Ripon Travel Guide

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

Although summer is winding down, there’s still a lot to look forward to in the Ripon and Green Lake area this weekend.

From the conclusion of Ripon's Summer Concert Series to Princeton's Famous Flea Market, there's something for everyone. 

Check it out:

Ripon Summer Concert Series concludes with national recording artist Tantric

National recording artist Tantric will conclude the 2021 Horicon Bank Ripon Summer Concert Series Friday, with a special season-ending performance.

The free concert, which is sponsored by Horicon Bank, takes place at the Village Green from 7 to 11p.m. The opening performer is Avalanche Lilly.

Tantric is an American rock band from Louisville, Ky. The group was founded in 1999 by Hugo Ferreira. Tantric is often categorized as post-grunge and is known for its emphasis on acoustic guitar, distorted electric guitar riffs and multi-layered vocal harmonies. In its early career, Tantric was frequently compared to grunge forerunners Alice in Chains.

The band has endured a 20-plus year career. Its musical approach has evolved into the sensational rock band that it is today. Tantric has released seven studio albums and one EP.

Its self-titled debut is their most successful release to date.

The album spawned the highly acclaimed singles "Breakdown," "Astounded" and "Mourning" and has been certified gold, selling more than 600,000 copies.

Tantric is working on its upcoming eighth studio album, “The Sum of All Things,” and will be releasing a video to its first single, “Living Here Without You,” in the next few weeks.

Tantric's line-up consists of founder Hugo Ferriera (vox/acoustic guitar), Jaron Gulino (vox, bass), Sebastian LaBar (lead guitar, vox) and Ian Corabi (drums).

The outdoor concert series, which is organized by Ripon Main Street, Inc., takes place at the Village Green located at the corner of Watson and Seward streets in downtown Ripon.

A variety of beverages are available and participants may bring lawn chairs or blankets to sit on. No carry-ins are allowed in the park because beverage sales help cover entertainment expenses. Performances are free and open to the public.

Tractor Cruise will benefit people in need Aug. 28

The chug-a chug-a chug-a of antique tractors is sweet music to seasoned farmers, but it’s also a sweet tune for the hungry in Ripon and the surrounding areas on Saturday, Aug. 28.

That’s the day more than 50 vintage tractors chug through the backroads for the 13th-annual East Central Benefit Tractor Cruise. Drivers pick one of two routes: the 52.4-mile Long Route or the 32.1-mile Short Route.

Even COVID-19 didn’t stop these classic farm machines in 2020, and this fundraiser plans to chug on even stronger this year.

Starting at the Heatley Farm at 9 a.m., the procession will wind its way to the Dodge Memorial County Park for a morning break before moving on to the Markesan Historical Society for lunch and then a break at the Fairwater Community Center, before returning to the Heatley Farm around 3:30 p.m.

Funds from the past cruises and the 4:30 p.m. chicken BBQ at the farm have raised more than $200,000 for area food pantries and emergency funds for local school districts.

Dine-in and carry-out options for the $10 BBQ meal are available. The menu includes a half-chicken, potato salad, baked beans, roll and water.

Tickets may be purchased on site or from any board of director member. Proceeds will go to food pantries in the area. For more information, visit www.eastcentralbenefittractorcruise.com.

Princeton's Famous Flea Market Saturday

“The world’s greatest flea market” is back this summer, every Saturday from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Princeton City Park. The market is open from mid-April to Oct. 16.

“A destination in itself, Princeton’s Flea Market is the largest outdoor flea market in central Wisconsin; enjoy a Saturday stroll in Princeton to browse through hundreds of vendor goodies,” the Princeton Chamber of Commerce website said of the event. “The treasures abound every week as new vendors enter the mix, so make it your weekly stop to find that long sought after item or just to get a tasty snack at the food stand.”

Admission and parking are free and there is an abundance of food options. Local service groups and organizations serve snacks, sandwiches, and beverages from the food stand in the center of the Park. Other vendors serve a wide variety of delectable delights including egg rolls, heavenly fresh-made warm donuts, and much more. The Information Center is also housed in the food stand.

Disco Bingo at Town Square

Aug. 28 | 6:30 p.m. | Town Square Community Center

Boogie on over to Town Square Community Center, a.k.a. “Funky Town,” Saturday for Disco Bingo.

Games begin at 6:30 p.m. at 486 Hill St., Green Lake.

The 13-game series (played beneath a disco ball) features a progressive jackpot prize starting at $500, which can reach more than $1,000 by the end of the evening. Caleb Boutin of Omro won the progressive jackpot prize of $2,078.50 at last month’s bingo event.

Players may dress the part, so dust off those bell-bottoms and platform boots and get ready to do “The Hustle.” The night also will feature speedy bingo and a progressive black-out final game, as well as a 50/50 raffle and door prizes.

Concessions will be available for purchase, including $2 Sheboygan hot dogs, chips, beer, and wine. Doors open at 5 p.m. Card sales begin at 5:30 p.m. and games begin at 6:30.

Bingo proceeds benefit Town Square, an award-winning community center located in the historic county courthouse buildings in the heart of downtown Green Lake.

For more information, visit www.greenlaketownsquare.org or call 920-807-0008.

Live music at Vines & Rushes Friday & Saturday

Americana singer/songstress and Midwest native, Claire Kelly, will be performing at Vines & Rushes Friday from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Saturday from 2 to 5 p.m., Sarah Day performs a variety of acoustic music with roots in country, classic rock, and folk. Influenced by female powerhouses including Stevie Nicks and Patsy Cline, Sarah brings soulful vocals and a fresh twist to classic tunes.

“Select your favorite wine, cider, or Knuth Brewing Company craft beer, custom order a wood fired pizza, and sit back and enjoy the music,” the Winery said.

Summer Market at Town Square

The Market at Town Square is an outdoor event every Friday, May 14 -Sept 24, will feature fresh-off-the-farm goodness and handmade items.

The market runs from 3 to 6 p.m. at Town Square.

“Social-distance and enjoy the delights as local growers and artisans will show off their wares that you and your family will love,” Town Square says of the event. “Thank you for buying local.”

Live music by Tom Winkers

Aug. 28 | 6 – 9 p.m. | Town Square Tap

Markesan band instructor and local musician Tom Winkers will perform a free set at Town Square Tap in Green Lake Saturday, Aug. 28.

Folks can enjoy some drinks and watch Winkers perform from the patio.

"Suds, Speakeasies and Scrawflaws"

Princeton's Historical Society, 630 West Water St., will teach residents about Wisconsin's organized crime connections and some of Princeton's notorious past while sipping and nibbling the night away.

According to the Princeton Chamber of Commerce website, the event runs all day Saturday at 630 West Water St.

For more information visit the Princeton Historical Society Facebook page, call 920-295-9008, or email princetonhistorical@gmail.com.

4-H Brat Fry Friday and Saturday

The Spring Valley 4-H Club is hosting a brat fry in the Brandon Pavillion accross from Brandon Meats Friday and Saturday.

Friday's brat fry is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday's brat fry runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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