Big Event Blog: Venetian Festival's 55th celebration
Looking for something to do? Why not head over to Flat Iron Park in Lake Geneva for Venetian Fest, watch a real rodeo at the Walworth County Fairgrounds in Elkhorn or catch woodcarvers in action at a show in Janesville?
Through Aug. 20
Venetian Festival, Aug. 16 to Aug. 20, Flat Iron Park, Wrigley Drive, Lake Geneva. Noon to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday. Carnival, water ski show, live music, lighted boat parade, firework display.
Thursday, Aug. 17
Legends and Landmarks Lake Geneva Walking Tour, Aug. 17, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., beginning at the Riviera, 812 Wrigley Drive, Lake Geneva. Explore historic Maple Park neighborhood and the work of famous architects. Tickets at 262-248-1888, BlackPointEstate.org
Friday, Aug. 18
Nooks and Crannies Tour, Aug. 18, from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Black Point Estate in Lake Geneva. Tickets at Lake Geneva Cruise Line, 262-248-1888, CruiseLakeGeneva.com
Beer Barons of Lake Geneva beer cruise, Aug. 18, from 5:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., Black Point Estate in Lake Geneva. Learn about the brewing industry in Milwaukee and Chicago, then raise a pint. Tickets at Lake Geneva Cruise Line, 262-248-1888, CruiseLakeGeneva.com
Guided hikes with Harold, Aug. 18, and every Friday, 9 a.m. to 10:15 a.m., at the main entrance on Highway 67, Kishwauketoe Nature Conservancy, Williams Bay. 262-903-3601, FriendsOfKNC.org
Friday-Saturday, Aug. 18-19
Midwest Pro Rodeo, Aug. 18-19, Horse Arena, Walworth County Fairgrounds, 411 E. Court St, Elkhorn. 262-723-3228
Saturday, Aug. 19
Hand feed the Monarch butterflies, Aug. 19, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Price Park, Conservancy, N6418 Hodunk Road, Elkhorn. KMLandTrust.org
Walworth County Pride Fair, Aug. 19, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Elkhorn Area Chamber of Commerce, 203 E. Walworth St., Elkhorn. Sponsored by LGBT of Walworth County. There will be a variety of organizations including legal, churches, family, health, finance, wellness, and counseling, plus music, vendors and food. LGBTwalco.org.
Wine tasting, Aug. 19, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., The Bottle Shop, 617 W. Main St., Lake Geneva. 262-348-9463, TheBottleShopLakeGeneva.com
Heirloom Garden Weekend, Aug. 19-20. Walk through historic gardens while learning and sampling heirloom plants. Old World Wisconsin, W372 S9727 Wisconsin Highway 67, Eagle. 262-594-6301, WisconsinHistory.org
Tuesday, Aug. 22
Lake Geneva Public Library Movie Night, Aug. 22, 5:30 p.m., Lake Geneva Public Library, 918 W. Main St., Lake Geneva. Showing “The Zookeeper's Wife.” For adults. Call 262-249-5299 or visit the library's Facebook page for more information.
Tuesdays at 2, Aug. 22, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. with Terry Kral discussing facts and fiction of military firearms. Geneva Lake Museum, 255 Mill St., Lake Geneva. 262-248-6060, GenevaLakeMuseum.org
Rock River Valley Carvers open carving sessions Aug. 22, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Trinnity Episcopal Church in Ortmayer Hall, 419 E. Court St., Janesville. Enter through basement door, which is across the street from the church parking lot on Atwood Avenue.
“The Golden Era of Steam Yachting: Geneva Lake and its Sailors,” Aug. 23, 6:30 p.m., Lake Geneva Public Library, 918 W. Main St., Lake Geneva. Presented by Michael Rehberg of Black Point Estate and Gardens. Open to the public at no charge. Call 262-249-5299 or visit the library's Facebook page for more information.
Tuesdays at 2, Aug. 22 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. with historian Terry Kral discussing military rifles from Civil War through WWII, Geneva Lake Museum, 255 Mill St., Lake Geneva. 262-248-6060, GenevaLakeMuseum.org