The small city of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin is the quintessential summer destination if you enjoy lake days and fun in the sun. It is home to one of Wisconsin’s largest inland lakes, aptly named Geneva Lake, and has a multitude of fun events to help you make the most of the state’s shortest season! Though August may appear to be the month where summer festivities start to taper off, the calendar for Lake Geneva and its surrounding communities actually picks up and boasts some amazing weekend-long events! Here’s why you need to visit Lake Geneva this August:
William's Bay Corn & Brat Fest (August 9-11)
As a vegetarian, I love this event for the same reason I love State Fair: corn! Or, more importantly, that not only is there a vegetarian option available, but also that I won’t be eating it alone. As a German-American, I love a good brat (I don’t eat them anymore, but from past experience I know they taste great and the smell of brats cooking is hard to beat!) and appreciate events that pay homage to Wisconsin’s German heritage. In addition to the food (and drink assortment available at the bar), local bands take the stage every night and create an upbeat, energetic contrast to the usually quiet town.
Lake Geneva Jaycees Venetian Festival (August 14 - 18)
If your favorite type of vacations are more about finding things to do instead of doing nothing, then you are exactly like me and will love Lake Geneva’s Venetian Festival! There is a lot to see and do here, in addition to the fact that the city itself always provides for scenic walks, great shopping, and quality dining. Some of the weekend’s festivities include a carnival, arts & craft fair, and musical entertainment. The major events all take place on Sunday and include a water ski show from the Wonder Lake Ski Team (my personal favorite part of the event, but I’m biased), the famous Venetian boat parade, and a fireworks display to end the weekend!