Jan 13–15, 2017: Veterans Winter-Fest Rally
Mar 12, 2017: Lions' Club Pancake Breakfast
Mar 18, 2017: Fire Department Kalberwurst Dinner
Apr 23, 2017: Polka for the Swiss
Join us for the Swiss Center of North America's spirited annual fundraiser! You'll enjoy a terrific polka band, alphorns, raclette, fondue, live auction, wine pull and more, while supporting this important cultural nonprofit.
New Glarus Hotel Restaurant
3pm to 7pm
$10 Entry Fee at the Door
May 1, 2017: Swiss Historical Village Museum Opens for the Season
May 13, 2017: Bike Rodeo
Located at the Depot and sponsored by the New Glarus Police Department and the New Glarus Chamber. Free helmets for the first 50 kids, enter to win a bike for kids K–4th grade.
11am – 1pm
May 27, 2017: Green County's 37th Annual Breakfast on the Farm
McNeely Families of Rollin' Green Dairy Farm
W425 Elmer Road
6am – 10am
Breakfast, farm tours, arts & crafts, entertainment. Scrambled eggs, sausage, cheese, homemade coffee cakes, ice cream, strawberries, milk, coffee and orange juice.
Sponsored by the Green County Ag Chest
June 9–11, 2017: Polka Fest
There’s always lots to do in America's Little Switzerland, but as an extra bonus, it happens to be the New Glarus Polka Fest Weekend in our Swiss village. So stick around to hear some polka talent that will blow your mind and hopefully inspire you to kick up your heels at our “So You Think You Can Polka?” contest. Come and enjoy all the spirited polka fun!
Polkafest 2017 is sponsored by the New Glarus Hotel, the Chalet Landhaus, the New Glarus Brewing Company, Puempel's Olde Tavern and the New Glarus Chamber & Visitor Info.
June 10, 2017: Beer, Bacon & Cheese Festival
1 – 5 PM | $40 | 30+ Vendors | Downtown New Glarus
Attention foodies and anyone else with a love for some of the greatest flavors known to man! Beer, Bacon & Cheese Fest (BBC) is back by popular demand. One $40 wristband entitles you to an afternoon of sampling some of the region’s most unforgettable flavors — craft beer, specialty meat and artisan cheese — while you wander the charming streets of historic New Glarus.
BBC wristbands are $40 per person. Stay tuned for ticket purchasing details.
Make it a BBC and New Glarus Polka Fest weekend. There’s always lots to do in America's Little Switzerland, but as an extra bonus, it also happens to be the New Glarus Polka Fest Weekend in our Swiss village. So stick around to hear some polka talent that will blow your mind and hopefully inspire you to kick up your heels at our “So You Think You Can Polka?” contest. Come and enjoy the BBC yum and all the polka fun!
Polkafest 2017 is sponsored by the New Glarus Hotel, the Chalet Landhaus, the New Glarus Brewing Company, and the New Glarus Chamber & Visitor Info.
June 23–24, 2017: Heidi Festival
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.
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.
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!
Aug 5, 2017: Fire Department 114th Anniversary—Firefest
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.
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 wilhelmtell.org
Interested in participating in the Wilhelm Tell Festival Art in the Park? Download the application
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:
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.
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:
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 swisshistoricalvillage.org for all the details!
Nov 10–12, 2017: Holiday Shopping Open Houses
Retailers are open to assist you with all your holiday shopping needs.
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.
Dec 2, 2017: 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
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.
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
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