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Lunch By the River

Kickoff - May 30th, 2024!

Join us for Lunch by the River at the beautiful Veteran’s Memorial Park in Wisconsin Rapids, WI for delightful entertainment and exceptional food. For over 30 years, we have partnered with community businesses to host Lunch by the River every Thursday, 11:30am - 1pm from June through August.

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Gather By the Gazebo

Bring your family and enjoy this free event with live entertainment and food at the beautiful Rome Town Center in Rome, WI every 2nd Tuesday in June, July, and August, from 5:30pm - 7pm.

Rendezvous in the Park

Experience live entertainment and delicious food at the scenic Riverside Park in Nekoosa, WI! Join us for this complimentary event held on the 3rd Wednesday of June, July, and August, from 5:30pm to 7pm. Bring your family and embrace the summer season with us.

Rendezvous Flyer

Contact Lacy Alling, Events & Engagement Director, to participate in summer events today.

Local

Eat, Drink, & Buy Local

May 6-May 19, 2024

Every year, Eat, Drink & Buy Local reminds us of the incredible impact local businesses have on our communities. Join us in celebrating the heart and soul of Wisconsin Rapids by shopping local! From unique gifts to personalized service, discover the magic that happens when you support your local shops, restaurants and bars. Your purchases make a difference – let's show our support one small business at a time!

Community members: Grab a bingo card and visit local businesses to get your card filled in to be entered for a chance to win raffle baskets provided by those businesses!
Small Business Showcase

November 30-December 13, 2024

Our Small Business Showcase stands with the makers, innovators, and dreamers who make our community vibrant. Join the movement and champion the businesses that fuel our local economy. Your support empowers local entrepreneurs and strengthens the very fabric of our community. Shop small, make a difference, and celebrate the spirit of entrepreneurship!

Community Members: Grab a passport and visit local businesses to get your stamps in to be entered for a chance to win raffle baskets provided by those businesses!

Contact Hollyanne Heidel, Office Manager, to participate in shop local events today.

Cranberry Blossom Fest Parade

June 23rd, 2024

Get ready for theme-filled floats and fun for all during this summertime parade in Wisconsin Rapids as part of the Cranberry Blossom Festival!

Rekindle the Spirit Holiday Parade

November 27th, 2024

Starting at City Hall and ending at Hotel Mead, this treasured Wisconsin Rapids parade is the day before Thanksgiving and a great way to kick off the holiday season with friends and family. Join us at Hotel Mead afterwards for a photo opportunity with Santa and Mrs. Claus!

Nekoosa Hometown Christmas Parade

December 7th, 2024

Starting at the library and ending at Goodfellas, this beloved Nekoosa parade is a great way to bring the family together to enjoy holiday decorated floats and fireworks afterwards!

Contact Lacy Alling, Events & Engagement Director, to participate in parades today.

Fairs

Cranberry Blossom Festival Arts & Crafts Vendor Fair

June 22nd, 2024

Come to downtown Wisconsin Rapids on Saturday during the Cranberry Blossom Festival weekend in June to shop over 80 vendors from across the state. Be sure to bring your appetite to fully enjoy a wide variety of food options!

Downtown Grand Affair

September 8th, 2024

Kick off the autumn season this September at Downtown Grand Affair in Wisconsin Rapids, where you can shop over 80 craft & food vendors! Check out the vintage car show and stop by the Chamber booth to get in on the raffle for your chance to win Gift Certificates that are redeemable at participating Member Businesses!

Contact Lacy Alling, Events & Engagement Director, to participate in vendor fairs today.

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