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Women on Watson (#WOW2021)

Saturday, July 10, 2021

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!

#WOW2021 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. $15 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 4 through August 27

The health and well-being of the fans, musicians, volunteers and the public is our top priority. We remain hopeful that concerts will take place in some fashion this summer. Our goal is to hold events at the Village Green when social distancing standards allow for large gatherings.

We sincerely appreciate your patience and continued support, and look forward to seeing you when safety permits.

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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Summer WineWalk

Friday, August 6, 2021

Visit historic downtown Ripon on Friday, August 6th for our Summer 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 40 different wines throughout the evening.

Each participant will receive a souvenir wine walk glass, and a wristband which is good for up to 20 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 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 20 pour tabs, good for one 1 oz. wine sample each. No alcohol will be served before 5:00 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.


Scooping the Loop

Saturday, August 7, 2021

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 3rd Annual Scooping the Loop event will take place from 5 to 9 pm on Saturday, Aug. 7, 2021.

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. A FREE outdoor movie at the Village Green is also being planned for the evening, with a start time scheduled for 9 pm.

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

Septemberfest

Saturday, September 18, 2021

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

Friday, November 5, 2021

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the 2020 Holiday WineWalk will not take place. For those that plan ahead, circle Friday, November 5th 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 20 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 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 20 tear tabs, good for one 1 oz. wine sample each. No alcohol will be served before 5:00 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

Saturday, November 14, 2020

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 stores deck out in holiday decor, holiday music wafting through the air. Our locally owned businesses are warm and inviting, providing extended store hours for this event

Most important, Santa along with a live reindeer display will be at the Village Green 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 wear a face mask during the event, adhere to proper social distancing recommended guidelines, and cooperate with any guidelines or restrictions merchants have in place at their establishment.

Dickens of a Christmas

December 4-6, 2020

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...