Events Calendar

  1. 30th Star Benefit Antiques Auction

    Apr 25, 2014 - Apr 26, 2014   Hundreds of treasures, from classic to kitschy, will be available to the highest bidder as the FRIENDS of the Wisconsin Historical Society hold this biennial auction to benefit restoration projects at Black Point Estate in Lake Geneva. The Wisconsin Antiques Dealers Association generously sponsors the 30th Star Benefit Antiques Auction.

    Friday, April 25: Preview Party and Dinner (by advance reservation) 4:30-8:30 pm
    Attend Friday night's Preview Party, held at Old World Wisconsin's historic Clausing Barn, for a fish dinner and a private viewing of antiques to be auctioned Saturday. David Desimone, site director at Black Point Estate, will give the keynote address at 6:30 pm. Free antiques appraisals, gift basket drawings and more.

    Saturday, April 26: 9 am viewing, 10 am auction begins (no reservation necessary)
    There is no admission charged for Saturday's all antique-and-vintage auction. This is a "no-reserve" auction with a 10-percent buyer's premium benefiting the Wisconsin Historical Society and Black Point Estate.

  2. Bustle Hustle 5K Run/Walk

    Apr 26, 2014   Registration begins at 8:30 am. Run/walk begins at 10 am. Children's 1K race begins at 11 am. Lace up your walking or running shoes and join us for a 5K trek through Old World Wisconsin's spring landscape. Along the race route, expect to see pristine fields and pastures reminiscent of the 19th-century Wisconsin landscape.

    Event sponsored by the Old World Foundation

  3. Spring into the Past: Go Fly a Kite

    May 3, 2014 - May 4, 2014   10 am–5 pm Springtime is a flurry of activity on our 19th- and early 20th-century farmyards and homesteads, with lots of different seasonal chores for you to try. Enjoy a different theme each weekend. On this first weekend of the event, make a 19th-century paper kite and let it soar in the Old World Wisconsin breezes.

  4. Spring into the Past: Sheep to Shawl

    May 10, 2014 - May 11, 2014   10 am–5 pm Springtime is a flurry of activity on our 19th- and early 20th-century farmyards and homesteads, with lots of different seasonal chores for you to try each weekend. This weekend, watch skilled demonstrations of sheep shearing and try your hand at carding and spinning wool into yarn.

  5. Mother's Day Brunch

    May 11, 2014   Seatings available throughout the morning, beginning at 9:30 am (museum open from 10 am–5 pm) Make mom's gift a morning spent together. Relax over a tasty brunch buffet served in the unique setting of our 1890s Clausing Barn, then stroll through our village and farmsteads. All moms receive free admission to the museum today.

  6. Spring into the Past: Plowing and Planting

    May 17, 2014 - May 18, 2014   10 am–5 pm Springtime is a flurry of activity on our 19th- and early 20th-century farmyards and homesteads, with lots of different seasonal chores for you to try each weekend. This weekend, smell the freshly turned earth as farmers guide horse-drawn plows across Old World Wisconsin's fields. Lend a hand in planting heirloom gardens.

  7. Spring into the Past: Old World Flavors

    May 24, 2014 - May 25, 2014   10 am–5 pm Springtime is a flurry of activity on our 19th- and early 20th-century farmyards and homesteads, with lots of different seasonal chores for you to try each weekend. On this final weekend of the event, sample a variety of seasonal ethnic foods brought to Wisconsin by early German, Irish, Norwegian, Finnish and Polish immigrants.

  8. Celebrate Wisconsin Folklife

    May 31, 2014 - Jun 1, 2014   10 am–5 pm Enjoy music, dance, storytelling, food and crafts that celebrate the rich folk traditions that make Wisconsin unique.

  9. Vintage Base Ball Match: Eagle Diamonds vs. Delton Base Ball Club

    Jun 7, 2014   10 am–5 pm (game time is 1:30 pm) Celebrate America's favorite pastime, and enjoy an old-fashioned game of vintage base ball, as it was spelled in the 1860s. Old World Wisconsin's Eagle Diamonds will take on the Delton Vintage Base Ball Club as they play the historic game by 1860s rules. Learn more about 1860s rules and the history of the Diamonds team. Admission to the museum gets you into the game for free.

  10. Celebrate Wisconsin Folklife

    Jun 7, 2014 - Jun 8, 2014   10 am–5 pm Enjoy two weekends of music, dance, storytelling, food and crafts that celebrate the rich folk traditions that make Wisconsin unique.

  11. Catch Wheel Fever! Opening

    Jun 14, 2014   10 am–5 pm Join us as we unveil Old World Wisconsin's new interactive experience, Catch Wheel Fever! Explore Wisconsin's cycling boom of the 1890s as you climb aboard a historic bicycle, take a reproduction 19th-century tricycle for a spin and join in the fun of a turn-of-the-century cycling club meet. Catch Wheel Fever! is made possible, in part, by a generous grant from the Sally Mead Hands Foundation. Acknowledgement also goes to the Old World Foundation and Wheel & Sprocket for their support.

  12. Midsummer Magic

    Jun 21, 2014   6–9 pm (museum hours 10 am–5 pm) Spend an enjoyable evening strolling the grounds, sampling foods, shopping and listening to music during our annual adult fundraising event sponsored by the Old World Foundation. Separate ticket required.

    Event sponsored by the Old World Foundation

  13. Scandinavian Midsommar Celebration

    Jun 22, 2014   10 am–3 pm (museum hours are 10 am–5 pm) Raise the Majstáng and celebrate the solstice in traditional Swedish style with music and dancing. Scandinavian Midsommar activities take place on the Welcome/Visitor Center Green and are free (admission to the museum is separate). From 11 am–1:30 pm enjoy a special Swedish buffet meal in the historic Clausing Barn ($15 adults, $7 children 3-12, under 3 free). This event is sponsored by the Swedish American Historical Society of Wisconsin.

  14. The World of Little House

    Jun 28, 2014 - Jul 31, 2014   10 am–5 pm Laura Ingalls Wilder was born in Wisconsin's "Big Woods" in 1867. We've put together a full month of daily activities that let you live like Laura and the Ingalls family and friends. Dress as a character from one of the Little House books and receive a discount on admission.

  15. Old World Fourth of July

    Jul 4, 2014 - Jul 6, 2014   10 am–5 pm Join us for three days of fun, games and patriotic activities featuring an old-fashioned parade on July 4 only. Each of the three days you can try climbing the greased pole, help make ice cream, enter the pie-eating contest and test your muscles in a tug-o-war competition.

  16. Vintage Base Ball Match: Eagle Diamonds vs. Milwaukee Grays

    Jul 12, 2014   10 am–5 pm (game time is 1:30 pm) Get outdoors and give a "huzzah" as the Eagle Diamonds meet the Milwaukee Grays on the historic Ward School field for a charming and historically rooted game of vintage base ball. Guided by rules governing 1860s base ball, the match will find the first "striker to the line" called at 1:30 pm. Admission to the museum gets you into the game for free.

  17. Ride with the Wheelmen: A High-Wheel Bicycle Gathering

    Jul 19, 2014   10 am–5 pm The Wheelmen, an organization of antique high-wheel bicycle enthusiasts, are coming to Old World Wisconsin. Join them for a 10-mile ride, or simply watch their demonstrations of historic cycling skills. Registration required for the 10-mile ride. Call 262-594-6301 to register.

  18. Civil War Encounters

    Aug 1, 2014 - Sep 1, 2014   10 am–5 pm Experience the profound impact the Civil War had on Wisconsin's soldiers and civilians as you explore life on the home front and in a reconstructed army camp.

  19. Civil War Encounters: Gone for a Soldier

    Aug 23, 2014 - Aug 24, 2014   10 am–5 pm You become a Civil War soldier as you experience the process of recruiting, enlisting, drilling and marching as a member of a Wisconsin regiment in the Iron Brigade. This immersive experience also includes cannon firing and camp activities.

  20. Autumn on the Farms

    Sep 6, 2014 - Sep 7, 2014   10 am-5 pm Celebrate the harvest season, and help our farm families and villagers bring in their crops, stock the larder and put up the produce for winter. Different seasonal activities each weekend in September and October. See our events calendar for details.

  21. Old World Wedding

    Sep 6, 2014   10 am–5 pm Join us for a Pomeranian wedding at our 1880s German homestead to find out about the customs and traditions of the wedding. Heed the Hochzeitsbitters' wedding invitation, and join us in the German area to be our guest at the 1880s wedding.

  22. Vintage Base Ball Match: Eagle Diamonds vs. Chicago Salmon

    Sep 13, 2014   10 am–5 pm (game time is 1:30 pm) Grab your spot on the Ward School Field hill to witness the Chicago Salmon challenge the home club in a 1:30 pm contest. These gloveless vintage base ball teams compete at the cozy school house diamond armed with 1860s rulebooks and a true love of the game. Admission to the museum gets you into the game for free.

  23. Autumn on the Farms

    Sep 13, 2014 - Sep 14, 2014   10 am–5 pm Celebrate the harvest season, and help our farm families and villagers bring in their crops, stock the larder and put up the produce for winter. Different seasonal activities each weekend in September and October. See our events calendar for details.

  24. Autumn on the Farms

    Sep 20, 2014 - Sep 21, 2014   10 am–5 pm Celebrate the harvest season, and help our farm families and villagers bring in their crops, stock the larder and put up the produce for winter. Different seasonal activities each weekend in September and October. See our events calendar for details.

  25. Autumn on the Farms

    Sep 27, 2014 - Sep 28, 2014   10 am–5 pm Celebrate the harvest season, and help our farm families and villagers bring in their crops, stock the larder and put up the produce for winter. Different seasonal activities each weekend in September and October. See our events calendar for details.

  26. Autumn on the Farms

    Oct 4, 2014 - Oct 5, 2014   10 am–5 pm Celebrate the harvest season, and help our farm families and villagers bring in their crops, stock the larder and put up the produce for winter. Different seasonal activities each weekend in September and October. See our events calendar for details.

  27. Halloween Legends and Lore

    Oct 11, 2014   5–8:30 pm Join us for an always spooky, sometimes scary, rain-or-shine event as we celebrate the immigrant legends we brought with us and the folklore we created here at home. Halloween Legends and Lore features the folk and fairytales of the Old World as well as Wisconsin ghost stories from the 19th and early 20th centuries. Explore fantastic mazes, both whimsical and eerie. Burn off energy while fleeing ghosts or dancing in the enchanted fairy circle. Solve strange riddles and puzzles, create and take home macabre artifacts, and encounter cackling witches, gloomy grave diggers, strange beasts, freaky fortune tellers and bizarre entities. Learn the terrifying origins of the Ridgeway Ghost, and witness ghostly tales come to life. Enjoy tasty and disturbing treats and drinks. The evening culminates with a wild bonfire finale.

  28. Autumn on the Farms

    Oct 11, 2014 - Oct 12, 2014   10 am–5 pm Celebrate the harvest season, and help our farm families and villagers bring in their crops, stock the larder and put up the produce for winter. Different seasonal activities each weekend in September and October. See our events calendar for details.

  29. Autumn on the Farms

    Oct 18, 2014 - Oct 19, 2014   10 am–5 pm Celebrate the harvest season, and help our farm families and villagers bring in their crops, stock the larder and put up the produce for winter. Different seasonal activities each weekend in September and October. See our events calendar for details.

  30. Halloween Legends and Lore

    Oct 18, 2014   5–8:30 pm Join us for an always spooky, sometimes scary, rain-or-shine event as we celebrate the immigrant legends we brought with us and the folklore we created here at home. Halloween Legends and Lore features the folk and fairytales of the Old World as well as Wisconsin ghost stories from the 19th and early 20th centuries. Explore fantastic mazes, both whimsical and eerie. Burn off energy while fleeing ghosts or dancing in the enchanted fairy circle. Solve strange riddles and puzzles, create and take home macabre artifacts, and encounter cackling witches, gloomy grave diggers, strange beasts, freaky fortune tellers and bizarre entities. Learn the terrifying origins of the Ridgeway Ghost, and witness ghostly tales come to life. Enjoy tasty and disturbing treats and drinks. The evening culminates with a wild bonfire finale.

  31. Halloween Legends and Lore

    Oct 25, 2014   5–8:30 pm Join us for an always spooky, sometimes scary, rain-or-shine event as we celebrate the immigrant legends we brought with us and the folklore we created here at home. Halloween Legends and Lore features the folk and fairytales of the Old World as well as Wisconsin ghost stories from the 19th and early 20th centuries. Explore fantastic mazes, both whimsical and eerie. Burn off energy while fleeing ghosts or dancing in the enchanted fairy circle. Solve strange riddles and puzzles, create and take home macabre artifacts, and encounter cackling witches, gloomy grave diggers, strange beasts, freaky fortune tellers and bizarre entities. Learn the terrifying origins of the Ridgeway Ghost, and witness ghostly tales come to life. Enjoy tasty and disturbing treats and drinks. The evening culminates with a wild bonfire finale.

  32. Autumn on the Farms

    Oct 25, 2014 - Oct 26, 2014   10 am–5 pm Celebrate the harvest season, and help our farm families and villagers bring in their crops, stock the larder and put up the produce for winter. Different seasonal activities each weekend in September and October. See our events calendar for details.

  33. Halloween Legends and Lore

    Oct 31, 2014   5–8:30 pm Join us for an always spooky, sometimes scary, rain-or-shine event as we celebrate the immigrant legends we brought with us and the folklore we created here at home. Halloween Legends and Lore features the folk and fairytales of the Old World as well as Wisconsin ghost stories from the 19th and early 20th centuries. Explore fantastic mazes, both whimsical and eerie. Burn off energy while fleeing ghosts or dancing in the enchanted fairy circle. Solve strange riddles and puzzles, create and take home macabre artifacts, and encounter cackling witches, gloomy grave diggers, strange beasts, freaky fortune tellers and bizarre entities. Learn the terrifying origins of the Ridgeway Ghost, and witness ghostly tales come to life. Enjoy tasty and disturbing treats and drinks. The evening culminates with a wild bonfire finale.


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