Weekend Events and Activities in Northwest Wisconsin – Your Guide to Family Fun and Adventures

 

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Wondering what to do this weekend?  Or are you just trying to add a little family fun to your busy schedule?  This guide to the area’s weekend events and activities is everything you’ll need to plan a fun family outing in Northwest Wisconsin.

Weekend Events and Activities Calendar for Northwest Wisconsin

(last updated June 17, 2019)

Jun
20
Thu
Splash Pad Fun – Free Entry Days @ Cameron Splash Pad
Jun 20 @ 11:30 am – 6:30 pm

It’s a free entry day at the splash pad!

Every Monday in July is also free.

If the temperature is below 75 degrees, the park will not open.

Concessions are available.

Country Lane Farmer’s Market @ Country Lane Pantry
Jun 20 @ 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Country Lane Farmer's Market @ Country Lane Pantry

This is the top farmer’s market in the area!  If you haven’t been…you must check it out!

There are a lot of vendors selling produce, craft items, baked goods, and of course, the food!

Our top tips…

  • Don’t let the number of cars parked in the field scare you away.  Everything is pretty spread out.
  • Bring cash, and a bag to carry your purchases.
  • Come hungry because the food is so good!
  • Don’t miss the homemade ice cream, cheese fries, Navajo tacos, corn dogs, and homemade lemonade.
  • Check out the bulk food store on property for snacks, cheese, and fruit.

 

Jun
21
Fri
70th Annual Musky Festival @ Hayward
Jun 21 – Jun 23 all-day
70th Annual Musky Festival @ Hayward

Visit www.muskyfest.com for details

This fun weekend includes a carnival, car show, parade, food booths, fishing contest, art & craft vendors, and live music.

Read more about the fun city of Hayward here.

Movies Playing in Spooner 6/21-6/27 @ Palace Theater
Jun 21 @ 7:00 pm

June 21-27

Toy Story 4 plays nightly.  Matinees are Wednesday – Sunday.

MIB International plays nightly.  Matinees are Wednesday – Sunday.

Summer Solstice Canoeing @ Hunt Hill Audubon Sanctuary
Jun 21 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Summer Solstice Canoeing @ Hunt Hill Audubon Sanctuary

Canoers will paddle on Twin Lakes from 7:30 – 9:00.  All equipment and a lifeguard will be provided.  No prior experience is necessary.

To register call 715-635-6543 or visit www.hunthill.org

 

Jun
22
Sat
Cakes at the Lake – Amphibians @ Hunt Hill Audubon Sanctuary
Jun 22 @ 8:00 am – 11:00 am
Cakes at the Lake - Amphibians @ Hunt Hill Audubon Sanctuary

This all you can eat pancake breakfast starts at 8:00 a.m. and is followed by a free nature program that begins at 10:00.

Whats for breakfast:  Buttermilk pancakes, a specialty pancake that changes with each event, sausage, fruit, coffee, milk, and juice.

Tips:  Try to arrive for breakfast close to 9:00 to allow for enough time to eat and to then grab a good seat at the program.  Breakfast is served until 9:45.  You can attend the educational program without eating the pancake breakfast.  The gift shop is open during this event and has a lot of cute nature toys.

We have learned so much from their educational programs!  Past programs topics that are our favorites include sandhill cranes, eagles, the solar system, wild rice, and snakes.

We are lucky to have Hunt Hill in our backyard, and we encourage your family to explore this Audubon Sanctuary.

Cheese Curd Festival @ Ellsworth
Jun 22 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 pm
Cheese Curd Festival @ Ellsworth

This festival is a couple of hours away….but it’s all about the cheese curds!

The food at this event will not disappoint anyone!  The lines for the food might, though.

The 2018 festival had huge crowds in attendance, and caught the festival organizers off guard.  I have never seen a line as long as the line for the deep fried fresh cheese curds!  Never! Hopefully the 2019 event has shorter lines!

Fun events for the kids (and adults) are the milk and cookie pairing and the ice cream tasting.  Yum!

The festival features live music, contests, but really, it’s all about the food.

Tips for the event:

  • Go early.  Seriously.
  • Bring sunscreen and water if it’s a hot day.
  • Skip the line to enter the Ellsworth Dairy for cheese, and buy their cheese at a local market or gas station.
  • Crystal Cave is a short drive away.
  • Cady Cheese is in the area and has good ice cream cones.  Speaking from experience…

 

Spooner Farmer’s Market
Jun 22 @ 8:00 am – 1:00 pm
Spooner Farmer's Market

Visit with the farmers and vendors who sell local produce, food items, and craft products.

No pets, besides service animals.

Movies Playing in Spooner 6/21-6/27 @ Palace Theater
Jun 22 @ 7:00 pm

June 21-27

Toy Story 4 plays nightly.  Matinees are Wednesday – Sunday.

MIB International plays nightly.  Matinees are Wednesday – Sunday.

Jun
23
Sun
Movies Playing in Spooner 6/21-6/27 @ Palace Theater
Jun 23 @ 7:00 pm

June 21-27

Toy Story 4 plays nightly.  Matinees are Wednesday – Sunday.

MIB International plays nightly.  Matinees are Wednesday – Sunday.

Jun
27
Thu
Country Lane Farmer’s Market @ Country Lane Pantry
Jun 27 @ 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Country Lane Farmer's Market @ Country Lane Pantry

This is the top farmer’s market in the area!  If you haven’t been…you must check it out!

There are a lot of vendors selling produce, craft items, baked goods, and of course, the food!

Our top tips…

  • Don’t let the number of cars parked in the field scare you away.  Everything is pretty spread out.
  • Bring cash, and a bag to carry your purchases.
  • Come hungry because the food is so good!
  • Don’t miss the homemade ice cream, cheese fries, Navajo tacos, corn dogs, and homemade lemonade.
  • Check out the bulk food store on property for snacks, cheese, and fruit.

 

Jun
28
Fri
Minong Summer Days
Jun 28 – Jun 30 all-day

Visit their website for a complete calendar of events.

https://minongchamber.com/minong-summer-days

Jun
29
Sat
Spooner Farmer’s Market
Jun 29 @ 8:00 am – 1:00 pm
Spooner Farmer's Market

Visit with the farmers and vendors who sell local produce, food items, and craft products.

No pets, besides service animals.

Fur-Ever Fest @ The Potter's Shed
Jun 29 @ 2:00 pm
Fur-Ever Fest @ The Potter's Shed

This is a music fundraiser for the Washburn County Area Humane Society.

Besides an afternoon of music, there are games and prizes, and food and beverages.

Jul
4
Thu
Country Lane Farmer’s Market @ Country Lane Pantry
Jul 4 @ 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Country Lane Farmer's Market @ Country Lane Pantry

This is the top farmer’s market in the area!  If you haven’t been…you must check it out!

There are a lot of vendors selling produce, craft items, baked goods, and of course, the food!

Our top tips…

  • Don’t let the number of cars parked in the field scare you away.  Everything is pretty spread out.
  • Bring cash, and a bag to carry your purchases.
  • Come hungry because the food is so good!
  • Don’t miss the homemade ice cream, cheese fries, Navajo tacos, corn dogs, and homemade lemonade.
  • Check out the bulk food store on property for snacks, cheese, and fruit.

 

 

 

Did You Know This?  Recent Discoveries in Northwest Wisconsin

  • We recently spent a couple of hours in Stone Lake and discovered a nature walk on the edge of town and a covered bridge full of history.  You don’t even want to know how many times I’ve driven thru Stone Lake and haven’t noticed it.  We can’t wait to see the new addition of the Whistle Punk Coffee Bar which just opened over Memorial Day weekend!  I think it includes ice cream and candy…
  • Louie’s Meats in Cumberland now offers flavored hot dogs!  The new hot dog flavors that we spotted were pizza, macaroni & cheese, and smoked chili cheese dog with beans.
  • The indoor swimming pool at Voyager Village is pretty great!  The pool is huge (depth is 3-5 feet), and there are some pool toys available.  The fee to swim is $3 for kids and $5 for adults, but the best part is that you can order food from their restaurant and have it delivered to you right at the pool.  Have golfers in the family?  Make it a day and play a round on their par 3 golf course.

I’d Like an Order Of…Top Eats in the Area

  • The half naked cheese curds at The 715 Food & Spirits in Shell Lake are soft and gooey fresh Ellsworth cheese that is covered with just the right amount of breading.
  • Giant Italian meatballs at Pogo’s!  Pogo’s Harbor Inn on County Road T near Gordon serves up Italian meatballs just like Grandma used to make (if you were lucky!).  The plate of spaghetti and giant meatball is from their children’s menu and was a hit!  The giant meatball sandwich….had to be eaten with a knife and fork…messy but so good!

spaghetti at Pogos Meatball sub at Pogos

 

  • Sam Hick’s in Spooner is open for the summer!  The $2 soft tacos are our main order, but those caramel shakes…yum!

 

Day Trip Ideas for When Your Family Wants a New Adventure

Ideas for a Rainy Day in Northwest Wisconsin

  • Take the family swimming at Jack Link’s Aquatic & Activity Center in Minong.  Day passes are $10 per adult and $5 per kid.  Check out their website for hours.  You can also use their gym and shoot some hoops or do some laps around their walking track!
  • Decorate your own pottery or paint a wood sign at The Potter’s Shed in Shell Lake.  Visit their website, www.thepottersshed.com for hours and info.

Coming soon….

  • A Spooner main street “I Spy” game and a Washburn County scavenger hunt.

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