Annual Events

The Minocqua area is home to many great annual events, such as Beef-a-Rama™ and No Frills Marathon™ & Half-Marathon in September, Christmas in Minocqua in November,  Only Fools Run at Midnight in April, and seasonal arts & crafts shows. Whenever you visit, you’re sure to find plenty to do. From local theater productions and craft fairs to foodie festivals and athletic events, there’s always something happening in the Northwoods. Visit our Events Calendar page for event information and a complete list of area happenings.

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April 7-8, 2018

Fools from near and far will romp through the streets and trails of Minocqua starting at 11:00pm for the Annual Only Fools Run at Midnight Run/Walk.

Don't be a sure to finish before the clock strikes midnight!

This 5k run/walk offers a pre-race spaghetti feed, a costume contest, post race refreshments and lots of family fun!


Home Show

May 19th, 2018

The Minocqua Home, Lifestyle and Recreation Show is organized by the Minocqua Area Chamber of Commerce. This one day event will inspire homeowners, outdoor enthusiasts, those interested in health and lifestyle issues along with folks looking for something new to do in the area. The show will have dozens of exhibitors featuring the latest products and trends. Mark the date on your calendar and plan to attend what is sure to be a great event. Stay tuned for updates and details on home show activities, demonstrations and seminars. Free and Open to the Public. 


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June 2, 2018

June Bloom is a 1-day festival to be held on Saturday, June 2 from  9:00am to 3:00pm

More than 50 exhibitors at June Bloom will display and sell a wide variety of unique handcrafted items. The artisans and craftsmen featured at the show are selected for their handmade craftsmanship and artistic talents. 


Paws in the park

June 16 &17, 2018

 Paws in The Park is bringing tons of four-legged fun for the whole family to Torpy Park in Minocqua. 

The event will feature dog agility demonstrations, a pet expo, and Dock Dogs of Wisconsin. 

4th of July
July 4, 2018

Celebrate Independence Day by joining the fun on July 4, 2018 in downtown Minocqua.  The chairs start lining the shady side of Oneida Street at 6 am in anticipation of the afternoon parade. Save your seat and spend the rest of the morning and early afternoon shopping & visiting our downtown stores & restaurants.

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August 2, 2018

Continue the celebration after Mercer’s Loon Day in Minocqua on Thursday, August 2, 2018 with the After Loon Delight Craft Show. The show fills Torpy Park on Lake Minocqua from 10:00am to 4:00pm

More than 100 exhibitors set up rain or shine and sell a wide variety of unique handcrafted items.


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September 8, 2018

The Bearskin Trail is what makes this Marathon unique among races. The trail is a hard-packed crushed granite surface that crosses 9 railroad bridges, and no sidewalks filled with spectators. In fact, you will not see a single sidewalk along the entire route!

What you will see is some of the most beautiful forests and scenery that Wisconsin’s Northwoods has to offer; streams, lakes, balsam swamps, hardwood forests, open meadows, old railroad bridges, and a variety of wildlife.

The Minocqua No Frills Marathon is a point-to-point course. The first 6 miles are on paved town roads. The remaining 20 miles follows the entire length of the Bearskin Trail.

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September 28-29, 2018

Hailed as the Northwoods mardi-gras, Beef-A-Rama™ has something for everyone at this end-of-summer extravaganza!

Live music at Torpy Park on Friday evening kicks off the festival. Saturday has a line-up celebrating everything beef. The downtown Beef Cook-offs begin bright and early Saturday morning along with live music & other tasty treats. Roast beef sandwich sales start at 10:00am Other activities include the 10K and 5K Rump Roast Run and Walk along Lake Minocqua at 9:00am, Prime Choice Craft Show at Torpy Park, Beef Eating Contest at 11:30am, live music at two stages, Cow Pie Plop, Petting Zoo & Bouncy Houses for the kids, and of course the famous Roaster Parade at 2:15pm down main street! 

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September 29, 2018

The Prime Choice Craft Show is a part of Minocqua's Annual Beef-A-Rama celebration which brings over 10,000 people into town for the day.

Close to 75 exhibitors set up rain or shine and sell a wide variety of unique handcrafted items. The artisans and craftsmen featured at the show are selected for their handmade craftsmanship and artistic talents. You will see original artwork, pottery, jewelry, tapestries, clothing, photography, wood creations and more. Live music and food concessions on the upper level of Torpy Park and throughout downtown Minocqua make this the place to be on the last weekend of September.