Our youngest festival is Oktoberfest (formally German Festival), celebrating the German heritage of Cedarburg’s founding fathers. The 6th Annual Oktoberfest will be located under a huge tent in downtown Historic Cedarburg, October 12-13, 2013. Authentic German Bands, Dancers, a Sheepshead Tourney and Contests, including German Spelling Bee, Beer Carrying and Sauerkraut eating contests, will demonstrate the fun-loving side of our friendly hospitality, known as Gemuetlichkeit. Come polka with us! Delicious German foods, desserts and specialty beers will be featured throughout the festival. The Merchant’s Marketplace will showcase various products. On Sunday morning there will be an ecumenical worship service, open to all. All in our new location in Downtown Historic Cedarburg at the Community Center Parking Lot. Look for the big white tent!!
The first event our 2014 Festival season will be Winter Festival, which was started 40 years ago as an antidote to cabin fever. The dates for the next Winter Festival are February 15 & 16, 2014. There is always a silly theme for this weekend festival. Attendees will enjoy viewing the Ice Carving Contest and Bed Racing on Ice Contest. There is also a Chili Contest, a Parade, Hayrides, Pancake Breakfast, the Cool Brew Beer Tasting event and more make up this fun family weekend.
Summertime fun in Cedarburg celebrates the strawberry. The 29th Annual Strawberry Festival, always the fourth weekend, will be June 28 & 29, 2014. It’s all about the “Arts on the Avenue” arts and crafts shows, the Plein Air Painting Competition and of course, everything strawberry. Cedar Creek Winery highlights their Strawberry Blush wine while delicacies range from strawberry shortcake, strawberry pie, strawberry slush, chocolate-covered strawberries and even strawberry brats. There is live music throughout the Historic District all weekend long. Kids will have fun in the park with special activities, entertainment, and the CedarQuacker Rubber Duck Races. Strawberry Contests will take place at Cedar Creek Settlement. About 100,000 happy festival-goers attended this event.
Our beautiful autumn weather is a perfect way to celebrate the 42nd Annual Wine & Harvest Festival, September 20-21, 2014. This colorful weekend is loaded with the bounty of fall. A Farmer’s Market, “Arts on the Avenue”, Cedar Creek Winery’s award-winning wines, a Scarecrow Contest, Giant Pumpkin Charity Regatta, Live Bands, Food Courts, Grape Stomping, Hayrides. And, don't miss our newest event--The Giant Pumpkin Weigh-Off, hosted by Port Washington State Bank on Saturday from 11-4pm. Exhibits at the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts and activities for kids make this a must for a beautiful fall getaway.
Historic Cedarburg, Wisconsin is a beautiful destination any time of year, but especially so during the Christmas season. Centuries-old limestone buildings house scores of enticing specialty shops, unique art galleries, coffee houses, and cozy pubs and restaurants, while the city's two gracious historic inns greet weary travelers with the warmth of a home from days gone by. A shopper's delight, Cedarburg offers everything from modern arts and accessories to nostalgic antiques and toys, to artful attire for the entire family.
Seldom is Cedarburg more charming than during the holidays, when dozens of local shopkeepers adorn their storefronts with artfully crafted, seasonal decorations. Thousands of twinkling lights brighten wintry skies inviting a stroll throughout the picturesque downtown Historic District.
Long renowned for its many traditional holiday events such as Christmas in the Country, Festive Friday Eves, and countless seasonal entertainment venues, a multitude of holiday happenings take place every single day from mid-November through Christmas Day. Search our calendar at www.cedarburgchristmas.com to plan your next holiday visit. Honored by Forbes Magazine as one of the prettiest towns in America in 2011 and as one of the Midwest's six best holiday shopping towns in Midwest Living, Cedarburg is home to everyone during the holidays.