Ripon Travel Guide

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

Fall is in full swing, but there’s still plenty to do in the Ripon and Green Lake area.

Check it out:

Public meetings

  • The Ripon Area School District will host its Annual School District Meeting and Budget Hearing in the Ripon High School Media Center Monday at 6 p.m.

It will include a Presentation of the State of the District by the Superintendent, a Presentation of the Budget by the Business Manager and a Hearing of the Budget.

  • The Ripon Common Council meets at 7 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers.

It will review the city’s ward map and discuss the outdoor open container entertainment event permit ordinance.

Storytime at the Ripon Public Library

The Ripon Public Library will host storytime Wednesday and Thursday at 9:30 a.m. in the lower-level Nash Room. Registration is not required.

“Growing children into readers is the storytime mantra. Adult and child participants, aged 0-5 years, enjoy the best books complemented by music, movement, play, anda focus on early literacy learning,” the event listing on the Ripon Area Chamber of Commerce website said. “Storytime facilitates child/caregiver bonding and provides a venue for caregivers of young children to connect and support one another.”

Live Music featuring Erin Krebs & Jeff Johnston Duo

Vines & Rushes Winery will host live music featuring the Erin Krebs and Jeff Johnson Duo Friday from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

“Erin often works in a duo with her partner, guitarist Jeff Johnston. With 30 plus years of performing, he has developed a well-traveled musical fluency that compliments Erin's extensive repertoire and songwriting style,” the winery says. “Together, Erin and Jeff provide a dynamic and versatile musical experience for their audience. Grab your favorite glass, listen to the music, and enjoy a fantastic wood fired pizza, serving from 4 to 8 p.m.”

Shimabukuro returns to Thrasher Opera House Friday, Oct. 1.

Musician Jake Shimabukuro will make a return visit to the historic Thrasher Opera House in Green Lake Friday, Oct. 1 for a 7:30 p.m. concert.

Shimabukuro has taken the ukulele to places no one has gone before, performing music that ranges from jazz, blues, and rock to bluegrass, classical and folk.

Every major artist has that one defining album or performance, but for Shimabukuro, his career has been filled with achievements.

Since he first came to the world’s attention with his original take on George Harrison’s “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” in a viral video that dominated YouTube in 2005, the Hawaiian-born Shimabukuro has virtually reinvented the four-string instrument, causing many to call him “the Jimi Hendrix of the ukulele.”

Tickets are $40. Reservation for Costaki may be made by visiting or by calling 920-294-4279.

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