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Spring WineWalk

Friday, April 28, 2023

Visit historic downtown Ripon on the fourth Friday, April for our Spring WineWalk. During the event, which takes place from 5:30 to 8:30 pm, businesses will become “tasting rooms” where attendees may sample up to 16 different wines throughout the evening.

Each participant will receive a souvenir wine walk glass, and a wristband which is good for up to 16 wine tastes through the evening. Tickets will be available through Eventbrite beginning February 1st and are $30 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 1:00 pm at Chamber/Main Street office (114 Scott Street) on the day of the event. Lanyards have 16 pour tabs, good for one 1 oz. wine sample each. No alcohol will be served before 5:30 pm. Wine glasses must be empty before leaving each stop. Reminder...open intoxicants are not allowed in public spaces, and carry-ins are not permitted.

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.



Women on Watson (#WOW2022)

Saturday, April 29, 2023

Join us as we celebrate the summer shopping season with a day of retail therapy in Historic Downtown Ripon, Wisconsin. Enjoy shopping at participating businesses along Watson Street that will be providing deals, demonstrations and other promotions throughout the day for Women on Watson attendees!

#WOW2023 is shaping up to be a fun filled day of shopping, dining, and education. In addition to the retail activities and events, a special kick-off lite continental box breakfast is offered to the first 50 participants that sign up through Eventbrite. Tickets include a lite continental breakfast, coffee & tea as we open the event at participating businesses from 9:30-11:00 am. Participants will register for the event and receive a canvas swag bag and map of participating businesses. Your swag bag entitles you to the special promotions for the day and free swag bag items as you shop from 15(+) businesses!

You won’t want to miss out. Visit the Women on Watson Facebook event page for additional information or to buy tickets. Don’t forget to click "going" so you don’t miss any updates. Be sure to check your favorite participating downtown businesses Instagram and Facebook pages as well.

Ripon Summer Concert Series

June through August

The Horicon Bank 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 at the Village Green in Historic Downtown Ripon (corner of Watson and Seward Street). Participants are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets to sit on.

A variety of beverages are available and participants are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets to sit on. NO CARRY-INs are allowed in the park because beverage sales help cover entertainment expenses.

Ripon Main Street, Inc. invites you to enjoy an evening of entertainment in historic downtown Ripon and discover what makes our community so special. Visit the Ripon Summer Concert Series website, or follow us @downtownripon on Instagram and Facebook for for the latest updates.

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: Ripon Summer Concerts, P.O. Box 365, Ripon, WI 54971.

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Scooping the Loop

Saturday, August 5, 2023

For decades, “Scooping the Loop” was a time honored tradition for many Riponites. On Friday and Saturday evenings, local residents came together to drive their vehicles through historic downtown Ripon, Wisconsin and meet up with friends. Many great memories and lifelong relationships were created during this unique social gathering.

For various reasons, the activity was banned from our community in 1992. Downtown business owners brought the nostalgia back for one glorious evening last summer. That event went so well we have decided to do it again! The 4th Annual Scooping the Loop event will take place from 5 to 8 pm on Saturday, Aug. 5, 2023.

In addition, numerous business will be open throughout the day and into the evening to provide you with an adequate dose of shopping therapy. Those strolling up and down the sidewalks will find unique gifts, clothing, jewelry, furniture and more.

Visit the Scooping the Loop Facebook Page for details and updates.

Septemberfest

Saturday, September 16, 2023

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.

Rhythm & Brews Craft Beer Celebration

Friday, October 14, 2022

Historic Downtown Ripon is proud to introduce our newest event, the Rhythm & Brews Craft Beer Celebration which is sponsored by Knuth Brewing Company.

Rhythm & Brews is a craft brew sampling event which will take place from 5:30 to 8:30 pm on Friday, October 14 at participating businesses. Attendees will have the opportunity to sample up to 14 specialty seasonal craft brews at participating businesses.

Featured brewers include: Knuth Brewing Company, Fifth Ward brewing Company, Broken Bat Brewing Co., Copper State Brewing Co., Door County Brewing Co., Fox River Brewing Co., Hillsboro Brewing Company, O'so Brewing Company, Potosi Brewing, Mobcraft Beer, Vintage Brewing Co. Zambaldi Beer, and we are still adding to the list!

Tasting locations and brews include: Alexandria Games, American Alchemy, Chic Tique, Deja Vu Boutique, Diedrich Jewelers, DiG Garden Store, Farrell's Fine Furnishings, Fiddler Creek, Hair Today, Hamilton's Ladies Apparel, Hart Mercantile, Hunt Technology, Imagineers, Islandtree Discount, Key Real Estate, Knuth Brewing Company, Modernista, Patina Vie, Ripon CBD, Soul Patina. Check back for updates.

Limited tickets, which are $30 in advance, are required for this event and available only through Eventbrite. Attendees must be 21 years of age or older to participate. All participants must wear a wristband during the event.

The Craft Beer Celebration is a rain or shine event, and all ticket sales are final. All proceeds from this event will support downtown beautification projects and community festivals. Visit the Downtown Ripon Facebook Page for details and updates.

Holiday WineWalk

Friday, November 4, 2022

For those that plan ahead, circle Friday, November 4th on your calendar, and visit the Downtown Ripon Facebook Page for details and updates.

During the event, which takes place from 5:30 to 8:30 pm, businesses will become “tasting rooms” where attendees may sample up to 40 different wines throughout the evening.

Each participant will receive a souvenir wine walk glass, and a wristband which is good for up to 16 wine tastes through the evening. A limited number of tickets are available at the Ripon Chamber/Main Street office located at 114 Scott Street in downtown Ripon. Advanced discounted tickets are $25 each per participant.

The event will feature a selection of wines from around the world, including local favorite Vines & Rushes Winery. Proceeds will benefit the Christmas in the Village and Dickens of a Christmas festivals.

Tickets may be redeemed for glasses and wristbands beginning at 1:00 pm at Chamber/Main Street office (114 Scott Street) on the day of the event. Lanyards have 16 tabs, good for one 1 oz. wine sample each. No alcohol will be served before 5:30 pm. Wine glasses must be empty before leaving each stop. Reminder...open intoxicants are not allowed in public spaces, and carry-ins are not permitted.

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

November 11-12, 2022

Join us for a truly magical experience at Ripon's Christmas in the Village! The event, which takes place on Friday evening (Nov. 11) from 6:00 to 8:00 pm and Saturday (Nov. 12) from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm, is a favorite of local residents and visitors alike.

Christmas in the Village is like a scene right out of an old-time movie with stores deck out in holiday decor, and holiday music wafting through the air. Our locally owned businesses are warm and inviting, providing extended store hours for this event. And it's early in the holiday season so our stores have a great selection of unique products that will satisfy the pickiest person on you shopping list.

Most important, there are two opportunities to visit with Santa during this event. On Friday evening, Santa is escorted into the downtown aboard a fire truck, arriving at the Village Green at 6:00 pm. Santa along with a live reindeer display returns to the Village Green Saturday morning beginning at 11:00 am. This is a great location to take selfies or holiday family photos. Bring the entire family for this outdoor holiday celebration!

Christmas in the Village takes place outdoors at the Village Green, which is private property owned by Ripon Main Street, Inc. The park is located in the 400 block of Watson Street at the south end of the downtown historic district. Please dress appropriately. For the safety of our visitors, volunteers and merchants, we ask that you please adhere to proper social distancing recommended guidelines, and cooperate with any guidelines or restrictions merchants have in place at their establishment.


2022 Christmas in the Village Schedule:

Friday, November 11

Extended Evening Shopping – Most Stores Open Until 8 pm

6 pm – Santa Arrives
5:30 to 8:30 pm – Carriage Rides along Watson Street

Saturday, November 12

Shopping All Day – Most Stores Open Until 5 pm

Activities at The Village Green:

11 am to 1 pm – Visit Santa
Noon to 4 pm – Live Reindeer

Small Business Saturday

Saturday, November 26, 2022

Small Business Saturday is the day Ripon, Wisconsin celebrates the Shop Small movement. This is a great opportunity for people from near and far to come to the district and support locally owned businesses.

Many of the businesses will host in-store promotions and specials, exclusive to the event. We would be grateful to have you visit our quaint community on Saturday, November 27th and check out our unique businesses. We are all decorated for the holiday season and eagerly await visit.

For the safety of our visitors, volunteers and merchants, participants are asked to adhere to proper social distancing recommended guidelines, and cooperate with any requirements or restrictions merchants have in place at their establishment.

Visit www.downtownripon.com for a complete list of shopping, dining and business opportunities that are available in Historic Ripon, Wisconsin.

Dickens of a Christmas

December 2-3, 2022

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.

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 20 storefronts are decorated with characters depicting old time setting.

Other weekend activities include the Enchanted Forest, Gingerbread House Contest, 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.


Before driving a long distance to attend an event, please call ahead to verify the date and other details. Changes may have occurred...