Every year Green Bay has its annual art fair event which brings together artists to showcase their works for the public to see. The event celebrates its 31st year throughout the days and nights of August 24th - 26th. It first started out as part of Bayfest on the University of Wisconsin Green Bay campus with a few booths set up. It is now held downtown, taking over several blocks. Artstreet is more than booths...it is a celebration.
The event showcases 200 visual artists from throughout the country exhibiting original, for sale works. Performing arts are highlighted on three stages featuring a blend of jazz, blues, classical dance and theater. There are edible arts offering lots of gourmet treats and ethnic specialties. A children's area is featured offering a multitude of creative hands-on art projects for kids. Visitors can also encounter artist demonstrators and strolling performers.
Enjoy a kid friendly fair during the day that welcomes after hour entertainment at night. The event is free, but donations are accepted.
Von Stiehl Winery
The road less traveled leads to the von Stiehl Winery in Algoma listed in the Federal Historic Registry. The oldest licensed Wisconsin winery was founded by Dr. Charles Stiehl when he created the idea of Door County Montmorency Cherry wine in 1967. Specializing in many varities, the third generation, family-owned business now offers over 30 varieties of carefully produced wines.
Von Stiehl offers winery tours to the Civil war era underground limestone caverns where wine is fermented and aged. Sample wines from traditional grape to intense fruit with Door County cherries that have won Double Gold, Gold and Silver medals.
Tourists find themselves visiting von Stiehl for events every week during the summer. Grape-stomping competitions, outdoor concerts and free wine bottle giveaways are favorites. Checkout the “Cuisine Concerts” every Saturday, where various music will be matched by cuisine. Whether cajun or country, rock or raggae, specialty foods will complement the tunes.
The small town charm of the winery, with its view of Lake Michigan, a great lineup of live music, and room to stretch out on the lawn make von Stiehl a “must do” while at Packers Training Camp.
Children's Museum of Green Bay
After years of planning, construction and fundraising, the Children's Museum of Green Bay has finally opened the doors to its 15,000-square foot state-of-the-art facilities. Though the museum is designed for kids, grown-ups can find their imaginations sparked inside the new downtown space as well.
The Children's Museum was created in hopes of serving the needs and interests of children by providing exhibits and programs that stimulate curiosity and motivate learning. Traditional museums focus on research and permanent collections, whereas the Children's Museum emphasizes education and interactive exhibits. Inside you can find fun and educational exhibits including a climbing tree, lighthouse, fire truck, grocery store, human digestive track and even a miniature version of Lambeau Field.
Although the ribbon is cut, the project is still short of its $4.5 million fundraising goal and will rely on community support for the remainder of the funds. So if you're heading over to training camp with your family, show your support for children's education in Green Bay by checking this out. Who knows, you might even learn a thing or two!
Packers Family Night
‘Packers Family Night’ will take place the evening of Friday, August 3rd at Lambeau Field. The event will benefit the Wendy's Wonderful Kids foster-care adoption program, a signature program of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption.
Now in its 12th year, ‘Family Night’ features on-field football drills and an intra-squad scrimmage between the Packers’ offense and defense. Included in the evening’s activities will be the popular Chili’s “Jerseys Off Our Backs” promotion where approximately 20 jerseys – all of which will have been worn by Packers players in the just-completed scrimmage – will be given away in a random drawing.
The Kemps Packers Experience returns this year. The evening will feature other activities for the younger fans, including sidewalk chalk and face painting. A spectacular fireworks show will conclude the night. The Copps-Pick ’n Save Family Night Picnic also returns with a spectacular fireworks show to conclude the night.
Evening activities get underway in the stadium at 5:30 p.m., followed by the on-field football drills at 6:30 and the scrimmage at approximately 7:30.
Fans get a preview of the upcoming season during the scrimmage.
Family Night Fireworks Show 2011
Taste of Broadway
August 2nd marks the 15th annual Taste on Broadway in Green Bay. The food feast is a fun night of great fare and entertainment. Forty restaurants from downtown Green Bay line the Broadway District showcasing their best foods and beverages from 5-11pm. The restaurants offer a big slice of variety that highlights Green Bay’s culinary coming of age.
Streets close as roughly 20,000 people flock to the main stage where the best chefs and restaurants compete for awards such as “Best Taste”, “Best Plate” and “Best Booth”. This year, expect cuisines ranging from Urban Frog’s organic Sundried Tomato and Pesto Salad to southern specialties like Jambalaya at A Taste of the South. 2012 Best of the Bay New Restaurant winner Syrah Restaurant and Wine Bar will also entertain your taste buds with samples of their acclaimed menu. Those attending will be entertained with live music throughout the evening while they enjoy the tastes of Green Bay.
In addition to food you will find tons of locally made beverages. Micro-breweries serve their specialty crafted drafts, local wineries pour their best glass and some chefs even offer up their own specialty drinks. You can try Hinterland Brewing Co.’s award winning Maple Bock and Pale Ale or a south of the border chiller from Mi Pueblo.
As a premier event and fundraiser, Taste on Broadway celebrates another year and promises to be the one of the best summer nights in Green Bay.
Many people would not expect a small city like Green Bay to be home to roller coasters, let alone an entire amusement park. Although Bay Beach is no Six Flags, it’s a close runner up and has a lot to offer if the sun is shining and you’re looking for a great time.
Situated near the mouth of the Fox River, Bay Beach’s history dates back to the 1890’s, when a young entrepreneur purchased the land. Today the park is a family place, with scenic views and rides for children of all ages. With rides at Bay Beach costing as little as 25 cents, the park is a great place for an inexpensive family trip.
The latest addition to the park is the famous Zippin Pippin, one of the oldest existing roller coasters in the United States originally from Memphis, Tennessee. Zippin Pippin has been a huge success in Green Bay and even drew praise as one of the best new amusement rides from Amusement Today.
If roller coasters aren’t your fancy, have no fear. Take a leisurely ride in the boat pond or slam, bam and bump fellow drivers on the bumper cars. Grab a burlap sack and slip down the Giant Slide or bring your camera for a short tour of the grounds on the Bay Beach Train along the picturesque bay.
Whether you’re looking for an ice cream novelty and traditional soft pretzel at the concessions or looking for a thrill on one of the rides, Bay Beach offers a fun filled day for all ages.
After the cold and seemingly endless winters, Wisconsinites welcome the summer whole-heartedly. What better way to kick the Green Bay Packers’ Training Camp off than a trip to Door County? Visitors from all over the world often refer to the 70-mile long sliver of land as the Cape Cod of the Midwest. More than two million people visit the peninsula throughout the year. You’re probably wondering, what makes Door County a vacation destination? One-of-a-kind shops, galleries, museums and lighthouses are just a few reasons the county is a small wonder.
If you’re looking for a thrill, perhaps going zip lining or renting a Segway is the adventure for you. Or horse-back riding at the great Kurtz Coral and taking a sailing cruise to Washington Island can provide you and your family a great time.
You can’t bring up Door County without mentioning food. Grab a pail of ripe cherries in July or enjoy carnival rides, food stands and an animal barn at the Door County Fair in August. The Door Peninsula is home to eight wineries that offer tours and tastings. Cherry wine is very popular since cherries are a native crop, but grape wine is also produced. After working up an appetite, try dining at one of the award-winning restaurants or perhaps taking in a traditional Door County Fish Boil.
Whether it’s relaxing on the beach or hiking through the state parks, Door County is an ideal vacation for Packer fans alike.
Best Eats in Green Bay
Where can you find the best cheese curds, happiest happy hour, and restaurant that ranks top of the pack? Look no further than the Green Bay Press Gazette’s very own “2012 Best of the Bay”. Readers have been letting the Gazette know the best places in Green Bay for food, drinks and atmosphere for years and here are our favorites of the original all-reader voted Best of the Bay.
Wisconsin is known for a couple things: the Packers, cheese and beer. So why not cut to the chase and introduce a restaurant that offers all three things Wisconsin does best? First up claiming winner of the best brewery, Titletown Brewing. Located in the 100 year old Green Bay landmark, the Chicago & Northwestern Railroad Depot, Titletown serves the area as an upscale eating establishment and microbrewery. The brewery has revived the tradition of handcrafting ten quality beers that are best paired with an order of Wisconsin’s own Renard’s cheese curds.
Now if you plan on attending Training Camp, you’ll need to start the day off right with a hearty breakfast. Year after year The Pancake Place has been a must-taste spot for both locals and visitors. The Pancake Place is a family owned restaurant that doesn’t stop at their plate-sized pancakes. Stop by anytime of the day for treat from strawberry and whipped crème crepes to zesty gyros.
Finally after a long day of cheering on the Pack, you deserve to take a seat at one of the favorite spots among not only the Green Bay natives. Don’t be surprised to see Aaron Rodgers along with other teammates enjoying a meal the quaint Chives fine dining restaurant. Chives offer everything from burgers and daily sandwich and pasta features, to fresh seasonal cuisine utilizing local ingredients. Chives stellar reputation for food quality, presentation, and value are well earned. If you don’t believe us, ask Rodgers.