Ripon Travel Guide

Known for its downtown attractions, live music shows and historic sites, the city of Ripon offers a little something for everyone.

As the weather transitions from summer to fall, there’s still a lot to do in the Ripon area.

From participating in local democracy or experiencing Septemberfest, there's something for everyone.

Check it out:

Public meetings

  • The Ripon Common Council meets Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers.
    • It will review its capital improvement plan, discuss masking in city buildings as well as a potential VODI-19 vaccine requirement for city employees.
  • The Green Lake Committee of the Whole meets at 5 p.m. in the City Hall Council Room.
    • That meeting will be followed by the regular Green Lake Common Council meeting at 6 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 14 — Sharing Table Meal:

The Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church in Ripon will hold its Sharing Table Meal.

The event is a drive-thru community meal that will take place from 5 to 5:45 p.m. All are welcome. For more information, call 920-851-7610.

Ripon LWV to host presentation on raising good citizens

Just like we teach children to brush their teeth, eat healthy foods, exercise, and get enough sleep, we also need to help them develop the knowledge, skills, and motivation to participate in civic life. Raising good citizens doesn’t happen by chance.

Thursday at 7 p.m. join the League of Women Voters of the Ripon Area Ripon Channel YouTube page or the LWV of the Ripon Area Facebook page to learn about a program partnership in Minnesota which is providing information on civic life. Questions will be asked through a chat function.

The YMCA Center for Youth Voice has developed cause-driven leaders through programs and experiences that build character and confidence. Come learn about a possible new partnership between the YMCA Center for Youth Voice and the Wisconsin Alliance of YMCAs, including information on how you and your organization can help increase participation and impact in Wisconsin Youth in Government.

The presentation, Instilling Civic Values in Young People, will be led by Amy Anderson, executive director of the YMCA Center for Youth Voice. The Center was created to help build civic literacy and provide leadership experiences for the next generation of K-12 students. LWV of the Ripon area is ready and available to provide information for youth to register to vote. If you are interested in understanding the process of registration please email

Anderson has more than 20 years of experience in management roles helping organizations achieve their objectives. Her work has included managing teams of program consultants who worked with K-12 schools nationwide to reduce their energy use and costs; designing and leading executive leadership cohorts with K-12 administrators, as well as facilitating workshops on effective school board governance; and working as the director of marketing for the University of Minnesota. Anderson has a M.A. from the University of St. Thomas and a B.A. from the College of St. Benedict.

The League of Women Voters, a non-partisan political organization, encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy. The League was founded in 1920 by Carrie Chapman Catt who was born in Ripon, Wisconsin.

For more information on the local League of Women Voters of the Ripon area please visit our Facebook page, email or call Ellen Sorensen at 920-960-3397.

Summer Wrap Up Escapade Cruise

Join Chamber Members for a sunset cruise on the Escapade, Wednesday, Sept. 15, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Enjoy light appetizers, beverages, and a boat ride around Green Lake to wrap up our summer.

Registrants must be a member of GLACC and can bring up to one guest. Boarding begins at 5 p.m. at the Heidel House pier and will set sail at 5:30 p.m. The cost is $25/person.

Septemberfest returns with annual car, motorcycle shows

Historic downtown Ripon will be the site for Septemberfest 2021 Saturday, Sept. 18, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The fall celebration, which is presented by Agnesian Healthcare and Alliance Laundry, will feature the Watson Street Car Show and have more than 25 classes for automobiles of all varieties.

In conjunction with the Car Show and Septemberfest, the Classic Motorcycle Show will be held beginning at 9 a.m. and running until 3 p.m.

Septemberfest will feature live entertainment from the Tuba Dan Band and The Presidents throughout the day at the Village Green.

Ripon’s Rotary Club will also hold a Historic Home Tour featuring homes within walking distance of downtown Ripon.

Tickets for the Home Tour are $10 and available at Webster’s Marketplace, BMO Harris Bank, Ripon Drug, Horicon Bank, the Ripon Area Chamber of Commerce and any of the participating homes.

Septemberfest also will host the Wisconsin Spudmobile, Cornhole Tournament, food and shopping opportunities.

For more information about Septemberfest 2021, please visit

Noon Kiwanis will host pancake breakfast to kick off Septemberfest

The Ripon Noon Kiwanis will host its annual Pancake Breakfast, kicking off Septemberfest, Saturday, Sept. 18 from 7 to 10:30 a.m. at the American Legion Hall, 113 E. Fond du Lac St, in downtown Ripon.

“Kids need Kiwanis, in our community and around the world,” Ripon Noon Kiwanis board member Tyler Whitrock said. “Fundraisers like our pancake breakfast provide us with the resources to invest in community’s children with funds raised with support of the community.”

The Noon Kiwanis will serve pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs, applesauce and an assortment of beverages. Cost is $7 at the door; children 12 and under eat free.

The Noon Kiwanis also will hold a coloring contest in conjunction with the pancake breakfast. It is open to children in grades K-5.

Entries may be picked up and dropped off at the Ripon Area Chamber of Commerce Office and the Ripon Public Library. They may be downloaded from the Noon Kiwanis website,

Entries must be received by Sept. 15.

Winners of the Kiwanis’ Septemberfest coloring contest will be on display throughout the pancake breakfast.

The American Legion Hall building now has exterior elevator access to help those with mobility concerns.

Fundraisers, like the pancake breakfast, help support the Noon Kiwanis’ many projects that benefit youth in the community such as the Toy Lending Library, the annual Children’s Fair and Noon Kiwanis’ recurring scholarships for graduating seniors.

The Ripon Noon Kiwanis meets Tuesdays at Noon in Ripon College’s Pickard Dining Room. New members who want to serve their community may attend.

For more information about Ripon Noon Kiwanis and the pancake breakfast visit

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