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ArtWalk

Friday, February 10, 2017

Friday, May 5, 2017 - Visit the ArtWalk Facebook page for updates.

Friday, August 4, 2017 - Visit the ArtWalk Facebook page for updates.

Friday, November 3, 2017 - Visit the ArtWalk Facebook page for updates.

Ripon business are joining together to host four Artwalks in 2017. Several specialty shops will have various forms of artistic expression on display for patrons to enjoy. An array of watercolors, paintings, metalwork, pottery, quilts and custom jewelry will be showcased. Participating shops will be open until 8:30 pm or later. Come down and check out art/painting demonstrations, live entertainment, and more. Additional information will be posted as it becomes available.

Enjoy a day encountering the unique shopping, dining and entertainment opportunities that are available in historic downtown Ripon, and discover the charm of small town hospitality. Visit www.downtownripon.com for additional information.

SquareArt

Friday & Saturday, May 5 & 6

SquareArt is a fundraiser for a terrific cause. Over 25 artists are creating beautifully designed works of art on 4 x 4 inch canvases.

The SquareArt pieces will be revealed on Friday, April 28 and available for preview the week leading up to the Downtown Ripon ArtWalk on Friday, May 5. Some of the SquareArt pieces will be on display in participating businesses during the ArtWalk. This will give participants an opportunity to stroll through the downtown and meet some of the artists. Numerous shops will be open until 8:30 pm or later.

The squares will be moved to ??? on Saturday, May 6 and be available for sale. Priced at $40 each, the sale is split; $20 going to the artist and $20 goes toward downtown Ripon beautification projects. Buyers may purchase up to 4 paintings at a time. In addition, selected pieces will be reserved for auction. Prices of the pieces created for the auction will be set by the participating artists. Check back for details.

All works of art will be available on a first come, first served basis. The sale will continue until 5:00 pm on Saturday, May 6 or until sold out. Visit the SquareArt Facebook page for updates.

SquareArt Application (PDF) Open Until Full

Watson Street Farmers Market

June through October

Every Tuesday evening and Saturday morning, vendors offer locally grown fresh produce at the Watson Street Farmers Market. People worldwide are rediscovering the benefits of buying local food. It's fresher than anything in the supermarket and that means it is tastier and more nutritious. It is also good for our local economy--buying directly from family farmers helps them stay in business. The market, which runs June through October, takes place at the Village Green located at the intersection of Watson and Seward Street in Downtown Ripon.

The Watson Street Farm Market Regulations and other useful information can be downloaded by clicking one of the PDF links below.

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Documents:
Watson Street Farm Market Press Release
Watson Street Farm Market Regulations
Farmers Market Handbook

Downtown Ripon WineWalk

Saturday, June 3

Visit historic downtown Ripon on Saturday, June 3rd for our 2nd Annual WineWalk. During the event, which takes place from 4:30 to 8:30 pm, businesses will become “tasting rooms” where attendees may sample up to 10 different wines throughout the evening.

Each participant will receive a souvenir wine walk glass, and a wristband which is good for up to 10 wine tastes through the evening. A limited number of tickets are still available at the Chamber/Main Street, Inc. office located at 114 Scott Street in downtown Ripon. Tickets are $20 each in advance or $30 on the day of the event, and include a souvenir wine walk glass and up to 10 wine tastes through the evening. Advanced tickets are available through the Eventbrite website.

The event will feature a selection of wines from Chile, Argentina, Italy, Spain, South Africa and Australia, as well as California, Florida and Wisconsin, including local favorite Vines & Rushes Winery. Proceeds will benefit the Dickens of a Christmas festival and beautification projects throughout downtown Ripon, Wisconsin.

Tickets may be redeemed for glasses and wristbands beginning at 10:00 am at Ripon Chamber/Main Street office (114 Scott Street) on the day of the event. No alcohol will be served before 4:00 pm. Wristbands have 10 tear off tabs, good for one 2 oz. wine sample each.

~15 business tasting rooms
~ 30 different wine selections

Numerous business will be open late to provide you with an adequate dose of shopping therapy. Shop, dine and unwind in historic downtown Ripon. Come on down and join us...it's going to be a beautiful evening! Discover historic downtown Ripon, Wisconsin, and make memories that will last a lifetime.

Visit the WineWalk Facebook page for updates.

Ripon Summer Concert Series

June through August

The Ripon Summer Concert Series encompasses a wide range of musical genres including country, blues, classic rock and other styles, and is free to the public. Concerts run from 7:00 to 10:00 pm and take place in Historic Downtown Ripon near the corner of Watson and Seward Street. Participants are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets to sit on. Visit the Ripon Summer Concert Series website for additional information.

Local businesses typically sponsor the music series, but additional donations are always needed. To sponsor a concert, contact the Ripon Main Street office at 920-748-7466. Donations can also be sent to: Village Green Concerts, P.O. Box 365, Ripon, WI 54971.

Ripon Main Street, Inc. invites you to enjoy an evening of entertainment in historic downtown Ripon and discover what makes our community so special.

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Ripon Sidewalk Sale

Friday & Saturday, August 4 & 5, 2017

Ripon's bonanza of retail deals returns this Friday, August 4th. Participating businesses will set up outdoor tables in front of their stores piled high with merchandise that must go. Those strolling up and down the sidewalks will find unique gifts, clothing, jewelry, furniture and more.

Over 20 businesses are participating in the event with various discounts from store to store. Many participating retailers will extend their sale through Saturday remaining open until 4:00 pm or later.

Enjoy a day encountering the unique shopping, dining and entertainment opportunities that are available in historic Ripon, Wisconsin, and discover the charm of small town hospitality. Visit www.downtownripon.com or www.ripon-wi.com for additional information.

Women on Watson (#WOWripon)

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Sip, Shop & Stroll through Ripon...Join us for an exciting day during Ripon’s Women on Watson (#WOWripon) event! Lots of new and exciting changes this year--you don't want to miss out.

Those strolling up and down the sidewalks will find unique gifts, clothing, jewelry, furniture and more. Over 20 businesses are participating in the event with various discounts from store to store. While most participating merchants are located downtown, other great shops throughout the city are also open for your day of shopping therapy.

Enjoy a day encountering the unique shopping, dining and entertainment opportunities that are available in historic downtown Ripon, and discover the charm of small town hospitality. Visit www.ripon-wi.com/ripon-wi/chamber/womenonwatson.html for additional information.

Septemberfest

Saturday, September 16, 2017

You'll have a splendid time at this unique fall festival. Cruise into Historic Downtown Ripon and check out the Watson Street Custom Car Show. Car collectors in 15 classes different classes showcase their vehicles, ranging from antique to late-model trucks. The Pet Parade is another must see event. Activities include contests for best costume, best pet trick, most unusual pet, and more.

Holiday WineWalk

Saturday, November 4

Visit historic downtown Ripon on Saturday, November 4th for our Holiday WineWalk. During the event, which takes place from 4:30 to 8:30 pm, businesses will become “tasting rooms” where attendees may sample up to 10 different wines throughout the evening.

Each participant will receive a souvenir wine walk glass, and a wristband which is good for up to 10 wine tastes through the evening. A limited number of tickets are still available at the Chamber/Main Street, Inc. office located at 114 Scott Street in downtown Ripon. Advanced discounted tickets are $20 each per participant.

The event will feature a selection of wines from Chile, Argentina, Italy, Spain, South Africa and Australia, as well as California, Florida and Wisconsin, including local favorite Vines & Rushes Winery. Proceeds will benefit the Dickens of a Christmas festival and beautification projects throughout downtown Ripon, Wisconsin.

Tickets may be redeemed for glasses and wristbands beginning at 10:00 am at Ripon Chamber/Main Street office (114 Scott Street) on the day of the event. No alcohol will be served before 4:00 pm. Wristbands have 10 tear off tabs, good for one 2 oz. wine sample each.

Numerous business will be open late to provide you with an adequate dose of shopping therapy. Shop, dine and unwind in historic downtown Ripon. Come on down and join us...it's going to be a beautiful evening! Discover historic downtown Ripon, Wisconsin, and make memories that will last a lifetime.

Christmas in the Village

Friday and Saturday, November 11-12

Join us for a truly magical experience at Ripon's Christmas in the Village! The event is a favorite of local residents and visitors alike. It's like a scene right out of an old-time movie with downtown decorations, extended store hours, carolers and musical groups entertaining the crowd, free cider and cookies, and of course Santa Claus! Bring the entire family for this annual holiday celebration!

Dickens of a Christmas

December 2-4

Experience the Victorian era by strolling up and down the streets Ripon's downtown historic district. Carolers will stroll through the streets spreading holiday cheer. Santa will greet children at Ripon Drug, handing out cookies to all the good little girls and boys.

Saturday kicks off with Breakfast with Santa, and the Holiday Tour of Homes. Living Windows is the highlight of the festival, which takes place from 5:30 to 7:30 pm on Saturday evening. Over 40 storefronts are decorated with characters depicting old time setting.

Other weekend activities include the Enchanted Forest, Gingerbread House Contest, the Dickens of a Quilt Show, and more! For information on this festival, contact the Ripon Chamber of Commerce at 920-748-6764, which sponsors the event.

Village Green Ice Skating Rink

Ice skating is a longstanding winter tradition, and one of the few things that can lure Riponites from our cozy homes. Whether you are a novice or pro, getting out for at least one skate per season is a must. Bring the kids, a date, or meet a group of friends down at the Village Green and make magical memories that will be cherish for years to come.

While winter officially begins December 21st, please remember that Mother Nature decides when these outdoor activities can start. To prepare the rink for skating, volunteers need two to four weeks of below-freezing temperatures to adequately develop ice. Keep up to date on outdoor ice skating conditions by joining our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/riponwisconsin.

Ripon College

Ripon College offers a broad variety of performances (including the Milwaukee Symphony each fall), guest speakers and artists plus NCAA Division III athletic events (August through May). Visit the college's website for more information.


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