It's officially 2023! To celebrate the turning of a new year, we have reviewed some of the best events that happen annually in the Stevens Point Area. Read ahead for ideas to celebrate each month and plan for a great year full of festivals, food, fun, and much more!
Ring in the new year with some fun annual events in the Stevens Point Area! Start your year off with fun for the whole family at the Annual Arctic Run Model Railroad Show and Sale. Get your fill of sports in by watching both women's and men's UWSP basketball, hockey, and swimming and diving. Then get yourself active under a disco ball with dancing and ice skating at Rock Night On Ice.
Spend some time indoors enjoying the arts this February in the Stevens Point Area! Head to the Noel Fine Arts Center on campus to watch the Suzuki Student Marathon. Try out a second annual event this month with Big Brew Fest where they will feature an unlimited sampling of more than 60 craft beers, ciders, and hard seltzers with all proceeds benefiting the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Wisconsin. Also, be sure not to miss CWSO's Simply Classical where you can listen to a beautiful symphony orchestra.
Exercise your body, grab fresh produce, and listen to live music this March in the Stevens Point Area! Wake up your body from winter slumbers with the Point Bock Run, a 5-mile out-and-back road race hosted by the Point Brewery on the first Saturday in March. Think the farmers' market is only for the summer? Think again and visit the winter farmers' market for locally produced items. Then watch the UWSP's Department of Theatre and Dance's dramatic telling of The Misanthrope.
April is the month of knowledge and celebration in the Stevens Point Area! Join the World's Largest Trivia Contest, hosted by 90FM every April, complete with a parade on Friday to kick off the festivities! Celebrate, appreciate, and shop for art at the Festival of Arts, which has maintained the reputation of one of the finest quality art fairs in the Midwest in the minds of both participating artists and patrons. Check out EgoCon, the game-related event, for a science fiction fantasy gaming event at the Holiday Inn & Convention Center. Get ready for the return of food trucks with District 1's Food Truck Festival accompanied by live music and family-friendly activities.
Celebrate local arts and culture in May! Be sure to attend the Cultural Festival, held annually to celebrate Central Wisconsin's rich cultural heritage through the sharing of food, entertainment, exhibits, sales of arts and crafts, and hands-on activities. The Stevens Point Farmers Market runs year-round. May through October, you’ll find it in the same place since 1847 – and from November through April the Winter Farmers Market moves indoors. Enjoy live music and delicious local food during the Point Brewery's Point Block Party. Then get yourself on over to the Noel Fine Arts Center on the UWSP campus and watch the Dance Departments' annual performance of Danstage. Also happening this month is the Candlelight Hike held at Schmeekle Reserve.
June is the month to burn off some energy, and conserve some as well! In an effort to conserve energy, bring awareness about sustainability, and work towards a better future, the Midwest Renewable Energy Association holds the Energy Fair, and it is the longest-running event of its kind! Kick off your summer with some live music with Levitt AMP music series, and enjoy live concerts all summer long!
Get patriotic and celebrate in July in the Stevens Point Area! To celebrate the Fourth of July, the Riverfront Rendezvous is held annually at Pfiffner Pioneer Park where you and your family can enjoy exceptional live music, local food vendors, fireworks, and more! For the car-lover, the Iola Car Show, held annually on the second weekend of July, brings people from near and far for the Midwest's greatest car show and Swap Meet. Or enjoy the summer weather and take the family downtown to enjoy some local art of different murals on buildings throughout the downtown area.
August is the month to try new things, and the Stevens Point Area has many opportunities for you! For an adventure, check out Paddlequest - a paddling-based adventure event with games and scavenger hunts that provide new challenges around every corner. Looking for an action-packed event? Check out the Little Britches Rodeo with a handful of different events to watch.
September in the Stevens Point Area is full of fairs, festivals, and fun! For fairs the whole family will love, head out to the Portage County Fair in Rosholt or Pacelli Panacea, complete with rides, food, music, and more! To celebrate local art, visit Art in The Park at Pfiffner Park! For live music, the Stevens Point Area holds the Riverfront Jazz Festival every labor day weekend, which is the largest outdoor jazz festival in Central Wisconsin. More active fun can be found at the Pointoberfest and Blubber Run, starting with a 5k run in your best costume, then followed by beer, music, food, and fun.
Celebrate fall in the Stevens Point Area in October! Appreciate art with the Hidden Studios Art Tour, a self-guided tour through various working studios in Central Wisconsin, which is held every year at the peak of fall foliage. Get your drink on and take a stop at O'so Brewing Company's Plotoberfest and District 1 Brewing's Oktoberfest. Also, stop and enjoy some Wines of the World at the Holiday Inn Hotel & Convention Center. Celebrate that UWSP Pointer Pride this month with Homecoming on campus and all the fun accompanying activities.
Get into the holiday spirit in November in the Stevens Point Area! Start getting ready for Christmas with the Holiday Parade in Downtown Stevens Point, held extra early every year in November, where families can celebrate with local floats, candy, and Santa! Make room for Thanksgiving dinner with the Turkey Trot, a non-competitive 5k held every Thanksgiving morning. Also taking place this month is the Fall Candlelight Hike at Schmeeckle Reserve. Need to get a start on holiday shopping? Let Tinsel Trail inspire you with arts and crafts for sale from hundreds of vendors!
Wrap up the year and enjoy some local winter activity in December! For Christmas shopping, stop by the Tomorrow River Christmas Craft Show, complete with crafts, raffles, baked goods, food, music, and more! Then, let your whole family enjoy New Year's at Noon at the Central Wisconsin Children's Museum. More holiday family fun can be found at the Tomorrow River Lions Club Children's Christmas Party where Santa himself is bound to make an appearance!