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May 1, 2015: Swiss Historical Village Museum Opens for the Season
May 16, 2015: Bike Rodeo
Located at the Depot and sponsored by the New Glarus Police Department and the New Glarus Chamber. Free helmets for the first 50 kids, enter to win a bike for kids k-4th grade. 11am-1pm. Lunch provided.
May 22–24, 2015: Music Fest
New Glarus is the place to be for family fun, music and more this Memorial Day weekend! The fun begins on Friday night with the live music. Saturday starts with a 5k run/walk, co-ed volleyball and a great day of music both Saturday and Sunday! Enjoy a variety of local musical talent on Monday and a "Furniture With Flair" auction in the park. Great food, beverages, games, face painting, music and more all weekend. Don’t miss a minute!
For a 2015 Music Fest band lineup, visit ngmusicfest.com
Running of the Swiss 5k Fun Run/Walk Info Coming Soon!
June 12–14, 2015: New Glarus Polka Fest and Beer, Bacon & Cheese Festival
New Glarus’ 3-day celebration of polka kicks off Friday, June 12. Free admission all weekend under the fest tent in historic downtown New Glarus and in New Glarus establishments, all within walking distance of each other.
Welcome Back Beer, Bacon & Cheese! A highlight of New Glarus Polkafest weekend is the third annual Beer, Bacon & Cheese (BBC), where one wristband entitles fest-goers to unlimited sampling of some of the greatest regional flavors — craft beer, specialty meats and artisan cheeses. BBC wristbands are $30 per person and can be purchased through the New Glarus Chamber of Commerce. 800-527-6838. New Glarus restaurants will also serve beer, bacon and cheese-inspired specialties including bacon jam burgers, beer cheese soup, cheese pie with bacon, mac and cheese with bacon, fudge with bacon, and ice cream with bacon. It’s going to be an unforgettable weekend!
Polkafest 2015 is sponsored by the New Glarus Hotel, the Chalet Landhaus, the New Glarus Brewing Company, and the New Glarus Chamber & Visitor Info.
June 13, 2015: Beer, Bacon & Cheese!
1 – 5 PM | $30 | 30+ Vendors | Downtown New Glarus
Attention foodies and anyone else with a love for some of the greatest flavors known to man! Beer, Bacon & Cheese Fest (BBC) is back by popular demand. One $30 wristband entitles you to an afternoon of sampling some of the region’s most unforgettable flavors — craft beer, specialty meat and artisan cheese — while you wander the charming streets of historic New Glarus.
Make it a BBC and New Glarus Polka Fest weekend. There’s always lots to do in "America's Little Switzerland," but as an extra bonus, it also happens to be the New Glarus Polka Fest Weekend in our Swiss village. So stick around to hear some polka talent that will blow your mind and hopefully inspire you to kick up your heels at our “So You Think You Can Polka?” contest. Come and enjoy the BBC yum and all the polka fun!
June 26, 2015: Lions BBQ Village Park
June 26–28, 2015: Heidi Festival/Taste of New Glarus
Join us for our 51st annual Heidi Festival and Taste of New Glarus! The last full weekend in June. Heidi Festival weekend is filled with great food, entertainment, music, and fun for the whole family. The Heidi events are complemented by the Taste of New Glarus. Downtown streets will be lined with food stands and colorful sidewalk displays.
Taste of New Glarus
Saturday, June 27 Only!
Taste of New Glarus is your opportunity to sample locally produced foods and beverages. Downtown merchants will have outdoor displays for shoppers.
The weekend highlight is the presentation of Johanna Spyri's classic play, Heidi. It's the heartwarming story of the young girl with braids, Heidi, her gruff grandfather, and their love of the majestic Alps of Switzerland. Four performances are staged by local actors in a warm presentation that includes live goats and kittens on stage! Spend a weekend enjoying New Glarus. Come experience the ethnic spirit and the European flavor that residents have nurtured—and have loved to share—for over 150 years.
Heidi Performance Times & Ticket Info
Heidi Play Tickets
Four performances are held in the air-conditioned New Glarus High School.
Friday, June 26: 7:30pm
Saturday, June 27: 1:30pm
Sunday, June 28: 1:30pm
PO BOX 861
New Glarus, WI 53574
June 27-28, 2015: Heidi Festival Craft Fair & New Glarus Mini Business Expo
Includes a Penny Dig & Face Painting
July 10–11, 2015: Maxwell Street Days & Community Wide Garage Sales
August 1, 2015: Fire Department 112th Anniversary—Firefest
(All Activities Are FREE!)
- Firetruck Rides
- Fire Safety House
- Spray House
- Kids' Water Fights
- Inflatable Ride
- NGFD Merchandise Available Throughout The Day
- 50/50 Half Cash Raffles Throughout The Day
- Free Musical Entertainment
Free Live Music | Great Food & Beverages
August 2, 2015: Swiss Volksfest (Swiss Independence Day)
We celebrate Swiss Independence Day with a program of traditional Swiss entertainment. The celebration is held at the Tell Shooting Park, 1/2 mile north of New Glarus on County Hwy O. In the event of rain , the Volksfest program is presented at the New Glarus High School. The entertainment includes choral folklore music, yodeling, flag throwing, thalerschwingen, alphorn playing, and accordion music. The Volksfest program runs from 1:00pm to 3:30pm. A modest admission fee is charged at the door.
August 2, 2015: Alphorn Man Sprint Triathlon
August 22, 2015: 4th Annual New Glarus Car, Truck & Motorcycle Show
The perfect New Glarus outting for families and car enthusiasts! From street rods to hogs, you won't want to miss this fun day!
Call the Chamber for more information:
September 4–6, 2015: Wilhelm Tell Festival
Come and enjoy this unique ethnic presentation! Share with your family the story of Swiss independence, written by German playwright Friedrich Schiller. It's a live theater presentation with intricate costumes and a lively cast that includes goats, cows and horses. More than 200 local volunteers join to make each colorful performance come to life. Performances are staged in a beautiful outdoor setting, just a short distance from downtown New Glarus.
For a schedule of Wilhelm Tell Performance Times, Tickets and Festival Events, visit wilhelmtell.org
Interested in participating in the 2015 Wilhelm Tell Festival Art in the Park?
September 13, 2015: Grace Church Festival (Free)
September 19, 2015: Kilby Supper
Our Kilby Supper, held at the Swiss United Church, offers visitors a taste of community life. The church Kilby Supper has roots in the traditional Swiss celebration of Kirchweihe. This church gathering, an annual event in Switzerland, presents a special meal to welcome church members back from their summer of farming in the high mountain meadows of the Alps.
September 25–27, 2015: Oktoberfest
Free Admission to the festival tent all weekend! Oktoberfest presents many activities and events in downtown New Glarus featuring live music, great food, wagon rides, chainsaw carving, plus plenty of family fun. Live music in festival tent all weekend!
Tent Camping Available
Tent camping only
No fires or pets
Contact the New Glarus Chamber for more info: (800) 527-6838/(608) 527-2095
Sunday, October 11, 2015: Swiss Historical Village Harvest Fest
Swiss Historical Village
10:00am – 4:00pm
Connect with 19th century Swiss immigrant life at our annual Harvest Fest where daily routines and responsibilities of the past – cheese making, blacksmithing, yarn spinning, basket weaving – are re-created. Enjoy a Swiss brätzeli cookie-making demonstration. Talk to Civil War re-enactors, the “Bee Man,” a wheelwright and a sausage maker. (You can even buy their products!) For those of you who are feeling ambitious, practice your three Rs in a one-room schoolhouse. After all that work, relax and enjoy some live music on our picturesque grounds. Don't forget to give our Bernese mountain dog a pat before you leave!
See swisshistoricalvillage.org for all the details!
Fri, Nov 27, 2015: Holiday Tree Lighting
Kick off the season of delights in downtown New Glarus at our Holiday Tree Lighting. In addition to the enchanting sights — historic Swiss-style architecture, shops aglow, old fashioned street lights, the majestic Depot pine festively trimmed for the season — you’ll enjoy caroling by New Glarus’ very own Kinderchor angels, alphorns, hot chocolate, sweet treats and more.
New Glarus Old Railroad Depot
Sat, Nov 28, 2015: Tipsy Turkey Pub Crawl
Crawl with us through town, as we enjoy many fine New Glarus establishments. $35 registration fee includes a t-shirt and 7 drink tickets (beer and rail drinks only).
Afterward, enjoy a relaxing dinner in the warmth and hospitality of our many fine restaurants featuring savory Swiss specialties, sustainably farmed entrees, tempting homemade specials, irresistible pub fare, mouth-watering pizza and more.
While in town, why not get a jump on your holiday gift buying and support our many specialty shops on Small Business Saturday? You’ll find everything from imports to home goods, clothing, art, body products, collectibles, antiques, jewelry, toys, and gourmet kitchenware/specialties plus so much more.
Sat, Dec 5, 2015: St. Nicholas Day Shopping Specials – All Day!
Find something special for everyone on your shopping list and enjoy savings at many New Glarus specialty and European import shops all day long. Our unique shops offer everything from imports to home goods, clothing, art, body products, collectibles, antiques, jewelry, toys, and gourmet kitchenware/specialties plus so much more.
Sat, Dec 5, 2015: St. Nicholas Day Cookie Sale
Not enough time to do all that holiday baking? We hear you! Don’t miss the Swiss United Church of Christ’s annual holiday cookie sale. You’ll find a wide selection of cookies and confections — including traditional Swiss varieties — all baked by the good folks at New Glarus’ Swiss Church. It’s small town Christmas charm at its best. Remember to arrive early as these highly anticipated treats sell fast! Dec 6 from 8am until the goodness is gone.
Swiss United Church
8:00am – 1:00pm
Sat, Dec 12, 2014: Lunch with Santa
In the energetic words of everyone’s favorite holiday hero Buddy the Elf, “SANTA!” Yes, Lunch with Santa is back by popular demand. Enjoy a photo and visit with Jolly Old St Nick, a craft extravaganza, a movie, lunch and even a goodie bag!
New Glarus High School Commons