Downtown Ripon shines at night.

There’s plenty to do in the Ripon area this week, from flea markets to multiple opportunities for live music.

Take a look:

RHS Graduation caravan to return — Saturday

For the last two years, a graduation caravan was held to honor Ripon High School graduates.

The caravan was a solution to the challenges of COVID-19, but the Ripon Area School District (RASD) received so much favorable feedback from the event that seniors voted to have it again this year.

Saturday, at 9:30 a.m. — with line up beginning at 9 a.m. — RASD will have a parade to honor the Ripon High School Class of 2022 graduates.

“This event is completely optional,” Ripon High School Principal Randy Hatlen said. “We will line cars up on Ransom Street (behind Ripon Drug). The caravan will proceed down Watson Street through Barlow Park proceeding to the high school.”

Tune into your radios to 1600-AM or 93.1-FM to listen to a graduation recording at 9:30 a.m.

Town Square’s bingo jackpot expected to exceed $3,000 — Saturday

Bedrock, here we come.

Town Square’s Yabba “Dauber” Doo Bingo jackpot is expected to draw large crowds Saturday at 492 Hill St. in Green Lake.

Doors and concessions open at 5 p.m., card sales begin at 5:30 and games start at 6:30.

The night features 13 games, plus speedy bingo and a progressive blackout final game with a jackpot of $2,764 plus half the night’s sales if bingo is called in 56 numbers.

The jackpot is estimated to exceed $3,000 which is a Town Square record.

“This is the highest progressive jackpot we’ve ever had,” said Tonya Alling, one of Town Square’s original bingo volunteers. “If we sell the same number of bingo sheets in May as we did in April, the jackpot will be very close to $3,300.”

The progressive jackpot was added to Town Square bingo in 2019, and there have been three winners so far.

Princeton Flea Market — Saturday

Wisconsin’s largest outdoor flea market in Princeton City Park takes place Saturday beginning at 6 a.m. and runs through the early afternoon.

“Enjoy unique finds and treasures,” the Princeton Chamber of Commerce says.

Existing vendor information or details on becoming a vendor at the Princeton Flea Market, can be found on the Princeton website, or by calling the Chamber office at (920) 295-3877.

Summer Kickoff with the Tuba Dan Band at Knuth’s — Saturday

Knuth Brewing Co. will host Summer Kickoff with the Tuba Dan Band Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m.

“Join Tub the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend as we kick off summer with everybody's favorite polka man, Tuba Dan,” the brewery said. “Bring your friends, your smiles, and your dancing shoes.”

Saturday, May 28 — Paint the Town Red 5k

More than 100 walkers are expected to join together on Mill Pond Terrace Saturday, May 28 to raise funds that support free children’s programs at Town Square Community Center.

The second annual Paint the Town Red 5K is a rain or shine family-friendly, all ages and abilities walk that inspires camaraderie and family togetherness.

Participants are encouraged to dress in their wackiest walking attire for a chance to win the coveted Best Dressed trophy.

Race day registration begins at 8 a.m. and the walk commences at 9 a.m. Participants will return to Mill Pond Terrace at 10:30 a.m. for the awards ceremony.

Entry fees are $25 for adults, $15 for children ages 6-17 and free for children under age 6. Virtual participation fee is $15.

To register and create a personalized fundraising page, visit

Corky Siegel & Randy Sabien at Thrasher — Saturday

Thrasher Opera House will host a concert featuring Corky Siegel and Randy Sabien Saturday from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m.

“Fiery piano playing, and superb harmonica from Chicago Blues Hall of Fame legend Corky Siegel joins ace Jazz fiddler, pianist and guitarist, Randy Sabien,” Thrasher says. “These two maestros of mirth will dish up an over-the-top evening of humor and showmanship.”

Opening weekend at Lake Street Marina — Saturday

Lake Street Marina will celebrate its opening weekend Saturday from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.

“Come kick off Summer at Lake Street Marina with cold drinks and Island Music by everyone's favorite, Bahama Bob,” an event posting says on the Green Lake Area Chamber of Commerce website. “Enjoy the lake views, beer & wine by the can, and soft serve ice cream treats! We can't wait to see everyone again.”

Jeff Mueller the Music Man at the Tap — Friday

Friday at Town Square Tap Jeff Mueller, the Music Man, will be performing from 7 to 9 p.m.

“Nashville recording artist. Playing 50s and 60s, country/western, and your favorite standards. Jeff has been playing and entertaining since the mid-60s and continues to sing and entertain to this day,” Thrasher says. “Plays from early spring to late fall, in the Central Wisconsin area. During the winter months, you can find him entertaining in Central Florida.”

Live Music at Vines & Rushes — Friday & Saturday

Vines & Rushes Winery will host Live Music featuring Brady Lee Friday from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

“Milwaukee born singer, songwriter and all round performer Brady Lee is a multi-talented artist that is capable of creating outstanding music and on-stage performances,” the winery says.

Vines & Rushes will host Live Music featuring Kyle Megna & Ross Catterton Saturday from 2 to 5 p.m.

“Kyle Megna and Ross Catterton are two strong songwriters that play in the same band Kyle Megna & The Monsoons,” the winery says. “Seen live, they feed off the vibe of the crowd as well as each other. Their ‘dark-indie-blues-folk-rock feel’ keeps you entertained for hours.”

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