Staycation: Exploring Oshkosh, Wisconsin

With the rise of gas prices many vacations are now closer to home. The term “Staycations” as caught on as a way to save money by exploring your local area. If you take a little time to investigate what there all is to do you would be amazed!

If you a planning a trip somewhere else (or don’t live in the Oshkosh area) come back tomorrow.I’ll be sharing over 75 links to staycation articles written by bloggers around the web.

Oshkosh, Wisconsin was recently name The Event City. This name is so suitable as there are events held with every different kind of person in mind. Living in Oshkosh, I don’t have to go that far from my doorstep to find really GREAT things to do! I want to share some of my favorite things to do here.

Irish FestJune 3- June 5

Held at the Leach Amphitheater, Irish Fest is a place where you can experience everything Irish. You can enjoy Celtic Music, authentic Irish Food, shop in an Irish vendor area, and enjoy Irish dancers all while learning about the unique Irish culture. This year you can also attend aIrish Medieval Banquet on Friday night.





WaterfestThursday from June 9 – August 31

Waterfest is an event also held at the Leach Ampitheater on Thursday evenings all summer long. Listen to a different group of bands every week and enjoy concessions in which the money goes to support local charities.



Oshkosh Garden Club Flower Show – June 4

Attend a Standard Flower Show at the Grand Opera House during the June Gallery Walk.

Oshkosh Garden Club Summer Garden WalkJuly 17

Tour five exquisite properties and admire their gardens. Tickets are reasonable and can be purchased on the Garden Club website.


Oshkosh Saturday Farmers Market – Saturdays from June 4 – October 22

The weekly Farmers Market is moving from the City Hall parking lot to Main Street. This is an exciting move and will feature not only vendors but music, food, and community spots. Plus, as an added bonus you can visit the amazing downtown stores through this new location.


Miss Wisconsin Scholarship Pageant Events – June 15 – 18

Oshkosh is lucky enough to hold the Miss Wisconsin Pageant for four evenings.

Live at Lunch – Wednesdays from June 15 – August 10

Opera House Square in downtown Oshkosh hosts an hour-long lunchtime concert each Wednesday along with food from area restaurants.


Gallery Walk – First Saturday of the Month

From 6-9pm Oshkosh galleries and businesses open their doors to feature artwork of all varieties and genres.


Wings on Strings – June 18

This FREE event held at the EAA Museum grounds offers kite flying, kite demonstrations and kite making workshops. Our family can be found at this event yearly.



Pollock Community Water Park – Opens June 4

A little water park right in our little city!


Country USA – June 21 – 25

Experience five days of some of country musics hottest stars along with great food and rides. This year listen to big names like Miranda Lambert, Trace Adkins, Dierks Bently, Rascal Flatts, and Lady Antebellum.



Rock USA – July 14-16

Three days of rocking with Daughtry, KISS, and Journey



Lifest – July 6-10

After Rock and Country, Oshkosh also has to host a Christian music Festival. Over 150 musical acts are highlighted including TobyMac, Skillet, MercyMe, Newsboys, Devil Wears Prada & many more. Plus 50 speakers include Greg Laurie, Reggie Dabbs, Bob Lenz & others. Activities, food, KidZone & camping.


Menominee Park

Menominee Park is located right on Lake Winnebago and has many attractions. A beach, bike and walking path, picnic areas, tennis courts and baseball diamonds. It is also host to a Zoo, small carnival area, and two areas with playground equipment. You could really spend a whole day here.


Oshkosh is a great city that also hold a Aircraft museum, Paine Art Center, and its own Public Museum. If you are looking for more Staycation ideas about Oshkosh, the Fox Cities, or even other Wisconsin location be sure to visit my other blog, Inside Oshkosh.

What are some of your favorite frugal activities in Wisconsin?


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    The RockUSA is actually July 14-16. We are going. Puddle of Mudd, Lynard Skynard, and Buckcherry are other bands who I can’t wait to see when we go! :)

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      Kim says

      Thanks for catching that! Have a great time, we can usually here some of Country USA by our house, so I am sure we will enjoy Rock USA that way also!


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