Ripon Travel Guide

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

Summer is in full swing in the Ripon and Green Lake area, which means there’s a ton to do. From nearby airshows to live music, there’s something for everyone.

Take a look:

Public meetings

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

It will discuss filling a district 2 council vacancy, a geographic information system proposal and a janitorial service contract before going into closed session to discuss a “Ripon College Complaint,” according to the agenda.

EAA Airventure Oshkosh

After being held virtually last year, the world's largest aviation convention is back to Wisconsin, bringing thousands to Oshkosh with new safety precautions.

Masks are recommended for the unvaccinated, but not required. EAA Airventure also is implementing new social distancing procedures.

In addition, children 18 and under receive free admission to the convention, which is packed with airshows, exhibits and more.

EAA Airventure runs July 26 to Aug. 1. For daily air show schedules and information about purchasing tickets, visit

Monday, July 26 — Monday Matinees:

Enjoy a newly released or classic film on the big screen Monday, July 26 at 2 p.m. at Ripon Public Library. Check the library's website weekly promotions for title and rating to determine age appropriateness.

Tuesday, July 27 — Storytime Outdoors for Kids & Families:

Gather Tuesday, July 27 on the side lawn at Ripon Public Library with a chair or blanket for Storytime. Attendees may relax and enjoy music, stories, crafts and laughs with Youth Services Librarian Linda DeCramer.

Thrasher Opera House will host historic window reveal July 29

Join Thrasher as it embarks on a journey to celebrate the grand re-opening of its opera house with a historic window reveal celebration Thursday, July 29 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

The celebration is open to the public and everyone may join as Thrasher prepares for the future by connecting closer to its past. An anonymous donor came forward to fund the creation and replacement of the former round window on the front of the opera house to a handcrafted and historically-correct one.

“Thrasher, as well as the builder of the window, Roby Irvin, worked with the State Historical Society in order to replicate the window to as close to the style and craftsmanship used in the early 1900s, as possible,” Thrasher Executive Director Rachael Avery said. “After waiting more than 20 years to do this project, you can bet we are excited to reveal it to our community! Couple it with the fact that we are about to fully reopen for the first time in a year and a half [and] this is a monumental moment in Thrasher history.”

The street will be closed from 6:30 to 8:30p.m., and the celebration will include a cash bar, complimentary hors d’oeuvres (while supplies last), live entertainment by Dan Braaksma and Hog Father BBQ will be on the premises and available for purchase.

Thrasher has been a part of the Green Lake community for more than 100 years. RSVPs are welcomed, but not necessary.

Diverse Options Hiring Event

Diverse Options is hosting a hiring event at its downtown location at 326 Blackburn St. Wednesday from 3 to 6 p.m.

“Stop by to speak with hiring managers and hear more about our full-time, part-time and fill-in LIFE COACH positions available,” a posting on the Ripon Chamber of Commerce Website says. “We hope to see you there!”

Yoga in the Vineyard Thursday

Vines & Rushes Winery will host Yoga in the Vineyard Thursday from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

The event features a Gentle/Vinyasa flow-style yoga class appropriate for most levels. The class will be led by a rotation of Lotus Root Yoga instructors certified by Yoga Alliance.

The weekly class will be held outdoors near the grapevines. In the case of inclement weather, class will be cancelled.

“Please bring your own yoga mat, sunglasses and water. Community price of $5 per class. Please pay outside with cash (exact change if possible). Lotus Root Yoga passes may also be used,” the winery says. “After yoga, purchase a glass of wine, check out the chef's menu specials and relax on the patio. Vines & Rushes offers a variety of beverages and food items.”

Third Lake Brass Quintet

The Green Lake Festival of Music is presenting a free program by the Third Lake Brass Quintet Thursday from 12:15 to 2:15 p.m. at the Ripon Public Library.

“The Green Lake Festival of Music presents this free program in accordance with its mission to make world-class music and musicians accessible by all,” the Ripon Area Chamber of Commerce says. “Relax and enjoy a rousing performance, educational components, and Q & A with the artists.”

Green Lake Concert in the Park

The Green Lake Area Chamber of Commerce will host its weekly concert in Deacon Mills Park Wednesday featuring Remington’s Ride.

The event runs from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and is sponsored by Norton’s Dry Dock and Kinas Excavating. Catering will be provided by 680 North Restaurant.

“Remington’s Ride genre of music is Western Swing and Dance Hall Honky Tonk — real, true country music, the way it was meant to be played,” the Green Lake Area Chamber of Commerce said of the event.

DJ Trivia Thursday

Knuth Brewing Co. will host DJ Trivia Thursday from 6:30 to 8 p.m. It is a free event that will award participants for their knowledge.

First through third place winners will be awarded gift cards. Knuth Brewing Co. describes the event as “always free, always fun.”

“Come join the fun with friends,” the brewery’s website said of the event.

Goose Blind Grill & Bar DJ Trivia Thursday

Goose Blind Grill & Bar will host DJ Trivia Thursday from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

“Sign up with your family and/or friends! The live DJ Trivia host will display the questions on TV and offer up a variety of interesting trivia categories including: Movies, History, Music, TV, Science, and more,” the Green Lake Area Chamber of Commerce website said of the event. “First, second and third places will get Prizes!”

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