Waterfest is a Celebration of The Quality of Life we enjoy here in the Fox Valley Area.
The name was chosen to draw attention to our most valuable, unique and recognizable resource, our waterways.
The event takes place on the shores of the historic Fox River in Downtown Oshkosh. The city of Oshkosh is nestled between and on Lakes Butte des Morts and Winnebago. The Fox River runs through Oshkosh having been joined by The Wolf River at the west end of Lake Butte des Morts.
The recreational assets of these bodies of water provide great value and sense of pride to area residents, businesses and visitors. World class fishing, international sailing events, ice boating, pleasure boating, swimming and hunting are some of the many activities we celebrate.
Come and enjoy Oshkosh's new River Walk from the sensational Leach Amphitheater to The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Campus. While you do, stop at our new Best Western Premier Hotel and Convention Center and enjoy some dock side dining.
WHAT HAPPENS AT
We enjoy our beautiful Wisconsin summer with the companionship of family, friends and associates in a park-like setting on the Fox River...
Most of all, we are treated to an outstanding line-up of Jazz, Pop, Rock, R&B, Blues and Roots Music.
Some 2,500-7,500 fans may be in attendance on any given evening.
We are prepared to greet 30,000 guests or more during the 8 evenings of entertainment.
The downtown patios, beer gardens and clubs bustle before and after the event, so come early and stay late! The Park and Riverfront welcomes boaters and tailgaters who picnic before and during the event. The Amphitheater gates usually open before 6PM and as early as 5PM. Music generally starts a few minutes after the gates open and never runs past 11pm.
Waterfest beats the heat and those summer re-runs! Enjoy for family and friends at a great event!
HOW MUCH IS
Admission varies and can be found on the Waterfest Home Page
(more details will be posted as they are finalized).
Look at Pass Pack and Season Pass Discount Offers when you do.
There may also be special deals on admissions on some dates.
General admission is FREE for US Armed Service Veterans and also FREE to youth 12 and under when accompanied by parent or responsible adult.
All visitors must wear a patron wristband (Sorry No Carry Ins).
WHO'S RESPONSIBLE FOR
The Waterfest Concert Series is operated by Waterfest Inc. a non-profit organization whose sole purpose is the perpetuation and betterment of the Waterfest event and its celebration of our Quality of Life. The members of Waterfest Inc. consist of a small group of volunteers much like a community service group.
Waterfest, Inc. underwrites the risk of event by producing the entertainment. When it rains it really 'poors'. The cost of the entertainment is covered in part by the generous sponsorships we receive, a portion of the admission proceeds and a portion of the concession proceeds. Any surplus is generally invested in the following years entertainment budget or to help cover the previous years shortfall. The Chamber of Commerce is hired annually to coordinate the involvement of the various volunteer organizations to help with the concessions and other event requirements.