Black Teak’s Downtown Summer Bucket List

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It’s summertime, the weather’s nice and there’s so much to do in Downtown Oshkosh! We’ve compiled a list of a few must-attend events and activities happening in Downtown Oshkosh this summer. See if you can check off every one of the events on the list this summer!

IMG_2625Downtown Oshkosh Farmer’s Markets
A local favorite, the Downtown Oshkosh Farmer’s Market features local produce, delicious food vendors and crafts made by awesome people in the community. A few of our favorite things from the market include fresh-cut wildflowers, embroidered hoop art from The Steadfast Stitch and tacos from Los Tres Manantiales. They are to die for!! For more information on the Downtown Oshkosh Farmer’s Market, visit

The Live at Lunch Series
This event takes place every Wednesday in Opera House Square from 12-1pm. Live at Lunch allows you to take a break from the workday and enjoy awesome live music and eat yummy foods from local restaurants. We will be hosting the final Live at Lunch on August 16th on the front lawn of The Beach Building. One of our fave local artists, Auralai will be performing– the duo is incredibly talented, so you must check out their music here.

Another local favorite! Waterfest takes place every Thursday evening and features popular artists such as The Wallflowers, Better Than Ezra and the BoDeans. To view the entire summer lineup, visit the website here. Our favorite part about Waterfest is that veterans are admitted FREE to every Waterfest event. Also, why not make a night of it and stop at Ruby Owl Tap Room or Bar 430 for dinner before the show?

IMG_3001Main Street Music Festival
On July 26th through the 31st, various local bars and restaurants such as Barley & Hops and Peabody’s feature up-and-coming artists each evening. Featured artists include Dead Horses, The Jay Edward Band, Auralai and more! For more updates on Main Street Music Festival, visit

Downtown Chalk Walk
Artists and community members of all levels and ages are able to participate in the event and chalk up the sidewalk around Opera House Square. Visitors are encouraged to join in and watch, and of course what would any event be without food, music and entertainment! The event is August 5th from 8am-6pm.

Now this event isn’t really “downtown” per say, but it just has to be mentioned. SPLASHKOSH is Wisconsin’s newest festival that blends the best things about summer; water and concerts! So bring your friends to roar down the 200 foot slip n slide, compete in water games, eat at delicious food trucks and listen to awesome live bands. The event will take place at Red Arrow Park August 5th at 11:30am.

To stay up-to-date with other things going on downtown, like our page on Facebook and follow us on Instagram!

Menominee Park Shines Bright for the Holidays

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Celebration of Lights Oshkosh Wisconsin 2014

Oshkosh WI Christmas Lights 2014

Whether your personal holiday decoration tactics include the perilous journey up to the roof  of your house to string up a dazzling display or slapping a snow globe down on the table and calling it a day, driving around to check out the holiday lights that others in your community have put together is a long-standing custom that kids and adults alike can enjoy during the holidays. Here in Oshkosh, we’re lucky to have an annual tradition that takes these drives to a whole new level.

Since 2001, the Oshkosh Celebration of Lights has been delighting area families and attracting visitors from throughout the Fox Valley and beyond. We’ll tell you all about this year’s event so you can start planning your trip.  Continue reading

Time to bring the fun inside

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oshkosh winter family fun

Oshkosh Winter Activities

Winter can be a tough time for people who like to get out of the house in their free time. Sure, there are plenty of winter activities for the adventurous among us — Kids with boundless energy and adults with snow-centered hobbies like skiing, snowboarding, and ice fishing have a lot to look forward to. But those of us who would rather stay indoors might see winter as one long excruciatingly long dark day of couped-up cabin fever. It doesn’t have to be that way, though! There are plenty of Oshkosh winter activities (other than your standard dining and drinking options that never get old) that are well-suited for the indoor types and can help you stay on the move throughout the snowy season. Here are some of our favorites: Continue reading