Sept 23–25, 2016: 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!
Tent Camping Available
Sweet Minihaha Campground 608-862-3769
Crazy Horse Campground 608-897-2207
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Sept 24, 2016: 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.
Sun, October 9, 2016: 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 swisshistoricalvillage.org for all the details!
Sat, Nov 26, 2016: 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.
Sat, Dec 3, 2016: Holiday Tree Lighting
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
Sat, Dec 3, 2016: 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.
Sat, Dec 3, 2016: 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
Sat, Dec 10, 2016: 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