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!

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

5 Hot Spots to Cool Down in Delavan, WI

August is shaping up to be one of the hottest months on record here in Delavan! With the temperatures reaching well into the 90°s, everyone is talking about the best places to cool off and soak in the sun. We’ve rounded up our top five places in Delavan to make a splash this August and bask in the last few weeks of summer. Check them out:

Mill Pond

The Mill Pond is Delavan’s only naturally spring fed swimming pond! With a beach house with changing rooms, restrooms, and a concession stand it is the perfect place for an afternoon picnic and swim. The pond is bordered by a beach, picnic areas, and a sand volleyball court, swings and sand play structures.

Lake Comus

If paddleboarding and kayaking are more your thing, Lake Comus is the perfect place to paddle! The calm waters border peaceful Wisconsin marshland and provide for a quiet escape mere feet from the hustle of downtown Delavan. Equipment including paddleboards and kayaks can be rented from Delavan Paddle Sports at picked up at the Mill Pond Building.

Community Park Beach on Delavan Lake

We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention the beach on this list! Pack up your sunscreen, towels, snorkels, and sand toys and head to the beach at Community Park! As Delavan Lake’s only beachfront, Community Park is the place to soak up the sun. Planning for an afternoon on the water? Community Park also features a boat launch. Admission is required for non-residents and can be purchased at the gate.

The Lookout Pool at Lake Lawn Resort

Chill out poolside this summer at the Lookout Pool at Lake Lawn Resort! Just outside the Lookout Bar & Eatery is the Lookout outdoor pool. Swim along the shores of Delavan Lake in this heated outdoor pool and enjoy poolside service from the Lookout Bar & Eatery. The Lookout outdoor pool features a kiddie pool and daily poolside games.

The Waterfront at Turtle Lake Tap & Grill

Nestled on two acres of scenic lakeshore, the Waterfront at Turtle Lake Tap & Grill is the perfect place for a refreshing dip. Adults can enjoy a boozy tiki drink while the kiddos can sip on fresh smoothies. Grab a bite to eat from the shoreline restaurant and jump on in to the lake from the pier.

For more inspiration, check out our website at www.VisitDelavan.com. Happy summer!

Shop Till You Drop at Delavan’s 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.

This year, Maxwell Street Days will not only feature incredible sidewalk sales from your favorite downtown businesses, but the historic brick street will be lined with over 15 local makers, crafters, vendors, and farmers selling unique treasures and delicious goodies galore. Participating vendors include:

  • Betty’s Sewn Gadgets – Handmade Crafts
  • Beulah Carpenter – Flaxseed Warmers and Honey
  • Charlotte Jones – Craft, Knitwear, and Unique Jewelry
  • Cheryl’s Crazy Bling – Paparazzi Jewelry
  • Color Street by Christy Torres – Color Street Nails
  • Currently Crafting – Handmade Scrubbies and Crocheted Items
  • Elma Morales Crafts – Handmade Baby Items
  • GiGi Beans Creations by Dana – Wreaths and Home Decor
  • Glow Getter Candles – Hand Poured Candles
  • Jam’n Crafts – Crocheted Toys
  • L’Bri Cosmetics – Aloe Based Skincare
  • Leah Egger – Face Painting
  • Lynn & Kathy Crafts – Tie Dye and Decorative Decor
  • PRP Wine International – In Home Wine Tasting
  • Sandra Patchak – Jewelry
  • Seeds of Hope – Plants and Florals
  • Tastefully Simple – Kitchen and Baking Goods
  • St. Andrew’s 8th Grade Class – Homemade Pies and Baked Goods
  • Victoria Walter – Hand Beadingwork
  • Windborne Farms – Beeswax Candles, Wraps, and Body Care
  • Jeff Gunzel & Joy Lou – Holiday Decor and Crafts

After working up an appetite after your browsing, grab a bite to eat from one of the many delicious downtown restaurants, arancini bites from Isola Eats, or authentic tacos from Taqueria La Estrella.

It’s all happening during Delavan’s Maxwell Street Days, Friday and Saturday August 6th and 7th. Will we see you there? Happy shopping!

For more Delavan Events and travel inspiration, head over to our website at VisitDelavan.com today!

Discover Delavan: Weekend Events – July 16-18

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

Food Truck Friday at Staller Estate Winery

Cheers to the weekend, Delavan! Unwind for the weekend with a glass of wine and dinner at Staller Estate Winery! Gracie’s Kitchen Food Truck will be parked in the vineyards and serve BBQ Pulled Pork, Texas Toast Grilled Cheese, and Mediterranean inspired dishes from 4-8pm. Pair your meal with a glass of your fave Staller blend or a refreshing wine slushy!

Live Music Saturdays @ Turtle Lake Tap

Live music + summer sunsets + lakeside bites = the best Saturday night in town! Join Turtle Lap Tap for live music on the deck from 3-6pm as part of their Wisconsin’s Best Summer Sounds Series. Grab a bite to eat, a cold drink, and relax. See you at the lake!

Prestijio Band at Phoenix Park Bandshell

Tejano music returns to the Phoenix Park Bandshell, Sunday July 18th with Prestijio! This free concert in the park is the only Tejano concert of the season, so come out and enjoy the concert. Tacos and authentic mexican food will be available for purchase as well as concessions from the famous Phoenix Park Beer Truck.

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

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!

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.

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.

Enjoy A Socially Distant Day Out In Delavan

If you’re like most people, you’ve probably been anxiously awaiting the day when we can all return to normal and resume our daily activities.  Maybe you’ve been missing shopping the streets of downtown, or dining on the decks of your favorite restaurants.

While we are still social distancing and following the recommendations of the CDC, we can still get out of our homes and enjoy a day out in Delavan with a few precautions.  Here are five activities to have the best socially distant day here in Delavan.

1. Search High, Search Low: 91462131_2551891761751625_7431028265214541824_n.jpgStart your day with a little family competition in the fresh air with the Delavan Walldog Scavenger Hunt.  Use hints and clues to find all 20 Walldog Murals throughout Delavan.  Don’t forget to download the Kids’ Scavenger Hunt for the kiddos to play too!

2. Grab Some Lunch To-Go: image-pv_web.jpgAfter your scavenger hunt, refuel with some yummy lunch from your favorite Delavan Restaurants to-go! Be sure to check out our Distance Dining Guide to see participating restaurants and takeout menus.

3. Afternoon Tee: Once the afternoon rolls around, head out for a round of golf, the original socially distant sport. Book LakeLawn_222_rtch-850x0-c-default.jpgyour tee times with Delbrook Golf Club or Majestic Oaks at Lake Lawn Resort.  Walk the greens or rent individual carts to ensure your safety.

4. Treat Yourself: A day out in quarantine always calls for a treat! Order out your favorite ice cream treat from Lopez’s Anchor In. Or if Italian pastries are more your 95261378_10158227259449696_5320729585069850624_o.jpgstyle, pick up fresh cannoli from Riga-Tony’s Delicatezzi.

5. A Walk in The Park: To close out your day, take a sunset stroll through your favorite park, or venture out to a new one. With over 27 to choose from, you’re sure to find some picturesque views and a breath of fresh air. Just be sure to keep your six feet of distance between you and other park goers.

We hope our itinerary for a socially distant day out in Delavan inspires you to get out and enjoy some fresh air.  As always, we encourage you to stay safe and be well!

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Curbside Friday Fish Fry

Friday Fish Fry is a Delavan Tradition.  Order your favorite feast from your favorite local restaurant to-go with curbside delivery.  View participating restaurants and menus below:

Delavan Family Restaurant – (262) 728-1715 — Menu

Hours: 8am-7pm

Pickup / Delivery 

The Duck Inn – (608) 883-6988 — Menu

Hours: 4pm – 9pm

Pickup / Curbside Delivery

Greenie’s Clubhouse at Delbrook Golf Course – (262) 728-1339 — Menu

Hours: 4pm

Pickup / DoorDash

The Village Supper Club – (262) 728-6360 — Menu

Hours: 3pm-8:30pm

Pickup / Curbside Delivery

The Waterfront Pub and Grill – (262) 728-4700 —  Menu

Hours: 11am-9pm

Pickup / Drive Thru Delivery / Curbside Delivery 

Watershed Saloon – (262) 725-6445 — Menu

Hours: 4-9pm

Pickup  / DoorDash

Whiskey Ranch – (262) 882-2800 — Menu

Hours: 11am-6pm

Pickup / Curbside Delivery / Delivery