Welcome To Festivals of Cedarburg, Inc.

The many annual events sponsored by Festivals of Cedarburg, Inc. are located in downtown Historic Cedarburg and are known throughout the Midwest for rollicking good times, terrific music and entertainment, juried arts and crafts fairs, wacky contests and great food.  The entire downtown of Historic Cedarburg was named to the National Register of Historic Places in the mid-1980’s.  The charm of old stone houses, churches and retail establishments coupled with handsome Victorian buildings, constructed in the mid-1800’s and lovingly restored, is why Cedarburg was named winner of the “Most Distinctive Architecture” designation in the Wonders of Wisconsin competition sponsored by the Wisconsin Department of Tourism.  Forbes Magazine named it “One of the Prettiest Small Towns in America."  This architecturally charming city makes a lovely backdrop for Cedarburg Festivals.


Historic Cedarburg, Wisconsin is a beautiful destination any time of year, but especially so during the holiday 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.

Plan to visit Santa in his charming 15' x 15' gingerbread workshop that graces the front of Cedarburg's Community Center for the entire Christmas season. When Santa's not in to greet guests, peek in the windows to see his the toys he and the elves have been working on!

Long renowned for its many traditional holiday events such as Miracle on Washington, the Cedarburg Artist Guild's Holiday Art Fair, Festive Friday Eves, and countless seasonal entertainment venues, a multitude of holiday happenings take place every day from mid-November through Christmas Day. To plan your next holiday visit, search our calendar at www.cedarburgchristmas.com. Honored as one of the Midwest's six best holiday shopping towns in Midwest Living, Cedarburg is home to everyone during the holidays.


The first event our 2015 Festival season will be Winter Festival, which was started 41 years ago as an antidote to cabin fever.  The dates for Winter Festival are February 21 & 22, 2015.  There is always a 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.  For more information click here.

Summertime fun in Cedarburg celebrates the strawberry.  The 30th Annual Strawberry Festival, always the fourth weekend, will be June 27 & 28, 2015.  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.  Interested in attending Strawberry Festival, click here for more information.


Our beautiful autumn weather is a perfect way to celebrate the 43rd Annual Wine & Harvest Festival, September 19 & 20, 2015.  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 Challenge, 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.  To get more details, click here.


Our youngest festival is Oktoberfest, celebrating the German heritage of Cedarburg’s founding fathers.  The 8th Annual Oktoberfest will be located under a huge tent in downtown Historic Cedarburg, October 10 & 11, 2015.  Authentic German Bands, Dancers, a Sheepshead Tourney and Contests, including German Spelling Bee and Sauerkraut eating contest, 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 location in Downtown Historic Cedarburg at the Community Center Parking Lot.  Look for the big white tent!!  Click here for more information.