June 23–24, 2017: Heidi Festival

New GLarus Heidi Play

Join us for Heidi Festival! The last full weekend in June. Heidi Festival weekend is filled with great food, entertainment, music, and fun for the whole family. 

Heidi Play

The weekend highlight is the presentation of Johanna Spyri's classic play, Heidi. It's the heartwarming story of the young girl with braids, Heidi, her gruff grandfather, and their love of the majestic Alps of Switzerland. The performances are staged by local actors in a warm presentation that includes live goats and kittens on stage! Spend a weekend enjoying New Glarus. Come experience the ethnic spirit and the European flavor that residents have nurtured—and have loved to share—for over 150 years.

Heidi Performances
Friday, June 23 at 7:00 pm
Saturday, June 24 at 1:00 pm
New Glarus High School Auditorium

The Heidi Folk Festival will not be holding our annual Craft Fair and Mini-Expo this year to concentrate our efforts on the Heidi Play. We hope to see you there!

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New Glaru HeidI Play Performers

June 24, 2017: Taste of New Glarus

Taste of NEw Glarus

11AM to 6PM

New Glarus Chamber of Commerce
418 Railroad St
New Glarus, WI 53574

Aug 5, 2017: Fire Department 114th Anniversary—Firefest

(All Activities Are FREE!)

  • Firetruck Rides
  • Fire Safety House
  • Spray House
  • Kids' Water Fights
  • Inflatable Ride
  • NGFD Merchandise Available Throughout The Day
  • 50/50 Half Cash Raffles Throughout The Day
  • Free Musical Entertainment

Free Live Music | Great Food & Beverages!

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Aug 6, 2017: Swiss Volksfest
(Swiss Independence Day)

We celebrate Swiss Independence Day with a program of traditional Swiss entertainment. The celebration is held at the Tell Shooting Park, 1/2 mile north of New Glarus on County Hwy O. In the event of rain , the Volksfest program is presented at the New Glarus High School. The entertainment includes choral folklore music, yodeling, flag throwing, thalerschwingen, alphorn playing, and accordion music.

1:00pm to 3:30pm
A modest admission fee is charged at the door.

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Aug 6, 2017: Alphorn Man Sprint Triathlon

Sept 1–3, 2017: Wilhelm Tell Festival

Come and enjoy this unique ethnic presentation! Share with your family the story of Swiss independence, written by German playwright Friedrich Schiller. It's a live theater presentation with intricate costumes and a lively cast that includes goats, cows and horses. More than 200 local volunteers join to make each colorful performance come to life. Performances are staged in a beautiful outdoor setting, just a short distance from downtown New Glarus.

For a schedule of Wilhelm Tell Performance Times, Tickets and Festival Events, visit

Interested in participating in the Wilhelm Tell Festival Art in the Park? Download the application

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Sept 9, 2017: Grace Church Festival (Free)

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Sept 22–24, 2017: Oktoberfest

Free Admission to the festival tent all weekend! Oktoberfest presents many activities and events in downtown New Glarus featuring live music, great food, wagon rides, chainsaw carving, plus plenty of family fun. Live music in festival tent all weekend!

For more info:
(800) 527-6838
(608) 527-2095

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Sept 23, 2017: Kilby Supper

Our Kilby Supper, held at the Swiss United Church, offers visitors a taste of community life. The church Kilby Supper has roots in the traditional Swiss celebration of Kirchweihe. This church gathering, an annual event in Switzerland, presents a special meal to welcome church members back from their summer of farming in the high mountain meadows of the Alps.

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Oct 8, 2017: 6th Annual New Glarus Car, Truck & Motorcycle Show

The perfect New Glarus outting for families and car enthusiasts! From street rods to hogs, you won't want to miss this fun day!

Call the Chamber for more information:

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Oct 8, 2017: Swiss Historical Village Harvest Fest

Swiss Historical Village
10:00am – 4:00pm

Connect with 19th century Swiss immigrant life at our annual Harvest Fest where daily routines and responsibilities of the past – cheese making, blacksmithing, yarn spinning, basket weaving – are re-created. Enjoy a Swiss brätzeli cookie-making demonstration. Talk to Civil War re-enactors, the “Bee Man,” a wheelwright and a sausage maker. (You can even buy their products!) For those of you who are feeling ambitious, practice your three Rs in a one-room schoolhouse. After all that work, relax and enjoy some live music on our picturesque grounds. Don't forget to give our Bernese mountain dog a pat before you leave!

See for all the details!

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Nov 10–12, 2017: Holiday Shopping Open Houses

Retailers are open to assist you with all your holiday shopping needs.

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Nov 25, 2017: Tipsy Turkey Pub Crawl

Crawl with us through town, as we enjoy many fine New Glarus establishments. $35 registration fee includes a t-shirt and 7 drink tickets (beer and rail drinks only).

Afterward, enjoy a relaxing dinner in the warmth and hospitality of our many fine restaurants featuring savory Swiss specialties, sustainably farmed entrees, tempting homemade specials, irresistible pub fare, mouth-watering pizza and more.

While in town, why not get a jump on your holiday gift buying and support our many specialty shops on Small Business Saturday? You’ll find everything from imports to home goods, clothing, art, body products, collectibles, antiques, jewelry, toys, and gourmet kitchenware/specialties plus so much more.

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Dec 2, 2017: Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration

New Glarus Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration

Kick off the season of delights in downtown New Glarus at our Holiday Tree Lighting. In addition to the enchanting sights ­— historic Swiss architecture, shops aglow, old fashioned street lights, the majestic Depot pine festively trimmed for the season ­­— you’ll enjoy caroling by New Glarus’ very own Kinderchor angels, alphorns, hot chocolate, sweet treats and more.

New Glarus Old Railroad Depot

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Dec 2, 2017: St. Nicholas Day Shopping Specials – All Day!

Find something special for everyone on your shopping list and enjoy savings at many New Glarus specialty and European import shops all day long. Our unique shops offer everything from imports to home goods, clothing, art, body products, collectibles, antiques, jewelry, toys, and gourmet kitchenware/specialties plus so much more.

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Dec 2, 2017: St. Nicholas Day Cookie Sale

Not enough time to do all that holiday baking? We hear you! Don’t miss the Swiss United Church of Christ’s annual holiday cookie sale. You’ll find a wide selection of cookies and confections — including traditional Swiss varieties — all baked by the good folks at New Glarus’ Swiss Church. It’s small town Christmas charm at its best. Remember to arrive early as these highly anticipated treats sell fast! 

Swiss United Church
8:00am – 1:00pm

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Dec 9, 2017: Lunch with Santa

In the energetic words of everyone’s favorite holiday hero Buddy the Elf, “SANTA!”  Yes, Lunch with Santa is back by popular demand. Enjoy a photo and visit with Jolly Old St Nick, a craft extravaganza, a movie, lunch and even a goodie bag!

New Glarus Elementary School Cafeteria
11:30am to 1:30pm

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