5 Spots To Enjoy Fall Colors In Delavan

Going for a walk under the fall colors, enjoying the view with a drink, getting out on the lake for a panoramic view of all the red, gold, orange, and yellow trees…Delavan has plenty of ways to enjoy the colors this fall. Here are five of our favorite spots to experience fall and the beautiful leaves in Delavan.

Walk through fall colors at the arboretum

The Paul Lange and Ora Rice arboretums are nestled along the shores of Lake Comus, providing lake views of the fall colors while you’re also walking amongst the beautiful trees. The adjoining nature areas are more than 30 combined acres with nature trails and plenty of spots to sit and enjoy the views.

Enjoy some fall colors while golfing

Featuring 27 holes of public golf, Delbrook Golf Course’s original course was constructed in 1927, and golfers can still enjoy the shade and views from trees planted more than 80 years ago. Imagine the beautiful fall colors from all those trees! Grab a spot on their practice range, which allows you to hit your ball up to 275 yards while enjoying the view of the fall colors along their three courses.

Get panoramic views of fall colors on Delavan Lake

One of the best ways to enjoy fall colors on the lake is on the Lake Lawn Queen. The Queen is Delavan Lake’s two-level 76-foot cruise boat that takes passengers on a tour of Delavan Lake and its shores, with views of five Frank Lloyd Wright homes, other historical landmarks, and colorful fall vistas. The open-air top deck has lounge seating with amazing views from every angle, while the climate-controlled main level has various seating options and panoramic window views.

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Experience fall colors and lake views from land

For a nice walk with lake views and plenty of fall colors to enjoy, head to Community Park in Delavan. Community Park, at the corner of Highway 50 and South Shore Drive, is 15 acres of lakefront property with a beach, playground, pavilions you can rent, and a long peninsula for shore fishing. The peninsula is also perfect for a lakefront stroll to enjoy the fall colors.

Grab a drink and enjoy the view of fall colors

What better way to enjoy the fall colors on Delavan Lake than with a group of friends and a drink! Head to Inn Between Bar & Grill right on the north shore of Delavan Lake with one of the best views on the lake. They serve lunch and dinner, plus have a full-service bar.

Head to Delavan this fall for a walk, boat tour, game of golf, or day of relaxing while enjoying the beautiful fall colors.

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.

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.

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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Discover Delavan: Weekend Events – August 27-29

The weekend is here! Lets kick back, relax, and discover something different in Delavan Wisconsin.

Vintage Picking at Staller Estate Winery

Calling all early risers, gardening goddesses, and wine lovers! Help the crew at Staller Estate Winery during their first pick of the season, Saturday August 28th! Arrive at the winery bright and early at 6:30 am and join in on the harvest happenings. When else would you have the opportunity to say you had a hand in making your favorite bottle of wine!?

Concerts in the Park: Gabriel Sanchez Presents the Prince Experience

One of the most popular shows at the Phoenix Park Bandshell returns this weekend for another amazing performance! Gabriel Sanchez Presents the Prince Experience is the ultimate tribute to Prince and all things 90’s. See you at the Bandshell for this performance you won’t want to miss, Saturday, August 28th at 7pm.

2nd Annual Keeping the Dream Alive Council Fundraiser at Whiskey Ranch Delavan

Head out to the Whiskey Ranch for good food, great music, and an even better cause! The 2nd Annual Keeping the Dream Alive Council Fundraiser is back, Saturday, August 28th benefitting the Delavan Darien Boy Scouts of America. Scouting is a very valuable program for many youth in our area. We want to keep this program alive for these youth and it takes many donations from our community to fund the program! See you at the cookout!

Discover more in Delavan this weekend by visiting our Event Calendar at www.VisitDelavan.com!

Discover Delavan: Weekend Events – August 20-22

The weekend is here! Lets kick back, relax, and discover something different in Delavan Wisconsin.

Movies in the Park: ET

Pack up your picnic baskets and head to Phoenix Park for a movie under the stars! The Delavan Lions Club is pleased to present a showing of the classic film, E.T., on the cinema sized screen, Friday, August 20th. The movie will begin at dusk and light concessions will be available for purchase.

Doggie Paddle at Mill Pond

Calling all dog owners! Bring the pups down to Mill Pond for the annual Doggie Paddle, Saturday, August 21st! This event is the only day of the year pups can swim at Mill Pond here in Delavan, and its sure to be a paw-some time. Owners can enter to win raffle prizes from Pet Smart, Fleet Farm, The Bark Market, and Pet Pals. Please note, humans must provide their pup’s vaccination records.

Queen Family Bingo Cruise

Bingo on the lake is back by demand for a second year in a row! Bring your friends, jump aboard the Lake Lawn Queen for lunch and bingo along with the most beautiful scenery you can have while enjoying a cruise around Delavan Lake! Book your tickets at www.lakelawnresort.com.

Discover more in Delavan this weekend by visiting our Event Calendar at www.VisitDelavan.com!

5 Things To Do in Delavan Before Back To School

Summer is drawing to a close, and before you know it, the kiddos will be packing their backpacks and headed off to school. There is still some time left to squeeze in one last summer adventure with the whole family here in Delavan! That’s why we’ve put together a list of 5 things to do in Delavan before they go back to school.

#1 Dancing Horses Theatre and Animal Gardens Petting Zoo

If you’ve got animal lovers in your family, this is one attraction you cannot miss! Enjoy a dazzling show featuring choreographed equestrian artistry as the Dancing Horses Area comes to life with over twelve horses and their trainers. This award winning performance will have your jaw on the floor! After the show, head out to the petting zoo and meet fuzzy barnyard friends and exotic animals up close and personal.

#2 Tour De Taco Shop

Its no secret that Delavan is home to some of the best mexican food in the area! If your kiddos have a never-ending appetite, head out on a tour of all the Taco Shops in Delavan! Start your morning at La Monarca for breakfast tacos, then make you way through the downtown stopping at Los Agaves, Hernandez’s, Aranda’s Mexican Grill, Taquiera La Estrella, and La Guanajuato! Keep your eyes peeled for Raf’s Taco Truck! You never know where it might stop.

#3 Enjoy a Day On The Water

Soak up the last few weeks of summer on the sparkling waters of Delavan Lake! Whether you’re enjoying the beach at Community Park or hopping on a pontoon rented from the Marina at Lake Lawn Resort, Delavan Lake is the best place to wrap up your summer adventures and make family memories that will last a lifetime.

#4 Catch a Movie Under the Stars

Pack up your picnic blankets and favorite movie snacks, and catch a flick under the stars at Phoenix Park! On Friday, August 20th, enjoy a showing of the 80’s classic E.T. on the cinema sized screen sponsored by the Delavan Lions Club.

#5 Celebrate With A Scoop

Round out the summer with one last hurrah at your favorite ice cream shop! Whether you head to Dulceria Acapulco, La Michoacana, Delavan Lake Store, or Lopez’s Anchor In, you’re in for a sweet treat.

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

Discover Delavan: Weekend Events – August 13-15

The weekend is here! Lets kick back, relax, and discover something different in Delavan Wisconsin.

Shrimp Boil at Staller Estate Winery

The Little Lamb Food Truck is setting up shop at Staller Estate Winery, Friday August 13th for an all you can eat shrimp boil extravaganza. The culinary crew from the Black Sheep in Whitewater have teamed up with the winemakers at Staller to offer this amazing meal complete with seasonal wine pairings featuring unlimited salad, shrimp, corn on the cob, potatoes, sausage, and corn bread for just $24.95 per plate. Be sure to bring the wet wipes!

Friends of the Aram Public Library Annual Book Sale

Calling all bookworms! Join us for the Friends of Aram Public Library’s annual summer book sale under the big white tent on the Library’s front lawn. Hundreds of adult, children and teen books, DVD’s and music CD’s to choose from, all at bargain prices. The sale kicks off at 8 am and continues through the afternoon until 3pm.

Live Music at the Lookout: Kevin Kennedy

Let the Lookout do the cooking this weekend! Enjoy live music by Kevin Kennedy at the Lookout Bar & Eatery at Lake Lawn Resort, Saturday August 14th. Enjoy menu specials including their famous cheese curds, street tacos, reuben chimichanga, or cheddar beer brat.

BONUS: DAS Fest USA

Don your lederhosen, and roll out the barrel, the first ever DAS Fest USA is almost here! Celebrate all things German at the three-day festival at the Walworth County Fairgrounds, Friday August 13th through Sunday, August 15th! Prost to the celebration of the summer featuring brats, polka, dachshund dog races, biergartens, bingo halls, and so much more!

Discover more in Delavan this weekend by visiting our Event Calendar at www.VisitDelavan.com!

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

Discover Delavan: Weekend Events – August 6-8

The weekend is here! Lets kick back, relax, and discover something different in Delavan Wisconsin.

Maxwell Street Days

Calling all discount divas, savvy shoppers, and deal dashers, Delavan’s Maxwell Street Days are back, Friday, August 6th and Saturday, August 7th! This is your chance to check out that cute little boutique you’ve been driving past for months, finally stop in to the antique stores, and grab a sweet treat from your favorite ice cream shop all at once while shopping the best sales of the season.

DIY Classes at The Sailors Wife

Get your craft on this weekend at The Sailors Wife in downtown Delavan! Grab your besties and create Macramé Plant Hangers on Friday, August 6th. Sip on wine, get creative, and enjoy a night out with your friends while creating a pice of home decor you’ll treasure forever. Sunday, join in on the DIY Lazy Susan Workshop where you’ll learn the ins and outs of using gel stain, stamping techniques, and more!

BBQ Chicken Cookout at The Endzone

Let the Endzone do the cooking for you this weekend! Join the crew on Sunday, August 8th for a BBQ Chicken Cookout with all the fixin’s. They’ll be manning the grill serving up bbq wings, breasts, thighs, and burgers from noon to 6pm. Be sure to catch live music from High Stakes from 2-6pm. See you at the Endzone.

Discover more in Delavan this weekend by visiting our Event Calendar at www.VisitDelavan.com!