Leach Amphitheater303 Ceape Avenue Oshkosh, Wisconsin 54901
Located at the mouth of the historic Fox River in Downtown Oshkosh, where the water opens up to the breathtaking views of Lake Winnebago, the Leach Amphitheater is a spectacular venue for community festivals, live concerts of all types, company outings, and large-scale sporting or fund-raising events. A romantic gazebo overlooking the lake is a stunning setting for weddings, anniversary parties, and other intimate gatherings.
Opened in May 2005, the Leach Amphitheater was built as a gift to the community of Oshkosh from the Leach family. This exciting outdoor venue can accommodate up to 7,500 visitors and includes a large performance stage, a state-of-the-art mix platform, two completely furnished concession stands, two large and accessible restroom buildings, and ample parking.
November 1, 2003- The City of Oshkosh purchased riverfront land for the amphitheater.
November 17, 2003- The Leach family announced a gift to fund the Amphitheater.
May 26, 2005- The first Waterfest concert was held at the Leach, kicking off their 20th season.
June 4, 2005- The official Grand Opening was held.
The Leach is home to numerous events throughout the year. The concert series, marathons, festivals, and other gatherings held at the Leach bring thousands of people into the Downtown Oshkosh community every year. Here are just a few examples of some of the major events held on the Leach Amphitheater:
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.
Waterfest takes place in Downtown Oshkosh along the shores of the historic Fox River, which runs through the city. The city itself is nestled between Lake Butte des Morts and Lake Winnebago.
The recreational assets of the bodies of water provide great value and sense of pride to area residents, businesses, and visitors. World class fishing, international sailing events, ice boating, pleasure boating, swimming and hunting are some of the many activities we celebrate.
The Waterfest Concert Series is held each Thursday evening beginning after Memorial Day through Labor Day. Since 1986, Waterfest has hosted (both in Riverside Park and at the Leach Amphitheater) over 300 nationally known and local bands and entertainers.
Catch “spring fever” during the Annual Oshkosh Half Marathon, 5K Run/Walk and Kid's Run. This event is held annually during the month of April. Don’t forget about the kids. In addition to the Half Marathon, the Relay and the 5K, there’s also the Lionhearted Kid's Run. Proceeds from the event benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Oshkosh, Christine Ann Domestic Abuse Services, Inc., and the Oshkosh Area Humane Society.
Jaycees Brews N' Blues Festival
The Brews N’ Blues Festival is held annually in early July, usually during the late afternoon, rain or shine. This unique event features over 100 different brews from 30+ breweries. Participants are encouraged to try an array of different beers while enjoying music on-site. The Brews N’ Blues Festival also hosts informational booths highlighting things like the mechanics of home brewing equipment. Tickets can be purchased at several different locations in Oshkosh. Please visit their website for specific locations.
Oshkosh IrishFest is part of Oshkosh Festivals, Inc., a non–profit organization formed to showcase Oshkosh and its beautiful resources, and to celebrate ethnic culture. Some of the proceeds raised at Irishfest help support Cerebral Palsy of Mideast Wisconsin, Knights of Columbus, The Shamrock Club, The Fox River Hurling Club, and many other community organizations who pitch in to help run the festival.
Each year the Leach Amphitheater is home to the Oshkosh Irishfest. The event usually takes place in early June, and last for a few days. The festival consists of many different events and attractions including: Irish music, Irish food, Irish whiskey sampling, Irish dancers, various Irish presentations, a 5K run, a raffle, Little Leprechaun Land, and a medieval banquet. Everyone is welcome – you don't have to be Irish to have fun!
UW-Oshkosh's Annual Dragon Boat Races
The Oshkosh Community Dragonboat Festival is a fundraising event hosted by the Oshkosh Community YMCA and the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, with proceeds benefiting the YMCA Strong Kids Campaign, and UW Oshkosh student scholarships.
Each year this exciting event takes place near the end of September. Participants from all over the United States visit to take part in this exhilarating race. Serious athletes, not for profit organizations, local business, and others join together in sponsorship to participate in the dragon boat races. The racing lasts for an entire Saturday, with many teams competing in 3 or 4 races.
During the day, other activities including live music, face painting, craft stations, and more are available to keep participants and their families busy. Of course, watching the races is just as fun as actually racing in them.