We have something very special and unique in Beaver Dam … it’s the “Wisconsin Arts and Peony Festival”. Enjoy the beautiful blooms at Ovans Peony Farm with over 1500 plants! There are activities galore for the art, quilting, sewing, and flower lover in you. Here are just a few of the stops you will want to make during the festival. Be sure to check back with us as more events and activities are being added daily!
STAY WITH US!
When booking your stay, be sure to mention that you are staying for the Arts & Peony Festival to receive discounted rates!
Thursday, June 8th and Sunday – Tuesday (June 11th – 13th) availability only.
$99/night + tax/fees
Book by May 25th to receive discounted rate.
Comfort Inn & Suites
$50 off the Standard Room Rate
Book by May 29th to receive discount.
Holiday Inn and Suites
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The Rectory Bed & Breakfast
McMallard Vacation Rental
Northern Beaver Den
OVANS PEONY FARM
W9904 County Hwy CP
Beaver Dam, WI
Daily Farm Tours
Monday, June 5th – Tuesday, June 13th | 9 AM – 5 PM
Ovans Peony Farm is the largest stem cut peony farm in the state of Wisconsin and currently has over 1500 plants of different peony varieties which will all be in bloom the weekend of the festival. The farm will be open for tours during the festival. Be sure to bring your camera to capture the beauty of the different colors and varieties of peony blossoms. Visit the Peony Boutique to purchase fresh stem cut peonies, aprons, soaps, and more. You can also participate in their yoga in the peony’s classes, sign up for peony design classes, and enjoy great food, beverage, and music at their ‘Picnic in the Peonies’ event.
PLAY IN THE PEONIES DESIGN CLASSES
Tuesday, June 13th | 10 AM – NOON – SOLD OUT!
PICNIC IN THE PEONIES & LIVE MUSIC FEATURING WISE JENNINGS – at Ovans Peony Farm!
Thursday, June 8th | 5 PM – 8 PM — SOLD OUT!
You’re invited to an evening filled with Flowers, Music & Memories at Ovans Peony Farm. Enjoy a “Picnic in the Peonies” — a “Field to Vase Dinner” Featuring Award Winning Grazing Table by Tricky Foods. Fragrance from the softly hued blooming peonies fill the air as you stroll through rows of flowers. Bring along a blanket or your garden chair and select where you prefer to picnic as you enjoy live music, delicious food, desserts, and refreshments.
WISCONSIN ARTS & PEONY FESTIVAL ARTS MARKET
Maple Avenue (near the Dodge County Center for the Arts)
Saturday, June 10th | 10 AM – 5 PM
The Art Market is located in the heart of our Arts District. Shop for a special piece of art – from paintings, ceramics, woodworks, metal works, and jewelry to fiber arts, glass works, and mixed media featuring artist’s works from around the state. This year there will be 70+ art vendors! The Arts District also offers you a chance to meet and purchase from local and surrounding area artist-owned businesses, while also having the opportunity to participate in different kinds of art classes including painting, wreath making, paper making, flower pounding, pressed flower workshops and more!
Enjoy Live Music featuring acoustic covers and original songs from singer/songwriters Andy Braun and Sam Rodewald. Grab a bite to eat from a variety of Food Truck vendors or from local downtown restaurants and eateries!
Interested in exhibiting or want more information? Our Art Market for 2023 is currently full, but if you are interested in becoming a vendor for next year, please send an email to email@example.com of your interest.
BOOK SIGNING EVENT AT THE ART MARKET
Beaver Dam native, author, and Fanatical Fibers TikTok sensation, Sarah Csiacsek, will be joining us at the Art Market for a book signing event featuring her newly published book, “Chonky Amigurumi For Beginners” and selling her unique crocheted “chonky” items.
You can pre-purchase her book and have it shipped to you before the event by visiting her Fanatical Fibers Etsy Store. All pre-order purchases will be entered into a drawing for prizes (prizes range from crocheting supplies and notions, to Peony bookmarks and swag bags). Pre-orders will be available until May 24th to allow sufficient time for books to be ordered and shipped. If you pre-order a book and it is not claimed the day of the Festival, it will be shipped to the shipping address you checked out with on Etsy (so double check and make sure it’s accurate).
Sarah will also be selling many of her wares at the Art Market!
BRUNCH & BLOSSOMS DOWNTOWN STROLL– Free event!
Beaver Dam Area Chamber of Commerce
127 South Spring Street | Beaver Dam
Friday & Saturday | 10 AM – 3 PM
The Brunch & Blossoms Downtown Stroll will feature participating restaurants, pubs, and bars in Beaver Dam, as well as retailers, specialty shops, and organizations. Stop in at the Beaver Dam Area Chamber of Commerce to pick up your Brunch & Blossoms Downtown Stroll Map. The map will include participating organizations, retailers, restaurants, and bars promotions and where they are located. Collect a sticker for your map – one sticker required for a restaurant/bar, two stickers for an organization, and three stickers for retailers with a total of six stickers. Redeem your map and receive a free watering can and wildflower seeds! No purchase necessary to participate. While supplies last.
THE GREAT WISCONSIN QUILT SHOW – Free event!
130 West Maple Avenue, Beaver Dam
Thursday, June 8th & Friday, June 9th | 4 PM – 7 PM
Saturday, June 10th | 10 AM – 5 PM
Sunday, June 11th | NOON – 3 PM
Visit the Dodge County Center for the Arts who will be hosting 100 Years of Art Deco Special Quilt Challenge Exhibit by The Great Wisconsin Quilt Show presented by PBS Wisconsin and Nancy Zieman Productions. Each year, The Great Wisconsin Quilt Show hosts a themed quilt challenge. This year’s 100 Years of Art Deco Quilt Challenge Exhibit includes twenty-seven 30” wide x 40” long quilts, all incorporating an Art Deco theme. Get lost in the decadent details found in quilts made from fabrics that represent the Art Deco theme, which includes geometric forms, bold outlines, zigzags and more!
Saturday, June 10th: Mill House Quilts will host a ‘bed turning’ at the DCCA at 11 AM and 1 PM, as stories are told about the quilts that are layered and removed on a bed.
DODGE COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY – Free event!
105 Park Avenue, Beaver Dam
LAWN PARTY & STORYTELLING — FREE EVENTS!
Friday, June 9th | 7:30 PM – 9 PM: Bring your lawn chair and get ready for a thrill! The sandstone, Romanesque-style building of the Dodge County Historical Society serves as a fittingly spooky backdrop as storytellers share some hair-raising real-life ghost tales about Beaver Dam. There will be a Children’s Ghost Story, Local Storytellers, Professional Storyteller from Old World Wisconsin and a story inspired by a Twilight Zone episode. Adding to the suspense of the evening, the Dodge County Historical Society has had real-life ghostly encounters in their building. Maybe you’ll even experience one for yourself!
Saturday, June 10th | 10 AM – 3 PM: Bring your lawn chairs and join us for Dodge County Historical Society’s annual Lawn Party with live music by Carney and Navis, children’s activities, root beer floats, antique popcorn wagon, Historical Beaver Dam Walking Tours (1 PM), open museum, antique car show, harness racing horse and rig by Amber Sawyer and her horse Derek Bromac N, and spiritual medium readings with Madam Adela Seer.
BEAVER DAM AREA COMMUNITY THEATRE – Free event!
117 West Maple Ave, Beaver Dam
Saturday, June 10th | 10 AM – 3 PM
COMMUNITY PAINT-A-TILE EVENT: Festival attendees also have a unique opportunity to paint one-foot square aluminum tiles to help make the 12-foot by 12-foot mosaic mural at the Beaver Dam Area Community Theater featuring this year’s “hometown hero” and distinguished artist and actor, Eric Kalkhurst. These community mosaic murals are led by world-renowned portrait Artist Stephen Bennett, who now has a studio in Beaver Dam, WI.
Saturday, June 10th and Sunday, June 11th from 10 AM – 5 PM
FRED MACMURRAY APPRECIATION & DEDICATION EVENT: A very large and diverse display of Fred MacMurray memorabilia, showing vintage films and TV episodes of My Three Sons featuring Fred. Concession stand will be open, and people can pop in and out of the displays and viewings.
BEAVER DAM COMMUNITY LIBRARY – Free event!
311 North Spring Street, Beaver Dam
Friday, June 9th| 11 AM – NOON
Peony Sugar Scrubs and Bath Salt Making
Saturday, June 10th| 10 AM – NOON
Peony Tea Party
DODGE COUNTY CENTER FOR THE ARTS- Free event!
130 West Maple Avenue
The Dodge County Center for the Arts will be hosting a Peony Art Exhibit happening now through Sunday, June 11th. There are 32 works of art on display created by local artists from the Beaver Dam and Dodge County area. The event is free and will be running in conjunction with The Great Wisconsin Quilt Show 100 Years of Art Deco Special Quilt Challenge Exhibit.
ART ON THE TOWN – WISCONSIN STUDIO – Downtown Beaver Dam
127 Front Street, Beaver Dam
Peony, Flower, and Garden Themed Art Classes
Numerous art classes will be offered during the Wisconsin Arts & Peony Festival on Thursday, June 8th through Sunday, June 11th including:
Flower Pounding on Paper
Flower Pounding on T-shirts
Peony Wreath Making
Pressed Flowers in Clay
Summer Gnome Workshop
Peony Texture Painting
Pressed Flower Collage
Abstract Peony Painting
Peony Paper Making
Peony Texture Painting
Art projects for all ages can be found at Art on the Town Wisconsin – The Studio. They are open to all ages and are family-friendly. Check out their website for more information, view their calendar of events, or sign up for classes: Art on the Town Wisconsin – The Studio.
DODGE COUNTY CENTER FOR THE ARTS – at Ovans Peony Farm
PAINTING MADE EASY “PEONY” THEMED OPEN AIR PERSPECTIVE PAINTING
Sunday, June 11th | 1 PM – 3 PM
Cost: $25 includes professional instruction and all materials
Join Artist and DCCA Gallery Manager Amy McPherson as she guides you through open air perspective painting at Ovans Peony Farm. Finish a 12″ x 12″ canvas. All supplies included. Open to all skill levels!
Register by calling Amy at 920.210.3210. Class is limited – register today!
Stitch it! Sisters Posey Pillow Sewing Class at Nancy Zieman Sewing Studio
120 Front Street, Beaver Dam
Friday, June 9th | 1 PM – 4 PM
Saturday, June 10th | 9 AM – Noon
Join Stitch It! Sisters’ Deanna Springer at the Nancy Zieman Sewing Studio for this new session and sew a fun Posey Pillow on a Bernette b79 sewing machine with Stitch it! Sisters NEW! Pillow Sewing Pattern. Class includes WoolFelt® fabric, use of classroom tools, and everything you’ll need to make one Posey Pillow — sign up for a class with or without a pillow form.
Seating is limited! LEARN MORE OR REGISTER TODAY!
TENDER SPIRIT REIKI
118 Front Street, Beaver Dam
Friday, June 9th
6 PM | Create Your Own Custom Pendulum
Saturday, June 10th
11 AM | 1 PM | 3 PM | Crystal Wire Wrapping Classes
Alive WITHin Community, Interactive Gallery Opening, with Jenn Czecholinski-Wild heARTIST at OOGA BREWING
301 South Spring Street, Beaver Dam on Friday, June 9th at 6:30 pm
Art Exhibit open starting Saturday, June 3rd – 30th | Art Exhibit During Regular Business Hours
Join us in celebrating the wild heARTist in all of us and speak with Jenn Czecholinski about her journey in creating this collaborative art installation. Perhaps you will discover your wild heART as well. This art show includes one central piece of my heART, bursting with color, feminine and whimsical and is a show that not only was inspired by “Alive WITHin” it became alive WITHin others and has given vast meaning and dimension to the love of art. As I exposed this heART of mine it drew people in, inspiring others to create. There was a radical act of allowing them to see me and then me seeing inspiration flow thru others.
The art displayed is a collection of (18-20 different wild heartists) inspired to create Alive WITHin in a new representation thru their own eyes. At the show you will be invited to take a coloring page, grab some markers or crayons (or any medium you choose), create a version for the community wall or bring it home and put it on your fridge.
You are an Artist. You are Art.
FREE OUTDOOR MOVIE at Swan Park!
316 East South Street, Beaver Dam
Friday, June 9th
Bring the whole family to enjoy a free outdoor movie experience featuring THE GREATEST SHOWMAN at Swan Park on Friday, June 9th at 9 PM. Seating is available but you are more than welcome to bring your own chairs, blankets, snacks, and refreshments. You may also want to bring bug spray – just in case!
Movie sponsored by Marshfield Medical Center
OOGA BREWING FEATURING LOCAL ROCK BAND, THE CHARACTERS
301 South Spring Street, Beaver Dam
Saturday, June 10th | 4 pm – 8 pm | The Characters
The Characters – A 3-man local band from Beaver Dam will be playing live music at Ooga Brewing! Stop in at the end of your day for a cold one and enjoy classic rock music on the patio! No cover. Award-winning beer!
HA HA HEIDI Presents COMEDY NIGHT AT RIVERFRONT WINE BAR
227 Front Street, Beaver Dam
Saturday, June 10th at 8 PM
Kick off summer with a night of Comedy! David Schendlinger is back by popular demand. If you didn’t see him last time, this is your chance. He is joined by John Rick, who is an up and coming comic and also the brother of Charlie Berens! Be sure to purchase your tickets ahead of time – as this stand up comedy event is sure to sell out!
DOUBLE D’S THIRSTY BEAVER FEATURING THE 2022 PEOPLE’S CHOICE WINNER MADISON COUNTY
500 Madison Street, Beaver Dam
Saturday, June 10th | 7 PM – 11 PM | COVER CHARGE: $10
The Thirsty Beaver is the place to be for the area’s best local live music! With indoor and outdoor seating, drink specials, Emil’s pizza, a variety of flavored popcorn from Steinke’s, and a great view of the lake – you’ll want to add this event to round out your visit to the Wisconsin Arts & Peony Festival.