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Drawn to the mystery and romance of the sea? Then consider a B&B inn, not on the ocean, but here, in eastern Wisconsin.

Let's begin with the Door County peninsula, affectionately known by many as the "Cape Cod of the Midwest." It's easy to see why -- 250 miles of shoreline, apple and cherry orchards, artists' enclaves and natural landscape golf courses, with five spectacular state parks dotting the landscape. In Sturgeon Bay, the gateway to Door County, shipbuilders and giant shipyards provide a foil for an artful downtown community.

Is there a maritime history buff among your group? The city of Manitowoc, with its maritime museum, the largest in the Great Lakes, stands as testament to exploration and the rigors of the waters, from early wooden sailing ships to WWII submarines.

There is another city of note in this region, and its very name conjures up images of legends, not of the seas, but of the turf. Green Bay, home of the Green and Gold, our beloved Packers. A spectacular renovation of Lambeau Field and the Packer Hall of Fame calls for a pilgrimage to the site by any person claiming to be a true football fan.

Biking, hiking and fishing are plentiful in the Kettle Moraine area, named for its unique glacial features including deep kettles, glacial hills, tumbled moraines and lakes. Visitors also come to explore prairie restoration sites, grasslands and hardwood forests. The Ice Age National Scenic Trail segment here covers more than 30 miles, the length of the forest, with stretches ideal for moderate to serious hikers.

We asked our innkeepers to update you on 'what's to do' in their area:

Ephraim: Great fishing at Anderson Dock. Visit Peninsula State Park’s premier golf course, summer theater, lighthouse tour.  Trollhaugen Lodge. 

Sturgeon Bay: Come play outdoors. Concerts and live theater in a variety of locations, with 5 state and countless county parks to romp around in. The Black Walnut Guest House.

Oshkosh is known for its abundant waterways.  So, we are taking full advantage of this by offering you Pontoon trips while staying with us at the Brayton Bed & Breakfast.

Events within the Eastern Waters & Door County region:

Oshkosh Brewery Tours

Event City: Oshkosh
Event Details:
Oshkosh Brewery Tours are not only the best way to explore Oshkosh breweries, they are also the most fun! These aren’t your normal yellow buses… these are party buses. Fully equipt with everything you need to make your brewery tour one you won’t soon forget. Oshkosh Brewery Tours are every Saturday from 12 pm – 5 pm. Only $15/person. 4 Brewery Tours, plus Free Gifts
Event Dates:
Apr 14, 2018 to Dec 29, 2018

Event Time:
12:00

Event Web Site:
https://visitoshkosh.com/events/brewery-tours/

On the Loos Riverboat Cruises

Event City: Oshkosh
Event Details:
Experience the Fox River with a leisurely cruise to beautiful Lake Butte Des Morts returning to the Riverwalk where the fun can continue! All riverboat cruises depart from the Oshkosh Riverwalk (1 N Main St., near the Ground Round).
Event Dates:
May 25, 2018 to Oct 05, 2018

Event Time:
18:00

Event Contact Phone:
920-479-0270

Event Web Site:
http://www.onthelooscruises.com/

Oshkosh Farmers Market

Event City: Oshkosh
Event Details:
With over 140 vendors every Saturday morning, the Downtown Market brings you fresh, in-season fruits and vegetables, eggs, honey, syrups, cheeses, pasture-raised meats and poultry, fish, jams, preserves, cut flowers, and nursery stock. A wide variety of handcrafted items are available throughout the season. Local food artisans bring fresh bread, candy, nuts, prepared foods and other goodies. Enjoy live music at the center of the Market from 9:00am until noon. On our website find a list of Who’s Doing What and a Market Layout (updated every week). Also, check our Weekly Events for a list of our popular scheduled musicians and other special events. Every week finds various Community Outreach groups interacting with the Public. For the latest information, like us (Oshkosh Farmers Markets) on Facebook.
Event Dates:
Jun 02, 2018 to Oct 27, 2018

Event Time:
08:00

Event Web Site:
http://www.osfmi.com/

Oshkosh Farmers Market(downtown/outdoor)

Event City: Oshkosh
Event Details:
Every Saturday from 8:00-12:30 just 1/2 block from the inn. Find amazing flowers, fruits, vege's, crafts and array of food, beverages and music.
Event Dates:
Jun 02, 2018 to Oct 27, 2018

Event Time:
08:00

Event Contact Phone:
920-252-2532

Event Web Site:
http://www.osfmi.com/

Waterfest Concert Series on the Fox River

Event City: Oshkosh
Event Details:
Celebrate summer during the Waterfest Concert Series at the Leach Amphitheater in Oshkosh! Enjoy an outstanding line-up of Jazz, Pop, Rock, R&B, Blues and Roots Music while you relax on a beautiful, summer evening with the companionship of family, friends and associates in a park-like setting on the Fox River. The downtown patios, restaurants and bars bustle before and after the event, so come early and stay late! The Park and Riverfront welcome boaters and tailgaters who picnic before and during the event. The Leach Amphitheater gates usually open before 6 pm and as early as 5 pm. Music generally starts a few minutes after the gates open and never runs past 11 pm. Waterfest beats the heat and those summer re-runs! Enjoy for family and friends at a great event! 2018 Schedule: June 21 – Hairball June 28 – Lukas Nelson POTR/Bob Schneider July 12 – Boz Scaggs July 19 – Manchester Orchestra August 2 – George Thorogood August 9 – Michael McDonald August 16 – Blackberry Smoke/JJ Grey & Mofro August 23 – Loverboy/The Producers
Event Dates:
Jun 21, 2018 to Aug 23, 2018

Event Time:
17:00

Event Web Site:
http://www.waterfest.org/

Tiffany Treasures Exhibit

Event City: Oshkosh
Event Details:
A celebration of beauty, this exhibition features more than 60 extraordinary objects, spanning over 30 years of Tiffany’s prolific career. One of America’s most renowned artists, Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848-1933) worked in nearly all of the media available to artists and designers in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries—glass, ceramic, metalwork, jewelry, and painting. Tiffany’s technical brilliance in a wide variety of media enabled him to convey his awe of the natural world through a range of objects, from common household items to one-of-a-kind masterpieces. He earned international acclaim for his artistic output, receiving prestigious awards in exhibitions across Europe and the United States. His work was enthusiastically collected by art museums and private collectors throughout his lifetime and continues to be highly sought after today. This exhibition celebrates the artistry and craftsmanship of the Tiffany artworks from Chicago’s distinguished Richard H. Driehaus Collection, highlighting masterworks never before presented in a comprehensive exhibition. This exhibition was organized by the Richard H. Driehaus Museum and is toured by International Arts & Artists, Washington, D.C.
Event Dates:
Jun 23, 2018 to Sep 23, 2018

Event Web Site:
https://www.thepaine.org/events/louis-comfort-tiffany-treasures-from-the-driehaus-collection/

Jazz Festival meets the Arts

Event City: Oshkosh
Event Details:
This new festival will bring the community together to celebrate creativity and artistic excellence by featuring music and art influences from around the world. The Art Show and Sale will begin at 11:00 a.m., along the Riverwalk. The Jazz Music will begin at 3:00 p.m., and will feature worldwide music ambassadors who are trailblazers in the field of jazz: Monty Alexander – One of the top jazz pianists of all time! Othello Molineaux – Established the steel drum as a legitimate jazz instrument! Rose Max – Multiple winner of “Best Female Brazilian Singer” in the field of jazz!
Event Dates:
Aug 18, 2018 to Aug 18, 2018

Event Time:
11:00

Event Web Site:
https://visitoshkosh.com/events/first-annual-oshkosh-jazz-festival-meets-arts/

Gus Macker 3 on 3 basketball tourney

Event City: Oshkosh
Event Details:
The original 3-on-3 basketball festival of family fun, also known as a Gus Macker Tournament, will be here this summer. The Gus Macker Tournaments are designed for basketball players who love the fun of the driveway game – male or female, from age 7 to 70-plus, short and tall, the most experienced or those with little or no experience who just want to play. This year, 2018, is the 45th year of Gus Macker Basketball. For the first 13 years it was a single tournament started by a pair of brothers and their friends in 1974, but became a festival phenomenon and America’s Original 3-on-3 Basketball Tour in 1987.
Event Dates:
Aug 18, 2018 to Aug 19, 2018

Event Web Site:
https://visitoshkosh.com/events/arc-gus-macker-2/

RibFest

Event City: Oshkosh
Event Details:
Come join the fun and enjoy the best BBQ brought to you by the National Barbecue Cookers Association. You will not want to miss the barbecue goodness that these professional ribbers from across the country cook up! Nightly concerts accompany the delicious food. It’s a fun-filled event loaded with BBQ, live music, family fun, beverages and more. Located in beautiful Menominee Park, this four-day family-friendly event is a fundraiser to support local scholarships and projects funded by the Rotary Clubs of Oshkosh.
Event Dates:
Aug 31, 2018 to Sep 03, 2018

Event Web Site:
https://www.wisbestribfest.com/

Labor Day Picnic and Car Show

Event City: Oshkosh
Event Details:
The 100-plus year tradition of celebrating labor in Oshkosh continues Monday, Sept. 3, 2018. Join the Winnebago County Labor Council for its annual Labor Day Picnic and Car Show at South Park. .The picnic includes the Car Show along with music by the Bobby Evans Band, selling raffle tickets(drawings continue all day) and free books for children provided by the Oshkosh Public Library and the Labor Council. Food may be purchased at the picnic including corn, burgers and bratwurst from 11 am to 5 pm. The Car Show is open to all, free of charge, however we do ask for a donation to those who would like to display their vehicles, with registration beginning at 9 a.m. Proceeds from the picnic are used to support donations to local initiatives and Labor Council projects. Help celebrate the strides that labor has made during the past decades in helping all working people.
Event Dates:
Sep 03, 2018 to Sep 03, 2018

Event Web Site:
https://visitoshkosh.com/events/labor-day-picnic-car-show-2/

Becoming Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Event City: Oshkosh
Event Details:
One of the most recognizable sports personalities in the world takes center stage in Oshkosh, when Kareem Abdul-Jabbar appears live at the Menominee Nation Arena in Downtown Oshkosh. BECOMING KAREEM will be presented by the Menominee Nation Arena and The Grand Oshkosh for one performance only, as part of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s nationwide tour. In BECOMING KAREEM, Kareem showcases the top 7 mentors and the most important lessons he learned from each.
Event Dates:
Sep 08, 2018 to Sep 08, 2018

Event Web Site:
https://www.ticketstaronline.com/events/detail/kareem-abdul-jabbar

Docktoberfest

Event City: Oshkosh
Event Details:
Authentic German Oktoberfest with food, great German music, culture and Gemutlichkeit by day lively entertainment and bier hall by night. Friday night will feature a fish fry by the Roxy and Copper Box band. Saturday, attendees can enjoy great German music by day and Star Six Nine by night! Saturday will also be packed with fun activities including the WI Cornhole Tourney (online pre-registration is required), 2K Bier Run, masskrugstemmen (steinholding), costume and frankfurter eating contests. Make sure to wear your dirndls and lederhosen!
Event Dates:
Sep 14, 2018 to Sep 15, 2018

Event Web Site:
https://www.oshkoshdocktoberfest.com/

Dirty Revival

Event City: Oshkosh
Event Details:
You won’t want to miss the first concert on the newly restored historic stage at The Howard! Dirty Revival is a Portland, Oregon-based music fusion group whose unique sound is “big, gritty and honest”, pulling elements from soul, funk, hip-hop, R&B, jazz, gospel and rock. Owners Carey & Jenna saw this group live a few years back and enjoyed the show so much they met the band after the show and vowed to bring them to Oshkosh- so it’s only fitting that this is the first concert at The Howard. Join us September 21st for what will surely be a very fun evening!
Event Dates:
Sep 21, 2018 to Sep 21, 2018

Event Web Site:
https://visitoshkosh.com/events/dirty-revival-howard/

September Swing

Event City: Oshkosh
Event Details:
Relive the excitement and glamour of the 1940’s at EAA’s “September Swing!” Learn to swing dance (or practice your skills) and then dance the night away amidst an authentic collection of World War II planes, vehicles, and artifacts.
Event Dates:
Sep 29, 2018 to Sep 29, 2018

Event Web Site:
https://visitoshkosh.com/events/september-swing-2/

Evening with Peter Cetera

Event City: Oshkosh
Event Details:
Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Peter Cetera is the next star to take the stage at the Menominee Nation Arena in Downtown Oshkosh. The legendary vocalist will perform for one night only on Saturday, October 6 at 7:30 p.m. Peter Cetera has had two distinct and tremendously successful musical careers. A solo artist since 1986, he was previously singer, songwriter and bass player for the legendary rock group Chicago and is the voice for such Rock classics as “Glory of Love,” “If You Leave Me Now,” “You’re the Inspiration,” “After All,” “Feelin’ Stronger Every Day,” “Hard Habit to Break.” Presale tickets will be available on August 8 beginning at 11:00 a.m. Tickets go on sale to the public on Aug.10 at 11:00 a.m. and will be available on TicketStarOnline.com. They will also be available online at menomineenationarena.com and at the Menominee Nation Arena box office.
Event Dates:
Oct 06, 2018 to Oct 06, 2018

Event Time:
19:30

Event Contact Phone:
920-744-2035

Event Web Site:
https://menomineenationarena.com/2018/08/peter-cetera-to-make-appearance-at-menominee-nation-arena/

Enchanted Gala

Event City: Oshkosh
Event Details:
The Enchanted Gala October 6, 2018 You are invited to attend the event of the season - the Paine’s Enchanted Gala. This marvelous event features the entire Paine estate. Guests enjoy cocktails in the Carriage House and new Formal Garden, dinner in the Conservatory, and dancing and dessert in the Mansion. The Gala is an elegant, black tie event with a committee which has planned each detail of this wonderful evening. The Gala also features an online silent auction that will open for bidding September 4, and includes grand adventures and one-of-a-kind experiences. The Gala is the Paine’s largest fundraising event of the year. Proceeds support the care of the Paine’s historic estate, art collections, and gardens, as well as the presentation of quality exhibitions and educational programs.
Event Dates:
Oct 06, 2018 to Oct 06, 2018

Event Web Site:
https://www.thepaine.org/events/the-enchanted-gala/

Horror Festival

Event City: Oshkosh
Event Details:
Our festival brings fright fans together for a weekend of horror and fun.
Event Dates:
Oct 13, 2018 to Oct 14, 2018

Event Web Site:
https://www.newhorrorfest.com/

Oshkosh Chili Cook Off

Event City: Oshkosh
Event Details:
Children events Music and Art!! MORE INFORMATION TO FOLLOW
Event Dates:
Oct 13, 2018 to Oct 13, 2018

Event Web Site:
https://visitoshkosh.com/events/oshkosh-chili-cook-off/

Spirits of the Grand Tour

Event City: Oshkosh
Event Details:
Historic characters, both real and imagined, are center-stage in this interactive guided tour of one of the most haunted theaters in Wisconsin. Since 2010, the SPIRITS OF THE GRAND tours have been a highlight of the "October Season" at the historic Grand Oshkosh. With over 130 years of history and experiences to draw on, there are certainly tales to tell! Led by the interactive tour guides of Hysterical Productions, you'll travel from lobby to auditorium to balcony to basement to dressing rooms, each with its own story. Thankfully, the tour ends in the Grand Lounge where you can enjoy a beverage and exchange stories! Several of the past seasons' favorite characters return, including the ditzy research professor; the woman-in-the-balcony, the despondent Shakespearian actor, the mysterious fortune teller, plus a surprise or two!
Event Dates:
Oct 24, 2018 to Oct 27, 2018

Event Time:
19:00

Event Web Site:
https://thegrandoshkosh.org/non-subscription-events/spirits-of-the-grand-tours.html

Gameapalooza

Event City: Oshkosh
Event Details:
NEWGame is a gaming convention in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. NEWGame 2018 marks our move to a new location! Still on the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh campus, We have moved across the road to the Reeve Memorial Union Ballroom. (Click the link for maps and directions!) . This larger space will usher in a new level of possibilities for the convention, without losing any of the amenities that we have enjoyed during the past five years at the Gruenhagen Conference Center. We have many exciting plans for NEWGame2018, so stay tuned for more information! In addition to the tables full of role-playing, board gaming, and miniatures, our featured events include… Escape Room! Game Auction! Artemis Starship Bridge Simulation! Family Gaming Area! Mil-Cog Game Library!
Event Dates:
Oct 26, 2018 to Oct 28, 2018

Event Time:
15:00

Event Web Site:
http://newgameapalooza.com/

Nutcracker in the Castle

Event City: Oshkosh
Event Details:
The Paine presents the scenes of the beloved Nutcracker story within the historic estate. From the opening Party Scene with a giant Christmas tree to the magical Land of Sweets and the enchanting Sugar Plum Fairy, the tale unfolds throughout elaborately decorated rooms with a mesmerizing array of sights, sounds and surprises. There are three different ways to visit and enjoy the fantasy experience of Nutcracker in the Castle. Guests may take Self-Guided Tours, Candlelight Tours, and Guided Tours, with each style of tour offered at separate times. In addition to tours, guests are invited to visit the Sugar Plum Fairy’s Cupcake Café for a scrumptious treat! See below for more details about the types of tours, their dates and times, and the hours of the café.
Event Dates:
Nov 16, 2018 to Jan 07, 2019

Event Web Site:
https://visitoshkosh.com/events/nutcracker-in-the-castle/

Celebration of Lights

Event City: Oshkosh
Event Details:
Each year over 13,500 cars, packed with families and friends, drive through beautiful Menominee Park in Oshkosh to experience the magic of lighted exhibits and holiday fun. Enjoy all of this year’s amazing displays, including a 100-foot tree, sculptured scenes, animated lighted displays, Santa’s Workshop and twinkling beauty. Oshkosh COL supports our local community by collecting food every evening we are open. This effort is so much more than the three-quarters of a million lights spread over a 1.2-mile route through beautiful Menominee Park. Since 2001, attendees to the annual holiday event have donated close to 118 tons of non-perishable food, which has been donated to local pantries to feed those in need here, in the Oshkosh area. Visitors receive $1.00 off of the normal admission cost by donating an in date non-perishable food item.
Event Dates:
Nov 22, 2018 to Dec 31, 2018

Event Web Site:
https://oshkoshcelebrationoflights.org/
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