Events

Community First/Oshkosh Chamber Live at Lunch Series

July 26, 2017


Description
Live at Lunch concerts are held each Wednesday in the summer from Noon-1pm in Opera House Square. During each concert, local restaurants will be on hand selling lunch entrees for you to enjoy while listening to family friendly music. Please bring lawn chairs and/or blankets for the show.
 
The Live at Lunch schedule is as follows:
 
July 26-Water City Jazz Orchestra food by Manila Resto
August 2-Rob Anthony food by Manila Resto
August 9-Joe & Janice food by ZaRonis
August 16-Wrap up Party at the Grind (240 Algoma Blvd).  Community & sponsors welcome! Music to be announced.

 
Date, Time, & Location
June 21st-August 2nd (skipping July 5th)
Noon-1pm
Opera House Square

Cost
Free to listen (food is cash only)
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Oshkosh Area Community Band-Summer Concert Series

July 26, 2017


Description
Summer Concert Series at the Grand. Each concert features marches, medleys, and compositions written for bands.
 
Date, Time, & Location
July 26, 2017
06:30pm - 07:30pm
Grand Opera House
 
Cost
Free
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Dark Nights: Trivia

July 27, 2017


Description
When the theater is dark we'll add some nightlife! America’s Pub Quiz is the best live-hosted trivia show that brings a FREE quiz night to bars, pubs and restaurants throughout America! An entertaining evening to be had by all – guaranteed! It’s FREE to play! There will be prizes for the top 3 teams provided by the Grand Opera House. The full cash bar will be open starting at 7PM, with pizza, pretzels and nachos!
 
Date, Time, & Location
Every Thursday through August
07:00pm - 11:30pm
The Grand Opera House 100 High Ave. Oshkosh, WI 54901
 
Cost
Free
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Cocktails and Canines

July 28, 2017


Description
Join us on the patio with your doggy! (Cocktails aren't required, but we have them if you want) Come enjoy dinner with your furry pal by your side! Join others as they bring their furbabies too. It's just a night to get together with your dogs and other dog owners! Dog cones $1.00
 
Date, Time, & Location
July 28, 2017
05:00pm - 07:00pm
Caramel Crisp & Cafe
 
Cost
Free

Dark Nights: Karaoke

July 28, 2017


Description
When the theater is dark we'll add some nightlife! Stop in for some Karaoke stylings starting at 8:30PM. Sing your favorite tune or support your friends! The cash bar will be open with nachos, pizza and pretzels. The lounge is even open to pre-game!
 
Date, Time, & Location
Every Friday through August
07:00pm - 11:30pm
The Grand Opera House 100 High Ave. Oshkosh, WI 54901
 
Cost
Free
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The Backlot Comedy House Friday Night Show

July 28, 2017


Description
The Backlot Comedy House is your premiere stop for sketch and improv comedy in downtown Oshkosh. We offer an ever changing sketch line up with performers that are as funny as they are talented (that's a lot of talent!). The Backlot Comedy House is a unique and new experience for Oshkosh and we encourage you to come join in on the fun!
 *Must be 21+ to attend
 
Date, Time, & Location
Every Friday
09:00pm - 10:00pm
424 North Main Street
 
Cost
$10.00 for adults
$8.00 for students with a valid ID
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Oshkosh Saturday Farmers Market

July 29, 2017


General Information
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 (www.OSFMI.com), 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.
 
Date, Time, Location
Rain or Shine!
Location: 400 & 500 Blocks of North Main Street & 100 Block of Church Avenue
Date: Every Saturday June 3rd-Oct 28th
Time: 8 AM to 12:30 PM
 
Music
July 29: Copper Box Trio
 
For More Information
Contact:  Karlene Leatherman, Market Manager
920-252-2533  or  DLKBLeatherman@sbcglobal.net
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Saturdays @ 7-The Matrix (1999)

July 29, 2017


Description
Admission is $3.00. Popcorn, soda, candy and beer will be available for purchase. Doors open at 6:30pm with the movie starting at 7:00pm. Time Community Theater 445 N. Main St. in Downtown Oshkosh
 
Date, Time, & Location
July 29, 2017
7:00pm
Time Community Theater
 
Cost
Admission is $3.00
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The Backlot Comedy House Saturday Night Show

July 29, 2017


Description
The Backlot Comedy House is your premiere stop for sketch and improv comedy in downtown Oshkosh. We offer an ever changing sketch line up with performers that are as funny as they are talented (that's a lot of talent!). The Backlot Comedy House is a unique and new experience for Oshkosh and we encourage you to come join in on the fun!
 *Must be 21+ to attend
 
Date, Time, & Location
Every Saturday
09:00pm - 10:00pm
424 North Main Street
 
Cost
$10.00 for adults
$8.00 for students with a valid ID
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Summer Punch Card Program

July 31, 2017


Description
We have 20 different businesses participating on our Downtown Oshkosh summer punch card. You receive 1 punch per $10 purchase at each business. You need to receive 10 punches total (during June & July) to receive a reward. (You do NOT have to get 20 punches; only 10 :))
 
You can pick up a card at any of these participating locations!
 
Check out what each business is offering for a reward here!
 
Remember you only receive punches in June and July and then redeem your card at any of the participating locations during the month of August.
 
Date, Time, & Location
June-July collect a total of 10 punches
August is your month to redeem your card at 1 location
Downtown Oshkosh
 
Cost
$0 to receive a card
Must spend $10 at a participating location to receive a punch
 
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Open Mic Night Featured Artist Michael Sullivan

August 02, 2017


Description
Michael was raised in Sparta, Wisconsin and grew up listening to everything from the Beatles to Motown. Living in Nashville for 7 years influenced him too. Today, as a singer/songwriter that performs all styles, Michael performs anything from Tom Petty to the Everly Brothers. Writing a song still feels good, so he'll plug an original now and then. For the last 35 years Michael has played everything from House Concerts to Blues Jams. One of his favorite venues is where people can just sit down and soak it in. But, he'll take the rowdy bar straight on too. Michael.
 
Date, Time, & Location
August 2, 2017
05:00pm - 07:00pm
Caramel Crisp & Cafe
 
Cost
Free

Waterfest

August 03, 2017


Description
Waterfest is a Celebration of The Quality of Life we enjoy here in the Fox Valley Area. The name was chosen to draw attention to our most valuable, unique and recognizable resource, our waterways. The event takes place on the shores of the historic Fox River in Downtown Oshkosh. Some of the greatest musicians of our time perform in an intimate and accessible venue. The food generally consists of Wisconsin's best brats and burgers served by anyone of a dozen or so community volunteer organizations.

Depending on the weather and the artists strength of appeal anywhere from 2,500 to 7,500 visitors may be in attendance for any given evening. We generally enjoy about 60 to 70,000 guests during the entire 9 evenings of entertainment. The Oshkosh downtown eateries and clubs bustle before and after the event so come early, stay late, or both!

The Waterfest schedule is as follows:
The Wallflowers & Better Than Ezra • Aug 3 
BoDeans • Aug 10 
Pablo Cruise & Ambrosia • Aug 17 
John Kay & Steppenwolf  • Aug 24
 
Date, Time, & Location
First Waterfest of the season is Thursday, June 15th
Gate open times vary per week 
Leach Amphitheater
 
Cost
Cost varies depending on gate time arrival
*General Admission & VIP Admission Season Passes available-visit waterfest.org for more info
**General Admission & VIP Admission Single event tickets available-visit waterfest.org for more info
**Admissions are free to US Armed Service Veterans (with proof of service:DD214) and to youth 12 and under when accompanied by parent/adult
***Teachers are free with School ID on OPENING night
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Ladies Night | Drink - Paint - Relax

August 03, 2017


Description
Grab your girlfriends and come down to Fire Escape! You can choose any piece to paint and order a few drinks. We offer complimentary sweets and as much help as you need in creating an awesome project! Drink Options Miller Lite Miller 64 Capital Amber Ale Samuel Adams Boston Lager Corona Modelo Leinenkugel's Honey Weiss K4 Fantasy Factor IPA Fox River Brewing Co. Blu Bobber Henry's Hard Orange Soda Coney Island Hard Rootbeer Twisted Tea Original Redd's Apple Ale Angry Orchard Crisp Apple Truly Spiked & Sparkling
 
Date, Time, & Location
August 3, 2017
06:00pm - 08:00pm
Fire Escape - 428 N Main St
 
Cost
$25-$55
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Free Fridays-The Mummy (1992)

August 04, 2017


Description
Admission is Free! Popcorn, soda, candy and beer will be available for purchase (cash only). Doors open at 6:30pm with the movie starting at 7:00pm. Time Community Theater 445 N. Main St. in Downtown Oshkosh
 
Date, Time, & Location
August 4, 2017
7:00pm
Time Community Theater
 
Cost
Free

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Chalk Walk

August 05, 2017


Description
Artists and Community Members of all ages and levels of ability can participate!
Artists are invited to chalk up the sidewalk around Opera House Square.
Visitors and encouraged to join in and watch – there will be food, fun and music!
The Chalk Walk is brought to you by the Downtown Oshkosh Marketing Consortium including business owners from Downtown Oshkosh!
 
 
*Early bird pricing through June 15th at 11:30pm CST
**Registration ends July 22nd at 11:30pm CST
 
Date, Time, & Location
August 5, 2017
Rain Date: August 12, 2017
08:00am - 06:00pm
Downtown Oshkosh: Opera House Square
 
Cost
Free
 
Additonal Info
This is family friendly event. There will be music, food, and art throughout the day in and around Opera House Square (300 N. Main St.)
  • Face painting
  • Balloon animals
  • Kids chalk area (ages 2-11)
  • Other additional activities/games
Special Thank You to ALL of our Sponsors
Tundraland, Oshkosh Northwestern, 920 Tattoo Co., Oshkosh Public Library, Fox River Landscape, Varsity Club, The Roxy, Backlot Comedy House, Oshkosh Farmers Markets, AtomicKatz, 4 Imprint, Park N' Print, & House of Heroes!
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Saturday Night Out

August 05, 2017


Description
Saturday Night Out featuring Oshkosh Gallery Walk. Enoy shopping, entertainment and art from local businesses and galleries. Saturday Night Out along with Oshkosh Gallery Walk invites you to come downtown and explore unique shops, galleries, restaurants, bars and entertainment. The first Saturday of each month opens up the downtown for you to explore. Get your map at participating businesses or online at www.OshkoshSaturday.com
 
Date, Time, & Location
August 5, 2017
04:00pm - 11:00pm
Downtown Oshkosh
 
Cost
FREE
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Gallery Walk

August 05, 2017


Description
On the First Saturday of every month Downtown Oshkosh comes alive with the Oshkosh Gallery Walk. From 6-9pm Oshkosh galleries and businesses open their doors to feature artwork of all varieties and genres. Come join the hundreds of other art lovers who make Oshkosh the place to be on the First Saturday of every month.
 
Date, Time, & Location
First Saturday of Every Month
Throughout the WHOLE Year
6:00-9:00pm
Throughout Downtown Oshkosh
 
Cost
Free

Downtown Night Out | Comedy Show & Painting |

August 05, 2017


Description
Enjoy a night out with friends! Paint a mug at Fire Escape and after attend an Improv Show at the Backlot Comedy House. $20 includes your comedy show ticket, and a mug (firing and paint included). The Downtown Night out will be held the first Saturday of every month at two different times. Ages 13-20 Painting at 6:00 Comedy Show at 7:30. Ages 21+ Painting at 7:30 Comedy Show at 9:00; No drink minimum. Drinks available for purchase at Backlot during the show or from Fire Escape while painting for our 21+ guests.
 
Date, Time, & Location
July 1, 2017
06:00pm - 10:00pm
Fire Escape & The Backlot Comedy House
 
Cost
$20.00
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Race the Lake

August 13, 2017


Description
SUNDAY, AUGUST 13 AT 5:45 A.M. Lakeside Park, 158 E. Harbor View Dr., Fond du Lac 10th Annual Race the Lake is a 100 mile bike race around the majestic Lake Winnebago, full of scenic diversity and is enjoyed by all abilities from professional to the beginning cyclists. Do the event as an individual, or with a team! DISTANCE 100 Miles-Century Ride The course will stage the dramatic start at 52 W. Scott Street in Fond du Lac. The journey begins by heading north hugging the west side of Lake Winnebago and traveling through Oshkosh, Neenah, Menasha, Appleton and to the half way point at High Cliff State Park. Riders then take the east shoreline of Lake Winnebago - taking in lots of greenery, the mammoth blue lake and fresh country air. The course goes through Calumetville, Marytown, and St. Peter, and finishes at Lakeside Park (158 E. Harbor Drive) in Fond du Lac. PERKS Dri-wickshirt, finishers' medal, computer chip timing. Also receive a pasta dinner and FREE beer after the event. AWARDS Cash prims: Awards given to the overall male/female and traditional age divisions.
 
Date, Time, & Location
August 13, 2017
05:45am
Around Lake Winnebago
 
Cost
See website for details
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Gadgets & Grub - The Grind Cowork Space Open House

August 17, 2017


Description
Calling all lovers of technology, curiosity seekers and foodies! We will be hosting a technology showcase event and open house at The Grind Cowork Space on August 17th. Check out our members' cool gear, gadgets and gizmos and enjoy delicious food from food trucks and Planet Perk Cafe. Test-drive a Tesla, try out a VR headset! We'll also have 360 cameras, interactive display technology, motorized longboards and more! Please contact jessica@blackteak.com if you'd like to join us and show off your cool gadgets! We encourage anyone from the community to attend!
 
Date, Time, & Location
August 17, 2017
03:00pm - 07:00pm
240 Algoma Boulevard
 
Cost
Free
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John Lambert at Caramel Crisp Cafe Oshkosh, WI

August 23, 2017


Description
Located in downtown Oshkosh since 1933! We offer a full menu plus coffee's, the Best.Cookies.Ever! Pies & Cheesecakes. Large Gift Shop and a Toy Store too! JOHN LAMBERT plays an infectious brand of Classic Pop/Rock original music and smooth renditions of the classic pop, rock and soul music of yesteryear! www.johnlambertmusic.com
 
Date, Time, & Location
August 23, 2017
05:00pm - 07:00pm
Caramel Crisp & Cafe
 
Cost
Free

2017 ARC Gus Macker

August 26, 2017


Description
The ARC Gus Macker 3-on-3 Tournament of Oshkosh is once again expecting the great crowds that have ventured downtown to be part of a great summer weekend. To go along with the ARC Gus Macker, the Oshkosh Farmers Market will also be going on just down the road on Saturday, August 26th. It makes for a festive atmosphere and a celebration of the kind of fun that can be found in our historic downtown. You don’t want to miss it. This will be the fifth year of the Oshkosh Macker, which is owned and directed by ARC Restoration and Contracting. Once again the popular Slam-Dunk Contest for the high flyers and a 3-point shot contest will be presented. New this year is the “Dream Court” where the youngest Mackers play games with an announcer doing play-by-play and receive prizes. Proceeds from the tournament will benefit the Take 5 Organization. That is the real charm of a Gus Macker tournament. No matter your level of experience you get matched up with players of similar experience in a setting that is right for you! It is basketball in the streets made for everybody. The Best Western Premiere Waterfront Hotel & Convention Center will be the host hotel. It’s located next to the courts, and it includes a great riverfront restaurant and many other amenities. Gus Macker rooms are $99. When you reserve use the Promo Code – Gus Macker. Put 100 North Main St., in your GPS application and you can find the ARC Gus Macker of Oshkosh. Join the crowd.
 
Date, Time, & Location
August 26-27, 2017
08:00am - 04:00pm
N. Main Street
 
Cost
Registration $140
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Open Mic Night Featuring Peyer Piano Studio

August 30, 2017


Description
Peyer Piano Studio is owned and operated by Erin Peyer, NCTM. Opened in Fall of 2014, Peyer Piano Studio has become an active part in the Oshkosh community – performing in summer and winter farmers markets, at local nursing homes, and with other students at the Oshkosh Public Library. Peyer Piano Studio offers both private and group lessons for students of any age and level. Visit peyerpianostudio.com for more info! Erin Peyer of Peyer Piano Studio has been playing piano for 22 years and teaching piano for 8. Erin received a Bachelor of Arts in Music from UW-Oshkosh and a Master of Music from Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana. Besides teaching and running her studio, Erin also accompanies students at UW-Oshkosh and is president of the Oshkosh Area Music Teachers Association.
 
Date, Time, & Location
August 30, 2017
05:00pm - 07:00pm
Caramel Crisp & Cafe
 
Cost
Free

John Lambert at Caramel Crisp Cafe Oshkosh, WI

September 13, 2017


Description
Located in downtown Oshkosh since 1933! We offer a full menu plus coffee's, the Best.Cookies.Ever! Pies & Cheesecakes. Large Gift Shop and a Toy Store too! JOHN LAMBERT plays an infectious brand of Classic Pop/Rock original music and smooth renditions of the classic pop, rock and soul music of yesteryear! www.johnlambertmusic.com
 
Date, Time, & Location
September 13, 2017
05:00pm - 07:00pm
Caramel Crisp & Cafe
 
Cost
Free

Caramel Apple Decorating

September 30, 2017


Description
Fall fever is here!! Kids of all ages can come to decorate their favorite fall treat here at the Caramel Crisp & Cafe. Parents may enjoy a specialty drink or a bite to eat in the cafe while the kids can enjoy decorating their caramel apples.
 
Date, Time, & Location
September 30, 2017
11:00am - 02:00pm
Caramel Crisp & Cafe (Kids)
 
Cost
Free

Plexus Run for hope

October 07, 2017


Description
5k or 10k Run/Walk - Plexus Run for Hope - Saturday, October 7, 2017 8:00 a.m. Start Plexus One Plexus Way Neenah, WI 54956 CHARITY Proceeds from The Plexus Run for Hope will be donated to the Harbor House in Appleton, WI. The Harbor House supports victims and survivors of domestic abuse with a comprehensive range of programs. Perks: costume contest, pumpkins, pumpkin painting, football throwing contest, food/drinks, long sleeve shirts, awards, and photo both!
 
Date, Time, & Location
October 7, 2017
08:00am
Plexus
 
Cost
 
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Shawn Blaschka Haunted America

October 20, 2017


Description
Looking for a little Halloween fun this season? Creep, float, or crawl on over and enjoy listening to Shawn Blaschka speak about his paranormal experiences with a seasonal beverage and some goulash sweets. Shawn has co-written several books and has been fascinated with the paranormal for many years. More details yet to come. Shawn's Blog: I first became interested in ghosts as a young boy when my dad would tell me stories about his experiences in the old Plumer mansion where he worked. I have been studying and investigating the paranormal for seventeen years and have had several personal encounters with the "unknown." I am co-author of our newest book, Haunted Wausau "The Ghostly History Of Big Bull Falls". I also have articles in several other books, some of which are - Encyclopedia of Haunted Places - by Jeff Belanger, Famous Wisconsin Ghosts and Ghost Hunters - by Hannah Heidi Levy & Brian Borton, 21st Century Ghosts - by Jason Karl, Real Ghosts, Restless Spirits, and Haunted Places - by Brad Steiger and Weird Wisconsin - by Linda S. Godfrey & Richard D. Hendricks. I have also appeared on an episode of Travel Channel's "Dead Files" season #8, episode #5 "The Darkening". I'm a member of the Marathon County Historical Society and the WPRS is listed as a T.A.P.S. family member and representative for The State Of Wisconsin. I have a degree in Criminal Science from Northcentral Technical College and hold a certification in Corrections, Fire Science and Scuba Diving.
 
Date, Time, & Location
October 20, 2017
06:00pm - 08:00pm
Caramel Crisp & Cafe
 
Cost
 

Downtown Trick or Treat

October 25, 2017


Description
Enjoy trick or treating store to store in our safe and friendly Downtown. 
*There is no rain date for this event; it is rain or shine.
 
Date, Time, & Location
Wednesday, October 25th
4:00-6:00pm 
Throughout Downtown Oshkosh
 
Additional Information
List of participating merchants can be found here; list will be posted Monday, Oct. 23rd.
 
 
American Black Belt Academy (208 State St.) will also be having their Haunted Hallway from 4-6pm.
Admission is free.
 
Cost
FREE
 
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Oshkosh Empty Bowls Soup Sampler

November 05, 2017


Description
The Soup Sampler is a biannual fundraiser for the area community pantries. How It Works: Purchase a ticket ahead of the event or at the door. Select from handcrafted bowls, sample delicious soups and breads from over 20 local restaurants while listening to live music. Proceeds from your ticket and from silent auctions will benefit food pantries and meal programs in the Oshkosh Community. The bowls are to be taken home as a reminder that someone's bowl is always empty in our community. Tickets can be purchase individually for bowls or soup or a combination. If you would like to volunteer, make bowls, or are a restaurant interested in donating soup or bread for the event, please email contact the organization.
 
Date, Time, & Location
November 5, 2017
04:00pm - 07:00pm
Becket's: 2 Jackson St, Oshkosh, WI 54901
 
Cost
$35.00
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B.I.D Tree Lighting Ceremony & Windward Wealth Strategies Holiday Parade

November 16, 2017


Description
Join us for the BID tree lighting ceremony in Opera House Square and the Windward Wealth Strategies Holiday Parade!  This year's parade theme is "A Charlie Brown Christmas".
 
Date, Time, & Location
November 16, 2017
5-6pm Enjoy music in Opera House Square
6pm Tree Lighting Ceremony in Opera House Square
6:30pm  Holiday Parade
All happening in Downtown Oshkosh!
 
 
More Information
 
*This is the 1st year the Downtown Business Improvement District is running the holiday parade. In past years the Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce put together the parade.
 
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Cookies and Cocktails

November 29, 2017


Description
Of all the holiday parties on the calendar, we have to say, “Cookies and Cocktails” is one of our new favorite parties. We are all about glamming up our cookies and making this night a truly memorable night. With sweet treats, a little relaxation, prizes, adult beverages, and a lot of celebration, we just can’t help ourselves — particularly at this time of year. Gather your girls, your significant other, or come it alone. We are here to get the glassware ready because this is one sweet party you won't want to miss!! Join us for our Customer Appreciation Night! All guests receive 25% off the entire purchase for the event! (excludes Handmade items)
 
Date, Time, & Location
November 29, 2017
06:00pm - 08:00pm
Caramel Crisp & Cafe
 
Cost
 

Cocoa and Cookies with Santa

December 03, 2017


Description
You better watch out. You better not cry. Better not pout. I'm telling you why. Santa Claus is coming to Caramel Crisp Kids Toy Store. It’s time to enjoy cookie frosting with Santa! Write Santa a letter and drink cocoa. Kids are welcome to sit on Santa’s lap during the event.
 
Date, Time, & Location
December 3, 2017
11:00am - 02:00pm
Caramel Crisp & Cafe (Kids)
 
Cost
Free