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5 Fall Favorites to Experience in Delavan

The kids go back to school. Temperatures start getting a bit chillier and the leaves start to change. Fall in Wisconsin is really something special! The changing trees add color to everything everywhere, and everyday tasks like getting coffee and a donut get a little added Fall touch. Head to Delavan to experience the best of Fall in Wisconsin with five of our favorite activities.

Fall Favorite #1: Scarecrow Fest

Scarecrow Fest is a favorite in Delavan with this year’s event marking 22 years. The 22nd Annual Scarecrow Fest in Downtown Delavan on September 17 will feature live music, crafters and vendors, food, children’s activities, free pumpkins, a petting zoo, Walldog Mural tours, and so much Fall fun! Come to see what scarecrows Downtown Delavan businesses have created this year and stay to create your own with $10 DIY Scarecrow Kits.

Fall Favorite #2: Brew Walk

Another local Fall favorite is the Downtown Delavan Brew Walk. This year’s event is October 22. Walk around Downtown Delavan while tasting beer and exploring local businesses. Grab some family or friends, a tasting passport, and a map so you don’t miss any of the stops or event features. Halloween costumes are not required but are highly encouraged…so you never know who or what you might see on the Delavan Brew Walk! Oktoberfest in the Town of Delavan is also on October 22. Head to Community Park for more Fall festivities.

Fall Favorite #3: Fall Coffee Flavors

One of our favorite things to do when fall finally hits is grab a cozy cup of coffee and chat with friends. One of our favorite places to do that is Boxed and Burlap, and their seasonal coffee flavors never disappoint. Check out their seasonal menu (ahem…or maybe even the secret menu on their website) and grab a seat inside their cozy coffee shop or bundle up and enjoy some sun on their patio. Don’t forget a slice of babka or a giant chocolate chip cookie to snack on.

Fall Favorite #4: Apple Cider Donuts

If you haven’t had an apple cider donut…we need to change that! Apple cider donuts are the perfect combination of tart apple, sweet sugar, and cozy cinnamon. And one of our favorite places to grab one (or a dozen) is Delavan Homestyle Bakery in downtown Delavan. You’ll know they have them in the case when you drive by and see “APPLE CIDER DONUTS” on a chalkboard out front!

Fall Favorite #5: Fall Fun at Apple Barn

For an afternoon of fall fun head to the Apple Barn where you can pick apples and pumpkins, eat some yummy fall foods, and do some shopping. Labor Day marks apple season at the Apple Barn where they are open daily for pick-your-own apples. They have Cortland, Empire, Holiday, Honey Crisp, Honey Gold, Ida Red, Gala, Ginger Gold, Jona Gold, McIntosh, Paula Red, and Zestor varieties. Pumpkin season usually starts later in September with pumpkin picking only open on weekends. After you’ve picked your apples and pumpkins, head to the country store and bakery for cider, fruit wines, homemade baked goods, cider donuts, caramel apples, maple syrup, and so much more food, candy, and gifts.

Fall in Wisconsin is one of our favorite times of the year, and these festivals and places to stop will have you enjoying fall favorites during your visit to Delavan.

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How to Have Fun for Free in Delavan this Summer

Summer is just around the corner, and we’re gearing up to have as much fun as possible and take advantage of every warm day we can. Enjoying summer means different things to different people – hopping on a boat, going fishing, spending some time on a bicycle or motorcycle – but no matter how you like to spend your summer days, if options that don’t break the bank are at the top of your list, we’ve got ideas for you!

Free Summer Events in Delavan

June 4

Kicking off the summer during the first Saturday in June, Lakefest is held at Delavan Lake Community Park on South Shore Drive. The event is free to the public and features a kids fishing tournament, family activities and a waterski show.

June 25

Also at Delavan Lake Community Park is the Town of Delavan’s Independence Day Celebration with fireworks on June 25. The show starts at dusk, and can be seen from many points around the Delavan Inlet and Delavan Lake.

July 4

The City of Delavan Fireworks is held on the 4th of July at Congdon Gardens. Grab a parking spot nearby and enjoy the show from your vehicle, or bring some blankets and set up a late-night summer picnic to enjoy the show.

July 10

And on July 10, Delavan is hosting the annual The Cars Time Forgot Car Show. With previous shows bringing in more than 1,100 cars and more than 10,000 people, this year’s car show is not an event you want to miss. The show will feature beautiful cars on display, some cars for sale, and food and drink vendors at the Lake Lawn Resort Airport right here in Delavan.

Free Activities All Summer

Starting May 28, the Phoenix Park Bandshell hosts free music concerts, movies, and events. From Jazz and several tribute bands to movies in the park, community church services and student performances, the schedule of events has something for everyone through the middle of September. Check out the full schedule of events.

If you enjoy taking leisurely walks with great views Delavan has you covered. Congdon Gardens has several walking trails that take you around a pond and through gardens. The Paul Lange Arboretum has a 1.5-mile nature trail overlooking Lake Comus. Visitors can enjoy nature walks, fishing from shore, or launch a canoe or kayak to explore the lake. Another free spot to launch a canoe or kayak is onto Turtle Creek. The Turtle Creek Wildlife Area is a 1,035-acre property that starts on the west side of Delavan and goes into Rock County. There are 10 road crossings along the creek with spots to launch a canoe or kayak.

For a fun walk around Downtown Delavan, see how many Walldog Murals you can find! There are 20 throughout town with many of them on or behind buildings on Downtown Delavan’s historic brick road. Hint: If you start at Tower Park and head toward the Post Office you should find a bunch!

Delavan also has some specialty parks that are free to use. Andy’s Skate & Bike Park on Waterworks Drive across from Veterans Memorial Park is a fun time for bikers and skaters. The park features a 4-foot quarter pipe, 9-foot wall ride, and a 5-foot mini half pipe. Delavan also has two disc golf courses. There’s a 6-hole course around the back side of the Wisconsin School for the Deaf, and a 9-hole course the starts near the main parking lot of Delavan-Darien High School and plays around the school with the last hole ending in front of the football stadium.

Summer is all about fun, enjoying the sun, and making memories. Some of the best memories can be made right here in Delavan without breaking the bank. We look forward to seeing you this summer!

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Spring Into Summer: Our Favorite Spring Things To Do In Delavan

Winter in Delavan is in our top four seasons to enjoy (haha!), but right around the middle of March we start to get that itch for sunshine and outdoor activities. We don’t want to jinx this year, and we know we’ll probably still get some snow in April because we do live in Wisconsin, but here’s our list of things to do when spring finally hits Delavan and upcoming events (yes events are back!) to start planning a trip to Delavan.

Visit or Stay at Lake Lawn Resort for Spring Festivities

Lake Lawn Bonfire

Lake Lawn Resort is one of the best place in Delavan to enjoy a relaxing vacation on Delavan Lake with a bunch of options for activities and events as well. Not only do they have an arcade for those rainier spring days when you want to stay inside, but they have an outdoor bonfire pit that is available every night at dusk, weather permitting. Check out Lake Lawn’s Spring activity schedule for more things to do when you’re planning on visiting, including an Easter Brunch on April 17th.

Plan Your Visit to Delavan for Summer Events

Wine lovers listen up! Book your stay in Delavan the weekend of May 21 for our annual Wine Walk where you can sip, stroll, and shop your way through historic Downtown Delavan while tasting a variety of regional white and red wines. Participants get a souvenir wine glass and can follow the event map and tasting passport.

Cars Time Forgot Car Show

And for the car lovers and history buffs out there book your rooms for our Cars Time Forgot Car Show on July 10th. With more than 1,000 show cars to check out, awards and raffles at the Lake Lawn Airport (across from beautiful Delavan Lake and Lake Lawn Resort), The Cars Time Forgot Car Show is the perfect way to spend a summer weekend.

Places to Golf in Delavan

Delbrook Golf Course

When the warm weather hits and the greens thaw out, crews will start getting the two Delavan golf courses ready for the season. Delbrook Golf Course is an historic 27-hole public course that has been a favorite of locals and visitors since 1927. There are two courses of roughly 6,000 yards for golfer to enjoy surrounded by beautiful rural landscapes.

The second course is Majestic Oaks at Lake Lawn Resort, which first opened in 1921. The championship golf course is one of the Midwest’s premier golf courses with beautiful views of Delavan Lake on more than 250 lush, tree-lined acres. The course, which was re-engineered in 1990 by architect Dick Nugent, is best known for its stately oak trees and deep sand bunkers. Each hole has multiple tee boxes for players of all abilities.

Explore the Beautiful Blooms

One of the things we love doing at the first sign of spring is getting an ice cream and going for a walk (sometimes you gotta pretend it’s warmer than it actually is!) So, head to Patty’s Too for a couple scoops of your favorite flavor and make your way down to one of our beautiful parks. Congdon Gardens is a beautiful spot to enjoy a spring walk, featuring a trail around Congdon Pond, and seven different garden areas to explore. Tower Park is also a fun one to check out. We challenge you to try and take a selfie with the Giraffe and Elephant statues…it’s harder than it sounds! No matter which park you pick, you’ll get to explore the sights of Spring.

We’re ready for spring outdoor activities…even if we have to pretend it’s warmer than it is. We look forward to seeing you (not all bundled up in coats, hats, gloves, and scarves) this spring!

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Things To Do If You’re Single On Valentine’s Day

Single Friends Celebrate Valentine’s Day

Being single on Valentine’s Day means you get to spend it exactly how you want…and we think spending it with your best group of friends in Delavan is the way to go. Valentine’s Day weekend is coming up and we all know you could sit at home binging Netflix and ordering in food, but what if you went out and had a great time instead? We think that’s exactly what you need to make the most of this Hallmark holiday and we’ve got some suggestions in Delavan for you!

Galentine’s Day with your Besties

Once you and your best girlfriends get to Delavan we suggest grabbing breakfast at Elizabeth’s, Delavan Family Restaurant, or Sun Mist Café before heading to Staller Estate Winery for an afternoon of tasting and a winery tour. They have wine flights (one even comes with chocolate pairings!) or they can set up a custom wine experience with light food pairings for your group.

Get the Guys out on the Lake

You guys don’t need a reason to grab some beers and head out on the lake, but a single Valentine’s Day Weekend is a great excuse! Grab some breakfast at Tana’s Family Restaurant on the inlet before heading to Lakeside Bait and Tackle for some last-minute supplies. Then gear up, grab the auger and some tip-ups, don’t forget beers (you won’t need a cooler), and head out onto Delavan Lake. We’re not going to tell you our favorite spot…but it might be close to The Inn Between, one of our favorite spots to grab some more drinks and snacks after a couple hours on the ice.

Hit The Town On A Valentine’s Day Bar Crawl

Whether you’re the ladies or the guys, after a long day at the winery or out on the ice, what better way to end it than with dinner and a bar crawl? If you’re looking to stay in the downtown Delavan area, we have a walking route planned out (wear some comfy shoes!) And if you have a designated driver, check out our Lake Loop Bar Crawl that takes you to all the bars around Delavan Lake.

Downtown Bar Crawl

Start your night at Ol’ Wisco Bar & Grill with some Loaded Fries and the Wisco-Lovin’ Burger because it comes with fried cheese curds on top…obviously! Stick around for a drink after dinner and then head to Kimberly’s Place for a drink and some bar games (pull tabs anyone?!) Head down the road to Pete’s Parkside Pub for the next round. Then stop next door for a drink at Arcadia Bar & Grill before hitting the sidewalks for a short (but possibly brisk depending on the weather) half-mile walk to Brittany’s New Horizons. You can either end your night from there, or take another walk down to Delavan Lanes to bowl a couple rounds.

Lake Loop Bar Crawl

Once you pack up the ice fishing gear and take off some of the layers, head to the Watershed Saloon to start thawing out for the night. They have a full menu with weekend specials, including Friday Fish Fry, Saturday NY Strip, and 69 cent wings on Sunday. Your next stop is the Endzone Sports Bar & Grill just off South Shore Drive. Next up head to South Shore Bar and Grill, then head to Cattails on North Shore Drive before making your last three stops. The last three stops are all close together but recommend stopping at The Delavan Lake Store & Lounge first (maybe grab some ice cream or another snack), then heading to The Rustic Pub for some live music, before ending the night back at The Inn Between. If you’re still up for some more stops, you can hit up Pirate’s Cove and Waterfront Pub & Grill on the inlet.

See! Being single doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy Valentine’s Day weekend. It means spending it with your besties doing exactly what you want!

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Free Winter Activities In Delavan At Two Different Speeds

Now that the holidays are over and the white stuff seems to be sticking around for a while, it’s time to enjoy winter in Delavan! Sure, there’s plenty of lakes to head out on for a day of ice fishing but if you’re looking for something with a little more speed…we tested out some of the local’s favorite spots. So grab your sled, tube, or some random household object (we won’t tell your mom about her favorite cookie sheet!) and hit the hills with us!

Sledding in Delavan

The official spot to go sledding is the Rudy Lange Sledding Hill on Washington Street. The hill, located at the intersection of Washington and Terrace streets, is 335 feet long and is lit during the winter months. The 1.4-acre sledding hill is free to enjoy, you just have to bring your own sled.

Pro tip: Head over to the sidewalk to get back to the top of the hill to avoid a collision with a fellow sledder or a foot slip on some of the icy runs!

Another local favorite, but a little more of a hidden secret are the hills by the Wisconsin School for the Deaf. The hills are behind the school off Richmond Road/County Road P/County Road M.

Ice Skating near Delavan

If speeding down a snowy hill isn’t your cup of tea, grab your skates and head to the Turtle Lake Tap & Grill just north of Delavan. Neighbors around the bar and restaurant worked together to shovel out a community ice rink on Turtle Lake. Turtle Lake Tap & Grill is open Thursdays from 4-9pm, Fridays and Saturdays from 11am-midnight, and Sundays from 11am-9pm.

Pro tip: Check out their hot chocolate bar and full menu for a warm-up in between laps on the rink!

Enjoy a Winter Walk

Want to enjoy winter but at a little slower speed? Take a walk through the Paul Lange Arboretum. The Arboretum is a 24.6-acre park on the northwest shore of Lake Comus. And just to the north of the Paul Lange Arboretum is the Ora Rice Arboretum, which is an additional 6 acres to explore. Both properties are open 8am-10pm daily. Enjoying the Wisconsin winter is so much fun at any speed, especially when you’re exploring these spots around Delavan!

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Holiday Shopping In Downtown Delavan Comes With Extra Holiday Cheer

Delavan Dasher Day: Holiday Activities, Shopping Dec. 11 from 10am-6pm

If you’re not one of those people who already have their holiday shopping done (where are our last-minute shoppers at?), then you might need some help getting that list completed. But who wants to park in a huge lot and walk into a big store to wait in line just to get some assistance or check out?

How does this sound: Head to Downtown Delavan for Delavan Dasher Day Saturday, Dec. 11. Park right on the Brick Road in front of one of the many small businesses ready to help you find the perfect holiday presents. Participating businesses will also be providing cookies to enjoy while you shop!

After you’ve checked a couple gifts off your list, stop in to one of the restaurants in Downtown Delavan for lunch and then head to Curate or The Sailor’s Wife, where they’ll have complimentary hot chocolate while you wait to hop on a horse-drawn carriage ride around downtown. Claystone Stock Farms Inc. will be in Downtown Delavan Saturday, Dec. 11 with their beautiful Clydesdales. Hop in one of their carriages and enjoy a cozy ride down the Brick Road, past Phoenix Park and Tower Park. Rides cost $5 per person, but Claystone Stock Farms will be providing rides to Veterans free of charge.

After your ride, make sure to stop by a couple more stores to finish off that holiday list. If you need some help with some people on your list, our small business shopping guide has ideas for everyone on your list!

Light of the World Choir carolers will be strolling around Downtown Delavan from 2-4pm. They will start at Tower Park and make their way to The Sailor’s Wife, stopping along the way. As you walk along with the carolers, keep your eye open for cookie and hot chocolate stops…and the big guy in red who will be stopping by Delavan Dasher Day as well!

To keep the holiday party going, The Treasury is hosting a Holiday Celebration Saturday from 11am-5pm. The beautiful downtown venue will be all decked out for the holidays, and they’ll have warm drinks, homemade hot cocoa, live music, complimentary cookies from Chef Chad Visger of Pastries by Chad, and fresh floral designed by Willow Design.

For even more fun, the Delavan-Darien High School Orchestra will be performing at The Treasury from 1-4pm. While you’re in town, don’t forget to stop by the City Hall or Aram Public Library to mail those letters to Santa!

For a timeline of activities mentioned above, please see below:

  • 10:00 am – 4:00 pm:  Shop Local
  • 11:00 am – 1:00 pm:  Santa Claus Visits Downtown
  • Noon – 3:00 pm:  Cookie Walk
  • 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm:  Carolers in Tower Park
  • 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm:  DDHS Orchestra
  • 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm:  Strolling Carolers
  • 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm:  Pictures With Santa
  • 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm:  Carriage Rides

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Shop Small in Delavan for Everyone On Your Holiday List

It’s that time of year where you’re either starting your holiday shopping or thinking about starting your holiday shopping. And whether you’re excited about finding that perfect gift you have in mind or need help with some unique gift options, the small businesses of Delavan are ready to help complete your holiday list.

To help get you checking off that list, we’ve built a Delavan local shopping guide with the small businesses in our community that covers everyone on your list!

Start at Boxed and Burlap to grab some coffee and a pastry to fuel your shopping day, but also to check out their Coffee Corner filled with unique artisan gifts and Boxed and Burlap merchandise. Maybe you can check off some people on your list early on in the day!

The Green Thumb

For the people on your list who love gardening and maybe have a house full of plants, head to Busy B’s Garden Center. Get them some supplies for spring planting, or get some holiday greenery for yourself! Treasure Hut Flowers & Gifts also has a selection of house plants and other gift basket options.

The Artist

For the musician on your list head to LSJ Music Company. They have a full-service instrument showroom and sell vinyl records. For the crafter on your list, head to The Sailors Wife for specialty paints and art supplies, as well as gift items from local artisans.

The Collector

If you have a collector on your list, there are several options in Delavan. Head to Hero’s Ink for comics, cards, and collectibles. Remember When Antiques and Collectibles carries home décor, antique and collections, including large selections of collectible glassware, jewelry, and branded merchandise. JMJ Antique and Trading also has a large selection of antiques and collectibles. Lauren’s Antique & Art Center has three levels of antiques and art, including period furniture, architectural pieces, art, and jewelry.

The Animal Lover

For your favorite furry friend or someone on your list who loves animals, head to Pet Pals for supplies or a new pet. The Bark Market features natural products and accessories for dogs and cats. And head to Caleta Western Wear for clothing, boots, hats and riding accessories for the horseback rider on your list.

That Special Someone

For that special gift for that extra special person on your list, Delavan has two family-operated jewelry stores. Utiger Jewelry has gifts, does custom jewelry work, and offers free gift wrapping. Beall Jewelers has two floors of shopping featuring jewelry, watches, and a full clock gallery.

The Person Who’s Hard To Shop For

Who wouldn’t love some local Delavan Lake merch or a fun tote bag? What about a unique home decor item or ingredients to make their favorite drink? You’ll be able to find something for even the toughest people to shop for at Delavan Lake Store & Lounge.

If you’re looking for some special treasures, head to Crystal Garden Rock Shop to shop their selection of crystals and tumbled rocks. And sometimes the best gifts are for the kitchen, like sauces, pickles, jams, honey, coffee, salsas and pies from Lake Geneva Cannery.

No matter who or what are on your holiday shopping list, the small businesses of Delavan have everything to get your holiday shopping done so you can enjoy the rest of the season with friends and family!

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Visit Delavan: Brew Walk

SIPS to try, SHOPS to visit, STROLLS to take during Delavan’s Brew Walk

Have you been wanting to take a stroll in the crisp Fall air? What about trying some of the seasonal brews from some local and statewide breweries? Why not do both!

Downtown Delavan’s Annual Brew Walk is your ticket to explore downtown businesses and taste a selection of seasonal brews. Bring your friends and family — don’t forget your tasting passport and map — and get ready to take in the fall highlights of Downtown Delavan on October 23.

SIP, STROLL, SHOP:

Great Dane Brewing Company’s German Pilsner at Beall Jewelers
Raised Grain Brewing Company’s Black Walnut Belgian Imperial Stout at Brick Street Yarn
Kenosha Brewing Company’s Hefeweizen at Delavan Home Style Bakery
Topsy Turvy Brewery’s Stella Nova+Lotus at Delavan-Delavan Lake Area Chamber of Commerce
Tyranena Brewing Company’s Lake Mills Finest German Exportbier at LSJ Music
Lakefront Brewery’s Pumpkin Lager at Main Street Manor
Rhinelander Brewing Company’s Mystical Traditional Ale at Oficina de Multiservicios
Leinenkugel’s Collaboration Lager at Remember When Antiques & Collectibles
City Lights Brewing Company’s Hazy IPA at The Sailor’s Wife
Public Craft Brewing Company’s Bits & Pieces Mosaic IPA at Unique Home Décor
Duesterbeck’s Brewing Company’s. Nutty Bill’s at Utiger Jewlery
Lakefront Brewery’s Octoberfest Classic German Lager at Jonathan’s on Brick Street
Milwaukee Brewing Company’s Octoberfest Traditional Pale Ale at Licoreria La Costera
Milwaukee Brewing Company’s Louie’s Demise Amber Ale at Licoreria La Costera
New Glarus Brewery’s Staghorn Octoberfest at The Treasury
Duesterbeck’s Brewing’s Crop Duster (cream ale) and Rooster Beck (amber ale) at Pete’s Parkside Pub
Door County Little Sister Witbier and Three Sheeps Cashmere Hammer Nitro Stout at Ol’ Wisco

Beers and venues subject to change.

Oh and since it’s October…we’d love to see you and your entire group in Halloween costumes!

Tickets (including for your Designated Driver) are available in advance…which we highly recommend because this event does sell out.

Downtown Delavan’s Annual Brew Walk is sponsored by the Phoenix Park Bandshell, Delavan Historic Foundation, TNT Ace, Visit Delavan, and Connect Communities.

RSVP and buy tickets online

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Its Fall Y’all: Scarecrow Fest Returns to Delavan Saturday, September 18th 2021

It’s almost Fall, y’all! And you know what that means! The 21st Annual Scarecrow Fest is just around the corner! Join in on the free and festive fun Saturday, September 18th for a full day of fall activities for the whole family throughout historic Downtown Delavan! 

This year’s Scarecrow Fest event will feature the ever popular Scarecrow Walk, free pumpkins, Walldog Mural tours, food trucks, DIY Scarecrow building workshops, sidewalk sales, market vendors, live music, and so much more, there’s sure to be something for everyone!

Scarecrow Walk

A Scarecrow Fest tradition lives on! Stroll the bricks streets and meet the Scarecrows built and decorated by local businesses and organizations.  From kooky, to classic, to farm style favorites, the Scarecrow Walk is the highlight of the festival you will not want to miss. You can even vote for your favorite Scarecrows to earn their creators awards and prizes.

Family Activities

When we say ‘fun for the whole family’ we truly mean it! Get inspired by the Scarecrows lining the streets and purchase a DIY Scarecrow Kit to go and build your buddy at home. Kiddos can pick up a free pumpkin at the Pumpkin Patch. Embark on a Wallldog Mural Tour and learn more about Delavan’s unique history while completing a Scavenger Hunt perfect for all ages. Pose for a photo-op in front of an old fashioned pickup truck at the Aram Public Library. Ever wanted to hug a sheep or befriend a bearded dragon? Head to the Gee Funny Farm Petting Zoo at the Library throughout the afternoon and meet some new fuzzy friends.

Chow Down

With all the activity, your stomach will definitely be grumbling. Eat your way through Scarecrow Fest by visiting the many food trucks and vendors for a savory snack or a sweet treat. Enjoy offerings from the Isola.eats, Sandwich Sisters, The Mini Donut Truck, Taqueria La Estrella, and Pastries by Chad. Utiger’s Jewelry, the Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, and La Monarcha will also be selling burgers, brats, hotdogs, corn, baked potatoes, chili, and other refreshments! Can you say yum?!

Live Entertainment

No Downtown Delavan event could be complete without some live entertainment! The Scarecrow Fest lineup includes performances by The Sonic Boomers, Underground Sound Jazz, and Paulie and the Poor Boys. Pink Fraud will round out the festival with a free concert in the park at 7:00 pm at the Phoenix Park Bandshell and feature a laser light show by Laser Fusion.  

Shop the Downtown

While you’re exploring Downtown Delavan, be sure to shop the craft and vendor market featuring over 50 unique crafters, artisans, home bakers, and small business owners. With products ranging from homegrown produce, handcrafted pottery, and uncommon finds, your new favorite treasures are sure to be found. Additionally, downtown businesses will be hosting sidewalk sales and Scarecrow Fest specials available for one day only!

Don’t miss Scarecrow Fest, Saturday, September 18th, 2021 10 am – 4 pm in beautiful downtown, Delavan, Wisconsin. Scarecrow Fest is sponsored by the Downtown Business Association, Delavan Historic Foundation, Visit Delavan, Connect Communities, and Delavan-Delavan Lake Area Chamber of Commerce.

For more information on Scarecrow Fest and other upcoming events, go to VisitDelavan.com or call (262) 728-600

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Its All About the Red, White, and BOOM in Delavan, WI

Its all about the red, white, and blue here in Delavan this weekend! Delavan will be in high spirits as the town celebrates the Fourth of July. Check out what’s happening around town this holiday weekend!

Freedom Floats

It’s no secret that we love the water here in Delavan! Take your Independence Day Celebrations to the lake! Deck out your pontoon in red, white, and blue and enter it in the Turtle Lake Tap & Grill 4th of July Boat Parade on July 3rd! Prizes will be awarded to the most patriotic, best decorated, and best themed watercraft!

Breakfast Delights and Patriotic Bites

The rumors are true! The Delavan Fire Department Breakfast at the Firehouse is back this 4th of July! Head to the firehouse for all you can eat pancakes, french toast, sausage, and beverages and support our local heroes. This year in addition to sit down service, you can take your breakfast to go via drive-up service. Pancakes anyone?

America on Parade

After your amazing pancake breakfast, make the short walk over to the historic brick streets of Walworth Avenue for the annual 4th of July Parade! See incredible floats, wave to the firemen, and celebrate as the parade marches towards Phoenix Park at 3pm. Be sure to get there early, as the best viewing spots fill up quickly.

Lakeside Pig Roast Picnic

Spend your 4th of July at Lake Lawn Resort. Festivities are in full swing at the resort and include a beach bash with the Caribbean Beach Bash and lawn games starting at 4pm. Once you’ve worked up an appetite after an intense game of cornhole, say aloha to your empty stomachs. Grab a plate at the Luau Pig Roast! Enjoy island style macaroni salad, mahi mahi, corn on the cob, roast pig, and Hawaiian style desserts.

Take it Easy Takes the Stage

There is nothing more American than country music and rock and roll. Celebrate freedom with a concert in the park featuring Take It Easy – A Tribute to The Eagles. From their debut Witchy Woman to their climactic #1 Hotel California, Take It Easy covers all the bases. The concert starts at 5pm.

Turn Your Eyes to the Skies for Fireworks

Red, White, and BOOM! Join the City of Delavan as they close out the city-wide celebration of freedom with 4th of July Fireworks.  Prior to the show, honor our nation’s fallen heroes at the Flag Ceremony in the park. The show is set to begin just after dusk.

For more Independence Day events, celebrations, and getaway packages, check out our website at www.VisitDelavan.com. Happy Birthday, America!

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It’s All About The Music: 2021 Phoenix Park Bandshell Season Lineup

It’s all about the music this summer here in Delavan, Wisconsin! The Phoenix Park Bandshell is excited to announce the 2021 Free Concert Series! Enjoy beautiful summer evenings full of fresh air, live music, and fun throughout the season with tribute acts, original bands, and folk music every weekend. Check out the 2021 schedule below:

The Friends of the Phoenix Park Bandshell kindly ask that all attendees follow the most current CDC guidelines, maintain social distancing, and pack their own hand sanitizer.

For more information and upcoming events, head to www.VisitDelavan.com. See you at the Bandshell!

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Sip, Shop, Stroll, Repeat: Delavan Wine Walk 2021

Sip, stroll, and shop throughout Historic Downtown at the Delavan Wine Walk, Saturday, May 22nd! Sample tastings of fine wines from various regions throughout the world and discover the treasures of the historic downtown.

Each Wine Walk Participant will enjoy tastings at 13 downtown businesses as well as receive a tasting passport, event map, a complimentary bottle of water, and a souvenir glass tucked inside a Wine Walk tote!

Stop in at the open storefront located at 237 E. Walworth Avenue for check-in beginning at 3:00 p.m. From there, Wine Walkers will make their way through the Downtown and complete their tasting passports. Tasting locations include:

  • Beall Jewelers
  • Brick Street Yarn
  • Delavan-Delavan Lake Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Delavan Homestyle Bakery
  • Jonathan’s on Brick Street
  • Licoreria La Costera
  • LSJ Music Company
  • Oficina de Multiservicios
  • Ol’ Wisco Bar and Grill
  • Rural Mutual Insurance Company
  • The Treasury
  • Unique Home Decor
  • Utiger Jewelry Inc.

For those who find a wine or two that are a “must enjoy again”, participants will have the opportunity to purchase the wines at the end of the event at Licoreria La Costera. 

Turn your Wine Walk experience into a weekend getaway with the Spring Wine & Dine Weekend package with Lake Lawn Resort. Starting at $499, this package brings together great wine, great food, and great friends. Start your weekend with a Tuscan Wine Dinner Friday evening followed by a Saturday afternoon leisurely tour of Delavan Lake Resort aboard the Lake Lawn Queen. You’ll then sip your way through downtown Delavan with tickets and shuttle transportation to the Delavan Wine Walk on Saturday,May 22nd from 3:30 PM until 7:30 PM.

Wine Walk registrants must be 21+ to participate. Only 150 tickets will be sold and can be purchased at VisitDelavan.com/WineWalk for $25. Designated Driver tickets will be sold for $15 in advance or at the door.

As always, we encourage participants to drink responsibly and have a designated driver or arranged transportation for this event.

For more events and information, please go to VisitDelavan.com. Cheers!

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Shop, Play, Stay, and Save with the 2021 Spring-Summer Delavan Coupon Book

Just in time for summer, the Visit Delavan Coupon Book is back and filled with some familiar favorites and brand new venues for dining, wellness, shopping, and services in Delavan, Wisconsin! Getting yours is easy – just give us a call at (262) 728-6000 or fill out our request form by visiting VisitDelavan.com.  

With 30over  different offers available, covering dining, shopping, wellness, and attractions, there is sure to be a savings option for you! Plan a day of fun all around Delavan just by exploring the many deals available in this book. Track down some great finds at local retailers, grab a game of golf or catch a dazzling show, then finish off the day with a luxurious spa treatment. There is so much to experience in Delavan. Whether traveling solo, vacationing with the whole family, or planning a getaway with a few friends, your time in Delavan will be both fun and affordable with the help of the 2021 Coupon Book.

Offers include: 

Call the Visit Delavan office at (262) 728-6000 or fill out our request form at VisitDelavan.com to get your Coupon Book sent directly to you! Or visit us at the Walworth County Tourism Information Center at 2375 E. Geneva St., Delavan WI, to pick one up! Happy saving! 

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Eggstra Special Easter Events

Hop to it, Easter is just around the corner! Check out the egg-cellent events happening in Delavan this Easter season.

Lent Specials – The Frontier Restaurant | Fridays through April 2nd | 5 pm – 9 pm
Enjoy some meat-free specials every Friday at the Frontier during Lent! Featured menu items include Oysters Retro, Shrimp Po Boy, and Fish Fry.

Easter Take & Bake Dinner – Lake Lawn Resort | April 3rd | 1 pm – 3 pm
Let us help make your Easter eggstra easy and relaxing this year. Order a Take and Bake ham dinner for you and your family to enjoy. Simply place your order, pull up to our conference center door, and let us deliver a delicious Chef prepared meal. Just follow the instructions on the label for a quick, easy and stressful free family dinner.
Must be pre-ordered by Thursday, April 1st at 5pm.

Egg Hunt – Phoenix Park | April 4th | 9:45 am
The Easter Bunny will once again visit Delavan and hide the eggs in Phoenix Park! Don’t forget your basket!

Easter Brunch – Lake Lawn Resort | April 4th | 9:30 am – 3 pm
Indulge in the the lavish Easter Brunch Buffet on Easter Sunday from 9:30am until 3pm. There will also be complimentary professional family photos in the Great Room from 10:00am-4:00pm, and an Easter Egg Hunt for resort and Easter brunch guests at 9:00am! Reservations are required.

Easter Brunch – The Duck Inn | April 4th | 10 am – 12 pm
Join The Duck Inn for an Easter Brunch complete with Champagne toast! Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling (608) 883-6988

For more events and Easter hotel packages, go to www.VisitDelavan.com. Hoppy Easter!

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St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations in Delavan, WI

Its time to dig out your shamrocks and celebrate all weekend long, St. Patrick’s Day is finally here! The fun is just over the rainbow and you won’t have to search for a four leaf clover to find it.  Check out these festive events sure to get your (Irish) jig on.

Corned Beef & Cabbage Dinner | March 14th | 11:30-7 pm
Join The Village Supper Club and Delavan Lions Club for the 58th Annual Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner. Delight in all you can eat Irish fare or take it to go as a carryout. Tickets are available at Stienbrink’s Piggly Wiggly, Nobel Insurance, and the Village.

St. Pawtrick’s Day Party | March 17th | 9 am – 5 pm
Even pups love St. Paddy’s Day shennanigans! Bring them to the third annual St. Pawtricks Party at Lollipups Pet Resort for a tail-waggin good time. All dogs that stop by will receive a free bandana treats.

N E W Piano Guys | March 19th and 20th | 7:30 pm
The N E W Piano Guys return to Lake Lawn Resort for some St. Patrick’s Day fun! Enjoy dueling pianos covering practically every music genre in their request-driven show. You won’t want to miss out on the hilarious comedic event of the spring at Lake Lawn Resort. Get your tickets here.

Irish Whiskey Tasting | March 19th | 7 pm
You can’t celebrate St. Paddy’s day without the spirits! Delavan Lake Store invites you to imbibe in a sampling of traditional Irish Whiskeys and drink around the Ring of Kerry. Tickets will disappear as fast as a rainbow, so get yours today.  Sláinte!

For more springtime events, please visit our Calendar at www.VisitDelavan.com today. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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Oh My, Its Time For Fish Fry

Friday Fish Fry is a Delavan Tradition!  Order your favorite feast from your favorite local restaurant by dining in or carrying out! Take a peek at all of the Delavan Restaurants offering Fish Frys below:

Culver’s – 262-740-0289 – Menu
Really want fish, but can’t wait till Friday? Culver’s is a Wisconsin staple and serves up Fish Fry every day of the week! Enjoy cod and walleye dinners, fish sandwiches, and jumbo butterfly shrimp baskets served with a side of cheese curds.

Delavan Family Restaurant – (262) 728-1715 — Menu
Family owned and operated, Delavan Family Restaurant is packed with local charm, good food and reasonable prices. Friday Fish Fry is offered every week and featured fried or baked lake perch for as little as $9.

The Duck Inn – (608) 883-6988 — Menu
Beer-battered or broiled, Fish Fry at The Duck Inn is not to miss! Enjoy a family meal at one of Wisconsin’s famous Supper Clubs. Top off your meal with a delish dessert expertly crafted by their in-house pastry chef.

Elizabeth’s Cafe – (262) 728-3383 – Menu
Fish Fry! Fish Fry! Eat all about it! Elizabeth’s Cafe offers weekly Fish Fry specials with all the fixin’s and dessert! Get there early, as it tends to sell out!

Greenie’s Clubhouse at Delbrook Golf Course – (262) 728-1339 — Menu
Fish Fry at Greenie’s Clubhouse is a can’t miss meal here in Delavan. Greenie’s re-opens for the 2021 season March 26th, so mark your calendars.

Johnathan’s on Brick Street – (262) 725-7715 – Menu
Chef Jonathan is known for his unique and falvorful twists on old favorites, and Friday Fish Fry is no exception. We’ll go as far as to say Jonathan’s On Brick Street is the best place for Fish Fry in Delavan and drinks.

The Lookout Bar & Eatery – (262) 728-7950 – Menu
The Lookout Bar & Eatery is THE place for Friday Fish Fry in Delavan. Their menu even boasts that its “Walworth County’s Best Friday Fish Fry”, so we can’t argue with that. What makes The Lookout Bar & Eatery so great? Spotted Cow battered cod, that’s what! And let be real, nothing beats that view of Delavan Lake.

Ol’ Wisco – (262) 728-3995 – Menu
Join Ol’ Wisco for an Ol Wisconsin tradition. Sip on new twists on Old Fashioneds alongside a Fish Fry dinner with your choice of potato and side salad.

Postscript Pub262-725-6817 – Menu
Small town feel where everybody knows your name is what makes Postscript Pub so special. Friday Fish Fry includes your choice of fried Atlantic cod, baked cod, or breaded catfish with all the classic sides. Stick around for happy hour drink and appetizer specials.

The Village Supper Club – (262) 728-6360 — Menu
If you are looking to cast a line to find some of the best Friday Fish Fry, The Village Supper Club has the right bait to fulfill your craving. This classic Wisconsin supper club serves up more than Friday Fish Fry, and it is one of the most popular restaurants in Delavan. They also happen to serve up one heck of a Prime Rib on weekends.

The Waterfront Pub and Grill – (262) 728-4700 —  Menu
The Waterfront Pub and Grill’s mouth watering fish fry, baked fish and cod boil are now available on Wednesdays and Fridays through Easter! Choose to dine in, carry out or pick up at the window.

Watershed Saloon – (262) 725-6445 — Menu
Get your Fish Fry Fix at Watershed Saloon! Fried Cod, Broiled Cod, can’t decide? Customize your Fish Fry just the way you like it. Carryout orders are limited to customizations.

Whiskey Ranch – (262) 882-2800 — Menu
Whiskey Ranch is kicks off the weekend with their signature Fish Fry each and every Friday! Come on out and enjoy fantastic drink specials, live entertainment, and delicious Fish Fry.

For more Delavan events and dining options, please go to www.VisitDelavan.com. Happy Fish Fryin’ everyone.

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All You Need Is Love: Valentine’s Day In Delavan

Love is in the air here in Delavan! Cupid has been hard at work planning festive fun for you and your sweetheart.  From crafts, to romantic meals, to sweet treats galore, there is romantic fun for everyone this Valentine’s Day.

Boxed and Burlap Specialty: Latte Amore | January 20th-February 14th | Boxed and Burlap
Brewed with love, and crafted with care, you won’t want to miss out on Boxed and Burlap’s seasonal signature latte: Latte Amore. Who knew a coffee based drink coupled with strawberry milk would turn out to be a match made in heaven. We definitely suggest trying it iced!

Be Mine! Craft Night | February 3rd | Delavan Lake Store
Looking to add some Valentine’s Day décor to your space? Join A Glass of Art at Delavan Lake Store for an evening of Valentine’s Day make and takes. Not artistic? Use easy-breezy stencils and get step-by-step guidance to ensure your projects turn out perfectly. Reserve your space by calling (262) 725-6747.

Valentines Day Weekend Getaway | February 12th-14th | Lake Lawn Resort
Escape with your sweetheart to Lake Lawn Resort this Valentine’s Day Weekend, February 12-14, 2021. Take advantage the Sweetheart Escape Overnight Package which includes spacious resort accommodations and complimentary champagne and chocolate strawberries. Or visit for a  gourmet Sweetheart Dinner at the Frontier Restaurant and the N.E.W Piano Guys Show. Reservations are strongly encouraged.

Craft Beer Tasting |February 12th | Delavan Lake Store
Does your special someone love craft beer? Treat them for a tasting for two at Delavan Lake Store. Sample a selection from local and national craft breweries and enjoy an evening of entertainment in the coziest lounge in Delavan. Reserve your seats by calling (262) 725-6747.

Valentine’s Day Party at The Treasury | February 13th | The Treasury
Get your glam on for a festive Valentine’s party at The Treasury. Grab your valentines and galentines for sparkly cocktails (and mocktails), yummy wines, bubbly. and beer for an evening of fun and romance. Special live music performance by the incredible Valentine Bennett will fill the venue space and kick off an evening of romance.

Delavan Lions Club Valentine’s Carryout Dinner | February 13th | Delavan American Legion Hall
Enjoy Valentine’s Day weekend with a delicious meal at home… that you don’t have to make!
The Delavan Lions Club is hosting a Valentine’s Weekend Dinner – all carryout to raise funds to support the local community. Registration and pre-orders are required.

Valentine’s Donuts | February 13th-14th | Delavan Homestyle Bakery
Share a sweet treat (or a twelve) with your loved ones this Valentine’s Day with specialty Valentine’s Donuts at Delavan Homestyle Bakery! Festive flavors, specialty sprinkles, and flavorful fillings perfect for the holiday will only be available for a limited time. Not a donut person? Chocolate covered strawberries will also be available for purchase.

Valentine’s Day Flowers | February 12th-14th | Treasure Hut Flowers
Flowers are a Valentine’s Day staple! Show her just how much you love her with a bouquet of her favorite blooms from Treasure Hut Flowers. Choose from bouquets starting at $45 and a wide selection of gifts sure to wow her.

We hope you have a wonderful Valentine’s Day with your loved ones here in Delavan. For more events and activities or to plan your next getaway, please visit our Event Calendar at VisitDelavan.com.

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New Years in Delavan

Delavan, Wisconsin is the place to be when the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve.  From family friendly events, to parties, to fantastic dining, Delavan has got it all.

Apocalyptic New Year | Cattails, Delavan | (262) 725-7720

Bring in the New Year like it’s the last!  Come see DJ Jesse James and get your free drinks 9-11 pm.  We will also be serving FREE food at MIDNIGHT.  Don’t miss out on the party of the year!!!

New Year’s Eve Celebration | Lake Lawn Resort, Delavan |  (262) 725-9155

The New Year’s Eve DJ Party for adults in the Great Room will kick off with DJ Felix playing all your favorite hits accompanied by a cash bar. Bring the kiddos to the wildly popular Family Party with DJ entertainment, games, and prizes galore. For a more upscale and intimate experience, book a dinner package at the Frontier Restaurant or Igloo Experience. Click here for more information.

New Year’s Eve Pre-Fixe Dinner | Frontier Restaurant at Lake Lawn Resort, Delavan | (262) 728-7950

Begin your New Year’s Eve celebrating with a fine dining experience in the Frontier Restaurant. Chef John Billings and his culinary team have prepared a custom one-night-only menu to help you ring in the New Year along the lakeside. This special menu will be served from 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm. Reservations are required.

New Year’s Eve Bash and Trivia Night | Delavan Lake Store, Delavan |(262) 725-6747

Enjoy some friendly competition and festive fun to help ring in the New Year. Sip on boozy beverages, dance the night away, and celebrate the end of this crazy year.

Dancing Horses Christmas Show | Dancing Horses Theatre | (262) 728-8200

This dazzling spectacle features an array of horse breeds performing alongside their trainers in this fantastic cavalcade of equestrian artistry. Visually stunning, this live show is must-see for any horse lover. The acclaimed Christmas Show features never before seen choreography and appearances from the mini-unicorn and Santa himself.

Big Band Jazz at The Treasury | The Treasury, Delavan | (312) 720-5185

A New Years Eve celebration at The Treasury featuring Kyle Deschner & The Underground Sound Jazz Combo 16 piece orchestra! Do NYE in style! Each ticket includes entry to The Treasury for performance & champagne toast at midnight! Space will be decked out with balloons & festive decor, glamourous bar, and balloon drop at midnight. Formal Attire & Red Carpet Entry.

New Year’s Eve Dinner at The Duck Inn Supper Club | The Duck Inn Supper Club, Delavan | (608) 883-6988

Celebrate the new year with your loved ones at The Duck Inn Supper Club.  Dinner service begins at 4pm and features Lobster DeJoghne, King Prime Rib, Slow Roasted Goose, and many more mouthwatering dishes. Reservations are highly recommended and can be made by calling (608) 883-6988. 

New Year’s Eve at Ol’ Wisco | Ol Wisco, Delavan | (262) 728-3995

We have your News Years plans ready for you. Come enjoy Jeff Walski playing live from 2pm to 5pm, followed by Contact High playing live from 6pm to 9pm, and last but certainly not least we have DJ Smilez starting at 10pm to help you ring in the New Year!

For more 2021 events here in Delavan, check out our Event Calendar at VisitDelavan.com. From all of us at Visit Delavan, may you have a safe and happy New Year.

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Tis the Season to Celebrate Christmas

Christmastime is here! Delavan is the perfect place to make treasured memories this holiday season.  From yummy brunches to Christmas Eve-Eve trivia– we invite you to join us in celebrating the season. Check out these holiday events happening just in time for Christmas:

Visit With Santa at Bradley’s Department Store |December 19th

Bring the kiddos to visit with Santa at Bradley’s Department Store. This will be his last visit to Delavan before the big day, so be sure to bring your letters and wishlists. Santa kindly asks guests to wear a mask when visiting. Stop by between 12pm and 2pm.

Dancing Horses Christmas Show | December 19th, 20th, 22nd, 23rd, 26th, 27th, 29th, 30th, and 31st

The Dancing Horses proudly presents a Christmas tradition once again this holiday season. Be dazzled by the Las Vegas style show featuring amazing equestrian choreography. The magic of the holidays comes to life with special appearances from the mini Unicorn and of course the big man himself. Tickets can be purchased online for $37.50.

Christmas Eve-Eve Trivia at Delavan Lake Store | December 23rd

Relax, unwind, and test your knowledge of Christmas Classics with the crew at Delavan Lake Store. Enjoy festive drink specials including the Merry Margarita Martini, Cranberry Christmas Sangria, and Peppermint White Russians alongside a jolly game of holiday movie trivia. The cheerful fun kicks off at 7pm.

Frontier Christmas Dinner | December 24th and 25th

Executive Chef Billings has crafted yet another delectable holiday menu at the Frontier Restaurant at Lake Lawn Resort. Indulge in a three-course meal featuring Roasted Prime Rib, Maine Cold-Water Double Lobster Tails, Duroc Pork Chop, and Eggnog Mud Pie. Dinner is served both Christmas Eve (5 pm-10 pm) and Christmas Day (5 pm-9 pm). Reservations are highly recommended and can be made online via Open Table or by calling (262) 725-9155

Grand Yuletide Christmas Day Brunch | December 25

Celebrate Christmas Day with a bountiful brunch at the Frontier Restaurant at Lake Lawn Resort. Enjoy classic brunch fare with new twists, carving stations featuring Prime Rib and Honey Glazed Ham, decadent Pastries, and Desserts galore. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling (262) 725-9155. Brunch seatings will be available 10 am-2 pm.

For more holiday events here in Delavan, check out our Event Calendar at VisitDelavan.com. From all of us at Visit Delavan, may you have a safe and happy Christmas Season.

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Thanksgiving In Delavan

It’s almost time to celebrate Thanksgiving here in Delavan! Whether you’re mastering trivia night or indulging in a family feast, this Thanksgiving will be one to remember. Get together as a family and give thanks this holiday with these special events going on throughout town:

Thanksgiving Pie and Trivia at Delavan Lake Store – November 25th, 7 – 10 pm

Engage in a little friendly competition before your holiday with Trivia Night at Delavan Lake Store. Will your crew reign supreme? Stick around for holiday drink specials and a slice of pie to kickoff your Thanksgiving celebrations.

Thanksgiving Feast at The Frontier Restaurant at Lake Lawn Resort – November 26th, 11 – 7 pm

Celebrate the holiday with family and friends while enjoying a traditional Thanksgiving meal at the Frontier Restaurant’s abundant Thanksgiving Feast Buffet. Reservations are highly recommended. Reservations can be made online or by calling (262) 7259155.
Savor delicious dishes and enjoy the company with ease.

Phoenix Park Tree Lighting Ceremony – November 27th, 5:30 pm

Kickoff the holiday season at the Phoenix Park Tree Lighting Ceremony. Santa will arrive by fire truck to help Mayor Schroder light up the Christmas Tree in Tower Park. Warm up in the warming stations with complimentary hot cocoa and coffee while enjoying carols from the Delavan-Darien High School Choir.

For more holiday events, please visit our Event Calendar on VisitDelavan.com. We hope you have a safe and happy Thanksgiving!

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Celebrate Halloween in Delavan

Happy Halloween season everyone! The spooks and spirits have awoken around Delavan and have planned some frightful fun throughout the whole month of October. From not-so-spooky events for the kiddos to adults only Halloween fun, you’re sure to find a spook-tacular time right here in Delavan.

Halloween In The Wood – October 11, 3:30-8pm

House In The Wood combines the spooky fun of Halloween with the beauty of nature to create an event that’s fun for the whole family. The woodland is transformed into a make-believe forest complete with a talking owl, a scaredy-cat skunk, a singing spider, and other creatures. Hikes start every 10 minutes, with the last hike ending at 8:30. Each group of under 10 people will have their own time slot. Masks and social distancing required. Cider, popcorn, and a craft are included. Advance registration is required.

Creepy Crafties with Aram Public Library – Thursdays at 4pm 

Join Aram Public Library on Facebook every Thursday in October for CREEPY CRAFTIES! They’ll share a different craft every week that you can create from the comfort of your own home! These spook-tacular creations can be made with materials you have at home OR by stopping by the library to pick up a Creepy Crafties kit filled with all the goodies you’ll need to recreate that week’s craft!

Not So Scary Stories with Aram Public Library – Mondays at 7:30

Hey all you little ghouls and goblins! Do you like stories with creepy crawlies, monsters, and things that go bump in the night, but aren’t super scary? Join Ms. Katherine every Monday evening during the month of October for some Not-So-Scary Stories on the Aram Public Library Facebook page!

Individual Readings at Snug Harbor Campground – Sunday, October 18

Medium Jonna Kay takes a quiet table to do personal, one on one, readings on this Sunday afternoon. Sign up for your time, and sit down, have a drink and Jonna will call you when it’s your turn. Jonna will also have a selection of Tarot and Oracle cards to look at future events, or you can get a reading from a loved one who has crossed over.

Legends Karaoke Costume Party at Delavan Lake Store – Friday, October 31

It’s a Costume Karaoke Party! Dress as whoever you plan on singing for the entire evening. There will be food provided, feel free to bring a dish, and don’t forget to tip your bartender. There will also be a Witches Brew to drink as well! 

Trick or Treating – Saturday, October 31

Time to don your costumes and Trick Or Treat the streets of Delavan.  The Town of Delavan will be Trick or Treating Saturday, October 31st from Noon to 3pm. Trick Or Treating hours for the City of Delavan are October 31st, 4pm to 6pm. 

Halloween Trunk or Treat – Saturday, October 31

Join Turtle Lake Tap & Grill on Saturday, October 31st, and kick off your trick or treating with the special Trunk or Treat event! Participation requires a decorated ride (or passengers) + enough treats to pass out to littles. Best decorated receives beer tokens & swag for all passengers over 21 years of age. Halloween specials will be served all night

Halloween Monster Bash – Saturday, October 31

Rosewood is the place to be this Halloween! The evening starts out with a Chef Attended Pizza Station served from 7:00pm-8:00pm and Themed Craft Cocktails in the Rosewood’s Haunted Bar and Theater throughout the evening!
Live music by Big Al & Jimbo (@Big Al Wetzel Band ) begins at 8:00pm-10:00pm. There will be prizes awarded for best costumes and an opportunity to close the evening with dancing for the night owls!
Seating is limited so secure your tickets ASAP!

As always, events and times are subject to change. Continue to check in with us at VisitDelavan.com for the most up to date information regarding Halloween events. Have a safe and happy Halloween season, here in Delavan.

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Vote for the Top Three Scarecrows At Scarecrow Fest 2020

Scarecrow Fest is finally upon us here in Delavan.  Starting Monday, September 14th, the Scarecrows on Parade will be on display and ready to welcome visitors and guests to the festivities of Scarecrow Fest in Downtown Delavan.   

During the entire month of September, scarecrows built by local businesses and organizations will adorn the streets of the downtown area. All scarecrows will be numbered and ballots will be printed for the public to vote for their favorites to decide the winning scarecrow. Vote for your top three favorite scarecrows by downloading the PDF Ballot below and filling in your top three Scarecrows. To submit a digital ballot, email a completed PDF to info@visitdelavan.com. You can also submit a physical ballot to the red ballot boxes at Lauren’s Antiques & Art Centre, Bradley’s Department Store, Remember When, or the Travel Information Center at the Lake Lawn Resort Airport. Voting will conclude September 29th.

Check out the Scarecrows and cast your vote today!

Download your ballot here:

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Autumn Adventures in Delavan

Fall is in the air, here in Delavan! Put on your coziest cardigan, pull out your planner, and sip on your favorite fall drink, its time to plan your Autumn activities. 

The Fall season is a perfect time for families to explore all kinds of different things to do across the Delavan area. From traditional apple orchards to pumpkin-themed paint and sips to virtual programming, Delavan is full of fun and family-friendly ways to enjoy the season.

Scarecrow Fest

Saturday, September 19, is Scarecrow Fest in Downtown Delavan! Scarecrow Fest is a community-wide, family-oriented event featuring scarecrows on parade and free activities throughout historic Downtown Delavan! With free pumpkins, classic car show, Walldog Mural tours, food trucks, DIY scarecrow kits, sidewalk sales, market vendors, live music, and so much more, there’s something for everyone! Usher in Autumn in Delavan Saturday, September 19th, 10 am-4 pm.  See you at Scarecrow Fest!

Apple Picking at the Orchard

Nothing says fall fun like a day at the Apple Barn Orchard and Winery! Go on an apple picking adventure throughout the orchards and pick from over 13 different varieties of crisp apples. The U-pick season kicks off September 19th! Stop in the Country Store and sample seasonal delights including apple cider doughnuts, caramel apples, Wisconsin cheeses, and homemade jellies and jams.  Grown-ups can sample a variety of house wines and ciders sourced from fruits grown on-site and take home a bottle of their favorite. Check out their calendar of events so you don’t miss out on the annual Apple Fest, September 26th & 27th, or Pumpkin Patch, October 2nd!

Pumpkin Paint and Sip

Grab some friends and get creative at Paint and Sip at Scoop’s on County Road O on Thursday, September 10th! Paint a  ‘Pumpkin Trio’ no experience needed. For just  $35 per person, you’ll receive all your supplies including the 12×24″ canvas, paints, brushes, and of course a drink! Reservations are required for this event so call (262) 728-3200 to reserve your spot.

Oktoberfest

The town of Delavan will roll out the barrel and celebrate Oktoberfest Saturday, October 24th in Community Park. Join in on the German-inspired fun at the Bier Tent while enjoying Brats, Bavarian Pretzels, and other traditional eats.  Polka your heart out to the beats of the Steve Miesner Band. Oktoberfest kicks off at noon at Community Park.  Prost!

Autumn with the Aram Public Library

If staying in is more your style, be sure to check out Aram Public Library’s Fall virtual programming! Gather the kiddos for Not-So-Scary-Stories, Creepy Crafties, and seasonally inspired Cusine for Kiddos.  Adults can tune in to the Virtual Beer Tasting featuring Duesterbeck Brewing Company Brews on October 21st..  Hear from Ben Johnson, from the comfort of your own home, clue you in to the brewing process and history of craft beer.  To taste along at home, you can pick up a set of beers at the library a week before the event.

Fall Color Tour

Enjoying the changing leaves in Delavan can be blink-and-you’ll-miss-them quick. With only a narrow window of time to enjoy them, it’s time to plan for a Fall Color Tour throughout the Delavan Parks System. Stroll through Ora Rice Arboretum or meander the paths of Congdon Gardens while enjoying the brilliant colors of the foliage.

You can find a complete listing of Fall Activities by visiting VisitDelavan.com.  Find your adventure, in Delavan.  

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Scarecrow Fest Returns to Downtown Delavan Saturday September 19th

Mark your calendars, the annual Delavan Scarecrow Fest is almost here! Join in on the festive fun Saturday, September 19th for a full day of fall activities for the whole family throughout historic Downtown Delavan! 

Scarecrow Fest is a community-wide, family-oriented event featuring scarecrows on parade and free activities throughout historic Downtown Delavan! With free pumpkins, classic car show, Walldog Mural tours, food trucks, DIY scarecrow kits, sidewalk sales, market vendors, live music, and so much more, there’s something for everyone!

Scarecrow Walk

A Scarecrow Fest tradition lives on. Stroll the bricks streets and meet the Scarecrows built and decorated by local businesses and organizations.  From kooky, to classic, to farm style favorites, the Scarecrow Walk is the highlight of the festival you will not want to miss.

Family Activities

This event truly has something for everyone! Pick up DIY Scarecrow Kits in front of Pet Pals between 11am and 2pm to take home. Shop sidewalk sales at your favorite Delavan retailers, and browse the vendors along the streets.  At 1:00 and 2:30, kiddos can pick a free pumpkin from the pumpkin patch.  Take a family photo with an old fashioned pickup truck at the Aram Public Library, perfect for this year’s Christmas card! While you’re strolling down Walworth Avenue, admire the cars displayed at the Classic Car Show.

Chow Down

With all the activities, your stomach will definitely be grumbling. Eat your way through Scarecrow Fest by visiting the many food trucks and vendors for a savory snack or a sweet treat. Enjoy offerings from the Barbecue Shack, Mr. P’s, Someplace Else, Sweet Tooth IceCream, and the Donut Truck. Utiger’s Jewelry, the Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, Delavan Lions Club, and La Monarcha will also be selling burgers, brats, hotdogs, corn, baked potatoes, chili, and other refreshments! Can you say yum?

Live Entertainment

No Downtown Delavan event could be complete without some live entertainment! Alice In Dairyland will kick off the day with opening remarks followed by performances by Johnny B at 11:00 am and the Sawdust Symphony Band at 2:00 pm.  The Milwaukee Tool Shed Band will round out the festival with a free concert in the park at 7:00 pm at the Phoenix Park Bandshell.  

Walldog Mural Tours

While you’re exploring Downtown Delavan, take part in the Walldogs Mural Tours and Scavenger Hunts! Take things at your own pace with a self-guided tour or join in on the Narrated Tours at 11:30 am or 2:30 pm with Mayor Ryan Schroder for an extra fee. Test your knowledge with an I-Spy style Scavenger Hunt for Kids and Adults while you admire the beautiful murals.  Those who submit completed scavenger hunts will be entered to win a Walldogs t-shirt or Walworth County BOGO Card! 

Come on down and usher in fall with the 2020 Scarecrow Fest in historic Downtown Delavan.  Scarecrow Fest begins at 10:00 am and runs until 4:00 pm with free admission and free parking. See you at Scarecrow Fest 2020! 

For more information and a complete listing of events check out our website at www.VisitDelavan.com!

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Labor Day Weekend in Delavan

Labor Day marks the end of summer, but it doesn’t have to mean the end of fun! This three-day weekend gives us one last chance to celebrate before school really kicks into gear. We have some fun family ideas that you can do all around Delavan that will make this long weekend a memorable one! Check them out below:

Don’t forget to check out our lodging accommodations so you can stay and play all weekend long. For a complete and updated listing of September Events, check out our Calendar on www.VisitDelavan.com.

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Fair Foods and Wineries Too!

The summer carnivals and County Fair may have been cancelled this year, but you can still indulge in your favorite treats and eats here in Delavan!  This weekend, August 14th through 15th, you can savor the sweets and fried treats you know and love at Staller Estate Winery. Step right up for some yummy fun! 

The crew at Staller Estate Winery have teamed up with the creative brains behind The Little Lamb Food Truck by the Black Sheep to present an evening of fair foods in the vineyards. Devour delicacies such as Cream Puffs, BBQ Pork Cones, Gyros, Fresh Dipped Corn Dogs, Jumbo Smoked & Grilled Turkey Legs, Chili Cheese Hot Dogs, Grilled Corn dipped in Butter, BBQ Pork Sandwiches, Tempura Fried Veggies, Grilled Corn Elotes, Mac & Cheese, Chili Dogs and much much more all created fresh by Chef Tyler! 

Dine in the spacious outdoor seating area–or even within the vines themselves–Friday August 14th from 4pm to 8pm or Saturday August 15th  Noon to 8pm. No tickets or reservations required. Don’t forget to pair your meal with a refreshing wine slushie or glass of your favorite Staller Estate blend.

Be sure to share your fixins with us as Visit Delavan on our Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram by tagging us at @VisitDelavn. For more weekend events, check out our Calendar at www.VisitDelavan.com.

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Outdoor Seating and Eating In Delavan

Patio dining is back in action in Delavan. Enjoy a sunny, socially-distant meal outdoors at one of the city’s favorite patios. We recommend checking in with the restaurant for any updated safety measures in place.

Boxed and Burlap – Menu

Boxed and Burlap is a business that enjoys visionary spaces both inside and out.  They’re known for providing the community with bespoke handcrafted coffee, unique environments, and a coffee corner curated with high quality decor, accessory pieces and house plants for sale.  It’ll be your new favorite coffee shop (and the perfect place for your next insta!

Hours: 

Monday-Friday 6am-6pm

Saturday 7am-6pm

Sunday 8am-3pm

Lookout Bar and Eatery – Menu

Accessible by land or lake, The Lookout Bar & Eatery is your dockside destination for cold brews and good eats. You will be smooth sailing while you relax with your favorite cocktail or Wisconsin beloved brew, Spotted Cow. Our menu features a vibrant combination of traditional pub food featuring our very own true to Wisconsin fried cheese curds as well as Chef’s own style Buffalo wings. 

Hours: Daily 8am-10pm

Culver’s – Menu

Everyone’s favorite, Culver’s, is serving up frozen custard & signature burgers made with Midwest beef & dairy in the dining room or on the patio.

Hours: Daily 10am-10pm

Elizabeth’s Cafe – Menu

New this season is Elizabeth’s outdoor seating! Enjoy your favorites breakfast, lunch, or dinner! You cannot go wrong with this Delavan favorite. 

Hours: Daily 6am-9pm

Inn Between Bar and Grill

Settled by the water’s edge right off of N. Shore Drive in Delavan Lake, the Inn Between Bar & Grill boasts the best view on the lake. With a full-service bar and kitchen, The Inn Between is ready to help you relax enjoy the lake.

Menu Subject to Availability 

Hours: Daily 11am-2am

Jonathan’s on Brick Street – Menu

Jonathan’s is a casual fine dining restaurant featuring a diverse selection of fresh fish, seafood, hand cut steaks, and appetizers. We have a large small plate selection and also many diverse entrée selections to suit the most discriminating palate. If you like wine, you have come to the right place. You will be able to experience wines from all areas of the west coast, as well as international varieties…all at much more reasonable prices than you can get anywhere else. With current guidelines, Jonathan’s will only be accepting reservations at this time.

Hours:

Monday-Thursday 4pm – 9pm

Friday-Saturday 4pm – 10pm

Sunday 4pm – 9pm

Lopez’s Anchor Inn – Menu

This Delavan staple has been owned and operated by the Lopez family for thirty years. It offers made to order American favorites, homemade Mexican food, and outstanding ice cream treats.  You can walk up, call in, drive-thru, or get delivery.

Hours: Daily 11am-8pm

Los Agaves – Menu

Los Agaves Restaurant in Delavan, WI offers a wide range of authentic Mexican cuisine that will make your mouth water. We guarantee quality dishes and services at affordable prices. Our professional and friendly staff is always around to give you top-notch service. Come try our delicious ice cream and fruit.

Hours:

Sunday-Thursday 9am-11pm

Friday-Saturday 9am-12am

Panera Bread – Menu

Counter-serve bakery/cafe chain serving sandwiches, salads & more, known for its bread & free WiFi.

Hours: Daily 6am-9pm

Postscript Pub – Menu

Located across the street from Delbrook Golf Club in Delavan, you can have it all. Full bar includes Miller, Bud, New Glarus and kitchen. Opens at 11 a.m. except Mondays.

Hours: 

Monday 11am-8pm

Tuesday-Friday 11am-10pm

Saturday 11am-11pm

Sunday 8am-10pm

Riga Tony’s Delicatezzi Italiano – Menu

Riga-Tony’s Delicatezzi has been serving traditional Italian foods in Delavan since August of 2002. At Riga-Tony’s, guests can purchase fresh and packaged imported Italian products, such as homemade raviolis, Italian pastas, canned goods, and imported cheeses.  You can also find other uniquely Italian products such as homemade sausage, homemade Italian beef, homemade pizzas, and prime dry aged steaks. Riga-Tony’s also includes a deli-style counter where you can sit and eat or take a meal to go. Stop in for a truly Italian experience. 
Hours: 

Wednesday-Friday 10am-6pm

Saturday 9am-6pm

Sunday 9am-2pm

Rosewood – Menu

Rosewood begins their 3rd season of SUNSET ON THE PATIO committed to securing exceptional musicians in an intimate setting, providing for a quality listening experience every Sunday evening from 5:00pm to 9:00pm – rain or shine – with comfortable seating on the 4,000 square foot patio, cabana bar and fire pits. Casual grilled food and beverages are available at reasonable prices.

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Hours: Sunday 5pm-9pm

South Shore Bar and Grill – Menu

Off the beaten path a little bit, but so worth the short drive! Great food – best thin crust pizza around, friendly atmosphere, delightful drink menu and live entertainment. Round ’em up and come on over!

Hours: 

Monday-Friday 11am-2:30am

Saturday 9am-2:30am

Sunday 8am-2am

The Village Supper Club Menu

The Village Supper Club, Delavan Lake’s only restaurant, invites you to join them for a taste of American and Italian cuisine. All menu items are made from scratch and are prepared using the freshest ingredients to offer you the best flavors of Southeastern Wisconsin. 

Hours: 

Tuesday-Thursday 3pm-9m

Friday-Saturday 3pm-10pm

Sunday 11:30am-9pm

Waterfront Pub & Eatery – Menu

The Waterfront Pub & Eatery is an amazing pub and eatery overlooking beautiful Delavan Lake. The original Waterfront officially opened for business on the 13th of September, 1981 with 13 bar stools, red shag carpeting and shuttered windows. On July 23, 2007, the Waterfront was reborn with the current building. They have built on the legacy of the original by adding even more room to party, a convenient drive-thru for food, wine and beer, and best of all, a menu of evolved comfort food. Enjoy a mojito and raise a glass to the Harley perched high above the bar.

Hours:

Monday-Saturday 11am-12am

Sunday 11am-8pm

Watershed Saloon – Menu

Described as not your normal stop – bikes from the ceiling, open-air type bar so that no matter where you sit, it’s a good seat, and food quantities you won’t believe. Delicious daily food specials, live music, and special events. Fabulous Fish Fry, offering the option to have both fried and broiled (AYCE, too) if you can’t choose! This is a no brainer to come here.

Hours: 

Monday-Friday 3pm-2am

Saturday 11am-2:30am

Sunday: 11am-2am

Enjoy your meal here in Delavan. For a complete list of restaurants in town, please visit /www.VisitDelavan.com.

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Date Night in Delavan: Summer Edition

Want to shake things up for your next Date Night? Or treat yourselves to a romantic night away from the kids?  Look no further! Go beyond the cliche dinner and a movie Date Night with these unique ideas all found right here in Delavan.  

Delavan Lake Tours

Step aboard Lake Lawn Resort’s all new  76-foot two-level cruise boat and embark on a tour of Delavan Lake.  See Frank Lloyd Wright homes and other historical landmarks while enjoying the fresh air and panoramic views.  For a more romantic evening, book the Sunset Tour which includes wine, beer, and a spectacular view of the setting sun over the lake.  Book your tour today!

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Sunsets on the Patio

Back for a third season, Sunsets on the Patio at Rosewood are the perfect scenery for a lowkey date night.  Enjoy the 4,000 square foot patio, cabana bar, fire pits, and live entertainment every Sunday evening starting at 5 pm.  Enjoy grilled to perfection burgers, brats, and more from the chefs at Fire2Fork while you sit back and relax.  Tickets can be purchased in advance at www.RosewoodWI.com or at the door for $10.  See you on the patio! 

Concerts in Phoenix Park

No Delavan summer is complete without a Date Night at a Concert in the Park.  Come on our for live music, food trucks, and a great time every week at the Phoenix Park Bandshell.  Throughout the summer you can catch amazing acts featuring classic rock, electric string quartets, bluegrass, tejano, and many many more! Check the schedule and plan your outing with your sweetie!

Wine Tastings at Apple Barn Orchard & Winery

For a more romantic evening with your sweetheart, consider a wine tasting at Apple Barn Orchard & Winery. Unlike other local wineries, Apple Barn specializes in fruit wines from non-grape fruits fermented in small batches to ensure their richness and quality. The winery offers delicious fruit wines such as Honey Crisp Apple Harvest, Hardy Pear and Strawberry Jewel. Colorful variations include Raspberry Heritage, Summer Peach, Big Buck Blueberry and Country Rhubarb.  Sip and sample wines in the outdoor tasting area and enjoy the romance.

Paddle Boarding

Check something off your bucket list for your next Date Night with stand up paddle boarding at Lake Lawn Resort.  Whether you’re a novice or a pro, paddle boarding is a fun adventurous date and a great time spent out on the water. Laughs are bound to be had on a date as unique as this one. This experience naturally creates one that will be full of smiles and laughter.  Rentals start at $25.  This date is sure to be a splash!

A Recipe for Romance

Cook up some romance in the kitchen your next date night.  Start by shopping at the Delavan Fresh Market for fresh veggies, fruits, and flowers (to set the mood of course!).  With your ingredients, take the time and learn a new recipe together.   It might even become your new summer date night tradition. Bon Apetit!

A Stroll Through the Garden

A night out with your partner doesn’t have to be extravagant or fancy.  A unique and free activity perfect for your next Date Night can be as simple as a walk through the park! An evening stroll through the greenery at Congdon Gardens, or a stop to smell the flowers at Ora Rice Arboretum can be just as romantic as an indulgent dinner.  This is the perfect opportunity to slow down, take a deep breath, and reconnect with each other.  Check out our list of parks and trails throughout Delavan waiting for you to explore. 

et us know where your next date night will be in the comments below.  As always, for more ideas and information visit www.VisitDelavan.com.  Once you take your first peek, you’ll be ready to plan your next Date Night in Delavan. 

Delavan/Darien Rotary Artisan Festival

Delavan’s history is filled with more than just circuses and temperance rallies. It was also home to an art colony near the end of the 19th Century. During this period students would come into Delavan from the Chicago Art Institute for more art training. Some of the artists made their homes here but only for about 15 years.

“Adolph Schulz did not like cows in his paintings,” said Terri Yanke, a Friends of the Library representative. Apparently, farmers were moving into the area with their grazing creatures. The artists moved down to Nashville, Indiana but left a lot of their paintings, which are now on display at Aram Public Library.          

Today these painters are gone but art has not left the city. To demonstrate the importance art and culture play in this area, the Delavan/Darien Rotary Club is hosting its first Artisan Festival at Congdon Garden, 1420 Hobbs Drive, Delavan on Saturday, September 24 from 10 AM to 2 PM. Funds raised will go toward Arts Scholarships for high school graduates. The festival will  feature an eclectic assortment of artists, crafters, vendors, food-artistisan, authors and performers.

“Covid took a toll on many artists of all genres,” said Carol L. Paur, Artisan Festival Chair. “We are hoping this festival will help artists showcase their works while meeting their fans. We’re also excited to see how we can help promote the arts in this area.” There will be activities for children, performers, and food trucks. For more information, contact Paur at storiesaua@gmail.com.

JOIN US to celebrate Delavan’s 125th Anniversary

Whether you’re enjoying one of our beautiful lakes, parks, local restaurants or shops, Delavan has a lot to offer and we’re celebrating all of that and our 125th Anniversary on July 23. Our annual Brick Street Day event has been moved to July to celebrate our 125th Anniversary with family-friendly activities, entertainment, vendors, food, and history.

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We’re kicking off the celebration weekend with a 125th Anniversary Dinner and Fundraiser at Lake Lawn Resort. The Delavan Historical Society and the Delavan-Delavan Lake Area Chamber of Commerce are hosting a dinner and program in honor of the city’s anniversary. There will be a cash bar, plated dinner, a history program, live music, and silent auctions to benefit the Delavan History Society and Delavan-Delavan Lake Area Chamber of Commerce.

The main day of celebrating on July 23 starts around 10 am with activities and entertainment throughout downtown Delavan. Many exciting add-ons include a historical tour, guided mural tours, and other special surprises!

Main Stage:

10:45a – Duesterbeck’s Brewing Co. “Brick Street Red Ale” release

11a – DDHS Orchestra

11:45a – DDHS Choir

12:30p – Cream City Circus

1:15p – Delavan Hall of Fame Ceremony

1:30p – Gebel Girls

South 2nd & Walworth:

10a – 4p – Sidewalk Chalk Art

11:30a – 1p – Guided Wagon Walldog Mural Tour

2p -3:30p – Guided Wagon Walldog Mural Tour

Tower Park:

10a – 4p – Treasure Hunt

11:00 – 3:00p – Cousin Otto’s Clown Alley

1:30p – 2:30p – Birthday Cake

All Day – Historic Walk in Tower Park

Children’s Stage:

10:30a – Chris Fascione: Juggling Funny Stories!

11:30a – WSD – Teaching Kids Sign Language

12:45p – The Dance Factory

1:30p – Chris Fascione: Juggling Funny Stories!

2:30p – Magic Morgan & Liliana (with Sign Language Interpreter)

Terrace Street:

10a – 3p – 2nd Annual Downhill Derby (Participants may race in one of the city’s cars)

Adam Public Library:

10a – 2p – Discovering Delavanites Photo Essay Inside Library

10a – 2p – Drop-in Take Home Crafts

11a – 12p – Magnificent Motorcycles

Phoenix Park Bandshell:

7p – 9p – Take It Easy Eagle Tribute Band

Come to Downtown Delavan July 23 for fun, food, entertainment, and a little history to celebrate our city’s 125th Anniversary!

Thank you to our 125th Anniversary Sponsors. Without them, this historic community event would not have been possible.

Stream Dudes

Strategic Materials, Inc.

Noble Insurance

Meridian

Central Printing

Duesterbeck’s Brewing Company

The Dentist

Thorpe & Christian

Lakeside Center Delavan

Stinebrink’s Piggly Wiggly

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5 Ways to Enjoy a Lake Day in Delavan

When the temperatures go up and the sun comes out, the best way to take advantage of a summer day is out on the water. And Delavan has options to enjoy the lake life for all groups and budgets.

Spend a Day at the Beach

Ready for a beach day in Delavan? Community Park on Delavan Lake has a playground area and beach that is free for Town of Delavan residents and $2 or $3 (free for kids under 5 years) for non-residents.

kayaker on Lake Comus in Delavan

Get Out on the Water

If you want explore Lake Comus Delavan Paddle Sports offers kayak and paddleboard rentals. Lake Comus is just a few blocks from historic downtown Delavan and has quiet waters and beautiful natural boundaries to explore at your own pace. Delavan Paddle Sports provides you with a kayak or paddleboard, life jacket, paddle, and some instructions to get you moving. Delavan Paddle Sports is open seven days a week during the summer. Rentals are $15 per boat during the week and $25 per boat during the weekend for 2 hours. They also offer a pass for 10 visits to save money for repeat renters.

To get out on Delavan Lake, Lakeside Bait & Tackle rents pontoon and fishing boats. Whether you are fishing for that trophy bass or taking a cruise around the lake with the family, they have you covered! They also rent canoes and kayaks. Pontoon rentals start at $325 for four hours. Fishing boats start at $150 for eight hours. And canoes and kayaks start at $25.

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If you’re looking to get some time on the lake for watersports, Lake Lawn Resort has what you need. They rent out speedboats, tritoon boats, paddleboats, paddleboards, kayaks, and wave runners. They also rent out water skis and water tubes. Availability and pricing can be found on their website.

Lake Lawn Resort Queen boat cruise at sunset on

Enjoy a Lake Cruise

For a leisurely cruise around Delavan Lake, Lake Lawn Resort’s Queen might be more what you’re looking for. The Queen is a two-level 76-foot cruise boat with an open-air top deck full of lounge seating and boasting beautiful lake views. There is also a climate-controlled main level with panoramic windows. Tickets start at $27.50 for a 90-minute scenic cruise.

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Learn Some Sailing Skills

Looking to learn some skills on the water? The Delavan Lake Sailing School offers individual and family lessons on different types of boats ranging in price from $75 to $150. DLSS is a nonprofit organization that teaches the art of sailing, and is open to all club members and non-members.

No matter what speed you want to go or type of vessel you want use, there are plenty of options to enjoy a day out on the water in Delavan.

Visit Delavan For Cinco De Mayo & Try Local Mexican Restaurants

One of the first events to kick off the summer here in Delavan is a big three-day Cinco de Mayo celebration.

The annual Cinco de Mayo Festival in Historic Downtown Delavan’s Phoenix Park  will be held May 6-8. The celebration will include live music, dancing, a car show, and food and other vendors.

Cinco de Mayo Festival

Friday, May 6

5pm – DJ Rudy
6pm – Lizvette Duran
7pm – Anejo Norteno
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Saturday, May 7

10am – DJ Rudy
10am-2pm – Car Show
12pm – Cedric Square
1pm – Comparsa Mexico
2pm – Jalapeno Contest/Car Show
3pm – DJ Rudy
4pm – Tlaloc Huerta
5pm – Selena Tribute
6pm – Alexandra Salgado
7pm – Los del 608
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Sunday, May 8

10am – Mass
12pm – DJ Rudy
1pm – Groupo Folclorico Regional Tercera Generacion
2pm – Guadalupe Ibarra-Luna
3-5pm – Adrianna and the Boyz
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Enjoy Delavan’s Mexican Restaurants All Year

Keep the celebration and fun going all year round by visiting one of the many Mexican restaurants right here in Delavan. Delavan definitely has a lot of options, and all of them offer their own unique menu and experience.

Best Margaritas: Arandas

Arandas has one of the largest menus with tacos, burritos, chimichangas, fajitas, steak, and chicken dishes. But they’ve also got a reputation as having some of the best margaritas in town.

Hidden Gem: La Guanajuato

Not many people know about La Guanajuato but it’s worth a stop. Hidden in the back of a local Mexican grocery store, La Guanajuato serves up fresh tacos (served the traditional way in corn tortillas topped with onions and cilantro), gorditas, and sopes. Our favorites on the menu are their massive steak taco salad and their Torta Cubana.

Newbie: Mama’s Cocina: Tacos y Birria

Mama’s Cocina is the newest addition to Delevan’s restaurant scene. They opened in March 2022 just southwest of the Delavan Inlet. They are a family owned and operated business that focuses on tacos and birria while also offering quality Mexican food made with the finest and freshest ingredients.

Other Local Favorites

Hernandez Mexican Restaurant has been one of Delavan’s favorite Mexican restaurants for more than 60 years. Their menu includes traditional Mexican dishes plus more exotic options. Your meal starts with homemade salsa and chips, and don’t forget to grab a margarita!

La Monarca is a family favorite with all the favorite homemade dishes. They also now offer online ordering, making it great grab and go option.

Looking for a hearty, satisfying breakfast? Head to Los Agaves, a local family owned restaurant that also serves a delicious breakfast menu in addition to lunch and dinner.

Taqueria La Estrella is a little bit off the beaten path on Delavan’s northwest side. They offer all the traditional dishes and breakfast. But make sure you have a bit of time because you’ll want to try all their salsa options they bring to your table with chips.

Once you’ve tried one or all of our local favorites, let us know which one is your favorite on our Facebook page!