Cedar Creek Settlement is a major focal point for the four exciting city-wide festivals held annually in Cedarburg’s Historic District; Winter Festival, Strawberry Festival, Wine & Harvest Festival and Oktoberfest. Additionally, the Settlement sponsors two more celebratory events, Cedar Creek Winery’s Open House, the third weekend in March and Festive Friday Eves, the five Friday evenings before Christmas from 5-9 pm.
Winter Festival kicks off the festival year on the third weekend in February. Events include the infamous Bed Races and Barrel Races on Ice, Ice Sculpting and Chili Contests, the Winter Festival Parade, a Pancake Breakfast, the Stone Cold Art Show and the Cool Brews & Blues event. This two day event is free and family friendly and the perfect antidote to Cabin Fever.
The Cedar Creek Winery/Settlement Open House, the third weekend of March is your opportunity to learn about and barrel-taste the latest vintages with winemaker Philippe Coquard. There are daily Cooking Demo’s and Samplings with local chefs, Grapevine Pruning demonstrations, Live Jazz and Winery Tours/Tastings. Our interesting and unique specialty shops will showcase Artist Demonstrations and new Spring Merchandise.
Next up on the festival calendar is Cedarburg’s Strawberry Festival held on the fourth weekend of June. Of course, the strawberry is king during this summer event featuring locally grown strawberries as well as strawberry shortcake, strawberry slush, strawberry wine, chocolate-covered strawberries and strawberry delicacies of all kinds. At the Settlement you can enjoy the Sunday Morning Strawberry Pancake Breakfast in a beautiful outdoor setting overlooking Cedar Creek, with live music from 8:00-11:00 am. There are lots of fun strawberry contests, Arts on the Avenue, the Cedar Quacker 500 Duck Race, a Plein Air Painting Competition and live music all over town. More than 100,000 attend this delightful summer festival.
Wine & Harvest Festival the third weekend of September is the one that started it all. Celebrating the award-winning wines of the Settlement’s Cedar Creek Winery, Cedarburg is the perfect setting for this colorful autumn celebration. Events include Arts on the Avenue, a Scarecrow Contest, live bands, delicious grilled foods and a Farmer’s Market. Cedar Creek Winery’s Grape Stomping competition is our claim to fame with separate heats for kids and adults. Settlement merchants create a charming and whimsical, walkabout Scarecrow Sculpture Garden that is perfect for fall photos. The Giant Pumpkin Regatta on Cedar Creek, right behind the Settlement buildings is on Sunday afternoon and it draws a huge crowd just waiting for a paddler to take a spill.
Oktoberfest is the second weekend in October under a huge tent on the grounds of the Cedarburg Community Center on Washington Avenue. Live German music with many authentic German bands, a dance floor for Polka Dancing, delicious German foods, desserts and beers, competitions like Beer Bucket Races, Wife Carrying, Sauerkraut Eating and Best Lederhosen/Dirndl contests and a Sheepshead Tournament make this the perfect German cultural festival.
For the year’s grand finale, the Shops of Cedar Creek Settlement celebrates Festive Friday Eves. On each of the Five Friday nights before Christmas you will find a specially-themed holiday event that will delight your family and friends. The shops are open until 9 pm and there is always live music, wine tasting and cookies and cider. The first Friday always spotlights ethnic traditions from a different country. Other Fridays include Home for the Holidays, Christmas in the Country (boutique/sale), Santa’s Workshop and a Taste of Christmas. These indoor events are free and geared for families with various special events each week and amazing holiday shopping and dining in our beautifully decorated shops and restaurants.
A Cedarburg Christmas, Mid-November – December 31. Be sure to visit Cedarburg for Christmas events and activities any day of the week for six weeks. There will be choral and dance performances, boutiques, art shows & fairs, and a multitude of holiday events. Beautifully decorated shops and windows, streets, museums, homes and historical buildings will put you in the holiday spirit. Check the website for events: www.cedarburgchristmas.com
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