't come to the Brew Ha Ha at the last minute? What can I do with my tickets?
You are welcome to turn the tickets in to Bekah Kate's, but they are non-refundable. We suggest that you find some friends who didn't get tickets or have never been on the Brew Ha Ha and give them a call!
When can I pick up my glass?
You can pick up your glass starting at 9am at Bekah Kate's on the day of the Brew Ha Ha. Remember:
  • You must bring all of your tickets with you to pick up your glasses.
  • You will receive one glass, one wristband and one ticket lanyard per ticket.
Where do I start the evening?
Once you have picked up your glass at Bekah Kate's, you can start at any location on the Brew Ha Ha starting at 6pm!
What should I do if I have had too much to drink?
Please don't drive!! Please call a cab or friend to drive you home.
Where can I buy the beers that are featured on the Brew Ha Ha?
Many of the beers featured on the Brew Ha Ha are available at Monks and Bekah Kate's.
What are the rules I need to be aware of?
  • You must be 21 to attend the Brew Ha Ha.
  • You must rinse and empty your glass before leaving each and every stop.
  • If you need a drink of water, drink it inside one of the locations. You may not have any liquid in your glass while on the city sidewalks in between stops!
Please help us to keep this event going by strictly following these rules.
What if I have questions while on the Brew Ha Ha?
You can ask any of the staff at the participating businesses or one of our Brew Ha Ha ambassadors who will be strolling around throughout the evening.

Concerts on the Square

Thursdays, July through August • 7:00pm

Concerts on the Square

Concerts on the Square in Downtown Baraboo are hosted every Thursday evening at 7pm, June through August on the lawn of Baraboo's Historic Courthouse. Bring your family, your blanket or lawn chairs and plan for an evening of entertainment and relaxation. Refreshments available for purchase and limited number of chairs are provided. In the event of rain please check Facebook for the alternate location.

If you are interested in preforming at Concert on the Square or Supporting the Concert season please email jstich@yahoo.com.

Big Top Parade and Circus Celebration

Saturday, July 22, 2017 • 8am to 4pm

Downtown Baraboo Circus Celebration

Ladies and gentlemen, children of all ages!

Baraboo will commemorate its stupendous circus heritage with the 5th Annual Baraboo Big Top Parade & Circus Celebration on Saturday, July 22, 2017. The Big Top Parade, featuring over 75 circus and community entries, will be held in our historic downtown courthouse square. Other family-friendly events are scheduled throughout the day, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Come for the weekend and enjoy Baraboo's many circus attractions, activities and events, listed on here and at www.baraboo.com. For more information, contact the Baraboo Area Chamber of Commerce at (608) 356-8333